Sunbeam Cottage, Coniston
Arrival day: Saturday | Sleeps: 4
A short stroll from the shores of Coniston water, this traditional gamekeeper's cottage is full of the character of Lakeland stone-flagged floors, old oak beams, heartwarming fires and adorable cottage windows -all wrapped up with tasteful decor and furnishings. Views are to the lake and the Coniston fells, taking in Brantwood - famous home of John Ruskin. Sunbeam Cottage has an intriguing link with this famous writer and thinker - find out more when you arrive! As well as being an ideal base for walking, Sunbeam Cottage is a treat for sociable gatherings. The dining room is atmospheric, with traditional stone floor and that working range stove for warmth.
Accommodation in detail
Private parking for 2 cars outside the cottage, and further parking close by. Entrance porch with space for walking clobber. Dining room with local slate floor, pine furniture and working range/woodburning stove. Separate living room with warming open fire, original exposed beams and a sofa bed for occasional extra guests. The kitchen overlooks National Trust land. Upstairs to 2 pretty bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin, both with breathtaking fell views. The bathroom overlooks Coniston water and features a roll top bath. Outside, you'll find a private enclosed garden with stunning fell views, patio area for dining and a secure bike store.
A Coniston holiday cottage takes you slightly away from the hustle and bustle of Bowness and Lake Windermere, to a wilder landscape full of adventure.
Coniston Water is famous for its part in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons, with Peel Island being the setting for the 'Wild Cat Island' featured in the story. The lake is also known for Donald Campbell's water speed record attempt in 'Bluebird'.
But the real magic comes from the breathtaking surroundings; dramatic fells including Coniston Old Man, wild woodlands and wonderful Lake District walks. You'll have access to no end of stunning routes, from leisurely strolls to challenging ascents. You'll enjoy access to the peaceful village centre, well equipped for stocking up the kitchen with traditional butcher and supermarket. There are lovely tea rooms, cafes and traditional Lakeland pubs in Coniston village, and the Black Bull Inn is well worth a visit for its award-winning brewery the Coniston Brewing Co.
For a cultured day out, head to Brantwood historic house - an impressive residence overlooking the lake, once home to John Ruskin the famous artist, writer and creative thinker. You'll find a range of events on offer, such as talks, concerts, craft workshops and even outdoor theatre.