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Melbourne House

Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1009154)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is in a fabulous setting and superb location."

    Unfortunately the kitchen was not clean when we arrived and due to no dishwasher I had to wash everything in the cupboards before we could unpack. There is no storage in the kitchen so all our food had to be left out on the shelf in the hallway !!!! The kitchen is very shabby and as for the downstairs loo with no hand basin, in the kitchen !!!! Not very hygienic at all . There was no start up pack for the log burner which was so disappointing as we had to put the heating on. Such a shame this let the accommodation down especially when we paid nearly £2000 for the weeks stay.

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2022

  • "Great cottage close to the village and Coniston Water."

    Parking is tight but on street parking close by. Sunny garden with great views. May be time to update the kitchen (as charming as it is). Only two of us staying but sleeps 7 in three lovely bedrooms. Would book again.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2022

  • "The positives of this property are Great location Good WiFi connection Good size bedrooms Nice garden."

    The negatives that we found, were Kitchen Facilities poor, 50s kitchen? No storage in the kitchen, basically no where to put anything. It needs a complete refurbishment. Old food, condoments left in cupboard from other guests. Also in the kitchen was a toilet, which I guess used to be the old outside loo, no hand basin. This property does not have two bathrooms and was a nightmare for 6 people, two of which were elderly. The lounge was very cramped and was a struggle for 6 people as it had a big folding table in it. Downstairs smelt damp.There was no logs provided for the log burner. If your going to advertise a log burner you've got to provide logs, surely? During our stay the combi boiler started making a horrendous banging noise in the early hours. I'm pretty sure it would have blown up if it want for one of my family being a heating engineer, he turned it off immediately and sorted the problem out the next day. The whole place wasn't very clean and just felt unloved. Parking is not great at busy times.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2022

  • "Very nice cottage, good location with easy access to lake, local shops and pubs."

    Plenty of space for all occupants. Only issue is lack of parking space. Otherwise very happy with the property.

    Reviewed by CallumApr 2022

  • "This cottage was a great location and was a lovely cosy cottage with plenty of room for the 6 of us."

    We would definitely stay here again

    Reviewed by OliviaDec 2021

  • "This is a nice cottage on the edge of Coniston village so pubs and shops are within easy walking distance as is Coniston Water as well as lots of longer hikes over the fells such as Coniston Old Man."

    The garden isn’t enclosed so you do need to be careful with dogs, but it is set well back from the road so is reasonably safe. The cottage is well appointed and the 1950’s-style fitted kitchen is a real feature. The addition of a dishwasher would be welcome. Only one bathroom (plus a downstairs loo) as opposed to the two bathrooms claimed in the description. Parking (one car only) is very tight and needs cooperation with the adjoining cottage. Although the cottage sleeps 6, with only one bathroom, small breakfast table and a fairly small lounge it wouldn’t really be suitable for 6 adults.

    Reviewed by MalcolmNov 2021

  • "Car scratched trying to get in the drive to the property not dog secure no access to garden safely only a wc not a bathroom as advertised single beds very uncomfortable lounge\dining room certainly too small for three couples to relax in!"

    Wc off kitchen very dangerous re: step should have a beware of step notice, parking within the area assigned to this property is horrendous shared area with cottage opposite definitely a no no! Overall a big disappointment especially for the amount paid!!! Definitely wouldn't recommend or return very disappointed!!

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your recent stay at Melbourne house, we are sorry to hear that this property was not suitable for yourself. We do take care to ensure that our properties are listed and shown as accurately as possible. You can find further details of the property rooms in the summary section. Unfortunately, as car sizes and bed preferences are subject to change this can be difficult to accurately describe, as such we do have a dedicated reservations team on hand to answer any in depth questions such as these to help you pick the perfect property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2021

  • "Melbourne House is an attractive property with plenty of character."

    It is in a good position on the edge of the village with nice views. The village amenities, lake and mountains are within walking distance. The house was generally clean although there was some staining on the soft furnishings. The description of the cloakroom should be changed as there is no basin and no room to install one. The kitchen was well equipped but chipped and cracked crockery should be removed and the frying pans need replacing. The toaster doesn’t eject on one side and the cooker really needs replacing. Despite the few negative comments we had an enjoyable stay and would return to this property in the future.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay at Melbourne House as the weather was wonderful for the whole week However , the house is definitely not big enough downstairs for 6 guests - the kitchen table and dining table only really suit 4 people."

