Used by Arthur Ransome as the setting for Swallows and Amazons, 15th-century Bank Ground is beautifully situated on the eastern shore of Coniston Water, opposite the village of Coniston on the western shore. It's a proper, old-fashioned working farm, though some traditionally decorated rooms have a few contemporary elements such as stylish large-pattern wallpaper and oversize pillows. Cottages with kitchens (catering and barbecue packs are also available) are a good option for longer stays, and there's a guest lounge with an open fire. The tearoom is open to the public on weekends from Easter to October. The guesthouse is open Easter to November, while the cottages are open year-round.