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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden


Blea Brows enjoys a fantastic secluded setting in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons country! It is a fabulous cottage for couples, families or group holidays, and a safe location for children and pets as it is set in the grounds of the big house, Brown Howe. It enjoys private lake access (with three other properties), just a few minutes stroll away, ideal for boating, picnics and exploring. Wild Cat island is within reach by boat, and the beach adjoins the beautiful Blawith common, ideal for exploring and with more lovely beaches to discover! From here you can also enjoy amazing views up the lake towards Coniston, with the well-walked Fairfield Horseshoe in view.

It is a cosy, comfortable detached cottage with woodburner, and well equipped for holiday living! It enjoys thermostatically controlled central heating, and a constant supply of hot water for your comfort and convenience! From the door, there are lovely walks, mountain biking and boating is possible, in a quieter (and the most beautiful we think) part of Coniston Water. It is ideal for couples, groups or family holidays, and the option to rent Brown Howe Cottage opposite (sleeping 8) means larger get togethers are also possible. It has been recently refurbished with new stylish bedding, and carpets and tiled flooring combine comfort with practicality. We strive to make the cottage as comfortable as possible for your holiday.

It has a private woodland garden teeming with birdlife, and a new improved patio and barbecue area for outdoor eating and entertaining, with hardwood garden furniture.

Torver has 2 good pubs, just 2 km away, and Coniston is 8km away, with the Ruskin museum and shops and pubs. Ulverston, a local market town is 16 km away with larger supermarkets.

Ambleside, Hawkshead, and Grasmere are about half an hour away in the car.

Beacon Fell is our local summit, and there is a lovely 2 to 3 hour walk that includes the peaceful Beacon tarn en route.

Access: the cottage is reached by a stony lane, so a car is advisable.

No smoking at this property please.


Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, 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), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

General Facilities: Woodburner, DVD player, Ipod dock,

General: thermostatic controlled central heating, CD player, TV

Standard: Kettle, Toaster, Iron

Utilities: Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge-freezer, Washing dryer

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms (one with en-suite).

Bathrooms: There are 3 loos to allow for relaxed family bath times! 1 family bathroom with shower, 1 ensuite with shower and downstairs cloakroom with loo.

Lobby outside kitchen door for storage of boots, outdoor gear etc. Cloakroom and hall also provide extra storage areas.

Sleeping arrangements: 1 Double and 4 Singles, or 2 Doubles and 2 Singles, or 3 Doubles. Please advise as to your preference. Dining seating for 6, also seating in the kitchen, sitting room seating for 6.

Other: Linen provided, but PLEASE NOTE: You need to bring your own towels (including tea towels)!

Highchair and travel cot available

Outdoors: Private garden, BBQ

Access: Parking space for 2 cars

Further details indoors:

The cottage has been recently refurbished to combine comfort with practicality, with local artwork on the walls and tasteful furnishings. It has traditional wooden doors and an oak-beamed corner fireplace gives the cottage warmth and character. 3 generations have loved this cottage, and it is the perfect base for wonderful holidays.

STOP PRESS: We have recently installed WiFi at the cottage. It's not the quickest in the world but it's great for keeping in touch, and finding out information about things to do locally. Also, Tesco do deliver to the cottage (although we would strongly suggest that you also support local businesses too!)

Further details outdoors

The courtyard has parking for two cars, and there is a private woodland garden, with a private patio for barbecues and outdoor entertaining. We enjoy the right of recreation in part of the private woodland, and access to a private lakeshore beach. The lakeshore is a few minutes walk away through the wood, and is a lovely spot to sit and relax, or enjoy boating and water play! A favourite for swimming dogs too!

Further details

Friday to Friday bookings, 7 nights.

Arrival after 5pm, and depart by 12.00 noon on departure date..

Weekend bookings available at reduced rates, generally November to April.

Deposit 10% to confirm booking, remainder due 6 weeks before stay.

Well-behaved pets allowed to stay by arrangement.

The Cumbria/Lake District

The Lake District National Park is one of the finest regions of outstanding natural beauty in the country. It boasts lakes, mountains and villages, to rival anywhere else in the country. As well as an abundance of flora and fauna, The Lakes has a wealth of history and has long been an inspiration to writers, painters and poets - notably William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, W G Collingwood, John Ruskin and many more.

The Lake District is a year round centre for outdoor activities including walking, climbing, sailing, canoeing, rowing, fishing, horse riding, mountain biking and road biking - to name but a few.

The weather in The Lakes can vary enormously so come prepared for all sorts! Whatever the weather though, the scenery is always superb, as is the warm welcome in the local pubs and restaurants. Where better to enjoy a locally brewed pint and good hearty meal after a day on the fells!


Coniston is a thriving village in the South Lakes, bordering Coniston Water and nestled beneath the 'Old Man' of Coniston - the largest of the Coniston fells. Coniston is well stocked with traditional shops including a butcher, post office, several pubs, cafe's and restaurants.

In addtion to the beautiful surroundings, Coniston is home to the Ruskin Museum (also containing Donald Campbell memorabilia - of Bluebird fame) and down the road from Ruskin's mansion house - Brantwood.

Round the cottage, there are wonderful places to explore including Beacon Fell and Beacon Tarn (find the geocache box and write a message in it!). There are lovely walks on Torver and Blawith Common and across the water at Parkamoor, in addition to the higher fells of the mighty Dow Crag, Old Man and Wetherlam.

Not forgetting all the watersports that are available on Coniston Water itself. Of course, no visit would be complete without a trip to 'Wildcat' island - made famous by Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons.

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14 Aug 2014


"All we needed for a comfortable stay in this beautiful,peaceful spot"

Very much enjoyed our week despite heavy rain & wind. Unfortunately not able to make use of the barbeque & back garden. So much more to see & do next time!… More

Thanks for your review! Sorry you had a miserable weather week. Glad you were able to enjoy it nevertheless. It's quite nice and cosy when it's wet outside and the woodburner's on....! All the best, Phil and Kate

1 Aug 2014


"Homely cottage in an unspoilt location"

We stayed here to celebrate my Mum and Dad's 40th wedding anniversary. The location was wonderful, near enough to Coniston to not feel cut-off but in an unspoilt, peaceful place on the edge of t… More

Thanks for your review. I'm glad that you were able to celebrate your parents 40th wedding anniversary there. Sorry about the travel cot. It tends to only get occasional use, but we should have ensured it was 'dust free'. We've added that job to our 'check-in' check list - Thanks!
All the best, Phil and Kate

1 Aug 2014


"Wonderful and peaceful hideaway beside the lake - just what we wanted."

Being already familiar with this part of the lakes (staying as a child with grandparents in Grange, caravanning with our own toddlers in Park Coppice and hiring lodges at Neum Crag), we decided this y… More

Thanks guys! So pleased that you enjoyed your stay. It sounds very much like our family holidays at the cottage. It's brilliant for both teenagers and dogs! (our cocker spaniel loves swimming too!) We'd love you to come again and would like to offer you a 10% discount as a valued customer!
All the best, Phil and Kate

24 Jun 2014


"Stunning location great hideaway"

Lovely cottage with a stunning surprise. The use of the private beach was the icing on the cake. This is a lovely well equipped cottage in a great location if you want to get away from it all. 4 adult… More

Glad you had such a great time. It is a magical place for young children. Ours enjoyed it in exactly the same way - swimming, swinging, skimming - just as yours did! Being able to go down to the lake shore early in the morning is something special. We've been going for over thirty years and we still feel privileged to be there! When we leave, we always dip our hands in the lake and make a wish. You are most welcome to come again. Thanks, Phil and Kate

10 Jun 2014


"Excellent cottage in superb rural location"

Blea Brows is a lovely cottage in an excellent location next to a lake (2 minute walk). It is fairly rural so it car is defenitely needed. But it is only a short drive to Coniston and Ambleside. There… More

Wow! A lovely review! Thank you for your kind comments. It is always lovely when people enjoy their stay, as it is really important to us that you have a good time! Hopefully another time the weather will be kinder! Many thanks.

31 May 2014


"Peaceful woodland retreat with lake access"

Good sized property for our group of 5. Kitchen very well equipped, living room comfy and excellent drying and storage space. We found the three bathrooms very handy. Loved the local prints and painti… More

Hi guys. Thanks for your review. It's always very helpful to have things pointed out (good and bad!). Great to hear that you had a good time. Glad you like the prints. We've really enjoyed collecting prints from local artists. Nice to know that other people like them too! Also, thanks for the info about hiring canoes. What a good service, delivering them from Ulverston. We'll try and put their details in the cottage info. Take the point about the canoe trolley. We use one, but as we don't hire it out (as yet), it's not readily available! Perhaps we'll mention that in the details too! Apologies about the wifi password! It's a fairly recent addition and we hadn't got round to making it obvious. it's now on the first page of the details! (We'll also include it with the directions when we send it out!) Anyway, thanks again for your constructive comments. Phil and Kate.

30 Apr 2014



A wonderful, homely cottage in a great location for exploring. I was looking for the perfect place and found it in Blea Brows. Our dogs loved the garden and lake. Already recommended to friends and wo… More

Thank you so much for your delightful comment. It was very kind of you to be so complimentary. We like it, but it's always lovely when other people do too! Many thanks, also, for recommending it to your friends. You are, as a valued customer, entitled to a 10% discount for being such nice tenants! Thanks again, Phil and Kate Okeden

14 Oct 2013


"A wonderful cottage in a lovely location"

We had a one week stay here in October. The cottage is very well equiped, warm and cosy. The log burning stove is fab! It's set in the woods and it is very quiet, a great place to stay to get … More

Thanks Anita. What a lovely comment. It's always reassuring when other people enjoy the cottage as much as we do. Certainly, this time of year the woodburner is essential and really adds to the cosiness. We appreciate you taking time to write a review and are always interested in people's opinions so that we can act on them if necessary. Thanks again, Phil and Kate Okeden

3 Aug 2013


"Great location by the lake"

We had a great family holiday!
We have been going to the Lake District for many years however for the last couple of years we have been to the west coast Scotland so we were concerned whether the Lakes would measure up to our expectations.
With the cottage away from the central region we found the area quiet which was to our liking. We are an active family and were pleased to find access to Torver common just down the road along with the lake access just a short walk away.
We did not go very far spending our time kayaking and swimming at the lake or running and walking on the nearby fells.
There were other families staying in nearby cottages and our children enjoyed playing with them at the lake.
The cottage was very comfortable, well equipped with plenty of space.
We found that Tesco would deliver and it was great to see the driver pull up ten minutes after our arrival!
We found there was a BT Hotspot nearby and paid for a 5 day pass although service was only achieved in certain parts of the building.

Wow! What a fabulous review. Thank you so much for your helpful comments. We really value the extra information you've given us about the Tesco delivery and BT Hotspots (not something that I know anything about!) and we'll definitely add that to the details. So pleased your holiday was a success. We'd love to see you there again. 10% off for returners! All the best, Phil and Kate.

1 Jul 2013


"Delightful hide-a-way"

We arrived in a steady June rain to find a lovely cosy cottage, complete with a wood pile that we put to good use (first night only, the weather cheered up thankfully). The cottage was very clean and tidy, well stocked with kitchen equipment and books on the local area. It's a stones throw away from the lake, and within easy access of a number of beauty spots. The owners were helpfulness itself, very easy to deal with and offering a friendly service.

Thanks for your kind (and generous) comments. We're very pleased that a) it was cosy with the fire (we agree ... it's always nice to have a fire!) and b) that the weather cheered up in the end! Phil and Kate Okeden

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