South of Coniston in the pretty village of Torver, perched on the fell slopes sits a magnificent whitewashed detached cottage. With forests behind and commanding views across the village and valley beyond, this period home has to be seen to be believed.
From its peaceful and idyllic situ, High Park is a unique cottage offering a real home from home feel. Once visited, never forgotten.
Torver is an undiscovered gem, home to two cracking local pubs, only a 20 minute walk to the shores of Coniston Water, brilliantly located for fell walking and has some of the best mountain biking around.
The amenities of Coniston village are all also within walking distance, a pleasant 3 miles stroll along the old railway line footpath. Alternative footpaths are also nearby, heading towards the lake, into the surrounding fells or up The Old Man of Coniston.
Access is gained from the back door through a cloakroom with Belfast sink and tiled floor, excellent for disrobing of outdoor gear prior to entering the country kitchen. Though well equipped with all mod cons, gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge & dishwasher the kitchen also has a real rural feel. There's also a utility room with freezer, washing machine & tumble dryer, perfect should you need to revitalise any outdoor clothing.
From the kitchen you can access the snug, with log burning stove & TV. An ideal bolt hole for family members to escape one another, either children from parents or vice versa, or even grandparents away from everyone! From this room a patio door leads out to a terrace the length of the house, with easterly views across the valley. From the snug there are stairs up to double bedroom and en suite, making this part of the house a standalone annex if needed.
Back towards the other living areas, a period Minton tiled hallway leads from the glassed front door and takes you either to a spacious dining room which comfortably sits 8 or into the main sitting room with log fire, TV, video & DVD players, CD player & valley views. Simply relax in comfort, enjoy the open fire or simply gaze out the windows at the views.
Big wide stairs at the end of the hallway lead you up to a large galleried landing. Here you'll find a massive bathroom, bathed in colour, from light pouring through the stained glass window. An equally massive bath and walk-in shower match the size of the room along with W.C and bidet. There's also three king size rooms which look out across the valley and farmlands below, all tastefully decorated, with wooden floors and big beds.
Bedroom 1 - king size bed.
Bedroom 2 - king size bed.
Bedroom 3 - king size bed (or twin 2'6" single beds).
Second Floor (above snug)
Bedroom 4 - king-size bed (or twin 2'6" single beds) & en-suite shower room & WC.
The beautiful cottage garden has manicured lawns and a monkey-puzzle tree which stands tall. What a perfect spot to sit and relax, watch the wildlife, like the local woodpeckers and cuckoos (or your little wild ones!) enjoying the garden. There is also an extensive terrace with garden furniture, perfect for al fresco dining and summer evenings.
Adjacent to the main house is a barn/store for mountain bikes and outdoor equipment. This area of the barn also has an enclosed area for pets.
Full oil central heating & initial bag of logs for the fires, all other electricity, gas, Wi-Fi & bed linen.
Available to hire
Towels, travel cot, high chair.
Parking for 3 cars.
Public Transport 1000 yards
Pub 1500 yards
Shop 1500 yards
Pets are welcome in the enclosed barn & garden ONLY.
Torver and the nearby Crake & Woodland Valleys, are beautiful and tranquil areas well worth visiting and exploring. The landscapes here have changed little over time, with farming and forestry still very much in evidence. In springtime the nearby woods that dot the landscape are carpeted with wild garlic and scented bluebells, and away from the noise of the traffic the wildlife and bird song can be truly appreciated.
The area is very popular with walkers and cyclists of all abilities who enjoy escaping the central Lakes crowds. Peaks such as the Old Man of Coniston, can be accessed from the area. Should you be looking for something a little less challenging then the idyllic Torver Common or nearby Beacon Tarn are all popular walking spots.
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 village 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.
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About Torver Village & Woodland Valley, Near Coniston
To the south of the busy tourist centre of Coniston lie the hamlets of Torver and Woodland, a beautiful and tranquil area well worth visiting and exploring. The landscapes here have changed little over time, with farming and forestry still very much in evidence. In springtime the nearby woods that dot the landscape are carpeted with wild garlic and scented bluebells, and away from the noise of the traffic the wildlife and bird song can be truly appreciated.