The surrounding area: Cowmire Hall lies in the Winster Valley, one of the Lake District's most peaceful valleys, about equidistant (7 miles) from Kendal, Windermere and Grange-over-Sands. There is a variety of good shops in all three towns, Booth's excellent supermarkets in Kendal and Windermere, two other supermarkets outside Kendal, and local farmers' markets. This is not the place to list all the attractions of the Lake District, but the National Trust hire out rowing boats at Fell Foot on Windermere (4 miles), where there is also a restaurant. Three great country houses with fine gardens are nearby - Sizergh Castle (NT), Levens Hall and Holker Hall, as well as the art galleries at Blackwell and Abbot Hall.
Local facilities: Damson Dene Hotel (2 miles) with small swimming-pool and gymnasium, also a beauty salon; an excellent village shop and post office, and the Hare & Hounds Inn in Bowland Bridge (1 mile); two other good pubs within walking distance; the Punchbowl Inn - a gastropub in Crosthwaite; St Anthony's Church, Cartmel Fell (Sunday service 09.30); a network of lovely lanes and footpaths, including walks over Whitbarrow Scar. Riding is available at Witherslack Equestrian Centre (2 miles).