Finalist ‘Self-Catering Property of the Year’ 2017 Cumbria Tourism Awards!
Highly Commended ‘Self Catering Property of the Year’ 2017 Cumbria Tourism Awards!
Following a year of major refurbishment works ending in May 2016, this magnificent Georgian property has undergone a complete transformation. Located a stone’s throw from Coniston village (less than a third of a mile), set on the road to the striking and historical Coppermines Valley lies this spacious Georgian home. The owners, Jane & Simon have, with much effort managed to create a home of the highest quality standards whilst carefully managing to preserve the properties outstanding historical features.
Historically Gate House had early associations with the family who developed the 19th century Coppermines, and was the home in the early 20th century to the famous lakes artist Alfred Heaton Cooper – who, at that time, renamed it ‘Sondheim’. Keen to retain historical links the owners have ensured that many works of Cooper adorn the cottage walls.
From its peaceful situ the house enjoys delightful aspects overlooking the open fields to the front and the bubbling Church Beck to the rear. Whilst the outside of the property offers areas of solitude and calm, it is inside where the real allure of this beautiful home can be found. In essence Gate House is a beautiful house that has been lovingly transformed into a dream home. The perfect place for romantics, families, friends and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
A grand entrance porch welcomes you into this spacious property, complete with seating, boot and coat storage, the porch has been designed with functionality in mind offering the perfect place to kick off wet weather gear. Upon opening the front door you are instantly struck by the opulence of this home, a myriad of bright, inviting rooms, all waiting to be discovered. Downstairs you are spoilt for choice by not one, but three comfortable living areas. Full of charm, character and the latest mod-cons they all encompass quirky personal adornments, wood burning stoves & an abundance of cosy seating ideal for curling up in.
There’s a reading room with wood burner and views to the front garden, smaller sitting room, perfect for children with smart TV with Free Sat, Blu Ray DVD, PlayStation and wood burner. Then finally the spacious house sitting room with wood burner, smart TV with Free Sat & Blu Ray DVD.
The piece de resistance can be found in the spacious kitchen & dining area which occupies the rear of the house, again complete with the latest mod cons and personal touches. Well-appointed the kitchen benefits from Belfast sink, large range cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. This area offers countryside views over the paved rear garden, up Church Beck and into the woodland beyond. There’s also a small separate W.C available just inside the back door.
Climbing the Georgian staircase you will find four opulent and bright bedrooms all complete with beautiful en-suite shower and/or bathrooms. There are two grand king rooms to the front of the house, a comfortable twin room to the side and another spacious king room to the rear. All bedrooms enjoy smart TV’s with Free Sat, beautiful furnishings and fantastic views. The en suite bathrooms have to be seen to be believed, lavishly decorated in keeping with the Georgian era. The two free standing tubs, we imagine, would be most inviting after a long day spent on the fells.
Bedroom 1 – king size feature bed & en-suite bathroom with free standing bath, waterfall walk in shower, basin & W.C. Bedroom 1 enjoys field and village views.
Bedroom 2 – king size feature bed & en-suite shower room with waterfall walk in shower, basin & W.C. Bedroom 2 enjoys field and village views.
Bedroom 3 – twin single beds & en-suite shower room with waterfall walk in shower, basin & W.C. Bedroom 3 enjoys woodland views.
Bedroom 4 – king size feature bed & en-suite bathroom with free standing bath, waterfall walk in shower, basin & W.C. Bedroom 4 enjoys field and beck views.
Due to the properties positioning both the front and rear garden enjoy the majority of the days sun. The front garden offering two small grassed areas, perfect for sitting out on a picnic blanket. The rear garden, lovingly paved with local slate and complete with wrought iron garden furniture, offering the perfect al fresco dining area with views over the Beck and the fields beyond. There is also an abundance of parking alongside the property and should you find yourself travelling with a couple of bikes or kayaks, good news – there’s a secure storage area to the rear of the property.
Bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi, electricity, gas central heating and initial logs.
Available to hire
Travel cot & high chair.
Gravelled car parking area for 3 cars.
Parking area to front of cottage for 2 cars.
Public Transport 1000 yards
Pub 800 yards
Shop 800 yards
Well behaved pets are welcome (max 2) however please note that due to allergies that the property cannot accept cats.
Please note the property is attached to two smaller residential properties.
Please note that no stag or hen parties can be accepted at Gate House.
Please note that a security deposit of £300 will be authorised a day prior to arrival for all Gate House bookings, this money is not taken but held until departure when it will be released on the basis no damage has occurred at the property.
Coniston is an excellent centre for outdoor enthusiasts, with some superb climbing, walking, water sports, fishing and cycling to be had all year round.
