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Lovely property, thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  Highly recommend Steam Bistro in Coniston.  You need to book, food amazing!  Also ate at Sun Inn, Coniston & Wilson Arms @ Torver.  Tarn Hows amazing, recommend the walk from Torver Common along lake bank (as per book in cottage).  Beacon Tarn is also another lovely walk.  Managed to conquer the Old Man!  All thoroughly tired out from the amazing walks and scenery.  A very quiet, peaceful location to relax & unwind.  Thank you very much!

May/June 2019


Enjoyed great weather, made good use of balcony.  Good walk up Beacon Fell and a trip to Grizedale.  Gondola ride on Coniston Water very good.  Dogs welcome at Herdwicks cafe (Coniston) - can recommend breakfast there.

Reading/St Bees July 2018


Amazing house, loved looking at the local birds, sheep and deer.  Enjoyed a walk to Coniston from Lake Bank via Blawith Common, stunning views of Beacon Tarn and Coniston Water.  Visited Hawkshead, Coniston, Keswick, Windermere and Ambleside.  Definitely recommend Bluebird Cafe at Coniston and Poppi Red Cafe at Hawkshead.  Both dog friendly,  Enjoyed surprise trip for dad’s 60th birthday.

Northumberland & Newcastle-upon-Tyne April 2018


Lovely cottage.  Had some fantastic days paddling on Coniston Water & bagged both islands.  Great walk in forest at Grizedale.  Recommended for kids of all ages!  Also had a 10 mile walk via Coniston Old Man, brilliant day.  

If you fancy a BBQ, butcher @ Premier in Coniston is excellent.

Elgin, Forres April 2018


Very enjoyable family stay for 3 nights.  House is very comfortable and warm homely visit and enjoyed the Santa train fully in the Christmas spirit.  Thanks.

December 2017


Loveliest, loveliest family stay.  Thank you for creating such a warm and homely place for others to stay!  Had everything we needed and more.  In fact we don’t want to leave!!  Thanks again!

November 2017


Beautiful cottage, amazing lakes to swim in.  Fantastic mountains.  Will definitely come back again.

Norwich, August 2017


Absolutely awesome, these two words describe everything we have seen and done in the last week.  The house, the places we’ve seen, and the things we have done.  I really don’t want to go home, and can’t wait to come back again.

Maidstone, April/May 2017


A lovely house with everything we could wish for - even a colander!!  Very cleran, great facilities, birds on balcony, lakes walks - visited Coniston, Ambleside, Bowness.

Feb/March 2017


What a beautiful house, everything we needed for a lovely stay.  Warm, cosy with amazing views….   

February 2017


Thank you so much - had a lovely time in this great location - cottage is extremely well equipped. Dogs loved the lake! Hope to be back in the future. Thank you!

Buckinghamshire, January 2017


We got married in Windermere on 7/1/17. We chose to stay at Lingmell & had a lovely time. Beautiful cottage with a high standard of facilities. Great walks & a tranquil setting. Thanks!

Norfolk, January 2017


We had to go home today due to work but we wish we all could have stayed. Everything you need in the house. We came for husband’s 50th birthday. A surprise for him from his children. We have taken lots of pictures. Bathrooms are ace.

PS Dogs are knackered. Yeah!!

Warrington, December 2016


60th birthday celebration!!! Wonderful spacious, well equipped house for gathering of our clan. 6 adults, 1 baby, 4 dogs. Viewed and booked wedding venue (2017) for son and future daughter-in-law while here so very, very special memories of Lingmell for 2 reasons.

Perfect location. Weather mixed, but it’s October!! Great walking locally - tired, happy dogs.

Recommend food in Wilsons - Torver, dogs welcome and baby granddaughter would recommend the pizza & lasagne on the kids menu.

*South Lakes Safari Zoo - a must*

Shame we didn’t get to use the furniture on the balcony, but loved watching the birds.

Northumberland, Cumbria, October 2016


Great location, we have had a fab time! Loved the bird feeder and watching all the birds.

