Monk Coniston, Lake District

With a desirable address overlooking Coniston Water (the inspiration for Arthur Ransome’s 1930 novel, Swallows and Amazons), this characterful Grade II-listed house delights with lakeside and woodland walks from the doorstep, décor that stays true to the period feel, and plenty of Beatrix Potter references. While the children's author and illustrator did not live at the Monk Coniston estate (her beloved home was Hill Top, bought in 1905 with the royalties from The Tale of Peter Rabbit), she campaigned with the National Trust to save it from development. She then purchased the entire estate in 1930 and as the new owner she immediately sold half to the organisation, bequeathing them the other half in her will.

Groups love

The Beatrix Potter connections 

Some of the best hill walking in England 

The converted activity barn with exposed beams 

An impressive tree collection, including a giant sequoia 

The handy boot and drying room 

Fabulous guided and self-guided walks 

Comfortable accommodation with full-board 

The house’s unique character and history 

Places to visit

Steam Yacht Gondola 

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway 

Blackwell House 

Brantwood House 

Tarn Hows 

Grizedale Forest

House facts

House capacity: 48 

Number of singles: 12 

Exclusive occupancy minimum: 38