Walking with Sightseeing at Conistonwater
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Take time to discover the landscape and heritage of the Lake District with this perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits. Explore Beatrix Potter's home, cruise on a stream yatch and follow in Wordsworth's footsteps.
- Ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway
- Follow in the footsteps of Wordsworth on a walk along Loughrigg Terrace visiting Grasmere and Rydal
- Visit Beatrix Potter’s home at Hill Top and the village of Hawkshead
- Discover industrial history in the Coppermines Valley then cruise down Coniston Water on a steam yacht
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, the services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide, all transport to and from the walks and sightseeing, and light-hearted evening activities
- Walks & Visits: enjoy carefully selected guided walks and sightseeing visits with a knowledgeable leader
- Accommodation: relax in the Gothic-style Country House with its lakeside location and glorious views
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk 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
Saturday: arrival day
Sunday: Hill Top, Moss Eccles Tarn and Hawkshead
Today is a great introduction to the area, as we visit Beatrix Potter’s house at Hill Top, and Moss Eccles Tarn – on which Potter’s The Tale of Jeremy Fisher is based. There are excellent views over to the Langdale Pikes. We will also explore the historic village of Hawkshead – perhaps visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery or Wordsworth’s old school. 4 miles (6.5km) with up to 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Monday: The Rydal and Grasmere Round
We walk along Loughrigg Terrace to Rydal Cave and descend to cross the River Rothay to Rydal Hall. We visit the 17th century viewing station which frames the waterfall on Rydal Beck; passing Rydal Mount we follow the old ‘Coffin Route’ along Rydal Terrace and down to Grasmere. There is time to visit Dove Cottage or just explore Grasmere. 4 miles (6.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Tuesday: Eskdale and T’ La’al Ratty
We travel to the Eskdale Valley via Hardknott Pass and Fort to explore the area around Boot. Our walk then follows the River Esk, returning via Eskdale Mill (a working cornmill) to Dalegarth station were we will board the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway, England’s oldest narrow gauge steam railway. The train takes us through lovely valleys and woodland at the foot of England’s highest mountains to Ravenglass were we visit a roman bath house before a short stroll along the beach. 4 miles (6.5km) with very little ascent.
Wednesday: free day
Thursday: Little Langdale
The walk starts at the Three Shires Inn in Little Langdale. The walk crosses the River Brathay at Slaters Bridge and visits ‘the cathedral’ before following good paths through Tilberthwaite valley to return to the house. 4 miles (6.5km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.
Friday: Coniston, Brantwood and a trip on the Gondola
We walk on good tracks via Low Yewdale to the Coppermines Valley, strewn with relics of the area’s industrial past. We explore Coniston village before making our way to the lake shore, to cruise Coniston Water on the restored steam yacht Gondola, with an option to visit Brantwood the home of John Ruskin before a short and pleasant walk through a field into the gardens of Monk Coniston. 4 miles (6.5km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.
- Walking is generally on good, well-graded paths; some sections are over rougher or steeper terrain. Walks are up to 4 miles (6.5km) with up to 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
- Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your National Trust card
- The seven night holiday has a free day for you to explore independently
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
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
19 Sep 2016, 7:16 a.m.
Lovely house, food excellent, the staff were very kinf and I enjoyed it all.
The walking was very enjoyable with a mix of walking and sightseeing
17 Sep 2016, 8:50 a.m.
Winter duvets are much two heavy and hot in the summer
DId not do guided walking
16 Sep 2016, 7:19 p.m.
staff went out of their way to be helpful and friendly
there was a good mix of walking and discovery. The walks were more hilly than i expected but manageable because the leader gave everyone chance to complete the steeper slopes at their pace.
5 Jul 2016, 8:27 p.m.
No review provided
HF Holidays are an extremely well-organised and professionally run company. The booking arrangements were excellent with friendly, helpful staff at the other end of the phone. Everything has been carefully thought through and managed in a way that shows years of delivering excellent holdidays are a priority to the company.
5 Jul 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Excellent as usual.
First time I've done a Discovery Walks and it was excellent - good mix of walking and interesting things to see/do. Leader was excellent, very knowledgeable in all areas, very attentive to everyones' needs, and very cheerful and easy-going.
5 Jul 2016, 9:19 a.m.
No review provided
As usual, house, food and walking programme excellent.
5 Jul 2016, 8:36 a.m.
My first holiday in England but certainly will not be my last.
Chose the 'Discovery' Guided Walking as I had no desire to trudge 13 miles and return exhausted! Found the information great and the visits (adventures) in the area perfect.
2 Jul 2016, 7:39 a.m.
Very friendly and helpful leaders an staff made to feel immediately at home.
Everything was well prepared. My only complaint was that despite advertised as walking on mainly good paths most were far from it.consequently I didn't wear tougher shoes. More of an honest description would have been better. Nevertheless the leader was wonderful and helped me and the scenery made up for it.
9 May 2016, 7:54 a.m.
previous holidays all good.Unfortunately on the third day of my stay at Monk Coniston I found a previous guests dirty underwear under my bed.This means the room had been cleaned on at least three occasions and said item was not removed.The discovery was brushed aside by the Housekeeper with no apology.
Guide was: Unprepared his knowledge of walks and area very limited.
Indecisive ie he made a decision and immediately changed his mind.
Misleading we were told we would be walking to a particular destination a place of interest and when we were within 200yds of said site were told not to go on!
Very disappointed as previous holidays have had excellent guides.
Thank you for your feedback and I can assure you this will be followed up with the leader concerned. Our apologies for any incovenience caused.
Customer Relations Manager
9 May 2016, 6:04 a.m.
Did discovery walks
Did discovery walks
Dates & Prices
|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|20 May 2017||CNWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Coniston||4||£499.00||£499.00||Book Now|
|20 May 2017||CNWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Coniston||7||£819.00||£729.00||Book Now|
|24 May 2017||CNWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Coniston||3||£359.00||£359.00||Book Now|
|15 Jul 2017||CNWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Coniston||7||£819.00||£729.00||Book Now|
|2 Sep 2017||CNWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Coniston||4||£499.00||£499.00||Book Now|
|2 Sep 2017||CNWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Coniston||7||£819.00||£729.00||Book Now|
|6 Sep 2017||CNWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Coniston||3||£359.00||£359.00||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