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 riverbank 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, having one of the finer aspects with views out to the garden. Offering its guests an excellent quality, as recognised by the Visit England 4 Star Gold Award, it is well furnished, spacious and makes for the perfect, peaceful retreat.
The Living Spaces
From the little garden room at the entrance you step into the large sitting room. The deep sofas sit around a crackling fire with a dining table to one end and overlooking the gardens, making this a room perfect for snuggling up with the latest best seller as well as candle lit dinners prepared in the adjacent well-equipped kitchen.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
The hall leads to the two bedrooms, one a double, the other a twin, both furnished with contemporary beds, lighting and fitted wardrobes. There are two bathrooms, one with bath and overhead shower, one with a shower cabinet, both have hand basins and WC.
The Garden Room is a pleasing place to sip wine and chat on a warm summer evening. Across the drive are the shared gardens and riverbank a perfect setting for a picnic lunch or a quiet read.
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, crisscrossed 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 that 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 a visit for the farm shop and cafe.
Across the way from Sizergh is Levens and Levens Hall. A beautiful historic house, the gardens are 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 quiet 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, across the two villages to suit all tastes.
Head south and you come to the Cartmel Peninsula where you can explore the little villages such as Grange and Cartmel and visit the coastline joining Cumbria's 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.