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Acorn Cottage

Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1048998)

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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

  • View on map


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  • Mrs Biddlecombe

    “We found the beds rather uncomfortable ,which being rather arthritic, makes a great difference to me .”

    The double quilt on one of the beds was dreadfully lumpy and it's filling uneven .The mattress on the other one was not supportive enough. ...

    The double quilt on one of the beds was dreadfully lumpy and it's filling uneven .The mattress on the other one was not supportive enough. A simple broom would have been very useful...there were two broom handles but no broom heads which meant every day we had to pull around a heavy HENRY as we have a Golden Retreiver who tends to mould often! Again, not great when you are a little incapacitated by achey joints. The fence at the bottom of the garden was broken, so it was very disappointing that it wasn't dog proof. We had a dead sheep lying in the bottom corner just through the broken fence, so had to be very careful with letting our dog out into the garden alone. We struggled over drying wet clothes off as there were no clothes racks and had to rely on the two towel rails. Although this sounds negative,it isn't meant to be, but when you stay somewhere for two weeks, these things matter and I feel they could easily be remedied with a small amount of work and cost. The cottage was clean, sanitised well and we felt safe there...which in these uncertain times means a lot.

    - Mrs Biddlecombe, October 2020

The property

Acorn Cottage is a spacious, high-quality terraced cottage, sitting in a row of eight properties that were formerly owned by Beatrix Potter.

Situated in Bakestone Barrow Wood, enjoying an elevated position on the outskirts of the village of Coniston, this wonderful three-storey property is ideal for a family or group wanting to escape to a tranquil location and explore the scenic beauty of the Lake District.

Entering the property, you will find the sitting room, filled with charm and stunning features, with a woodburning stove nestled into a feature fireplace and eye-catching original flagged flooring, while the book shelves provide a range of books you can enjoy curled up in the armchair, and the two sofas offer further places to relax whilst watching TV or admiring the incredible countryside views from the window.

The kitchen/diner features the same original flooring, along with a host of appliances and amenities you will need during your stay, including a dishwasher, washing machine and fridge freezer, along with granite worktops and a former feature fireplace, while the dining table is the perfect space to sit down together to enjoy a meal and to plan upcoming adventures.

Upstairs you will find two bathrooms, which should limit queues forming in the mornings, with a choice of shower over bath and a shower room with a walk-in shower, while the first of three bedrooms, a generous double, decorated with bright, neutral tones, featuring a lovely window seat which you can admire the view from, is also located on this floor.

The second floor hosts the remaining two bedrooms; a spacious single Velux window and plenty of storage, plus a double bedroom with built in wardrobes and a Velux window, which allows you to enjoy the view from the comfort of your bed.

Outside there is off-road parking for two cars and a private shed for bike storage, along with a generous garden with a lawn and a patio area complete with picnic bench, where you can enjoy an alfresco lunch in the sunshine.

Just three miles from the cottage is the village of Coniston, offering a selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants, along with a host of attractions, including The Ruskin Museum.

Walkers and cyclists will find many scenic trails to enjoy, while adventurers will enjoy the challenging hike up The Old Man of Coniston, where you can admire views of Coniston Water from the top, or if you don't feel like a hike, you can explore the lake in style on the National Trust's Steam Yacht Gondola.

Enjoy varied Lake District landscapes with a walk along the many woodland trails of Grizedale Forest and through Tarn Hows, where you can stop and have a picnic, while literature fans will appreciate the many Beatrix Potter attractions in the nearby area.

The National Trust-owned Hill Top is one of the author's former homes, while the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead is dedicated to the writer, offering a glimpse into her life, and the picturesque Esthwaite Water is thought to be the inspiration of much of her work, along with that of poet William Wordsworth.

Slightly further afield is popular Bowness-on-Windermere and Lake Windermere, where you can explore your picturesque surroundings on foot, bicycle or by boat, enjoy panoramic views from the top of Orrest Head, and explore the grounds of Wray Castle, a 19th century Victorian neo-gothic property owned by the National Trust.

Acorn Cottage provides a perfect base from which to explore the outstanding Lake District countryside.


  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x King-Sized double, 1 x second-floor double, 1 x second-floor single
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin, heated towel rail and WC, Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, selection of books and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio and lawned garden with furniture, privately owned shed for storage
  • One well-behaved pet
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, Pub 1.5 miles

About the location


Hawkshead 4 miles; Ambleside 8 miles.

Nestling at the head of Coniston Water, the pretty village of Coniston is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District National Park, making it a superb base for touring, with Hawkshead, Ambleside, Windermere and Grasmere just a short drive away. Superb walking, mountain biking and climbing are available locally on Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam, and the lovely woodland trails at Grizedale Forest. For watersports enthusiasts, the quiet lake is ideal for dinghy sailing and canoeing, whilst the less active can enjoy a leisure cruise on the beautiful steam yacht 'Gondola’, or visit Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin. Nearby attractions include the award-winning village of Hawkshead, home of the Beatrix Potter Gallery, Tarn Hows, one of the most visited beauty spots in the country and Esthwaite Water, famous for its fishing. A first class holiday location at any time of the year.

Please Note: We kindly ask that pets are kept downstairs and off the furniture
Please Note: Extra logs are not included

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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