Sleeps 4 | Friday Changeover | No Pets | VE 4 Star
Starnthwaite Ghyll is about a mile from the village of Crosthwaite. Overlooking the river, this handsome building was once a thriving mill. Today it provides a place for those who seek true peace and relaxation.
The shared grounds are beautifully kept, with trees and ornamental shrubs. A formal garden spills down to the little river bank where guests may sit and relax, or you can venture off along the river path and find your own perfect spot to picnic and paddle.
Mill End is a ground floor apartment has one of the finest aspects, with views out to the garden. Furnished well, it is spacious and offers a perfect peaceful retreat.
From the little garden room you step into a large sitting room.The deep sofa and arm chairs sit around a crackling fire with a table to one end, making this a room perfect for snuggling up with the latest best seller as well as candle lit dinners prepared in the well equipped kitchen.
A hall leads to the two bedrooms, one a double, the other a twin, both furnished with contemporary beds, lighting and furniture.
There are two bathrooms, one with bath and overhead shower, one with walk in shower, both have hand basins and WC.
The garden room is a pleasing place to sip wine and chat on a warm summer evening or, you can cross the drive over to the river bank and laze to the sound of babbling water.
The Lythe Valley lies about five miles east from Lake Windermere. Famed for growing damsons, in summer it can be a sun drenched patchwork of green and yellow ochre meadows and orchards, criss crossed with narrow winding lanes that pass through farmland, by woodland and over rivers and becks, perfect for walks and cycling.
A stones throw from the cottage is the popular Punch Bowl Inn, renowned for its cuisine and a most pleasing place to dine.
South at Sizergh you will find Sizergh Castle. It is an imposing house with rich and beautiful gardens which includes a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. Also at Sizergh is the Strickland Arms, a great pub to have lunch or evening meal. Lastly there is Sizergh Barn, well worth avisit for the farm shop and cafe.
Across the way from Sizergh is Levens and Levens Hall. A beautiful historic house, the gardens are A grade I listed dating from 1694 surviving in their original design where the highlight is the topiary, some of the oldest in the world and justifiably famous.
Drive west and you come to the foot of Windermere, where you can spend a day at Fell Foot Park mucking about in and on the water.
Around the bottom of the lake is Newby Bridge and Lakeside with some excellent hotel inns, the Aquarium of the Lakes, the steam train and Windermere Cruises.
Further up the lake are the linked towns of Bowness and Windermere. Each is a busy community of shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions, serving both the local community and our visitors to the Lake District.
Perhaps the biggest attraction is the bay at Bowness, a sweeping crescent of waterfront and adjoining parkland, where you can enjoy a walk by the shore or find a quite place to picnic. At the bay you will find the piers and the famous Windermere steamers, which offer boat trips up and down the ten - mile reach of the lake. Here you can also hire rowing boats and motor powered boats, which can be taken by the hour to explore the lake and it islands for yourself.
Other popular attractions are the World of Beatrix Potter, the Windermere Steam Boat Museum and a little south of Bowness the Blackwell Arts and Crafts house, one of the most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20th century. The house is a superb example of the Arts and Crafts movement architecture, where it occupies a stunning position overlooking Windermere and is open to the public as a gallery for craft and applied arts.
For visual entertainment you have the Royalty Cinema in Windermere, and the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness, staging a lively annual season of music, theatre, comedy and film.
There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants, where for me the best is by far Jericho’s in Windermere. Owned and run by Jo and Chris Blaydes, the welcome is always warm, the setting perfect and the cuisine delicious.
Head south and you come to the Cartmel Peninsular where you can explore the little villages such as Grange and Cartmel and visit the coastline joining Cumbrias section of the coastal way.
East is Kendal, south lakes capital town. Well worth a visit for its shops, and restaurants, the town has a thriving art scene, with the Brewery Arts Centre offering live gigs, theatre and cinema, also the Abbott Hall Art Gallery which hosts many fine and changing art exhibitions.
