Gate House
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Gate House | Coniston

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Gate House is a magnificent & historic Lake District home of the highest quality with 4 luxurious en suite bedrooms. Offering exceptional quality, space and luxury throughout it makes for an incredible setting for any Lake District holiday.

New for May 2023 - covered, riverside hot tub. From May 2023 all bookings for Gate House will include use of its private hot tub. Offering the ultimate in luxury Lake District breaks, relax, unwind and blissfully soak up the grandeur of this superb cottage in its brand new, high specification hot tub - discreetly tucked away in the delightful riverside garden.

Located a stone's throw from Coniston village (less than a third of a mile), set on the road to the striking and historical Coppermines Valley lies this magnificent and spacious Georgian home. The owners, Jane & Simon have, with much effort managed to create a home of the highest quality standards whilst carefully managing to preserve the properties outstanding historical features.

Historically Gate House had early associations with the family who developed the 19th century Coppermines, and was the home in the early 20th century to the famous lakes artist Alfred Heaton Cooper - who, at that time, renamed it 'Sondheim'. Keen to retain historical links the owners have ensured that many works of Cooper adorn the cottage walls.

From its peaceful situ the house enjoys delightful aspects overlooking the open fields to the front and the bubbling Church Beck to the rear. Whilst the outside of the property offers areas of solitude and calm, it is inside where the real allure of this beautiful home can be found. In essence Gate House is a beautiful house that has been lovingly transformed into a dream home. The perfect place for romantics, families, friends and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

- Finalist 'Self-Catering Property of the Year' 2017 Cumbria Tourism Awards!
- Highly Commended 'Self Catering Property of the Year' 2017 Cumbria Tourism Awards!
- Visit England 5 Star Award
- Quality Cumbria Superior Quality Award

Ground floor
A grand entrance porch welcomes you into this spacious property, complete with seating, boot and coat storage, the porch has been designed with functionality in mind offering the perfect place to kick off wet weather gear. Upon opening the front door you are instantly struck by the opulence of this home, a myriad of bright, inviting rooms, all waiting to be discovered. Downstairs you are spoilt for choice by not one, but three comfortable living areas. Full of charm, character and the latest mod-cons they all encompass quirky personal adornments, wood burning stoves & an abundance of cosy seating ideal for curling up in.

There's a reading room with wood burner and views to the front garden, smaller sitting room, perfect for children with smart TV with Free Sat, Blu Ray DVD, PlayStation and wood burner. Then finally the spacious house sitting room with wood burner, smart TV with Free Sat & Blu Ray DVD.

The piece de resistance can be found in the spacious kitchen & dining area which occupies the rear of the house, again complete with the latest mod cons and personal touches. Well-appointed the kitchen benefits from Belfast sink, large range cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. This area offers countryside views over the paved rear garden, up Church Beck and into the woodland beyond. There's also a small separate W.C available just inside the back door.

First floor
Climbing the Georgian staircase you will find four opulent and bright bedrooms all complete with beautiful en-suite shower and/or bathrooms. There are two grand king rooms to the front of the house, a comfortable twin room to the side and another spacious king room to the rear. All bedrooms enjoy smart TV's with Free Sat, beautiful furnishings and fantastic views. The en suite bathrooms have to be seen to be believed, lavishly decorated in keeping with the Georgian era. The two free standing tubs, we imagine, would be most inviting after a long day spent on the fells.

Bedroom 1 - king size feature bed & en-suite bathroom with free standing bath, waterfall walk in shower, basin & W.C. Bedroom 1 enjoys field and village views.

Bedroom 2 - king size feature bed & en-suite shower room with waterfall walk in shower, basin & W.C. Bedroom 2 enjoys field and village views.

Bedroom 3 - twin single beds & en-suite shower room with waterfall walk in shower, basin & W.C. Bedroom 3 enjoys woodland views.

Bedroom 4 - king size feature bed & en-suite bathroom with free standing bath, waterfall walk in shower, basin & W.C. Bedroom 4 enjoys field and beck views.

Due to the properties positioning both the front and rear garden enjoy the majority of the days sun. The front garden offering two small grassed areas, perfect for sitting out on a picnic blanket. The rear garden, lovingly paved with local slate and complete with wrought iron garden furniture, offering the perfect al fresco dining area with views over the Beck and the fields beyond. There is also an abundance of parking alongside the property and should you find yourself travelling with a couple of bikes or kayaks, good news - there's a secure storage area to the rear of the property.

Travelling with a dog?
We can offer free use of a 1 acre field in Coniston village, perfect for off the lead running, walking, training and playing. Use by arrangement only. Please contact the office for availability.

Facilities included
Bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi, electricity, gas central heating and initial logs, travel cot & high chair (please include these on booking form if required) .

