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Guardswood Cottage

Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1094255)


Lakelovers rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

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  • Electric car charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Review(s)

  • Jo

    “When we arrived, the track up to the cottage was treacherous due to the ice.”

    A supply of grit and a shovel would have been helpful. The cottage is lovely and well appointed. The following items would have been helpful: oven gloves, soap for each sink, washing up liquid, more than 1 toilet roll per toilet!

    A supply of grit and a shovel would have been helpful. The cottage is lovely and well appointed. The following items would have been helpful: oven gloves, soap for each sink, washing up liquid, more than 1 toilet roll per toilet!

    - Jo, January 2024


  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor king-size, 1 x second-floor single
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove (Logs available locally)
  • Utility
  • LPG gas central heating
  • Electric double oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars with EV electric charger (Charges apply)
  • Front gravelled courtyard
  • Garden with lawn and patio
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: The second-floor single bedroom is in the attic with sloped ceilings, please take care
  • Note: Both properties are adjacent to each other

The property

Guardswood Cottage, located just outside of Coniston in the Lake District National Park, is a charming, three-story cottage surrounded by nature. The property has a wonderfully decorated open-plan living area with stunning views, giving it an excellent location for two couples or a family of five to explore this magnificent region. Find off-road parking in front of the cottage to safely leave your car and unload your luggage; after rural walks, a convenient porch/utility welcomes you to kick off your boots and toss muddy things into the washer and dryer. Climb the stairs to the first-floor living area to prepare home-cooked meals in the contemporary kitchen, which features sleek, black cabinets and excellent amenities. Characterful exposed beams hang overhead, with Velux windows allowing in plenty of natural light, whilst the windows look out over Coniston village and mountains, providing the perfect views while you savour a delicious meal at the rustic dining table! In the sitting area, sink into the large, cushioned corner sofa in front of the woodburning stove and choose a movie to watch on the Smart TV for evening entertainment, or curl up with a good read from the variety of books offered. Two king-size bedrooms are on the ground floor, one of which has an en-suite shower room, and a compact single bedroom in the second-floor attic is the ideal little retreat for a younger guest! Although on the first floor, the living area offers direct access to the spacious, shared gardens to let the outside in on warmer days; why not sip your morning coffee in the peace and quiet overlooking the mountains, while the sheep in the neighbouring field graze? Guardswood Cottage is the perfect place to stay if you want to experience the best of the Lake District. Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1091970 together sleeping up to 19 guests.

Thwaite House & Guardswood Cottage

Thwaite House & Guardswood Cottage are two superb holiday homes, set in an acre of shared grounds and gardens, and resting in the charming village of Coniston, Cumbria. Both properties have been thoughtfully refurbished with high-quality amenities, woodburning stoves, ample off-road parking, and Smart TVs, whilst retaining much of the original character, making them perfect for large family gatherings to explore the Lake District National Park. The surroundings enjoy idyllic shared gardens with views across unspoilt countryside to Coniston village centre, mountains and fields where sheep graze, while Coniston Water is nearby for water sports or the Steam Yacht Gondola for a relaxing sailing experience. The lake additionally backs onto Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin which is now a museum offering access to exhibits and beautiful gardens. Treat your loved ones to a meal out at one of the nearby eateries such as The Coniston Inn for traditional home-cooked meals or The Steam Bistro for globally inspired dishes. The village of Coniston also hosts more eateries, a well-equipped shop, petrol station and a marvellous museum; meaning you will be well-catered to during your stay! Those seeking more fun in the outdoors can venture west to explore the remains of the Coniston Copper Mines, before embarking on the Dow Crag Walk and climbing the peak of Old Man of Coniston. Explore the nearby village of Hawkshead for picturesque walks up to Latterbarrow, The National Trust 's Beatrix Potter Gallery and a selection of traditional inns to stop for lunch, whilst being within easy reach of North Fen National Nature Reserve, Esthwaite Water and Claife Heights. Make your way to Ambleside to discover Stock Ghyll Force, Ambleside's Roman Fort or learn about local heritage at Armitt Library & Museum Centre. So many more things to see and do are waiting to be found here, from the delights of Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere, to the sights of Grizedale Forest and the nearby Arnside & Silverdale AONB. Thwaite House & Guardswood Cottage are two wonderful bases for a memorable staycation in the Lake District.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas