Sunny Bank Farm is owned by a group of four friends who are all passionate about the Lake District and particularly the Sunny Bank area and Coniston Water. We regularly come and stay at Sunny Bank with friends and family and have put a lot of thought and effort into equipping it with everything you could possibly need – whether you are looking for an active holiday in the Great Outdoors, gentle walks by the lake or just relaxing and dining with friends in breath-taking scenery.
The property caters for families and children of all ages. Well-behaved dogs are welcome too. The large garden is enclosed but please be aware there are normally sheep in the fields down to the lake so dogs must be on a lead.
Sunny Bank Farm is on a South-facing hillside (hence the name) between Torver Beck and Coniston Water. It is in the South Western part of the Lake District National Park about 40 minutes from the M6. The nearest mainline station is Oxenholme just outside Kendal. The hamlet of Sunny Bank consists of just half a dozen dwellings, nestled beside the water.
To the north, adjoining the property, is Torver Back Common where a short walk uphill quickly rewards with fantastic views of the whole lake. Alternatively you can follow the Cumbria Way path along the lakeshore all the way to Coniston village, about 4 miles away. The Bluebird café at the water's edge will provide a well-earned ice-cream or cup of tea! In the summer it is possible to catch a launch back to a jetty just beside Sunny Bank. Alternatively a bus service will drop you off outside the farm.
To the west is beautiful open countryside, and a walk up to Beacon Tarn is recommended. Torver village, 1 mile to the north, boasts two traditional Lakeland pubs serving fine beers and excellent food. Full of character, the pubs have roaring log fires, low beams and flagstone floors.
Coniston, 4 miles north, is a pretty Lakeland town with a fine church, a variety of shops, post office, tourist information centre and a number of good pubs. The Steam Yacht Gondola and Coniston Launch both operate from here, providing a good way to see the lake. The John Ruskin museum is well worth a visit, as is Ruskin's house, Brantwood, just across the lake, which has beautiful gardens and a great restaurant.