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The Millstream

Keswick, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1042933)


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  • 7 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • Simon

    “We loved this cosy cottage with the Aga warming us and the very comfortable bedrooms .”

    The photos do not do it justice ! The location is ideal for exploring the Northern Lakes and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you!

    The photos do not do it justice ! The location is ideal for exploring the Northern Lakes and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you!

    - Simon, October 2023


  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin with high-sleeper platform bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over the bath, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Oil fired central heating with open fire
  • Oil fired Aga cooker with electric hob, American style fridge/freezer with ice and water dispenser, integrated oven, microwave, washer, dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview and DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair provided
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Sloped garden with courtyard and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking.

The property

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 mealsmwhilst 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 overhead 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.

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

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 16.6 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles.

The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.

Note: Due to many steps and terraces in the garden, children will need to be supervised. Note: Fuel for open fire can be purchased locally. Note: Guests are welcome to use the Bistro and Spa at an additional cost.

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