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Coniston cottages

Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)
Tarn Hows Apartment (SZ461)

Tarn Hows Apartment

Coniston, Cumbria

4
2
2

Perfect for exploring the heart of the Lake District, this pretty apartment offers spacious and tasteful accommodation for four guests, making it a fantastic holiday base for couples and families.

Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)
Yewdale Crags Apartment (SZ581)

Yewdale Crags Apartment

Coniston, Cumbria

4
2
2

This family-friendly apartment is tucked away on a quiet lane in Coniston with village amenities and the majestic Coniston Water less than half a mile from the doorstep.

The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)
The Beech Tree (SZ467)

The Beech Tree

Coniston, Cumbria

16
10
6

A mile from the northern shore of Coniston Water, this impressive and spacious property is perfect for larger groups and families seeking a tranquil and relaxing holiday home in stunning surroundings.

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Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)
Grizedale Lodge (SZ226)

Grizedale Lodge

Grizedale, Cumbria

16
8
8
pets 3

This stunning property is the ideal destination for a special getaway with your nearest and dearest, in the most idyllic setting. Get out and explore the forest or unwind in the gorgeous garden.

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Ripplings - Lake Bank (SZ406)
Ripplings - Lake Bank (SZ406)
Ripplings - Lake Bank (SZ406)
Ripplings - Lake Bank (SZ406)
Ripplings - Lake Bank (SZ406)
Ripplings - Lake Bank (SZ406)
Ripplings - Lake Bank (SZ406)
Ripplings - Lake Bank (SZ406)
Ripplings - Lake Bank (SZ406)
Ripplings - Lake Bank (SZ406)

Ripplings - Lake Bank

Coniston, Cumbria

2
1
2
pets 2

Get away from it all with a trip to rural Coniston, enjoying a stay in this delectable apartment that’s just metres from the shore of Coniston Water.

Reflections - Lake Bank (SZ402)
Reflections - Lake Bank (SZ402)
Reflections - Lake Bank (SZ402)
Reflections - Lake Bank (SZ402)
Reflections - Lake Bank (SZ402)
Reflections - Lake Bank (SZ402)
Reflections - Lake Bank (SZ402)
Reflections - Lake Bank (SZ402)
Reflections - Lake Bank (SZ402)
Reflections - Lake Bank (SZ402)
Reflections - Lake Bank (SZ402)

Reflections - Lake Bank

Coniston, Cumbria

2
1
1
pets 2

Enjoy a peaceful escape in the Lake District with a loved one and four-legged friend in this beautifully modernised cottage just steps from Coniston Water.

Ecclerigg Cottage (SZ175)
Ecclerigg Cottage (SZ175)
Ecclerigg Cottage (SZ175)
Ecclerigg Cottage (SZ175)
Ecclerigg Cottage (SZ175)
Ecclerigg Cottage (SZ175)
Ecclerigg Cottage (SZ175)
Ecclerigg Cottage (SZ175)
Ecclerigg Cottage (SZ175)
Ecclerigg Cottage (SZ175)

Ecclerigg Cottage

Ambleside, Cumbria

4
2
2

Fantastically located for exploring Ambleside and Lake Windermere, this home is perfect for small families or a friends alike.

Bull Close Cottage (84633)
Bull Close Cottage (84633)
Bull Close Cottage (84633)
Bull Close Cottage (84633)
Bull Close Cottage (84633)
Bull Close Cottage (84633)
Bull Close Cottage (84633)
Bull Close Cottage (84633)
Bull Close Cottage (84633)
Bull Close Cottage (84633)
Bull Close Cottage (84633)

Bull Close Cottage

Skelwith Ford, Lake District

4
2
1
Cosy 300-year-old Grade II listed terraced cottage bursting with character; this characterful holiday accommodation occupies a good village location within 3 miles of Ambleside and Lake Windermere, with its copious walks, shops, and pubs.
Ambleside View (SZ041)
Ambleside View (SZ041)
Ambleside View (SZ041)
Ambleside View (SZ041)
Ambleside View (SZ041)
Ambleside View (SZ041)
Ambleside View (SZ041)
Ambleside View (SZ041)
Ambleside View (SZ041)
Ambleside View (SZ041)

Ambleside View

Ambleside, Cumbria

4
2
2

Stylish apartment within easy reach of the village centre. The property is perfect for a couples’ retreat or walking holiday with friends, enjoying the magnificent South Lakeland scenery.

Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)
Smithy Cottage (SZ445)

Smithy Cottage

Satterthwaite, Cumbria

5
3
1
pets 1

Nestled between two of the Lake District’s most iconic lakes is this charming cottage with stylish interiors and a picturesque garden.

