Located on the outer edge of the famous South Lakes village of Coniston; Mountain Cottage offers both the convenience and facilities of the village whist maintaining rural charm; to the east the cottage faces green fields and onto lake Consiton whilst to the west stands the impressive Old Man of Coniston.
Five pubs within 5 minutes walk
10 minutes walk to the shore of Coniston Water
Village cafes', shops and restaurants
2.5 Miles to the summit of the Old Man
Trek the famous Cumbrian Way.
Originally a small farming village Coniston became a tourist favourite in the Victorian era, made popular by poet John Ruskin and Artist Henry Hall and then was catapulted to fame by Donald Campbell's four water speed records. Today the village has the air of a busy, lived-in place large enough to offer visitors ands locals a museum, library, a couple churches, a post office and a number of shops selling everything from newspapers to handicraft gifts.
If there is one thing Coniston does better than any other village in the Lakes it is the pubs, with five there is nearly one for everyday of the week; The Black Bull, The Crown, The Sun Inn, The Yewdale and The Ship Inn are all within just a 5 minutes walk. They all offer food and great beer selections. We would recommend you try the famous Bluebird Bitter in 400 year old The Black Bull, home of the Coniston Brewing Company.
The town is set back a little from the lake which is the third largest in the Lake District at over 5 miles long. It is a short and pleasant walk along well marked paths from Mountain Cottage down to the shingle beaches and water front. You can also take to the water on Britains oldest working steam yacht; The Gondola.
An unmissable feature of Coniston is the 'Old Man' the 803m high mountain which towers over the village. Described as one of the easiest mountains to climb in the Lake District, the main path is broad and though stony in no place particular difficult, the summit is about 2.5 miles from the cottage and on a good day you can see as far as Blackpool and the Isle of Man.
If it is just a quick plod that you prefer, the walk down to the lake and along it's shore is an favourite of ours, you can extend this walk all the way along the Cumbrian way to Ulverston if you want more of a challenge.
Grizedale Forest, is less than 20 minutes drive from Mountain Cottage. It is an unrivalled day out offering walking and cycling trails for all abilities. Named by The Telegraph as 4th best mountain biking route in the country, it offers "fabulous views, testing climbs and technical excitement" and with bike hire available. The forest also plays host to the exhilarating ‘Go Ape’ aerial adventure course and fantastic sculptures.
John Ruskin, one of the great figures of the Victorian era features heavily in the village, with the Ruskin Museum featuring exhibitions about the Ruskin and the wider history of the area, and Brantwood, his historic house, museum and centre for arts.
Shops & Amenties
Alongside the pubs Coniston also has many other great choices when it comes to eating out from Sara's the Indian to Herdwicks Cafe and Bistro and of course the traditional Fish and Chip shop: Our Plaice.
Though Coniston is no Oxford Street, it has everything you need, from a Spar and Co-op, newsagent, hiking shop, bakery and gift shops.
Get the most from your stay
Whether it's your first visit to the Lakes or one of many, we hope that our interactive map of places to visit, which is included in your digital guide will help you discover the local area. It includes suggestions for:
Restaurants, pubs and cafes
Entertainment and activities
The best places to walk, cycle and fish.
Where to shop
And much more.
All these are displayed in an easy to use map, integrated with Google Maps for directions, suggestions and information from us and links to their websites to access opening times and further information.