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Raisthwaite Farm

Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041361)

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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
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  • “We felt we needed to wipe down all kitchen surfaces and both kitchen and dining room tables, which were oilcloth covered and somewhat sticky, with anti bacterial wipes prior to using them.”

    The property is listed for 10 people yet the kitchen cannot seat that many. We did not think that the house was particularly well cleaned prior to our occupancy and there was no means available to clean the quarry tiled kitchen floor. The decoration was really old fashioned and the attic room was something to behold. However if you put all that aside it was comfortable enough although it really was miles from anywhere. There was little to no wifi and extremely poor telephone signal but this ...

    The property is listed for 10 people yet the kitchen cannot seat that many. We did not think that the house was particularly well cleaned prior to our occupancy and there was no means available to clean the quarry tiled kitchen floor. The decoration was really old fashioned and the attic room was something to behold. However if you put all that aside it was comfortable enough although it really was miles from anywhere. There was little to no wifi and extremely poor telephone signal but this was known upfront and was no surprise. The worst thing was the urine stained mattress which we found when the bed in the attic room was stripped on departure as requested.This was disgraceful and disgusting particularly in these days of covid and we had unknowingly sleptbon it for a week. The owners knew about this as when we brought it up through the agents after departure they said that they could not afford to change mattresses out when this happened. Not a good reply or reason. Perhaps they should use waterproof covers. Not good.

    - Mr Pryor, October 2021

    I do pride myself on keeping to an extremely high standard of cleanliness in Raisthwaite. At each changeover, three adults work for five hours, and Raisthwaite has achieved an over 95% cleanliness rating regularly in the past 4 years. All work surfaces the the kitchen and dining room and throughout Raisthwaite, are cleaned with anti-bacterial spray. It is possible this does leave a sticky residue on them. All cleaning products are also left in the property for guest to use throughout their stay, including extra hand sanitizer, hand wash and vinyl gloves for Covid safety measures. The oilcloths are on the tables for visitor convenience and cotton tablecloths and table mats are available on the Welsh dresser for guests to use if they prefer. Very few guests do, as the oilcloths are so practical. Raisthwaite has a dining room table which seats 10 and a kitchen which seats 8 plus an easy chair. However, I do acknowledge there is no old fashioned mop and bucket available as I find them unhygienic, smelly and breed germs unless used and cleaned very carefully. We provide a broom with wipe attachments for guests to clean the quarry tiles as they choose, as necessary, whilst staying at Raisthwaite. We use floor disinfectant weekly at changeover days. Obviously, Raisthwaite is a traditional Lake District farmhouse, as beautifully illustrated in the photographs by Lakelovers. The style and quality of the fixtures and fittings are clearly shown with Ercol furniture and leather suites throughout. The attic renovation, with open plan en-suite and super king bed has been a guest favourite for the past four years, with a beautiful slipper bath as a centre piece. It is a secluded woodland Lake District valley, surrounded by traditional fells, streams and ancient trees. It is a very beautiful, tranquil retreat. Unfortunately, the stain on the mattress in the attic had been only partially dealt with as deep professional cleaning requires the bed to be dried for several days after treatment. I had spot cleaned the stain with antibacterial cleaner, and obviously, used mattress protectors as standard on all beds throughout. The mattress has now been professionally cleaned. All mattress and pillow protectors are changed at every changeover, guests may have accidents whilst staying at Raisthwaite and it is my priority to ensure an extremely high standard of hygiene, cleanliness and care is achieved for every guest. Waterproof covers would most certainly not be a comfortable, practical solution as they are non-breathable and cannot be washed at 60 degrees. Of course, guests may choose to bring their own if they wish. Likewise, breakages, such as a lampshade broken do happen, as occurred with these last guests, along with a missing towel. I expect such incidents and am happy to report that almost all guests contact me if they have any concerns, queries or need advice. It is a working farm and my husband and I are regularly at Raisthwaite, and are very pleased to talk to the guests, if the wish. Feedback is extremely important to us so we can continue to strive for the very best guest experience we can achieve. Property Owner


