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Tent Lodge


Key Information

Sleeps:12 - Additional bed space in attic bedroom if required

Star Rating:VE 5 Star Gold Award


Pets:Pets - See Property Inventory

Other: Lakeside And Jetties
Wi-Fi Broadband

Tent Lodge 


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 take weekend and extended breaks in a large Georgian country residence.

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 17 acre meadow sweeps down to the lakeshore, with its jetties for mooring, 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 scullery with laundry 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 waters edge where there is 800 yards of lakeshore 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.

Boat Mooring - Use Of Lakeside

Guests may bring their own craft to a maximum of 26ft. The 3 shared jetties lie across a meadow and dependent on weather and ground conditions, it may be necessary to launch from the public jetty at the Boating Centre. 

For boat hire - Coniston Boating Centre Tel 015394 41366

Please Note - To preserve the peace of all estate properties; the facilities, grounds and lakeside are strictly for the use of resident guests of the Tent Lodge Estate properties only.


Booking Information


Tent Lodge offers its guests short and extended breaks throughout the year

We have a minimum 3 night booking requirement (other than school holiday dates) where the usual booking periods would be a 3 night weekend break beginning on a Friday from 4pm until Monday 10am. Additional days may be added up to six nights, where departure would be a Thursday by 10am. All bookable online.

The option to book a 7-night period may also be available, but only for arrival on a Thursday from 5pm to departure the following Thursday at 10am.
It may be possible to start any bookable duration of stay from the Thursday and the arrival time would be from 5pm. 
Please call the office to book as Thursday start not available online. 

If your requirements differ from the standard start day and duration, we would be delighted to talk with you and where possible we will endeavour to tailor-make a holiday for you.

To Make A Booking

For any of the standard 3 night to 6 night bookings simply use the "Book This Property" button on the property page and complete the check boxes. For any alternative requirements please contact the office.

Standard Rental Rates

For bookings made from the website, rentals are based on a 3 night minimum tariff (commencing Friday) with additional nights available to book at a discounted nightly rate up to a maximum of 6 nights. For longer stays or alternative start days please contact the office directly by e-mail or telephone.


Out & About

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.

At the boating centre you can hire all manner of craft including canoes, rowing boats, small sailing craft, along with my favourite, the little motor boats, perfect to explore the lake and coves in relaxed style.

The big mountain is Coniston Old Man. Well marked paths lead to the summit where the view is reward itself.

The Grizedale Forest runs down the east shore. This huge managed woodland, has well laid out tracks that take you on a wonderful nine mile trek, passing the many sculptures that have been created along the trail.

For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide

Full Lake District Guide

Coniston Village 

Coniston Water & Mountain 

The Grizedale Forest 

Tarn Hows 

Esthwaite Water 

Hawkshead - Near & Far Sawrey



Your Say

Stayed at Tent Lodge in Early July for the weekend, a special birthday surprise for my wife. Husband, children, grand children and dog had successfully kept the arrangement secret for several months, needless to say, we weren’t disappointed, everything we hoped it would be, it was and more. A special house for a special occasion. We are regular visitors to the Lakes and could probably be on Mastermind answering questions about the Lake District, its hotels and special places, Tent Lodge is without doubt a hidden gem and stands out as a special place. There are currently ongoing discussions that we will be making a regular annual weekly pilgrimage …. I hope so.
Regards - Steve Harrison

We stayed here over New Year as a party of twelve. What a beautiful house, in the most fabulous location. Spotlessly clean, beautifully arranged and maintained, the owners of Tent Lodge have really set out to create an atmosphere for people to relax and enjoy both the house and the grounds and surrounding area. Every detail has been thought out. We loved it here and will be back soon.
Sam Logan - London 

Dear Richard and Wendy,
Thank you so much for making our Wedding celebration so special! Tent Lodge is an amazing house in a perfect location. Everything about the house is special from the decor to the size of the rooms and the important finishing touches! In addition you went out of your way to make it even more special with champagne, chocolates and wine to greet us. As if that wasn't enough when we got back from checking arrangements for the wedding we found a delivery of logs and coal waiting for us!
Our guests were equally impressed with Tent Lodge as they were with their own cottages, Tinkler Beck Cottage, Tent Lodge Cottage and Wetherlam.
Thanks once again for allowing us to enjoy your superb estate!
Best Regards, Dave and Carmen Sparks

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Tent Lodge
The Details

Tent Lodge Inventory

  • Property Type
    Lake District Georgian County House - Detached - Rural Location - Lake Access
  • 6 bedrooms comprising -
  • 2 King size double bedrooms 1 with en-suite shower room - 1 with shared en-suite shower room
  • 1 King size double bedroom with en-suite WC & basin
  • 1 Twin bedroom with shared en-suite shower room
  • 2 Attic twin bedrooms, one room offering a further single bed if required
  • Duvets - Full linen & towels
  • Nursery equipment available on request - 1 travel cot, 1highchair, 1stairgate 
  • 1 Master Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin, bidet & WC
  • 1 Downstairs WC
  • 2 Open fires - Please order logs when booking - Max order 10 bags - £8.00 per bag
  • Oil central heating 
  • AGA Cooker
  • Electric Oven and hob
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator & Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee cafetiere
  • Washing machine & Dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Smart TV - DVD - CD Stereo - iPod Dock
  • Wi-Fi Broadband
  • Decorated Christmas Tree with the owner's Seasonal Best Wishes
  • Garden furniture  
  • Barbecue
  • 2 well behaved dogs maximum. Pets must be restricted to the downstairs hard-floor areas of the kitchen, rear entrance and utility room. There is also an annex room available. Please note guests are to be fully responsible for their pet where they must respect the property and grounds, follow specific instructions left at the property, also be aware of any farm stock nearby - see terms and conditions. On departure and to avoid a Damage Deposit charge, guests must clean up after their pet both inside the property and the grounds. Any damage caused by the pet will be reason to claim against the Damage Deposit, any amounts greater than this deposit will be liable for payment by the bookee.
  • Parking for 5 cars - a further 2 cars by arrangement with the owner
  • Arrival from 4pm - Departure by 10am, NB any Thursday arrivals from 5pm - Departures by 10am
  • Lakeside access with jetties
  • Please note due to the height and open nature of the main staircase children should be supervised at all time
  • Nearest Pub - The Crown 1.2 Miles
Access Statement
Nearest Amenities
Coniston Village
Grizedale Forest
Walks, Activities and Info Links
Local Areas of Interest

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