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Summer Hill House - Apartment 5

Spark Bridge - Nr Coniston Water

Key Information


Star Rating:VE 5 Star


Pets:No Pets

Other: Bay Views
Wi-Fi Broadband
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Dating back to the late 1700's, Summer Hill is a beautiful Grade II listed country house of classical Georgian design, set in extensive, landscaped gardens, with sweeping lawns and an ornamental fountain.

A much loved private family home for over 200 years, today there has been an exciting re-creation of the property, changing it into five super, privately owned apartments, retaining the grandness of the period architecture, but adding a contemporary modern twist to the project.

The house is tucked away on a gentle hill above Spark Bridge, just below Coniston Water. The location gives you easy access to the lakes and mountains lying to the north, along with the Grizedale Forest. To the south lies the Cartmel Peninsula with its pretty villages and rugged coastline of the Morecambe Bay, and east is Newby Bridge at the foot of Lake Windermere.


Living Spaces

No 5 lies on the first floor, with access from the lower side entrance, where a grand communal staircase takes you up three levels, past soaring tall windows, affording picture perfect views and on up to the top floor landing with its niche flanked by two grand fluted columns.

Enter into the hallway and walk through to the main living space. Open plan, to one end is the modern kitchen and dining area offering all mod cons for easy living.

To the other end lies the sitting room area, with two plump sofas perfect to curl up on and relax, read or take in a movie. The window is filled with views of the grounds, and in the far distance a wonderful view of the Morecambe Bay and the distant Arnside fells.


Bedrooms & Bathrooms

The bedroom lies to the rear of the building with picture perfect view out to gardens. The double bed is complimented with stylish furniture and fabrics, the combination offering a peaceful place to rest and sleep. There is a small en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC.

Along the hall is the ‘house’ bathroom, a modern mix of marble, glass, chrome and tile, with half size bath, overhead shower, basin and WC.


Garden Spaces

The grounds are a joy, a mix of landscaping and woodland. Each apartment has its own allocated small private patio space, where the rest of the extensive grounds are there for all to enjoy.

In Summation - Summer Hill will afford guests a perfect holiday base or a super romantic retreat for weekends, anniversaries and honeymoons, where the local area gives you much to see and do, along with ease of exploring the wider Lake District National Park and its sublime landscape.


Out & About

The landscape is the backdrop for Arthur Ransome's famous childrens novels, the Swallows and Amazon adventures, and is perfect for walking and cycling.

Spark Bridge lies west of Lake Windermere in the Crake Valley. To the north you have the Furness Fells which encompass the might Grizedale Forest with is many trails and forest art, along with Coniston Water, one of my favourite lakes, and the Coniston mountain range, dominated by the mighty Old Man overshadowing Coniston’s village at the head of the lake.

A short walk from the apartment brings you to the Farmers Arms at Spark Bridge, a great old pub with friendly staff, or the Royal Oak for local ales and food. For variety, the Red Lion Inn lies a little further away at Lowick Bridge, again serving good local ales and hearty pub food, and visitors are welcome to join in the pubs events such as the weekly quiz nights - all great fun.

South you have the Cartmel Peninsula and the Morecambe Bay. As grand as any of the lakes, the bay offers walks out along the shoreline, giving you miles of silver sands, rocky bays to explore, and the wonder of the tidal bore, which rushes in twice daily.

On the peninsular are two delightful villages. Grange over Sands overlooks the bay and offers plenty of good local shops. Over the fell lies Cartmel, one of the prettiest villages in the lakes. A huge priory sits at is centre, where little streets radiate off the village square. As well as being famed for its architecture, the village has become a haven for great cuisine, with four pubs, and Simon Rogan’s two establishments, Rogan and Company, a easy bistro style venue, and his world famous L’Enclume with its Michelin Star and voted the Good Food Guides number one restaurant for 2014.

To the west lies Ulverston, on the Furness peninsula. A pretty town with a maze of cobbled streets, alleys and ginnels it offers plenty of shops and cafes along with excellent pubs and restaurants and, on the edge of town, is Booths supermarket.

The town is most famous as the birthplace of Stan Laurel, but also for its festivals. There are festivals for walking, music, egg rolling, flag day and, perhaps most spectacular, the Lantern Festival to list but a few and it is worth checking what's on and when with the Tourist Information Centre. Along with the festivals the arts play a big part in the life of Ulverston, where there is a good cinema and the ‘Coronation Hall’, a fine theatre, offering plays, music and opera. 

Just east is Newby Bridge at the foot of Windermere. Some excellent inns are to be found along with the Steamboat terminal at Lakeside offering trips up and down the lake.

Just above Newby Bridge, at Finsthwaite, is a fairly little know walk around the two waters of High and Low Dam. Easy to access they make for a perfect easy short walk, with time for a leisurely picnic by the waters edge.

North and to the Coniston fells. Bethacar Moor is crisscrossed with tracks and pathways, rewarding you with bracing walks and fine views. At the foot of Coniston you can explore the shoreline with its little bays, and running west from the lake lies the Grizedale Forest. 

Coniston village sits at the head of the lake, 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 are just some of the activities on offer. 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.

For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide

Full Lake District Guide

Coniston Village 




Newby Bridge To Bouth 

Grange Over Sands 

Cartmel Peninsular - The Lythe and Winster Valleys - Arnside and the Morecambe Bay 

Coniston Water & Mountain 

The Grizedale Forest 


Your Say

We found the apartment excellent. How can you improve on perfection, attention to detail is evident. We will return, we had the privilege of being the first in the apartment!
Many thanks. Sue & Ean

What an absolutely lovely apartment! We loved every minute of our stay – great place, location and amazing attention to detail. We will definitely be back!
Thanks so much! Hannah & Jess

Summer Hill House - Apartment 5
The Details

Summer Hill House

Apartment 5 Inventory

  • Property Type
    Lake District Holiday apartment - Top Floor - Small hamlet - Rural Location
  • 1 Double bedroom, 1 with ensuite shower room with basin and WC
  • House Bathroom with half size bath, overhead shower, basin and WC
  • Duvets - Full linen & towels
  • Central heating
  • Electric Oven and hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Coffee cafetiere
  • Sandwich toaster
  • Washer Dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Smart TV - DVD
  • Bose Bluetooth speaker
  • WI-FI Broadband
  • Welcome bottle of Prosecco and tea tray with the owner's compliments
  • Electricity inclusive
  • Private patio area with garden furniture
  • No Pets - No Smokers
  • Parking 2 cars
  • Nearest Pub - Farmers Arms or Royal Oak, Spark Bridge 1.1 Miles
Nearest Amenities
Lowick Bridge
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite
Grange over Sands
Coniston Village
Local Areas of Interest

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Lake District Guides


Lake District Cottage Holidays are about relaxing and reviving, leisure and pleasure. The lakes, mountains, fells and forests offer some of the best walking and climbing in the country and are a tonic for all. Along with our wonderful landscape and the National Park, the Lake District offers some of the finest dining in the country, a vibrant cultural and arts scene and, for those who want something a little out of the ordinary, we have gathered together a list of people, places and events that should satisfy the most adventurous spirited visitor.



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To add to the relaxed mood why not order a delicious meal from Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Debby Bainbridge in the North Lakes or Lucy’s of Ambleside in South Lakes.
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