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Swallows Nest

(Ref. 21912)

Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Husband cut his shin on the bed, the furniture is large for the space"

    Reviewed by Hayley4.1Dec 2023

  • "The bed needs some padding round the legs, as not much room to pass by the bed."

    Very painful if you bump into them. I packed our towels round them. Also the bottom section of the bedroom window is cloudy, which spoils the view. But never the less, a lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a good time in Coniston."

    The location of the flat is ideal for hiking. The flat was clean,but there were a few things we missed in the flat: salad bowl, bowls and lids for the microwave, salad servers, bowls for mixing, toothbrush tumbler, butter dish, several chopping boards, smaller towels to supplement the large towels, a few more cups and some plastic storage container would be also convinient.

    Reviewed by Volker3.1May 2023

  • "Great location for us and accommodation very comfortable."

    We didn't find the 'bins' info etc until we were leaving as its in the 'Appliances' folder and we didn't look in that, there was no other info about the local pubs, cafes, food shops etc. The only slight thing was that we would have appreciated a tea bag or spoon of coffee when we arrived but there was absolutely nothing and thats quite unusual nowadays and we only had 3 cups so had to wash after each use - again not life changing, but more crockery would be great and I see it's been mentioned previously. I wonder if daytime parking would be an issue in peak times but we had no trouble. But, that doesn't take away from a great stay in a beautiful part of the lakes, this area having not been visited by us greatly before.

    Thank you for your comments. The bins are located at the front of the property. One has BL for Blue bird loft the other SW for Swallows nest. Bin bags from inside the property should be placed in the appropriate bin outside. A spare bin bag for replacement use is left in under the sink. Again thank you for your comments, we assumed as this is a two people maximum apartment, 4 plates etc would be sufficient for use and also as Coniston is very small all local pubs and cafes are within a minute walk. Coniston is a very special place to visit, please enjoy visiting, we have lots of cafes and pubs to enjoy, delicious coffee next door but one and pubs within a minute away. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.7May 2023

  • "This is a lovely, well maintained apartment in a great location."

    We only gave a three for comfort because we found the bed too soft for us . All in all a nice stay.

    Thanks for your lovely comments, we will look at replacing the mattress with a medium. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.7May 2023

  • "Unfortunately, our stay was not the relaxing one we had hoped for."

    Online the swallows nest appeared far more suited tom our needs than the bluebird loft we had stayed in before. On arrival, the toilet was noisily continually on flush. Whilst we appreciate that we arrived on a bank holiday and instant maintenance would be difficult, we were left feeling less than cared about. Sykes team did what they could, but we had a running toilet for the whole of that night. It would have been nice if the owner had at least got in touch, apologised and promised to do what they could the next day. But unfortunately, no. Nothing. We were left with what amounted to Chinese water torture for the night on what might be the most uncomfortable bed I have ever slept on. So soft, we were almost on the boards. I joked that we should have got the air bed we had camped on before we arrived and slept on that. I should have done. Both my wife and I have very uncomfortable backs upon our return. Fast forward to Wednesday I think and whilst cooking dinner the smoke alarm went off. The door of the alarm unit is broken and I was unable to turn the alarm off. I also could not at first get any answer from the alarm maintenance company or Sykes. No answer from the maintenance company and every Sykes phone number went to the same answer phone message, even the emergency number. Eventually we found one that asked us to leave a message. Which we did and eventually we got a call back. Eventually we also got through to the alarm company too and they came and stopped the alarm. It had been going for an hour and a half. We had half the neighbourhood coming to see what was going on. Never mind eating a cold dinner in the front garden. It was a good job it wasn't raining. On top of all that, it happened again on Sunday morning. We were that upset that we decided to go home a day early and whilst cooking breakfast off the alarm went. Even though I had been shown by the technician how to turn the alarm off I still had to do it three times because the door was still unrepaired. This holiday had its redeeming features, but they weren’t the swallows nest.

