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Windrush lies in a quiet cul-de-sac a few hundred yards from the village centre. Very well furnished, as recognised by the Visit England 4 Star Gold award, the cottage offers guests comfortable accommodation, along with all the benefits of village amenities and a fantastic landscape to explore. From your door step you have one of a our most beautiful lakes, a rugged mountain range, plenty of activities on, in and around the water, along with pubs, cafes, shops and a micro brewery.
The entrance opens into a hall off which is the bright airy sitting room, with deep sofas and French doors opening out onto the raised deck.
The kitchen is very spacious and well equipped, perfect for preparing meals to serve in the adjoining dining room, with table, sofa and again opening out to the deck area. Off this room is a utility - laundry room and shower room.
Upstairs are the four bedrooms, each decorated and furnished with thought to comfort. There are two doubles, one twin and one bunk bedroom, also the bathroom with bath, overhead shower, hand basin and WC.
The deck overlooks a good sized garden, backing onto the little village primary school. It is perfect for children to play and adults to wine and dine on a summer evening.
For me, the perfect combination of excellent comfort, a village location and a superb landscape makes this super property ideal for family holidays and gatherings of friends for celebration and relaxation.
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 Coppermine 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.
"Welcoming cottage in a convenient location. Near to shops and pubs! Dog and child friendly. Really gorgeous views. Spacious rooms. Home from home. Unforgettable holiday."
W family from Worcestershire.
John and Clare,
It has been a while since my wife, Patricia, left Coniston and returned to our home in Jamaica Plain, MA, but we still have fond memories of our stay there and of Windrush. It could not have been a better vacation for all of us. The cottage was perfect, Mr. Goodship was gracious and understanding when the clothes washer failed. We thank you for making all of this possible and for the very organized and informative manner in which you handled the communications with us. Everyone in our party wants to return to Coniston, and we will be sure to contact you for any further stays we will have in the Lake District.
Best regards to you both,
George and Patricia Pray
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