Ford Cottage, is a 300 year old traditional Lakes District Cottage, in a sleepy haven between the bustling areas of Windermere, Coniston and Hawkeshead. The cottage has been lovingly updated and provides a real home from home and cozy atmosphere.
bathroom with separate shower room, downstairs toilet, lounge, snug (with additional sofa bed) and fully equipped kitchen.
The garden extends to the back and the side and gives views over the Coniston fells and the fells over towards Windermere and is the perfect place to relax and watch the sun set before you, after a long day of adventure and fun.
The cottage is centrally heated, but also has a wood burning stove in the lounge/dining room, to ensure a cozy end to the day, whatever the weather. We have Wifi, Freesat TV, DVD player (with a large stock of DVD's to choose from) and a Chromecast streaming device for streaming content from your tablet or phone.
There are maps and guide books for all needs and plenty of games to play to keep everyone occupied.
All areas of the cottage are available for guests use.
We are always happy to help guests with tips and ideas about where to go and how to escape the crowds and find the secret places that this wonderful area has to offer. We can also give advice and guidance on all the local pubs, cafes and restaurants - we have tried them all!
Ford Cottage is still a much loved second family home and whilst we love sharing it with people we do hope that you will treat it kindly. Its pretty solid but at 300 years plus old it requires a little bit of TLC!
Over the last few years we have discovered a few things that test the cottage and its facilities on a quite regular basis and avoiding these would really help us keep the cottage in its best state to welcome you for a great trip.
Top of the list is the situation where my very limited plumbing skills are tested as a result of the pipes to the septic tank getting blocked. I have it has to be said become a dap hand at shovelling the contents of these pipes, but I would prefer to limit the refinement of this skill! The main culprit for this is the flushing down the loo of baby wipes and sanitary products which clogs up the pipes. Remembering to put these items in the plastic bags and bins would keep me out of the manholes for longer and I would be very grateful.
Number two on our list of 'challenges', is the placing of rubbish in the wrong outside bins. This is easily done because most of us are used to quite a lot of recycling going into the relevant bin, but unfortunately for South Lakes we can only currently recycle, glass, tin and paper (but not cardboard or plastics). The council are quite militant about this and so any incorrect items in the bin means that the whole lot is left. We have however also discovered, nappies, take away packaging and food waste in this bin as well....which is a little less easy to get our head around. If the bin is left unemptied, subsequent guests can often be faced with a full - and often pretty smelly - bin which isn't ideal. There are recycling centres in Ulverston and Hawkeshead which we tend to use for the other recyclable items.
Coming in at number 3 is the vexed issue of breakages or damage. We don't have any problem with breakages or damages (whilst avoiding them would be ideal, we know these things happen - we've done our fair share), but it is frustrating to only discover these when the cleaners have gone in or when we visit the cottage ourselves. Please let us know of any breakages or damage so we can get these sorted for the next guests.
Finally we also allow well behaved owners with dogs.