    The cleanliness of the property was okay , but we didn’t want to use the oven as it wasn’t very clean ; there was a kitchen cupboard full of previous guests half- used products ie rice/ pasta/ketchup which was disappointing; there was also a bathroom cupboard which we never used as that also contained half used products from previous guests. I would like to point out for future guests that the entrance to the cottage is very narrow ( not described in cottage details ) and was very tricky to navigate . Once accessed the parking is also extremely tight given that you share the drive with the cottage next door. The garden is not at all enclosed meaning dogs can easily access the neighbours garden unless on a lead the whole time outside .

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2021

  • "Good location."

    Bedrooms comfortable. Parking on drive very difficult. Disappointed at the response from Sykes and the property owner regarding my feedback about the diligence of the cleaning and mice in the property.

    Reviewed by GillJun 2021

  • "Great location and spacious."

    No 2nd bathroom, only a very old loo downstairs with no basin(despite particulars). Kitchen not very clean. All old appliances, need updating. Shower control lever missing plus shower tray kept filling with water. Some duvets and pillows need replacing Couldn’t enter property until nearly 5pm as cleaner still there. Parking very difficult in drive.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to feedback on your stay at Melbourne House. We are pleased you enjoyed the location and space of the property. We are very pleased to confirm that the Bathroom has now been refurbished and the shower has been replaced. We look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarjorieAug 2020

  • "Very cold while we were there and central heating was only just enough."

    We couldn't use woodburner.

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2020

  • "All very good Position in Coniston is ideal for walking the old man and visiting pubs and restaurants nearby But we were very cold during our stay the living room was ok because of the log burner."

    The heating went off too early

    Reviewed by AdyNov 2019

  • "Beautiful and perfectly placed cottage."

    ..we all had an amazing time..Set in idyllic locstion and full of character

    Reviewed by ShellJul 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and clean."

    . the only thing that lets it down is the gardens. It is a dog friendly cottage but there isn’t anywhere really secure to let your dogs run round. We had 3 and found this quite difficult especially with it being a shared garden and the neighbours having 2 dogs with them too. Also, their was only 4 chairs in the front garden and only 5 chairs around the dining table when the property sleeps 6/7 people?

    Reviewed by StaceyJun 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be double on request)
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Downstairs WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Living/dining room with wood burning stove
  • Gas central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, Smart digital TV with Freeview and Netflix, DVD player, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack (firelighters & matches) for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car, additional on-street parking available on the main road
  • Private garden with lawn
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Washing machine is in the shower room
  • Note: Dogs are to be kept downstairs
  • Note: There is a stream running alongside the grounds of the property, please ensure children and dogs are supervised at all times

The property

Melbourne House, a characterful Lakeland stone cottage, sits in the heart of the friendly village of Coniston, in the idyllic Lake District National Park.

Engulfed by the remarkable opportunities of this astounding landscape, this is a charming base for a rural retreat with your friends or family.

Enter your home-from-home from the parking area and be welcomed into a delightful breakfast kitchen, made from the metal of wartime spitfires and lined with vibrant red worktops, it also offers charming breakfast table to enjoy your morning meals at before each day begins.

The original slate flooring leads you into an alluring living/dining room which boasts enticing red sofas and a beautiful rustic woodburning stove, with a lovely dining area completing the layout.

The ground floor of the property concludes with a neutrally decorated double bedroom, perfect for those less able or any couple of the group.

Two further bedrooms are found on the first floor; a double room and a twin zip/link room offering flexible accommodation depending on the sleeping arrangements you require, each room offers a bright and airy spot to rest your head in at the end of each day of adventure.

A charming blue and white family shower room completes the first floor, providing guests with a lovely spot to prepare for your day in.

Take advantage of this spectacular rural location from the comfort of your lawned garden, relaxing in the furniture which showcases the most wonderful fell views.

A short stroll brings you into Coniston, a quaint village with a choice of charming pubs, restaurants and cafés, as well as the Ruskin Museum and the picture-perfect Coniston Water, with its watersporting opportunities making a brilliant day out for all of the family.

Nearby are some of the National Park's most popular attractions; Hawkshead with the Beatrix Potter Gallery and the Fitzwilliam Gallery, and Ambleside being the perfect place for a day of relaxing, with a wide selection of eateries on offer to celebrate that special occasion.

A trip further afield takes you to the superb inland resort of Bowness-on-Windermere, here you will be greeted by attractions such as The World of Beatrix Potter, Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories and even more waterside adventure.

A perfect retreat for you and your loved ones to enjoy all-year-round, Melbourne House is the ultimate home-from-home.

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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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