    We are sorry that your stay has not gone as well as expected, please let me respond to your issues. 1. This was unfortunate that the toilet was running continually, we responded as quickly as possible to solve this, but unfortunately it was bank holiday Monday evening when we had the notification, the earliest opportunity to fix was 9.30 on the Tuesday morning, which our caretaker promptly fixed. 2. As you have mentioned the bed is medium soft in Swallows Nest, which suits most people, if you prefer a firm bed, I would suggest to mention when booking and we could have advised accordingly. 3. We have an integrated fire alarm system with heat sensors, which responds to excessive heat or smoke. As this is an integrated system you cannot stop the alarm once it has gone off, in the usual manner by opening windows, it has to be turned off at the alarm box. This must be done by the service Engineer, the emergency number on the box should be rung for an Engineer to turn off the alarm and this could mean a long wait. This does not happen very often, but in response to your problem. We have now put a notice in Swallows Nest to inform Customers, if they are creating excessive smoke/heat by cooking then they should open the window, turn on the extractor fan, but ideally try and cook without excessive smoke/heat then this problem would not arise. As far as the lock on the alarm box, I have again spoken with our alarm people to fix the lock and will persevere until this is sorted. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon3.4May 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our stay very clean and comfortable But quite a few maintenance ..."

    Really enjoyed our stay very clean and comfortable But quite a few maintenance hote Main thing is the shower not draining properly and the lobby light where washer is also the light on washer where flashing while in use Dishwasher not working properly Few bulbs need changing No kitchen scissors and not even a extra bin bag

    Hello, All maintenance issues are now rectified including scissors and extra bin bag under the sink We hope you enjoy your stay in Swallows Nest :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stacey3.4Dec 2022

  • "This was another enjoyable stay at Swallows Nest, but we really feel it’s time for more crockery etc to be reinstated after the covid experience."

    Very warm, cosy and comfortable accommodation.

    Hello, More crockery and cutlery and glasses installed. Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.7Dec 2022

  • "The light in the apartment hallway didn't work which made entry/exit difficult but much more disappointing was the lack of a remote control for the DVD player - this had clearly been mentioned in the visitors book many months ago but there was no replacement."

    There were no controls on the DVD unit apart from play, pause, and eject so we could only watch the first part of any multipart DVD. Really enjoyed the apartment otherwise which is why only facilities are marked as poor.

    Hello, New DVD installed with a new remote provided. Thankyou Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.1Nov 2022

  • "Nice property and location."

    Kitchen could do with more cutlery & mugs. Also no facilities for dishwasher so like salt or tablets

    Hello, Dishwasher tablets are provided under the sink, more cutlery and mugs have been provided. Thankyou Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ros3.4Sep 2022

  • "Hello. Thanks so much for allowing us to stay at Swallows Nest."

    We truly had the best time. One thing that was worrying was the shower. It doesn’t drain properly and you could be in there less than ten minutes before the shower tray is full of water. Not sure if it’s the water pressure or a problem with the drain.

    All maintenance issued are now rectified Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Sep 2022

  • "What a lovely little gem right in the middle of town with everything you need ..."

    What a lovely little gem right in the middle of town with everything you need for your holiday very lovely and comfortable apartment no need to drive if you don't want to lovely walks right on your doorstep would highly recommend Swallos Nest and will definitely be back

    Thankyou for your lovely response, we are pleased that you enjoyed Swallows Nest :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Jul 2022

  • "Enjoyed another visit here in this comfortable apartment."

    Only downside it is short on crockery and cutlery but we managed.

    Reviewed by John4.7Nov 2021

  • "A lovely apartment centrally placed we would happily book again."

    Can I just ask that the dinner knives are replaced they are impossible to use

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2021

  • "Could do with a bit more crockery in kitchen."

    Only 2 plates, 2 bowls, no Pyrex dishes, No pudding basin. Just means you have to use the dishwasher after every meal and it's only a quarter full. So inefficient. Costing more in electricity.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Sep 2021

  • "Absolutely perfect holiday let."

    Extremely clean, perfect location, plenty of places to eat on your doorstep. First time to the Lakes, just beautiful England at its best, we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great flat in a great location, we had no issues whatsoever, but i will suggest the owner provide recycling bins."

    There was no facilities in the village to recycle either to our knowledge. In these times of doing our bit for the environment these facilities should be provided....

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Sep 2021

  • "Flat excellent together with facilities."

    Would definitely come again

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great little apartment, superbly positioned within the village, close to all amenities."

    Reviewed by Barry4.4Jul 2021

  • "The listing said there was a lake view and that wasn't so."

    In fact the view from the front of the house was onto other houses. The living/dining area was very cramped, especially when compared to the size of the bedroom and bathroom. It would be better to have a bin under the sink rather than next to the dining table which is extremely unhygienic.

    Reviewed by Linda4.1Jul 2021

  • "Not enough crockery in kitchen."

