Brown Howe Cottage is a spacious, well furnished, detached residence set in the heart of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons country – a fantastic setting and adventure playground for family holidays, get-togethers, walking and sailing/boating, or a beautiful and peaceful location simply for touring and exploring the Lakes.
Brown Howe was once part of the Duke of Buccleuch’s summer estate set on the banks of Coniston Water. The cottage is set in a courtyard with private patio and is surrounded by mature woodland with a wealth of wildlife.
The cottage is 8 km from Coniston, a small but busy typical Lakeland town and just 2 km from Torver, where there are 2 pubs. Popular tourist centres such as Ambleside, Grasmere and Hawkshead are about half an hour away by car. The house and grounds are bordered by Coniston Water and Grizedale Forest to the east and Beacon Fell to the west.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Coniston Water 100 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester 150 km, Nearest railway: Oxenholme, Kendal, Cumbria 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage has been considerably updated in the past few years and tastefully decorated, including slate floors and worktops, solid oak rustic kitchen and new bathrooms with power showers. A private patio area has been added with barbecue facilitites and garden furniture. Beach barbecue also possible for that extra special occasion.
The cottage has a log fire, central heating and a well equipped slate and oak finished kitchen suitable for use all year round. It has four bedrooms, with 2 double-beds and 4 single beds and two bathrooms each with bath, shower and toilet.
Welcome pack provided on arrival, includes list of local facilities and activities with contact details.
The centre of Cumbria is a spectacular National Park, famous for its beautiful mountains, lakes and villages that have inspired poets, artists and writers for the past 300 years. The weather as in most mountain regions is changeable - glorious summer sunshine can quickly change to spectacular thundery downfalls. But there are plenty of things to see and do in the pretty Lakeland towns and villages. Spring and autumn can have some of the very best dry, sunny weather. Flower meadows and leaf displays make these particularly attractive times to visit. Winter breaks should not be forgotten - these can offer a great time with crisp walks, breathtaking views and cosy log fires, with most local restaurants, inns and visitor attractions open all year round.
Touring and Day Visits:
Brantwood, home and gardens of John Ruskin
Grasmere, Hawkshead and Ambleside – lakeland villages
Beatrix Potter, Far Sawry
Dove Cottage, Grasmere, home and museum of Wordsworth
Owl Centre - Muncaster
Sealife centre at Lakeside, Newby Bridge
Shopping, museums and art galleries - Ambleside and Kendal
And after a day out, or on the fells, what better than to sample the local fare. There has been a resurgence of excellent food outlets and restaurants across Cumbria. Many of the local inns have also developed their own award winning micro-breweries. We have our own favourites and contact details will be provided for guests.
Bird Spotting and Wildlife from the Window:
The woodland edge is a great place to see wild life. Common visitors to the bird table include: great tit, coal tit, marsh tit, bluetit, chaffinch, jay, blackbird, robin, greenfinch, siskin, dunnock, goldfinch, nuthatch, collared dove, pheasant and great spotted woodpecker. Tawny owls are heard and visit at dusk but are very rarely seen, along with the occasional sparrow hawk, fox, red deer and badger. Small common lizards, newts, slow worms, toads, field mice and a weasel have all been observed in the immediate garden area.
Walking, Mountaineering, Cycling:
Beacon Fell and Beacon Tarn circuit is a walk straight from the house with great views of the lake and the Coniston mountain range.
Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag are accessible from Torver for high level mountain walking or rock climbing. Drop down to the Sun Hotel in Coniston on the old Walna Scar road for a well earned beer at this very old drovers inn.
Toad Rock is located in a small quarry some 400m from Brown Howe and is ideal for use by climbers and to teach beginners. And yes, it looks like a toad in the winter when the leaves are gone!
Parkamoor is a delightful walk or run with stunning views of the lake. (Also a hard mountain bike route). Access is from Nibsthwaite on the east side of the lake. After a steep climb the path follows the lake and walkers, runners or mountain bikers can then head for Grizedale Forest or Brantwood. From Brantwood take the ferry back after a rest and refreshment at the Spinning Jenny.
Blawith and the Giants Grave. From Blawith village take the left track (via Kiln Bank and Birch Bank farms) and complete a low level fell circuit returning on the track from Tottlebank. The ancient bridleways and paths lead to a pre-historic ancient settlement, little visited but a spectacular site. Make sure you climb the nearby hill above the settlement for stunning views of the Lakeland mountains and the Duddon Estuary. Then drop down to the Giants Grave by the roadside. For the not-so-squeamish lie in the grave and see how you compare! Return by the bridleway in the valley bottom. A great circuit for mountain bikes too.
Coniston Launch: Mix a lake cruise using the public ferry with a low level walk and/or visit to Brantwood or Coniston village. Walk from the cottage – go through the white gate and take the path through the woods, over the stepping stones, follow the lake shore, over the footbridges then the east side of the field wall and pick up the ferry from Lake Bank Jetty (check the times as they are not very frequent). Return by ferry, walking or a bus from Coniston.
Coniston Water is a great place for picnics, pottering, relaxing or for the more active, canoeing, sailing, wind surfing and the occasional swim. Small boats can be used from Brown Howe's private shore. A larger sailing boat on trailer can be launched from Brown Howe Public Car Park and sailed round to the bay.
Arthur Ransome immortalised the Lakes in summer with his Swallows and Amazons adventure books. Coniston Water is the very setting of his stories so uncork the ginger beer, keep a sharp lookout for Captain Flint, and set sail for Wildcat Island (Peel Island) for a swim in the cove, or paddle south to Octopus Lagoon. For children, prepare for the holiday with the latest Swallows and Amazons AUDIOBOOK by Gabriel Woolf, available from www.swallows-and-amazons.com.
Canoes and kayaks – hire and tuition from Summitrek in Coniston. Tel 015394 41212.
Also, Coniston Boating Centre. Tel 015394 41366.
Esthwaite Water for trout and if lucky, a sighting of the local Ospreys. Book a rowing boat from Hawkshead Trout Farm. Tel: 44(0)15394 36541. Check out Archies catch in the photo gallery.
Coniston Water - pike
Horse riding can be booked from Crook Barn Stables at Torver. Tel: 015394 41088
Grizedale Forest Park - Go Ape! High wire forest adventure for teens and younger children's play areas. www.goape.co.uk Tel 0870 4285330.
Summitrek, Coniston. Tel 015394 41212.
Cycle Hire: Gill Cycles, Ulverston. Tel 01229 581116; email@example.com