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Set in the heart of the lake district, the Townson Ground Estate lies at the north east head of Coniston Water, offering easy access to the many areas of shoreline open to the public, along with excellent walks and a nearby village.
Under new ownership from 2014 Angela & Craig are delighting in their new venture at Garden House, with refurbishment and in the detail for their guests enjoyment and comfort.
Garden House is one of a group of six adjoining, individually owned houses and cottages. The village of Coniston lies about a mile and a quarter around the lake, offering shops, cafes and a number of good pubs serving locally brewed ale.
Garden House adjoins the main Townson Ground House. Approached either by steps from the lane or a path from the car park, this little cottage looks out on to a sunny patio and lawned garden with a perfect view of the mountains.
Built all on one level, you enter into the sitting dining room with contemporary furnishings, bright sunny windows and as a focal point, a cheery log burning stove.
The kitchen is compact, and thoughtfully equipped having everything you need to prepare hearty dinners or light lunches, along with the delightful Breakfast and coffee suggestion box and Welcome tray that Angela leaves for her guests.
There are two bedrooms, one the master double elegantly furnished, the other a compact pretty twin perhaps more suited to children. The bathroom is fitted with bath, overhead shower, wc and basin.
Outside the garden is a real delight, offering a perfect place to relax with mountain views and evening sun.
With the lake so close, plenty of walks and a good village a short distance away, the Garden House is perfect for couples or a small family, ideal to explore central lakeland.
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 centre 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.
Lakeland Extras - You Time
Holidays are are all about relaxing and reviving along with having fun. It should also be about your time, time for yourself, a little self indulgence. Adding some of these extras will enhance your holiday experience and give you that much deserved U Time.
My Personal Sanctuary
MPS is a luxurious and truly indulgent beauty therapy service delivering 5 star quality organic treatments carried out in the comfort of your cottage. Your treatments are carried out by carefully selected therapists, who ensure you are enveloped in calmness, serenity and relaxation from the moment you embark on your treatment journey. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enhance your stay and even better, when you book one of our lake district cottages you will recieve a 5% reduction from MPS on your chosen treatment.
Home Cooked Meals
A delicious home cooked meal delivered to you door will give you even more time to yourself. We have found two companies that offer a tasty selection, Lucy's of Ambleside, and in the north Lakes, Choice Catering run by Debbie Bainbridge.