A story of two families

Back in the late noughties, an architect with a dream to build an eco-house, with the unwavering support of his wife and children, set about making this a reality in the small Lakeland town of Bowness on Windermere. The house would be rather large with a geodesic, grass covered roof, totally enveloping the rather drab 1980s building then being lived in by the family, and so Dome House was born.

Featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs

The story was picked up by the Channel 4 Grand Designs programme and the whole world (or so it seemed), watched with fascination at the unfolding story.

Predictably, timescales slipped, one of the harshest winters for years hit and the family were fast running out of money, leaving the viewers wondering how this would all end.

Times were changing for Dome House

In 2011, an anonymous donor stepped in and loaned the money to fund the part completion of the house, and it seemed that this part of the story might have a happy ending. That donor was me.

After trying to make a go of things for a few years, the family sold the house to me in 2016 and I began the process of bringing it back to life.
Now begins the story of the second family.

Now begins the story of the second family

My son and his wife, Phil and Joyce, moved into Dome House and with the help of my nephew Richard, a Building Surveyor at Lea Hough Ltd, and Matt Hall of Hall Construction Ltd, we set about totally refurbishing the huge house.

The end result has been to retain the unique appearance of Dome House but to also improve the guest experience under the care of Phil and Joyce.

I wish them all the luck and success in the world in their new venture.

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Dome House Suites

Suite 1
Suite 2
Suite 3
The Apartment

Suite Detail


Along the corridor from Suites 2 and 3, Suite 1 offers a quirky polished wood bathtub and separate shower room in a slightly larger space, as well as the same relaxed atmosphere, balcony and views.

Sleep well in the king-sized bed, enjoy flat screen TV, Villeroy and Boch shower-room and a balcony with spectacular views of the Lake and mountains. You can watch the famous ever changing colours of the scenery or the TV, itโ€™s your choice.

As well as all the above, the bits and bobs you would expect to find in thoughtful accommodation are there for you.

Suite Detail


Throughout the Dome House we aim to provide a relaxing environment in simple, uncluttered contemporary spaces.

Suites 2 and 3 offer comfort and a place to be you.

Each has a king-sized bed, flat screen TV, Villeroy and Boch bathroom with shower and a balcony with spectacular views of the Lake and mountains. You can watch the famous ever changing colours of the scenery or the TV, itโ€™s your choice.

Suite Detail


Throughout the Dome House we aim to provide a relaxing environment in simple, uncluttered contemporary spaces.

Suites 2 and 3 offer comfort and a place to be you.

Each has a king-sized bed, flat screen TV, Villeroy and Boch bathroom with shower and a balcony with spectacular views of the Lake and mountains. You can watch the famous ever changing colours of the scenery or the TV, itโ€™s your choice.

Suite Detail


We really believe that this apartment has to be the among the best, self-contained, luxury accommodation you will find for miles around. It is available for weekly lets and is also dog friendly. So bring pooch with you too!

This stunning ground floor apartment comprises a lounge/dining kitchen with access to its own private patio area with fell water feature. (It seemed a shame to divert all of that water out of sight until it feeds into the Lake!)

There are 2 bedrooms each with King-sized beds and flat screen TVโ€™s

The luxury bathroom with bath, shower, twin basins and toilet is complemented by a second separate toilet to avoid those, inevitable, leg crossing moments in a morning.

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  • Autumnal mushrooms in our garden
  • Looking sparkly as the sun goes down
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Facilities & Amenities

Escape the hustle, sit on the balcony drinking wine or hit those hills.

Dome Room Lounge

The Dome Room is available to guests every day. With its unique geodesic roof and amazing views over Lake Windermere, it really is the perfect place to sit and relax.

Tea, coffee and an ice machine are provided. Bringing your own bottle is perfectly ok with us.

The Lakes

The Lake District National Park is right on your doorstep.ย  Europe’s largest National Park, now a Unesco World Heritage Site and featuring England’s highest peak and largest lake, offers all manner of walking, hiking, riding and sailing for all levels of experience over its approximately 2,362 square kilometers.

Nearby

Bowness on Windermere has many shops, restaurants and bars, traditional pubs, museums and even a cinema to keep you entertained and all within walking distance of Dome House.

Woodland Garden

Up the slope to the side of Dome House you will find an area to sit and unwind amongst the trees, with one of the best views in the whole Lake District (even if we do say so ourselves!).

Outdoor Terrace

Located at the front of Dome House and available to all guests, it is ideal for that sunset drink.

On-site parking

We have a limited amount of onsite parking for the exclusive use of our guests and available at no extra cost.ย  Parking in Bowness on Windermere can be expensive!

Transport links

Getting here is easy whether it’s by car or public transport.ย  Exit 36 of the M6 will get you into the South Lakes, with nearby Windermere clearly signposted.ย  Our postcode for SatNav is LA23 3AE.

Windermere has its own railway station, which is linked to from Oxenholme on the West Coast mainline.

Bus and Taxi services are available between Windermere and Bowness on Windermere, the distance is approximately one mile.

Contact & Location

The beating heart of Bowness, Lake District

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Brantfell Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. LA23 3AE.

01539 444 351

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