Coniston Water is one of the most impressive and beautiful English lakes, yet remains quieter than the other larger lakes in the Lake District
Coniston Water and village are situated due west of Lake Windermere.

This quiet lake is ideal for dinghy sailing, canoeing, kayaking or a leisure cruise on the beautiful steam yacht ‘Gondola’.

There’s more information about the Coniston Water area further down the page »

You can see ‘live’ availability for our 2 Coniston Water cottages here:-

Charcoal House in summer 2019

Charcoal House

PRICE RANGE - £660 to £2600
BATHROOMS 3    BEDROOMS 4    SLEEPS 8 + 2 infants
  • Low Nibthwaite, nr. Coniston Water
  • Gorgeous, large, 18th century country house with a balcony with a view!
  • 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
  • Aga
  • 2 Log Fires
  • 2 Dogs Welcome
  • WiFi
  • EV Charging

Sawmill Cottage

PRICE RANGE - £660 to £2600
BATHROOMS 5    BEDROOMS 4    SLEEPS 8 + 2 infants
  • Low Nibthwaite, nr. Coniston Water
  • Gorgeous, large, newly refurbished 18th century riverside cottage
  • Very spacious, luxurious house, great views of the River Crake
  • Large private garden by the river & patio area
  • Quiet off road rural location
  • 4 off-road parking spaces
  • Large Balcony
  • Private Fishing Rights
  • 2 Log Fires
  • 2 Dogs Welcome
  • WiFi
  • EV Charging
Sawmill Cottage in Summer 2019

Coniston Water & Area

The Coniston area is 1 of my favourite areas of the Lake District for walking and enjoying the lake. The area still doesn’t get as busy as the rest of the Lake District even in high season, yet the scenery is just as stunning.

You’re spoilt for choice for walks in this area with lakes, tarns, rivers, waterfalls and open fells including the highest, most southerly mountain in England, ‘The Old Man of Coniston’. At a height of 2634 feet (803 meters), the views from the ‘Old Man’ will take your breath away!

You can read my ‘perfect day around Coniston Water’ here

Coniston Village

Photo of Coniston Village and the Coniston mountains

Coniston Village

The Blackbull Inn in Coniston Village

Coniston Village

The pretty village of Coniston sits at the northern end of the Coniston Water, sandwiched between the eastern crags of ‘The Old Man of Coniston’ and the shore of Coniston Water. The village 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 record. He had just recorded a speed of 310 mph in his Bluebird K7 jet powered speedboat when the boat became airborne.

Coniston Water

There’s a good selection of pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops in and around the village.

On the shore of Coniston Water is the famous Bluebird café with indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy it’s unique and idyllic location and outstanding lake and fell views.

You’ll see fascinating photos of Bluebird and Donald Campbell in the pubs and shops in Coniston and there’s a ‘Bluebird Wing’ at the Ruskin Museum containing extensive memorabilia about Donald Campbell and Bluebird. This will soon house the iconic hydroplane Bluebird K7 once restoration work has been completed.

Bluebird Cafe, Coniston

Image of Bluebird Cafe at Coniston Water

Pony Trekking in the Coniston valley

Spoon Hall Pony Trekking in the Coniston Valley

Coniston is also famous for 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 our ‘Coniston Area cottages’.

Charcoal House and Sawmill Cottage are 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.

Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest is less than 20 minutes’ drive from Charcoal House & Sawmill Cottage and this large and amazing forest offers spectacular walking, mountain biking, and art trails. You can also go swinging through the trees at ‘GoApe Grizedale’ with zip wires and treetop trekking.

This huge diverse forest is run by the ‘Forestry England’ and is a destination location with people travelling from far and wide to visit the forest and its top attractions. These include; ‘Sculptures in the forest’ trails, 10 walking trails, bike hire with 9 cycle trails, Go Ape, Forest Segway, a café & picnic areas.

Go Ape! Grizedale Forest

Image of a man on a zip wire in Grizedale Forest


Image of Brantwood, home of John Ruskin on the East shore of Coniston Water


Just a short drive down the east side of the lake from our Coniston Water cottages is Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin the famous 19th century art critic.

This historic house and museum is a vibrant centre for arts and has a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family.

Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures, the house retains the character of its famous resident. Visitors are free to explore the rooms and house stewards are on hand to answer questions. There are also a range of quizzes and activities for children to enjoy.

Brantwood is also home to ‘The Terrace’, a cafe and restaurant that are much loved by our guests. Well behaved dogs & muddy boots are welcome in ‘The Terrace’.

The house and grounds are also home to several art & craft fairs, concerts and exhibitions. Read more info on Brantwood here>>>

Lake District Attractions

The Lake District is the largest National Park in England and 2nd largest in the United Kingdom, however it’s quite a compact area at only 32 miles (51 km) from east to west and nearly 40 miles (64 km) from north to south. As a result, all the hundreds of ‘must visit’ Lake District attractions and sights are all easily accessible from our cottage locations.

The Lake District & Cumbria are packed full with famous award-winning attractions. You can see our current ‘top 50’ choice Here>>>>

You can see & read more about Cumbria & the Lake District here>>>>

The logo for The World of Beatrix Potter

The Steam Yacht Gondola, Coniston Water

Image of the National Trust Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water

Lake Cruises

Coniston Water is a serene and tranquil lake. The speed limit on the lake is just 10mph so you won’t have your relaxation spoilt by noisy speed boats and jet skis.

One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the lake and see the spectacular scenery is to take a cruise on the National Trust ‘Steam Yacht Gondola’. This gorgeous and elegant steam powered yacht was originally launched in 1859 and has been painstakingly restored.

The yacht sails 4 times a day between the end of March & the end of October. The options include a 45 minute cruise around the northern head of the lake or a round the lake cruise that take 1 hour 45 minutes with 5 stops around the lake where you can embark or disembark. Dogs are welcome too.

Top 10 Outdoor Sports Events near Coniston Water

Our Coniston Water cottages are perfectly located for competitors in many of the Lake District’s top sporting outdoor events. You can read about the ‘top 10 Outdoor Events around Coniston Water’ here.

Some of these events around the Coniston area either start near, finish near or travel close to Low Nibthwaite where our cottages are located. These include:-

Coniston 14 run, K2B, C2B, Velo Retro Cycling Festival, Chillswim Coniston End to End Swim, Conquer Coniston, Lakeland 50/100 mile Montane Mountain Trail Race, Coniston Race the Sun, Swim Run Coniston, Power Boat Records Week at Coniston Water, Cumbrian Cracker Cycling Sportive.

Ladies jumping on the K2B Challenge