If you want to stay in a quintessential Lakeland cottage, then look no further. Stone Leys Cottage is just that. A double-fronted slate property, with whitewashed sidewalls and front porch, and with a hedged front garden, it is a delight to see. Situated in Haws Bank, a couple of minutes south of Coniston.
Stone Leys was built over 200 years ago and was the home of the wheelwright at Coniston Hall. Today it is the perfect base for enjoying the outdoors, with easy access to fells for walking and biking, the lake for messing about in boats (temporary Coniston Sailing Club membership available for dinghy owners).
The delights of Coniston village are around a 15 minute walk away, so everything really is here. Enjoying the very best of both worlds, Stone Leys is perfect for large active (and inactive) families or groups of friends!
Entrance into traditional porch, an ideal space for leaving your outdoor equipment; muddy boats, waterproofs or sailing gear, whatever you've been up to. As you go in, to your right is the living room, bathed in light from the large windows and with three large comfy sofas, HD TV, Sky Sports, oak beams and wood-burning stove, you'll be right at home. Next door is another living area but with children in mind - table football, their own sofa, TV and DVD, Wi-Fi as well as a PS2 and loads of games. You'll have trouble getting them out of there!
The kitchen and dining area is warm, welcoming and well-appointed with conventional electric cooker with ovens, ceramic hob & microwave. Please note however the Aga is merely a feature and not operational. From the kitchen there are views out to the cottage garden and babbling brook running alongside. There's also a laundry room and a pantry complete with dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier & fridge/freezer.
Just off the kitchen there's a handy cloakroom - with W.C & washbasin & rear porch - with hanging area for wet gear.
Upstairs there are three comfortable bedrooms and the house bathroom.
Bedroom 1 - king-size bed, window seat with views towards the fells
Bedroom 2 - super king size bed (or twin single beds), window seat with views towards the fells
Bedroom 3 - single bed & occasional guest single bed.
House bathroom with bath, shower, & W.C.
A pretty and secluded cottage garden, Lakeland stone walled, large raised slate terrace with garden furniture & has distant views of the lake and mountains. A fast moving stream cascades alongside the enclosed and secluded, pretty cottage garden area.
Electricity, bed linen, towels, gas central heating, Wi-Fi & initial bag of logs.
2 mins to lake - temporary membership of Coniston Sailing Club available for those with sailing dinghies.
Available to hire
Travel cot & high chair.
Driveway parking for 2 cars.
There's even space for bikes, boats or canoes in the drive.
Public Transport 600 yards
Pub 600 yards
Shop 1 mile
Coniston is an excellent centre for outdoor enthusiasts, with some superb climbing, walking, water sports, fishing and cycling to be had all year round.
For cycling enthusiasts there are some fantastic trails to be found in the area and the delights of Grizedale Forest are only a short ride away. For runners of all abilities the Lakeland Trail series visits Coniston yearly offering 5k, 10k, marathon and half marathon options. A favourite events amongst visitors and locals is the annual Coniston 14, 13.9 miles of scenic beauty as runners of all ages lap Coniston Water. For endurance athletes the Montane Lakeland 100 & Lakeland 50 events depart from Coniston each July and a whole host of water sports can be enjoyed down at the boating centre. Lastly for those who come to walk the area, no trip to Coniston would be complete without a climb up the Old Man of Coniston.
However for those who like to keep their feet firmly on the ground there's The Ruskin Museum, which depicts the fascinating history of the area including the famous water speed record attempt of Donald Campbell and on the eastern shores of the lake lies Brantwood the Victorian home of philosopher John Ruskin, where regular events and art courses are held. Should you just wish to relax during your time here then the tremendous landscape of cascading waterfalls, streams, lakes and mountains should help you switch off from modern life. Delights such as Tarn Hows and Grizedale Forest are nearby and prove to be ever popular with visitors of all ages.
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About Coniston Village
In the heart of the English Lake District lies the historical copper mining village of Coniston, perfectly positioned alongside the picturesque Coniston Water and underneath the majestic Coniston Fells of which Coniston Old Man, 2635ft, is the most famous.
Today the village is welcoming, warm and friendly. The two Victorian streets still house traditional shops such as the village butcher, grocer, bakery, newsagent, dairy, five pubs, several cafes and highly acclaimed restaurant (Steam Bistro), so there’s enough to keep you occupied during your time here.