3 (off peak)
Nibthwaite Grange Cottage sleeps six adults and is located close to Coniston Water in the Southern Lakes. Located on the outskirts of the tiny tranquil hamlet of Nibthwaite Grange, the cottage nestles within a quarter of an acre of enclosed and private gardens. On the edge of a wooded hillside, there are a good variety of birds to spot and the occasional sighting of deer, along with numerous lovely walks to enjoy from the front door. Double doors from the family size kitchen/dining room lead onto the south facing garden and patio where, even in winter, it’s possible to enjoy sitting out to eat and drink whilst admiring the lovely views across the hills of Lowick and Blawith.
It is believed that the cottages dates back as far as the 17th Century and provides a lovely mix of character features whilst incorporating modern comforts. An unusual staircase, exposed beams, stone walls and a log burner all add to the charm and provide a warm welcoming atmosphere to return home to of an evening. The cottage is exceptionally comfortable and well suited to families and groups.
Walks start straight from the front door taking you through the woods and beyond to a position where you can enjoy spectacular views over Coniston Water, 'The Old Man', Dow Crag and Morecambe Bay in the distance on the coastline. There are circular walks from the cottage for different energy levels and guides to help you plan your route in the cottage.
From early to late summer the garden is a riot of colour and many visitors have to tear themselves away from this little paradise to explore the lakes, walk the mountains or visit the many local attractions. With Coniston village (eight miles) and the lake (two and a half miles) so close, there are plenty of water-based activities to enjoy. Hire a boat or canoe from the boating centre at Coniston and explore the lake under your own steam or sit back on the famous Coniston steam yacht gondola and let someone else show you the sights. A trip out to Coniston Water is a must for cyclists and from here you can cycle further along the lake and visit Brantwood House with its lovely garden and tea room where you can gain refreshments. For those who enjoy walking and mountain biking, nearby Grizedale Forest offers excellent tracks and trails with wooden sculptures to discover along the way, plus a play park, visitor centre and cafe.
Within the surrounding area (six mile radius) there are a number of traditional pubs serving a pint of local ale and food made from local produce with the closest located just over a mile away at Lowick Bridge (The Red Lion). The closest shops for stocking up on provisions are in Greenodd village (three and a half miles from the cottage).
Nibthwaite Grange Cottage is within easy reach of the many Lakeland attractions. Whether you want to enjoy walking in the mountains; explore the pretty villages or look around historic houses and gardens (such as Hilltop, Beatrix Potter’s house), there are plenty of opportunities in the area. Why not visit the pretty historic market town of Ulverston (seven miles) or the South Lakes Wild Animal Park which is also nearby. The Haverthwaite light railway to Windermere, Holker Hall, Levens and Holehird gardens are also within easy driving distance and under an hour away.
Hilary Williams joined Independent Cottages in April 2011
Outside: There is parking for two cars in front of the cottage and a secure shed for storing bicycles. Outdoor furniture for six guests, bench and barbecue provided (bring your own charcoal). There is a small garden pond so small children must not be left unattended.
Additional information: Well behaved dogs (up to two) are welcome - there is a small additional charge of £15 and dogs must be kept under control as there are often sheep in the adjoining fields. Bed linen and towels (please bring our own towels for swimming) are included in the price. A welcome supply of logs and kindling are supplied which should last a few days. Night storage heaters keep the cottage warm along with convector heaters in the bedrooms (included in the price). Short breaks may be available, please enquire. Friday changeover: vacate by 11am and arrive after 4pm. As this is an old cottage, tall people need to be aware of low beams in the living room and some low doorways. A cot, high chair, stair gate and fire guard can be provided by arrangement with the owner. No smoking in the house. Mobile phone reception is available in the cottage if using Vodafone and you can pick up O2 and Orange nearby. A deposit of £100 is required to confirm the booking.
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Short breaks may be available. Please enquire.