Towards the property
Explore the delightful grounds
Lounge area
Modern lounge
Plenty of additional seating
Open-plan kitchen/diner
Contemporary kitchen
Dine together
Perfect setting for an evening drink
Spacious hallway
King-size bedroom located on the ground floor
Shower room located on the ground floor
King-size bedroom
Shower room
Towards the property
Nearby beck
Time to explore
Enjoy a ramble
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4 / 18  Modern lounge
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9 / 18  Perfect setting for an evening drink
10 / 18  Spacious hallway
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Waterfall Cottage

Satterthwaite, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
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Property code: LCC73


Waterfall Cottage is the perfect holiday cottage with a modern interior set inside an ancient barn, overlooking a river and waterfall, along with a mighty forest on your doorstep.

Fully refurbished Waterfall Cottage is one of a group of buildings collectively known as Force Mill, which sit by the Grizedale Beck between Coniston Water and Windermere, on the southern edge of the Grizedale Forest and a mile from the village of Satterthwaite in the heart of the Lake District National Park. As the name implies, it is here that a gentle beck turns into a powerful force, with a cascading waterfall, where in the past it would have been harnessed to drive the mill.

The Living Spaces

Approached by country lanes you arrive at the little walled hamlet and park up in the old farmyard. You enter through tall glazed double doors formed from the original barn entrance and step into a hall with timber stairs. On the ground floor you have the large kitchen - dining room, well equipped and perfect for those favourite dinners.

Upstairs is the spacious sitting room. Contemporary in design, it is a beautiful room in which to gather and relax, with views toward the river and woodland. Furnished with a couple of plump leather sofas, glass coffee table, excellent art, where along with occasional lighting to set the mood and a wide screen TV to curl up around and watch the latest blockbuster, you have all you need for a comfortable stay.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

The first bedroom is on the ground floor. Complete with a king size double bed, it is light and airy, very well furnished with an adjacent shower room with shower, basin and WC.

The second bedroom is upstairs off the sitting room. Again a king size double bed and adjacent to the second shower room with basin and WC.

Garden Spaces

Outside there are delightful grounds, surrounded and shaded by trees, and frequented by a couple of handsome roosters, both not adverse to a tit bit or two if on offer. There is a small private patio garden for your use, and behind this you have your own little terrace overlooking the beck and up to the falls. With sun shimmering through the trees and glinting on the water what could be more perfect and romantic for an evening drink or to dine alfresco.

Delightfully Otters have recently been seen in the river and out on the bank in the evening, what a treat!

Out & About

Force Mill lies pretty much equidistant between Coniston Water to the west and Lake Windermere to the east, where the Rusland Valley joins the southern borders of the Grizedale Forest, a vast area of ancient woodland and commercial plantation under the care of the Forestry Commission.

The forest chiefs have made huge creative efforts in conservation and diversity turning this mighty woodland into a fantastic recreational area and open-air art gallery. Many sculptural pieces can be found in and around the forest along way marked tracks and trails which offer various levels of effort and distance, including provision for disabled visitors with the introduction of the tarmacked “Ridding Wood Trail”.

At the heart of the forest is the Visitor Centre. This is the best place to start, picking up maps and information to get the most from your day in the woodland. There is an information desk, shop, cafe, exhibition rooms, galleries, bike hire and a children's play area. A well-defined map will show the many trails for both walking and mountain bikes.

The big hike is to follow the Silurian Way. Nine and a half miles long the walk takes you through both sides of the valley, taking in deep forest glades and climbing to higher viewpoints. On route you will see most of the sculptures and it is estimated to take about five hours so a packed lunch is a good idea. Many trails are open to mountain bikes where you can either bring your own or hire cycles from Grizedale Mountain Bikes.

For those who require a bit more adventure then you must 'Go Ape'. Well established as a firm favourite, ‘Go Ape’ is aerial trekking high above the forest floor where you swing through the trees, cross rope bridges and scramble nets, ending on a huge wind in your face zip wire ride.

The nearest village is Satterthwaite, about a mile up the road on the way to the Grizedale Centre. A sleepy little place there is a decent pub, The Eagles Head, serving good beer, pub grub and hosting the occasional festival and live music events.

Carry on past the Visitor Centre, over the fell, and you come to little village of Hawkshead. Timber framed buildings make up this popular village with four good pubs and a host of souvenir shops of which the Hawkshead relish company is well worth a visit.

East lies Coniston Water. Perhaps the more people friendly of the big lakes in the south; it is overshadowed by the mighty Old man Of Coniston. At the Boating Centre you can hire row, sail and motor powered boats, or take a trip on a steamer or launch. There is plenty of open shoreline where you can fish, swim or simply enjoy a picnic on a grassy bank.

