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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5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor
Lovely cottage, has everything you need. We stayed here with our dogs in June, last minute getaway, loved it!
Kitchen has everything you need, lovely garden, beds are really comfortable, one of the nicest cottages we’ve stayed in.
Loved the little bakery (300 yards away). We went everyday, pizza and breads gorgeous, nice pub on the corner, ideal little village.
Spent our days out sight seeing, didn’t make it to the beach. Would definitely stay again.
Simon was great to deal with. Thank you! 🙂 – Lisa
25th May, 2018
Weavers Cottages Reviews
5 out of 5 Review on Home Away
“Location, location & a fab cottage !”
Fab location and a beautiful cottage to stay in = perfect holiday.
We ate out in Cartmel nearly everyday and were never disappointed – also breakfast rolls from Wellbread most days set us up for our days out exploring the beautiful countryside and must mention Unsworth’s Yard for beer in the afternoon sun in their lovely courtyard – we also had the added bonus of bluebells in the racecourse woods and on our walk over the top to Grange and we were very lucky to have lots of sunshine 🙂 – Lucy
21st May, 2018
Bridgelands Cottage Reviews
5 Star Review on ‘mycottageholiday.co.uk’
We stayed here for 3 nights to celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday and it was just the perfect spot.
A lovely homely feel about the cottage and everything you could possibly need was catered for.
Great location, especially as we visited L’Enclume in nearby Cartmel as part of our stay.
Fantastic dog walks, and so much information provided by the owners that you wouldn’t even need to have done any research beforehand.
We found nearby Humphrey Head when out exploring, where at low tide the dogs ran around for ages enjoying a dip in the water.
We didn’t really want to leave so I’m sure we’ll find a reason to return – Claire Waidson, Chelmsford, Essex