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Mill Cottage - Wasdale

Wasdale, Lake District
Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Large cottage with stylish dining and socialising spaces for celebrations
  • Garden backed by a tranquil stream for afternoon drinks outside
  • In the peaceful hamlet of Santon Bridge, 5 miles from the Cumbrian coast
Property code: SZ344

Once used as a working mill, this spacious property has been converted into an impressive retreat for large groups and is an ideal choice for exploring the Wasdale Valley.

This cottage is a wonderful old mill building which has been converted and renovated to a very high standard. Situated on the banks of the River Irt, it is in the timeless hamlet of Santon Bridge, on the fringes of the Wasdale valley.

The renovated mill building and adjoining cottage have been transformed into one spacious property. The owners have carefully retained many characterful original features to provide sympathetic light and modern accommodation of the highest quality. The genorously sized sociable kitchen features bench seating, sumptuous sofas, a cosy wood burner and a stunning central kitchen island, topped with a local slate work surface. There is a large sitting room which offers a second a woodburning stove and a separate snug with a corner sofa, bean bags, and a flatscreen TV.

Upstairs there are five beautifully furnished, spacious bedrooms. Ten people are accommodated in a selection of twin, double and a super-king-size bedroom. There is one en-suite and a further two luxurious bathrooms, one of which features a roll-top bath.

It is ideally situated to enjoy both Wasdale, Eskdale and surrounding areas. The pub is just a 100-metre stroll away from the cottage.

The accommodation at the cottage is spaciously arranged over two floors. Enter the cottage through the patio doors to a beautiful fitted kitchen compromising a central island and high stools, perfect for socialising whilst cooking. The kitchen is fully equipped with large electric oven and induction hob, dishwasher, microwave and an American-style fridge/freezer. There is a dining table and seating for ten people along with comfy sofas for relaxing around the large wood burner. There is a further set of patio doors leading to the rear garden which backs onto a stream, running into the nearby River Irt (please note that this is unfenced).

From the kitchen you enter the light and spacious lounge with TV and DVD player as well as a further woodburning stove and decorative traditional fire place. There is an iPod docking station for guests' use and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Through the lounge there are two small steps up to the handy utility room which has a sink, washing machine, tumble dryer and additional WC.

Climbing the stairs to the first floor of the lounge side of the cottage, there is one double room, one twin bedroom and a good-sized shower room.

Back into the kitchen and through into the hallway, there is a door into the snug room which has a TV, corner sofa and bean bags, great for children and guests who just want to kick back and relax.

Stairs to the first floor on this side of the cottage also lead off this hallway. You reach a large landing to find the super-king-size bedroom which has an en-suite shower room with WC. On this floor there is a further double room and a twin room along with a family bathroom which has a walk-in shower enclosure, basin, WC and stunning roll-top bath, ideal for a long soak after a long day out on the fells.

  • 5 bedrooms – 1 super-king-size, 2 double, 2 twin
  • 3 bathrooms – 1 bathroom with bath, shower and WC, 1 shower room with shower and WC, 1 separate WC, 1 en-suite shower room with WC
  • Electric oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wood burner – first set of logs provided
  • Oil-fired central heating
  • TV, DVD, iPod docking station
  • Wi-Fi-included
  • BBQ
  • Front, rear and side garden
  • Off-road parking
  • 2 dogs welcome 
  • Group Bookings - these may need to be checked with the owner first before confirming
  • Please note that the garden is unfenced and bordered by a stream
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Keith 8th April 2022

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Mill Cottage was one of the few dog-friendly properties we could find. And a great find it was. Location is on the western edge of the lakes, The layout of the property worked really well for us (2 adults, 3 young kids, 2 dogs) but would work equally well for 2 families, with two of the five bedrooms positioned some distance from the other 3. QualiRead morety of the house was spot on. Having the Bridge Inn at the end of the driveway was a great bonus. A brilliant stay in a fantastic property. Hide

Reviewed by Jane 25th March 2022

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Beautiful and well equipped cottage in a peaceful and picturesque location. We had a lovely relaxing week and had good weather. Would definitely stay here again and a great property for larger families/groups due to layout of the property which allows for privacy and space.

Reviewed by Lynsey 21st December 2021

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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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