Beautiful 17th Century Barn Conversion Perched Above The Village of Coniston

The Barn is an impressive, period barn conversion set in a superb location above Coniston, one of Lakeland’s few remaining true villages. The footpath to Coniston Old Man passes the end of the lane and lovely views can be enjoyed from the front of the house out over the village below.  The Barn offers spacious accommodation and is delightfully presented with comfortable furnishings married perfectly with exposed trusses, beams and soft, muted shades throughout. The open plan living space on the first floor, featuring a statement wood burning stove, is a superb social area where everyone can gather to share precious time together.

Coniston village is a short stroll downhill where you’ll find a fine selection of traditional pubs, most of which serve food throughout the day and into the evening along with a superbly stocked Co-op supermarket where you’ll find everything you need to cook up a hearty family brunch or supper. The famous Ruskin Museum is well worth a visit as is Ruskin’s former home, Brantwood on the East side of the Lake.  No visit to Coniston would be complete without a trip on Steam Yacht Gondola whilst soaking up the stunning views from the water, the setting for Swallows and Amazons and tragically, the scene for Donald Campbell’s ill-fated world record water speed attempt.


Spacious, Comfortable Surroundings Make For A Truly Memorable Holiday

The front door entrance leads into a hallway here at The Barn with plenty of storage space for all your outdoor equipment. Bedroom 1 is a double, delightfully presented in a traditional, cottage style with an adjacent and equally pretty twin room, both sharing a bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC.

Stairs to the first floor (or external access via patio doors) lead to the large open plan living space with seating arranged around the woodburning stove, the dining area position next to a window where you can look out over the village, the well-equipped kitchen offering everything you’ll need to properly self cater. Two further bedrooms sit on this floor, a further twin and a large double, the double having an en-suite shower room with cubicle, basin and WC. A second family bathroom has a bath with basin and WC and a useful utility houses a washer, dryer and further fridge/freezer.

Outside, there’s ample parking for up to 4 cars and garden furniture is provided within the enclosed, mature gardens.

Ground Floor:

  • Spacious hallway with plenty of storage space for your outdoor equipment
  • Bedroom 1: Double bedroom
  • Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC

First Floor with direct access to the outside:

  • Large open plan lounge/dining room with woodburning stove, Smart TV, CD player and iPod docking station.
  • Kitchen/Dining Room electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
  • Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom
  • Bedroom 4: Double bedroom with an en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Family bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Utility room with washer, dryer and additional fridge/freezer


  • 17th-century quality barn conversion
  • Gas fired central heating
  • All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included
  • Initial supply of logs for wood burner provided – more supplies available to purchase in the village
  • WiFi
  • Travel cot and high chair available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed garden with outside furniture provided
  • Two well behaved pets welcome
  • Friday changeover
  • No Smoking


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Family


  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Boot / Drying Area
  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Traditional


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Bed Type

  • Double Bed
  • Single Bed

Bedroom Size

  • Double Room
  • Twin Room


  • Freeview
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi

Children & Pets

  • High Chair
  • Pet Friendly
  • Travel Cot

Local area

  • Pub within 1 mile


  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

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(5 out of 5) - based on 23 reviews.

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  • Sunny Wilson says:

    We had a wonderful stay at Lakeland Retreats – The Barn, High Dixon Ground, Coniston. The local amenities were great and the friendly atmosphere made us all feel right at home. The scenery is absolutely stunning and the walks are fantastic – some of the routes were quite challenging, but definitely worth the effort especially as there are so many places to stop and take in the beautiful hills and mountains. The location is perfect for exploring the Lake District and with well thought out accommodation, we’d highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a peaceful and enjoyable holiday. Overall, a great experience!

  • Brendan says:

    Great stay. The space is so much better than the pictures. We had a great time and the location was perfect for adventures.

  • Robert says:

    The Barn is a very comfortable property and suited us perfectly being a family of seven over 3 generations. The location is ideal being very quiet but only a short but steep walk into the centre of Coniston which is well served with shops, cafes and pubs. There is plenty of parking for four cars but also a choice of walks from the door. We had a great week at the Barn.

  • Sylvia says:

    Wonderful private property. Ideal for a large family. Great location, close to the town centre – shops, pubs, cafes and a short walk to Coniston Water. Very clean and welcoming. Would totally recommend the property and host if you’re visiting in the area.

  • Stuart says:

    The Barn is a stunning period property with lovely airy rooms and within easy walking distance of all the amenities of the beautiful village of Coniston. We would love to stay again.

  • Laura says:

    We had a great stay at The Barn, it was a perfect location and had everything we needed. The boot room was especially useful to keep all our boots and coats. A small issue was found at check-in but after a call this was addressed immediately. I would definitely recommend a stay here.

  • Hinda says:

    The barn was amazing for our family group! The location was outstanding, the place spacious and comfortable. We did have babies with us and worried about the stairs so I would caution other families with young children to bring a long gate but overall an amazing stay!

  • Josh says:

    Perfect place to stay in the lakes with family. Was everything we expected and more!

  • Peter says:

    We all enjoyed our stay. The communal room upstairs is great and is perfect for a group of friends. The location worked out well for us all with easy access to the local fells without needing cars. Thank you for an excellent experience.

  • Chris says:

    Lovely spacious accommodation close to Coniston centre.

  • Aaron says:

    Great location and house. Can’t fault it

  • Laura says:

    Great location and perfect for walking holidays. Plenty of room for families. The property was clean and had everything you could need supplied. The welcome hamper was a nice touch. Would stay here again.

  • Charlotte says:

    Great base for walks around the local area. Lovely large living room ideal for a group of eight to relax and socialise. All the bedrooms are a good size and are well equipped. Plenty of parking and great local amenities just a short walk away. Thank you for having us!

  • Jessica says:

    So close to Coniston lake and an easy drive to Windermere! Definitely go on the boat trip around the lake

  • Margaret says:

    This was a lovely break, we could not fault the barn it was like home , we took our parents who are 81 and 83 the bedroom with the en- suit was perfect for them couldn’t of asked for better. Thank you !!!

  • David says:

    We loved staying at this place. It was a great size, location, and had everything we needed. Lots of facilities. The house is spacious, and we loved our stay. Lots of space for parking. Lovely views of the surrounding area. You are close enough to the village to experience everything you need yet slightly on the outside so you feel away from the potential hustle and bustle. 5 to 10 mins walk to the chippy, cafes, pub and local shops. You are also on the doorstep of the Old man of Coniston. If you decide to go for that fab walk then forget about driving up the hill to the car park just walk it; it’s steep but worth it. It takes less than 1/2 hour to the start point of the main trails. The walk to the top of the Old man is great and gives you amazing views of the lakes. We really relaxed with our kids and our friends. Perfect in these difficult days. Thank you!

  • Nigel says:

    Lovely home from home ideal for our family get together. Ideal location for Coniston and local walks

  • Victoria says:

    Lovely place, great for the group, great location. Would stay again. Really enjoyed it.

  • Rebecca says:

    The barn was a perfect base for a wholesome break! Beautiful views and lovely outside area. Fantastic amenities, everything we needed was there. Really good location and perfectly situated for lots of walks in the lakes.

  • Rebecca says:

    Lovely place to stay in a perfect location. Walking distance from Coniston Water and the town itself with beautiful views from the upstairs of the barn with it being situated on a hill. I would definitely recommend here and will be staying again.

  • David says:

    The Barn was the perfect size for our two families, including four teenagers. It was very clean and had everything we needed, the welcome package was a lovely touch too. Added bonus was the large entrance area to store walking boots and coats, etc. Views from the windows were beautiful. It was the ideal location for accessing Coniston Lake, only a ten minute walk. Also local pubs and shops were easily accessible by walking although you do need to book as most of them stop serving food at about 7pm. Perfect base for exploring the area. Would definitely recommend and would love to return.

  • Jacob says:

    The Barn is a perfect location in the lakes with beautiful views and easy accessibility to Coniston Water and centre. We would definitely visit again and recommend anyone to stay at the barn.

  • Michael says:

    The Barn is in the best location in Coniston. Just at the start to the Old Man and above the Sun. The house is wonderful, spacey and clean. Can’t fault it.

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