No. of dogs welcome

Gravelled car parking area for 3 cars.
Parking area to front of cottage for 2 cars.

Public Transport 1000 yards
Pub 800 yards
Shop 800 yards

Cottage Postcode
LA21 8HN

Accessibility Guide

Property Notes
Looking for a similar but smaller property? The owners of Gate House have recently renovated Cragg Cottage, a stunning, sleep 4, luxury cottage with private hot tub located close by in Torver.

Well behaved dogs are welcome (max 3) however please note that due to allergies that the property cannot accept cats.

Please note the property is attached to two smaller residential properties.

Please note that no stag or hen parties can be accepted at Gate House.

Finally, please be aware that guests who receive Low Occupancy Discount will have restricted access to Gate House's bedrooms and the third downstairs reception room.

Security Deposit
Due to the high quality of the property we require a security deposit of £300 per booking. This will be pre-authorised, but not taken, on the credit/debit card used to pay your final balance two weeks prior to your arrival.

Low Occupancy Discounts
Please note that guests who receive a low occupancy discount upon booking will have access to 1 bedroom/bathroom per 2 people only. If more bedrooms/bathrooms are required please select guest number accordingly (e.g. if 2 bedrooms & bathrooms are required please select "4" guests).

Are your dates not available?
Consider Springbank & Summerbank Cottages or Thwaite Cottage which also sleep 8 guests and are located nearby.

Coniston is simply an excellent base for any Lake District holiday. The village is packed with friendly pubs, local shops and lively cafes and there is incredible walking straight from the village centre, including the iconic Coniston Old Man. The village enjoys ample access to Coniston Water lake shore, with Coniston Boating Centre offering paddle-boarding, kayaking, sailing and more. There are also plenty of opportunities for wild-swimming including the lake, beautiful mountain tarns and the picturesque Church Beck river with its stunning waterfalls and deep, crystal clear pools. For cyclists, there are spectacular off-road mountain biking trails including those at nearby Grizedale Forest, as well as some stunning road routes through some of the country's most beautiful scenery.

For those who enjoy a quieter pace, The Ruskin Museum, which depicts the fascinating history of the area including the famous water speed record attempt of Donald Campbell is a must visit. While on the eastern shores of the lake lies Brantwood, the Victorian home of John Ruskin, where visitors can explore the historic house and vibrant arts centre and enjoy some delicious food from The Terrace cafe with its breath-taking lake and mountain views.

The wider Lake District area is also very easily accessible from Coniston, with popular destinations such as Ambleside, Bowness and Windermere just a short drive away.

