Self-guided Walking at Conistonwater
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Enjoy a break in the Lake District with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect self-guided holiday. Our historic 4-star Country House, beautifully situated with views along Coniston Water is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, detailed walk notes, and an inspirational location from which to explore the national park.
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 at no extra charge.
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 £10 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
To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at Monk Coniston - the starting point for your outdoor adventure.
You'll find our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.
When you're not walking, there's plenty to do locally. Why not cycle in nearby Grizedale Forest, take a boat ride on the lake, or visit a National Trust property. See the 'Local Area' tab for further ideas.
During your stay at Conistonwater you can enjoy the following recommended routes:
Laid back walks
Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the magnificent mountain landscapes. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.
- Around Tarn Hows - 2 miles
- Coniston village - 3 miles
- Windermere & Wray Castle - 3 miles
- Brantwood to Monk Coniston - 3 miles Sample route - Brantwood to Monk Coniston
- Tarn Hows - 4 miles
- Hawkshead & Latterbarrow - 4 miles
- Rydal Water & Loughrigg Terrace - 4 miles
Leg stretcher walks
Some longer walks on valley and lakeside paths, plus a few of the easier lower fells. Experience a true flavour of Lakeland as you follow these varied routes.
- Coniston & the Miner's Bridge - 5 miles
- Tarn Hows & Yew Tree Farm - 6 miles
- Grasmere & Rydal Water - 6 miles
- Wansfell - 6 miles
- Hawkshead - 7 miles
- Latterbarrow, Windermere & Wray Castle - 8 miles
Full on walks
For those who love the high mountains. Expect some rough paths as you head to some of these famous summits, but there are plenty of rewards when you reach the top.
- Langdale Pikes - 4 miles Sample route - Langdale Pikes
- Helm Crag - 8 miles
- Bow Fell - 8 miles
- Old Man of Coniston (out & back) - 8 miles
- Old Man of Coniston - 10 miles
- Wetherlam - 10 miles
- Fairfield Horseshoe - 11 miles
- Coniston Round - 11 miles
Discover the Lake District
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
Travel to Conistonwater
Our address is: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ
The nearest train station is at 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).
The 13 mile journey from Windermere railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £27. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Monk Coniston Manager.
From Windermere station you can catch the 505 bus direct to Monk Coniston - the bus stop is right outside our Country House. Journey time is around 50 minutes. For bus times see www.traveline.info
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 this 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. There is car parking available within the grounds.
Travelling from overseas
For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme - this is straightforward journey - allow 1½ hours to Oxenholme. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Oxenholme station you can complete the journey to Monk Coniston by bus or taxi (see above).
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4 hours to reach Oxenholme. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Oxenholme takes 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
4 Aug 2016, 1:18 p.m.
Our third self-guided break with HF. All have been extremely enjoyable in lovely old houses either surrounded by or near to beautiful scenery.
Thoroughly enjoyed our self-guided break. Food was plentiful and very tasty. As has always happened on our HF breaks my partner's gluten-free diet was catered for making dining a less stressful experience. John was a very welcoming host ringing up a few days before our arrival to check what time we would arrive so he could ensure someone was at the House to meet us.
26 Jul 2016, 10:48 a.m.
There was an error in the booking process, and the property was rather tired, however the hospitality and food were excellent, and the house was extremely clean.
Thoroughly enjoyed holiday.
25 Jul 2016, 3:46 p.m.
Best booking by phone
A great location and wonderful manager, with a welcoming team
14 Jul 2016, 10:50 a.m.
No review provided
Good value for money
6 Jul 2016, 7:04 p.m.
We enjoyed our stay in all respects. Food was first class and everything very efficiently managed
5 Jun 2016, 10:34 a.m.
As always, HF provided an enjoyable holiday efficiently and in a friendly manner.
We had a very enjoyable self-guided holiday with good company - and excellent food!
30 May 2016, 9:52 a.m.
Booking very efficient
Excellent greeting, and service at meal times, lovely food, manager very attentive
Service very good
30 May 2016, 7:04 a.m.
No review provided
Manager went out of his way to accommodate our needs
11 May 2016, 9:01 a.m.
Food and staff at Coniston very good as always. Only slight problem was damp in bathroom (room 10)
29 Apr 2016, 3:12 p.m.
Excellent as usual.
Plenty of resources for self-guided walkers. Very friendly and helpful staff.
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person