Lovely cottage, wish we could stay longer!

Thank you for a brilliant stay, hope to come again!

Wakefield, October 2016


Great house in a great location. Had a wonderful time on the lake in the kayaks and canoes. The bird feeders on the balcony are amazing once filled. Birds were non-stop! Thanks for a brilliant stay.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Cambridgeshire, October 2016


Amazing house in an amazing area. Really enjoyed the kayak facilities and how easy it was getting to the water.  All enjoyed ourselves and would come again. Thank you.

Maldon, Essex, September 2016


If you want to get away somewhere peaceful this is the place. Thank you - the cottage is amazing.

Hyde, Cheshire, August 2016


This has been our 2nd visit to Lingmell and had a lovely time yet again. The kids love the lake and being able to go for a swim! Cottage has everything you could need for your stay. Just a shame you are fully booked for next year already or we would be back!

Rayleigh, Essex, August 2016


Our first time staying at Lingmell and have already booked up for 2 weeks next summer. We have all enjoyed our stay; loved the house and the location. We used the canoes to go to Peel Island and thoroughly enjoyed our day on the lake. The central location of the cottage makes it easier to visit other areas such as Ravenglass and Liverpool! The weather was mixed but that didn’t stop us from going out and enjoying ourselves. Here’s to 2017 and our next visit.

South Shields, July 2016


Lovely time at Lingmell again. Lots of fun in the canoe and lovely walks.

Newton Mearns, Glasgow, July 2016


Thank you so much. The house and gardens are beautiful, and the bird song is amazing. I really don’t think the accommodation needs any improvements, it is great as it is. We had barbeques, use of canoe and a lot of walks. Best holiday in the UK. Fell in love with Brantwood House and Gardens and Monks Coniston Arboretum.

Plymouth, June 2016


We’ve had a great time at Lingmell, lovely house, beautiful surroundings. Had never stayed at Coniston. We all thought it the most beautiful area. Fantastic scenery, dramatic mountains and so accessible to other areas in the Lakes - so much to see in the area - the whole family loved the safari zoo and motor museum. Thanks.

Washington, Tyne & Wear, May 2016


A lovely week with all the seasons included. Lovely cottage. Great to watch the animals and wildlife in the garden - amazing….. Highly recommend the safari zoo for the little people and not so little.

Kilmarnock, May 2016


What a brilliant cottage upgrade. Very impressed.

Alveston, April 2016


We came for a 40th birthday, the surprise was amazing! The house has everything and more, it also keeps warm! The dogs enjoyed walking down to the lake/jetty… Hopefully we will be returning. Thanks.

Wakefield, January 2016


We have had a lovely stay and we absolutely love this house. We will definitely look to book again. Thanks.

Horsham, January 2016


A great week!! Too wet for any big fells, but managed some smaller hills including Beacon Fell. House is fantastic and the dogs loved the grounds. Loads of great food and booze. Really enjoyed the local surroundings, particularly Tarn Hows. Can’t believe how well equipped the house is! Everything has been thought about. Would definitely recommend to friends, and hopefully will be back soon!

Lancaster, December 2015


Thanks for a fantastic stay! You have thought of everything here and the house and grounds are beautiful. Even the terrible weather, floods and power cut couldn’t spoil it. We have already booked to come again.

Harrogate, December 2015


Our first visit to the Lake District and the weather played nicely.  Shock to the system to have no mobile network (unless you’re on Vodafone), but soon came to enjoy the lack of contact from ‘the outside world’.  Accommodation was cozy - comfortable sofas and beds, always a bonus!……

Sara’s Indian (restaurant & takeaway) in Coniston is AMAZING  They aren’t licensed, but you can BYO with no corkage fee.  Enjoyed watching the birds - aka locusts - who have happily devoured the whole bag of seed we bought them!  The sheep are amusing to watch too!!

Warrington & Lincoln, October 2015


Love this place! The peace, the greenness, the birds, the lake. We have had a lovely family holiday - your house is wonderful. Huge thankyou - Brund has never seen such amazing scenery.

