Arts and Crafts Movement in Southern Cumbria
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- Visits and tours of private homes
- Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts house designed by H Bailey Scott
- Brantwood, home of John Ruskin, on the shores of Coniston Water
- Heritage sites of 19th century linen, lace and embroidery industries
Cumbria was a favourite haunt of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones who, together with George Howard of Brampton, were integral figures in the Arts and Crafts Movement. Visits to private homes, not normally open to the public, will help us seek out the architecture, magnificent textiles, wallpaper, furniture and stained glass from this movement. This holiday is a natural follow-on to our 'William Morris and Burne-Jones' holiday.
Great reasons to join us:
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus entrances to all heritage sites
- Expert leader: learn more about the Arts & Crafts movement with your knowledgeable leader
- Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at Monk Coniston
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays – explore together, eat together and relax together
As a historic National Trust property, Monk Coniston is full of romantic, gothic-style charm. With a most attractive Lake District setting, it is well suited to a relaxing holiday.
Monk Coniston has 33 bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the adjoining cottage and counting house.
Our classic rooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium room. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family rooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
Monk Coniston has a comfortable lounge, an attractive dining room with lake views, and a bar and library. There is also a selection of board games and books. Free Wifi is available in some public rooms. Our traditional Lakeland barn can be used for dancing, or as a games room with table tennis and Nintendo Wii.
Monk Coniston is surrounded by a large garden with views down to the lake. Outside there is a putting green and croquet lawn. The National Trust maintains a collection of rare trees in the grounds.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from our cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. The cold buffet offers a selection fruit, cereals, yoghurts, croissants and pastries. Hot dishes include porridge, sausages, bacon, choice of eggs, tomato, baked beans and mushrooms. Tea, coffee, toast and jams are served at the tables.
Choose from our self-select picnic lunches. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk from a member of the local mountain rescue team or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Due to the age and the layout of Monk Coniston, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility. There are ground floor en-suite bedrooms in the Counting House, but this building is access via steps.
Arrival & car parking facilities
- On arrival there is a gate, a cattle grid and a driveway leading towards the house.
- It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door.
- The surface of the car park is tarmac and slightly sloping
- Assistance can be provided with luggage
Main entrance & reception
- The main entrance has no steps and is 110cm wide
- The reception area is a spacious 4m x 4.1m
- All public rooms are available without encountering any further steps, with the exception of the games room
- The floors on the ground floor are mainly carpeted. The games room has wooden block flooring and the gents’ toilet has a tiled floor
Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc
- The width of the downstairs hallway is 222cm. Leading off the main hallway are lounge, dining room, library, downstairs toilets and bar with access to the main staircase
Public areas - sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc
- In the main lounge there are various chairs, tables and settees. Seating for approximately 50 guests
- There are both ladies and gents toilets on the ground floor, accessed without any steps
- Ladies toilet is carpeted and the gents’ has a tiled floor
- Further public bathrooms are available for those bedrooms that are not en-suite
Dining room & bar
- The dining room is situated on the ground floor with level access
- 7 round tables, each seating maximum of 8 guests
- Tables have an under space of 70cm high by 137cm wide
- All meals served are with waitress service
- The carpeted bar area has chairs and circular tables
Laundry & boot room
- Laundry facilities are available in the boot room, which is located in a separate building with level access
- Washing machine & dryer are available in the boot room free of charge
- Ample drying space
- Tiled flooring
- Evening entertainment frequently held in games room (4 slate steps to access, each step is 22cm high, 22cm deep and 110cm wide)
- The games room is 14m wide and 5.5m long
- None of the rooms has been specifically designed for wheelchair users
- In the main house all bedrooms are on the 1st floor. The main staircase has 24 steps, each step is 16cm high, 30cm deep and 112cm wide
- In the annexe, cottages and Counting House there are bedrooms both on the ground floor and on the 1st floor
- The rooms best suited for anyone with restricted mobility would be 24 and 25, situated in the Counting House
Room 24 & 25:
- Access is via 4 slate steps with hand rails
- Each step is 7cm high, 30cm deep and 130cm wide
- Twin rooms with en-suite (shower). Standard height beds
- The floor is carpeted
- En-suite bathroom with shower
Grounds and gardens
- Large level garden around the house. Mainly with lawns and flower beds. Shrubbery and wooded areas
- 3 steps to access the main front lawn
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
Monday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Tuesday: Ruskin’s vision & musuem
We’ll discover how John Ruskin inspired a revival of Arts and Crafts in the Lake District. We’ll visit the Ruskin museum to learn more about him, view examples of local crafts, and explore his home, Brantwood, with its gorgeous views over Coniston Water. There’s also a visit to Grasmere to view stained glass by Henry Holiday.
Wednesday: Voysey and Burne-Jones & The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry
The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry houses lovely examples of work by Arthur Simpson and Stanley Web Davies. We’ll view stunning windows by Edward Burne-Jones, and finish the day at Broad Leys, designed by the outstanding Arts and Crafts architect, C F A Voysey.
