What happened next? The ‘Grand Designs’ Dome House in Bowness-on-Windermere

The Dome HouseIf you’re a regular viewer of Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs on Channel 4, you may remember that a few years ago the show visited the Lake District to follow an unusual build in Bowness-on-Windermere.

The end result was the Dome House, an intriguing home situated on Brantfell Road above the village, and overlooking Windermere with a lovely view towards the north of the lake.

Several years have passed since the programme first aired, and in 2016 the Dome House was bought by its new owner, Yvonne Malley (Yvonne was also the anonymous donor who, as she describes on the Dome House’s website, ‘stepped in and loaned the money to fund the part completion of the house’, after seeing the family’s project struggle when the episode was shown).

Over the last few months, Yvonne, her son Phil, and Phil’s wife Joyce, have been extremely busy carrying out renovations and refurbishment to their new property, with the end result being three self-contained guest suites with a balcony looking out onto the view. Phil and Joyce will be running the accommodation on a day-to-day basis, and guests can also make use of the spacious upstairs Dome Room, pictured below.

On completion of the work, I was recently invited to the Dome House’s opening party to see the final result for myself. And as I always try to do when invited to something a little bit different, I took my camera along so that I could share a peek behind the scenes with you too!

Here are a few pictures from the evening, on a quick tour of the guest facilities:

The Domehouse, Bowness-on-Windermere
The view from the upstairs Dome Room, although it was a bit hazy that evening!

View from the Domehouse, Bowness-on-Windermere

Suite 1 at the Domehouse, Bowness-on-Windermere
Suite 1
The Domehouse, Suite 1
The rooms have facilities for making tea and coffee, etc., with cutlery and crockery provided
Bath at the Domehouse
And yes, that’s a polished wooden bath hidden behind the wooden screen!
One of the suites at The Domehouse
Another of the suites

A suite at the Domehouse

The balcony outside the rooms
The balcony outside the rooms
The stairs to the upstairs room
The stairs to the upper floor, and hall below
Inside the Dome Room upstairs
The upstairs Dome Room

If you’d like to know more about the Dome House and its guest accommodation, you can take a look at the Dome House’s website online. It was lovely to see the results of all the family’s recent hard work on the property, and I wish them every success in this exciting new chapter for the house.


  1. I remember the programmme. What happened to the original owners? It looks an awesome place to stay. X