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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

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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 beautiful Blawith common is just down the road - 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 an improved patio and barbecue area for outdoor eating and entertaining, with hardwood garden furniture.

Torver has a good pub (The Wilsons Arms), 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
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 Double beds (1), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
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 Duddon Valley region

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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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

11 Mar 2013


"Hidden Gem"

Stayed 3 nights at this lovely little hideaway. Just outside Coniston although on the shores of the lake Coniston, this cottage is nestled amongs woodland down a short gravel track. The cottage has everything you could hope for, the wood burning stove was lovely to come back to after a cold and crisp day out exploring the South Lakes. Three good sized bedrooms, one ensuite, lovely touches like the local artwork on the walls, extremely clean, well stocked kitchen and lovely little enclosed garden. We filled up the bird feeders whilst there (bird feed was provided as werea numberr of logs for the woodburner). The owners were vey helpful prior to our arrival and were very kind and left us a bottle of wine and a nice cold beer in the fridge. If you want to explore the South Lakes this is an ideal spot to go from, Winderemere, Ambleside, Hawkshead are all a short drive away. We went over to visit Beatrix Potter's house , Tarn Howe (lovely walk), Hawkshead nice quaint little village, as was Ambleside. Went over to Windermere via the ferry which was novel. We did all this in two days. Had a lovely time, would definitely recommend this cottage to friends and family. Thank you Phil and Kate for opening up your home to us.

Wow! What a lovely review. Thank you so much for being so kind. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your stay. It sounds like you did a lot of exploring! There is certainly a lot to see and do in the locality and we're delighted that you enjoyed it as much as we do! Thanks again, Phil and Kate.

3 Jan 2013


"A Christmas to remember at Blea Brows"

Blea Brows is highly recommended. Lovely cottage and in a quiet location. We spent a week over Christmas with family coming and going and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. The cottage is well equipped, comfortable and well looked after. The owners were extremely helpful and a Christmas tree and decorations had been put up for our arrival. We had a lovely evening at the nearby Wilsons Arms in Torver, the locals were very friendly and it had a really good atmosphere. The weather prevented us from walking as much as we would have liked but the cosy wood burner made up for this. If we visit this area again, Blea Brows would be our first choice for accommodation.

Thanks Sue. What a lovely comment! We're so pleased that you enjoyed yourself. It's very special to us and we really appreciate it when other people enjoy it too. Thank you for taking the time and effort to add your comments! I'll pass on the comments to our excellent housekeepers who provided the decorations. Hope you have a great New Year and don't forget, any 'returners' will get a discount!! Thanks once again, Phil and Kate

26 Nov 2012


"Home away from home"

Before we even arrived the owner's communication was great. Knowing we had a baby the place was toasty warm when we arrived. It is obvious this has been a loved home as it has a lovely cosey feel but is immaculate too. It has a lovely setting- a short walk to the water and a short drive to the pub. It had everything we needed (except the orange bags we were supposed to put rubbish in but we managed). We were sad to leave and will definitely be back!

Thanks guys. What a lovely review! Glad you enjoyed your stay as much as we like going there! We're trying to make it as homely as possible and it's lovely to hear that you feel the same about it. Sorry about the bin bags. That's actually a legacy from the old system and now they're not needed! We'll amend the details asap. Thanks for the reminder. You are most welcome to stay again, and we'll give you a good price for being such friendly tenants! Cheers, Phil and Kate.

14 Sep 2012


"Lovely cottage and location. Helpful Owners"

Blea Brows was a lovely cottage and a good base for exploring the Southern Lake District, as long as you have your own car as it's a little off the beaten track (which is part of the appeal) but no problem with own car. As well as our parents we took our 2 year old grand-daughter and our 2 year-old border collie, all of whom settled in very easily as the cottage was very doggy-friendly and bedroom/bathroom arrangements were easy for child care too.. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Only minor niggles were problem with freeview TV on arrival and the heating didn't come on even after the maintenance man turned on the timer. The owners were very helpful when I phoned them - heating just required altering the room thermostat and the TV was a faulty lead, for which they quickly sent a replacement. Just one other comment that the outside patio area is doggy friendly , but is not escape-proof if the dog decides to go exploring around the back of the cottage and it wasn't immediately obvious to us that there was access from the patio to the rear as it looked like an enclosed area at first. This was no problem as we supervised dogs and children whenever out in the patio. The tiled entrance, kitchen and the boot room were very handy. All rooms in the cottage were clean, very comfortable and the lounge & kitchen were well-equipped with appliances etc. Due to this year's particularly wet summer walking/hiking from the cottage was rather restricted as some of the routes we would have tried out were very boggy - too much for general walking boots and with a dog - but that was just unfortunate and I'm sure the walks would normally have been lovely. The wooded area around the cottage was nice to walk through with lots of bird life etc and my wife saw a deer nearby early one morning, although there were quite a few areas of private land with restricted access around. The village of Torver was only a few minutes away in the car, but we were disappointed with the two pubs' meals there (one of which was rather expensive) but Coniston was only another 10 minutes away with a better choice of pubs/shops/amenities. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again and we would thoroughly recommend Blea Brows to anyone looking to stay in this beautiful area and not wishing to be in a town/village.

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      Calendar last updated:01 Sep 2015

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