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Acorn Cottage-central & peaceful-walks and biking from the door-log burner-views

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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Acorn Cottages' location makes it a great base for touring the lake district, for all sorts of adventure activities (water, bike or fell based) or for just relaxing and taking in the quiet beauty of the area. Pond dipping at the local tarn is a firm favourite with younger guests and for the grown ups there are the excellent, and numerous, local pubs all serving amazing food and local ales. We sleep 5/6 in our three bedrooms (king, double and single - cot/camp bed for a 6th younger guest). All beds will be made up for your arrival and towels, tea, coffee, milk and homemade shortbread are provided. We have equipped and furnished our cottage with everything we would want at home so all you need is to bring yourselves! We hope you enjoy the cottage and the area as much as we do - look out for the local wildlife (red squirrel, deer, woodpeckers and...rabbits). If you come in winter you have the log burner to snuggle in front of and if you come in the summer you may find the sunny patio hard to leave. Well behaved pets are welcome. We have parking for two cars and a lockable shed for bikes etc.

Our cottage has three bedrooms - king, double and single. A kitchen/dining room. A living room with log burner and access to the patio and rear garden. Two bathroooms. Wifi, large screen TV, DVD player, ipod docking in all bedrooms. Wide selection of local books, maps, routes and DVD's

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Christine Briggs
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Christine Briggs

We, the Briggs family have owned Acorn Cottage for 10 years now. We live, work and go to school in Kendal (about 40 mins away). We love the Lake District and ALL it has to offer. For many years we had used the car park at Hodge Close Quarry as a base for our various activities and walks for pub lunches! Eventually we were in the right place at the right time and were lucky enough to purchase Acorn Cottage which we adore and escape to as often as we can. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Christine Briggs purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Christine Briggs chose Coniston

We love the Lake District. We love the peace and quiet, the beauty of the hills and lakes. When we bought the cottage our children were very young and they have enjoyed growing up with walks from the door - starting with down hill trips to the pub for lunch and ending up with full day fell walks! We road and mountain bike from the door and enjoy kayaking and sailing on Coniston. The location, for us, could not be better. It is 40 minutes from home and yet we never fail to feel we have been away on holiday, coming back home relaxed, rejuvenated and energised.

What makes this cottage unique

Acorn Cottage's location, in our opinion, could not be better for whatever sort of holiday you are looking for whether it be touring, bike, fell or water based. Our guests have commented (see reviews) on what a great base it makes and how all generations have loved it!

The benefits of ample parking, walking/biking from the door and two bathrooms make for a pleasurable experience.

It has a central Lake District location which makes it excellent for sightseeing. It has numerous activities available straight from the door and yet it is situated in quiet picturesque valley. You will be hard pressed to find a better located holiday cottage!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Enjoyed the two week stay. Accommodation ideally situated for a quiet and relaxing break" D Mackay

"What a beautiful, cosy cottage you have! Fantastic location, wonderful wildlife" Val and Des Lennon

"A fantastic week in a wonderful cottage. To be able to walk to so many places from the front door is a real bonus" Rowan family

"What a fantastic cottage! The best we've stayed in, with the comfiest bed, cuddliest duvet, best range of book and maps... lovely!" Mark and Gill Tinsdeall

"What a wonderful well placed for going everywhere...central and yet offers complete solitude...the perfect place to stay." Martin and Louise Smith

"Thankyou for the lovely welcome. The house is great...done plenty of walking and some cycling and a certain amount of sampling the local brews! We have eaten at various hostelleries - all have offered great food and friendly service. Even the weather has been good. What more could we have asked for!" Ruth, Colin, Sam and Joanna Horsl
Aug 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Coniston in Skelwith

