Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

Sleeping 5/6 Acorn Cottage nestles between Coniston and Little Langdale and offers a central lakes yet tranquil location. There are walks for all abilities from the door and climbing at the quarry. We have some fantastic, family friendly bridleways and more technical, challenging mountain biking routes right outside with the North Face Trail in Grizedale Forest. Road bikes can challenge themselves on our famous passes, Hardnott and Wrynose, or attempt the Fred Whitton route! Coniston, a short drive away, offers sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. We have a lockable shed for your equipment, One of the best, and far reaching, views in the lakes can be found after a short walk up Holme Fell, just behind the cottage.

We have refurbished Acorn Cottage to provide all the modern comforts you could wish for, including wifi, whilst retaining its heart and character. Downstairs the original quarry slate floors have been re-laid and a new 'shaker' style kitchen with granite worktops and a dishwasher have been fitted. For the cooler months there is a solid fuel stove to snuggle in front of in the evenings. There are 2 spotless bathrooms, 3 bedrooms (king, double and single) with sumptuous duvets and co-ordinated bedding.. Cot/camp bed available for a 6th small guest! The garden attracts abundant wildlife including woodpeckers and red squirrels!! And the patio is a real sun trap - ideal for relaxing and the odd evening BBQ.

Acorn Cottage's location makes it a great base for touring the Lake District, for all sorts of adventure activities or for just relaxing and taking in the quiet beauty of the area. Pond dipping at the local tarn is a firm favourite with younger guests and for the grown ups there are the excellent ,and numerous, local pubs all serving amazing food and local ales.

We welcome well behaved pets and are 4star plus standard. Long weekends and short breaks may be available out of season. Please feel free to enquire.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Windermere
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture King Beds (1), Double beds (1), Single beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Bedroom 1 has a king sized bed and overlooks the rear garden. Bedrooms 2 +3 (double and single) are on the second floor with sloping ceilings, beams and views from enormous Velux windows (fitted with blackout blinds). There is a cot/camp bed available for a 6th younger guest!! Both the bathroom and shower room have clean fresh white tiles and suites. Beds will be made up for your arrival. Towels are included. The kitchen/diner has original quarry slate flooring, country style table and chairs, oven, hob, grill, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washing machine and CD player with ipod dock.

The living room is a relaxing light room with slate flooring, window and door to rear garden and sunny patio, a log burner stove for cooler evenings, TV, DVD, leather sofas, arm chair, games cupboard and a vast range of local books and maps. I look after and clean the property myself and I leave it for you as I would wish to find it - clean and tidy with some home made biscuits, a pint of milk and tea and coffee!!

A starter pack of fuel for the fire will be left for you. More can be purchased locally as and when required.

Further details outdoors

We have designated parking for two cars, a lockable shed for bike storage etc. The garden to the rear has a slate patio and really is a sun trap! There is a picnic table with further deck chairs for you to relax in.

Our garden is to the right of the slate path and is a 'natural' garden (no immaculate lawn here!) that attracts abundant wildlife - woodpeckers, nuthatches, rabbits and the occasional deer and red squirrels. I have a bird and squirrel feeder which I'll fill for you - I highly recommend refilling it!! Binoculars are provided.

The local sheep roam freely!

Further details

A £100 deposit is required to confrim your booking with the balance being paid 8 weeks prior to the start of your holiday. Directions and key collection details will be emailed or posted on receipt of the balance. Short breaks may be available please enquire.

Weekly rentals are generally from Friday to Friday.


Guests my arrive after 3pm and are requested to leave by 10am on the day of departure.

Please note that short breaks are normally taken within the month of letting. If you wish to book a short break further in advance please enquire.

We ask that our guests respect our cottage and leave it as they find it - neat, clean and tidy.

Pets downstairs only please - there is a stair gate available if needed.

The Duddon Valley region

The Lake District National Park is outstandingly beautiful no matter what time of the year you come. It is no wonder that so many poets, painters and writers have found inspiration here. We hope you do too.

Our lakes and mountains rival those anywhere in the world and as one guest recently said "everything is here and you don't need to travel great distances to get from one place to another." What could be better?

Acorn Cottage is one of a short row once owned by Beatrix Potter and Yew Tree Farm (a short walk away) was used as Beatrix's house, Hill Top, during the making of the Beatrix Potter film.


Acorn Cottage is situated in the heart of the old slate mining area. A disused quarry is a short walk from the door with good rock climbing/abseiling to be had. Further mines can be explored locally - details of which can be found on our bookshelves!

Coniston is 3.5 miles by road, Elterwater is 2.75 miles by path and 7 miles by road. Ambleside is 8 miles away and Grasmere 8.5. The famous Tarn Hows is 1.75 miles by road.

We are lucky enough to have 3 very well known pubs to hand - 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. Coniston also has a fine selection of pubs and local ales for you to tick off your list (The Sun Inn is our favourite).

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. Make sure you look out for the embroidered pants of the Cumberland Wrestlers!! Coniston is also famous as the home of John Ruskin with his beautiful home 'Brantwood' a must see. If you take a trip on Coniston lake the steam boat Gondola can drop you off and pick you up! 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.

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!!

Does all this seem to much like hard work? Then try the electric bikes available for hire locally!!

If there was ever a place where there is something for everyone then this is it!!