The property

What a setting for this 17th century detached traditional farmhouse, found in an enviable, secluded position and surrounded by 25 acres of glorious Lake District countryside. Close by to the southern tip of Coniston Water, alongside a working Lakeland farm, blissfully picturesque in every sense. This substantial farmhouse is the perfect setting for family holidays and sociable gatherings surrounded by quintessential Lakeland life and with breathtaking views in every direction including super view towards Coniston Old Man. A network of walks are available straight from your doorstep in every direction and if searching for a peaceful spot to escape the everyday, you have found it here at Raisthwaite Farm. == Accommodation in detail A private drive leads over a cattle grid to Raisthwaite Farm with ample parking outside; bring your bikes as there is plenty of space to keep them here. At the front of the farmhouse is a traditional entrance porch leading into the entrance hall but we prefer to access the property directly into the breakfast farmhouse kitchen which has everything you may need. There is a dining room being ideal for formal gatherings complete with original working range incorporating a hearty open fire. There are two separate living rooms, each with relaxing furnishings and woodburning stoves, perfect for cosy evenings. On this level is a shower room and useful utility room. Staircase to first floor with two king size bedrooms, one double and one twin bedroom, each enjoying the dreamy countryside views and on this level is the modern house shower room Upstairs to the magnificent loft suite with sumptuous super king sleigh bed. This is a romantic space with star gazing roof lights, a dressing area and all open plan complete with roll top slipper bath, what a great place for a good soak after a day on the fells! There is WC and wash basin for this room too and we think there will be a fight to get this bedroom first...Outside the garden is a delight with orchard and direct access to the 25 acres of land and with patio and garden furniture being a must for al-fresco living on sunny days. Location A holiday home in Coniston or the surrounding areas makes a peaceful alternative to the busier tourist destinations such as Bowness and Ambleside. The scenery is breathtaking, including views over Coniston Water - the Lake District's 3rd largest lake. Many famous Lake District walking routes are located around Coniston, such as the famous Coniston Old Man the other Coniston Fells, Swirl How and Wetherlam. There a lots of boating activities available on Coniston Water itself, from row boats to sailing at Coniston Boating Centre, and also leisurely lake cruises on the Coniston Launch and Steam Yacht Gondola. Historic attractions nearby include the fabulous Brantwood - former home of John Ruskin. The impressive building overlooks Coniston Water, and is home to many arts and crafts activities and exhibitions.


  • 5 bedrooms: 1 x loft suite with super king size bed and roll top bath, basin and wc
  • first floor 2 x king size, 1 x double, 1 x twin and house shower room comprising of Shower, Basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room and utility
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • 2 x sitting rooms.
  • Gas central heating
  • Open fire
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Double electric oven with halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer, dryer, TVs, DVD
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking for 5 cars
  • Secure bike storeage
  • Garden furniture
  • Up to 2 pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Enclosed garden
  • 25 acres of land
  • Orchard.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Millom 7.5 miles; Coniston 9 miles; Ulverston 9.5 miles.

Dating back to the 11th century, Broughton-in-Furness is situated in the south western corner of the Lake District and is just six miles from Coniston Water. There is much to please the visitor such as a pretty, cobbled square complete with a splendid horse chestnut tree, enclosed by shops, pubs and homes, many of them Georgian in origin. The village provides an ideal base for a walking or climbing holiday, with ample opportunity to explore the rugged beauty of the Duddon Valley and the quieter Lake District fells. Norman Nicholson, one of Britain's finest 20th century poets and William Wordsworth, both immortalised this area in their writing and poetry. The village was home to Branwell Bronte, brother of the Bronte sisters, for a short time. The Furness railway line runs from nearby Foxfield and makes for an ideal day out, travelling the west coast of Cumbria. Set amidst the charm of the Lake District and close to the sea, this attractive town makes an inspiring choice from which to further explore a magical heartland of silver lakes, lofty towering peaks and lonely, heather-clad moors.

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