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Moving to Swallows and Amazons Country

August 23, 2016

Moving to Swallows and Amazons Country

Inspired by the Lake District landscapes that form the backdrop to the Swallows and Amazons film?

Tempted by the thought of a holiday home where you and your children can get back to nature and away from the city or internet?

Perhaps it’s just time to sell the empty family home and downsize to a country cottage?

Or maybe you’re just looking for a new lifestyle business opportunity.

Although some things may have changed since Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s novel was written in 1930, it is still possible to get away from it all and enjoy the simpler pleasures of sailing, fishing, walking, cycling and riding in stunning Lake District scenery – all in an hour and a half’s drive from Manchester or under 3 hours by train from London – if you really can’t escape urban life completely.

Whatever type of property you’re looking for the Lake District has the full range from quirky country cottages to large lakeside estates and everything in between.

For Swallows and Amazons fans, the main filming locations were around Coniston, Tarn Hows and Derwent Water.

Properties currently on sale in those areas include

2 bedroom cottages in and around the town of Coniston for around £300,000

4-5 bed houses in Coniston for around £600,000

But if you’re looking for a property with a real Swallows and Amazons connection then “Lane Head” and “Lake House” on the east of Coniston Water were once owned by a childhood friend of Arthur Ransome who taught his grandchildren to sail and inspired him to write the classic novel.   With an asking price of £1.55m the properties have views across the lake and have the potential to become a great family home, nursing home and/or training centre. Lake House is currently a luxury 3 bed holiday let and could provide supplementary income.

Further north in Borrowdale, Greenbank Country House with views over Derwentwater is a 10 bed guesthouse on the market with an asking price of £995,000. The property offers significant potential as a lovely family home with income potential and is only 4 miles from the bustling market town of Keswick

If you’re still worried about leaving the trappings of modern life, latest figures show that more than 120,000 homes and businesses in Cumbria now have access to fibre-optic broadband so setting up a business, working from home or maybe downloading the Swallows and Amazons film has also become much easier. To check availability go to

For further information about how we can help you find your perfect property in the Lake District, please telephone 0330 223 6339.

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