Natural Voice & Walking in Southern Lake District
The Natural Voice Network believes that singing is everyone’s birthright regardless of music experience or ability. You’ll learn – by ear - songs from folk traditions around the world whilst working on releasing your natural voice. Singing in harmony as part of a group, you’ll be amazed how good you can sound – even if you are normally just a bathtub singer! Afternoons are free. You could choose to join a guided walk to see some of the beautiful countryside in the local area.
- Relaxed informal sessions
- An expert leader to help you get the most out of your voice!
- Afternoon guided walks
- An informal concert on the final evening of your holiday
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Guidance and tuition from a qualified leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- All music
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
On beginner level breaks, mornings will focus on tuition and practice, perhaps breaking up into smaller groups. For more experienced musicians and singers, the focus will be less on tuition and more on learning new pieces.
You can join our group guided walks in the afternoons or feel free to explore the local area independently.
In the evenings it’s time to join together to sing or play the pieces you learned earlier in the day. On some singing breaks you maybe joined by other guests in the house.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Wrapped in manicured gardens with stunning views over Coniston Water, Monk Coniston combines country house grandeur and romantic, gothic-style charm with contemporary touches to great effect among the rugged landscapes of the Lake District. Rocky mountains and grassy fells loom all around this handsome home, once owned by Beatrix Potter, and more latterly turned hikers’ hotel and owned by the National Trust. Fell-flecked scenery unfurls from the windows of the bedrooms in the main house, adjoining cottage and counting house. While the setting remains traditional and the grand entrance recalls a traditional era, the interiors have been swept into the present with bold patterns and comfy fabrics. Beyond the house, trails from the doorstep set off to explore the Lake District. Climb famous summits including Bow Fell, the Langdale Pikes and the Old Man of Coniston. Bag a series of Wainwright summits. Alternatively, slip into the beautiful valleys and stroll picturesque lakeside paths in search of secret corners such as Cathedral Cove in Little Langdale.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 32 rooms, Monk Coniston has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Rooms with a view are well worth the extra spend as you’ll be overlooking the gardens or the lake. Our favourite is Room 9 on the first floor, which contains some of the original features from when it was first built in 1885, a striking sailboat-patterned wallpaper and opens on to beautiful views of the gardens and fields that slope down to the shore of Coniston Water.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, Lakeland barn for activities, library and board games to borrow
After a day exploring the Lake District, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds with their putting green and croquet lawn and uncover the hidden walled garden on the hill behind the house. Take a turn around the National Trust nature trail and look out for the fabulous, rare mature trees. Stumble on the small secret folly stood quietly among the bluebells when they’re out and the lush green grass when they’re not. Catch up with fellow guests in the bright and spacious lounge or grab a drink from the airy bar and wander down the garden to the bench overlooking Coniston Water for the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner – you might even spot the restored steam yacht Gondola cruising the five-mile length of the lake. After hours, duck into the converted Lakeland barn with its exposed beams and rustic chandelier for evening activities and skittles.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Monk Coniston is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its giant fireplace and oversized mirror hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. From a cup of Monk Coniston walled garden vegetable soup to a Wabberthwaies Cumberland sausage – the only Cumberland sausage to have a royal warrant and to be served on Concorde – to twelve-hour slow cooked Cumbrian lamb and Ravenglass crab and Morecambe Bay shrimp cakes, the kitchen puts out the best of the Cumbrian countryside. Look out too for the Kendal Mint cheesecake among the assiette of deserts.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
Music will be provided.
Dave was brought up in a singing family where songs were an everyday part of life, not only around the home (he was singing songs from the age of two!) but also in school and church choirs. Later he sang with the university choir at Leeds. Dave left full-time teaching in 2006 to broaden his “range” to include adults as well as children. He leads workshops ranging from helping adult church congregations, to infant refugees in need of fun and belonging.
Dave believes that singing is a birthright, so we should all have the opportunity and encouragement to use our natural voices if we want to. He believes that singing has multiple benefits: it builds confidence, raises energy levels, develops cooperation and unity in a group, and of course it makes you feel great! Dave has held these beliefs since he started teaching and applies them throughout his work.
“If you can walk then you can dance, if you can talk then you can sing.”
An inspirational singing teacher. Well prepared with interesting range of songs for all levels of ability.
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.
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