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Dormouse Cottage

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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • views (13)
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37 Customer Reviews

  • "Great location."

    Clean and comfortable. We had a great week in spite of the weather.

    Thanks of the great feedback..pleased that you had a great week! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2024

  • "Lovely, cosy little cottage enjoying fantastic views and perfectly situated."

    Highly recommended.

    Thank you for the great feedback...really pleased that you enjoyed spending Christmas at Dormouse! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Dec 2023

  • "Dormouse Cottage is very well equipped and comfortable with the most amazing view."

    Access is quite tricky as the road is very steep and although it is a short walk into the village, it would be very difficult for anyone with mobility problems. We had a lovely holiday with only 2 days of bad weather - not bad for November!

    Thank you for the great feedback...and yes the view is amazing! Pleased that you had such a great holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a great spot."

    Loved staying in Coniston.

    Thank you for the great feedback..pleased that you enjoyed the stunning location! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Oct 2023

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay, but had great difficulty following the instructions to find the cottage (we arrived in the evening and it was pitch black) Not sure if this could be seen as “anyones fault”…but it sure wasn’t a pleasant start to our little holiday!"

    Beautiful views, very pretty cottage, loved the fire, beds very comfy.

    Thank you for the great feedback about our cottage. I'm sorry that you found arrival difficult. We always suggest following our written instructions rather than follow sat nav. Ill look again at what we say to make sure that they are as clear as possible.Im pleased that you enjoyed staying in Dormouse with its amazing view! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage and outstanding views, but both route's to the cottage were terrible to negotiate for old people like us (81)."

    The parking is non existent, so left the car in the car park for the week and did all our traveling about by local bus and first class it was too.

    Thank you for such great feedback. We are clear in the joining instructions that one of the entry roads is awkward so please do follow our suggestions on the best road and where to park...taking the bus is a great alternative to driving for getting round the Lakes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is a wonderful little cottage with stunning views of Coniston and in great location for the local pubs and shops."

    There was plenty of space for 2 adults and a 16 year old! The cottage was well equipped and well maintained and provided us with the most amazing family holiday! The owners also kindly let us know before travelling about a closed road, to avoid delays. Thank you for a great stay and and looking forward to returning another time!

    Thank you for the great feedback, so pleased that you loved it so much that you will return…we look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy the view! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, nestled in the hills above Coniston lake yet a short walk to the shops and pubs."

    The views from the front garden were breathtaking. Very well stocked with all needs catered for. We especially liked the secure lock up for bikes and the bed linen which was crisp white cotton of hotel quality. We struggled with the TV and could have used some instructions. Also parking would have been an issue if we hadn't had help from a lovely couple staying next door who let us share their allocated space. But all in all a fabulous base for a Lakes holiday, can highly recommend.

    Thank you for the 100% feedback...really pleased that you liked the bedding...we do use hotel quality, professionally laundered cotton bedding. There should have been TV instructions...sorry I'll look for them. It's lovely that a neighbour helped you park...on the odd occasion that there isn't parking on the wall there is additional parking close by...and we explain that in the cottage. Thank you for recommending our cottage! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2023

  • "This is a great cottage in a fab setting and really friendly nearby neighbours."

    It was clean, well equipped and while quaintly reminiscent of times past it also had all you needed with WiFi etc and maintained to a superb standard . The garden is delightful. The parking situation is clearly mentioned...and was easily managed by us...but was more of a challenge than expected given the narrow and very steep local vehicle and pedestrian access..would definitely stay there again.

    Thank you for the great feedback and so pleased that you would like to return. Whilst the roads are typical lakeland lanes its important to access the cottage as described in the instructions rather than be tempted to follow your sat nav....Look froward to seeing you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Jun 2023

  • "Very good cottage, well described with views outstanding, I’m fitter now with walking up hill and steps to cottage, ofcourse I did need some good exercise."


    Thank you for such great feedback..the view is stunning and it’s only a short walk to Coniston. Hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by William5.0May 2023

  • "Perfect wee cottage in amazing location , high quality throughout."

