Sunny Bank Farm is a spacious and beautifully furnished 17th century farmhouse set in large grounds, with lovely lawned garden. An open fire, central-heating and double-glazing throughout make it an excellent year-round holiday venue, and an ideal base for walking, touring, boating or just relaxing in peaceful surroundings.
Situated on the quiet western shore of Coniston Water, not far from Peel Island ("Wildcat Island" of Swallows and Amazons fame), Sunny Bank Farm is bordered by Torver Common affording fantastic views out over the lake. The fields are grazed by sheep and include several wooded areas and extensive private lake frontage where you can launch your own boat or hire our rowing boat or canoe.
Sunny Bank Farm is fully equipped to cater for up to 12 people and has 2 large lounges both containing plenty of comfortable seating. One has an open fire and a music system - ideal for quiet reading and conversation. The other has a TV, DVD player, board games etc.
The kitchen is equipped with everything you might require for catering for parties of up to 12, and the large dining-room table easily seats that number as well. A high chair and booster seat are both available.
In addition there is a small den which can be used for accommodating the 12th person (on a good quality chair-bed) or as a quiet place for work or hobbies (it also has a TV for playing DVDs or connecting your own games console without disturbing other people!)
There are 5 spacious bedrooms, each prettily furnished and with ample drawer and hanging space. Two have double beds, two are twin rooms, and the fifth has 3 single beds, a wooden cot and a travel cot. A folding-bed is provided for a twelfth person, or they may sleep downstairs on the chair-bed or sofa-bed.
There are 3 WCs upstairs and 1 downstairs. There are also 3 pumped showers (one is over a bath), and ample supplies of hot water.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 2 shower rooms and 1 toilet only|
|Check in time:||17:00|
|Check out time:||11:00|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Ulverston or Oxenholme|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Single Beds (7), Cots available (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details outdoors|
The garden is well planted with trees and shrubs, designed to give year-round pleasure. Sited on a gentle south-facing slope, the lawn and patio catch the sun throughout the day and look down over the orchard (which is abundant with snowdrops and daffodils in spring). There is plenty of seating and a barbecue large enough to cater for holiday appetites!
Extensive grounds lead down to a wide frontage onto Coniston Water. The shoreline is stony and shallow, ideal for children paddling and playing about with inflatables. Grassy banks provide peaceful and secluded picnic sites from where one can watch the sailing boats (no motor craft over 10mph allowed). the water birds and the Launch on its regular circuit of the lake. A jetty adjoins the estate, providing a novel way of restocking with supplies from Coniston and useful for expeditions across the lake (peak season only).
A small rowing boat and open Canadian canoe are provided (extra charge) and for childhood lovers of Swallows and Amazons a trip over to Peel Island (“Wildcat Island”) is an absolute must. If you enjoy sailing or windsurfing you are welcome to bring your own small craft for launching onto the lake - you can drive a car across the fields (unwise in very wet conditions!).
Sunny Bank Farm is available all year-round. Changeover day is normally on a Saturday but long weekends are available between January and March. 25% deposit is required and the balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival.
Sunny Bank lies at the heart of England's beautiful Lake District National Park. Here one can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside so beloved by Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome (to name but a few) and yet be within easy reach of charming villages and towns with all the attractions they have to offer.
Popular tourist centres such as Ambleside, Grasmere and Hawkshead are about half an hour away by car. Half an hour in the opposite direction gets you to the beach at Haverigg where there are miles of sand (especially at low tide) and large sand dunes. It is great for kite flying as it is fairly exposed.
Sunny Bank Farm is 4 miles from Coniston, a small but busy typical Lakeland town, and just a mile from Torver, where there are 2 pubs, both serving excellent food. There are some wonderful local walks such as exploring the old quarries above Torver, climbing to the top of Coniston Old Man and coming back via Dow Crag, or you can use the Sunny Bank Jetty to combine a lakeside walk with a ride on Coniston Launch.
The steamboat Gondola also sails from Coniston around the lake and stops off at Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin. For the more adventurous, horse-riding is available at Torver, a variety of watercraft may be hired in Coniston, and Grizedale Forest is an excellent location for mountain biking.