Heading out of Coniston towards Hawkshead, just before leaving the village, there is a small stone bridge over Yewdale Beck. And just over that bridge is the detached slate Smithy Cottage, formerly the village blacksmith.
Perfectly positioned Smithy Cottage really does enjoy the best of both worlds. The hustle and bustle of Coniston and its amenities are just minutes away whilst footpaths to Coniston Water and the surrounding Coniston fells & forests can be accessed from the front door.
Smithy provides location, views, charm and character all in one cottage. Whether you're a couple or a group of friends escaping work life or a large family enjoying a countryside break, Smithy Cottage will fit the bill.
Entrance door from driveway into the charming cottage kitchen, complete with old fireplace and beamed ceiling but thankfully equipped with all mod cons including fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, electric oven, gas hob & microwave. Whoever gets tasked with washing up really won't mind as the window looks out towards the village, fells and Yewdale Beck flowing by.
In the kitchen there's proof that this was once a family home - on the wall preserved under plastic, are the ever-increasing heights of the family children.
The living/dining room is enormous and continues the 'new meets old' theme. Two comfortable sofas face a modern fireplace with log burning stove; old insert drawers and plates on the walls hark back to a bygone age; a bay window allows visitors to daydream looking out over the beck, bridge and fells beyond. A door from the sitting room leads out to a narrow terrace that looks down upon Yewdale Beck. Oh and there's a TV & DVD player should the views tire you.
Past the kitchen is a second, much smaller living room/snug, dominated by an old range, views of the river and its own TV. Ideal for some quiet time or a place for the kids to call their own.
Upstairs, a long landing leads to the three comfortable bedrooms & house bathroom with old wooden floors, views of the garden, fields and the fells around Coniston.
Bedroom 1 - double bed & an en-suite bathroom with W.C, sink & bath with shower over.
Bedroom 2 - king size bed (or twin 2'6" single beds).
Bedroom 3 - king size bed (or twin 2'6" single beds).
House bathroom with bath, hand shower over & W.C.
Large and private riverside garden with large lawn, patio area & borders.
Due to the cottage & garden's location immediate to Yewdale Beck (some steep drops to the stream), the garden is not suitable for unsupervised children or dogs. Please note the garden is not fully enclosed.
Covered storage area for mountain bikes, canoes, etc. (Please note that this is not lockable.)
Travelling with a dog?
We can offer free use of a 1 acre enclosed field in Coniston village, perfect for off the lead running, walking, training and playing. Use by arrangement only. Please contact the office for availability.
Electricity, gas-fired central heating, Wi-Fi, bed linen, towels & initial bag of logs.
Available to hire
Travel cot & high chair.
Shared access driveway offering parking for 2 cars - with a very narrow access between stone walls.
Please note that the access driveway to Smithy Cottage is shared by a neighbouring property - therefore the access is not private.
Please note entrance onto road is via a tight narrow turn off the road and care should be taken.
Public Transport 200 yards
Pub 200 yards
Shop 200 yards
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 Coniston Water and below the majestic Coniston Fells, of which Coniston Old Man, 2635ft, is the most famous.
We have the largest collection of cottages in the Coniston area, so we are sure we can help you find your perfect Coniston cottage.