Coniston is our ultimate luxury suite
Situated on the ground floor at the front of the hotel, it delivers 460 square feet of luxury and boasts a spacious lounge area complete with fibre optic fire. A five-star, luxurious finish is created through crystal lighting, solid black walnut flooring, and furniture by designers such as Philippe Starck and Kartell. The Coniston Suite comes with its own large 350 sq feet private terrace with table and chairs. This also gives you your own private access to the suite. It is great place to enjoy breakfast or light meals, a sundowner, morning coffee or afternoon tea – all served up on the best crockery, glassware and cutlery.
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The centrepiece is a fairy tale-worthy handmade bed designed by Frank Hudson – Wills & Kate are rumoured to have one so it is literally fit for a prince and princess! This king size bed, with plump pillows, luxury linen and handmade covers, is very inviting, but you can add to the excitement with some of our romantic or cheeky extras (link to package).
Coniston’s bathroom is a real crowd pleaser! With a huge air bath for two, a waterproof TV built into the sleek Italian designer glass tiles, huge shower and a funky sink with LED tap, mood lighting, and fluffy tiles and robes, this is definitely a pleasurable place to spend
- Designer furniture, flooring, wall coverings and lighting
- Stunning bathroom with double air bath
- Areas for relaxation and in-room dining
- Private terrace
- 42″ wall TV with 8 satellite channels
- Mini bar stocked with delicious goodies
- Complimentary tea, fresh coffee and bottled water
- Free wireless internet access
- Private car parking
Luxury hideaway in the Lakes"Seriously relaxing haven! Back to Windermere Suites for the third time in the last couple of years, nothing has changed (that's a good thing!). Bit of a last minute trip, and this time contacted the hotel direct and we got a really good deal. It still isn't cheap, but well worth it. This time we had Coniston, and I have to say that although all the rooms are very good, this is my favourite so far. As you can see from the other reviews, this place is a gem. The rooms are completely unexpected, superb detail and so comfortable. The staff are so accommodating, nothing is too much trouble, and very professional. Breakfast is an absolute must! You order the night before, and it is delivered to your room in the morning at the time you requested. Windermere Suites doesn't have those long views over the lake, but it has everything else, great value and strongly recommended."
Can’t wait to go back"We stayed in the Coniston Suite for one night. We should have made plans to stay for longer and we will certainly be making sure that's what we do the next time. It was a last minute booking, just to escape for a while with my other half. I knew I had booked the right place when I saw his face as we were shown to our suite. In true bloke fashion he was very pleased that there were 3 televisions in the room. We loved not having to go to a dining room for breakfast, as it is standard that breakfast is served in the suites. Breakfast was superb. I genuinely cannot rate this place highly enough, although I hope that this does not mean it is fully booked the next time we want to sneak away because I can't think of anywhere I would rather stay." Read more
The pictures do not do it justice!"Stayed for a quick minimoon. We were lucky enough to stay in the Conisiton Suite. This is massive. As you walk in there is a magical bathroom ahead of you, to the right is what can only be described as a lounge and to the left an amazingly decorated bedroom. Breakfast was 1st class. I have stayed in many places and hotels around the world but none have been as modern or as jazzy as this. Although it is near the top end of the price bracket I believe it is worth every penny and will be back. Thank you for making our minimoon memorable."
Top quality"I had paid for a romantic package to be added which included rose petals on the bed, a box of luxury chocolates and bottle of Champagne. My partner loved the surprises so it was worth it. The room was immaculate and had a lovely sized bathroom with a walk-in shower as well as the jacuzzi bath (with mood lighting!). The breakfast was delivered to your room at your chosen time. It was top quality and was like a 3-course all in itself! The location is perfect as it’s just down the street from Windermere and about a 20 min walk down to Bowness. By far the best romantic weekend away I’ve ever had! Will be returning for sure!" Read more
Fantastic staff and memorable breakfast!"Great experience all around. Fantastic staff and memorable breakfast! Will definitely recommend it to all my friends and will be coming back next time off we have." Read more
Amazing!"This place is seriously nice. We stayed in the Bowness Suite for a week and enjoyed every second we spent in the room. We'd have happily spent more time in there. Staff were polite, welcoming and friendly without being cloying or obsequious. Nothing was too much trouble; an umbrella was provided on arrival; ice arrived within seconds of a request; spare keys were provided when we left ours in the wrong car; breakfast arriving punctually in the serving hatch and was unfailingly generous. We worked our way through most of the menu during the week. Particularly impressive were the Porridge, the Eggs Benedict and of course, the Full Cumberland (with perfectly poached eggs). Discretion when paying was shown; other guests were present and as we were on honeymoon I was pleased my wife wasn't forced to hear the amount I had spent! Flowers were exactly as requested and there didn't seem to be a huge mark-up on them. The room was kept spotlessly clean and the jacuzzi bath was amazing, especially with the lighting controls; though we got a bit over-enthusiastic with the heated flooring! The mini-bar was well-stocked, and although we didn’t use it much, the prices were not extortionate. Plenty of hanging space and drawer space in the walk-in wardrobe. We used the free entry to the Old England Hotel Spa - this was completely worth it and we even had 10% off treatments."
Things to do
Boat hire is available from the lakeside, or the steam yacht Gondola tours the lake during the summer. There’s more information on the National Trust’s website. You can also enjoy a walk and a cuppa at the café by the lake. Or travel to the other side of the Lake to see a collection of the works of John Ruskin at the Ruskin Museum, as well as the salvaged remains of Bluebird K7. There are several pubs and restaurants in the village so ample opportunity to sample the beers brewed by the Coniston Brewery.
Coniston and our "Coniston" Suite
The Lake District is the most beautiful and romantic place to visit, which is why we’ve taken inspiration from it towns and villages to name our suites. Should you wish to get out and explore further than your suite, here is some information about its namesake Coniston, a busy village on Coniston Water. Overlooked by The Old Man of Coniston, it’s famous for, among other things, Swallows and Amazons and speed ace Donald Campbell.
Coniston is a large village on Coniston Water. Overlooked by Coniston Old Man (at 803m it is the highest point in the Furness Fells) it is popular for walkers and climbers. Coniston’s popularity as a tourist destination started with the Victorians. The poet John Ruskin bought a huge house, Brantwood in 1871, which looks onto the lake from the eastern side of Coniston Water and is worth a visit. At five miles long, the lake is the third largest in the Lake District and has been the setting for many water speed record attempts.
Did you know?
Kanchenjunga, the mountain in Arthur Ransome’s Swallowdale was inspired by the Old Man of Coniston. That’s not where the inspiration ended, Peel Island on Coniston Water is Wild Cat Island in Swallows and Amazons.
Arthur Ransome drew much inspiration from Coniston Water for his books Swallowdale and Swallows and Amazons. The poet, John Ruskin lived in Brantwood, a mansion on the edge of Coniston Water, until his death in 1900, choosing to be buried in St Andrews, Coniston. Sir Malcolm Campbell set the water speed record at over 140mph in his boat, Bluebird K4 in 1939. Donald Campbell, Sir Malcolm Campbell’s son, set four water speed records between 1956 and 1959. His quest to break through 300mph proved to be his final attempt. In January 1967 he achieved 320mph before losing control and crashing.