Sleeps 2 | Friday Changeover | No Pets | VE 5 Star Gold Award
Access to Private Lake Shore and Jetties
Please Note Property Not Suited For Children & Mobile Babies
Garden Hot Tub
This super cottage lies in the grounds of Townson ground, a group of some six privately owned holiday homes.
The area was much favoured by such literary lights as Tennyson, Turner and later Arthur Ransome, author of the much loved childrens series of novels The Swallows & Amazons. Each drew inspiration from the surrounds where the views give a deep sense of the power and beauty of the Lake District landscape.
The cottage has access to private, shared lake shore and jetties. Cross the lane and down through a meadow there are three jetties which, for a small fee, guests may moor their own boats or hire rowing, sailing or powered boats from the Coniston Boating Centre. With eight hundred yards of shore line to explore and the whole lake to muck about on, in and by, you have the ideal recipe for the perfect Lakeland holiday.
The village of Coniston lies about a mile and half around the lake, a mostly flat walk, offering shops, cafes and a number of good pubs serving locally brewed ale.
For me this is a super cottage for two, ideal for honeymoons, romantic breaks and summer holidays. Built in a traditional style but with all mod cons, including a Jaccuzzi garden hot tub, the cottage is contemporary in its decor and designed for easy living and comfort.
Surrounded by its own large garden there are views of Swirl Howe, one of the craggy peaks that form the Coniston Mountain Range.
You step into a good sized open plan living space. To one end is a fully fitted kitchen area with quality German units and polished granite stone surfaces, offering all you need to rustle up your favourite recipes.
The sitting room area sits under a pitched ceiling, with a roaring log burner to add a bit of atmosphere in winter months. French doors open to the main garden area where you can enjoy and drink, enjoy the view and relax and unwind in the Jaccuzzi Spa tub. For added ease the owner provides extra towels and robes for your comfort and spa experience.
The bedroom is very comfortable with a king sized double bed and pretty furnishings. The bathroom is a good size with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC.
All in all this is a fabulous cottage set in a perfect location at the heart of the Lake District, perfect for exploring the National Park, relaxing in and around the cottage, all with the added benefit of lakeside access.
Boat Mooring - Use Of Lakeside
Coniston village sits in the very heart of the Lake District at the northwest tip of Coniston Water, sheltered in the lea of the Coniston mountain range. Radiating from the stone bridge, spanning Church Beck, the four main streets are a bustling community with a fine church, shops, a post office, cafes, a local brewery and five good pubs.
This is a village with much to do, the location perfect for outdoor pursuits; climbing, walking, cycling and water sport holidays. On all points of the compass there are trails, leafy forest paths, tracks and lake shores to explore, and you need travel very little to find a new and exciting landscape.
Coniston Water is one the most people friendly lakes, with much of the shore and the whole lake open to the public. Famous as the backdrop and inspiration for Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons and Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell's world speed attempts, its wooded and grassy banks, along with the craggy coves and the deep clear water offer a habitat to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Here pike, trout, perch and ancient char thrive along with swans, heron, ducks, woodpeckers and owls to name a few and recently there has been a re-introduction of red kites. Red squirrels are abundant as are wild red deer and badger, and, perhaps best of all, is the return of otters to Coniston.
At the boating centre you can hire rowing boats, sailing dinghies, kayaks and canoes or my favourite, the small motorboats, perfect for a day out exploring the hidden bays and wooded coves. The Centre also hires mountain bikes and electric bikes to help get you around the lanes and up onto the fells.
Still at the Boating Centre, you can hop aboard one of the Coniston Launches with regular trips down the lake, stopping at various landing points including Brantwood, home of John Ruskin where, along with the Jumping Jenny restaurant, it makes for a good day out discovering the culture and work of the Pre Raphaelites and the Art and Crafts Movement.
For a romantic trip on the water you can board the famous Steam yacht ‘Gondola’. A beautiful rebuilt steam powered craft that will transport you back to an era of greater peace and tranquility. The yacht can be hired for large private parties, or maybe splash out for just the two of you as a grand gesture. Finally, the lake offers more simple pursuits: fishing, swimming or simply finding a nice spot for a picnic and enjoying a magnificent view.
For walking, climbing and mountain biking the choice is huge, with the whole of the mountain range to explore. The Old Man of Coniston stands at 2635 feet and is very popular, offering various well-marked paths to the summit. If you only go part way the view will be spectacular, the pint in the pub on your return all the more delicious.
From the village one of my favourite paths takes you deep into the old Coppermines Valley, with its beck and waterfalls. At the head of the valley you carry on to discover the hidden tarns set on the lower slopes of the mountain.
There are plenty of low level walks and cycle trails. On the east side of Coniston water lies the Grizedale Forest. A massive working woodland, it is crisscrossed with paths and tracks for walking and mountain biking. The Forest is big into arts, commissioning fabulous statues and installations throughout. It is well worth driving via Hawkshead, around to the visitor center for a forest map and information to get the best from your day out.
After all that exploring drink and sustenance will be in order. The village has five pubs and a number of cafes. The Black Bull on the bridge is the oldest and an old favourite, but to ring the changes you can try the Ship Inn, the Sun Hotel, the Crown and the Yewdale or maybe a dainty cocktail at Harrys Bar.
We have stayed in many cottages and this was by far the best. So beautifully finished and in a wonderful location.
We totally love this place, our honeymoon was perfect.
Nigel and Camilla
Thanks so much for the amazing stay in a wonderful cottage. We are very sad to be leaving. We hope to be back soon.
Alex & Inge Holland
Local Areas Of InterestConiston Water & Mountain
Coniston Tourist Information Centre - All you need for info on the area.
Grocers, Co-op, Butcher.
Coniston Boating Centre – For boat and bike hire, launch and steamer trips. The Bluebird Cafe.
Summit Treks for outdoor adventure, courses, kit and hire.
Meadowdore Cafe - Run by Frances Hall perfect for the Mega breakfast before hitting the fells.
Harry’s Wine Bar - Breakfast, Pasta, coffee, steaks, wine, local ale & cocktails.
Ruskin Museum – For info on Ruskin and Coniston including Donald Campbell.
East of Lake Road
Plenty of bays and coves to swim, fish and picnic
Church House Inn - Great pub serving great cuisine (Good Food Guide 2010)
Grizedale Forest - great day out for hiking or mountan biking - Maps and bike hire available at the visitor centre.
Go-Ape - At the Grizedale Forest - Mad wild fun in a tree top adventure with breathtaking scenery, tree-top wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires - finished off with a dose of people in search of their inner Tarzan.