A very special big house to rent in Windermere village.

5-Star Holiday HOUSE for Large Groups IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

4.7 Over All Reviews
4.6/5

Unforgettable Celebrations for Large Groups and Family Gatherings

Discover the perfect venue for your next celebration in the breathtaking beauty of Windermere in the Lake District National Park. Our 5-star holiday house is perfect for large groups, family celebrations, and special events like girls’ weekends and hen nights. Whether you’re planning a grand party for friends or seeking a relaxing retreat for three generations, the majestic Orrest Head House offers everything you need for an unforgettable experience. Get ready to create special memories in this idyllic setting, where luxury and comfort blend seamlessly to make your stay truly exceptional. 

Why book our big house in the Lakes.

Best Rates

Booking directly through our website ensures that you get the best price available. Let us know if you are a smaller party or if you require unusual dates. We'll do our best to help.

Stay in style.
Orrest Head House and Cottage are eclectically styled. With a blend of traditional Lakeland Cottage and modern cool. The bar in Orrest House is the perfect place for a party and the gardens have been used for many a family rounders game.

Personalised Service

When you book Orrest Head House or Cottage, you receive personalised service from the moment you enquire until your check-out we'll be there to help you with any questions or special requests.

Our Properties

Get the little things right and the big things will follow.

At all of our large holiday houses in the Lakes we work really hard to get the detail right. With Orrest Head we’ve retained the best of the character of this majestic property and added our own chapter to the story. Orrest Head House has extensive gardens where kids ‘big’ and small can safely run free.

Play hard, sleep well.

There are so many adventures, so many great things to do and great places to visit we know that when you star at any of our big luxury cottages in Windermere, you’ll need a great nights sleep to recharge your batteries. That’s why we provide cosy 13.5 tog feather and goose down duvets and crisp white linen. There are 5 bedrooms, all ensuite (2 with in bedroom baths), 3 are king size and 2 triple bedrooms with single beds that can be pushed together. We put double duvets on our single beds for an extra comfortable sleep.

"How very boutique."

All 5 bedrooms have ensuite shower rooms. Bedrooms one and two also have boutique hotel style in room baths overlooking the gardens and bedroom three has a roll top bath as well as a powerful shower.

What We Offer

Fully Equiped Kitchen

Enjoy the convenience of a fully equipped kitchen, complete with all the utensils and crockery you need to prepare a delicious meal.

All The Essentials

We've got your entertainment covered. Listen to your Spotify playlist on our Marshall Bluetooth speaker or login, sit back and watch your favourite movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime on our Smart TV in the lounge.


Comfort & Style

Indulge in the ultimate comfort and style, We've designed our houses to be cool and sophisticated but very usable. We don't want any of our guests to be worried about using the house as it should be.

Amazing Location

Orrest Head House has direct access to the National Trust footpath that leads to the summit of Orrest Head. One of the most outstanding short walks in the English Lake District. The walk that changed the renowned writer Alfred Wainwrights life.

Free Wi-Fi

Stay connected with up to 500 MBPS of free Wi-Fi available to all guests. With mesh extenders ensuring a good signal throughout the property.

Parking and EV charging.

We have parking for a whole fleet of cars plus a 7.5KWH EV charger - no range anxiety here!

Smart Entertainment

Unwind with your favourite shows on our smart TV in the lounge use your login to access popular streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus.

Linen & Towels

Rest easy knowing fresh linen and towels are provided for your stay.

Things You don't want to miss out during your stay

Discover the must-see attractions and experiences that you simply can’t afford to miss during your stay. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, our curated list ensures you make the most of your time and create unforgettable memories.

What our clients say about their experience

UpFront Reviews

Why You Should Choose
Orrest Head House and Cottage?

Luxury Facilities

Prime Location

Free fast wifi

Stunning Views

EV Charging

Walk from the door

Dog-friendly

People's Choice Award

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I? Do you? When? What? And how?

Here are a number of questions we are frequently asked about our big luxury houses in the Lake District. Hopefully they'll help answer your query if not, please email and we'll be happy to send you an answer to any relevant question.

Unfortunately, our houses are usually fully booked. They’re large houses and need the full 6 hours between 10am and 4pm to clean thoroughly. Therefore, we can’t offer either early arrivals or late departures.

We make the keys available from 1.30pm so you so can pick them up early, get everything sorted and be ready to go at 4pm, you’re welcome to park at the houses from 2pm but our housekeepers will need until 4pm to get the house ready for you

You’re welcome to leave your cars while you walk down to the village for breakfast, however we need them moving before 12pm in readiness for our incoming guests.

Unfortunately 4 dogs is absolute maximum.

We have taken the decision not to allow weddings at any of our houses – sorry.

All of our houses on The Terrace feature hot tubs. We do not allow them to be used at Orrest Head House or Cottage.

Our cleaners are only contracted on Fridays and Mondays, which are our changeover days, you’re welcome to leave the house on the Sunday, but the break will run to Monday 10am when the cleaners come in.

Our cleaners are only contracted on Fridays and Mondays, which are our changeover days. Of course, you only have to use as much of that time as you want but you’ll still have to pay for the full break.

Yes we we offer different discounts depending on which combination of properties you are interested in. Please get in touch and we’ll email you a quote.

Yes, all our properties have barbecues however, our cleaners are not contracted to clean them, we rely on our guests to leave them in good condition.

Yes, our manager can put you in touch with a number of our preferred caterers once you’ve booked.

Yes, our manager can organize a complete linen change for you at any time in your break. There is a charge, which varies from house to house, please ask for a price.

We regularly receive online deliveries for our guests, we’re happy to store them in the house, but we can’t take responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the product.

We’re very happy with “up-market hen nights” in all our properties EXCEPT Oakland Hall, which is in a quiet residential area and therefore is not an appropriate venue for a hen night.

Yes, we now supply towels, complimentary soaps and shampoos in all of our properties.

All of our properties have their own Wi-Fi connection and router. There is no charge however we would really like you to like us on Facebook in return (if you’re on it).

Yes, some of our single beds can be pushed together and made up as super kings. Unfortunately, the wooden bed type of bed cannot be made up as doubles. If if you would like a super king to set up, please ask Liz. We do need to know at least a week before arrival as we may have to redeploy bedding to achieve your wishes.

Parking is tight at the Terrace and the number of available parking spaces varies from house to house, 5 to 6 cars per property. If you do bring more cars than those allocated there are free spaces locally, the nearest are on Thwaites Lane (behind Lakeland). To find Thwaites Lane turn right out of The Terrace then Thwaites Lane is the next right hand turn (opposite Orrest Head House). It is vital that you do not park in another house’s parking space, it causes friction and isn’t a great way for anyone to start their break. Thank you for your understanding. There is ample parking if you have booked Orrest Head House, Orrest Head Cottage or Oakland Hall.

Liz our manager will endeavor to help you organize anything to help make your break even more special. Please email Liz and she’ll give you a quick answer to whether what you want to do is achievable.

One thing that really upsets us is when people sellotape banners/photos to our walls, it tears the wallpaper and leaves awful scars, Blu-Tack is not much better it leaves greasy marks. If you must put up banners’ please tape them to the glass on our pictures, mirrors on fixtures that won’t be damaged after you leave. We appreciate your understanding.

We have now removed all games from the houses as unfortunately the pieces were constantly being scattered to the four winds or going missing, which was frustrating for us and even more so for the next guests.

We do not have any ground floor bedrooms or any specific disability friendly features. The houses do all have large doors for better access and some of the houses have downstairs toilets. But guests in wheelchairs may find access difficult. 

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