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Chapel Stile, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1042937)

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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3 Customer Review(s)

  • Dr Davies

    “Mellbreak was clean and comfortable, in a great location, and we had a great week.”

    However, I am not sure whether I would class it as 4* by comparison to other Heart of the Lake properties with this rating and in this price range. A few points: ...

    However, I am not sure whether I would class it as 4* by comparison to other Heart of the Lake properties with this rating and in this price range. A few points: The freezer is in the garage downstairs, where the lighting did not work - we found it eventually and managed to get it going, but it would have been helpful for this to be explained and for it to be switched on in advance, as it was not ready when our shopping order arrived. As a party of 4 there was adequate space, but, it would have been very cramped in the living areas especially if there were 5 people. Although we understand that Covid has placed restrictions on property owners, the way this was managed at Mellbreak is different from other properties, in terms of a depleted stock of utensils, cupboards roped off & instructions not to touch multiple things. We were also informed that leaving time was an hour earlier than we had been told when we arrived to allow for extra cleaning - it very much felt that restrictions from the strictest days of lockdown were being kept for convenience (as other properties have adapted now and have dealt with restrictions without imposing restrictions on guests). Combined with little notices e.g. over the toilets warning us what not to flush etc., by the lights, which are ordinarily there I imagine, it made us feel a bit more like staying in a 'motel' rather than a home. The wifi speed is very slow, which was inconvenient in general and made remote working extremely difficult, when one of us had to attend a meeting. It was a clean, comfortable, and convenient property (although the 3 floor arrangement with narrow spiral staircases makes it quite difficult with young children (or for anyone whose mobility is at all limited), but did not live up to the quality or atmosphere of other properties with a similar rating/pricing.

    - Dr Davies, August 2021


The property

Set in Chapel Stile - one of the most picturesque villages in the Lake District and the gateway to the Langdale valley, Mellbreak is superbly located, surrounded by fells such as Pike o'Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the craggy peaks of the Langdale Pikes rising at the head of the valley. Just a short walk away is Chapel Stile village, home to the well-known Wainwrights pub and with its well stocked village shop and popular Bramble's cafe . Walks for all abilities are a plenty and straight from the door. Accommodation: The usual entrance is via the back door where you can leave boots bikes and outdoor gear in the utility area, also on this level you will find a single en-suite bedroom (shower, basin, wc), before taking the open tread spiral stairs to the first floor. The good sized open plan living area has views across the road to neighbouring fields (TV, DVD, mini hi-fi with bluetooth, electric fire). The fitted kitchen area creates an L-shape with the sitting room, ideal for family socialising whilst meals are being prepared. Broad spiral stairs to the upper floor access the two bedrooms (one double and a twin room). Family bathroom is newly fitted (P-bath with shower over, basin and wc) . The cottage is comfortable in all seasons with decor in tasteful neutral colours and fitted carpets throughout. Outside : Parking behind the cottage for one car. A second car can usually be accommodated adjacent to the first parking place. Safe bike storage in integral garage. A small area to the front of the cottage provides outside seating to take in the tranquillity of Chapel Stile. A few hundred yards to shop and pub at Chapel Stile. Bus route passes the door. Note: Payphone.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview and DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Secure bike storage
  • Outside seating area
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • No cot or highchair available at this property.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Ambleside and Grasmere 4.5 miles; Bowness-on-Windermere 9.5 miles.

A delightful, rural village nestled right in the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park. Chapel Stile is an excellent hidden gem, set at the bottom of a stunning valley, flanked on one side by the River Brathay, surrounded by incredible scenery and filled with wonderful slate and stone buildings. The village offers a traditional church from the mid 1800's as well as a café, a pub and a village shop that has stood for well over 100 years. Chapel Stile is a great base for exploring this National Park, with easy access to a number of sights and fells worth visiting. You must go to the lovely neighbouring village of Elterwater and stand on the Skelwith Bridge and simply take in the views. Nearby are the fantastic Lake District towns of Ambleside and Kendal are withing a short driving distance, offering excellent views, buildings and so much to do. For you outdoors people, make sure you visit Bowness-on-Windermere, with its incredible lake activities and so much to do; it's perfect for families.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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