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High Dow Crag

(Ref. 1046009)

Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent accommodation situated where we could park the car for our whole stay and find great low level walks."

    The flat had everything we needed and we appreciated the welcome and excellent information and maps for the area.

    Thanks very much for your feedback. Glad you found the maps and info helpful and that you found some walks to suit you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Mar 2024

  • "Absolutely brilliant place to stay."

    A really well equipped kitchen providing everything you could want. The accommodation has been finished to a very high standard throughout. Spotlessly clean and really comfortable accommodation to return to after a days walking. It is close enough for amenities but far enough away for peace and quiet. Lots of good walking routes from the front door.

    Many thanks for your positive feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review and are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2024

  • "Third year we've visited, never a disappointment!"

    Perfect for us, winter wedding anniversary treat.

    Many thanks for booking with us once more. It is great to know that guests enjoy HDC enough that they want to visit again – and we hope you do so soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jan 2024

  • "Fantastic property, a true credit to the owners, ery comfortable, personal touches with Denby crockery just like at home and the Lavazzo coffee machine."

    This was a last minute break for us to try out the property with the intention of a revisit for a longer stay in May. It lived up to our expectations. Just a pity there is no provision for bike storage as this is an important requirement for us but not a deal breaker. Would highly recommend.

    Thank you very much for your great feedback and for making a further booking at High Dow Crag. Just a thought - some previous guests have used the patio at the side of the property to store their bikes. Obviously not under cover which would be preferable, but maybe an option for your next visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Avril5.0Jan 2024

  • "Loved the cottage and would stay again some time."

    Its well equipped, good location and very comfortable. Only issues we found was Cooker Hood stopped working after two days, (which we did report to office) and only the thing missing that would make things better was a Bath Mat to put down when getting out of bath/shower.

    Many thanks for taking the time to leave us some feedback - and to report the issue with the cooker hood. We are glad you loved High Dow Crag and hope that you do decide to return one day. Apologies that there was no bath mat left for you. The housekeeping team leave one out in the bedroom with the towels, but unfortunately must have missed it this time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William4.7Dec 2023

  • "Beautiful accommodation in a beautiful location."

    Everything has been thought of here. The profile photos don’t really do it justice. I’m already planning my spring visit.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Drew5.0Nov 2023

  • "Excellent facilities for a walking holiday around Coniston."

    No matter what the weather is like it makes all the difference to come back to warm, clean and comfortable accommodation.

    Reviewed by William5.0Nov 2023

  • "An absolutely wonderful property!"

    It was so well equipped with all the usual things plus extras like a slow cooker, coffee machine, tonnes of hooks on the back of doors for soggy kit and the best thing…a portable heated rail for drying soggy kit! Also a very comfy bed! Views from the property were lovely and we didn’t use the car once in the week as there were so many good walks from the door! We’ll definitely be visiting again!

    Thank you very much for the positive and encouraging feedback. We do stay at HDC ourselves on a regular basis, which allows us to "test drive" the property and check for repairs/improvements. Your feedback suggests that is hopefully working. Very glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope you will indeed visit again in future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely and quiet location, with walks from the door."

    We really enjoyed our time at High Dow Crag.

    W are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for the booking and do come again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Sep 2023

  • "We have just spent a lovely long weekend at High Dow Crag in Coniston."

    The property was absolutely spotless, extremely comfortable and literally everything had been thought about & catered for. A lovely touch was the welcome bottle of Prosecco on arrival, a Lavazza coffee machine complete with pods…and my wife’s favourite…the Denby crockery! The kitchen had everything you would expect to have at home including a slow-cooker which is a nice touch. A very comfy bed and plenty of wardrobe / drawer space in the bedroom. There was a fabulous large screen tv with sound-bar which gave us the option to watch our Apple TV faves (yes…we did log out afterwards!). The bathroom consisted of a proper bath with a shower over and was also spotless. We couldn’t rate the property highly enough! As for those who complained that it was a first floor apartment…we knew this beforehand as it was made clear enough, and it is about a mile out of Coniston with ‘permissive’ paths available to allow a walk into town away from the main road. Perhaps one suggestion is that the welcome pack is left on top of the work-top so that visitors can immediately see it as we eventually came across it within the book-case. Anyway, we absolutely loved it and hope to be back next year, preferably for the whole week!

