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Acorn Cottage

Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1048998)


Lakelovers rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Review(s)

  • Paul

    “The ground floor windows are locked shut, which means all the insects which enter through the stable door cannot escape.”

    The latch on said door is faulty and it will nip the fingers if you’re not careful. The rear step has a loose triangle of sharp edged broken slate. The grass hadn’t been cut, a foot long! My service dog got a tick on both days we spent entirely in the garden. £45 per tick from the excellent vets in Ambleside. The garden is a haven for midges, it’s quite a marsh beyond the gate. Patio and garden are not private, having strangers mill around your back door is not relaxing or pleasant. The ...

    The latch on said door is faulty and it will nip the fingers if you’re not careful. The rear step has a loose triangle of sharp edged broken slate. The grass hadn’t been cut, a foot long! My service dog got a tick on both days we spent entirely in the garden. £45 per tick from the excellent vets in Ambleside. The garden is a haven for midges, it’s quite a marsh beyond the gate. Patio and garden are not private, having strangers mill around your back door is not relaxing or pleasant. The bath was hugely disappointing, the hot water is pond coloured and definitely not inviting a long relaxing soak. We all chose the electric shower instead! The laminated signage (of which there are many) don’t add anything to the overall ambience of rural cottage. Be aware that no washing powder nor dishwasher tablets are included in the price. Some cutlery had caked on foodstuffs. Despite previous comments (we read all before booking) still only the one pint glass. Kitchen is poorly lit, I’ll thought out and we all chuckled sitting at the table; with our elbows at shoulder level (Low chairs & high table)! Don’t inspect the mattress or bedding until the end of your stay would be my advice. Don’t expect any phone signal nor any useable Wi-Fi. The router blinks red 99% of the time. Don’t expect any help whatsoever if you’re stuck with no water. Water being essential for life; I’d not recommend this cottage. Excellent location but too many negatives. The very long black hair remains where I found it; on my sink, between the taps!

    - Paul, May 2024

    Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback it is regrettable that you found some issues with our property and I would like to reassure you that we do take any complaints very seriously and try to deal with them without delay. We are very sorry that your experience was so different from the experience our guests normally have. Our usual feedback is excellent which shows in our ratings. I have looked into each aspect of your feedback and would like to offer the following information which I hope explains why the issues you identified happened. As I understand it the Wi-Fi was off and unfortunately you hadn't reported this to Lakelovers or myself. Had this issue been reported it would have been addressed the fault lay outside the house and once reported the service was restored. I also understand the water was off for part of your stay and again, this wasn't reported to either myself or Lakelovers. As soon as we were informed the repair work took place and the water was restored. As we are located in a very rural position, we do ask that if any of our guests ever have any problems, that they make contact straight away (my number is in the info book in the cottage) or via Lakelovers. We understand that it can be difficult to get mobile signal at the cottage which is why there is a landline in the cottage should guests need to report anything. Whilst some of the ground floor windows are locked shut the kitchen window isn't and the stable door opens, other windows are locked essentially for security reasons as the cottage is in a rural location making it vulnerable when empty. The stable door latch works as it should we have checked its functionality however the slate step does have an edge but it is not sharp and I have now cemented the broken piece back in place. I keep the garden and especially the grass tidy myself and strim the grass every week. As I was away, I missed a week meaning the grass was slightly longer than usual. I am sorry to hear that your dog picked up a couple of ticks they are a nuisance but are a hazard of the Lake District countryside. We do provide dishwasher tablets they are stored on the worktop behind the sink however we haven't previously provided washing machine tablets or powder but we will add this now in response to your feedback, apologies for any inconvenience caused. Our cleaner Helena is adamant she always checks the cutlery to make sure it is clean and apologises if she missed anything. We have had no previous complaints about a lack of lighting, nor about the table height we have looked at the chair heights and have to say that they seem normal to us but we have noted this. I am sorry that your stay was compromised by these issues and hope that you still managed to enjoy your time in Cumbria. Property Owner


  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x King-Sized double, 1 x second-floor double, 1 x second-floor single
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin, heated towel rail and WC, Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating with woodburning stove
  • TV, selection of books and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio and shared lawned garden with furniture, privately owned shed for storage
  • One well-behaved pet
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, Pub 1.5 miles
  • Please Note: This property is on a private water supply
  • Please Note: As this is a country property wi fi speeds are high enough for web browsing but may not be high enough for gaming. Please Note: Due to the property location there is no mobile phone signal
  • The property does have a landline.

The property

Acorn Cottage is a spacious, high-quality terraced cottage, sitting in a row of eight properties that were formerly owned by Beatrix Potter. Situated in Bakestone Barrow Wood, enjoying an elevated position on the outskirts of the village of Coniston, this wonderful three-storey property is ideal for a family or group wanting to escape to a tranquil location and explore the scenic beauty of the Lake District. Entering the property, you will find the sitting room, filled with charm and stunning features, with a woodburning stove nestled into a feature fireplace and eye-catching original flagged flooring, while the book shelves provide a range of books you can enjoy curled up in the armchair, and the two sofas offer further places to relax whilst watching TV or admiring the incredible countryside views from the window. The kitchen/diner features the same original flooring, along with a host of appliances and amenities you will need during your stay, including a dishwasher, washing machine and fridge freezer, along with granite worktops and a former feature fireplace, while the dining table is the perfect space to sit down together to enjoy a meal and to plan upcoming adventures. Upstairs you will find two bathrooms, which should limit queues forming in the mornings, with a choice of shower over bath and a shower room with a walk-in shower, while the first of three bedrooms, a generous double, decorated with bright, neutral tones, featuring a lovely window seat which you can admire the view from, is also located on this floor. The second floor hosts the remaining two bedrooms; a spacious single Velux window and plenty of storage, plus a double bedroom with built in wardrobes and a Velux window, which allows you to enjoy the view from the comfort of your bed. Outside there is off-road parking for two cars and a private shed for bike storage, along with a generous shared garden with a lawn and a patio area complete with picnic bench, where you can enjoy an alfresco lunch in the sunshine. Just three miles from the cottage is the village of Coniston, offering a selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants, along with a host of attractions, including The Ruskin Museum. Walkers and cyclists will find many scenic trails to enjoy, while adventurers will enjoy the challenging hike up The Old Man of Coniston, where you can admire views of Coniston Water from the top, or if you don't feel like a hike, you can explore the lake in style on the National Trust's Steam Yacht Gondola. Enjoy varied Lake District landscapes with a walk along the many woodland trails of Grizedale Forest and through Tarn Hows, where you can stop and have a picnic, while literature fans will appreciate the many Beatrix Potter attractions in the nearby area. The National Trust-owned Hill Top is one of the author's former homes, while the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead is dedicated to the writer, offering a glimpse into her life, and the picturesque Esthwaite Water is thought to be the inspiration of much of her work, along with that of poet William Wordsworth. Slightly further afield is popular Bowness-on-Windermere and Lake Windermere, where you can explore your picturesque surroundings on foot, bicycle or by boat, enjoy panoramic views from the top of Orrest Head, and explore the grounds of Wray Castle, a 19th century Victorian neo-gothic property owned by the National Trust. Acorn Cottage provides a perfect base from which to explore the outstanding Lake District countryside.

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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.

Please Note: We kindly ask that pets are kept downstairs and off the furniture
Please Note: Extra logs are not included

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas