Last July we stayed in near Coniston in the Wheelgate Country
House Hotel. Coniston is a bit less touristy then Windermere.
The Wheelgate stands by itself and you can walk down to Coniston
Water, could probably walk into Coniston except the roads have no
footpath so make such an adventure a bit hazardous.
If you put the name of the property into a search engine it will
find a reference for you in one of the general Coniston web
sites. The Lake district is small so you can get all over it
easily, some of the roads round the hills are a bit of a
challenge. The Wheelgate house dates from 1640 so tall people
have a problem with doorways. Extremely nicely furnished and an
excellent breakfast and a bar too!
Margaret in Melbourne, Australia