    Dear Guest, Thanks very much for your kind review and taking the trouble to submit it. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at High Dow Crag. We are regular users of the property ourselves and have tried to make it a home from home. Your kind comments are therefore much appreciated and we will pass your suggestion re the guest handbook to our housekeeping team. We hope to welcome you back again next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely flat."

    Impeccably clean, well equipped, especially the Tech: Smart TV, USB on the wall sockets. Amazing views. Lovely bedroom and bathroom. We did find the furniture in the lounge area not so comfy to sit on. The little patio area would be even better with some colour.

    Many thanks for your feedback. We will take a look at the patio next time we visit and see what else we can fit in. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise4.1Aug 2023

  • "A very comfortable and extremely well equipped cottage, had everything we could have possibly needed."

    Clearly alot of thought has gone into making this an ideal holiday cottage. Thankyou.

    Many thanks for taking the time to leave your very kind feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Aug 2023

  • "It is a lovely place to stay."

    The apartment has all the facilities you need, to have relaxing holiday. The vistas are wonderful & it's lovely to wake up to the cows in the fields & Coniston lake out of the living room window. The Lake District lived up to its expectations. We loved it.

    So glad you had a good holiday- your feedback is much appreciated. Come again in the spring and you'll probably see the new born lambs frolicking in the field! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Siobhan5.0Jul 2023

  • "Amazing standard of cleanliness, so much thought has gone into the appointment of the cottage."

    Everything was of a very high standard. Lots of information, entertainment options, appliances and gadgets. The 'garden' was advertised as having views but sadly it was tiny, no grass and the hedge obscured the view totally. the views from the cottage itself were stunning though. The cottage wasn't clearly enough described as a first floor apartment and we were surprised to be sharing the building and having no real garden.

    Dear Mr Spinks, thanks for your booking at High Dow Crag and we hope you enjoyed your stay there. Thanks also, for the overall positive feedback - to which we would like to add a few comments. In the first paragraph of the property profile, High Dow Crag is described as a first floor apartment. In the second paragraph, it is also referred to as an apartment. Whilst the "Features" aspect of the profile mentions a garden, the text description does not and refers only to "enclosed patio" and "private outside seating area", so I hope that has not been misleading. Views from the garden are not mentioned anywhere in the profile, but we are pleased you were happy with the views from the lounge/diner and the bedroom. By definition an apartment is in a property which is shared. However, we feel it is important to point out that High Dow Crag has it's own front door entrance, which is entirely separate from the ground floor apartment. There may be feedback from other guests who have stayed at High Dow Crag which has led you to get a different impression from the one taken from your stay. If so, we can only apologise for that but hope you appreciate that is out of our control. Apologies also, if these comments seem a little strident, but we consider it is important to address your feedback to ensure that anybody viewing it does not get the wrong impression of the property or its description. We will review the property profile with Lakelovers, but if you have any suggestions as to how it can be improved, they would be welcome. Please send them to Lakelovers separately for them to discuss with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Jun 2023

  • "The appartment was very well equipped and all needs catered for."

    Great position and location. The only downside is parking was under a tree and after only 4 days my car was covered in sticky resin which insects dust and pollen all stuck too,probably would not be a problem at other times of the year.The other downside was the people staying in lower down crag insisted on parking in the turning bay which made getting in and out a problem. Not the owners fault as it is well signed as turning only !But overall stunning location.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to welcome you again soon. The owner relations team - Lakelovers Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roy4.4May 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at High Dow Crag."

    We liked the walks from the house and the track to Coniston.

    Thank you for the positive feedback and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at High Dow Crag. The rail trail is very handy for getting into town and especially for a quick trip for some pub grub at the Ship! Thanks again and we hope you'll visit HDC again on another occasion. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Appreciated the very clear instruction book."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a fantastic few days."

    The cottage was perfect for what we needed, with so many creature comforts. The quality of everything was superb, comfortable and great for our short stay, but could happily have stayed for longer. Great location and easy walk into Coniston or up onto the fells or down to the lake. The visitors book at the cottage was glowing with many recommendations for restaurants and things to do. Many thanks, was a very welcome break

    We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Mar 2023

  • "Second winter visit, for our anniversary."

