Christmas & New Year Walking at Conistonwater

Lake District

Code: CNXFW

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easy
  • Hard
  • Harder
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £375.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Relax and admire magnificent mountain views from our Country House on the shores of Coniston Water. Explore England's best-loved National Park. Enjoy easy lakeside and valley walks, following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter or head to the high fells for some of England's best mountain walks.

Highlights

  • Decked in all its festive glory, Monk Coniston provides the perfect place to relax
  • Discover stunning Lakeland Landscapes, the inspritation for Wordsworth , Beatrix Potter and Ruskin
  • Enjoy lakeside strolls from the door, or challenge yourself to explore Wainwright's favourite fells

What’s included?

  • Full board en-suite accommodation
  • A full programme of guided walks or activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Activities in the evenings
  • A present on Christmas Day
  • A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve

Accommodation

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.4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodation

 

Bedrooms

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.

 

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Facilities

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.

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Food

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.

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Evening

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.

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Accessibility

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

Public WCs

  • 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

Games room

  • 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

Bedrooms

  • 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

Additional information

  • 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

Itinerary

The walks programme

Our House Manager and leaders have put together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday. 

The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered:
Easier: 4 to 8 miles (6.5 to 13km) with 600 to 1,200ft (180 to 360m) of ascent
Medium: 4 to 9 miles (6.5 to 14.5km) with 1,100 to 1,800ft (330 to 540m) of ascent
Harder: 4 to 9 miles (6.5 to 14.5km) with 1,800 to 2,600ft (540 to 780m) of ascent

 

Christmas – Festive Guided Walking 

Friday 23 December 2016

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea from 4 pm onwards.

Saturday 24 December 2016 – Christmas Eve

After a short journey by coach to Ambleside, our walks will include beautiful Loughrigg Tarn, hopefully fabulous views from Wansfell and from the lofty vantage point of the day, Red Screes sitting high above the Kirkstone Pass.

Sunday 25 December 2016 – Christmas Day

We can build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner with walks on the fells surrounding Monk Coniston. The easier walk will stroll around the Coppermines Valley above Coniston Village, whilst the medium walk will find Hole Rake and the harder walk will reach the imposing summit of Wetherlam.

When you return to Monk Coniston there will be presents under the Christmas tree before our Christmas lunch. Our celebration Christmas dinner is the highlight of the evening - enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer.

Monday 26 December 2016 – Boxing Day

Today we head by coach to Grasmere where we explore the surrounding hills. Great aerial views of beautiful tarns await - Grasmere (the lake), Rydal Water and Alcock Tarn. Weather permitting, Sergeant Man will provide the high point of the day at well over 2,000 feet.

Wednesday 28 December 2016

Our coach takes us to Grasmere today where walkers will have the chance to visit the picturesque peaks of either Helm Crag or Great Rigg, whilst the more relaxed walk will skirt Loughrigg and its peaceful tarn of the same name before descending to Grasmere from Red Bank.

Thursday 29 December 2016

Stunning views await us on all walks again today after we’ve travelled by coach to the Langdale Valley. Choose Blea Tarn, sitting in a quiet amphitheatre of hills, Lingmoor Fell from where you can see far to the northern reaches of the Lake District or some of the famous Langdale Pikes.

 

New Year – Festive Guided Walking

Saturday 31 December 2016 – New Year’s Eve

All our walks today are linear. We travel by coach to Great Langdale Valley and walk back to Monk Coniston by a choice of routes. Either: along the marshy shores of Elterwater; through the looming Tilberthwaite Valley and it’s impressive quarry caves and spoil heaps; or the handsome ridgeline of Whetside Edge; before all walks return to the house for our New Year’s Eve celebrations.

In the evening, join our fellow guests for a fantastic celebration dinner to welcome the new year – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’.

Sunday 1 January 2017

Today’s walks all start and finish at the house, and traverse the stunning fells surrounding Monk Coniston. The easy walk heads for Torver along the old railway line skirting the edge of Lake Coniston. The easy walk also heads for Torver via a section of the Walna Scar Pass, while the hard route takes in the imposing local high point of Coniston Old Man.

