Coniston Water is one of the most imposing and beautiful English lakes and is situated to the west of Lake Windermere.
This quiet lake is ideal for dinghy sailing, canoeing, kayaking or a leisure cruise on the beautiful steam yacht ‘Gondola’.
At the northern end of the lake is the pretty village of Coniston which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District National Park.
Coniston village and the lake are synonymous with Donald Campbell who spent many months on various occasions breaking the World Water Speed record. Sadly, on 4 January 1967 Donald Campbell was killed as he tried to break his own World Water Speed record. He had just recorded a speed of 310 mph in his Bluebird K7 jet powered speedboat.
You’ll see fascinating photos of Bluebird and Donald Campbell in the pubs and shops in Coniston.
The Ruskin Museum is home to the ‘Bluebird Wing’, a gallery containing extensive displays of memorabilia about Donald Campbell and Bluebird and will soon house the iconic hydroplane Bluebird K7 once restoration work has been completed.
Coniston is also famous with Beatrix Potter who bought several farms, buildings and land around Coniston.
There are several Beatrix Potter’s museums and galleries nearby and Hill Top, Ms Potter’s former house, now owned by the National Trust, is just a 30 minute drive from Charcoal House.
PRICE RANGE - £480-£1700
LOW NIBTHWAITE, nr. CONISTON WATER
- Gorgeous, large, newly refurbished 18th century country house
- Very spacious, luxurious house, great views of the Coniston fells
- Large, enclosed, south-facing garden
- Quiet off road rural location
- 4 off-road parking spaces
- 2 Log Fires
Charcoal House is located in an excellent area for walking, cycling and mountain biking with Coniston Old Man, Tilberthwaite and Wetherlam all on the doorstep.
Tarn Hows is also just a 30 minute drive and is one of the most popular scenic spots in the country.
Closer to Charcoal House is Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, the famous 19th century art critic. This is just a short drive down the east side of the lake from Charcoal House.
This historic house and museum is a vibrant centre for the arts and has a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family.
Read more info on Brantwood here
WALKERS AND HIKERS
If you’ve been enjoying the great local Lake District food and drink and want to burn off lots of calories, there’s a fantastic, round the lake, day long walk available from the doorstep.
AROUND THE LAKE WALK
Just behind Charcoal House is Bethecar Moor which is accessed by walking up Bletherbarrow Gill. Here you’ll have access to spectacular views and be able to walk along the top of the more before dropping down to Grizedale Forest.
2 good footpaths branch off and take you downhill to the northern shores of the lake and Coniston village which offers a great variety of places to stop for lunch and drink or two.
Once refreshed enough for your walk back to Nibthwaite you just head south and pick up the ‘Cumbria Way’ which takes you along ¾ of the western shore of the lake before heading inland over the Blawith Fells and finally crossing back over the River Crake to Low Nibthwaite and Charcoal House.
Grizedale Forest is less than 20 minutes’ drive from Nibthwaite and offers spectacular walking, cycling and art trails.
This huge diverse forest is run by the English forestry commission and is a destination location in its own right with people travelling from far and wide just to visit Grizedale.
Grizedale is also home to the fun filled ‘Go Ape’ with 3 tree top adventures and forest Segway’s.
You can get more info about Grizedale forest here
THE LAKE DISTRICT
There are lots of lovely secluded bays to enjoy nearby around Coniston Water and the western shores of Lake Windermere but 1 of the many beauties of the location of Charcoal House is the easy access to many often forgotten small tarns that are ideal to pack a picnic and take time to enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful Lake District.
This excellent holiday home is perfectly located for people seeking total relaxation in this lovely part of the Lake District and is surrounded by hundreds of walks of all types.
See and read more about the Lake District here
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15th January, 2018
Cartmel Hill Reviews
5 of 5 Review on Trip Advisor
“2nd visit and we will be back”
A really excellent holiday house. Loads of old style character but with modern luxury comforts.
We had a discussion about what if anything could be improved and decided the only thing was the dribbly tea pot. On second thoughts though we loved that too! – Jude
12th January, 2018
Bridgelands Cottage Reviews
5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor
Just got home from a 4 night stay in this beautiful cottage. Never written a review on trip advisor before but had to with this place as it was truly beautiful.
We’ve already been recommending to friends and family as a perfect base for visiting the rest of the lakes.
The cottage, and in particular the kitchen, were really well equipped which was great because I love cooking.
Also got to mention local bakery, Fat Flour, delicious! We made several visits!
We had our 7 month old cockapoo Walter with us too who spent many an hour snuggled up in front of the log fire, after long days spent exploring during our walks. The walk to Cartmel through the woods – approx 2 miles either way – and a day spent at Haverigg beach I think were his personal highlights during our stay. Thank you for an amazing visit – Amy Newton, Nantwich, Cheshire
15th December, 2017
Cartmel Hill Reviews
5 of 5 Review on Trip Advisor
“High end property with great views”
Cartmel Hill is a spacious property with a beautiful view towards Morecambe bay capturing the sunset.
We found the house to be warm spacious and well equipped and the location great, just a 15 minute walk into the village.
Would love to return in spring/summer to make use of the wonderful summerhouse and for bird watching.
There are great walks from the doorstep, an OS map enables you to make up your own walks! Thanks to Simon and the team – Frank & Wendy Hayes, Chorley, Lancashire