    Love the cosy, relaxing property. Spectacular location, easy walks from the door, good local eateries and pubs. Gift on arrival was very welcome and appropriate for anni. Thank you. Hopefully back for 45th! (Suggest bleeding the radiator on landing for more efficient heating, but not a spoiler for us.)

    Thanks very much for the positive feedback! We are really happy you enjoyed your second stay at High Dow Crag and do hope you will choose to come again in future. Your comment re the heating is noted and we will look into that on the next visit we make. Thanks again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jan 2023

  • "A lovely, well equipped property in great location."

    The owners have clearly thought through what you need to stay in a short term rental and the high quality of the fixtures and fittings is outstanding. Can't ask for more. Love it.

    Many thanks for your lovely feedback - much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2022

  • "The bed was a little too hard for me"

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you didn't find the bed as comfortable as you would wish. We do hope that you still enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Sep 2022

  • "Delightful apartment and meticulously clean on arrival."

    Thank you so much for the prosecco which we enjoyed. Every aspect of renting a holiday apartment has been thought of. Hats off to you. Would definitely return. Well done

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We have tried to think of what we like to find in a holiday rental and we are glad that it worked for you. Hope you come again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in the hottest week of the year."

    The accomodation was very clean, comfortable and well appointed. Ideal for a couple & near all facilities. Perhaps the shower could have had a couple of grab handles as I found it quite challenging getting in and out.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your stay. We are pleased you had a good holiday and enjoyed High Dow Crag. Next time we are at the property we will have a look to see if there is a suitable place to put a second grab handle in the bath/shower area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Aug 2022

  • "Fantastic property in an ideal location!"

    Highly recommended !!!

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2022

  • "We stayed at the property in 2021 and enjoyed it so much, we came back for more and were not disappointed!"

    Excellent accommodation in a great location to explore fabulous walks and dining opportunities. We look forward to coming back again!

    Many thanks for your positive review. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    Our second stay - we loved it so much after our first last year that we booked for two weeks this year, and we very much hope to do the same again. Clean, comfortable, well equipped and beautifully decorated, and the extra touches were lovely. We also love the location on the outskirts of Coniston village - ten minute easy walk to all the amenities and wonderful walks from the doorstep, including The Coniston Old Man, Dow Crag and Torver. Don’t miss a trip to Steam Bistro - amazing food! Also an easy drive to Ambleside for more amenities and walking - we enjoyed a meal and film, and walk-wise the Fairfield Horseshoe and Wansfell Pike are two of our favourites. Looking forward to our next visit already!

    Thank you for your lovely review. So pleased you enjoyed your second stay as much as the first and hope to be welcoming you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0May 2022

  • "Spacious, very well equipped apartment in a great location in the National Park."

    Lovely views from all windows and plenty of walking options straight from the door. Heating and hot water instant and easily controlled. The kitchen has quality appliances with everything you need and the lounge area is very comfortable with good TV channel options. Plenty of hanging and storage space in the bedroom and a very comfy, large bed. The owners include some nice welcoming features and provide maps, guide books, games etc and also a comprehensive information/instruction folder. I had a very pleasant week at High Dow Crag and would definitely stay again. Highly recommended.

    Many thanks for your kind review. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay at High Dow Crag. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent apartment with everything you could need for a stay in the Lake District."

    Great views, walks from the door, some nice touches such as a set of Wainwright’s guides to the Lake District on the book shelf and a bottle of bubbly on arrival, would definitely recommend to other couples.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2021

  • "Best holiday let we have ever stayed in."

    Clean,comfortable, well equipped, great location. The owners have thought of everything : from maps, fluffy towels, quality crockery to the welcoming fizz. I really can't find a single fault.

    Many thanks for taking the time to provide your very positive feedback. We have tried to think of the most important things which would help our guests to relax and make the most of their stay and it is gratifying to receive feedback which validates that. We are glad that you enjoyed your week at High Dow Crag. Enough, perhaps to book again in future! Thanks again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely property; very comfortable and well equipped; super location too…would highly recommend."

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2021

  • "High Dow Crag is a lovely, well-positioned property for exploring this part of the Lake District."

    We found the apartment immaculately and tastefully presented with everything you'd need. We can't wait to return and would thoroughly recommend!

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2021

  • "We were really pleased with the standard of the accommodation and how it was fitted out including a decent coffee machine and capsules!"

