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Potters Wheel ref: 124111

Coniston, Coniston, Hawkshead & Sawrey
4 Stars
  • Sleeps 44
2 person discountYesFire/WoodburnerYes
SmokingNoInternet accessNo


Potter Wheel is five and a half miles south of Coniston Village, on the south western side of Coniston Water. Set well back from the main road, in one and a quarter acres of woodland and only 100 metres from the lake, Potters Wheel has direct access to the Lake shore for fishing, sailing and simply enjoying getting your feet wet. Potters Wheel is an end of terrace cottage, totally refurbished by its owner to provide excellent facilities to ensure a most enjoyable and unforgettable holiday. Leaded windows, a wall formed out of rock, and beams are a reminder of the property's antiquity and, combined with modern facilities such as a fitted bathroom and top of the range kitchen, the cottage now has a successful mix of ancient and modern - and all within a stones throw of Coniston Water!

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Accessed up a gentle slope, Potters Wheel has oil fired central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With multi fuel stove in original setting, Flatscreen TV with Sky which includes digital radio, DVD player and a range of DVDs.
Kitchen/Diner: With an excellent range of facilities, including electric cooker with double oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
Bedroom 1: Twin bedroom with glimpses of the Lake.
Bathroom: With corner bath, electric shower, hand basin and WC.

First floor

Bedroom 2: A spiral staircase leads from the lounge to a romantic double bedroom with four poster bed, pine floors and pine furniture - please note that the staircase is rather narrow, but the bedroom also has original Lakeland stone steps to access it from outside for taking in luggage, if required.


All oil, electric, bed linen included. Fuel for the multi fuel stove is available at a cost locally. Travel cot, highchair and payphone available.


There is woodland around the cottage, with natural fell side down to the lake. There is garden furniture and a BBQ. Parking area to the front.
Will only accept two well behaved dogs.

A refundable deposit of £100 is payable prior to arrival.

Please note: the property has open tread spiral stairs. The gaps between the spindles on the staircase are more than 10cm and therefore extra care maybe needed especially if you have small children in your party

Please note: There is an access statement available for this property, if required please call 01228 599 960.

Nearest townConistonShops5 miles
Distance5 milesRestaurant5 miles
Nearest railway stationWindermerePub
Distance12 milesLake100 meters

About the local area

The delightful village of Coniston nestles at the foot of the famous Coniston Old Man fell (From where you get superb views of Coniston Water and Lake Windermere) and nearby to the Grizedale Forest. The village has a welcoming feel and traditional Lake District warmth to it; visitors will find plenty of shops and cafes in which to relax while they soak up the scenery and gentle pace of life.

A popular centre for walkers, climbers and cyclists, the area is also well known for Coniston Water; setting for the famous children’s story, Swallows and Amazons and also scene of Donald Campbell’s tragic world water-speed record attempt in 1967. Nowadays the Victorian steam yacht ‘Gondola’ which first went into service in 1859 and was restored in 1977 by the National Trust, plies the five miles of water from April to October. You can hire rowing boats, electric boats, kayaks and dinghies from Coniston Boating Centre on the lakeshore.

Take the opportunity to visit the Ruskin Museum, for local history, and ‘Brantwood’ on the shores of Coniston Water, former home to the poet John Ruskin.

Positioned between Coniston Water and Windermere, Hawkshead is arguably the quaintest location in the lakes, with white washed cottages dating back to the 16th century, charming old pubs and tea shops along narrow traffic-free streets.

The village is busy with tourists who come to see the Grammar school where, in the 1780’s William Wordsworth developed inspiration for this early poetry and home to the Beatrix Potter gallery showing her original drawings for her children’s books. The village hosts the annual Victorian fair and agricultural/sports show every summer.

Broughton-in-Furness is well situated a few miles west of nearby Coniston, and is becoming a favoured destination for the more discerning visitor, who appreciate its tranquil charm and acknowledge it as part of the "Undiscovered Lakeland". In the Square is the town hall, once the market hall, and now the Tourist Information Centre, two slate fish market slabs, and old stocks, which together with the surrounding three storey merchants houses, creates a unique feeling to this historic market town. There is also a good selection of amenities within the village including an award winning restaurant.

Things to do nearby

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What our customers say about Potters Wheel

P A Oliver -

Never been to a rented cottage so well equipped. Fantastic

T J Ayre -

Excellent, well equipped cottage.

Gl Ryan -

A fantastic place to stay if you are looking to get away from it all. A cottage with great character but with all the modern items you need to enjoy your holiday in the lakes

Pr Leake -

Fantastic property in an excellent location, would go back again

H Benner -

Potters Wheel is a fantastic place to stay. We have stayed there four times now and love it.

C Jones -

It was an enjoyable and cosy cottage

S Pease -


L Pamphilon -

Lovely, warm and homely.

D Yates -

This is a small, cosy cottage and extremely well equipped. It is easy to keep clean, and all cleaning products/implements are provided. It is also great to be able to bring our dogs without any worry.

H Benner -

We were so impressed with the cleanliness of the property, the facilities, position, the warmth of the property and numberous other facilities that we have been three times so far and are planning another visit in 2012. The property is a credit to its owners.

M.F. Sefton -

Superb accommodation and facilities in a beautiful location - a credit to the owner.

L Parris -

Potters wheel was beautifully maintained, extremely well equipped and very warm & cozy. We had a wonderfully relaxing holiday and would definitely use this cottage again.

M Duckworth -


V Hewitt -

The cottage was very wel appointed and in particular the suply of coal and kindling for the stove was generous.

C Macgregor -

Very thoughtful touches made cottage very welcoming. Would have liked a filter coffee maker to be available but that is the only thing we could find to fault!

Coniston Water

The third largest lake in the Lake District is Coniston Water measuring five miles long and half a mile wide. This is a very popular tourist attraction with a cafe by the pier.

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Grizedale Forest

The popular woodland of Grizedale Forest measures over 24km squared and is full of activities and attractions to enjoy during your holiday.

Read more about Grizedale Forest
Beatrix Potter Gallery

A gallery of Beatrix Potter’s illustrations and drawings can be found in the 17th Century building which was once the office to her solicitor husband, William Heelis. The gallery has a ever changing exhibition of her work with a room styled as her husband once had it as an office.

Brantwood House and Gardens

The Brantwood historic house and gardens was once the home of John Ruskin who is a well known part of the history of Coniston for his large collection of writings, drawings and watercolours. The house is also a museum showing a collection of Ruskin’s possessions for you to explore.

Go Ape in Grizedale Forest

If rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip wires sound like your thing, Go Ape is the place to go during your holiday. This challenging course is up high in the tree tops and is an exhilarating adventure for all ages.

Hill Top

Hill Top was once home to the well known and amazing Beatrix Potter and is open to go and visit. It is the perfect place to go and learn about the lovely author who brought the wonderful tales of the animals in the lakes to life!

Ruskin Museum

Since 1901 Ruskin museum has been open for visitors in Coniston, it was set up in memory of John Ruskin who was well known for his talents in the Victorian era, just a few of these talents are in art, geology, writing and teaching. The museum shows information and artifacts about the history of Coniston.

Walking to Lever Waterfalls & Levers Water

If you are walking in the Coppermines Valley area then you should definitely visit the Lever Waterfalls and the reservoir of Levers Water.

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Fell Foot Park

The views of Lake Windermere beyond the park are breathtaking. The Victorian lawns and garden sweep away to fine picnic areas and lakeshore. Enjoy The Boathouse Cafe with its patio, where you can enjoy watching the boats and soak in the atmosphere.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway was originally used to carry passengers from Lakeside to Ulverston and Barrow and then on into Lancashire.

Read more about Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
Cycling in Grizedale Forest

As well as several designated walking paths Grizedale Forest Park also provides dedicated routes for cyclist and mountain bikers. There are a range of waymarked trails that lead around the forest.

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Old Man of Coniston Walks

Overlooking the village of Coniston is the beautiful fell known as the ‘Old Man of Coniston'. A part of the Furness Fells, this summit is over 800 metres high and is interesting to the eye with evidence mining that was done here years ago.

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Coniston Brewing Company

Hidden behind the pub in Consiton is the ‘Coniston Brewing Company’. Local ales have been brewed here since 1995 and you can taste one of these six popular beers in the Black Bull Inn situated in front of the brewery.

Esthwaite Water

Near the popular attraction of Hawkshead, you will find the small lake of Esthwaite Water which is often hidden away from the usual high levels of tourists. With a large variety of fish and wildlife, this lake is often stunning in the summer when it becomes awash with water lilies.

Hawkshead and Claife

Hawkshead village, home to the Beatrix Potter Gallery is surrounded by beautiful scenery.

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The Gondola at Coniston Water

The original ‘Gondola’, a rebuilt Victorian steam yacht, was first launched in 1859 and now completely rebuilt by the National Trust, gives passengers the chance to sail in sumptuous, upholster saloons!

Read more about The Gondola at Coniston Water
Cycling around Coniston

The shores of Coniston Water provides one of the loveliest and easiest stretches of cycling in The Lake District. There are many trails around the lake much of which are available from the visitor centre’s in the area. Coniston itself is a lovely village with a selection of pubs and cafes and the opportunity to hire a boat at Coniston Boating Centre.

Lake District Sheepdog Experience

Sessions for anyone wanting to learn more about the working Border Collie. You will be able to handle one of the dogs under full instruction of the trainer. Tel: 01229 716235

Lakeland Segway

Unique guided tours on a Segway Personal Transporter around a scenic private Lakeland estate! Tel: 0845 6193456

Coniston Boating Centre

Just outside the pretty village of Coniston this boating centre provides electric self drive boats, rowing boats, dinghys, canoes and kayaks right on the shores of Coniston Water. There are also picnic areas and a cafe close by. Tel: 01539 441366

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