The Steam Gondola on Coniston WaterThe Bluebird Cafe, Coniston WaterConiston VillageMisty morning on Coniston Water in WinterImage of Coniston Water on a December morning

 

Charcoal House Location

 

Charcoal House is located in the tiny hamlet of Low Nibthwaite.

The hamlet is just 15 minutes’ walk (2 minutes by car) to the southern tip of Coniston Water, 1 of the Lake Districts largest and most beautiful lakes.

The house is located on the eastern side of the valley which is a very tranquil area, far enough away from main roads but still perfectly situated for easy access to the 4 corners of the Lake District.

The location also gives easy access to both roads that run along the western and eastern shores of the lake.

When the rest of the Lake District is busy at peak times, the Coniston valley is far quieter and a great deal more serene.

The Coniston mountains are dominated by Wetherlam and The Old Man of Coniston, the highest most southerly mountain in England at 2634 feet. It’s great to be at the top of ‘The Old Man knowing that no-one south of you in England is higher up than you are-unless they are flying!

Quiet lanes, paths, bridges and bridleways give great access to explore the stunning local area on foot or bike from the front door of the house.

The location in the southern part of the Lake District is also milder and drier than the rest of Cumbria

Charcoal House is 10 minutes’ walk to Allan Tarn, which is the peaceful tarn at the end of Coniston Water that was featured in Arthur Ransome’s book Swallows and Amazons and known as ‘Octopus Lagoon’ in the book.

The nearest pub is exactly 1 mile from the cottage. There are several other pubs, a butchers, a village shop that sells newspapers and some groceries and a bakers, all within 4 miles.

All the supermarkets deliver to the cottage with the exception of Waitrose. There aren’t any Waitrose supermarkets in Cumbria. We have Booths instead, similar to Waitrose but better.

The lovely market town of Ulverston is the nearest town and is 20 minutes’ drive. There’s a Booths supermarket in Ulverston as well as a very good selection of other shops, café’s, restaurants etc.

Coniston Water

Coniston Water is one of the most imposing and beautiful English lakes and is situated to the west of Lake Windermere. Coniston Water is about five miles long and half a mile wide.

You can read more about the Coniston area here

 

Local Lake District Information Links

 

BEATRIX POTTER AND PETER RABBIT

Beatrix Potter is famous throughout the world and this is the place to experience the best of her legacy. You can learn about the people behind the scenes, meet Peter Rabbit, learn about Beatrix Potter and experience the tales being bought to life.

 

CARTMEL RACES

Cartmel racecourse has the 3rd highest average attendance of any race meeting in the UK (after Ascot and Aintree) yet it is 1 of the smallest race courses in Britain.

People travel from near and far for this great social gathering and the atmosphere that provides a great fun day out for everyone. To top it off, this spectacular event is set against the backdrop of the stunning Lake District fells and mountains.

 

CARTMEL VILLAGE

A historic village in an area of outstanding natural beauty. A regular winner of Cumbria in Bloom ensures it remains as picturesque as ever!

A lovely day out for all ages with several shops, pubs, cafes and 2 Michelin starred restaurants.

 

CISTERCIAN WAY WALK

This two to three day trail follows this ancient trail along Morecambe Bay as well as the Furness and Cartmel penninsulas. Passing through a variety of places in the South-West Lakes including Cartmel, Dalton and Barrow. All areas are of great historic interest.

 

CONISTON LAUNCH LAKE CRUISES

Enjoy a beautiful cruise on Lake Coniston in the Lake District. Choose to stay aboard for the whole cruise or get off and on to explore and walk.

Two special cruise are available: Swallows & Amazon and Campbells on Coniston.

 

CUMBRIAN COASTAL WAY

This coastal path is 182 miles long going from the Cumbrian boundary which edges Lancashire to the Scottish boarders. Known to be one of the most beautiful coastlines in Britain. It can be walked in full over 10-14 days or in sections.

 

HAVERTHWAITE TO LAKESIDE STEAM RAILWAY

This historic branch line offers the chance to ride in a steam train to Lakeside which is the southern point of Lake Windermere.

There is a tea room, gift shop, adventure playground, picnic area and engine shed.

 

HOLEHIRD GARDENS

“A Lakeland garden for all seasons” overlooking Lake Windermere which also sells plants and between May-September offers free guided walks.

 

HOLKER HALL

Holker Hall is one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain and home to Lord and Lady Cavendish & family.

Holker Hall is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into Parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills.

 

LAKES AQUARIUM

The Lakes Aquarium in Newby Bridge is a wonderful day out. There is a virtual dive bell, an underwater tunnel beneath Lake Windermere, Rainforest exhibits, coral reef tanks and various other exhibitions.

There is also a shop and cafe.

 

LEIGHTON MOSS NATURE RESERVE

Offering a selection of  walks and hides in the largest reedbed in the North West. Most of these are suitable for wheelchair users. Home to butterflies, deer and special birds. Children can learn in the visitor centre and there is also a tea room.

 

L’ENCLUME RESTAURANT

2 Michelin star restaurant. Simon Rogan uses the best seasonal and local ingredients for the amzing 15 course menu.

 

LEVENS HALL

This estate has been family owned for over 400 years.

Enjoy the hall, walk through Levens Deer Park, eat afternoon tea or enjoy the topiary gardens which has over 100 pieces.

 

MORECAMBE BAY

Morecambe Bay is a beautiful historical coast line with the added bonus of being able to offer a large range of outdoor activities. It stretches from the south west coast of Cumbria all the way to Fleetwood in Lancashire.

 

SIZERGH CASTLE

A medieval house in beautiful grounds with its own lake, pond and limestone rock garden. Displaying unique art work, shops and a cafe as well as offering events for both adults and families throughout the year there is something for everyone.

 

STEAM YACHT GONDOLA

A beautiful National Trust owned Victorian steam-powered yacht offers a unique experience on Coniston water.

 

WALNEY ISLAND NATURE RESERVE

Cumbria Wildlife Trust maintain this shingle island reserve containing lots of interesting things and the only grey seal colony in Cumbria.

 

WINDERMERE LAKE CRUISES

Enjoy the scenic views of the Lake District while cruising on the famous Lake Windermere.

Cruises start from Bowness, Lakeside or Ambleside and vary in length from 45 minutes to 3 hours.

 

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Reviews

8th April, 2019

Bridgelands Cottage Reviews

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Weekend away”

What a lovely cottage in an amazing part of the world. The cottage had everything we needed.

The village of Cark is very friendly for both children and dogs. There is a lovely safe walk to Cartmel which was enjoyed by all of us. Will defo return 🤗 – Sara, Burnley

31st March, 2019

Carree Cottage Reviews

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Lovely comfortable Cottage!!”

We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely comfortable cottage. Cottage is pet friendly too and our pet dog “George” really enjoyed his stay and was very relaxed staying in the cottage.

We loved the whole layout and it was so well equipped. Spotless bed linen and towels also.The real log fireplace was really cosy to light on an evening after enjoyable long /short walks.

We really enjoyed looking up at the star filled sky on a clear night from the cottage garden. It’s in such a lovely peaceful place. It’s in a great location too. Lovely friendly pub “The Engine Inn” is less than 2 minutes walk away. Handy grocery shop/general store “Londis” is also less than 2 minutes away.

Simon has thought of everything and his recommended walks written in the guest book were a great help.

We will highly recommend staying in your cottages to family/friends/colleagues. Thank you!! – Liza

22nd March, 2019

Cartmel Hill Reviews

5 of 5 Review on ‘Trip Advisor’

“Amazing house!”

We can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed Cartmel Hill.

The house is beautiful, even nicer than expected, so spacious. Lots of room for our group of 7, so nice to have so many bathrooms and living space to spread out when we wanted.

The summer house is awesome, what a wonderful place to have a glass of wine and play some games at night.

Cartmel village is wonderful, so many friendly people and great shops and restaurants.

We loved taking the public footpaths through the forest to get to the village. Also enjoyed exploring the footpaths up the hill from the house – what views!!

Simon is a great host, house was easy to find thanks to his directions. We hope to come back to Cartmel one day and wouldn’t hesitate to book Cartmel Hill again. Thanks Simon! – Gillian Pettersen – Prince George, British Columbia, Canada