Towards the stunning property and views
Fantastic view from the lounge
Soak in the view
A breathtaking lounge
Towards the property
Enjoy the outdoor space
The picturesque surroundings
The spacious kitchen
The great kitchen and dining area
The larger dining table
The beautiful and airy space
The private estate has it's own jetty
Enjoy the evenings
A great outdoor space to relax in
The lovely matster king size bedroom
A large and spacious room
The ensuite to the master
The second king size double bedroom
The gorgeous twin room
Another lovely king size
The fantastic bathroom
Double ended Victoria and Albert bath
Three single beds upstairs
Beautiful touches
The attic bedroom
The private driveway
Simply stunning views
The view that changes with the light
Great walks from the front door
The magnificent house
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3 / 30  Soak in the view
4 / 30  A breathtaking lounge
5 / 30  Towards the property
6 / 30  Enjoy the outdoor space
7 / 30  The picturesque surroundings
8 / 30  The spacious kitchen
9 / 30  The great kitchen and dining area
10 / 30  The larger dining table
11 / 30  The beautiful and airy space
12 / 30  The private estate has it's own jetty
13 / 30  Enjoy the evenings
14 / 30  A great outdoor space to relax in
15 / 30  The lovely matster king size bedroom
16 / 30  A large and spacious room
17 / 30  The ensuite to the master
18 / 30  The second king size double bedroom
19 / 30  The gorgeous twin room
20 / 30  Another lovely king size
21 / 30  The fantastic bathroom
22 / 30  Double ended Victoria and Albert bath
23 / 30  Three single beds upstairs
24 / 30  Beautiful touches
25 / 30  The attic bedroom
26 / 30  The private driveway
27 / 30  Simply stunning views
28 / 30  The view that changes with the light
29 / 30  Great walks from the front door
30 / 30  The magnificent house

Tent Lodge

Coniston, Lake District
Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC55


Located in the heart of the Lake District, set just above the shores of Coniston water, this magnificent house offers guests a rare opportunity to enjoy weekend and extended breaks in a stunning Georgian country home.

Offering a more bespoke arrangement in luxurious surroundings, Guests are able to tailor-make their stay, where possible, with flexible arrival days and durations (please call for more details)

The position was chosen for the dramatic views of both Coniston Water and the famous Coniston Old Man. From the extensive grounds surrounding the house, a 17acre meadow sweeps down to the lakeshore, where you will find the estates private jetties. A perfect place for boating, swimming and fishing.

There are few houses in the Lake District that can offer such a backdrop as this, where to watch the sun set over the mountain, reflected in a mirror like lake, is a special experience in itself.

The History

The history is as romantic as the setting, beginning before the house was built in the early 1800s.

Around 1802 the Smith family resided at nearby Townson Ground, where the story revolves around their daughter Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ Smith. Elizabeth, considered by many to be a most inspired, scholarly, and bright individual, was well connected to a circle of literary and artistic acolytes, especially Thomas De Quincey. At Townson Ground ‘Bessie’ lived the life of the romantic and, as in all good romantic tales of the time, she became ill, succumbing to consumption. During her final months the family erected a tent on the lawn opposite Townson Ground so that Elizabeth could fade gently with her favourite view in sight. Her family duly carried out her dying wish to build a new house on this lawn in her memory, Tent Lodge. The Romantic and literary connections of Tent Lodge did not end with Elizabeth.

In 1818 William Turner painted the house in a work named ‘Coniston Water with Tent Lodge’ (the original now resides in The Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge). Alfred Lord Tennyson, the soon-to-be Poet Laureate, and his bride Emily spent part of their honeymoon there in 1850, and were visited by Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Coventry Patmore, and Edward Lear. The Tennyson’s returned in 1857, their guest was Charles Dodgson, destined to become more famous as Lewis Carroll, author of the Alice in Wonderland books.

Come the 20th Century ownership had moved to the Holt family, owners of the White Star Line. Miss Emma Holt often shared afternoon tea with her great friend Beatrix Potter, who used to spend time reading the tales from her little books to her friend’s avid young relative, George Melly.