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has clean, fresh white tiles and suite, shower over the bath. The shower room also has clean, fresh white tiles and suite. Store cupboard for iron/ironing board, hoover, outdoor chairs, buckets and nets for pond dipping etc! Towels included.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , A cot, and/or campbed, is available for a 6th younger guest
  • We sleep 5/6 (sometimes 7!!) We have 3 bedrooms - king, double and single There is a cot and/or campbed for further younger guests Bedroom 1 with king sized bed overlooks the rear garden. Bedroom 2 with double. Bedroom 3 with single. Bedrooms 2 & 3 with sloping ceilings, beams and views from enormous velux windows. Blackout blinds fitted. Sumptuous duvets and co-ordinated bedding.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Tea, coffee, milk and biscuits await you on your arrival. Beds are made up ready for you to snuggle into. No smoking. Well behaved pets welcome - please note that sheep roam freely in the area. Heating is by night store heaters with additional heating in all rooms. A starter pack of fuel for the stove will be left for you. More may be purchased locally as and when required. For mid week long/weekend availability and prices please give us a ring or email. Please note that short breaks are normally only taken a month before the start of the break. If you require a short break further in advance it may/may not be available on the dates shown - please enquire. Pets downstairs only please - there is a stair gate available if needed. We have designated parking for 2 cars to the front of the house. To the rear there is a 'sun trap' slate patio, with a picnic table, overlooking the garden and countryside. Further deck chairs are available for your use. We have a 'natural' garden that attracts abundant wildlife. As well as the local sheep (and rabbits) woodpeckers, nuthatches, red squirrels and the occasional deer all visit the garden! I have a bird and squirrel feeder that I'll fill for you and binoculars are provided. If you have bikes please feel free to use the lockable shed. Cleaning / Towels / WiFi: No extra fees. Guests to leave the cottage as they find it-neat, clean and tidy and to report breakages. PLEASE NOTE: we just have the one lovely cottage and wish to make things as simple as possible, for both of us, so.... Feel free to ring and speak to us - we like to speak to real people!!


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Acorn Cottage-central & peaceful-walks and biking from the door-log burner-views
average rating of 4.647059 based on 35 reviews

Wonderful location , very comfortable cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our three children and had an amazing time. I like being able to walk from the door and not having to get in the car for the week . The cottage is very cosy, comfortable , clean and well equipped .

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Especially pleased you loved our cottage and it's location. Being able to walk/ride from the door each day is a huge bonus. We're central enough for exploring too.
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Perfect location, comfortable cottage, attention to detail from owner.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous (sunny!!) long weekend at Acorn Cottage, two couples and a dog. The cottage is in a fabulous location, up a no through road, from where you can set off walking for the whole day with no need to move the car (although we also found it was a good setting off place for further flung places in the North Western Lakes). We’d come prepared with all our food for the weekend, so distance from shops wasn’t a problem. No phone signal (hurray!) but WiFi excellent.

The cottage was left warm and ready for us, with milk, tea and coffee and SCRUMMY biscuits. Everything was clean and well looked after, and we never ran out of hot water or felt chilly. The garden is a real bonus on a sunny day, and our dog loved being able to explore the woods straight outside the door. Anyone with a sheep-chaser should be wary though, they literally are everywhere.

We will return again and again (assuming we can fight our way through the hordes of other people who clearly think the same as us!

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely location

  • 3 of 5

Lovely location and warm and comfortable cottage. Bike store useful.We did have some problems with the water supply and water pressure. Christine did her utmost to sort this out for us as initially supply had been disconnected up on the fell. Even once reconnected toilet cisterns and flow of cold water still very slow. Sometimes there was no cold water from basin taps upstairs if neighbours were using water. This would be a problem if there were 5 of you staying in the cottage (as per sleeping capacity) but we managed as there was only 4 then 3 of us.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you all enjoyed your stay. Very sorry that there were issues with the water during your stay. This has been totally rectified and water pressure is now back to normal.
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Wonderful Cottage in a Peaceful Secluded Location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of three adults and a baby spent two nights at Acorn Cottage.

The cottage was extremely well equipped with plenty of kitchen utensils and also including a baby cot. Everything worked, internet connection was good, decoration was clean and new, so nothing to complain about.

The location could not be better with walks straight into the forests starting at the front door.

