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Tent Lodge

Coniston, Lake District
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 5 stars
Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
VE 5 star Gold
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

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 12 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Richard 13th June 2019

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

Reviewed by Sally 28th March 2019

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

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

Reviewed by Hanna party January 2018

We stayed at Tent Lodge Coniston on a wet and wild weekend in Janurary with 10 of our friends to celebrate my wife's birthday, but being in such a beautiful house took us away from the terrible weather outside. Richard the owner, showed us round the property and explained everything to us. This was a very nice personal touch which you dont get in mRead moreany places. He had lit the fire in the main room so it was already very homely on our arrival, and told us where we could get more logs if we ran out of the ones we had prepaid for. It is a beautiful house with lots of caracter and history, very easy to relax in such beautiful surroundings. We braved the short walk down to the jetty where the views are spectacular. Im sure on a nicer day it would be a lovely place to avail of the picnic table down there for lunch. It is close enough to the village of Coniston should you want to walk in for supplies, or a pint (which we did) but you feel like your a million miles away from everywhere when in Tent Lodge. Your website was useful and we booked My Personal Spa and Lucy's Kitchen from it. We would highly reccommend both of thier services. Hopefully we will be able to return one day soon. Hide

Reviewed by Beth Calland and Family October 2017

We had such a lovely weekend that like others before us we can't wait to go back. The house and views are stunning. We celebrated our son's 21st birthday and the dining room was the perfect setting. Waking up to the view of the Old Man reflected in the lake was a favourite moment from the weekend. The house had everything we needed and between 13 oRead moref us we certainly made good use of two dishwashers and two fridges. It was great to to be welcomed by Richard and to be able to ask questions. Hide

Reviewed by Helen September 2017

The house was excellent, in a very convenient location ( we parked the cars when we arrived and did not use them at all during our stay). The views from the house were outstanding even when cloudy !!There were 8 of us and we all felt very comfortable in the house. The lounge was a lovely room to spend time in with friends and the dining room felt vRead moreery special. The kitchen was very well equipped - in fact the best I have ever had in any self catering accommodation. The bedrooms were all very comfortable, beds very comfy and the bathrooms were all sparkling and well equipped. The house was very clean and welcoming with a fire lit and lights on our arrival. Richard was very helpful and welcoming. I would recommend this house especially to celebrate an occasion or birthday as it made us all fell very special and hopefully will revisit it ourselves. Hide

Reviewed by Giles August 2017

Fabulous house in a fabulous setting. Facilities were second to none. Nothing was missing. The extensive grounds fronting lake Coniston give ample opportunities for recreation. We flew kites for the kids, picnicked on the tables at lakeside, moored a motor boat up at the jetty. Great traditional family holiday activities. It's position is very prRead moreivate whilst being central to many attractions at the same time Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Blundell April 2017

We had an amazing stay at Tent Lodge. The house was beautiful and well equipped. The view was fantastic and we all found it hard to leave and hope to return.

Reviewed by Hyde family June 2016

We've had a great weekend, the best views of the lake and the house was beautiful. Hope to come again. Lovely stay. Thank you so much!

Reviewed by Daniel May 2016

Walked up Coniston Old Man, mountain biked and plenty of home cooked food. Thank you.

Reviewed by Kayaan (10 years old) May 2016

It was epic, there were loads of rooms and space, and it had a great garden! It also had amazing views!

Reviewed by Robinson family March 2016

A Truly delightful stay in an amazing house and setting. The welcome pack was unexpected and thoroughly appreciated!

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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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