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The Vicarage

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Lowick Bridge, near Coniston, Cumbria
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps13
Bedrooms7
Bathrooms2
Pets 1
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Description

Ideal for groups, this holiday property is located in beautiful countryside, just 2 miles from the shores of Coniston Water.

Down a quiet leafy lane in beautiful countryside just 2 miles from the shores of Coniston Water , this very spacious and attractive, traditional Lakeland house is set in its own private garden. Built in 1767, it enjoys superb views over Lakeland fells, and has been carefully restored whilst retaining many original features to offer comfortably furnished and well equipped family accommodation. The famous town of Coniston, nestling in the Coniston range of mountains, is just 20 minutes’ drive away. The hamlet of Lowick has a cosy and friendly inn serving excellent food only 500 yards from The Vicarage, with many country inns and excellent restaurants in the surrounding area.
The market town of Ulverston (5 miles) offers a choice of shops, inns and restaurants, a championship golf course with superb views over Morecambe Bay, an excellent sports complex with swimming-pool and a Laurel and Hardy museum (Stan Laurel was born in the town). Many activities can be enjoyed in the immediate vicinity, including walking on fell, lakeside or mountain, sailing, wind-surfing and canoeing. The shores of Morecambe Bay are just 2½ miles away, where sea fishing is available. At the Grizedale Forest Enterprise Centre (4 miles), mountain bikes can be hired to cycle along the many forest trails which link the majority of the numerous stone and wood sculptures scattered among the trees. Kendal, the ‘Gateway to the Lakes’, is well worth a visit for its museums, art galleries and pretty cafés and tearooms. The nearby Levens Hall boasts beautifully trimmed topiary gardens as well as a steam-engine collection and café. Lake Windermere 20 minutes’ drive with Bowness a further 10 minutes. Village shop 2 miles.

Large entrance room with rugs on wooden floor and open fire in period surround. Spacious sitting room. Spacious dining room with rugs on wooden floor. Farmhouse-style kitchen with stone-flagged floor and Aga cooker. Second farmhouse-style kitchen/utility room with electric cooker. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. First floor: Master double bedroom with 5ft bed. Three further double bedrooms, one with wash basin. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom. Separate toilet.

  • Open fire – fuel at cost
  • Electricity, full NSH, 3 convector heaters, fan heaters, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs (one Satellite)
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Oil-fired Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Payphone
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Ground floor facilities

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Features

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle


Customer Comments

  • 10

    16/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2018
    We were all comfortable plenty space inside and out our age range 9 years to 85 years. lots of activities to do in the area and pub down the road Red Lion great pub food and ver friendly atmosphere. Gary the owner was very helpful.


  • 10

    08/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/04/2018
    The cottage was warm, cosy and comfortable. We enjoyed the quirkiness of an older building and appreciated the pristine bedding and the quality of the of the bed linen. There were lovely views from the house and there were many places of interest to visit nearby.


  • 5

    12/02/2018
    Confirmed guest, 05/02/2018
    I was disappointed to discover that towels, bed linen and electricity had to be paid for in addition to the rent. This masked a rather higher than I wanted to pay rent. The cottage is beautiful but very cold. The storage heaters didn't keep the place warm all evening and we used a lot of electricity running the fan heaters to keep warm. The Aga, though beautiful, was not very hot and we were unable to use it for cooking so had to use the electric cooker, again putting our bill up. Hot water was also a problem. With such a big cottage it needs a better solution as getting everyone bathed/showed took a long time as we were waiting for the emersion heater. Perhaps it would be a better option in summer than in winter.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for the feedback on the house and I am glad you thought the house beautiful, it is around 250 years old and filled with character. I was sorry, however to hear that you were disappointed with some points of your stay at the house including feeling cold. I have had many guests during winter months, Christmas and New Year with some guests returning each Christmas and January to walk in the mountains. Of course as an owner it is always difficult to deal with disappointments when guests have left the property, it would always be much easier if issues were brought up while the guests are in the house, giving me as an owner a chance to react to them and hopefully provide a solution in the early stages of your stay, I actually have a Holiday home maintenance person whom I use in the village, literally a two minute walk away from the house and he is happy to come up in the evening, if necessary to fix minor points, as an example ... making the AGA hotter. The cost of linen and the fact that electricity is payable by meter reading is advertised in the details and when booking online, a banner alert pops up advising charges, so I am uncertain why you were not aware of these charges. Guests do, as you yourself opted, have the option of bringing your own bedding and towels, duvets and pillows are of course provided free of charge at the house. I have been renting this property out for over 20 years and have always charged a nominal amount for towels and bedding, which I would like to point out, are sourced from high end suppliers. You mentioned you found the house cold, but the heaters may not have been at their maximum heat output, guests can adjust them to for further heat later in the day. Again if you had only called me, I could have talked you through this, it only needs a coin to turn a small dial to make these adjustments. This would have hopefully cut down your use of the convector heaters which are provided should guests feel the need to use them. Adjustment of the Aga is just a turn of the knob low down on the left hand side again I could have explained this at the time or asked the maintenance man to have a look. Regarding the hot water, heating of the water is done during the night using the low tariff electricity, the AGA which is on 24/7 also heats the water. I advise all guests as I did with yourself, that if all guests within the party are showering or bathing at once to use the boost dial on the immersion heater after the first few guests have showered or bathed, to boost and maintain the hot water in the tank. This arrangement has been in place for many years and has proved to have been acceptable in the past to guests. However I do want to improve the bathroom facilities at the house and intend to install an additional shower in the upstairs bathroom. I am sorry you felt the rent was high due to the electricity. In your party, you had 11 adults and 2 children which when divided by the 11 adults equates to £1.76 per day for each adult in electricity costs. There is no Gas in the village and so we are forced to use Electric Storage Heaters, I would myself prefer Gas as it is more flexible, but alas in the country we don't always have that option. I would also like to add that I make no charge for the oil used by the AGA and never have in all the time I have rented out the house, charging for electricity is a compromise and feel this was the best option.

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