We have just returned from a lovely, relaxing stay at Shelt Gill - our first visit to Coniston and the Lake District as a whole. We found the cottage extremely well equipped and in a great location, close to pubs, the village and Lake Coniston. We found it very easy to communicate with the owner, who responded promptly to any queries.
We took our lively Cockapoo with us. He enjoyed swimming in Lake Coniston, running in the fields and even climbing the Old Man of Coniston with us. We didn’t let him out into the garden on his own though as it is not enclosed.
All in all we had a good holiday and would highly recommend he following;
The nearby Ship Inn - a friendly pub with great food and lovely atmosphere
Roan Head - lovely beach (40 mins away by car)
Climbing the Old Man mountain - not easy but very rewarding
Walking the lake from Coniston to Torver Jetty
A lovely property with great character fantastic views and Excellent location
We enjoyed walking straight up on to the fells form the cottage and into town in the evening for some fab pubs
Well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, clean and well maintained
a couple of minor down points
No log fire but ... the electric coal effect gave instant warmth and saved lots of hassle when coming home tired
The welcome pack was a little disappointing (1/2 a carton of opened milk and 1 biscuit ) so don't rely on it - but this is a minor point and shouldn't detract from it being a lovely hideaway
Location is perfect secluded yet not far from popular sites many in walking distance. We had snow which made for beautiful views from the lounge window. Loved the window seats and the house was so comfortable and cosy but spacious. Didn't want to leave.
We had a lovely weekend at Shelt Gill. Well located for walks, less than a mile from the centre of Coniston, we were able to do good walks without having to drive anywhere first (which is a real bonus in lake district traffic!). The cottage had a lovely outlook with views over Lake Coniston. There was plenty of room for 4 people to stay with a lovely big living/dining room, and 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) which were small but adequate. Would like to go back again and stay longer.
The cottage is so well connected with surrounding footpaths - into Coniston, to Coniston Water, up to the fells behind, plus direct access onto the old railway line footpath - that we didn't use our car at all during our stay. The views from the living room over Coniston Water were wonderful as were the window seats where you sit and enjoy the view! Had all we needed during our stay, definitely recommend.
We have just returned from a week here. The location is superb, amazing views across Lake Coniston and walking from just outside, along the old railway line to Coniston town or up Old Man. Great pubs, especially the Black Bull, which we frequented! The town also has a butchers where we bought delicious bacon for breakfast every morning and steaks for dinner. The kitchen is small, but well stocked with cooking utensils, crockery etc. The beds are comfy, with plenty of bedding (just bring your own linen). The bath/shower was fine, with ample hot water for four of us. There's a large sloping garden with further views across the lake and the ghyll runs down the side - this has steep banks to it and is very fast flowing. Unfortunately the low patio doors from the lounge could not be opened at the time of our stay, but new ones were due to be fitted. This wasn't a problem, as there is a side gate at the back. There is a TV in the lounge, two very comfy sofas, a spectacular window seat and a table to seat six. Be aware, there is no Wi-fi, but you can always catch up in the pubs!
Truly loved this place and would definitely return. Many thanks Jon x
I booked a trip to the Lake District for my mother and I so that we could just rest for a few days. This lovely cottage in Coniston was the perfect location. This was our first time to Lakeland and it rained our entire stay. However, even through the dark clouds, this place is absolutely beautiful.
The cottage is just as described; warm, cozy an charming. There's a small ghyll adjacent to the immaculately kept yard. Shelt Gill is situated right on the trails, and has a view of the lake right from the living room's bay window. It's about a 10min walk along the trail into the village, and it also leads to Church Beck. I definitely recommend the walk through Church Beck for some beautiful views. I didn't get a chance to check out the trails in the opposite direction.
If you want a few days to totally unplug (even without wifi), this is the place to be. I look forward to staying here again.