Dipper Cottage, overlooking the beck
Sunny Bank Mill Cottages
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Summer in the Lakes; June 2019
We were pleased with our choice of Dipper Cottage. We were looking forward to the experience of being beside Torver Beck and were not disappointed. the recent rain had turned the beck into a tumbling cascading torrent. The noise and spectacle made being in the kitchen/ lounge most enjoyable.
The room was warm and cosy for the two of us. lights were needed at all times of day, but that was expected. the recently refurbished kitchen was superb and the best equipped of any property that we have stayed in over many decades.
The layout of the property worked well and there was adequate space in the bedrooms, hall and bathroom. the heating worked well for our damp and cool week in the Lakes. the standard of the beds and bedding was not good enough for a property rated as luxury. Last year we stayed in a property with new sprung beds, goose down quilts and linen bedding. That was luxury! Similarly, the bathroom (bath and shower) is in need of bringing into this century. One of us has a mobility issue and needed a lot of help getting in and out of the tiny bath/shower.
The outside space and access to the lake was fantastic. it made those early morning and late evening walks with the dogs a treat for them and us. we enjoyed the lakeside and ability to hire a canoe. to some extent we were spoilt by being the only guests staying that week. We could enjoy the peace and tranquility of Coniston lake and do whatever we wanted.
Finally, the local walks from the cottage, up onto Torver Common and along the lakeside, were everything that the dogs and I could want before returning for a hearty breakfast. it is wonderful to walk for an hour and not see a single person; real solitude!
Absolutely Beautiful this place, cottage was immaculate, well equipment, comfy and cosy, lovely walks and scenery, our little dog loved all the walks and water around, it was great, would definately recommend. Hopefully we will visit again in the summer months.
A wonderful stay at the edge of Coniston Lake
This is a lovely property which is very well placed for exploring the lakes. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay more comfortable, from all the usual kitchen gadgets, hairdryer, torches for late night trips to the lake and a lovely library books for you to enjoy. There is a laundry room which is free to use and this was a godsend with the wet weather we had. In a few minutes you can leave the property and walk down to the lake where your private lakeside access (shared with just a few other properties) awaits. It is definitely worth hiring one of the canoes, we spent so much time paddling over to peel island. We had a campfire on the lakeshore and explored so much of the area. Our kids climbed The Old Man of Coniston on a beautiful sunny day, the view was stunning and it was a day we will always remember. A wonderful trip to the lakes, we can't wait to come back.
Thank you so much for a great review. Glad you had a wonderful week, and hope you'll be back soon!
A very comfortable cottage with beautiful grounds
The cottage was set in an idyllic location and we had sunshine every day of the week; it was perfect for walking down to the lake for a swim and canoeing. The facilities were clean and had everything we needed. Whilst compact for 4 people, it didn't feel cramped. Should planning permissions ever allow, a balcony over the river from the living kitchen window would be wonderful to sit out on! Everything had been well thought out and was as it had been described. The grounds were extremely well maintained and although there were people in the other cottages, we did not feel ontop of one another - plenty of privacy and very little noise. It was great to be able to bring our dog and have plenty of space to exercise him. Whilst described as luxurious accommodation, I think standards and expectations have drastically increased over recent years and whilst it was extremely comfortable accommodation and had everything we needed, perhaps the term 'luxurious' is stretching it a bit - I think that means things like underfloor heating, power shower etc. We would stress, however, that it suited us perfectly and we had a fabulous week. Thank you.
Thanks for your great review - great idea for a balcony over the river, but could be tricky to get past the planners! Glad you appreciated the new underfloor heating in the kitchen area, and the power shower.
Fantastic location ideal for dogs and walking
So glad you had a great time!
Dipper Cottage Joy
Dipper Cottage is the ideal spot to stay to enjoy private lakeside access of Coniston and venture out into the beautiful Lake District! The cottage is clean, comfortable and with a lovely new kitchen and sitting room. The grounds of Sunnybank are immaculate and picturesque, and there are many places to eat out in Coniston and beyond. We return every year with our kayaks, and look forward to going every year!
Glad you liked the new kitchen and living room. See you again next year!
Sunny Bank lies at the heart of England’s beautiful Lake District National Park. Here one can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside so beloved by Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome (to name but a few) and yet be within easy reach of charming villages and towns with all the attractions they have to offer. 4 miles from Coniston, a small but busy typical Lakeland town, and just three-quarters of a mile from Torver, where there is an excellent pub. Popular tourist centres such as Ambleside, Grasmere and Hawkshead are about half an hour away by car. Sunny Bank is an ideal location for mountain walking, boating, swimming, sailing and other water-based activities. Bring your own boat or hire our canadian canoes.