The Church House Inn

Torver, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AZ

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Ideal for ...

  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays
  • Pub on site

Why stay here ...

This CL is temporarily closed for refurbishment.  The CL is due to re-open Easter 2020.

Facilities on site ...

  • Bar
  • Dog walk from site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Pub
  • Recycling facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Shower (exclusive use)
  • TV reception: good
  • WC (exclusive use)
  • Wi-Fi

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Latest arrival time: 10:00 PM

Latest departure time: 11:30 AM

0.75 acres

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Lat 54.338751 / Lon -3.101035
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  • Buses go to: Coniston, Broughton and Ulverston

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Return Visit - we won't be back

This was our second visit and will sadly be our last, due to the following issues: Having booked almost a year in advance at £10 per night, after seeing an earlier review plus another one on social media regarding a price increase I emailed the (new) owner to double check the prices. I was told that our 8 night stay would be £140 rather than the £80 I thought it would. When I queried this I was immediately told that if I wanted to cancel the booking she fully understood, as my parents were also booked onto the CL, and my in-laws into a room at the pub, this wasn't really an option with 3 weeks to go and a further email from myself resulted in an offer of a £20 reduction. It transpires that the CL cost is now £20 per night at the weekend and £15 per night midweek. Throughout our stay the Elsan disposal point was quite frankly disgusting, this was reported twice and was not resolved until the last day of our stay. The first weekend that we were there, there were 6 vans on the site, there are 5 hard standing pitches and the 6th Van was pitched on grass in front of the drinking water taps. Not withstanding the obvious breach of the rules this site is not big enough for 6 vans. On the final Saturday of our stay 3 tents had appeared overnight in the pub owned field opposite the CL, as it is their land they are of course perfectly entitled to do what they like with it, however all the occupants of these tents them proceeded to use the "exclusive use" shower and WC on site. Despite an almost wholesale change of staff from the previous management and a lack of visibility of the owners (we weren't quite sure who the landlord was, and the landlady was, other than serving food on the first night, usually out with her dogs or walking round the car park on her phone) the food was still good, but sadly the atmosphere in the pub and the sense that you are mixing with locals has gone. All of the above issues just seemed like a lack of care to us, and whilst the location remains one of our favourites we will not return and will stay at the CL in Coniston itself, which with EHU and not charging a weekend premium, represents much better value.

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Pleasant CL with great access to walks

A well looked after CL with hard standing places marked. It has great access to walks including the lake, many options for walking and cycling directly from the site. There are two water taps and a chemical toilet point - without water so care needed with the taps in case someone has used this for their toilet cassette. No obvious emptying point for grey waste except the chemical toilet point which wasn't very nice to use for grey waste. A toilet and shower is available to use, looked OK but didn't use. We were there on a Friday night so some noise from the pub as people left, walking along the path next to the pitches, but not a problem as only for a very short time. The location of this CL is excellent and the grass around the pitches made a lovely area to sit and relax.
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Good Value Now?

We don’t stay on CLs at all often and so it could be thought unfair to compare prices and facilities. Last August, Tiger77's review said that at £10 they thought it good value and I suppose that would be right but at £15 I thought it a lot for a site without electricity, especially in the grounds of a pub. It's a large increase in less than a year. Perhaps £15 for the first night and a cheaper rate for subsequent nights would be fair, (We booked and paid for three nights but stayed only two,) especially if a meal is bought in the bar. We did have an enjoyable meal but I'm reminded of the times, admittedly rarely, when I’ve bought a meal in a pub and have been allowed to stay overnight in the carpark without charge. To its credit though, there is a good, exclusive use toilet and shower, not available at an informal stay on a pub carpark When we arrived, the pub was closed but it was no trouble to drive onto the CL and settle in until it opened (at 4pm) to register. The Church House Inn is in a good location for cycling into Coniston and for walks up The Old Man and other fells. We caught one of the rare (mini) buses into Conston (£3) and walked back (3 miles).
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Super Value in The Lakes

After many years of visiting this village and this pub we have just spent 8 nights on the CL. We arrived a little early on out first day and were given a warm welcome in the Pub and check in was simple and we chose our pitch. Although the site is between a pub and a public footpath it is not particularly noisy and once the hedge has grown further I would imagine there will be even less impact from the path. The shower and Loo were always clean and the shower in particular was of a very good standard. This lovely little CL is also a huge bargain at just £10 per night, especially considering it's proximity to Coniston Water and also the village (a walk that you can do without touching the road). The food in the pub is excellent and they are also very dog friendly. There is no EHU, but don't let this put you off, give it a try! We will be back next year.
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Lovely area, shame about the welcome....

Just stayed here for three nights for a post Christmas break with our two boys. It is the first time we have used a Caravan Club CL site. Here are the positives: Great location, lovely views, direct access to the Torver trail – on which we cycled to Coniston village and back (lovely ride with beautiful views of lake and fell). A well kept small site at the back of the Inn, good level hardstanding. There is no electric hook up which we knew, so we took our own generator. We had a meal in the pub on the first night and the food was very good. Negatives: When I rang to make the booking for this site, I spoke to a lovely lady who was very friendly. I am not sure what happened to this lady, as on arrival we were given a very frosty reception from the lady at the bar – after being made to wait whilst others were 'served' who had entered the pub after us, we were then addressed in a rather dismissive tone and just told to go and find a pitch with no words of either welcome or offers of information such as where the toilets were etc. This frosty reception continued when we returned for our pre-booked meal and was no different when we paid on leaving! We are not sensitive people, and are quite happy to be left alone to get on with our holiday, but we would expect at least a basic gesture of welcome, perhaps a smile?! Instead we were made to feel like an irritating inconvenience, just a bit of extra income to them and no interest whatsoever in whether we were happy with the experience or not. We had to ask where to find the toilet and shower and when we went to have a look after dark, we were shocked to find there was no light bulb in the toilet, the only one working was in the shower room and we could not find a switch anywhere for the main hall light! All the walls were covered in damp (there was no heating) and in the toilet the wallpaper was literally hanging off the walls! The overall impression was of total neglect. Surely someone could at least provide a light bulb?! My children refused to use the facilities after seeing them on the first night. Its a shame because the shower and toilet were relatively clean and in good working order, they were just set in horrible surroundings.... Despite this, we enjoyed our holiday as the area is lovely, however we would not return to this site as why would you go back somewhere where you don't feel welcome?

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