The Coniston Hotel forms part of the Coniston Estate, which has been home to the Bannister family since the late 1960s. The estate comprises the magnificent Coniston Hall, The Coniston Hotel, Coniston Shooting Ground, Falconry Centre and much more.
After the Bannister's bought the estate they became aware of the need to diversify into areas other than farming. They decided to convert one of the outlying barns in to a farm shop which sold produce from the estate including homemade preserves and fish. Mrs Bannister and her late son, Tom were responsible for the farm shop and as today, the whole family was very involved in the every aspect of running the business.
Being located on the A65 trunk road to the Lakes meant that the farm shop very quickly gathered a strong customer base and a tearoom was added to meet growing demand. More expansion came when the tearoom was converted to a restaurant and then again when the first bedrooms were added and the farm shop made the transition to hotel.
The business has enjoyed steady growth over the years. In 2011 we added a further 22 bedrooms, many with wonderful views over the lake and grounds. The Coniston Hotel is now a thriving 71 bedroom hotel which has 6 meeting rooms, a great restaurant, Macleod’s, the Huntsman’s Lounge which serves food all day, and many other activities for guests to enjoy. The hotel has won many different industry awards over the past few years. At the heart of everything we do are family values. Mr and Mrs Bannister can be seen out and about the hotel and estate almost every day, ensuring the guest is being well looked after. A key factor in the success of the Coniston hotel is that all business decisions are very much centred on the guests and their needs. The new Spa development is very much in line with this philosophy as it is seen as almost the missing piece in the whole offering.