    We would highly recommend and will be back.

    Reviewed by Michael Paul5.0May 2021

  • "High Dow Crag is a fabulous property in a quiet position in the charming village of Coniston."

    It has been beautifully furnished to a high standard and is very comfortable. There are spectacular views from the property of Coniston Water which has boat trips and water activities. We were able to watch the lambs in the field opposite and also see a wide variety of bird life. There are many walks from the property. The property is very well resourced and has everything you need for a really brilliant holiday. The secluded patio area with table, chairs and place for a BBQ is a relaxing area to enjoy. High Dow Crag is a lovely property that we will be returning to very soon.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2021

  • "Great cottage situated just outside of Coniston village, the village being an easy 15 minute walk away for access to shops, cafes and pubs."

    Lots of great walks from the doorstep - Torver for a low level walk, and The Old Man of Coniston and Dow Crag being some of our favourites. Ambleside a short drive away for more choice of shops and eateries and my favourite walks, the Fairfield Horseshoe and Wansfell Pike. Cottage was a perfect base. Very clean and tidy, well decorated, extremely well equipped and very quiet. The Herdwick lambs in the field outside the bedroom window helped make our holiday! We will definitely return. Thanks for a great stay!

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0May 2021

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size
  • Bathroom with corner bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with TV and gas effect woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with gas effect woodburner
  • Electric oven and gas hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with smart speaker/sound bar, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Enclosed patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Off road parking for one car with dedicated 7 KW EV charger available (£25 supplement, please call reservations to arrange access)
  • Pub 10 min walk
  • Shop 13 min walk
  • Coniston Water 30 min walk.

The property

This lovely apartment for two is found on the outskirts of Coniston village, with fabulous views, tucked away from the hustle and bustle.

Enter through the dedicated front door into the hallway with plenty of storage for boots and coats.

Up the stairs to the luxurious open plan living space with views of Coniston Water.

In the well-equipped kitchen, you will find everything you need to cook up a romantic dinner or indeed a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day ahead.

The stylish lounge/dining area is cosy but spacious, to enjoy meals round the dining table or relax in front of the cosy gas effect log burner, and watch TV.

You may also just want to sit in the chair by the window and take in the view.

The spacious bedroom is beautifully furnished with King size bed and views over the hillside.

It is complemented by a bathroom with corner bath, shower over, basin and WC with a lit mirror and shaving point.

Outside to your private seating area with bistro garden furniture where you can sit with a glass of something and enjoy the view.

High Dow Crag makes the perfect base to get away and enjoy the great outdoors with many walks from the front door.

Coniston village can be reached on foot within 20 minutes along the disused railway track and for a round trip return along the lake shore path.

A Coniston holiday cottage takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Bowness and Lake Windermere, to a wilder landscape full of adventure.

Coniston Water is famous for its part in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons, with Peel Island being the setting for the 'Wild Cat Island' featured in the story.

The lake is also known for Donald Campbell's water speed record attempt in 'Bluebird'.

But the real magic comes from the breath-taking surroundings; dramatic fells including Coniston Old Man, wild woodlands and wonderful Lake District walks.

You'll have access to no end of stunning routes, from leisurely strolls to challenging ascents.

You'll enjoy access to the peaceful village centre, well equipped for stocking up the kitchen with traditional butcher, artisan bakery and supermarket.

There are lovely tea rooms, cafes and traditional Lakeland pubs in Coniston village, and the Black Bull Inn is well worth a visit for its award-winning brewery the Coniston Brewing Co.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Hawkshead 4 miles; Ambleside 8 miles.

Nestling at the head of Coniston Water, the pretty village of Coniston is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District National Park, making it a superb base for touring, with Hawkshead, Ambleside, Windermere and Grasmere just a short drive away. Superb walking, mountain biking and climbing are available locally on Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam, and the lovely woodland trails at Grizedale Forest. For watersports enthusiasts, the quiet lake is ideal for dinghy sailing and canoeing, whilst the less active can enjoy a leisure cruise on the beautiful steam yacht 'Gondola’, or visit Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin. Nearby attractions include the award-winning village of Hawkshead, home of the Beatrix Potter Gallery, Tarn Hows, one of the most visited beauty spots in the country and Esthwaite Water, famous for its fishing. A first class holiday location at any time of the year.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas