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Force Mill

Lazonby, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Riverside holiday retreat brimming with character
  • Relax by the roaring open fire or in the garden with views of the weir
  • Get to know the Eden Valley and stop by Lacy’s Cave and Long Meg
Property code: SZ198

Sitting on the edge of the River Eden, this home sits in the Eden Valley with plenty of places to explore without jumping in the car. Return to the open fire for atmospheric cosy evenings in.

Enjoying an enviable position by the majestic River Eden, it is easy to see why this property has previously been described as one of the most picturesque cottages in the UK. Brimming with charm and character, it is a wonderful home-from-home for six people to enjoy this peaceful corner of Cumbria. The country-style dining kitchen has an electric fire set in a feature sandstone fireplace, whilst there's an open fire in the lovely living room. Also on the ground floor is a handy utility room and shower room. Head up the stairs and you'll find the delightful bedrooms, two twin rooms and a master double along with the family bathroom. Take a seat in the garden to savour a moment of peace and tranquillity, looking out over the neighbouring weir.

There's so much to explore during a stay here that one week just won't be enough! Enjoy a walk through the shared natural woodland or walk down to the river, guests at the cottage can take advantage of the 1.8-mile walk along the private river bank, connecting you to the neighbouring village of Lazonby. Alternatively there is a shorter walk to Great Salkeld along a picturesque footpath, down the lane and across fields. Both of these villages have a pub so be sure to reward yourself with a cold pint or hearty meal before making the return journey. If you're lucky, you'll even get to get to spot some of the resident bird and wildlife on your travels. A trip to nearby Lacy's Caves and Long Meg Stone Circle is a must, you're sure to be enchanted.

With the beautiful Eden Valley on your doorstep and both the Lake District and North Pennines, a well deserved Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a scenic drive away, there's plenty of choice for days out. A day spent exploring Ullswater is never a day wasted; take a walk around Aira Force or enjoy a cruise round the lake from bustling Pooley Bridge. Head west to Keswick for a wealth of outdoor activities or north to the boarder city of Carlisle where you can learn about the rich Roman history of the area.

Inside, this 18th-century Grade II-listed farmhouse is full of charm and character. On the ground floor you'll find the wonderful living room. With original beams and an open fire set in a feature sandstone fireplace, it's the perfect place to relax and recharge. Perch on one of the delightful window seats, the ideal spot for catching up with some reading or simply enjoying a peaceful moment looking out at beautiful surroundings. With the sofas and armchair arranged around the fireplace, making for convivial evenings in in front of the fire. For entertainment, there's a TV and Wi-Fi. The country-style dining kitchen is well equipped with plenty of modern conveniences. There's an electric oven and hob, handy microwave and useful dishwasher. The wooden dining table is perfect for keeping the cook company and for gathering round to recount the day's adventures. A feature electric fire provides a welcoming glow, whilst the dramatic arched window provides the breathtaking views. Also on the ground floor is a useful utility room with washing machine and a handy shower room with WC and shower cubicle.

Head up the stairs to find the sleeping accommodation. The master bedroom is light and airey. With a wooden double bed, chest of drawers and hanging space, it's a lovely relaxing room - perfect for indulging in a long lie in. Next along the landing are the two twin rooms, one with characterful beams and the other with a wonderful feature fireplace. The family bathroom contains a WC and bath; treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the tub, perfect for unwinding after a day out exploring.

Once you've explored the house, head outside as you're sure to be spending a lot of time out here! The patio area is perfectly positioned next to the River Eden, with stunning views of the weir and countryside beyond. The table and chairs here make dining alfresco a dream - talk about dinner with a view! Whilst you're staying herel, you can also enjoy access to a shared natural woodland and are able to walk down to the river, a real treat.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 double, 2 twins
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 shower room with WC, 1 bathroom with WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher
  • Utility room with washing machine
  • Open fire, wood burner-effect electric fire
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels included
  • Garden with patio area and furniture, stepped access to a shared woodland and walk along private riverbank
  • Private parking to the front of the cottage
  • Regret no dogs
  • Shops within 2.5 miles, pub within 1.5 miles
  • Children must be supervised near the river
  • Fishing on the River Eden is available by prior arrangement - please enquire for further details


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Lynn 19th November 2021

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I went with friends and we all loved it, what a fab location! We were lucky with the weather cold but sunny, we spent many an hour sat out looking for the heron. Cosy nights spent by the fire and nipping out to see the shooting stars. If you will be wanting to have a fire, take kindling and firefighters with you.

Reviewed by Stephen 5th November 2021

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The cottage is definitely one of the best we have stayed at, (our second visit) mainly because of the location, it's so quiet (apart from the noise of the river at night) and private and the woodland at the back of the cottage is great to explore at any time of year, bluebells in Spring and the Autumn colours are awesome. So glad it's down a quiet Read morecountry lane and there are no footpaths. The cottage is lovely and cosy too. Hide

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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