We found a hidden gem in Cunsey!

Where on earth is Cunsey I hear you say?

Situated on the west side of Lake Windermere – a little hamlet called Cunsey nestled on the Graythwaite Estate.

Stunning lake views combined with peaceful tranquillity, the perfect bolthole to get away from the world for a weekend or perhaps longer! Whilst being not too far away from a pub, shop or more liveliness should you require it!

Cunsey Lodge sleeps 8 in 4 generously sized ensuite bedrooms – no queuing for the bathroom here!
The two double bedrooms at the front over look the lake. A large Kitchen, dining room and lounge all open plan makes this cottage feel so spacious! A roaring log fire to keep you warm in the winter and underfloor heating!

My family and I stayed the last weekend in January for a birthday treat and simply fell in love with the place! There was nothing they hadn’t thought of in this cottage – from a well stocked wood store round the back, washing machine and tumble dryer, two large TVs with Freesat, Wifi and a wood fired Hot Tub on the patio! A perfect way to unwind at the end of the day with a glass of prosecco or two, and yes they even thought of drinks holder on the side for your glasses!
A little gift bag in the kitchen welcomed us with local coffee and tea, a loaf of bread and Hawkshead Relish vanilla and raspberry jam, and a bottle of fizz!

Just a couple of minutes drive takes you up to the Graythwaite Estate where you will find an indoor heated pool, gym, table tennis, and a small shop stocked with all those essentials you may have forgot to pack, or a bottle of wine should you run out!

We found a perfect walk for the Saturday morning whilst is wasn’t raining – a circular walk from the doorstep of the cottage through the woodland at the back, crossing over a river, to then follow the road, until you get to the footpath sign that takes you down to the lake shore. You can then follow the shoreline for a good half a mile through Rawlinson Nab, then the path continues up past one of the other cottages on the Estate called Holmewell to join the road again, back to Cunsey lodge. A good 1-2 hour leisurely walk, with views over the lake looking towards Storrs Hall and Millionaires Row!

A quick pit stop at the cottage for lunch and to stoke up the fire on the hot tub as it take a good 2–3 hours to heat from cold. We headed up to the pool for a swim whilst the hot tub was heating up! My daughter loved the indoor heated pool and we were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves!

The hot tub had reached the perfect 40 degrees on our return, and although the weather had turned to damp drizzle it didn’t put us off! It was the most relaxing experience sat in a hot tub, with a glass of wine, looking a the views, hearing the birds singing, and watching pheasants strutting past wondering what on earth we were doing!!!

The Graythwaite Estate is a privately owned estate of approximately 5000 acres of mixed woodland and farmland.  They have over 30 properties to let as well as Silverholme, which is a luxury manor house that can be rented for weddings and functions.

[contributed by Helen Dodd, following a stay at Cunsey Lodge]