The Holts, not surprisingly had many boats, which they allowed friends to use including the Collingwood family who cared for the young Arthur Ransome, teaching him to sail and the ways of the lake. Ransome used these experiences when writing his famous 'Swallows & Amazons' children's books, indeed Tent Lodge and its occupants were thought to be the inspiration for Beckfoot and some of the story's characters.

The House - Overview

Today, Tent Lodge affords parties of up to thirteen to get away and enjoy perfect peace in both style and comfort. Set on the north east shore of Coniston Water you arrive via a private drive. From the main door you step into the oval entrance hall, where to the right you find the fine, original sweeping staircase. Off the hall lie the three main rooms.

Living Spaces

The sitting room forms the centre of the house. A beautiful room, it is suffused in a gentle light from the magnificent French windows, which frame the picture perfect view of the gardens, with the meadow, lake and mountains beyond. Contemporary furniture blends well, and the open fire adds warmth and ambience in the autumn and winter months.

The dining room is at the north side of the house. A good sized room with French windows looking down to the lake, and from the north elevation the bowed window has long views up the valley to Helvelyn and the White Lady waterfall. A fine table and open fire for winter make this a perfect room to enjoy grand dinners long into the night in the very best of company. The Kitchen lies at the south side of the house. A large space, it is well equipped for self-catering with an AGA at its centre. A breakfast table sits in front of French

windows, again offering views of both the lake and mountain. To the rear is a laundry room and storage space, and to the side is a door leading to the rear porch with a cloakroom area and downstairs WC. An outside door affords access to a courtyard and the gardens overlooking the lake. From the kitchen there is also another small hallway with a stairway leading to the south side bedrooms.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

The upper floors are accessed by either of two staircases. At the north side is the original staircase, curling round onto the upper landing. Here there are three bedrooms (please note due to the height and open nature of this staircase children should be supervised at all times).

The first is a double with a king sized bed and an en-suite shower room. Next is a twin bedded room, and ahead, through one of its two entry doors, lies the central master king sized bedroom. These latter two rooms share a spacious shower room with a very large walk in shower, double basins and WC, which is accessed from within each bedroom. Both these bedrooms and the shower room enjoy stunning views and together they may be used separately or will serve ideally as a family suite.

From the south stairway, onto a landing, you come to a double bedroom, with king-sized bed and en-suite WC and basin. Opposite this room is a fabulous house bathroom, with a luxurious double-ended V&A bath, large walk in shower, basin, WC and bidet.

To each side of the landing, short narrow staircases lead up to each of the two attic bedrooms with their combed ceilings, where one has two single beds, the other three single beds. These rooms easily accommodate able-bodied adults and are great fun for children. Finally, at the end of the landing up a few steps, you have the second door opening into the central master bedroom.

Grounds, Gardens & The Lake Shore

Outside there is much space to relax and play. Surrounding the house are terraces and sloping lawns where it will be easy to find a pleasing spot to tuck away and enjoy a good read. From the garden there is a gate and pathway which leads across the meadow to the water's edge where there is 800 yards of shared, private lakeshore with the other properties on the estate, along with three shared jetties. On a lazy summers day this is perfect for picnics, swimming and fishing.

The house, its setting and lakeshore make a perfect country house getaway for gathering with friends and family.

Guests may bring their own boat/dinghy upto a maximum of 26ft. Usual Coniston Water regulations apply (including 10 mile per hour speed limit) Use of jetties and all estate facilities is at guests own risk.

Out & About

Set in the heart of The Lake District, Coniston is popular with cyclists, walkers and those that enjoy getting on the water. The village offers shops, cafes, pubs (one with its own microbrewery), a couple of restaurants, a church and a petrol station.

At Coniston’s Boating Centre you can hire all manner of craft including canoes, rowing boats, small sailing craft, along with our favourite, the little electric motor boats, perfect to explore this beautiful lake in relaxed style.

