Hi, we are Mandy & Steve and we would like to welcome you to Miner’s Cottage.
Our Cottage is our Home from Home, our special place and our escape.
We have downloaded many years of local knowledge on this page to help you prepare for your stay, enjoy your time at the Cottage and have a relaxing holiday in the Lake District.
Arrival & Departure Information
The Keysafe is located at the front door, and the access code will be sent to you approximately 1 week prior to your stay.
Arrival: From 3pm
Departure: Before 10am
At the end of your stay, please ensure the following:
There are 2 routes into Coniston, from either the North via Ambleside, or the South via Torver. If using SatNav, please follow the directions below when you enter Coniston…..
From the North
After the BP Garage, take the next right turn onto Station Road and follow the road round and up the hill. Turn left on to Old Furness Road and you should immediately see a signpost “The Banks” to the right. The road is steep for a short section, but it soon levels out and takes you to Bank Terrace.
From the South
After passing the Wilson Arms, follow the road for 2 ¼ miles, turn left onto Station Road (the Church is on your left) and follow the road round and up the hill. Turn left on to Old Furness Road and you should immediately see a signpost “The Banks” to the right. The road is steep for a short section, but it soon levels out and takes you to Bank Terrace.
Village Pubs, Cafe's & Restaurants
The Sun (nearest to the Cottage) Great atmosphere with a wide range of Wines, Lagers, Real Ales and Spirits (esp Gin!). The menu is superb offering freshly made meals. The homemade meat pies are delicious!
The Black Bull Another traditional pub, offering their own brand of Real Ale (Blubird). Great menu with plenty to choose from.
The Yewdale Friendly atmosphere, amazing food (the new Pizza oven is a great addition) and a large selection of Lagers and Real Ales.
The Coniston Inn Formerly the Waterhead Hotel, the Coniston Inn has been fully restored into a superb pub / restaurant, serving locally produced food, real ales, craft beers, continental lagers and cocktails. The lovely staff help create a relaxing atmosphere in a beautiful spot on the outskirts of Coniston.
The Crown Traditional pub but with a sporty atmosphere for televised events. There is a separate dining area, with great menu choices.
The Ship Just outside the village, along the old railway track. Another traditional pub with a great atmosphere, friendly hosts and superb food.
Coniston Sports & Social Open to non-members, and a great place to watch the local football team playing on a Saturday afternoon. Good selection of Real Ales and Lagers with welcoming hosts.
Green Housekeeper Cafe Lovely little cafe in the village. Great food, superb breakfast and lovely staff
Bluebird Cafe on the edge of the lake with stunning views. Great food, especially the brie & cranberry toasties, and friendly staff
Meadowdore Cafe Lovely spot to enjoy a brew & a slice of freshly made cake
Enzo’s Cafe & Pizzeria Delicious freshly made pizza with lots of toppings to choose from
The Lakes Hotspot A Cafe, Bakery & Pizzeria within the Village, using local suppliers to make food on the premises. Also serves PROPER coffee!
Restaurants & Takeaways
Steam Bistro has just reopened following a 2 year break. Our favourite restaurant, with lovely staff, great atmosphere and superb food (BOYB – Bring Your Own Bottles). It’s very popular and you will need to book well in advance to secure your reservation.
Our Plaice Fresh Fish & Chips to take away, served by a friendly team
Sara’s Indian Restaurant and Takeaway Tasty indium cuisine with 5 star reviews. Another great BOYB restaurant.
Coniston & District Catering A new local delivery service recently set up, who will deliver meals to the Cottage. Click the link for their menu
Things to Do
Here’s a selection of some things to do and local attractions, but more up to date information and news of what’s going on in Coniston can be found at Visit Cumbria
There are many walks to choose from directly from the Cottage or just a short drive away. A circular trek to the summit of The Old Man will give you superb views of the Lake before winding your way around the valley and back towards the village. Tarn Hows and Cathedral Cave are both accessible from the Cottage and are particularly popular with both professional and amateur photographers.
Lots of opportunities for sailing, kayaking, rowing, windsurfing, and the hire of motor boats. Tuition and advice for all levels of ability is available from locally based qualified instructors. More information can be found at the Coniston Boating Centre.
Fishing with a rod licence from many of the public shores is allowed. Contact the Tourist Information Centre in the Village for full information of permits and purchase or hire of tackle.
Options galore from the leisurely pedal to the energy of mountain biking. For the latter, there are the tracks in the nearby Grizedale Forest and the ultimate challenge is the route to the summit of Skiddaw from the Whinlatter Forest farther north.
Plenty to see and do around the third largest stretch of water in the Lake District and Cumbria. Of interest to many, it was here that the late Donald Campbell’s ill fated attempt in Bluebird K7 at the World Water Speed Record took place in January 1967 with tragic results.
