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Rose Castle Cottage

Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria

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One of the highlights of a stay at Rose Castle Cottage is the breathtaking views as you drive along the track on the approach to the cottage. This delightful and simple 19th-century cottage is situated high above Tarn Hows, the iconic Lake District spot.

This is a truly tranquil location with no neighbours on the horizon and few of the trappings of modern day life. It is ideal for walkers with fantastic walks right from the doorstep - you'll hardly need to get in your car! Old log books recording the history of the cottage, dating back to the 1930’s, make for fascinating reading whilst relaxing after a day on the fells.

Its setting at the heart of the Lakes makes for an ideal base to explore. Restaurants, pubs, tea-rooms and shops can be found at Coniston and Hawkshead while Ambleside is just a short drive away, when you need a break from the great outdoors.

The National Trust has events and activities in the Lake District to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, nature, walking and cycling trails when planning your holiday.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen, sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove, shower room with lavatory.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and 1 twin).
Visitor notes

Heating: The wood-burning stove is the only form of heating with a radiator in the double bedroom. This stove heats a back boiler which then powers two radiators, one in the double room, one in the bathroom. Once these radiators are up to temperature then stove then heats the living area

Garden: An enclosed garden that is sloping and left in a natural state. There is a hard standing area

for the garden table and seating.

Parking: Access to the cottage is down a narrow and sometimes uneven track. There is parking for two cars inside the gates to the property.

Utilities/Electricals: There is no television or microwave at this cottage. Electricity is from batteries charged by a generator. Power point for mobile charger only, there are no other power points available.

Water is supplied from a private supply pumped from a bore hole and may be in short supply at certain times of the year.

Please note: There is a public footpath which passes the cottage.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Remote location
  • Double bed
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

North West England
A view over Derwentwater in autumn, Lake District, Cumbria © Paul Harris

The North West of England is most famous for its beautiful Lake District, which has inspired so many poets and authors over the centuries. Spectacular scenery and a feast of local produce to try provides a wonderful way to enjoy a summer holiday, romantic break or family gathering. This is an area to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes and tarns, cycle or challenge yourself to a high rope walk. For the less energetic who, nevertheless want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, there are some fantastic pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy local, seasonal produce, such as Herdwick meat, Morecambe Bay shrimps, locally made cheese, Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding or a local beer - there are 13 micro breweries in Cumbria. The National Trust cares for a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. All of our cottages are set in beautiful Lake District countryside.

Lake District
Sailing on Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria. © Paul Harris

The spectacular Lake District is considered by many to be the jewel in England\'s crown, offering the country\'s highest mountains, most stunning scenery, and loveliest countryside. Above all, it is a place to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes. The National Trust protects about a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads, and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. Among the National Trust\'s historic properties are two houses of immense literary heritage. The Georgian Wordsworth House in Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, and Hill Top, a petite 17th-century house, in the hamlet of Near Sawrey, is where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children\'s stories.

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  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Pony Trekking
  • Rock climbing
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National Trust places to visit
Hawkshead and Claife
Hawkshead and Claife Viewing Station Classic south Lakeland countryside with views of the fells and lakes and picturesque buildings
Coniston and Tarn Hows
Coniston and Little Langdale Landscape of fell, meadow and woodland around Coniston Water
Beatrix Potter Gallery
Beatrix Potter Gallery 17th-century solicitor's office, now home to the original watercolours and sketches of Beatrix Potter
Steam Yacht Gondola Rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht on Coniston Water
Stagshaw Garden
Steep woodland garden, noted for its flowering shrubs
Hill Top
Hill Top Delightful small 17th-century farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Chris Mack
    • January 2015
    • UK
    Fantastic Location

    The location was absolutely fantastic. I like staying in remote locations. really had a brilliant stay. lovely cottage and we would like to stay there again

  • James Arnoldi
    • December 2014
    • London
    Wonderful place to stay

    Thank you for a wonderful place to stay this Christmas, it was so very magical and a wonderful contrast to our normal London festivities. What walks and fireside warmth! :) Being so far from town but five minutes walk from an icy cold, Christmas Day dip in Tarn Hows!

  • Mr Ralley
    • January 2013
    • Manchester
    Beautiful and special

    Loved it. The cottage is beautiful as is the surrounding area. The area, the fire, the no tv, no internet made this place beautiful and special.

  • The Bradshaws
    • January 2013
    • Staffordshire
    A truly charming and unique place

    Rose Castle Cottage is a very special cottage - yes it is basic and the wood burning stove requires constant attention (it is neither difficult to light or to keep lit) but even in the first few days of January it was toasty warm. The property is well equipped and in simply the best location ever. A truly charming and unique place that was an excellent base for a short break to kick off the year. Note to future users - take a hatchet to chop kindling - there is plenty of firewood and several places to chop kindling.

  • Jill Robertson
    • October 2012
    • Surrey
    Loved it

    Charming, characterful cottage in remote location. Loved it. Keeping warm was a challenge though the two rooms with radiators off the stove (bathroom and double bedroom were fine). Take hot water bottles. The generator worked well and not too obtrusive. Suggestions for improvements: the stove is incredibly inefficient – gobbles up wood for little heat output. Heartily recommend but be aware it’s very simple.

  • Lone Blayney
    Peaceful romantic hide away

    I would recommend this for a peaceful romantic hide away. The lands are beautiful and the castle itself is very medieval looking (almost made me wish I lived there! LOL).

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
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  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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