Ambleside Heights (SZ040)
Ambleside Heights (SZ040)
Ambleside Heights (SZ040)
Ambleside Heights (SZ040)
Ambleside Heights (SZ040)
Ambleside Heights (SZ040)
Ambleside Heights (SZ040)
Ambleside Heights (SZ040)
Ambleside Heights (SZ040)
Ambleside Heights (SZ040)
Ambleside Heights (SZ040)

Ambleside Heights

Ambleside, Cumbria

5
3
2

The beautiful apartment boasts far-reaching rural views and is perfectly placed for exploring the quaint town of Ambleside, as well as enjoying some exhilarating fell walking.

Dower House Cottage (SZ171)
Dower House Cottage (SZ171)
Dower House Cottage (SZ171)
Dower House Cottage (SZ171)
Dower House Cottage (SZ171)
Dower House Cottage (SZ171)
Dower House Cottage (SZ171)
Dower House Cottage (SZ171)
Dower House Cottage (SZ171)
Dower House Cottage (SZ171)
Dower House Cottage (SZ171)

Dower House Cottage

Low Wray, Cumbria

5
2
1

Enjoy time in the fresh air on the clematis-covered terrace before exploring your fabulous surroundings and boarding a boat.

Coniston

Beautiful mountain scenery, the third-longest lake in the Lake District, plenty of activities, a fascinating history, and shops and cafés in which to relax, Coniston is a perfect holiday destination boasting plenty of its own attractions and within easy reach of the rest of the southern Lake District. Browse all our Coniston Cottages here.

World records

Coniston, in the Southern Lake District, is perhaps best known as the place where Donald Campbell was killed in 1967 whilst attempting to break the water speed record. As he was trying to reach 300mph, his hydroplane, the Bluebird, shot up into the air and disappeared into the lake. His body wasn’t found until 2001, when his remains were raised from the lake bottom and buried in the village churchyard.

Donald Campbell’s story is told in the Ruskin Museum, which celebrates Coniston’s heritage with exhibits on John Ruskin, slate and copper mining as well as the lace and farming industries.

The Lakeland Motor Museum at Backbarrow has the Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition, with replica hydroplanes and photographs.

John Ruskin and Brantwood House

The Victorian thinker John Ruskin was another remarkable man with links to Coniston. Artist, critic, philosopher, economist and conservationist, with a huge influence on the Pre-Raphelite painters, he bought Brantwood House overlooking Coniston Water in 1871 and lived there for over twenty years.

The house and gardens are open to the public and well worth a visit. The gardens have wonderful views over the lake and fells and 250 acres of woodland. The house holds Ruskin’s collected writings and has regular exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events.

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome, the children’s writer, was inspired by the lake and the mountains that surround it, basing many of the locations in his famous Swallows and Amazons series on them.

Ransome was a keen sailor and fisherman who loved the Lake District, and he spent many childhood holidays at Nibthwaite on the southern shores of Coniston Water. During the First World War and Russian Revolution, he worked as a political journalist, acted as a spy for MI6, and spent the late 1920s as a foreign correspondent and angling columnist for the Manchester Guardian.

Exploring the water

At 5 miles long, Coniston Water is the third longest lake in the Lake District and there are many ways to explore it.

You can take a cruise on the Heritage Steam Yacht Gondola, an elegant Victorian, steam-powered yacht owned by the National Trust that sails between March and November, stopping off at various points including Brantwood. The Coniston Launch offers regular cruises as well as special  ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and ‘Campbells on Coniston’ tours.

The more energetic can hire their own boats from Coniston Pier, choosing between rowing boats, sailing dinghies, canoes and kayaks. Coniston Sailing Club is on the west side of the lake and organises races throughout the year, which you can either watch or take part in. It offers various types of membership, including a day membership.

Outdoor adventures

“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.” - John Ruskin.

There are many walks to be had in Coniston, from easy strolls around the lake to challenging mountain climbs, including the Old Man of Coniston at 2,600 feet. Alternatively, get out the mountain bike and explore some of the many bridleways and high road passes in the area. The well-stocked Tourist Information Centre in Coniston village gives details of many routes, including a 53km ride around the lake. Bikes can be hired from Coniston Boating Centre.

Other outdoor activities include horse riding, paragliding, boating and ghyll scrambling.

Take it easy

Coniston also offers plenty of opportunity to relax with its many cafés, tearooms and pubs, both in the village itself and nearby. The Coniston Brewing Company welcomes visitors and uses only natural products. Its range of beers includes the famous Blue Bird and Old Man ales. Beatrix Potter, the famous children’s author, set up a tea room at Yew Tree Farm in 1933, which continues to serve tea and cakes to this day.

On the shore of the lake, the Bluebird Café is popular, partly because of its perfect location, but also because of its mouthwatering cakes and summer salads. It also has a bar and much memorabilia of the many speed record breakers that have been on Coniston Water. There are also a number of pubs in the village with good food and real ales, including the Ship Inn, a cosy oak-beamed bar, and the 16th-century Sun Hotel and Inn.

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