Private Charters and weddings on Gondola

Looking for a wedding reception, anniversary, birthday, retirement or corporate venue on the lake in Coniston? Gondola is a different kind of experience; a beautifully restored steam powered yacht available to hire as a private venue.

Take in true Lake District scenery as you pass fells, mountains and Lakeland houses from the open air deck or one of Gondola’s lavish saloons inside.

The two saloons reflect Victorian trains from the Furness Railway: a ‘first class’ saloon with comfortable upholstered seating and ornate ceiling and a ‘third class’ saloon with a rich mahogany ceiling and leather seats. The interior boasts a luxurious ambience with polished brasses and some carpeted floors, recreating the atmosphere of a bygone era. 

Capacity

Gondola is licensed for up to 86 passengers using both the outside space and indoor seating areas; inside there is seating for 50 people. If you’re having catering during your sail with us, the maximum we recommend is 50 guests. 

Catering

Due to the nature of the yacht, we ask that you only use one of our recommended and approved local suppliers for your on-board catering. We’re unable to accommodate parties who wish to bring their own food and drink. Canapés and sweet light bites, afternoon tea, drinks or full cold buffet menus can be provided by one of our partners: 

Tower Bank Arms, Near Sawrey: towerbankarms.co.uk Tel 015394 36334 (licensed)
Steam Bistro, Coniston: steambistro.co.uk Tel 015394 41928 (food and soft drinks)
Wilfs Outside Catering, Staveley: wilfs-cafe.co.uk Tel 01539 822329 (food and soft drinks)
Brantwood Restaurant, Coniston: brantwood.org.uk Tel 015394 41396 (licensed) – available for charters starting at Brantwood only.
The Porterage: theporterage.co.uk Tel 01229 861088 (drinks only)

The central seating in the saloons can be turned into tables for catering – the seating is fixed ‘bench style’ around the perimeter of the saloons. If you decide to have catering we recommend a cruise of 1.5-2 hours to sail the full length of the lake. 

Entertainment

You’re welcome to arrange your own entertainment on board Gondola, such as a jazz/blues band or string quartet and we would be happy to provide some local contacts. Please bear in mind that the number of musicians in the band needs to be included in your passenger numbers when putting together your guest list. 

Hire charge

1 hour Charter from £595
1.5 hour Charter from £695
2 hour Charter from £795

Weddings

An evening sail on Coniston Lake aboard this restored Victorian boat is a stand out experience for you and your guests on your special day. We work closely with Brantwood, on the shores of Coniston Water, a licensed venue for civil wedding ceremonies to offer an additional and unique experience as part of your wedding day. Gondola isn’t licensed for civil ceremonies. Passengers can board at Brantwood jetty following the ceremony, for canapés and champagne from Brantwood’s restaurant. Visit brantwood.org.uk or telephone 015394 41396.

The small print

  • The earliest charter time is 4.45pm 
  • Cruises must end by dusk
  • All sailings are weather permitting
  • Prices quoted are for charters embarking/disembarking at Coniston Jetty
  • Piers are also available at Monk Coniston, Parkamoor, Lake Bank and Brantwood subject to permissions and an additional cost
  • We’re happy to discuss your individual requirements and provide a quote, so please get in touch Monday-Friday 9am-5pm on 015394 32733. Or email us at sygondola@nationaltrust.org.uk

Please email us for more details.