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.  Email us to discuss your requirements: bookings.gondola@nationaltrust.org.uk.

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

We’re happy for you to bring your own drinks or finger foods onboard Steam Yacht Gondola. There’s no charge for corkage or bringing food onboard.

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. 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

 £610 for the first 1 hour and £105 per 30 minutes thereafter. 

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 15 minutes after the last cruise of the day. Please check opening times. 
  • Cruises must end by dusk
  • All sailings are weather permitting
  • Prices quoted are for charters embarking/disembarking at Coniston Jetty, Monk Coniston or Brantwood (subject to permissions) 
  • Piers are also available at Parkamoor and Lake Bank subject to permissions and an additional cost
  • We’re happy to discuss your individual requirements so please get in touch by emailing us at bookings.gondola@nationaltrust.org.uk

Please email us for more details.