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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.

Here are some other cottages in the same region that you might also be interested in Bird How and High Strawberry Gardens.

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 only form of heating in the cottage is the wood burning stove in the sitting room which also powers five radiators, one in the bathroom, both bedrooms, kitchen and the dining room.

Parking: There is parking for two cars inside the gates to the property.

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.

Accessibility: Access to the cottage is down a narrow and sometimes uneven track.

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

Water is supplied from a private supply pumped from a borehole 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
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Remote location
  • Double bed
  • Radio
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

The Lake District, Cumbria
Derwentwater, The Lake District, Cumbria  © Joe Cornish

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, campsites and bunkhouses 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
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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Barry Forsyth
    • March 2016
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    Charming cottage

    The location and outlook made our stay enjoyable. And good walks on the doorstep. A very charming Cottage.

  • Abigail Rose
    • March 2016
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    Made enjoyable...

    A lovely unique location to have the opportunity to stay in!

  • Otner
    • September 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    Complete peace & quiet. Living simply. Scenery & walks. Amazingly good weather!

  • James M. Walter, Jr.
    • July 2015
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    Made enjoyable....

    Rose Castle Cottage is perhaps one of the most beautiful sites I have ever experienced. The cottage was perfect for our use and the remoteness in the Lakes was a welcome respite from the tourist crush. The cottage is rustic but expected. A slightly better electrical configuration would make it more appealing to a visitor. As a North American I was certainly not daunted by the arrangement presented with the wood stove. It could be replaced with a bit more efficient unit in my opinion. The furnishings were in keeping with the cottage, beds comfortable and kitchen really superb considering the cottage's infrastructure. There was a generator problem at the beginning of our stay, but I believe it was a hold-over from the previous occupants in that the unit never ran on demand the first day we were there and consequently the batteries crashed the second day. It was very expediently repaired by calling your national office, but the local contact number never worked even though I tried several times. Perhaps it would be best to have the local caretakers call on the tenants at least once in the week to ascertain any problems since I could imagine that someone less facile with the infrastructure of the cottage may have had more problems than we had. In fact, a personal orientation to the quirkiness of the place may be a good starting point for any rental. It is remote and without a valid contact or cell phone, could be a daunting place to live.

  • Anonymous
    • April 2015
    • Unknown
    Beautiful cottage

    Beautiful cottage and breathtaking location. Comfortable bed made for a restful night. Felt tranquil and at one with nature.

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