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“The Lodge”, Brantwood's Self Catering Holiday Cottage, Sleeps Up To 9 People



Updated: 25-Nov-2016
Lodge in Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Unique Accommodation Available As A Holiday Let

A unique opportunity to stay in the house that Ruskin built. Enjoy self catering holiday accommodation in Brantwood’s delightful detached Lodge house, with breathtaking views of Coniston Water and the fells. The Lodge is newly refurbished and comprises 2 double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms and a single; a large kitchen-dining-sitting room with wood burning stove; 2 shower rooms, a bathroom and another separate loo; drying room; patio area. Four of the five bedrooms look out across the lake and have spectacular views. Ideal for family/friends group of 4 to 9 people. The Lodge is centrally heated and a generous supply of logs is provided for the wood burning stove. Facilities include bed linen and towels, WiFi internet connection, colour TV with CD and DVD player. There are original artworks throughout the house, giving a unique touch to each room. A number of Cumbrian artists and crafts people have been commissioned to produce artworks, furniture and items specifically for the Lodge to help celebrate its re-opening. Our guests are also welcome to enjoy Brantwood's exhibitions and historic collections whenever they wish during opening hours. Weekly rental or minimum 3 day breaks can be booked all year round.

  • Sleeps 9
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

The Lodge is located at Brantwood, the former home of eminent Victorian, John Ruskin and is owned and operated by Brantwood Trust. It is the only house designed and built by John Ruskin.

The Lodge was built for Ruskin’s valet and has been in continuous occupation ever since. In 2012 it was decided to preserve its role as a dwelling place by offering self catering accommodation, available for visitors to enjoy the beauties of Brantwood.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Amazing location, wonderful view, beautiful and comfortable accommodation"

"A complete supply of everything we needed"

"Really appreciated the logburner and supply of logs. Cottage beautifully clean and well maintained. Wonderful setting. Helpful staff"
Feb 2014
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful location for a wedding.

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and her fiancee got married at Brantwood and held the reception in the tea rooms. We hired the lodge to accommodate some guests whilst other stayed near by Coniston. The lodge surpassed expectations , beautifully converted with spacious bedrooms , there are stunning views over Lake Coniston across to the 'Old Man'. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property. I must also add that the staff working at Brantwood were extremely helpful and patient with my many queries regarding regarding the wedding. It will forever hold a place in my heart and I will definitely be going back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A truly awe inspiring cottage

  • 5 of 5

I have rarely had the pleasure to stay in a place that was so truly awe inspiring, comfortable and beautiful. It was worth every single penny to stay for the short time that my party was there. I plan to be back as soon as I possibly can since I want to really see the sun rising and the light over |Coniston Water and the Old Man of Coniston too. An amazing historical place, authentically restored but with all the modern conveniences. Firmly a place to re-visit again and again. No one will be disappointed if you rent this place. It really has everything.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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One of the best

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of seven friends who meet up for an occasional weekend away and we seek good walking, creature comforts and good conversation. The Lodge at Brantwood amply supplied the first two, and we renewed our friendship ties with plenty of conversation. The spectacular views over Coniston Water to the mountains and fells made this weekend one to remember, and the free access to the historic house, gardens and estate were a special bonus.

We particularly enjoyed the comfortable beds and great showers; the lovely living room/kitchen which is well equipped, roomy and very companionable; the very useful, warm drying room for wet coats and boots; the unique and interesting art work throughout the house; the woodburning stove which kept the house so cosy.

We spent a memorable late evening, just outside viewing the stars (particularly special for those of us who live in cities), and a lovely, early cup of tea on the last morning, watching, from the upstairs bedroom, the mountains gradually changing from grey to rosy pink in the dawn light.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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a marvellous retreat to write in

  • 5 of 5

I've come to the Lodge a couple of times in the dog days of autumn or winter with fellow writers and its been such a cosy, beautiful refuge - to sit in windows and look out on exquisite views, venture out to the gardens and hills up the back, or over on the launch to Coniston and up towards the Old Man. The Jumping Jenny restaurant next door also offers terrific food.

Denise Cullington

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful and unique place

  • 5 of 5

This was a very special family holiday, and the Lodge was large enough for us to invite friends. The only downside was that our beloved hound could not be with us, as pets are not allowed. He would have loved it. There was something for everyone, however energetic or disposed to relax, or paint. The boys visited Brantwood every day and played Ruskin's piano, and we all experienced Ruskin's bath...... The facilities are all very good indeed, and of a high standard.

From walking the fells, or exploring Ruskin's garden, to rowing on the Lake, to watercolour painting and just enjoying one another's company, but most of all the sheer peace which descends on this magical place on a summer evening, we have never had a holiday like it. Fabulous. We have booked again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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From the Owner

Brantwood is the historic home of the eminent Victorian John Ruskin. The house was purchased by the Brantwood Trust to preserve his legacy for the nation.

Activity and Interests


3.5 miles from Coniston village

Further Details:

Lodge guests can visit Brantwood house & gardens free of charge during their stay. There are regular sailings to Brantwood's jetty by Coniston Launch and the National Trust Steam Yacht Gondola. Brantwood Cafe on site.

The local area is excellent for walking both low level and on the fells; for water sports such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking and wind surfing; for cycling and mountain biking. There are many tourist attractions in the central and south Cumbria to enjoy during your stay at Brantwood Lodge.

Coniston village has supermarkets, pubs, family run shops.


Rental rates


  • Booking Notes:
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    Changeover Day:
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    Notes on prices:
    Prices shown are for groups of 8-9. Range of prices available for 4-9.
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From the Owner

Guests can visit the historic house and gardens as often as they like during their stay. Small sailing dinghies and kayaks/canoes can be launched from Brantwood's lake shore. There is a lockable store for bikes and a drying room for wet outdoor clothes and boots, located in the Lodge.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Television


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • lake
  • mountain


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 shower rooms, a bathroom and another separate loo.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 9 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 2 double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms and a single. Four of the five bedrooms look out across the lake and have spectacular views. Ideal for family/friends group of 4 to 9 people.


  • Garden


  • Outside: Patio area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. For longer stays the Lodge is cleaned weekly and includes a change of towels and linen. Other: Drying room.

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