Monday 2 January 2017

Today we head by coach to Grasmere where we explore the surrounding hills. Great aerial views of beautiful tarns await - Grasmere (the lake), Rydal Water and Alcock Tarn. Weather permitting, Sergeant Man will provide the high point of the day at well over 2,000 feet.

Local area

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 Lake District is England’s premier national park with outstanding mountain scenery.

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 John Ruskin’s Brantwood.

Tarn Hows
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.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Ride ‘L’al Ratty’ a highly scenic narrow gauge railway which runs from the coast at Ravenglass along beautiful Eskdale.

Grizedale Forest
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.

Levens Hall
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and topiary displays.

Literary connections
Discover the inspiration for Wordsworth’s poems by visiting the beautiful village of Grasmere and the poet’s home at Dove Cottage. Yew Tree Farm, the home of Beatrix Potter is located just a few miles away. Brantwood, the former home of the poet and writer John Ruskin is just a few miles away on the shores of Coniston Water.

Travel

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

 

Reviews

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5 Feb 2016, 6:35 p.m.

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Always found The holidays and breaks with HF amazing. Love the ethos behind the company. I travel on my own, always feel included and never feel lonely.

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Lots of special extras for this twixmas break.
8 Jan 2016, 12:11 p.m.

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Stupid decision to change the length of the new year hols 2014/2015 has caused some customers to go elsewhere. Let's hope they can find their way back.
If the house is full, don't change the holiday!

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The standard of food, management, and staff is of a very high order. Nothing was too much trouble, the staff were always polite and friendly, but never intrusive.
The public rooms are beautiful and the drying room is effective.
7 Jan 2016, 9:27 a.m.

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Social holidays with a unique house party atmosphere.

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lovely food, house spotless, excellent house management, and walks leaders.
6 Jan 2016, 2:04 p.m.

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Booking very easy, food great, walks and dancing fabulous.

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All good but major disappintment with room 1&20, very noisy, too close to the kitchen and my daughter's bathroom had a continuous smell of stale food. Got very little sleep first 2 night with location so close to the kitchen (May as well have been in the kitchen!). John did try and help and provided me with ear plugs. Really should have been warned in advance about our accomodation.
6 Jan 2016, 12:27 p.m.

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Another great holiday - well organized & serviced

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This is the 3rd time I have been at the Christmas holiday at Monk Coniston & it was up to the usual excellent standard - I hope to be back again!
6 Jan 2016, 9:27 a.m.

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Usually very efficient and helpful

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Great holiday with really good leader and staff teams
5 Jan 2016, 6:25 p.m.

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Good walks and activities

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Good walks and evening activities
2 Jan 2016, 10:39 p.m.

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Rumour has it that HF holidays are changing in certain areas, such as no evening entertainment and presentation of evening meals. I book HF because I appreciate the high standard of the holidays and would not book if the standard fell.

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Staff and leaders at the house were excellent. I especially enjoyed the evening entertainment, as I was on my own and would have probably spent the evenings in my room. I was disappointed with the evening meals. The main course such as sausage, cheese soufflé and risotto was plated up with only one vegetable on offer- not warranting the 4* rating. £8 supplement for a small single room makes the holiday expensive. I don't mind paying HF prices as long as the standard of the holidays does not decline.
2 Jan 2016, 2:39 p.m.

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Difficult to fault really. Hotel great, staff efficient and friendly, food great.

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as above, no problems really enjoyed myself
31 Dec 2015, 8:33 a.m.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
23 Dec 2016 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 7 £939.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2016 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 4 £675.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2016 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 7 £875.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2016 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 3 £375.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2016 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 4 £625.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 7 £969.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 4 £695.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 3 £389.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 7 £899.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2017 CNXFW - Festive Walking - Conistonwater 4 £645.00 Book Now

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Information

  • 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