To all at the lakeland cottage company,
My partner and i have recently very much enjoyed a lovely weeks stay at Mill End, 11th to 18th May, the weather was a little aganst us, but this did not put too much of a dampener on things, we still got out and about to enjoy this beautiful area and throughly enjoyed coming 'home' each day to your fantastic apartment, to enjoy a log fire and a few glasses of wine, we also managed elevenses in the garden on a couple of days! The apartment is tastefully furnished and we felt very comfortable there, the week flew by all too fast! The booking procedure was easy and all of your information was useful and easily understandable, which made the process totally stressless.
Thanks again, and please pass on our comments to the owners of the property, they have a place to be proud of!!
Sue - Lincs
Graham and Joan - Southport
"Wonderful place and location. Thanks, had a lovely weekend"
Paul - Nottingham and London
"Spot on! Just what I needed. Quiet, reflective location, but near enough to ‘hustle and bustle’ when needed. Thanks"
Turner family - Wolsingham
"We’ve had a wonderful, relaxing apartment; we wanted for nothing and will definitely come again! Thank you!"
Sylvia and Keith - Dinton
"Just the loveliest birthday present one could wish for. Need i say more than to say what a lovely peaceful, super spot. Thank you!"
Fitton Family - Horsham
"Very relaxing week-very peaceful location, but only a short drive away from Bowness, Kendal and Lancaster. The guide books were very useful- we particularly enjoyed the Coniston to Tarn Hows walk although the descent by Tom Gill needed some care! Would definitely recommend to friends. Thanks"
Swifts - Yorkshire
"Lovely place, wonderful surroundings. Would recommend to anyone who wants to chill and unwind! Local walks from the house are a must."
Wells - York
"On honeymoon- beautiful area and lovely relaxed walks to Punch Bowl- pudding was gorgeous there. Golf brilliant at Windermere, great afternoon at the farm where they filmed Beatrix Potter. Relaxing week- cheers!"
Emily and Lynn - India
"A huge thanks to whoever thought of everything a person could ever want and made sure it was here for us. Truly a home from home. So comfortable and really made our stay in the lakes a wonderful pone. We had lovely meals at The Masons Arms and The Brown Horse. Recommend a visit to Blackwell Arts and Crafts House which is very close by and the steamer trip from Newby Bridge to Bowness and back was excellent."
The Whitlam Family
"As mentioned many times, the house is full of everything you could want or desire. We’ve all had a fantastic week here and even spent a day relaxing where we never went out (unheard of for us!) Many thanks for an enjoyable home from home experience."
Richard, Joanne and Faith - Hartlepool
"Simply fantastic…..Like home from home for us, we thoroughly enjoyed our peaceful relaxing stay at Mill End. We will return home fully recharged with smiles on our faces. As the weather was on our side we enjoyed our days at Windermere feeding the ducks and swans, and eating our picnic whilst watching the world go by. The evenings were filled with our eyes fixated to the burning fire, with a glass of wine or ice cold beer. Thank you again for our fantastic stay."
Bartrop Family - Surrey
An ideal place for a wheelchair user! Plenty of space and good access in the main bedroom and shower room. Also great for kids. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and recommend the adventure playgrounds at Fell Foot Park and Brockhole (also good lakeside picnic spots). We’ve stayed in the Lakes many times, but never had such a good view form the kitchen sink!!
Local Areas Of InterestBowness & Windermere
Mill End Inventory
Crosthwaite for -
Sizergh & Levens for -
Bowness for -
Mr Norrells Emporium Of The Strange, Reclaimed & Curious
Helens Hand Made Chocolates
Windermere for -
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite for -
Cartmel for -
Pubs and Resturants
Rogans Wine Bar
The Cavendish Arms
The Royal Oak
Pig & Whistle
The Kings Arms
Cartmel Village Shop, home of the sticky toffee pudding
Cartmel Racecourse - See website for race days
Cartmel Village Website For latest events, attractions and venues.
Cartmel Farmers Market
Tel 015395 36366 Doctors Milligan and Lovatt and Primary Healthcare Team on Haggs Lane in Cartmel village
Grange over Sands for -
Grange Prom Art Last Sunday in the month April - September
Cark for -
Holker Hall beautiful gardens and house along with food hall and cafe.
Kendal for -