If your idea of the perfect Lake District holiday is to have magnificent lake views, walks from your doorstep up onto mountain paths, a village within walking distance and plenty of activities, both on and around the water, then Heathwaite Farm may well be for you.
Approached by a steep narrow lane and set around the old farmyard, the Farmhouse along with adjoining Heathwaite Cottage and, lying across the farmyard, Bracken and Hay Barn, all are surrounded by meadow and pasture, with footpaths leading to the summit of the Old Man, giving the walker a stunning panoramic view of the Lake District.
Wildlife is abundant, with Buzzards soaring overhead, Green Woodpeckers hammering trees and Swallows performing avian aerobatics in and out of the old barns. Herdwick sheep graze the surrounding fells, and cattle, which, on occasion, are driven into the farmyard for dipping and shearing, a fascinating sight for children and adults alike - keep the camera ready.
A meadow path leads down to the village where there are shops, cafes and inns and, down by the lake, you can hire rowing, sailing and little powered boats.
The house has superb views from its private garden giving a bird's eye view of the lake with the Grizedale Forest running down to its shores.
The Living Spaces
You will probably enter the kitchen, spacious and well equipped to produce some hearty meals. To the rear is a scullery/store room for boots and bits, and off this is a simple downstairs shower and WC. From the kitchen you step into a large sitting room with big sofas, light streaming in from large windows and a roaring log fire. Down the main hall and you come to the dining room with an open fire, grand views, all very perfect for family meals and after dinner conversation long into the evening.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
Wide stairs take you upstairs to the long hall and four bedrooms. Two are double, spacious and with fine views, two are twin. The bathroom is situated off the hall, down some little steps and has bath, overhead shower, basin and WC. Finally, there is a further bunk bed room downstairs, opposite the dining room.
The private garden is spacious, where to the front is a little beck and waterfall where children can splash, and paddle and adults can enjoy a glass of wine with a view filled by the lake, fell and sky. Beyond the private garden there are meadows and fells to explore where you will find the perfect spot to picnic with a lake view as your backdrop.
The owners have a few free-ranging hens, known collectively as The Girls, wandering around. It is possible to purchase eggs on site.
Set in the heart of The Lake District, Coniston is popular with walkers and those that enjoy getting on the water. The village offers plenty of shops, cafes, pubs and inns, the oldest being the Black Bull serving up its own microbrewed ales.
The big mountain is The Coniston Old Man, rising over the village and lake. Climbable by any reasonably fit person, there are well-marked tracks to the summit. Even if you only go part way the view will be memorable.
East of the lake is the huge Grizedale Forest. A centre for all things woodland, there are trails that take you on a nine-mile route, where on the way you can spot the many sculptures created by resident and visiting artists. At the visitor centre bikes can be hired for mountain biking, and at Go-Ape, the tree top assault course, you can find your inner Tarzan.
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.