In short, Coniston offers everything you could possibly want of a Lake District holiday - all right on your doorstep.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Log Fire / Stove
  • Number of pets: 3
  • Wi-fi
  • Cycle Storage
  • Garden
  • Hot Tub
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Visit England 5 Star Rating
On Tuesday, 02 Jan 2024
This was the perfect house for our gathering with friends... big enough for everyone to have space and privacy and at the same time perfect to sit together and enjoy a good catch up. The place is a few minutes walk into Coniston with pubs and shops. There are great walks around. The surroundings were extremely beautiful. We really enjoyed our stay. Despite the rain - it's the perfect place for good or not so good weather.
On Wednesday, 01 Mar 2023
We all loved the house. It is beautifully decorated and very comfortable.
On Wednesday, 09 Nov 2022
As usual a lovely cottage (third time visiting).
On Monday, 27 Dec 2021
What can I say? Fabulous holiday. Beautiful big place. Home from home. Clean, tidy, great location. We will definitely be back!
On Friday, 10 Sep 2021
Gate House was excellent. My party was very impressed by the overall quality of the property. The bedrooms and en-suites were very spacious. The kitchen was very well equipped. Lovely patio.
On Thursday, 02 Sep 2021
Great cottage in super location for walking in Coniston. Many walks from the front door. Cottage in excellent condition. Well positioned for village and pubs yet quiet.
On Monday, 09 Aug 2021
This is our second visit to Gate House and we are also booked again for September. Ideal accommodation for two families consisting of 7 adults, one child and three dogs. The specification and equipment is second to none. We will definitely be back as we love Coniston and especially staying in such superb accommodation. A credit to the owners.
On Thursday, 24 Jun 2021
We want to put on record our appreciation re. our Gate House visit. Coppermines staff incredibly helpful and the house has been renovated superbly. The house is very historic for my family (both my grandmothers and my mother lived there in turns from the 1930s to the 1970s) so it was fascinating to see how the house has changed. I last visited the house about 10 years ago although I come to Coniston frequently. We have booked Gate House again for next year.
On Friday, 07 May 2021
Absolutely love this cottage, we will be planning our next visit very soon. There is nothing that needs improving - everything is excellent.
On Saturday, 10 Oct 2020
Thank you for another lovely stay at Gate House. Everything was just how we would have expected even in these ever changing times. We enjoyed every minute and the hospitality you always receive in Coniston.
On Friday, 28 Feb 2020
Excellent property with superb facilities.
On Friday, 31 Jan 2020
The property was fantastic; well cared for, great facilities and with all we needed for a comfortable stay. The house was very well-equipped for a family, a family who enjoyed a week of wonderful walks in the hills around Coniston. We hope to be coming up again later in the year.
On Friday, 03 Jan 2020
Thank you to the owners for another wonderful stay in this beautiful cottage. It's been a relaxing week following Christmas festivities. We have enjoyed celebrations over New Year at Gatehouse. We will be returning in May. We wouldn't book with anyone else, Coppermines service is excellent as always.
On Friday, 29 Nov 2019
Third time here with friends. Best cottage ever. Still looks as good as 3 years ago. Incredibly high standards.
On Friday, 27 Sep 2019
This house is always immaculate and an absolute pleasure to stay in. Service from Coppermines is excellent as always. Thank you to the owners for a beautiful house to return to again and again. 10/10.
On Monday, 31 Dec 2018
Our third New Year holiday in the 'new' Gate House. Fantastic week; weather was very kind including two blue sky days. All is perfect as usual. Thank you for sharing your beautiful house. Not sure when we'll be back, but we will be.
On Friday, 28 Dec 2018
This is our third Christmas in this beautiful house although this time there was only two of us. We have had the most wonderful week; walking and eating out at the Steam Bistro and local pub. We have already booked for next summer. Thank you!
On Friday, 30 Nov 2018
Returned a year later for another get together and so glad we did! Just as incredible as we remembered and perfect for our bi-annual get together. I spend a lot of time researching properties but have found nothing to compare with Gate House. Perfect property in perfect location. I really don't want to leave tomorrow but already planning next year. The weather has been terrible but this is when the house proves perfect; just happy to chill out here! Can't wait for our next visit.
On Friday, 23 Nov 2018
A fabulous Lakeland retreat. The house has everything we needed, from kitchen utensils to TVs in every room. Wifi please the kids! Weather was excellent; walks out of the front door (old Man of Coniston; wow!). House was immaculate throughout. Would hope to come again if budget allows.
On Friday, 26 Oct 2018
What a fabulous house! Didn't want to leave! Equipped for our every need. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay were and were blessed with some good weather for walking. Visisted our favourite places to eat such as The Black Bull and the Bluebird Caf?. Already booked for next August! Can't wait to return! Many thanks for a wonderful stay.
On Friday, 12 Oct 2018
Wow! Three families, eight people, fantastic time! Stunning, comfortable property in a superb location. Definitely coming back.
On Friday, 05 Oct 2018
Fabulous house! Equipped for our every need. Spotlessly clean and with a lovely welcome pack. Have already re-booked for next summer!
On Monday, 01 Oct 2018
I would like to say how blown away we were at the standard of Gate House. It was totally amazing and the best place we have ever rented in the Lakes. The owners deserve credit for the outstanding level of comfort and quality of every part of the house and their incredible attention to detail. All 3 families were raving about it and I expect we shall make a repeat booking sometime next year.
On Friday, 28 Sep 2018
We have stayed at the Gate House five times since the renovation work. It is a lovely property and we always look forward to our stay here. It has to be one of the best properties we have ever stayed in. There is nothing in our opinion you need to improve. We just love this house. Thank you Coppermines!
On Friday, 21 Sep 2018
The house is amazing and we have thoroughly enjoyed the stay. The quality of the home and items are fantastic.
On Friday, 31 Aug 2018
Our first visit to Gate House and we have fallen in love with the house. Brilliant location, perfect facilities, wonderful weather. We have loved our stay and cannot wait to come back again. The attention to detail in the renovation is second to none. Thank you for letting us share such a perfect holiday home.
On Friday, 27 Jul 2018
House still amazing! This is our 3rd visit to Coniston. Plenty to do and visit in surrounding area. Thank you for the welcome gifts, hope to be back soon.
On Friday, 29 Jun 2018
We had such a wonderful time back at Gate House celebrating a 60th. We love this place it's instantly relaxing. What a lovely place to relax and catch up. Brilliant location, simply wonderful!
On Friday, 25 May 2018
We had such a wonderful time back at Gate House celebrating a 60th. We love this place it's instantly relaxing. What a lovely place to relax and catch up. Brilliant location, simply wonderful!
On Friday, 18 May 2018
What an utterly beautiful house. A perfect family retreat that has been so very well thought out. Thank you so much we will be back!
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