It is easy to see why the owners of The Millstream fell in love with this truly charming character property which has now been lovingly restored and prepared for holiday use. Dating from the early 19thC this stone-built character, former water-driven, cotton mill lies in an enviable position on the south facing lower slopes of Skiddaw in the tiny village of Applethwaite, just a over a mile outside Keswick, and is handy for all facilities. With numerous walks literally from the door and delightful country lanes for cycling and rambling you will not be short of holiday activities.
Oxley's Bistro and Health Spa just along the lane is open to non-members for spa treatments, lunches and evening meals (please note that leisure pool access for this property is at the Keswick leisure pool) whilst The Pheasant at Crossthwaite (still within walking distance) is a traditional pub with a warm welcome and great food. Keswick offers excellent shopping, live theatre, cinema and weekly markets as well as many places to eat out. Year round lake cruises and seasonal boat hire on Derwentwater can be enjoyed by all the family.
Accommodation: The Millstream is a most unusual property built on three floors with the main entrance at the top level from the parking area and garden. The entrance lobby has plenty of hanging space and boot rack for outdoor gear. A charming sitting room with open fire and several windows offers a restful retreat (flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD, Wi-Fi, bluetooth speaker). Also on this floor is a twin bedroom with TV/DVD (and with an additional hi-sleeper platform bed - please order as an extra single at the time of booking).
Stairs from the upper landing access the middle floor where there are two further bedrooms - a master double with king-size bed and wash basin with en-suite shower and wc; a second double also with king-size bed and wash basin; and the family bathroom (bath with hand-held shower, basin and wc). Door to the rear courtyard.
Down again to the lowest floor you come to the delightful and spacious family room/kitchen which is sure to be the focus of many happy family meals and lazy breakfasts. A cosy seating area to one end has a large comfortable sofa, rocking chair and coffee table. A further seating area is located on the gallery overlooking the kitchen. Backdoor to outside steps. Useful utility room off the kitchen for laundry, tumble dryer and hanging rail, (third wc).
The whole house has been carefully renovated and presented to a high standard with holiday comfort in mind and is restful and stylish. Carefully chosen subtle colour schemes and Laura Ashley furnishings and fabrics blend well with the numerous character features...exposed and painted stone walls, beams, deep set windows and various levels.
Stairs, bedrooms and sitting room have fitted carpets and the kitchen has limestone flagstones with oak laminate in the sitting area.
Outside: Parking in the driveway for two cars. Garden areas are on different levels with steps and terraces and there is a small courtyard outside the middle level door. Small children will need supervision. Garden bench, table and chairs. Pub 1.5 miles, Keswick centre 2 miles, Oxley's Bistro and Spa 350 yards.
One well behaved dog accepted * non-smokers please * duvets/beds made up for arrival * oil fired AGA * electric oven and hob * dishwasher * microwave * fridge * freezer * auto washer * auto dryer * oil-fired central heating and hot water * all fuel included excpet fuel for open fire available to buy locally * free wi-fi broadband * towels available - please order * travel cot and high chair available - please order
A return visit, and we have had exceptional weather all week! The cottage was more cosy and comfortable than we remembered!Mr Evans
Thank you for providing a wonderful stay in a cosy and perfect property! We really did have a brilliant time and will return soon!Mary Jones
Fabulous week walking in the Lake District! This home is perfectly situated for lots of activities! A real treat, home from home.Watkins