The big mountain is Coniston Old Man. Well marked paths lead to the summit where the view is reward itself. Grizedale Forest runs down the east shore. This huge managed woodland, has well laid out tracks that take you on wonderful walking and cycling trails, passing many woodland sculptures along the way

To ensure exclusivity and uninterrupted enjoyment for all resident guests, occasional non-resident visitors are allowed for short visits to the properties only by prior arrangement with the owners. Thank-you

Please note there is a refundable £500 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • Bedrooms - 3 king-size bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 1 attic twin room and 1 attic triple room 
  • Bathrooms – 1 bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, basin, bidet and WC, 1 en-suite shower room, 1 ‘Jack & Jill’ shower room with walk-in shower, double-basin vanity unit & WC, 1 cloakroom on the ground floor 
  • 2 open fires – Lounge & dining room (Logs available to pre-order £8 per bag. Contact us for further information)
  • Kitchen – Aga, electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer 
  • Bed linen, towels, electricity and oil central heating included 
  • Nursery equipment
  • Smart TV with DVD player 
  • CD player and iPod Dock 
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Garden furniture 
  • BBQ 
  • 2 well behaved dogs welcome
  • Parking for 5 cars - a further 2 cars by arrangement with the owner
  • Lakeside access
  • Pub 1.5 miles 
  • Please note due to the height and open nature of the main staircase children should be supervised at all time 
  • Guests may bring own boat (max 26ft) and use the estate's jetties. Please contact us for further information
  • Please contact us with any enquiries about alternative arrival days and durations
  • Maximum occupancy - 13

There are walking, cycling and rowing opportunities on your doorstep, but should you want to go further afield, the rest of the Lake District is within easy reach. Hawkshead (3 miles), a delightful, car-free village with a labyrinth of cobbled streets, and Near Sawrey, once home to Beatrix Potter at Hill Top (owned by the National Trust) are both worth a visit. For a picturesque breakfast/coffee/lunch, head to the riverside café and shop at Skelwith Bridge (6.5 miles). For those with younger members in the party, Grizedale Forest with trails, tree-top adventures and Segways is 6 miles away. Alternatively, step back in time at Wray Castle (6 miles) and enjoy the many activities available, including boat rides from the jetty. Ambleside, Grasmere and Bowness-on-Windermere are also nearby.

Holly Popham

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Lisa 24th September 2020

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A beautiful property in one of the best locations in the Lakes, fantastic for visiting local villages with plenty of walks from the doorstep. The house has a breath taking view across Coniston whatever the weather and is extremely comfortable and fully equipped with everything you could need. The owners were very friendly and helpful. We hope to reRead moreturn soon! Hide

Reviewed by Edgar 3rd September 2020

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This is the third time that we have used Tent Lodge for family get togethers. We have also used other properties on the estate some six times. Richard and Wendy Nelson are such wonderful hosts and nothing is too much trouble.

Reviewed by Justin 16th January 2020

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Wow! What a great home in an absolutely wonderful location. A group of 12 of us (and a dog) stayed during January and couldn't recommend the home enough; the house is huge and there is more than enough room for everyone. Once all the rads are on and firing the house heats up wonderfully and the log fire in the main front room is brilliant in the evRead moreenings to cosy up around. The beds are some of the comfiest we have ever stayed in and the location is great for a peaceful stay! Hide

Reviewed by Richard 13th June 2019

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I'd go just for the view. Everything else is a bonus

Reviewed by Sally 28th March 2019

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Tent Lodge is in an amazing location, with stunning views from most of the windows. Private access to the lake is a bonus, and it's a pleasant, easy 20 min or so walk down to the lakeside in Coniston itself. The owners are very attentive and on hand to help with any questions/issues. The property is great for an extended family gathering, with an eRead morextremely well-equipped kitchen, utility space, and very dog friendly. Hide

Reviewed by Ian 14th February 2019

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Amazing house. Incredible views of the lake. Owners were awesome.

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Towards the stunning property and views
Fantastic view from the lounge
Soak in the view
A breathtaking lounge
Towards the property
Enjoy the outdoor space
The picturesque surroundings
The spacious kitchen
The great kitchen and dining area
The larger dining table
The beautiful and airy space
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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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