Readers of Arthur Ransome’s “Swallows and Amazons” will be interested in trying to identify the real life locations of his book. Can you find “Wild Cat Island” or “Kanchenjunga”? A particularly good way to enjoy the scenery of the Water and its surrounds is as a passenger on one of the Coniston Cruises or aboard the Steam Yacht Gondola. It is a magnificently restored craft and the oldest to be found in the north of England. It operates from Coniston Pier and includes stops at Brantwood. You can book an experience trip on the Gondola and be a stoker for the day!
Exhibits and displays detailing the development of local industries with emphasis on the mining history of the area. Also features the life of John Ruskin, and a focus on Donald Campbell. French, German, Japanese language audio guide system available.
This is the former home of John Ruskin, a poet, artist and conservationist. The house, mountainside gardens and land occupy 250 acres with stunning views of the fells and Coniston Water. It is filled with Ruskin memorabilia, paintings and furnishings. Visit the Brantwood website to see what’s on, such as craft fairs, outdoor theatre’s, drawing room concerts or take the kids to enjoy the various activity workshops.
Saint Andrews Church
This 19th century building is built on the site of the original Chapel of 1586. The grounds are the burial place of John Ruskin in 1900, which is marked by a cross carved from local slate from the nearby Tilberthwaite quarry. The cemetery across the road is the resting place of Donald Campbell who was buried here September 2001.
A forest of delights and surprises. There are walks along forest trails, cycle paths, wood sculptures, a high level “Go Ape” adventure, café, gift shops, cycle hire, picnic areas and expert advice and information on site. Good parking at the Visitor Centre and also at the new facilities a couple of hundred yards beyond. During the latter part of the year it is the venue of the Grizedale Stages Motor Rally. Please note that during this event some areas will be closed to walkers and cyclists.
The charming setting of the tarn, level walks and views to the fells attracts photographers from world wide. It is reputed to be the most photographed Lake District attraction. The grassed slopes of one side provide a restful grandstand for relaxing and is within easy.
About the Cottage
Miner’s Cottage dates back to the 1850’s, originally built to accommodate Miners and their families. As you can imagine, it has had many cosmetic makeovers over the decades, but in 2012 it was completely restored to provide a warm and cosy self catering cottage with charm, character and everything you need for a holiday for up to 4 people.
The Cottage is located on a quiet leafy lane (The Banks), and although the majority of the cottages are for holiday use, there are some residents along the banks. We therefore ask that you are considerate to other people and keep noise to a minimum in the evenings and early mornings.
As per our Terms & Conditions, we accept 1 pet. We also have a no-smoking policy inside the Cottage.
The cottage has gas central heating throughout, via a combination boiler to ensure that hot water is always available. The radiators will come on automatically in the morning and evening, but you can adjust the temperature using the thermostat at the bottom of the stairs. If you need extra heat, the booster button under the stairs will bring the radiators on for you.
The Logburner in the lounge is a great source of heat during the colder months. This only burns wood, not coal, and logs/kindling can be purchased at the BP Garage on Coniston’s main road.
We have a smart TV which includes a Netflix account for your use. You can also access other account that you may have with PRIME, BBC, YOUTUBE etc.
We have BT Fibre WiFi which reaches all areas of the cottage, including the bench at the font of the Cottage. The access code can be found in the Cottage. Please see our T&C’s for info about using our WiFi.
If anyone would like to arrange for a welcome hamper to be delivered to the cottage, please take a look at the lovely hampers (and other amazing products) over on Whickham Cottage Crafts Facebook page
There is a full size (50/50) fridge freezer, a dishwasher (with a few tablets for you to use during your stay), Microwave, Electric Oven & Hob, Kettle & Toaster. Manuals for all appliances can be found in the Cottage. Liquid handsoap, washing up liquid, cleaning clothes and tea towels are supplied.
The bins are collected every Thursday Morning from the front of the cottage (they will not collect from the rear of the property). Could you please use the red bin bags provided and place full bags at the front of the cottage on Wed (pm) or Thurs (am).
Here you will find extra storage space (we store our bikes in here). You also have an iron, washing machine (a few capsules will be supplied) and a tumble dryer – this is a condensing dryer and we kindly ask you to empty the water tank after each use.
There is a downstairs WC and sink unit, and a family bathroom upstairs with bath/shower. A bath and hand towels will be available for 4 guests. Liquid Hand soap can be found in each bathroom.
All the beds will be made up for you (1 King and 2 Singles). At the end of your stay, please follow our new COVID protocols and place the bedding in the laundry bag provided.
Because of the location of the Cottage, recycling of refuse is not available. There is, however, a recycling point in the village (Lake Rd) for bottles, cans & cardboard. This is the link to Cumbria Recycling Points.