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Yew Tree Farm

Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1043039)

4.6

Very good

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Hot tub
  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Review(s)

  • Enfys

    “We had a great stay, ideal location, so atmospheric and ideal for those who like to travel back in time and imagine themselves living in another reality like I do.”

    I wish I'd brought period costume with me but there was sadly no room in my case. Also my 14yr old brought me back to reality when the WiFi kept turning off and there were no instructions as to the location of the router. All it needed was to be turned on and off. Previous families have suggested updating the guest information book but I notice this hasn't happened yet. This would save guests having to bother the tenants. For anyone reading this it's next to the switch for the lamp on the ...

    I wish I'd brought period costume with me but there was sadly no room in my case. Also my 14yr old brought me back to reality when the WiFi kept turning off and there were no instructions as to the location of the router. All it needed was to be turned on and off. Previous families have suggested updating the guest information book but I notice this hasn't happened yet. This would save guests having to bother the tenants. For anyone reading this it's next to the switch for the lamp on the landing behind the magnificent chest. The tenants were very helpful and friendly, very busy people but happy to help even when in the middle of a workshop. Also they do have bus loads of tourists (like us) attending on occasion so do look out for friendly Americans requesting to use the loo. Maybe a sign on the external toilet door for those guests would be helpful? Although, we were happy to oblige by allowing them to use one of the 3 bathrooms in the cottage as had no idea what alternatives there were beyond the flower bed or a bush! Also you never know when you might get caught short yourself! My only other point of concern was the abundance of fruit flies in the kitchen. This must surely be a season thing? The cottage kitchen was very clean. The cottage is by a stream (may be irrelevant!?) and I note the mesh on the front door of the tenants cottage. Perhaps such a measure might be considered at Yew Tree, although may spoil the old world charm for photos, would potentially stop the appearance of 20 dead flies in your wine. We made sure food was covered and the bin emptied at least 2 times in the week but still every morning it was fly armageddon in the kitchen and the hoover came out. The beds were really comfy, loved the large bath and the hot tub was fab after an evening swim in Coniston water or a long walk. All of this added to our adventure in the Lake District and I feel very grateful and privileged to have been able to experience such a special place with all its quirks and charms.

    - Enfys, July 2022

Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x four-poster double, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with corner bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, TV with DVD player, CD player with iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking available
  • Private decked area with hot tub
  • Two pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking

Awards

The property

We are thrilled to offer the beautiful Grade 2 listed Yew Tree Farm to our holiday guests. This truly iconic Lake District farmhouse nestles in the quiet Coniston valley and is one of the most well known and most pictured buildings in the National Park. Once owned by Beatrix Potter, who left it to The National Trust, it was used as Miss Potter's home in the film 'Miss Potter' starring Rene Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, and has been visited by many celebrities over the years. Emma Thompson stayed and even The Queen visited the farm on her last visit to the Lakes. It has featured in various TV programmes and photo shoots. This is very much a working farm rearing Herdwick sheep and Belted Galloways and you can even collect your own breakfast eggs from the farm chickens. The surrounding area abounds in wonderful scenery being less than a mile from both Tarn Hows and Yew Tree Tarn. There are walks and rambles in abundance, bridle paths for cyclists and local fishing on Esthwaite Water and Coniston Water. Lake Windermere, Grizedale Forest and surrounding high peaks are there to be explored. The original farmhouse dates back to early 17thC with later additions in the 1720's. It really does ooze character with a wealth of period features and antique pieces including some of Beatrix Potter's own furniture. Accommodation : Entrance porch in to panelled hallway. The panelled sitting room (TV) is to one side of the hall with the dining room opposite - imagine being able to dine off Beatrix Potter's own dining table in the room which was once BP's own tea shop! Both rooms have open fires and feature oak floors. To the rear of the cottage is a well equipped, newly fitted kitchen. The magnificent period oak staircase features 250 year old panelling and leads to the three charmingly comfortable bedrooms each with feature bespoke beds and fine period decor. Here you will find a four poster double room with adjacent bathroom (double bath, basin and wc /heated floor), a twin room with feature panelling and en-suite (rain shower, basin and wc/ heated floor). The master bedroom with its pitched ceiling and cruck beams has king-size four poster (en-suite rain shower, basin and wc/ heated floor ). Outside: Guests will enjoy the atmosphere of the working farm whilst Yew Tree Farm has its own enclosed garden as well as a further patio area to the side where you can barbecue and pamper yourself in your own private hot tub. Laundry facilities available. Note: Goose down duvets/pillows. Starter basket of logs included, additional logs available to purchase locally. Wi-fi signal varies.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

CONISTON

Hawkshead 4 miles; Ambleside 8 miles.

Nestling at the head of Coniston Water, the pretty village of Coniston is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District National Park, making it a superb base for touring, with Hawkshead, Ambleside, Windermere and Grasmere just a short drive away. Superb walking, mountain biking and climbing are available locally on Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam, and the lovely woodland trails at Grizedale Forest. For watersports enthusiasts, the quiet lake is ideal for dinghy sailing and canoeing, whilst the less active can enjoy a leisure cruise on the beautiful steam yacht 'Gondola’, or visit Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin. Nearby attractions include the award-winning village of Hawkshead, home of the Beatrix Potter Gallery, Tarn Hows, one of the most visited beauty spots in the country and Esthwaite Water, famous for its fishing. A first class holiday location at any time of the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute