Jane and her husband Simon run Cottages in the Lakes, a collection of six beautifully-appointed self-catering homes around Coniston. Their two bedroomed Cragg Cottage at Torver was named self-catering accommodation of the year at this year’s Cumbria Tourism awards and Jane said: ‘We never expected to win. Just to be a finalist again was great.

Although the Cottages in the Lakes have attracted guests from across Europe and all over the UK, the majority travel from the North West and Jane added: ‘The pandemic changed people’s behaviour – not being able to travel abroad meant domestic holiday bookings were extremely high and I think that opened people's eyes to this country and what a beautiful and varied place it is.

‘For a lot of people in Lancashire that meant they rediscovered the Lake District and were reminded what a glorious place it is. If we can help more people reconnect with this area, then we’re happy.’

Great British Life: One of the bedrooms at the award winning Cragg Cottage. PHOTO: Milton HaworthOne of the bedrooms at the award winning Cragg Cottage. PHOTO: Milton Haworth


You could spend three nights at the multi-award winning Cragg Cottage at Torver just outside Coniston. 

The luxurious two bedroom cottage won the 2023 Cumbria Tourism self-catering accommodation of the year award to add to its Visit England five star rating and its gold award from Visit Britain. 

Cragg Cottage is surrounded by landscaped gardens and patios with spectacular countryside views – and there’s even a hot tub. 

Inside, there’s two en-suite bedrooms, each with a king size bed and a Herdy mattress, as well as a fully-equipped country cottage kitchen with a flagstone floor and modern appliances. There’s a log-burning stove in the lounge, off-road parking for two cars and up to two dogs are welcome. 

The village of Coniston, the western shore of Coniston Water and Coniston Old Man are all within walking distance of the cottage


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