As part of the Glotime ‘UK Holiday Challenge’ we stumble upon a gem of an Inn in the charming village of Coniston, Cumbria in the Lake District.

Coniston is a great destination for walkers and climbers, as well as families wanting to explore beyond its boundaries. Many famous writers have visited and lived in Coniston, including Coleridge and John Ruskin, who is now buried in the famous St Andrews Church and has a Museum in his name in the Village.

In more recent times, Donald Campbell broke the water speed record on Coniston Water in 1955, but was killed attempting to regain it again in 1967. There is a memorial to him on the village green, just opposite the car park, and information about him in the Ruskin Museum.

The delightful Black Bull Inn and Hotel was built around 400 years ago as a coaching inn providing accommodation for travellers, coachmen and horses.

The Inn is situated in the heart of Coniston Village, beside the beck and in the shadow of the ‘Old Man’ mountain. We felt it important to give you more detail of this exceptional accommodation, as they have left no stone unturned in their effort to cater to all of their guests.IMG_1055

They have 15 comfortable bedrooms, each with bath/shower ensuite, colour tv, tea/coffee making facilities, hair-dryer, full central heating and double glazing. The original features and character of the rooms have still been retained.

They serve a range of light snacks, catch of the day, hearty meat dishes and vegetarian dishes.

The most recent addition to their hostelry is a microbrewery, in which they brew their own beer, Bluebird Bitter and Old Man Ale. They use on the finest ingredients and their local mountain water.


We began to investigate the location and country inn when one of our Glotime followers, Lynn Walker contacted us recommending this as a great place to visit and stay.

Lynn had visited The Old Bull last year with her husband and two children, and one evening was walking across the courtyard, when she glimpsed a man walking ahead of her in Coachman attire. When she turned the corner the man had disappeared, which she put down to him being faster on foot. She assumed that there was a local celebration or festival in the village for its history, but on investigation, discovered that there was nothing to explain a fancy dress occasion.

Many ghostly experiences have been recorded in the Village and especially at The Old Black Bull, but it is hardly surprising with its rich cultural past and vibrant history.

Lynn related her findings to us with great excitement, and assures us that it did not spoil her holiday in any way, but added to the quality of the stay, which she would heartily recommend.

(Images courtesy of Ian Bradley)

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