The nature is exceptional, although we did not see any red squirrels we did see deer in the fields behind the cottage and the night sky is fantastic.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have to be quick to catch a squirrel..! Glad you all enjoyed yourselves, our amazing location and my home from home.
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Comfortable cottage. We would love to come back and stay again one day.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely and comfortable cottage.

Brilliantly situated. Perfect for our family of four and a dog.

We truly enjoyed the wildlife, walking tracks, local food and all the water activities in Coniston. We made many good memories.

Thank you Christine. :)

Kind regards, Garske Family

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted you enjoyed yourselves, our cottage, and all that the area has to offer! As we are so central there really is something for everyone...of all ages. You're welcome back anytime to make some more memories!!
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We had a wonderful time. It's a very comfortable cottage, just right for our family.

  • 5 of 5

Cozy cottage in a beautiful location. Everything was as described. It was very nice to find biscuits on the table and clear instructions for everything. They have thought of everything!

One bit of advice for future visitors is to make sure you shop before driving up. It's a winding trip back to town, which you probably won't want to make in the dark.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed yourselves and found our cottage as described..that's what we aim for!!
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Car: necessary


The nearest international airport is Manchester (an hour and a half away). The nearest train station is Windermere. Car hire is available there.

Use of a car is recommended.


Coniston 3.5 miles by road.

Grasmere 8.5 miles by road / 5 miles by path.

Elterwater 7 miles by road / 2.75 miles by path.

Ambleside 8 miles by road.

Windermere (by ferry) 12 miles by road.

Drunken Duck 8 miles by road / 4 miles by path.

The 3 Shires 1.5 miles by road.

Tarn Hows 1.75 miles by road.

Further Details:

Acorn Cottage's location makes it a great base for all sorts of adventure activities, water or fell based, or for just relaxing and taking in the quiet beauty of the area.

One of the most outstanding, and far reaching, views of the Lake District can be had by taking a short walk from the cottage up Holme Fell.

Pond dipping at the tarn on the way up is a firm favourite with younger guests.

As well as all the Lakeland Fells to have a go at there is some fantastic mountain biking locally. There are family friendly bridleways as well as some challenging technical routes all from the door! There is also the North Face Trail in Grizedale Forest.

For road cyclists there are the famous passes of Hardknott and Wrynose to challenge you.

Climbers have to look no further than the old Hodge Close Quarry itself for some seriously challenging routes.

Coniston Water will keep all water enthusiasts happy - there is sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, rowing boats and electric boats for hire.

For those wanting to take their excercise a little more leisurely electric bikes are available for hire locally too!!

We are lucky enough to have three very well know pubs to hand - The Drunken Duck, The Three Shires and the Britannia Inn.

Coniston also has a fine selection of pubs, and local ales, for you to tick off your list (The Sun Inn is our favourite).

Coniston also supplies you with a Co-op supermarket, a butchers (amazing home made sausages - try the garlic and black pepper and, of course, the Cumberland sausage), a post office, petrol station, cash machine, newsagents, cafes and take away fish and chips!

This outstandingly beautiful area has inspired many writers, poets and painters. We hope it inspires you too!!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Coniston, Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer
1 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer Holidays
20 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We just have the one cottage and wish to keep things simple so.....
We do not charge for extras (pets, towels, cot etc all included)
To confirm your booking I just need to know your contact details, the beds you wish making up and your £100 deposit
We ask for payment direct to avoid the form filling and costs involved with other methods
Should you need to cancel your holiday all monies received will be returned upon the dates being re-let.

Due to the Bank Holidays the Chrismas and New Year bookings will be Sunday to Sunday for 2015/2016.

Bookings made with 8 weeks of the holiday must be paid in full.

Changeover Day:
Weekly rentals are generally Friday to Friday. Guests may arrive after 3pm and are requested to leave by 10am. Short breaks, long weekends and late availability deals may be available.

Notes on prices:
Short mid week breaks and long weekends are available out of peak season - please ask.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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