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Guardswood Cottage

Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1094255)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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6 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent property, can't wait for opportunity to revisit."

    Wonderful views and a feeling of peacefulness.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2022

  • "The house was very private, picturesque with beautiful scenery to see through the windows."

    We had a short but wonderful time at Guardswood cottage.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2022

  • "It was a beautifully appointed cottage furnished to a very high standard and breathtaking views."

    Understand we were one of the first guests to stay and therefore a few items not provided. We were very impressed by the speed in which anything missing was supplied. Was one of the best cottages we have stayed in and wouldn’t hesitate to stay again.

    Reviewed by FionaApr 2022

  • "Got to say the cottage surpassed all expectations beautifully situated on the ..."

    Got to say the cottage surpassed all expectations beautifully situated on the side of a hill with great views, A 10 minute walk from Coniston lake an a stones throw from the village, booking was easy with lots of feedback and helpful tips , the cottage was perfect comfortable spacious , and beautifully decorated couldn't of asked for more

    Dear Carl, thank you very much for your comments, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Guardswood cottage! Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarlApr 2022

  • "A lovely property but we had issues with no sticks/logs for fire, no Wi-Fi password and the fridge had not been cleaned since previous occupants."

    All issues were resolved after a phone call to your office. At night, realised we couldn’t get anything on TV as there was no instructions. Sent message to office asking for instructions but didn’t get them so couldn’t use TV for the time we were there. I also sent suggestions for owner to provide an information book for the property, as is the usual case but again I got no response other than an email to say there was a message via a link to my account but when I tried to access it I got the following message “There was an error performing login” and to try again which I did on numerous occasions.

    Hi Paul, thank you for highlighting some teething issues in getting the cottage up and running. The welcome pack is now in the cottage. There are logs in a store next to the cottage but this wasn't highlighted for you. I will arrange for a starter pack of logs to be put in the cottage in the winter months. We put a smart TV in the cottage, but they can be tricky to understand the first time. I have added detailed instructions to the welcome pack. I'm sorry your experience logging into your account was frustrating, I will pass this onto Lakelovers. I hope you had a wonderful stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2022

  • "Beautiful property ."

    .. renovated to a very high standard and very comfortable. Excellent location just short 5 min walk to village. Stunning views from back of property including the Old Man. We would highly recommend staying here and will look forward to staying again in the future. Thank you for a lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by LisaFeb 2022

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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 three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor king-size, 1 x second-floor single
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove (Logs are provided for the woodburning stove between the months of September - May)
  • Utility
  • LPG gas central heating
  • Electric double oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars with EV electric charger
  • Front gravelled courtyard
  • Garden with lawn and patio
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: The second-floor single bedroom is in the attic with sloped ceilings, please take care
  • Note: Both properties are adjacent to each other

The property

Nestled just outside the centre of Coniston in the Lake District National Park, Guardswood Cottage is a delightful, three-storey cottage surrounded by countryside.

The property is set over three floors with a beautifully appointed, open-plan living space and idyllic views, making it an ideal base for two couples or a family of five to explore this wonderful region.

Find off-road parking in front of the cottage to securely leave your car and unload your luggage; a handy porch/utility immediately welcomes you after rural walks to kick off your boots and throw muddy clothes into the washer and dryer.

Climb the stairs to the first floor living area to rustle up home-cooked meals in the contemporary kitchen, a well-equipped and styled space with sleek, dark cabinets.

Characterful exposed beams hang overhead with Velux windows bringing in plenty of natural light, whilst the windows look across to Coniston village and mountains; the perfect views whilst you tuck into a delicious breakfast at the rustic dining table!

Settle into the large, cushioned corner sofa in the sitting area in front of the woodburning stove and choose a film to watch on the Smart TV for evening entertainment, whilst a selection of books are available to quietly curl up with a good read.

The contemporary, ground-floor bathroom welcomes you for a relaxing bubble bath before choosing between one of three bedrooms; two king-size bedrooms lie on the ground floor, one of which has an en-suite shower room, whilst a snug single bedroom in the second-floor attic is the perfect little hideaway for a younger guest!

Although on the first floor, the living area has direct access to the large, shared gardens to make the most of the picturesque vistas; why not sip your morning coffee in the peace and quiet, whilst the sheep gently graze in the neighbour field?

With the delights of the Lake District on your doorstep, book an unforgettable stay at Guardswood Cottage.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1091970 together sleeping up to 19 guests.

Thwaite House & Guardswood Cottage

Thwaite House & Guardswood Cottage are two superb holiday homes, set in an acre of shared grounds and gardens, and resting in the charming village of Coniston, Cumbria. Both properties have been thoughtfully refurbished with high-quality amenities, woodburning stoves, ample off-road parking, and Smart TVs, whilst retaining much of the original character, making them perfect for large family gatherings to explore the Lake District National Park. The surroundings enjoy idyllic shared gardens with views across unspoilt countryside to Coniston village centre, mountains and fields where sheep graze, while Coniston Water is nearby for water sports or the Steam Yacht Gondola for a relaxing sailing experience. The lake additionally backs onto Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin which is now a museum offering access to exhibits and beautiful gardens. Treat your loved ones to a meal out at one of the nearby eateries such as The Coniston Inn for traditional home-cooked meals or The Steam Bistro for globally inspired dishes. The village of Coniston also hosts more eateries, a well-equipped shop, petrol station and a marvellous museum; meaning you will be well-catered to during your stay! Those seeking more fun in the outdoors can venture west to explore the remains of the Coniston Copper Mines, before embarking on the Dow Crag Walk and climbing the peak of Old Man of Coniston. Explore the nearby village of Hawkshead for picturesque walks up to Latterbarrow, The National Trust 's Beatrix Potter Gallery and a selection of traditional inns to stop for lunch, whilst being within easy reach of North Fen National Nature Reserve, Esthwaite Water and Claife Heights. Make your way to Ambleside to discover Stock Ghyll Force, Ambleside's Roman Fort or learn about local heritage at Armitt Library & Museum Centre. So many more things to see and do are waiting to be found here, from the delights of Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere, to the sights of Grizedale Forest and the nearby Arnside & Silverdale AONB. Thwaite House & Guardswood Cottage are two wonderful bases for a memorable staycation in the Lake District.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas