The History of May Cottage

Our 1860 Victorian home is constructed from local stone and Burlington slate. It is a fine example of a ‘gentleman’s residence’, built and purchased as the Lake District became a fashionable destination for Victorians, particularly after 1847, when the railway reached Windermere. Many of May Cottage’s lovely original features have been maintained, including Victorian bedroom fireplaces, coving & skirting, the porch, and a stained glass window. May Cottage has been a Bed & Breakfast for over 30 years

May Cottage today

The key to the design of May Cottage B&B is to keep the balance between maintaining the Victorian building whilst offering the comfort today’s guest requires. All rooms at May Cottage are designed for comfort. We start with a quality mattress on a good bed, for a great night’s rest. All our rooms have SuperKing beds, which are 6 feet wide. One of the rooms can also be set up as two singles. Rooms are double glazed with individually thermostatically controlled radiators, so you can have the level of warmth you want. A pressurised boiler/hot water system means hot showers or bath are available morning and night. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities.

About us

We are Joan and Simon, and we have been running May Cottage since August 2018. Since the 1990’s we have been holidaying in the Windermere area, so it has always been an ambition to live in the Lakes. Our aim at May Cottage is to make our guests feel totally at home so they can really relax and enjoy Bowness, Windermere and the Lake District in their own way. We will be on hand to offer help and advice if needed. The few changes we have made are to ensure all the rooms are really comfortable and the breakfasts always satisfying. Receiving good reviews is rewarding, but so is a broad smile at breakfast.

The Lake District National Park - a World Heritage Site

The Lake District National Park was established in 1951. It contains 13 main valleys, a large number of lakes, many tarns and a good number of hills. Over the last few centuries it has inspired writers and painters. In 2017 it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Electric Vehicle Charging

May Cottage has one Electric Vehicle Charging port. the prot will charge a standard elctric car from empty to full in 8-9 hours (ie overnight). Use of this port is not included in your room price. But if you wish to use the port to charge your vehicle please let us know in advance. We charge a fixed cost to use the charging port, but due to the volatility in electricity pricing, cannot publish that here. Be assured though that we only seek to cover our costs.