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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6th October, 2017
Carree Cottage Reviews
As ever, a wonderful stay. Our friends who stayed with us had never been to the area before and they loved the cottage and the location. That was our 4th time with you in the Lakes
You really do well with the cottages, they have such a lovely traditional feeling. Everything always runs like clockwork. Another 10 out of 10 holiday.
Shona Muir, Alloa, Clackmannanshire
6th October, 2017
Rose Farm Reviews
Rose Farm is a bit special, everyone loved it.
Great walks from the front door and we went to Shap Abbey which I really enjoyed.
The in-laws were over the moon to see a red squirrel today before leaving and we seemed to have constant procession of sheep past the gate, you don’t tend to see much of that where we live!!
We finished off today with a walk up to Harter Fell from Haweswater. T-shirts up the top of Harter Fell in October!! Can’t beat it!!
Already planning next visit. Speak soon – Steven Mackell, York
29th September, 2017
Rose Farm Reviews
5 of 5 Review on Home Away
“Beautiful Rose Farm with Wonderful Views”
It was a joy for my wife and I to return to beautiful Rose Farm for our second holiday there this year. We were so impressed on our previous stay during the summer that we wanted to go again.
The house is well named Rose Farm as during the summer the garden was in full bloom with a fabulous variety of roses. It was a great pleasure to walk in the garden, eat outdoors, and admire the wonderful views of the surrounding area where we saw red squirrels and listened to bird song.
Our autumn visit was equally enjoyable when the house looked beautiful amoungst the glorious colours of autumn.
Rose Farm is a lovely house. Quiet and peaceful. The kitchen is very well equipped and always welcoming with a warm Aga. The spacious living room is so pleasant and relaxing with comfortable easy chairs and a cosy log fire. The bedrooms and en suites are excellent.
All of the lakes were easily accessible from the location; just a short drive away. As well as visiting the larger towns it was a pleasure to explore the small villages in the area where we found some very good places nearby to eat out, or shop.
Our thanks to Simon Cleasby who arranged our holiday for us. Simon’s excellent travel instructions, superb information folders and care helped to make our holiday enjoyable and memorable.
We look forward to our next visit!! – Sally and Bob, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne