Sunny Bank Farm
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Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Sunny Bank Farm is a spacious and beautifully furnished 17th century farmhouse set in large grounds, with lovely lawned garden. An open fire, central-heating and double-glazing throughout make it an excellent year-round holiday venue, and an ideal base for walking, touring, boating or just relaxing in peaceful surroundings.
Situated on the quiet western shore of Coniston Water, not far from Peel Island ("Wildcat Island" of Swallows and Amazons fame), Sunny Bank Farm is bordered by Torver Common affording fantastic views out over the lake. The fields are grazed by sheep and include several wooded areas and extensive private lake frontage where you can launch your own boat or hire our rowing boat or canoe.
Sunny Bank Farm is fully equipped to cater for up to 12 people and has 2 large lounges both containing plenty of comfortable seating. One has an open fire and a music system - ideal for quiet reading and conversation. The other has a TV with full Sky package, DVD player, board games etc. The kitchen is equipped with everything you might require for catering for parties of up to 12, and the large dining-room table easily seats that number as well. A high chair and booster seat are both available. In addition there is a small den which can be used for accommodating the 12th person (on a good quality chair-bed) or as a quiet place for work or hobbies (it also has a TV for playing DVDs or connecting your own games console without disturbing other people!)
There are 5 spacious bedrooms, each prettily furnished and with ample drawer and hanging space. Two have double beds, two are twin rooms, and the fifth has 3 single beds, a wooden cot and a travel cot. A folding-bed is provided for a twelfth person, or they may sleep downstairs on the chair-bed or sofa-bed. There are 3 WCs upstairs and 1 downstairs. There are also 3 pumped showers (one is over a bath), and ample supplies of hot water.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Ulverston or Oxenholme|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (7), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Sunny Bank Farm is fully equipped to cater for up to 12 people and has 2 large lounges both containing plenty of comfortable seating. One has an open fire and a music system - ideal for quiet reading and conversation. The other has a TV with full Sky package, DVD player, board games etc.
The large kitchen/dining room has recently been re-fitted and now includes an American style fridge/freezer with ice dispenser and a large electric range cooker. It is equipped with everything you might require for catering for parties of up to 12, and the large dining room table easily seats that number as well. A high chair and booster seat are both available.
In addition there is a small den which can be used for accommodating the 12th person (on a good quality chair-bed) or as a quiet place for work or hobbies. It also has a TV where you may plug in your own games console without disturbing other people!
There are 5 spacious bedrooms, each prettily furnished and with ample drawer and hanging space. Two have double beds, two are twin rooms, and the fifth has 3 single beds, a drop-side cot and a travel cot. A folding-bed is provided for a twelfth person, or they may sleep downstairs on the chair-bed. There are 3 WCs upstairs and 1 downstairs. There are also 3 pumped showers (one over a bath), and ample supplies of hot water.
A large games barn is available (extra charge) with table tennis, snooker, table football and darts.
|Further details outdoors|
The garden is well planted with trees and shrubs, designed to give year-round pleasure. Sited on a gentle south-facing slope, the lawn and patio catch the sun throughout the day and look down over the orchard (which is abundant with snowdrops and daffodils in spring). There is plenty of seating and a barbecue large enough to cater for holiday appetites!
Extensive grounds lead down to a wide frontage onto Coniston Water. The shoreline is stony and shallow, ideal for children paddling and playing about with inflatables. Grassy banks provide peaceful and secluded picnic sites from where one can watch the sailing boats (no motor craft over 10mph allowed). the water birds and the Launch on its regular circuit of the lake. A jetty adjoins the estate, providing a novel way of restocking with supplies from Coniston and useful for expeditions across the lake (peak season only).
A small rowing boat and open Canadian canoe are provided (extra charge) and for childhood lovers of Swallows and Amazons a trip over to Peel Island (“Wildcat Island”) is an absolute must. If you enjoy sailing or windsurfing you are welcome to bring your own small craft for launching onto the lake - you can drive a car across the fields (unwise in very wet conditions!).