    Would like option to use blind on front window due to people tending to stare in . Also we didn’t know how to dispose of ashes safely on our last day , no safe metal bucket . Would highly recommend this cottage

    Thank you for the fabulous feedback, and recommending us to other guests. We used to have a venetian blind at the window but it partially blocked the stunning view. As there are so few people walking down the lane I decided that the uninterrupted view won versus the odd person looking in...and took it down! We do have a steel dustbin bin outside where you can put ashes..but I'll look into putting a metal bucket outside...thanks for the suggestion. Maybe we will see you again! Thanks again Property Owner

    Reviewed by G5.0May 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, spotlessly clean and such amazing views, just wish we had a longer stay."

    We were lucky with the weather and got to visit all our favourite places, thank you for such a great base.

    Thank you for the fabulous feedback..maybe you’ll have another opportunity to visit! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2023

  • "Dormouse Cottage was in a great location."

    We did not travel by car, so proximity to shops and Coniston village was perfect. There were plenty of options for walking from the doorstep, and the local fells were terrific. We were lucky with the weather! We enjoyed the local history of copper mining and the Ruskin Museum and Brantwood. We found the stone floor a bit cold, but other than that it was a comfortable cottage, very well equipped, and we enjoyed the open fire as well. We would definitely consider staying again!

    Thank you for this great feedback. As you say the cottage is ideally placed for both fabulous views and close proximity to shops, pubs great walks and the lake. Being a traditional lakeland cottage it does have original flag floors which are lovely but can be a bit cold in the winter...it would be a real shame to lose them, but with double glazed windows and the central heating on the cottage is usually a very comfortable temperature. I hope that you, like many other guests, do decide to return... Property Owner

    Reviewed by Val4.7Apr 2023

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage."

    Well presented and a prime location for Coniston. It was a sad day when we were leaving after two weeks. It actually felt like home. 110% recommended.

    Thank you for the fabulous feedback and so pleased that you enjoyed it. Maybe you, like many other guests, will return to Coniston & enjoy this amazing place! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Apr 2023

  • "Loved our stay at Dormouse cottage, lovely and clean."

    Well equipped, my only feedback would be all the kitchen cupboards are taken up with pots, pans etc, we found it hard to put our food anywhere, with it being a self catering holiday it would have been good to have somewhere free to store our food items.

    Thank you for the great feedback. It’s always a challenge between giving enough space for food v being a well equipped cottage. The usual comment is how well the kitchen is equipped, but I will check that pots haven’t moved from their correct cupboard. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Oct 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    At a personal level I found the stone flooring throughout the ground floor cold & uninviting for the time of year. For me a relatively small rug in the sitting room was insufficient to provide warmth despite central heating (which for me was a bit haphazard.) I smelt sewage in the kitchen area at times of which I informed the owner in a note I left. This did not affect the overall pleasure of staying in the property however. The welcome gift was much appreciated & the property was well equipped

    Thank you very much for your feedback, and I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay. I'm sorry that you experienced a smell in the kitchen. Whilst stating that it did not not affect your stay if you had let Lakelovers know whilst you were in the cottage, I would have come and checked immediately. We have never experienced this before. I have inspected today, having seen the note that you left on departure, and can find no reason for a smell, but I have bleached the drains. Also the cottage is usually lovely and warm, and the central heating is on from 7am - 11pm. It is controlled via both the central thermostat and radiator valves. On the rare occasions that that isn't sufficient there are instructions in the cottage for guests on how to put the heating on continuously. Again if you had let us know that you had a problem during your stay I would have attended to help. I'm pleased that you like the welcome gift and found the property well equipped.Thanks Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Sep 2022

  • "Loved the cottage; it had everything we needed and was very comfortable."

    We had a wonderful break, falling in love with Coniston and the surrounding area and we especially enjoyed sitting on the terrace with a cup of tea looking out across the water towards Brantwood. Determined to return, both to Coniston and to Dormouse Cottage.

