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 birds eye view of the lake with the Grizedale Forest running down to its shores.
The Living Spaces
You will probably enter into 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 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 micro brewed ales.
The big mountain is The Coniston Old Man, rising up 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.
For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide
Guest Reviews For The Heathwaite Farm Cottages
Had a brilliant holiday, loved the cottage, peaceful and comfortable. Absolutely perfect; a total de-stress. Loved the bats and owl.
Trish and Ruth - York
Another awesome week in this gorgeous place. Being woken up by the sheep and birds is fab. See you in September – we love it here.
Tim and Sue - Warwickshire
We’ve had such a lovely time – climbed the old man, boated on the lake. Wish we were staying another week!
Jules and Chris - Skipton
Sunrise over Coniston Lake – definetly worth getting up for on a clear day. A mixture of walking and mooching around ambleside. A bottle of Bluebird bitter next to the fire at the cottage at the end of the day. A great week. Thanks.
'Thank you for a wonderful Christmas at Heathwaite Farm. A TOUGH YEAR FINISHED WITH AN AMAZING CHRISTMAS AT HEATHWAITE! LOVE TO COME BACK!
Catherine and James - London
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 You 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 a few companies that offer a tasty selection. Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Lucy's of Ambleside, and in the north Lakes, Choice Catering run by Debbie Bainbridge.