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The boat house at Low Water End (boat in photo is a guests dinghy)

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 24 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Low Water End is a property with two self catering holiday cottages at the southern tip of Coniston Water.

It is hidden away in the heart of Arthur Ransome country with enough grounds for children to play all day, with lake frontage, boats, a slipway and not a computer game, TV or video in sight.

The kitchen and dining area in Lake Cottage is open plan. There is a woodburning stove and a full utility room. The three bedrooms have zip-link beds so can be doubles on request. The cottage has ample parking and is very private and secluded. It shares the grounds and the lake access with one other cottage - close enough to share a holiday if required but private enough to not disturb each other.

Please note - the boat shown in the the photographs was a dinghy brought to the cottage by a guest and is not available for use. The property has its own slipway so you can bring a boat providing you do not need a vehicle to launch it. They can be pushed by hand down to the lake.

There are a couple of sailing boats which are available to those who know how to sail however they are quite old and tired.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Roan Head 24 km
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Blackpool 116 km, Nearest railway: Ulverston 13 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Boat available
General Central heating, Telephone, Table tennis
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden
Access Parking
Further details outdoors

Coniston Water is a peaceful lake. Readers of 'Swallows and Amazons' will recognise many of the settings in the story: the secret harbour on 'Wild Cat' island, 'Octopus' lagoon and so on.

A path leads through woodland down to the lake where there is a small slipway, a floating jetty and a boathouse, housing up to three boats with more craft and canoes stored in the dry boat store adjacent to Lake Cottage.

There is a bench and plenty of room for picnics and barbecues.

The boats in the boathouse at Low Water End are available to all guests, as are the canoes in the dry boat store.

Further details

It will be necessary to take a damage deposit of £100 for each property which will be refunded once satisfactory inventory checks have been completed after your stay

Low Water End is currently for sale by the present owners however we are taking bookings up to 12 months ahead. In the unlikely event of a quick sale - all deposits will be refunded in full.

The Cumbria/Lake District

We have a list of things to do and places to visit that we can provide on request.


There are three well known pubs a drive away - The Drunken Duck (and its sister cafe 'Chesters by the river' at Skelwith Bridge - famous for its large scones!), The Three Shires and The Britannia Inn at Elternwater. Coniston also has a fine selection of pubs for you to tick off your list . Coniston hosts walking and water festivals each year. During the summer months there are many local 'shows' in the immediate area with sheepdog trials, lakeland sports etc.

Coniston is also famous and the home of John Ruskin called 'Brantwood' is a must see. If you take a trip on Coniston lake the steam boat Gondola can drop you off and pick you up or the Coniston Launch! The lake was also used by Donald Campbell in his water speed attempts (visit the museum in Coniston) and is still used in October each year for water speed record attempts. Swallows and Amazons fans trek to Wild Cat Island (or Peel Island as it is called on the 'native' maps) and Low Water End is the perfect base for budding Amazon Pirates or Swallow Explorers!

The area is renowned not just for its stunning scenery but also for its fell walking, rock climbing and mountain biking. There is the North Face mountain bike trail in Grizedale Forest along with Go Ape (a high ropes course) and an art trail. For road cyclists there is the Fred Whitton Challenge. A 112 mile road race in May which takes riders over all the major lakeland passes - Wrynose, Hardknott, Kirkstone and Whinlatter!!

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28 Jul 2013


"unique and memorable holiday in a very special place,"

W3e were a group of six amateur artists.We loved the peace beauty i and informality of Low water End. We visited the homes of Woedsworth , Ruskin and Beatrix Potter.I particularly recomend Breatirex P… More

Thank you so much for your review of your stay at Low Water End and also for sending us some of your wonderful sketches. You captured perfectly the peace and tranquility of the place. We hope to see you return at some time in the future?

29 Jan 2013


"Absolute Bliss"

This was our second trip to Lake Cottage, this time with no kids!! A stunning location right on the edge of the southern end of Lake Coniston.The week before we went we prayed for snow, there is no wh… More

Thank you so much for your kind review. I am so glad that you had a good time on your stay even with the weather being a bit on the cold side! Cold but beautiful I suspect.

28 Jan 2013


"Perfect family holiday, with lots to do!"

As a family tradition, having been coming here since 1970's Low Water End never loses its beauty. With always so much to do we spent yet another year playing on the lake, going for multiple walks… More

5 Jan 2013


"Lovely spot away from it all...nice to get out on the lake without travelling"

we were very pleased with the house and location, all though we did struggle with getting enough hot water to bath the kids! worth just asking owner before go as we must have been doing something wrong!
nice not to have a tv or phone reception so we really were away from it all!
recommended, though you will need your wellies!!

5 Nov 2012


"A haven of tranquility, offering an escape from the pressures of modern living."

On first arrival at this secluded property, holidaymakers will be totally unprepared for the unique experience before them. The location is idyllic. Situated on the side of Coniston Water, Lake Cottage offers excellent accommodation for a holiday in the Lake District. The owners have provided everything needed to ensure a very comfortable stay. As well as offering a good base for walking, an added bonus is the use of the owner's boats. If you want a holiday to get away from it all, this is the place to stay. None of the distractions of the internet, mobile phones or T.V. Absolute bliss! Having stayed here at varying times of the year, we have always enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity so much so, that we would never hesitate to return.

Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to review our property. We are so glad you love it as much as we do and look forward to welcoming you there again.

4 Nov 2012


"Plenty to do, whatever the weather"

We've stayed at Low Water End on many occassions, and have thoroughly enjoyed every visit. You can't ever tire of the tranquil setting and the fabulous views over the Lake.
Come rain, or shine, we've been known to mess make use of the boats in the boathouse and make our way to Wild Cat Island, as written about by Arthur Ransome in Swallows and Amazons, either in a boat, or swimming in the lake.
The property itself is very modern, well furnished and very well equipped. Being open plan, it lends itself to being a very sociable holiday home. Those cooking dinner don't miss out on what those in the lounge area, relaxing in front of the log burner, are getting up to. Low Water End comes with plenty of games, books and jigsaws, so there's plenty to keep you occupied in the evenings and the kids don't bat an eyelid at the fact that there is no television - yes they really can survive without it and the fact that they love to return to LWE is proof!
The bedrooms are all of a very good size and the beds are very comfortable.
We've visited with friends, before we had children, and have returned with the kids and there is always plenty to see and do, away from the cottage, from climbing up the Old Man of Coniston (which can be seen from the Jetty), visiting honistor slate mine and then there is a must for all train lovers - Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, to name but a few of the places we've visited. We also never fail to head home without a few boxes of Coniston fudge.

Thank you so much for your lovely review. You are right, it is a wonderful haven for children and they do revert to actually 'being children' at Low Water End. We look forward to your next visit!

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