Sunny Bank Farm is available all year-round. Changeover day is normally on a Saturday but long weekends are available between January and March. 25% deposit is required and the balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival.
The Duddon Valley region
Sunny Bank lies at the heart of England’s beautiful Lake District National Park. Here one can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside so beloved by Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome (to name but a few) and yet be within easy reach of charming villages and towns with all the attractions they have to offer.
Popular tourist centres such as Ambleside, Grasmere and Hawkshead are about half an hour away by car. Half an hour in the opposite direction gets you to the beach at Haverigg where there are miles of sand (especially at low tide) and large sand dunes. It is great for kite flying as it is fairly exposed.
Sunny Bank Farm is 4 miles from Coniston, a small but busy typical Lakeland town, and just three-quarters of a mile from Torver, where there are 2 pubs, both serving excellent food. There are some wonderful local walks such as exploring the old quarries above Torver, climbing to the top of Coniston Old Man and coming back via Dow Crag, or you can use the Sunny Bank Jetty to combine a lakeside walk with a ride on Coniston Launch.
The steamboat Gondola also sails from Coniston around the lake and stops off at Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin. For the more adventurous, horse-riding is available at Torver, a variety of water-craft may be hired in Coniston, and Grizedale Forest is an excellent location for mountain biking.
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4 Jan 2014
"Fantastic accomodation in an idealic setting"
Excellent accommodation and comfort for 4 adults, 4 teenagers, 3 children and 3 dogs in a fantastic setting backing on to Lake Coniston. Excellent for dog walking especially as they love a swim. The h… More
2 Dec 2013
"Perfect family get-together"
I can't imagine anywhere better to spend a family weekend celebrating a special event. The dining kitchen with its generous fridge/cupboard space, large oven and hob and equipped with every kind … More
4 Nov 2013
"a really memorable enjoyable holiday in a fantastic location staying in a historic property"
Three families shared this beautiful historic farm house. The children ages 7 to 13 spent hours playing out of doors and days without using an electronic gadget. The house is simply furnished but well equipped. Thought has been given to include everything a family may need. The house was very clean. However what makes this place so special is the outdoor spaces, a
well kept garden which is a great place to relax or play, and the unique lakeshore. We loved boating stone skimming and walking on the shore of Coniston. The families were so occupied at Sunnybank that we spent very little money or time venturing further afield. We would recommend hiring the barn and the boats to keep everyone entertained.
We can't wait to return.
3 Nov 2013
"Fabulous place to stay with friends, children and family"
A wonderfully comfortable, welcoming and clean house to stay. Lovely gardens and access to Coniston Water was superb. An excellent place to come and sail with your own mooring and complete privacy. Highly recommend the butcher in Coniston - excellent sausages! Needless to say there was excellent walking potential but highly recommend wet weather gear in October. Cannot fault the house - excellent facilities, well equipped kitchen for large family/group gatherings and loved the fact that there was no television in the sitting room, but separate in another lovely cosy sitting room! Heaven!
22 Oct 2013
"Idyllic Lakeland cottage"
For a large group of friends this could not have been better. Brilliant location for us, spacious layout, big kitchen table for everyone to eat together, wonderfully equipped kitchen, bags of charm an… More
25 Jul 2013
"Excellence surpassed in shed loads"
We planned and booked our stay to help celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary.We truly had a Golden Holidayat Sunnybank Farm.We were three generations and everyone had a very special holiday in a tr… More
12 Mar 2012
"Another fabulous stay!"
This was our second stay here, and it felt like coming home. The house is so comfortable and welcoming and the 10 of us had a fabulous long weekend. We did a couple of activities whilst staying there… More
21 Feb 2012
"A Wonderful place to stay"
Wow! This house is totally wonderful. It has lake frontage so we have been canoeing in February! It is a beautifully kept, warm and clean house with everything you could possibly need to come with any… More
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