A stunning property for a weekend to remember on the shores of Coniston

MORE years ago than I care to admit, while working for my hometown evening newspaper, we had a saying about newsworthy events anywhere in the world.

No matter what the happening was, good or bad, there was always ‘some b****r from Bolton’ in the thick of the action.

And so It was during a fantastic long weekend break in the Lake District I took recently with my wife, son and daughter, plus respective girlfriend and fiance.

As we checked into the beautifully restored, four-bedroom Gate House at Coniston, as guests of Coppermines Cottages, framed documents on the wall proclaimed that the historic house set in beautiful Lakeland scenery had once been the home of famous Edwardian artist Alfred Heaton Cooper… who came from – yes, you guessed it – Bolton.

Brought up in the town, Alfred was one of six children of mill worker parents who went on to become a celebrated landscape artist in the early 1900s.