Aira Force Waterfall

A short stroll from the main Aira Force car park is the Aira Force tea-room, a place to relax and refuel ready for your next adventure. It’s open daily from 10am –4.30pm, with indoor and outdoor seating, serving some tasty treats and refreshing cold drinks. Here’s what you can enjoy at the tea-room.

Windermere Lake Cruises - Ulverston

Winner of the 2003 Cumbria for Excellence Award - Large Tourist Attraction of the year. Over 1 million passengers carried each year! Enjoy some of the Lake District’s most beautiful scenery courtesy of Windermere Lake Cruises. It takes three hours to sail around the whole lake. A freedom ticket allows unlimited travel on all scheduled launch and steamer services sailing between Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside, and on island cruises from Bowness, circular cruises from Lakeside, the Fell Foot ferry and the Brockhole service from Ambleside. Individual and family tickets are available. A delightful 45 minute sightseeing tour from Bowness Bay to include the magnificent mountain scenery, lovely secluded bays and shore line and inevitably the many wooded islands around the central parts of the lake. A special one hour version of this cruise is available for the exclusive use of private parties.

Aquarium of the Lakes - Windermere

From mountain-top to Morecambe Bay the award-winning Aquarium of the Lakes takes you on an amazing voyage of discovery. More than 30 spectacular, naturally-themed habitats bring the natural history of the Lake District vividly to life. Enjoy close encounters with hundreds of amazing creatures including trout, eels, pike, perch, giant crabs, rays and many more. Come face to face with playful otters in their riverbank home, discover the mysterious life of a river after dark and take a closer look at Lakeland life in AquaQuest's educational activity centre. Then enjoy the ultimate underwater thrill as you stroll along a recreated section of Windermere's lake-bed surrounded by surrounded by gigantic carp and the amazing diving ducks.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park - Dalton-in-Furness

About a mile out of Dalton-in-Furness is the Lake District's only zoological park, which is recognised as one of Europe's leading conservation zoos. 17 acres are home to the rarest animals on earth, who are participants in co-ordinated breeding programmes to save them from extinction in the wild. This is the only zoo in Britain to hold both Amur (above) and Sumatran Tigers, the biggest and smallest tigers left in the world. Each day David Gill or one of his assistants gives a talk on the conservation projects for the few remaining tigers left in the world. The zoo now holds all six South American Margays (left) that are in this country. The zoo plays an important role as co-ordinator for the Geoffroys Cat European Endangered Species Programme, and the Lar Gibbon European Studbook.

Wray Castle

Wray Castle is a Victorian neo-gothic building at Claife in the English county of Cumbria. The house and grounds have belonged to the National Trust since 1929, but the house has only recently opened to the public on a regular basis.

Windermere Steamboats Museum - Windermere

Windermere Steamboats & Museum is located on a former sand wharf site where, for many years, barges unloaded gravel dredged from the bed of the lake. When this operation ceased in 1975, the Windermere Nautical Trust acquired the use of the site and the Museum was built in 1976-77 with the help of The Maritime Trust and the English Tourist Board. For a great day out visit the Windermere Steamboats & Museum situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Windermere. This Windermere attraction offers a unique and historic collection of Steam and Motor Boats. Steam Launch Trips, Shop and Refreshments. The Museum is open 10am to 5pm daily from mid-March to the first week in November

World of Beatrix Potter - Bowness-on-Windermere

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction can be found in Windermere. The attraction as won a number of awards and is One of the Top Ten most Popular Visitor Centres and the centre is a place for all the family young and old. Within the centre you will discover Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and all their friends in a magical indoor recreation of Beatrix Potter classic tales, with the sights, sounds and also the smells of the countryside. You will be able to see Mrs. Tiggy-winkle in the Kitchen, go past Jeremy Fisher's Pond and even walk through Squirrel Nutkin's Old Oak Tree? Also at the centre you will be able to learn more about Beatrix Potter's life in the Hidden Beatrix Potter's presentation and video wall. Take a break in the Tailor of Gloucester Tea Rooms and then a visit to shop where you can browse and purchase top quality Beatrix Potter merchandise.

Tours & activities


Mountain Goat -

Lake District Tours -

Lakes Supertours -

Bike Hire:

Country Lanes in Windermere -

Holmescales Activity Centre -

Horse Riding:

Lakeland pony trekking –

Bigland Hall Equestrian -

Water based activities:

Low Wood –

Windermere Canoe and Kayak Centre -

Sailing in Windermere -

Outrun Sailing -

Hot Air Ballooning:

High Adventure -

Virgin Balloon Flights -


Windermere Golf Club -

Carus Green Golf Club (Kendal) -

Kendal Golf Club -




Extra Information

General Terms

Please read the following carefully as there are changes to our normal procedures because of the impact of Corona virus. For more detailed information, please refer to the "safe stay" section on our website.

How to reserve a room:

For all direct bookings, a deposit of £50 will be charged at the time of booking. We will send you an email confirming the booking and let you know what the outstanding balance will be. Your booking is only valid on the successful payment of a deposit.


An invoice for the remaining balance will be emailed to you shortly before arrival to advise you that the balance of your stay will be charged to allow for a contactless check-in. We accept card or BACS payments – however the BACS process must be completed before arrival.

Cancellation/Curtailment and Insurance:

Upon making your booking, we enter into a legal agreement. Cancellations with more than 7 days’ notice, will be fully refundable. Customers who cancel with less than 7 days’ notice, or are a no show, are liable to pay for the booking in full. We would recommend that you take out cancellation insurance to cover any such costs.

Car Parking:

Use of the Southview car park is free. We are fortunate in Windermere that we can offer one parking space for each room but double parking is sometimes required during busy periods. However, as we are currently unable to move guests’ cars, we may not be able to accommodate everyone. Please be advised that you may need to park elsewhere in the village.Also, please note that cars are parked entirely at your own risk and Southview Guest House does not accept any liability for damage or loss while the car is parked. Please don't park in front in front of the garages as they don't belong to Southview.

NON Smoking Policy:

We are an entirely NON SMOKING establishment and smoking is not permitted anywhere within the building. Designated smoking areas are provided with ashtrays for guest use outside. Any guests found having smoked in their rooms will automatically be charged a £100.00 cleaning fee on your debit/credit card.

Check in/out:

Your accommodation will be available to you from 4pm on the day of arrival, unless otherwise arranged. If you are going to arrive after 8pm, please let us know. Similarly checkout is at 10.30am unless otherwise arranged. Late check-out and early check-in are temporarily unavailable.


Breakfast is included and is currently a continental style breakfast served to your room between 8:00 and 9:30am only.

Damages and Breakages:

Please take care with our accommodation. You are responsible and liable for any breakages or damages which you cause to the accommodation or its contents. Please report any damage as soon as it occurs. We do not normally charge for minor accidental breakages, but we may charge you for the full cost to repair or make good if the damage or breakage is significant or caused by misuse.

Children & Pets:

We do not have the appropriate facilities for young children. We do not accept pets of any kind except guide dogs.


We would only cancel your booking if your accommodation was unavailable for reasons beyond our control. We would attempt to help you find alternative accommodation or offer postponement. However, if this was not possible, or unacceptable to you, then we would refund all monies paid by you. Our liability would not extend beyond this refund.


We do not accept any liability for any damage, loss or injury to any member of your party or any vehicles or possessions, unless proven to be caused by a negligent act by ourselves or our employees or contractors whilst acting in the course of employment.


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