    Reviewed by David4.1Jul 2021

  • "Just as good the second time around"

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely apartment spotless through out the owner has thought of everything to make our stay perfect."

    Everything sanitised will definitely be returning again.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2021

  • "4 days of rain of varying intensity made the lack of drying facilities apparent."

    Otherwise the accommodation provided a relaxing bolt hole the cost of which at £517 would have allowed us 10 days bed and breakfast with sunshine in a 3 star hotel in Greece....just saying.

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Oct 2020

  • "Clean, cosy and comfortable accommodation."

    Good location. We always managed to park on the road outside even though it was half term and very busy. The selection of pans was OK but no casserole dishes. It was a shame the bistro next door is currently closed (not even takeaway when we were there) but it was only 100m walk to The Crown pub.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Oct 2020

  • "I think the cafe has changed in the directions."

    This could confuse some people. Some of the details are missing in the flat-so the wifi code is only on a scrappy bit of paper for instance. Cooker tends to auto switch off if the time is not entered. A separate note for this would be useful. Walking from the flat is perfect-this is a real asset with even bus stops nearby and free parking is nearby.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2020

  • "There’s no parking, so a warning to be prepared to pay £3 for 2 hrs at the car park across the road, or some other helpful advice, would be good."

    The last email we got, a week before arriving, said the host would be ‘available to greet you from 17:00’ so we expected to get the keys from a person. The number on the email was a call centre and completely unhelpful and it took much exhausted searching on the doorstep through email archives (no internet till we got inside!) and the fortunate assistance of some other chance-met guests to figure out the ‘keysafe’ system and get it to work. We’d have given up on it if we weren’t stranded and desperate by now. Very sticky and awkward to open, needed 3 hands! Not a bad apartment though pricey, maybe that’s just the Lake District for you. Nice bathroom, good location, decent hot water system. Kitchen was adequate EXCEPT oven didn’t work (wasted a whole frozen meal) which is poor for a not-cheap self-catering apartment. The ‘appliance book’ didn’t have an oven page. Stove top worked. Cafetière spout was broken, which we didn’t notice till after we made/wasted the coffee. The bedroom was nice (good view out the window) though the bed was uncomfortably soft for our taste. We had to strip the bed and bag up all the towels and linens (supposedly due to covid !?), as well as put all the crockery/cutlery/pans in the dishwasher before leaving, which was ok (if not quite expected at the price) except you also have to be gone by 9am! We didn’t try the TV so can’t comment. Wi-fi was good.

    Thank you for your feedback. There is no allocated parking for this property and the listing does advise of roadside parking available, but this is on a first come first served basis. The owner is sorry if you struggled with the key safe, it is not something that any other guests have reported back to them. The keys safe code is provided to guest with the key collection details. With reference to the oven there is a manual in the property with information in it and we in the office were on hand to assist if you advised us of your struggles and we would have been happy to help with this. Overall the owner hopes the points you raised did not impact your stay at Swallows Nest and looks forward to seeing you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne3.1Oct 2020

  • "No, everything was totally satisfactory"

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2020

  • "Fabulous location!"

    Reviewed by Nina4.7Aug 2020

  • "Lovely location, warm and bright."

    Thank you for returning items left behind- arrived home in perfect condition.

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Feb 2020

  • "I especially appreciated how warm and cosy the place is - in fact, even cosier than it appeared in the photographs."

    Reviewed by Alexander5.0Jan 2020

  • "Lovely apartment, great location."

    Couldn't have asked for more.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Oct 2019

  • "Swallows nest was a perfect base for our time in the Lake District."

    The village has plenty of nice pubs and restaurants within 5 minutes walk. The cottage was excellent and exceeded our expectations. It had all the facilities required for our stay, nice bedroom bathroom e.t.c. Plenty of books, leaflets on Lake District and some games. Would definitely stay there again

    Reviewed by Loraine5.0Oct 2019

  • "Beautiful little property."

    I was very comfortable there during my stay, and wouldnt hesitate to recommend it to anyone. I shall certainly be staying there again.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2019

  • "Faultless stay."

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2019

  • "Great location,apartment spotless and beautifully furnished,would definitely recommend."

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Aug 2019

  • "Your information states that Donald Campbell's restored Bluebird car is in the Ruskin Museum in Coniston and it isn't."

    We would however recommend Swallows Nest in Coniston which is a modern comfortable apartment close to all the amenities.

