A picturesque retreat beside Coniston Water in the Lake District

Eat, Drink, Sleep and Explore

Opening in Spring 2020, The Coniston Inn will be a perfect place to eat, drink, sleep and explore from.

Located on the shores of Coniston Water with sensational lake and fell views, this classic Lakeland slate building is undergoing a full restoration ahead of its re-opening in March 2020.

If you’re looking for a place to escape the crowds, The Coniston Inn will be the place to come. Formerly The Waterhead Hotel, our stunning location will make us the perfect base from which to explore the Lake District National Park with an abundance of attractions for visitors. Whether your interests lie in the many literary connections the area has to offer or in outdoor pursuits, there is something for everyone.

The Coniston Inn has been a hotel for over 100 years and in its early days, the hotel frequently welcomed the illustrious Victorian artist and social critic, John Ruskin, as a guest. Ruskin’s home, Brantwood, lies just across the water and many of his visitors, including Charles Darwin, would stay as guests at the hotel.

The nearby village of Coniston enjoys a long association with many notable literary figures. Tennyson spent his honeymoon here, Turner painted the mountain scenery, and the author Arthur Ransome used Coniston Water as the setting for his famous ‘Swallows and Amazons’ series of books.

The Coniston Inn is a popular base for walkers and climbers scaling The Old Man of Coniston. One of the Wainwright Fells, reaching its summit is a true bucket list experience. Kick back and relax with us after a long day of exploring at one of the newest hotels in Coniston village.

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a stay with us, with bracing walks, comfort food, real ales and the warmest of welcomes guaranteed. Book your stay to coincide with the grand opening of The Coniston Inn, or simply join us for a pint of local ale and bring your four legged friends along — The Inn is one of the many dog friendly pubs Coniston has on offer. Warm up at The Coniston Inn on a frosty morning with our tempting Winter Breaks offers.

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