    Thank you for the fantastic feedback..we look forward to seeing you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had a lovely time at the cottage."

    Lovely master bedroom and good shower pressure. Beautiful gardens with lovely views, quiet and easy walking to the village centre. Ideal for a couple or three people. .

    So pleased that you had a great stay... Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen4.7Aug 2022

  • "Loved our week at Dormouse Cottage."

    The cottage was perfect for our needs and the garden was a lovely space to relax and recharge. Beds really comfy and linen and towels were of a great quality which meant we got a good nights sleep! Close to the village for shops and food. Was initially concerned about booking due to no allocated parking space but we had no difficulties in parking in the suggested place and this was in a very busy week in Aug.

    Thank you for the great feedback. So pleased that you found the cottage perfect for your needs, with no parking issues…you like many others have loved their stay at Dormouse! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laurie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent location, great little cottage, would definitely come back."

    The check-in/check-out times are a bit harsh, but otherwise all great.

    Thank you for the 100% feedback, and really pleased to see that you would return. I’m sorry if you found the 10am departure and 4pm arrival times harsh. They are fairly standard times for the Lake District and we use the time each week to maintain the standards in the cottage. Hope to see you again at Dormouse! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2022

  • "A wonderful cottage in an even more wonderful location."

    Lake, village and fells in walking distance, we spent a week in the cottage, only used the car once for a 5 minute ride. The view from the garden, the very well equipped kitchen, the comfortable living and bedrooms. Perfect for a vacation in Cumbria, and a week is clearly too short.

    Thank you for the 100% feedback..we are really pleased that you found our cottage perfect for your Cumbrian holiday ….maybe we will see you again as one week was too short! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stefan5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property and the garden was a treat - lovely view and bird life a -plenty."

    The facilities were very good and the cooker was wonderfully straight forward to use. Issues: Please replace the kettle. The lid flies up randomly when in use. Instructions for the TV would be good for those of us used to a more basic model at home. Not sure if the problem was with the remote - not always responsive which made it harder to work out what we were doing wrong! The parking was stressful. There wasn't always a space available so we parked on Furness Road. This worked for us, but meant if you went out for the day you had to stay out until after 5pm otherwise the spaces would be filled.

    Thank you for your 100% feedback - so pleased that you loved the cottage and garden. I've replaced the kettle, and checked the TV remote on the smart TV. Sorry that you had an issue parking. On some days in weeks where every cottage is occupied there isn't always a space on the wall when you want one, but as you say there is plenty of parking in Old Furness Road. Generally there isn't a problem. Hope that having enjoyed it you, like many other guests, will return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Clean and comfortable, will definitely visit again."

    So pleased that you liked it so much that you both gave us a 100% score and said that you’ll definitely return..we look forward to welcoming you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was a delight."

    Great location and facilities. We loved the garden too, but with so much to do in the area, we didn't use it as much as we would have liked. Very well maintained cottage.

    Very pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and thanks for such nice feedback …maybe if you come back you can use the garden a bit more! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Apr 2022

  • "A second very pleasant stay in Dormouse Cottage."

    Excellent views from the upstairs bedroom over the fells. Cottage was as advertised, and the open fire helped to make it more cosy in an evening. Great local walks and lovely pub meals. We would stay again.

    Very pleased that you enjoyed your return visit…hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katie4.1Mar 2022

  • "Grill controls were a bit ambiguous, but the oven was fine."

    Cottage was lovely and comfortable and well equipment for a stay. Our only concern would be parking in high season and would put us off staying at certain times of the year.

    Thank you for the 100% feedback, and really pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Whilst I understand your comment re parking we actually have very few issues even in the peak season...so please don't be put off...Coniston is beautiful all year round. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Feb 2022

  • "A delightful cottage in an excellent location and well appointed."

    The owners had kindly decorated the cottage for Christmas and left some wine as a welcome gift. Very much appreciated.

    Really pleased that you loved the cottage and enjoyed your stay..hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ishbel5.0Dec 2021

  • "The only thing we would suggest is a curtain for the front door to keep out draughts but beyond that a lovely place to stay in any weather."

    We were particularly impressed with the range of kitchen equipment supplied which allowed us to self cater effectively. Very comfy and cosy, wonderful views and close to the village but quiet and peaceful. Tricky parking but once parked up we didn’t use the car all week. Well situated to walk from home or use the excellent public transport.

    Thank you for the feedback. In January we are double glazing the cottage and changing the door...hopefully this will reduce any draughts. Pleased that you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely comfy cottage with plenty of room for 3 adults."

    Great location and views (even in wet October!) from house and garden

    Pleased that you enjoyed it...the view is amazing! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anita5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely property we really enjoyed our stay in this wonderful little cottage, amazing view from the property and easy walk downhill to Coniston Village and Coniston Lake."

    Lots of trails to explore so only used the car to go to the pretty village of Hawkshead and Windermere - we had a slight problem with the plumbing but the owner arrived within the hour and it was all sorted out. Hope to visit again in the not too distant future!

    Im sorry that you had the leak in the shower..but at least we resolved it quickly! I hope that you will enjoy your return visit! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with great views but could foresee car parking could be a problem at busy times."

    Thank you for the feedback. Occasionally parking can be busy, but it doesn't happen that much. Pleased that you liked the cottage! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Sep 2021

  • "Good cottage in great position."

    A dishwasher would have been a nice added extra.

    Thanks for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Sep 2021

  • "Loved the location for walking."

    Loved the house. The welcome drink was a nice touch. The only minor personal thing for us was the curtains let a lot of light in which meant we woke up early.

    Thanks for the feedback, and really pleased that you enjoyed the cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stewart5.0Aug 2021

  • "The view of Coniston Lake is wonderful."

    The garden space with this view is a pleasure to eat in around the table.

    Really pleased that you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is really well maintained and is quiet and peaceful"

    Thank you for the feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0May 2021

  • "Great location with beautiful views of the lake."

    Thanks for the feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dinah4.7Apr 2021

  • "Love the cottage."

    Third time here. Small, cosy, peaceful, well furnished and equipped cottage; warm, good shower, gorgeous view. Can walk into mountains from the door. Have been in both summer and winter, love it.

    Mrs FlynnAug 2019

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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.


  • Over 2 floors
  • 2 x bedrooms; 1 x king size, 1 x single bedroom Lounge Kitchen diner Shower room Patio and garden Outhouse Parking on the lane close to the property (first come basis)
  • First night's starter supply of logs and coal
  • Gorgeous Lakeland Cottage on the slopes of Coniston Old Man, beautiful terraced cottage garden, looking over the fields to Coniston water
  • Short walk, downhill, to the village centre, lake and a local Inn-no need to drive
  • Large secure bike and kit store
  • Parking on the lane close to the property (first come basis)
  • Wi-fi, Smart TV with soundbar open fire (fuel not included)
  • Double electric oven, hob & microwave, fridge & freezer, washing machine
  • Gas central heating throughout
  • Children over 10 years old welcome
  • Bed linen and towels provided

The property

Dormouse Cottage is a delightful Lake District property that enjoys the very best of both worlds.

Just a short walk from the bustling centre of Coniston village and the shores of Coniston Water, yet in absolute peace and quiet.

There’s a lovely garden commanding breathtaking views over the lake from the slopes of Coniston Old Man.

A perfect property for a romantic break or the ideal base to explore the area on foot or bike (or both!) This idyllic setting has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

Inside the traditional cottage you’ll find flagged floors, comfy furnishings to wind down in and a comforting open fire.

You also get the best of both worlds with the layout, a spacious cottage for a couple with a stunning lake view, a king size bedroom and a second single bedroom.

This cottage can accommodate two guests or even a small family with an older child (min 10years old).

The terraced garden with wonderful lake views is a place to enjoy al-fresco living on warm days.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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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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