Haywards Heath, August 2015


We have had such a relaxing stay. Visited Beacon Tarn - twice in pursuit of hidden treasure but failed - enjoyed the walks all the same. Dogs loved their daily swim in Coniston Lake - I think I have a seal!! A lovely walk in Fell Foot Park. Visited the beach a few times - very nice. I love your house, Michael, and my favourite spot is the balcony with my book and a beer. Loved watching the birds and they can eat! Rained for a few days but it didn’t ruin our stay or our walks. Thank you so much - great holiday.

Acklam, Middlesborough July 2015


Lovely cottage. I had lots of inspiration here for my art and stories. We all loved the fact we were so close to the lake. Many thanks for a wonderful time.

Newton Mearns, Glasgow July 2015


Lovely, well appointed cottage, lake outstanding, dogs actually worn out first time ever (2 collies + lab).

Clacton-on-Sea, June 2015


Lovely place and lovely week. Plenty of activity, dogs enjoyed it all. Loved the kayaks, even falling out! The water is cold!! Showers are superb, always hot water. Booths supermarket, bit pricey, the Waitrose of the Lakes, but hey, we’re on holiday. Too many places worth a visit to mention.

June 2015


We’ve had a fantastic week!  Lingmell is a great cottage - well maintained, fully equipped and based in a wonderful location. The weather was a bit mixed between sunshine and rain, but we were able to get out and about. Wasdale Head is a great location for a day out. There’s plenty of local walks, and the dogs loved swimming at Lake Bank jetty. Beacon Tarn is a very good local walk. All in all a very enjoyable week.

Swadlincote & Burton–on-Trent, May 2015


Had a lovely week, the weather was very kind to us, so evenings on the balcony were fabulous.  

Liverpool, April 2015


Had a great stay - saw the sun far more than we expected!!  Never tired of view from balcony (sun), window (snow) & we were particularly impressed by the log supplies.

Newton Abbot, March 2015


We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, beautiful cottage, scenery & weather.

Blackburn, March 2015


We have had an amazing week at Lingmell.  The cottage has been perfect for us!

The weather has been very good too, cold, dry, sometimes misty with a sunny day to make us smile.

Essex, February 2015


We had a great week here at Lingmell over the New Year.  The cottage was perfect for the two families.  We had a busy week doing lots of walking including climbing Old Man of Coniston & mountain biking in Grizedale.  The two dogs are worn out from all the walking and swimming in Lake Coniston.  We had some good nights in the Wilsons at Torver - lovely food.

Reading, January 2015


Second week here this year.  Beautiful spot - weather not so good, but house perfect - everything we needed.  3 very happy dogs.  Weather didn’t stop them from jumping in the lake!!

Midlands, December 2014


Very quiet & relaxing.  Weather great. Homely!  Everything we needed.

Hartlepool, December 2014


We had a really great time whilst on holiday in the Lake District despite the rain.  Many thanks.

Nr Manchester, November 2014


Our holiday was really fun!  The weather was really wet except for one day when we climbed the Old Man of Coniston.  We visited Lakeland and Ambleside and the Car Museum too.

Bristol & Pitlochry, October 2014


This was our second stay this year. Once again we had a great time, the house provided everything we needed.  A great time had by all.  Many thanks.

New Forest, October 2014


Had such a lovely week here at Lingmell. Very impressed with the cottage, had everything we needed & more!  Lovely to sit & have your morning coffee on the balcony (weather permitting!).

The dogs loved the lake, nice walk down every morning to play with a ball & have a swim!

Enjoyed visits to Ambleside, Torver & Coniston, particularly all the good dog-friendly pubs!

Parents are booked in to visit & stay again this year & can’t wait!

Thankyou for a lovely stay, & thankyou to the weather for not too much rain.

Wombourne, October 2014


Lovely stay @ excellent accommodation for us and dogs.  Excellent pub meals at Crown Inn, Coniston.  Huge portions!

Edinburgh, September 2014


Had an amazing stay at this fantastic house.  People who live next door very friendly and helpful.  Would recommend visiting South Lakes Zoo, fantastic for kids and also Old Hall Farm.  Have had great fun and lovely weather.  Would definitely love to return again.

Consett County Durham, July/August 2014


Beautiful house in Lovely area, loved watching the birds and the squirrel whilst having breakfast on the balcony.  ..had great fun on the rope swing and the kayak.  Dogs recommend Grizedale and the Old Man of Coniston!  Loved the Deli in Torver - the meringues - yummy!!

Fort William & Kirkcudbright, July 2014


Wonderful week at Lingmell with weather to match.  Highlights have been kayaking to Peel Island and then paddling down the river Crake, jumping off the jetty, visiting Coniston and walking in Grizedale Forest…  The house has been perfect sitting on the balcony for breakfast. Overall it’s been an excellent week being together with family - highly recommended.

Kent, June/July 2014


Great week, saw lots of different birds. Spent days on the lake, walking and visiting local towns and villages.  Even got a sun tan!!

Staffordshire, June 2014


Fantastic spot to see the rest of the Lake District from.  Very clean & comfortable house.  Fantastic weather too!  Good memories to take back to NZ.

Auckland NZ, Birkenhead Merseyside, June 2014


Loved the cottage, loved the balcony and waking up to a squirrel each morning. Will hopefully return soon.  Thanks.

June 2014


Had an amazing stay in this beautiful house - made all the better for almost a week of sunshine.  It’s raining today so guess it’s time for home.  Thank you and hope to see you again.

May 2014


We have had a lovely time staying here, it suited both of us and our dogs brilliantly!  Very comfortable accommodation.  Had two lovely meals at the Farmers Arms, also Wilson Arms and the Sun at Coniston.  Hope to visit again. Thanks for your hospitality.

May 2014


We have had a lovely tranquil stay at “Lingmell”.  The Lakes as always have been wonderful.  The cottage is superb and well equipped.  We recommend the “Farmers Arms” at Lowick Green, great food and friendly staff.  The butchers and general store in Coniston is fabulous. Thank you Mike for the use of the kayaks.  We spent a lovely day exploring the lake.  Hope to come again as it was FIRST CLASS. Thank you!!

Haddenham, May 2014


Had a fantastic time, couldn’t fault anything.  Lovely time had by all especially the children.

April 2014


Leaving this much loved area with happy memories of holiday at Lingmell.  ..loved playing out by stream & on rope swing. We loved watching the birds and walking to the lake for the beautiful view and serenity.  Rain first three days but we managed to include a favourite walk up via Beacon Tarn to Beacon Fell (where we found the treasure box), Tarn Hows, Beatrix Potter Hill Top (go first thing), Aira Force and a trip on the Gondola.

Cheshire & London, April 2014


We had a fantastic week at Lingmell. Beautiful surroundings and lots of great walks.  The men of the group even camped at the top of Scafell Pike for one of the nights!  Thanks for providing a lovely house and setting to come back to.

Haslemere, Surrey & Ickwell, Bedfordshire March 2014


A wonderful few days, weather perfect. Did the Old Man of Coniston, Grizedale Forest, Brantwood and took one of the kayaks out - lovely - thank you for the use of the kayak and a lovely warm house.

Nottingham & Leicester, March 2014


Wow! - We were so amazed with this cottage, it’s absolutely perfect!… All in all an amazing weekend. Will definitely be back for more.

Birmingham & Telford, February 2014


We too have had a lovely time in this cottage… Area walks & mountains fab & good company made this a week to remember.

The New Forest, February 2014


We have had a wonderful time in this cosy cottage. The little details made it extra special. My particular favourite was the bell I used to wake up my grumpy friends!!… We would love to come back again.

Coventry et al, January 2014


Wonderful, tranquil place (apart from the sheep!) And loved the house & views. Well located for lots of walks & sightseeing. Had a super time and so did the Boyz. Would love to come again!

Clitheroe, January 2014


Wonderful location, lovely house with stunning views.  Great walks straight from the house!

Glossop & Poynton, January 2014


Had a great New Years break, lovely holiday home. Had a great time. Will be back!!

Bolton, January 2014


Brilliant location, house, all amenities catered for. Had a fantastic time & weather kind to us. We will be back. Thanks.

Southport & Liverpool, December 2013


A little belatedly I wanted to say how fabulous we found Lingmell. We loved the location and the facilities, especially the cloudless morning messing around in boats on the Lake. We found it in super condition and were impressed with the linen and towels provided.  

Nottingham, November 2013


A most comfortable house - just great.

Frampton Cotterell, November 2013


Excellent house in an excellent location. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Appleby, October 2013


We had a fantastic time, thank you so much!  The renovations look amazing.

Stroud, October 2013


Great place!  Lovely scenery and so peaceful!  Loved the kayaks & canoe (once we mastered it!).  Had great fun on lake!

Fernhill Heath, September 2013


Lovely relaxing holiday. Would definitely return & recommend to a friend.

Newcastle upon Tyne, August 2013







LA12  8EZ

***Please note that there is no landline in the house***



On arrival

If you get there in the dark, please have a torch handy, but there are infrared lights at the front.

As there are no shops close by, please come prepared!  The nearest ones are 10 minutes drive into Greenodd or Coniston and some stay open late and on Sundays in season.  Essentials can be bought in the garages in Greenodd and Coniston as well.  

The welcome folder in the lounge will give you all the information you need in order to operate the heating, electricity and electrical appliances and other useful information.  They also give instructions on how to leave the switches and taps at the end of your stay.  Please read these carefully.  Please let me know if they are inadequate.  These are reproduced below for convenience.  There are further detailed instruction booklets in one of the boxes in the bookcase downstairs.

Please sign the visitors’ book when you leave.  I will be happy to receive complaints, suggestions for improvements and any other comments about your stay.  In particular, please let me know if the house was left in an unclean state when you arrived.  


These are in the keysafe at the front door.  The keycode is given on payment of the full amount.  

The keys are colour coded:

Pea green - front door

Red – upstairs kitchen door

Light green – garage

Light blue – logshed

You will need to open the downstairs front door first as the upstairs porch door may be bolted on the inside.

Special changeover arrangements

Please arrive after 3pm and leave before 10am, unless otherwise agreed.


The mains stopcock is in the box under the window by the front door.  This can be left on when you leave for the next guests.

Mains electricity and other switches

The main switches are in the meter cupboard in the downstairs bedroom.  The trip switches are also located here, except those for the downstairs kitchen which are in the back of the garage.  These can all be left as they are when you leave.

In the event of a power cut, a torch, gas lamp and gas stove are provided in the porch.

Immersion heater

The immersion heater is in the cupboard at the top of the stairs.  There are two time switches and a main switch.  Please leave the two time switches on timed and leave the main switch on.  The cylinder provides hot water for the bathrooms (basins, bath & showers) and upstairs kitchen.  This should be adequate for most purposes, but you can boost them for an hour if necessary by pressing the BOOST button.


There are very efficient Rointe digital radiators in every room (two in the lounge).  They can be set to AUTOMATIC or MANUAL.  They should be on AUTOMATIC when you arrive.  On automatic, they are programmed to come on each day at certain times and temperatures.  I change this periodically according to the seasons.    If you want to override this, you can set the temperature you require using the +/- buttons, or you can set them to manual (press the MAN/AUT button), or turn them to STANDBY.  Please note that turning them to STANDBY will turn the radiators off.  Please do not switch them off at the wall, as the clock may be affected.  You can find out more details in the ROINTE Instruction Manual.  Please turn the radiators back to AUTOMATIC when you leave.  The bathroom towel rails are very similar and you can boost them for 2 hours by pressing the 2hr button.  


Please leave these open when you leave.



Instructions on their use are in the top cupboard above the plates.


This is in the right hand unit.  Please leave on.

Cooker hob

This is a halogen hob.  Please use the cleaner provided under the sink, not abrasives.