For cycling enthusiasts there are some fantastic trails to be found in the area and the delights of Grizedale Forest are only a short ride away. For runners of all abilities the Lakeland Trail series visits Coniston yearly offering 5k, 10k, marathon and half marathon options. A favourite events amongst visitors and locals is the annual Coniston 14, 13.9 miles of scenic beauty as runners of all ages lap Coniston Water. For endurance athletes the Montane Lakeland 100 & Lakeland 50 events depart from Coniston each July and a whole host of water sports can be enjoyed down at the boating centre. Lastly for those who come to walk the area, no trip to Coniston would be complete without a climb up the Old Man of Coniston.
However for those who like to keep their feet firmly on the ground there’s The Ruskin Museum, which depicts the fascinating history of the area including the famous water speed record attempt of Donald Campbell and on the eastern shores of the lake lies Brantwood the Victorian home of philosopher John Ruskin, where regular events and art courses are held. Should you just wish to relax during your time here then the tremendous landscape of cascading waterfalls, streams, lakes and mountains should help you switch off from modern life. Delights such as Tarn Hows and Grizedale Forest are nearby and prove to be ever popular with visitors of all ages.
In the heart of the English Lake District lies the historical copper mining village of Coniston, perfectly positioned alongside the picturesque Coniston Water and underneath the majestic Coniston Fells of which Coniston Old Man, 2635ft, is the most famous. With the largest range of cottages in the area we are sure to help you find your perfect Coniston cottage.
Today the village is welcoming, warm and friendly. The two Victorian streets still house traditional shops such as the village butcher, grocer, bakery, newsagent, dairy, five pubs, several cafes and highly acclaimed restaurant (Steam Bistro), so there’s enough to keep you occupied during your time here.
Together with the surrounding picturesque hamlets, Coniston is an excellent centre for outdoor enthusiasts, with some superb climbing, walking, water sports, fishing and cycling to be had. For those who like to keep their feet firmly on the ground there’s The Ruskin Museum, which depicts the fascinating history of the area including the famous water speed record attempt of Donald Campbell and on the eastern shores of the lake lies Brantwood the Victorian home of philosopher John Ruskin, where regular events and art courses are held. Should you just wish to relax during your time here then the tremendous landscape of cascading waterfalls, streams, lakes and mountains should help you switch off from modern life. Delights such as Tarn Hows and Grizedale Forest are nearby and prove to be ever popular with visitors of all ages.
The lake remains a central focus of the village and a whole host of water sports can be enjoyed by day trippers. To this day passengers are still enjoying The National Trust’s Victorian steam yacht Gondola, which won Cumbria Tourism’s 2016 visitor attraction of the year award. The lake also holds historical significance, 50 years ago, Donald Campbell chose Coniston Water for his World Water Speed Record achievements in his jet boat Bluebird, reaching over 300mph. In honour of his amazing achievements a Speed Records Week is held every November.
Coniston enjoys the best of both worlds …..
L.M August 2017
We have stayed in many cottages before but this is our favourite! We walked through the door and instantly felt at home and the stresses and strains of life began to ease. Lots of walking, eating and drinking, sleeping well in the comfy beds & listening to the water in the beck all mean we return home reluctantly, we would much rather stay! Hope to return soon.
R.S, Aug 2017
What a fantastic cottage! Jason ran the Lakeland 100 fell race and relaxing in Gate House afterwards was fantastic! We all felt very relaxed straight away. A beautiful cottage in a wonderful location, hopefully we’ll be able to return next year!
M.S, Aug 2017
Wonderful holiday in a superb location. This holiday had been planned by others in our party as a surprise 60th birthday break for me! Such a beautiful house to stay in with everything we needed.
S.D , July 2017
Here for the second year, house is still as immaculate!
A.J, July 2017
What a wonderful way to introduce our family to this wonderful area. This beautiful house provided the perfect base & made our holiday even more special. There was even a ‘can we all come back again’ discussion during our last drink outside – what better end to our week!
H-S, June 2017
Enjoyed a lovely family holiday here in Coniston, excellent base to explore the Lake District. Had a wonderful time relaxing in this stunning home.
F.Z-H, June 2017
Lovely cottage, more than you could want in terms of equipment, space and furnishings. So nicely refurbished. Had a brilliant 50th weekend with family!
C.H May 2017
Returned to this beautiful house for a second time since renovation. Perfect location for walks from the door every day and handy for food & drinks in the village. Will be returning to celebrate our family Christmas here as we did last year!
F.F May 2017
Beautiful house, we came here a few times before restoration work but now WOW! It used to be pretty good but now it’s exceptionally appointed, 4 en suites is great, rear garden area is perfect in very sunny weather, which we’ve had all week. Thank you, we will return.
R.G, May 2017
What a gorgeous house, love the attention to detail! I edit a travel mag and will happily recommend it to all of my readers!
N.G, Apr 2017
We have had a wonderful week staying in the beautiful Gate House. It is every bit as wonderful as the website suggests and the owners really have thought about everything. We very much hope to return!
P.F, Apr 2017