Thursday: Blackwell’s Arts & Crafts
Start today by viewing a beautiful Arts and Crafts window with a Wordsworth connection. Then we’ll visit Blackwell, designed by Baillie Scott, with furnishings by Morris and Co, William de Morgan, Ernest Gimson and many more. Our day ends with tea in a delightful Arts and Crafts home.
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
Monk Coniston is an imposing Gothic property leased from the National Trust and set in 8 acres of grounds, including a restored walled garden and the impressive arboretum. Some particularly impressive specimens, including a giant sequoia (the largest tree in the world) and the wollemi pine can be explored on the Monk Coniston Tree Trail.
Views from the property offer breathtaking glimpses of Coniston Water and the surrounding mountains.
Coniston village is about one mile away – there is a direct path from the house to the village. Here you’ll find a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a Barclays Bank (open 3 times a week). A wider range of facilities is available in Ambleside, the nearest town, about 8 miles away. The Ruskin Museum is also well worth a visit - find out more about the lake's connections to Donald Campbell and Arthur Ramsome. www.ruskinmuseum.com
During your visit to Monk Coniston you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Steam Yacht Gondola
First cruising Coniston Water 150 years ago, the restored gondola is now operated by the National Trust, stopping at the Monk Coniston jetty at the bottom of the meadow below the house before gliding across the lake, calling at Coniston village and Brantwood House. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondola
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Ride ‘L’al Ratty’ a highly scenic narrow gauge railway which runs from the coast at Ravenglass along beautiful Eskdale. You could combine a visit with a walk over Muncaster Fell, or to Stanley Gill waterfall. www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Just a couple of miles from Monk Coniston, John Ruskin's former home commands superb views over the lake. www.brantwood.org.uk
A short walk from the Country House, this man-made water was created by Monk Coniston’s resident owner, James Garth Marshall in 1865, as he continued to develop the estate and expand his pleasure grounds. He built a dam to flood the area, amalgamating several smaller tarns, before planting the shores and islands with new woodlands and specimen trees.
Nearby Grizedale Forest is ideal for mountain biking and also has a popular sculpture trail. You can also experience the Go Ape! high-ropes course – a great option for active teenagers. www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and topiary displays. www.levenshall.co.uk
Grasmere is about 30 minutes’ drive from Monk Coniston and is famous for its connections with William Wordsworth. The poet’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount can be visited, the former of which includes the Wordsworth Museum. www.wordsworth.org.uk
Take a cruise along the length of Windermere - England's largest lake. Ferries connect Ambleside in the north to Bowness and Lakeside in the south, where you can connect with the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk, www.lakesiderailway.co.uk
Gondola image ©National Trust Images/Paul Harris
Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ
By train: The nearest railway station is Windermere. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
By taxi: The 13 mile journey from Windermere railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Taxis cost approx £23 per taxi. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Monk Coniston Manager.
By car: From Ambleside take the A593 signposted to Coniston. Turn sharp left over a narrow bridge, then after half a mile turn left onto the B5286, signposted to Hawkshead. About 3 miles along the road and just before Hawkshead turn right onto the B5285, signposted to Coniston. Follow this road over Hawkshead Hill. The road descends then goes around a 180° bend to the left. The entrance to Monk Coniston is on the left about 100yds after the bend. Look out for the sign on the wall. There is car parking available within the grounds.
To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info
Jane is an experienced author and guide. She writes on history and art for children and adults, and has written more than 60 books for young readers as well as numerous articles on English heritage topics. In 2009 she published A Cultural History of the Cotswolds, the result of many years’ research into a fascinating region. She is especially drawn to the works of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones because they combine her interests in history, art and traditional crafts.
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
19 Jul 2016, 7:22 a.m.
While the excursion days were excellent I felt the hotel's facilities were a bit worn and the food disappointed.
16 Jul 2016, 8:17 a.m.
No review provided
Lovely location at Monk Coniston. Very slick service. All staff friendly and very efficient, friendly and helpful. A very well planned itinerary which Jane Bingham adjusted to suit our interests. She tried to build in everything there was to see linked to Arts and Crafts and additional places of interest. Jane was an excellent tour guide. She has just the right personality. She was knowledgeable and provided plenty of reading material to match the tour. A very enthusiastic, hardworking person. I am looking out for special interest trips led by her in 2017. Especially good to have a small group where we all bonded so well. Great evening activities even though I'm not normally a fan of this HF activity. Loved Jane's 'Treasure Hunt'.
8 Jul 2015, 10:35 a.m.
Well organised holiday programme.
6 Jul 2015, 10:16 a.m.
No review provided
Had a very good time except the quality of my accommodation
6 Jul 2015, 8:10 a.m.
No review provided
Unfortunately the holiday was spoiled by hot food being served lukewarm.
16 Apr 2014, 7:33 p.m.
Friendly, competent staff.
But wouldn't have minded an easy chair in the bedroom.
Dates & Prices
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|27 Mar 2017||CNHHQ - Arts and Crafts Movement in South Cumbria - Conistonwater||4||£509.00||£469.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person