South Lake District cottage near Coniston

Nibthwaite Grange Cottage is a detached property situated at the edge of the tiny peaceful hamlet of Nibthwaite Grange, just south of Coniston Water in the South Lake District and sits within a ¼ acre of private enclosed gardens. There are fine views from the garden over the surrounding hills and the cottage is at the edge of  a deciduous wooded hillside which is a haven for birds and a good place for walks.

The cottage is thought to date from the 17th century and has been carefully renovated to preserve many of the features of a traditional lakes cottage whilst meeting 21st century standards. There are  exposed beams, an unusual staircase,  a wood burning stove in the living room.  The cottage is very comfortable and particularly suitable for families and groups as there is sleeping for 6 people in 3 bedrooms with an option of 2 more sleeping on the double futon in the large games/music room upstairs.  The spacious kitchen/dining room leads directly out to the south facing patio and garden.  Here, guests can enjoy al fresco dining or just sitting out with a drink to admire the views over the hills beyond.  Even in winter this can be a welcome suntrap.  On a clear night, visitors can experience the excitement of stargazing as above us we have one of the darkest skies in the country.

Walks directly from the house through the woods  lead up to splendid views across Coniston Water to the Old Man of Coniston, one of the most dominant mountains of the South Lakes and Dow Crag and over Morecambe bay to the south.  Various circular walks from 3 – 5 miles through woods and over the moors are described in detailed guides.   As we are so near to the charming village of Coniston (8 miles) and the lake (2.5 miles) visitors can enjoy boating on the lake: take a trip on  the famous Coniston steam yacht gondola; hire a boat or canoe at the Coniston boating centre. For cyclists, there’s nothing better than a ride from the cottage around beautiful  Coniston Water. This can be combined with a visit to Brantwood House,  garden and tea room, just a few miles along the lake from the cottage.  Mountain bikers  and walkers love the trails in nearby Grizedale Forest with its sculptures, imaginative play park, Go Ape and visitor centre.

There are several pubs serving real ale and good food within a few miles of the cottage.  The nearest is the Red Lion at Lowick Bridge, a mile away where good food and a warm welcome is assured.  The nearest shops: bakery, butchers and village shop are in the village of Greenodd,  3.5 miles away.