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Yew Tree Farm

Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1043039)


Very good

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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Four-poster Bed Four poster bed
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent cottage stay."

    Jon & Jo Watson are amazing hosts: very welcoming and make your stay that extra bit special: fantastic location.

    Reviewed by ElaineDec 2021

  • "We have stayed at Yew Tree Farm several times and love it."

    However our two previous bookings were cancelled because of Covid and this time we had no power for 3 days in freezing temperatures. We were grateful for Jon's help in lighting open fires for us when we arrived and providing candles.He also managed to borrow a generator on the third evening which provided heating and hot water and lighting in our bedroom. That was a relief because we had been very cold at night. We really appreciated the generosity and friendliness of those at Coniston Community Centre who provided a warm room, a hot drink and a bacon butty. Many thanks for that. It was so sad to see the devastation caused by Storm Arwen.

    Reviewed by MNov 2021

  • "A great location in a traditional farmhouse cottage."

    I was particularly interested in the Beatrix Potter connection. The property lived up to my expectations and the owners were friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by KimNov 2021

  • "I have been lucky enough to live and holiday all over the world, but this was quite honestly the best accommodation I have ever had."

    For any fans of Beatrix Potter or anyone looking for some authentic old world charm cannot recommend yew tree highly enough!

    Reviewed by KNov 2021

  • "We have just spent another fantastic holiday here at Yew Tree Farm."

    What an absolute  privilege it is  to be able to stay in this house, so full of period character, charm, history and  comfort. The tranquil location is stunning, and perfectly situated for the many surrounding walks and for easy access to neighbouring villages and towns. Jo and Jon are the most welcoming of hosts.  The farm's Herdwick Experience run by Jo is one of the most enjoyable things you can do in the Lakes. A holiday at Yew Tree Farm is sublime.

    Reviewed by ElizabethNov 2021

  • "We stayed at Yew Tree Farm Cottage 2nd - 9th October 2021."

    Upon arriving, we thought it was paradise. A very old building, it was like stepping back in time. Because we arrived late we were grateful to be there. I did see a previous review saying about the lack of oven trays so we brought our own, and thank god we did. I am not sure the kitchen has been stocked with any new form of an appliance, utensil, or accessory since 1990! There were really not enough mugs or glasses for 4 people, let alone 6. And, we didn't think the glasses or mugs were clean. Then, the fun really started when my partner and I, who had the main bedroom, woke up to find about 8 wasps in the bedroom. By the 2nd morning, we had killed about 20 wasps, which was not fun, as my mum is highly allergic, and didn't have an epi-pen, as well as our 10-month-old puppy which kept trying to eat them. I rang the people on the 3rd day, after 45 mins of standing in rooms trying to get a signal. The man came around, shone a torch, and explained there was not much he could do and if we had killed 20 that was probably the nest gone. A bit shocked at the lack of concern, I repeat that there is no signal so anyone staying who got stung and needed medical attention would struggle to get an ambulance and we had no idea where the nearest medical centre was. I then had to call the heart of the lakes on the 5th day, whose response was equally as lacking as the man who had come over a few days earlier. NO one was interested. So we spent our holiday with 57 wasps in total by the end of our stay. Furthermore, the internet kept going down, so don't stay here if you need to work while on holiday. Also, we loved that we could take a dog, but the dogs on the site liked to defecate wherever they pleased, which meant dog turds outside your car door, outside the cottage gate, so if you don't like stepping in a steaming dog turd, I'd suggest a torch in the evenings and minding your step as you go. Dont expect a lie in either as you'll have lawn mowing before 9 am, barking dogs, and other farm work going-ons in the early hours. The hot tub has no cover over it, so if it rains you'll get a good soaking, as well as it being filthy. We didn't see anyone clean it with the daily chemicals that a hot tub should have. Oh and mind all the low beams that you'll regularly smash your head on as you walk about in both the day and night. Overall, if you love wasps in your bedroom, filth and dog turds, as well as an unclean hot tub then this is 100% the place to stay. Nice location, but we won't ever be staying here again. Heart of the Lakes, your customer service was a disgrace.

    Reviewed by LOct 2021

  • "Very lovely cottage Not far from things to do or say the people look after the ..."

    Very lovely cottage Not far from things to do or say the people look after the cottage very warm and welcoming and lovely people highly recommend this cottage to anyone

    Reviewed by CSep 2021

  • "A couple of baking trays for the oven need to be added as there was no way of cooking food in the oven without wrapping the shelves in foil to use as a form of tray also a few more mugs would have been appreciated."

    Otherwise we loved our stay at the Farm. We bought some meat from the on site butchery to bring home which was lovely. Great friendly farmers at the farm. We would love to go back sometime, thanks.

    Reviewed by RosemarySep 2021

  • "Yew Tree Farm is a wonderful location."

    We were able to walk to some beautiful places from our front door (the hot tub afterwards is a real plus). Jo and John were really helpful and the history of the cottage and farm is fascinating. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2021

  • "Very helpful owners and freindly, a real lovely place in which to stay ."

    .. would come again

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2021

  • "Fantastic stay!"

    The cottage was absolutely wonderful. Jon and Jo were great hosts. The cottage was full of charm and history. In addition to the original features, nooks and crannies, creaky floorboards, wood panelling and the period furniture, there is a modern kitchen with everything one needs for a self catering stay as well as a private hot tub and outdoor dining area too. The open fire was already made up for us when we arrived which was a lovely touch and we enjoyed some relaxing nights in front of the fire. We had gorgeous weather during our stay and so it was really nice sitting in the private garden with a glass of wine soaking up the sunshine and views. I would definitely recommend taking the Herdwick Sheep experience with Jo - it was terrific! Would love to return to Yew Tree Farm!

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2021

  • "Such an amazing stay."

    Everything about the property is just incredible - it feels like you're in one of Beatrix Potters books. The house itself is really special with loads of character. Wonderful to have the ewes and lambs right outside the gate greeting us each morning. I would highly recommend this place and am looking forward to returning.

    Reviewed by EmilyJun 2021

  • "Our second stay at Yew Tree Farm -Yew Tree farm is not only picture perfect it is the most beautiful home from home in the most stunning setting."

    The house has original features and furnishings in-keeping yet comfortable. The property has Wi-Fi, Sky Tv, fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, powerful showers with plentiful hot water and the most comfortable beds. Jo & Jon are fabulous hosts; there if something is needed, or for a quick chat, but otherwise you have full privacy as if your own home. Jons meat from the farm is of the best quality and flavour, ethically farmed and can be ordered in advance to be set in the fridge for use during your stay, we also ordered some to take home, all perfectly organised and prepared, absolutely delicious. Jo runs a Herdwick Experience - learning about the history of the area, the establishment of Herdwick sheep and Belted Galloways to the farm, the history and general knowledge of Herdwicks and how Yew Tree Farm ensure their livestock is ethically farmed from start to finish was really interesting & informative. We then continued our experience with a tour of the farms land, taking in the different sights and sounds, spotting different birds and wildlife, whilst meeting random animals enroute, like Skippy the goat who is extremely friendly! Jo then took us to meet her Herdwick flock who welcomed us with their smiley faces and lots of cuddles. An amazing experience not to be missed, the very best therapy

    Reviewed by KatrinaMay 2021

  • "The cottage is located in a stunning location, right in the middle of a working farm."

    Chicken, turkey, cats and dogs were a daily occurrence in the charming English cottage garden at the front of the property. It’s a very old property and so comes with all the charms you would expect it to have. There are a lot of walks right on your door step. Wifi is pretty inexistant so if you want to do some offline work and emails it’s all good, but don’t expect to make a zoom meeting on this wifi or watch Netflix. That being said nearby Coniston has excellent 4G. This probably perfect for those looking to disconnect.

    Reviewed by AmandaApr 2021

  • "Yew Tree Farm is a unique property located in a beautiful setting."

    It never fails in delivering a wonderful holiday, long may we be able to enjoy it. Wouldn’t change a thing.

    Reviewed by ElaineDec 2020

  • "It was a beautiful property and in a stunning location."

    Ms LomaxDec 2019

  • "A beautiful 18th-century cottage with some modern features which didn't detract from its age or character."

    Perfect location.

    Mrs PlattDec 2019

  • "Outstanding property ."

    .. and exceptionally clean and warm.

    Mrs WillisDec 2019

  • "Fantastic location, lovely house!"


    Miss BostonDec 2019

  • "Truly wonderful experience first booking with HOTL and we loved our choice very very much."

    Mrs WiltonDec 2019

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This property is part of the Heart Of The Lakes collection.
We are a Local Lake District business offering a wide range of Lake District cottages, apartments and houses; some old, some modern and something for every taste, but ALL within the National Park and therefore in the heart of one of Britain's loveliest corners.

The property

This Grade II listed farmhouse is nestled in a quiet Coniston valley and is one of the most well known and most pictured buildings in the Lake District.

Once owned by Beatrix Potter, Yew Tree Farm has been used as Miss Potter’s home in the film ‘Miss Potter’ and has been visited by many celebrities over the years, including Emma Thompson and even The Queen visited the farm on her last visit to the Lakes.

With the original farmhouse dating back to the early 17th century, it really does exude character with a number of period features and antique pieces including some of Beatrix Potter’s own furniture.

You enter the property into the panelled hallway with the sitting room to one side and the dining room opposite, furnished with one of Beatrix Potter’s own dining table which was once her own tea shop!

Moving through the cottage, to the rear is renovated, well-equipped kitchen, filled with useful appliances and amenities for all of your culinary requirements, including a fridge with freezer compartment, oven and a dishwasher, as well as laundry facilities for added convenience.

The magnificent period oak staircase features 250 year old panelling and leads to the three charmingly comfortable bedrooms each with feature bespoke beds and fine period décor.

Here you will find a four-poster double room with adjacent bathroom, a twin room with feature panelling and en-suite, while the master bedroom, with its pitched ceiling and cruck beams has a king-size four poster bed with a contemporary en-suite.

Outside you can enjoy the atmosphere of the working farm whilst Yew Tree Farm has its own enclosed garden as well as a further patio area to the side where you can barbecue and pamper yourself in your own private hot tub.

Enjoy spending time on Coniston Water, whether you are trying a new activity like kayaking or canoeing, or simply relaxing as you sail along the waters on the Steam Yacht Gondolda run by the National Trust, taking in the sights and sounds of the Lakes.

Those avid walkers can embark on a route leading to Old Man of Coniston, a sizeable peak, right from the doorstep, starting off in the village and climbing through old quarry workings, before reaching the summit where there are some superb views of the village to be admired.

Futher afield venture into Ambleside, a bustling town that marks the head of Lake Windermere, you can visit the Ambleside Roman Fort, see the Stock Hill Force waterfall, or from here take a Windermere cruiser down to Windermere itself where you can find the fascinating World of Beatrix Potter.

This picturesque escape promises a getaway to remember, whatever time of year.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x four-poster double, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with corner bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, TV with DVD player, CD player with iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking available
  • Private decked area with hot tub
  • Two pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking

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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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