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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 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.

About this location

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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2 Jan 2015


"Cosy cottage, woodburning stove, secluded location, bliss."

We were lucky to have 3 cold, crisp but sunny days out of our 5. Walking from the door of our secluded woodland cottage up to Torver High Common and up to Old Man of Coniston for the fitter ones. Retu… More

24 Nov 2014


"Cosy cottage within metres of Coniston shore!"

Lovely homely and cosy accommodation. Perfect for getting out in our kayaks on Coniston from own private beach only 2 minutes walk from door down good track. Lovely walks from the door. Well equipp… More

Thank you so much for your kind comments. We're always delighted when people enjoy staying as much as we do ourselves! Yes, we've tried to make the place as 'practical' and wipe clean as possible. The Lake District has a lot of mud in it, which dogs do their best to transfer into the house! I know that ours have! Anyway, do come again. Thanks again, Phil and Kate Okeden

16 Nov 2014


"Lovely cottage but garden not suitable for dogs"

All lovely and very much enjoyed our stay. However I probably would not return with our dogs. We specifically chose the cottage because the garden was enclosed and safe to let the dogs out there unsup… More

We were sorry to hear about your experiences with the dogs. Sometimes it's hard to view somewhere entirely from tenants eyes, as we have been going there so long and it has never been a problem for all of our dogs. I can see that it's possible for 'tenacious' dogs to escape - I think maybe Cocker Spaniels aren't quite so adventurous! Anyway, we value your comments and in time, will endeavour to make the grounds more secure. The walk to the common is fairly recent and I hadn't realised that the details had not been updated. I have amended that now! Thank you for taking time out to review your stay. We rely on feedback to help us improve the cottage for our tenants. I hope that it didn't spoil it for you. Regards, Phil and Kate Okeden

16 Oct 2014


"Cosy cottage in secluded location."

Blea Brows is the perfect place for a peaceful relaxing break. Situated in a private courtyard set in a woodland off the main road, the cottage is comfortably furnished and very well equipped. The l… More

Thanks for your very generous review! We're really pleased you had great weather. It's certainly magical at that time of year. It's a tough call with the parking. We have lovely neighbours who are actually incredibly tolerant of our tenants. Sometimes, I guess, they can be 'worn' down by having to 'police' their access. Just one of those things! Thanks again, Phil and Kate

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


"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

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

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.

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