Situated on the edge of Coniston Village, Mill Dam Cottage is a quirky Lakeland terrace cottage, with lots of charm and character from its lows ceilings, steep cottage stairs and the occasional squeaky floor board! Situated in a clearing in the woods close to the mill beck with gardens to front and rear and glimpses of Coniston Water from the sitting room and master bedroom, this is a really delightful cottage and a real retreat to get away from it all for a few days.
With an endless choice of walks from the door, from a gentle stroll to and along the shores of Coniston Water to the high Coniston Fells, of Wetherlam, Dow Crag and the bridleway to Coniston Old Man passes close by, the popular village of Coniston a short walk away with local shops and traditional pubs serving great local produce, and a wealth of heritage waiting to be explored this really is the ideal place from which to explore.
Accommodation in detail
The cottage is approached via a narrow lane that winds up through the woods to the cottage. Perfectly accessible, but take care.
Entering through the front porch the sitting room is cosy with low ceilings, leather sofa and arm chairs, a log burning stove and views to the front garden and Coniston Water beyond. A TV projector is available for a night in front of the fire with a good film! The kitchen diner is at the rear of the property and is well appointed with electric hob and oven, dish washer, fridge freezer, family dining table and everything you could need for your stay. A back door leads from the kitchen to the rear garden which is accessed via a flight of stone steps.
Heading upstairs there are two bedrooms; a king size double to the front with views to the garden and the lake, across the small landing is the second bedroom a smaller double bedroom that looks across the roof tops to the surrounding woodland. Both bedrooms have their own TVs and are served by a family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Outside there is a shared garden area surrounded by woodland to the rear and a more formal garden to the front with lawns, terraces and outdoor seating making it the ideal place to relax and enjoy a drink in the evening after a day on the fells and on a chilly evening why not light the chimenea.
The property has one parking space and the approach, after leaving the road through Coniston, is up a steep and narrow lane which requires care and is suitable for small and medium size cars.
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.
About the location
Hawkshead 4 miles; Ambleside 8 miles.
Nestling at the head of Coniston Water, the pretty village of Coniston is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District National Park, making it a superb base for touring, with Hawkshead, Ambleside, Windermere and Grasmere just a short drive away. Superb walking, mountain biking and climbing are available locally on Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam, and the lovely woodland trails at Grizedale Forest. For watersports enthusiasts, the quiet lake is ideal for dinghy sailing and canoeing, whilst the less active can enjoy a leisure cruise on the beautiful steam yacht 'Gondola’, or visit Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin. Nearby attractions include the award-winning village of Hawkshead, home of the Beatrix Potter Gallery, Tarn Hows, one of the most visited beauty spots in the country and Esthwaite Water, famous for its fishing. A first class holiday location at any time of the year.