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CONISTON WATER AREA

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’.

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

You can see details of our 2 lovely Coniston Water cottages here:-

Charcoal House

PRICE RANGE - £480-£1700
BATHROOMS 3
BEDROOMS 4
SLEEPS 8

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
  • 2 Log Fires
  • Aga

Sawmill Cottage

PRICE RANGE - £599-£1900
BATHROOMS 5
BEDROOMS 4
SLEEPS 8

LOW NIBTHWAITE, nr. CONISTON WATER

  • Gorgeous, large, newly refurbished 18th century riverside cottage
  • Very spacious, luxurious house, great views of the River Crake
  • Large garden by the river & fenced off patio area
  • Quiet off road rural location
  • 4 off-road parking spaces
  • 2 Log Fires
  • Large Balcony
  • Private Fishing Rights

 

Coniston Water

 

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.

 

Coniston Area

 

Charcoal House and Sawmill Cottage are 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

 

The Coniston area is 1 of my favourite areas of the Lake District for walking.

The area still remains quieter than 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 of course open fells including the highest, most southerly mountain in England, ‘The Old Man of Coniston’ which stands magnificently looking down over Coniston Water. At a height of 2634 feet (803 meters), the views from here will take your breath away!

If you don’t feel up to hiking up the fells, there’s also more gentle walks along the shore of Coniston Water that stretches almost the entire length of the western shore, away from roads too!

Coniston village is sandwiched between the eastern crags of ‘The Old Man of Coniston’ and the shore of Coniston Water. Here you’ll find a good number of shops, pubs and places to eat.

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.

GRIZEDALE FOREST

 

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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Reviews

11th November, 2018

Sawmill Cottage Reviews

From Email:-

Well you have one heck of a corker here Simon. Simply stunning!  I lost count of the number of ‘wows’ as we explored.

Each room from the entrance hallway onwards was amazing. I fell in love with the bathroom at the back and the lighting – will definitely be having a soak there this weekend. The master bedroom with the balcony looks divine too!

Very impressed with the Wi-Fi strength. We even managed to log into Netflix with no issues and the signal strength was very good.

Loads of room to put our food etc, the kitchen is fabulous with good products.

We were honoured to be your first guests. What a privilege. We wish you lots of good luck with this newest property but I have a sneaky suspicion that you won’t need it though this place is so wonderful it will sell itself! Shona & Graham Lancaster, Bolton, Lancashire

 

9th November, 2018

Charcoal House Reviews

From Email:-

We had a great time – it is the first time my husband and I had been to the Lakes and we loved it.

The house was extremely comfortable and furnished/decorated to a very good standard. I fell in love with the Aga, having never cooked on one before and loved the fact that most of the house seemed to benefit from the heat generated. My husband is dreading the inevitable request!

We will almost certainly be making another trip to the area, probably at a similar time because we enjoyed the beautiful autumn colours so much and the added benefit of very few people around, although it was far from deserted.

We also spent far more time and money than was good for us in Booth’s (the North West’s equivalent to Waitrose-but much better) – Stephanie Locke

15th October, 2018

Cartmel Hill Reviews

5 of 5 Review on ‘Home Away’

“Stunning Large Holiday Home in Cartmel village, South Lakes”

We expected a lovely cottage from the pictures but what we got surpassed our expectations.

The property is set an an amazing location in the beautiful area of Cartmel, with every room spotless and finished to the most perfect detail.

Our party of 10 adults had such a relaxing stay, whilst our little one was captivated by the internal and external scale including the two staircases and lovely garden.

Unfortunately we did not get the opportunity to use the Summer House but hope to return to do so in the future to do it justice! 

The communications from Simon were virtually instant, clear and informative.

Would highly recommend to anyone looking to enjoy a break from it all – Colin