    Reviewed by Margaret3.8Jun 2019

  • "Lovely flat and great location"

    Reviewed by Jill4.7May 2019

  • "This was our 2nd time at this property and it is well situated within the village and extremely clean and tidy"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2019

  • "Very comfortable and well equipped property in an excellent location for restaurants and Coniston Water."

    Reviewed by Roberta5.0Oct 2018

  • "Location and the cosy, compact nature of the accommodation."

    The Bistro 'Steam next door was outstanding as were the pubs next in the village for hospitality, beet and the quality of food. There's excellent access to Coniston Waters and lots of interesting walks. We're looking forward to returning soon, hopefully during Easter.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Oct 2018

  • "Apartment was in the perfect location, clean and very well presented."

    Coniston itself is lovely. Climb the old man, it’s hard but you will be very pleased with yourself. The artisan bakery for pizza, fantastic. Little cafe next to apartment perfect for breakfast if you can’t be bothered to cook your own. We would recommend Swallows nest and Sykes definitely and we will be back.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Jul 2018

  • "Outdoor table & chairs are in front small "garden" very near to the 2 refuse bins and looking onto a reasonably busy road - not ideal."

    But flat was very comfortable, especially the bed, and overall well equipped.Excellent powerful shower.

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.4Jun 2018

  • "Swallows Nest is just perfect for a retreat in the lovely village of Coniston."

    The flat had everything that we needed and the views are amazing. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Heidi5.0May 2018

  • "This was my second visit to Swallow Nest and it was just as good the second time as it was the first."

    I very much enjoyed my stay and would highly recommend it. Very comfortable and clean accommodation. Quiet. Close to shops, eateries and 15min walk to the lake. Lucked out on the weather again! Great relaxing holiday!

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0May 2018

  • "The flat was very well equipped and the owners have thought of everything from an apron for the kitchen and a clothes brush!"

    The kitchen had been left with washing up liquid, dish washer tablets, and a few tea bags and coffee. The bed is comfy and there's plenty of hot water after a long day's hiking. Since it is in the centre of Coniston, shops and pubs are only a few minutes walk away.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7Apr 2018

  • "Great location."

    Very well equipped property.

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Jul 2017

  • "We loved this holiday, a home from home."

    Great location and lovely local pubs and restaurants. There were several walking routes and leaflets showing us what activities were available in the local area.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.6Oct 2015

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  • All first floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking available
  • Bike storage post
  • Patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Coniston Water 5 mins walk
  • Note: This property accepts guests aged 18 and over only
  • Note: Shared entrance with Ref
  • 922442
  • Note: this is a first floor apartment reached by one flight of stairs and is not suitable for people with health and mobility issues Note: This property can only accept holidays that start Friday or Monday
  • Note: Must provide own lock for bike

The property

This immaculately presented first floor apartment is superbly located in the heart of Coniston, in the spectacular Lake District, just five minutes' walk from Coniston Water.

Well-appointed throughout to provide contemporary accommodation, this apartment is perfect for a relaxing break in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

The open-plan living area is welcoming and comfortable, and provides the perfect place to unwind after a long day exploring the fells.

The spacious king-size double bedroom with views across the village to the Coniston Fells, together with a superb en-suite bathroom complete this delightful accommodation.

Mornings can be spent in the small patio area, where you can sit with the paper and a coffee as you plan the day's activities.

This lovely property is situated next door to a popular bistro, well worth a visit but early booking is recommended.

The thriving village of Coniston has some excellent pubs and even has its own brewery producing Bluebird Bitter, and offers fantastic natural attractions including Lake Coniston where Donald Campbell broke four World Water Speed Records in 1950.

His fully restored Bluebird K7 boat is now housed in Ruskin Museum nearby.

The Old Man of Coniston offers a stunning backdrop to the village, and there are many walking routes from the apartment leading to Tarn Hows, Tilberthwaite and the charming village of Hawkshead, which has some interesting shops and is home to the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

Grizedale Forest is also on the doorstep, and is very popular for mountain biking.

This lovely apartment makes an ideal base for enjoying the delights of the Lake District, at any time of the year.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 922442, together they sleep 4.

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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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Note: This property accepts guests aged 18 and over only.
Note: this is a first floor apartment reached by one flight of stairs and is not suitable for people with health and mobility issues
Note: This property can only accept holidays that start Friday or Monday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas