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Situated in Coniston, this hostel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from John Ruskin Museum and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Old Man of Coniston. Brantwood and Tarn Hows are also within ...
£20 per night for 2 guests
Situated in Coniston, this hostel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from John Ruskin Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Brantwood and Old Man of Coniston. Tarn Hows is 2.9 ...
£20 per night for 2 guests
Situated in Coniston, this cottage is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from John Ruskin Museum and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Old Man of Coniston. Brantwood and Tarn Hows are also ...
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Situated in a national park, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from John Ruskin Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Brantwood and Old Man of Coniston. Tarn Hows is ...
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Situated in Coniston, this romantic hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from John Ruskin Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Brantwood and Tarn Hows. Old Man of Coniston ...
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Situated in Coniston, this eco-friendly guesthouse is within 2 miles (3 km) of John Ruskin Museum, Tarn Hows and Brantwood. Beatrix Potter Gallery and Church ...
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Situated in Coniston, this guesthouse is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from John Ruskin Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Brantwood and Old Man of Coniston. Tarn Hows is ...
£99 per night for 2 guests
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Coniston can be found sitting pretty beneath the distinctive peak that is known as the Old Man of Coniston. The village is surrounded by the Lake District's third largest lake, Coniston Water, and there’s an excellent choice of hotels in Coniston and in the beautiful countryside that surrounds it.
It was on the waters of this lake that a string of world-record speed attempts were made by Sir Malcolm Campbell and his son, Donald. The record was beaten several times but, tragically, Donald was killed in 1967 when his boat, Bluebird, flipped over as it reached 320mph. Campbell is now buried in the cemetery of St Andrew's church. You can find a memorial to him on the village green and explore exhibits about Coniston’s role in the speed attempts in the Ruskin Museum.
The area is also famous for the more gentler pursuits of Arthur Ransome, whose Swallows and Amazons was inspired by his time here.
The lakeside village of Coniston was originally established to support the local copper mining industry, but today it serves the tourist industry. And it’s an evocative place to choose a hotel for your Lake District holiday.
For many securing a lake view from their Coniston hotel is their main criterion, but Coniston caters for all tastes and budgets. You will find secluded romantic hotels in Coniston, eco-friendly hotels alongside grand country houses that have been tastefully converted, and budget-friendly hostels or bed and breakfasts.
Staying close to the village centre will place the delightful boat rides on the lovely old Coniston Launch at your doorstep, but choosing a hotel a little further out may offer you more romantic grounds to relax in and place you closer to the starting point of the many walks in the local area.
If you are staying in Coniston there really are just two things you must do. The first is to take to the waters and enjoy the sights of the lake. There are two public launch services on Coniston Water, the Coniston Launch, and the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola.
The second is to pull on your walking boots and tramp up to the top of the Old Man. The Old Man of Coniston rises dramatically behind the roofs of the village centre. It’s imposing presence cries out to be investigated and you can do so on a steep but rewarding return hike of around seven miles.
Coniston is actually an ideal place to base yourself if you are looking to walk or hike on your holiday. It’s a good centre for both walkers and climbers, and there’s the added attraction of the Tilberthwaite Slate quarries to investigate. Further afield, of course, the Lake District’s other peak, at Scafell Pike, offers a more testing challenge.
Both of the public launches stop off at Brantwood, an impressive lakeside property that was home to John Ruskin, the Victorian art critic and arbiter of taste. Brantwood runs a number of courses, including art workshops and gardening courses, and there are excellent events and exhibitions held throughout the year. Explore the house and its extensive gardens and perhaps order a bite to eat from the restaurant that overlooks Lake Coniston from its elevated terrace.
You can find out more about the life of John Ruskin at the fascinating Ruskin Museum in the village.
Of course, the Lake District is famous for other literary figures as well as Arthur Ransome. Nearby in Ambleside and Grasmere you can visit Wordsworth’s homes, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount. You can pay your respects to the Romantic poet at the graveyard in Ambleside. If you are visiting in spring, you’ll see Dora’s Field, named after his daughter, in bloom with thousands of the daffodils that he so admired.
Children will love the park in Bowness that is devoted to the World of Beatrix Potter, another writer inspired by the Lakeland scenery. Here Peter Rabbit and his friends spring to life with a hop, skip and a jump!
Closer to your hotel is the Monk Coniston estate, which was once owned by Beatrix Potter. She gifted the property on her death to the National Trust. The estate stretches from Coniston to Skelwith Bridge, and includes the famous beauty spot known as Tarn Hows.
Families will also enjoy the chance to travel on a steam train courtesy of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway. This scenic journey takes you along the coast to the foot of the Scafell range.
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