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News 2011


14th December 2011 - We are now on Facebook2011.12.14.jpg

Join us on facebook to find out about last minute deals and special offers as well as information on Coppermines Weddings & Hidden Treasures our new shop on the bridge!

Like our pages using the following links

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2nd December 2011 - New four poster bed for Willow Tree Cottage

2011.12.02.jpgThis winter we have started to decorate and refurnish many of our cottages, and today we have just finished some of the improvements to Willow Tree Cottage in Coniston Village.

The sitting room also has new leather sofas.


19th November 2011 - Grizedale Stages Rally 20112011.22.19.jpg

This years rally is to feature a new 7-mile stage in the dark on Saturday evening in Grizedale Forest. This is in addition to the further 35 miles of stages that takes place on Sunday in Grizedale and Dunnerdale.

For guests staying in our cottages we were delighted to offer free trackside hospitality on both Saturday evening and throughout the day on Sunday.
The cars would normally pass our hospitality area three times over the weekend).

For details of The Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally please follow this link: www.grizedalestages.co.uk



1st November 2011 - Coniston Powerboat Records Week & K777

2011.11.01.jpgWe are proud to sponsor this event and this morning Helical Technology, a Northwest based engineering firm, unveiled a boat they have lovingly hand built during the last four years on the opening day of Coniston Power Boat Records Week.
The boat designated K777 is based on classic British Hydroplane technology. Helical Technology wanted to demonstrate that a boat could be hand built from scratch using British know how and skill, a tribute to the engineering used in Donald Campbell’s Bluebird K7.

K777 is a starting point for the firm as they prepare in the future to build a boat using the best of British technology, innovation and engineering to win back the World Water Speed record from the Australians.
Piloted by veteran powerboat racer Jim Noone, who is no stranger to setting records. Jim is officially Britain’s fastest boater in the R.Unlimited class covering 7000cc-infinity engined boats, set a record of 154.77mph during a run across Windermere in 2003 and this experience may well prove to be invaluable to the Helical team for the future.

Jim is hoping to collect technical data in K777 during his runs this week on Coniston to help with the design and build of a future British record attempt boat. Additionally the team from Helical Technology are hoping to supply technical data to the Bluebird Project Team, which is currently conserving and rebuilding Donald Campbell’s real seven-times World Water Speed Record – breaking Bluebird K7.
This data will provide Ted Walsh with an invaluable insight into performance and handling characteristics of this type of boat design in preparation for him piloting the real legendary Bluebird K7 in future low-speed engineering proving trails on Coniston Water, before she is placed on display in the award-winning Ruskin Museum, in Coniston.

Coniston Power Boat Records Week 31 October – 04 November is the only event in the Powerboat Racing Calendar to bring together all classes of boat. Entry is open to all from tiny hydroplanes, through inshore circuit racers to the largest offshore boats. It is the finale to the racing season.

During the five days of Power Boat Records Week, competitors (who are all RYA registered drivers) attempt to break British and World Power Boat Records in a variety of classes, at speeds ranging from 30mph to over 150mph. Competitors and officials from all over the country assemble annually for what has become an increasingly popular event since it’s inception in 1970.

The runs commence at 8:00am weather permitting. Lunch is from 12:00 - 2:00pm with the last run each day at around 4:00pm, with the final run on Friday at 2:00pm but without lunch.

Coniston Power Boat Records Week is free for spectators, with the best views from the shoreline at either end of the run, viewed from the Brantwood side of the Lake, where there is limited parking. There is also an opportunity to see the boats up close in the pit area at Coniston Boating Centre.

To view footage of the K777 on Coniston Water Please follow this link

For more information about Coniston Powerboat
Please follow this link



28th September 2011 - New sun deck for Bank Top Cottage

2011.09.28.jpgThe cottage now has a NEW large decked patio area, with a fantastic view of Coniston Water and the surrounding hills & garden furniture, etc.



7th September 2011 - Red squirrels at The Drawing Room

2011.09.07.jpgThis morning we received the follwing comments from guests staying at The Drawing Room at Far Sawrey, Near Hawkshead:

"Hello, We're staying at the Drawing Room, Far Sawrey and this morning, Wednesday, 7th September, around 8.45am looking out of the kitchen window we saw RED squirrel. What a fantastic sight.

It was looking for food under the patio table and chair set. After a very short time it ran off towards the exit nearest the horse stables. What a magical start to the day !!

Hope we're not charged extra !! How wonderful to know that these creatures are making a comeback in The Lake District. Andy & Ann P"


8th August 2011 - New cottage, Puzzle Cottage, Torver

2011.08.08.jpgLocated in the pretty village of Torver and with the choice of two local pubs, Puzzle Cottage is a mid-terraced house within a row of cottages, providing bags of space over three floors.

It is next door to Daisy Cottage, and a few doors away from Rowan Trees Cottage and has a "Monkey Puzzle" tree in the garden.


27th July 2011 - New furnishings at Dixon Ground Farm - now sleeps six

2011.07.27.jpgThe new owners of Dixon Ground Farm House, Lesley and Joe, have just redecorated this lovely cottage throughout, have improved the layout, and added much new furniture.


1st June 2011 - The Millers Cottage, Hole Beck Farm - Extension

2011.06.01.jpgThe cottage has now been extended offering a much larger sitting room/ dining room along with a new downstairs bedroom.


1st June 2011 - Low Howe achives a Gold Award from Visit Britain

2011.05.01.jpgLow Howe Cottage has achieved the prestigious 2011 Enjoy England annual Gold Awards.

This places this cottage in the top 7% of the 11,000 four star self catering properties in the UK.

The award recognises the fact that this property is at the highest level of the four star rating but are unable to achieve a higher star rating due to specific constraints of the property.


6th March 2011 - 'Hidden Treasure'

2011.03.06.jpgNewly opening in April this year is our little shop 'HIDDEN TREASURE', by the bridge in Coniston Village. We have moved our estate office into the rear of our buildings at the bridge and will open Hidden Treasure in the old estate office.

'Hidden Treasure' will sell all our famous Coniston Green & Black slate gifts together with many other beautiful things from Cumbria, the Lake District and beyond. So if your looking for that special gift for a special occasion or a loved one call in, we are open 7 days a week.


18th February 2011 - New cottage, Gate House, Coniston Village

2011.02.18.jpgFollowing a period of family use, the owner of Gate House has now asked us to let their much loved home, once again.

For many years one of our most popular cottages, this beautiful period Georgian House was comprehensively, personally refurbished by the family several years ago.

It is now available to book from Good Friday, 22nd April 2011 in time for Easter. .


18th February 2011 - New cottage, Yewdale Cottage, Coniston Village

2011.01.19.jpgBuilt originally about 30 years ago, Yewdale Cottage is close to the village centre, all the amenities and a short walk to the lake, but lies in a quiet close with good views of the Yewdale Fells to its rear.

The owners have recently spent much time refurbishing this lovely mid-terraced cottage, which has new gas fired central heating, and a new bathroom, new en-suite shower room and a new kitchen.