Instructions on its use are in the right hand kitchen drawer.  If cooker won’t work, set the clock.


Please leave the fridge/freezer plugged in and turned and make sure the doors are firmly closed.

Washer/tumble dryer

Instructions on the use of the washer are in the right hand kitchen drawer.  The hot and cold water taps for the washer are under the sink.  PLEASE DO NOT FORCE THE DOOR OPEN AND WAIT UNTIL THE LIGHTS GO OFF.

Water heaters

There is a water heater in the downstairs kitchen.  Please turn this switch off when not in use.


Patio and balcony

If you want to use the folding chairs in the dining area and the garage, please return them after use.  

No barbecues are allowed on the balcony.  

Wet and outdoor clothing

Please leave any wet and outdoor clothes in the porch upstairs or in the garage including outdoor shoes and boots. Pegs and a line are provided in the garage and airers for drying wet clothes.  Drying clothes is not allowed outside.


Household rubbish is collected very early every other Thursday (or Friday following a Bank Holiday).  Please use bin bags and place them in the black bins near the bottom of the drive.  There are also blue boxes for cardboard, paper and glass, and blue recycling bags for cans and plastic.  These are collected on the other weeks.  Please see the noticeboard for the collection calendar.  No rubbish should be left accessible to animals.  Dog bags should be placed inside bin bags and not directly into a bin.  


Please respect the other residents and properties.  Most of the grounds (grass and woods) can be used; they are in common use by all of the residents, some of whom are permanent.  There are private areas and these are marked on the map pinned to the noticeboard.  No camping or caravanning is permitted.  Please do not allow dogs to foul the grounds and supervise them – there are sheep around!


Cars should only be parked in front of the garage.  There is enough room for 3 cars there.  Please do not park in front of the patio or use the carport or block other cars.

Wood & Coal

These are in the log shed underneath the porch.  To gain access, you need to use the small key on the key ring.  Some coal and logs are normally kept there with an axe and saw.  Please contact me if they are running low.  Dead wood can also be obtained from the grounds.  Please do not use the wood in the carport.  That belongs to someone else!


The Canadian canoe and the kayaks and equipment can be used at your own risk (but not the dinghy).  Please read separate notice.  You will need to pull out the dinghy to gain access to the canoes.  Please report any damage found.  Beware of shallow water and rocks around the lake.  You have access to Lake Bank pier as I am a member of the Lake Bank Boat Club.  The key to the boathouse is hanging on the noticeboard at the back door.  Please return it before you leave.  There is a trolley in the garage to help transport the Canadian canoe down to the lake.  Please leave everything as you find it.


Towels and bed linen

Bedding, duvets, blankets and pillows are provided as well as towels.

An iron and ironing board are provided if required.  A hair dryer is also available for use.


It is requested that you leave the house clean and tidy and in the manner in which you would like to find it.  Cleaning equipment is provided.


Please check all windows and lock all doors as you leave and bolt the porch door on the inside.  The keys should be left in the keysafe.


The estate has its own septic tank.  Only toilet paper should be flushed down to avoid unnecessary blockages.  Bleaches should not be used.


Pets are welcome, provided that they keep off the beds and the inside stairs.  Dogs should be supervised in the grounds.

Visitor’s book

There is a visitor’s book in the lounge.  I would be pleased if you could sign it and put in any comments you wish to make about your holiday.  For example, if there are any places (walks, villages, pubs, restaurants, etc) you have been to which you would or would not recommend to future guests, then write it in the book.

Comments and suggestions

Also, please let me have any suggestions for improvement at the end of the holiday, so that Lingmell will be a place that people want to return to.

Beacon Tarn and Fell

If you have a chance, do visit them; it is well worth the effort for the views.  It takes about an hour to reach the top.  I help to maintain the treasure box and logbook in the cairn at the top but it regularly goes missing.  You can see old logbooks which I keep in the chest of drawers in the bunk bedroom. Beacon Tarn is the best place to swim in the Lake District in the summer.