Between the forest and the lake you can fill your days with plenty of walking and activities, however the whole of the National Park is within easy reach so there will never be a dull moment, always a new view to see and all with the perfect cottage to return home to after your days exploration.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 2 king-size bedrooms with TVs
  • 2 shower rooms
  • Oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • TV and DVD player
  • CD/Hi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Patio garden with furniture
  • Regret no pets
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Pub 1 mile
  • River and waterfall are not fenced

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 42 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Valerie 23rd December 2019

We stayed at Waterfall cottage over the Christmas week and had a really wonderful stay. We received a lovely welcome from the host John. The property had been decorated for the festive season which was a very thoughtful touch. Everything worked in the property and the bed was extremely comfortable with lovely white bed linen and soft fluffy towels

Reviewed by Sylvia 28th September 2019

Comfortable, very clean and a beautiful quiet location with the forrest and beck so close. Welcome tea and biscuits much appreciated after a long journey. Would recommend groceries to be delivered, Asda and Tesco supply this area saves a lot of hassle. Good local pub. All in all a most enjoyable holiday.

Reviewed by Jennifer 7th September 2019

A fantastic place for peace and quiet. Get your provision on route . we found best supermarket in Ulverston . We had a lovely stay at Waterfall cottage .

Reviewed by Trevor, Jenny and Wendy September 2019

Lovely cottage, lovely area, great walks, great scenery. Negatives: no traffic noise, no trains, no planes, no light pollution, no parking problems. Thank you very much!

Reviewed by Brian & Jackie September 2019

We have had a very relaxing time at Waterfall. The cottage is spotlessly clean and very cosy, and close to all the area's attractions. The Eagle's Head pub in Satterthwaite is great for meals. We had a great time. Thank you for the welcoming tray and milk...very much appreciated.

Reviewed by David, Marina, Christian & Marie Helene August 2019

Had a great time at Waterfall Cottage. Really as described when booking. Great place to relax and easy for walks to different places. Also handy for Windermere and other attractions in the area. My son and his girlfriend even braved going into the water near the falls and had a great time. Will definitely return.

Reviewed by Pat and Andrew July 2019

Perfect cottage, just right for relaxing, as were the steamer trips on Windermere and Ullswater, and the steam train from Lakeside to Haverthwaite and back. Stott Park Bobbin Mill is an absolute gem of a museum...we did the 40-minute guided tour. Well worth a visit!

Reviewed by Rob, Jayne and Louise July 2019

Had a lovely week's walking here, including a full day in Grizedale, where we spotted some deer. Lovey weather. We would rate the Sun Inn and the Queen's Head in Hawkshead for excellent food (booking is advisable).

Reviewed by Val and Adrian June 2019

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Waterfall Cottage. It was warm, cosy and spotlessly clean. We very much enjoyed our meal at the Eagle's Head in Satterthwaite, where the staff were really friendly and our steaks cooked to perfection

Reviewed by Lorna 15th June 2019

Waterfall Cottage is very spacious and inside looks as it does in the picture. The waterfall cannot be seen from the property and is a walk through a narrow garden to get there.

Reviewed by Julie and Rob, Emmie and Steve June 2019

Don't want to leave! Beautiful, clean cottage, with a warm and friendly feel to it. Thank you for your fab welcome, and our milk and biscuits on arrival. Though it rained a lot we still did the Zoo, Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside, Hawkshead and great walks at Grizedale for adults, as well as a fab trail for families with kids. So lovely to come homRead moree at the end of a great day to a lovely warm house...the most relaxing place ever. Thank you!! Hide

Reviewed by V 8th June 2019

Waterfall Cottage is beautifully warm, spotlessly clean, comfortable and spacious. There are many beautiful walks from the doorstep.

Reviewed by Emmy 1st June 2019

This cottage is lovely for a quiet getaway. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend it. The cottage is not too far away from amenities and is very good if you are looking for a holiday for walking.

Reviewed by Jude 25th May 2019

Wonderful barn conversion by a babbling waterfall, quiet, peaceful & very relaxing. Comfortable, clean house with loads of room, quite garden & ample parking. The hosts are absolutely lovely and nothing is too much trouble. Walks into the Grizedale Forest from the front door, great pub a mile up the road at Satterthwaite or Hawkshead a 10 min driveRead more away. Hide

Reviewed by Richard and Kim May 2019

We had a lovely holiday in this lovely, warm, comfortable, clean cottage. We've been to the Lakes four times now, and this is the best place we've stayed. We would recommend this cottage to anyone. Very sad to leave.

Reviewed by Richard 11th May 2019

A lovely warm comfortable well equipped lovely decorated Cottage

Reviewed by Caroline, Glyn, Dave & Hazel May 2019

What a fabulous week! We have done some superb walks (Coniston Old Man was a highlight) and the views were stunning. We love the bluebell woods locally, and the variety of forest and lakeside paths make this a great base for exploring. We thoroughly recommend the Manor House in Oxen Park...delicious food and lovely staff. We will be back to the LakRead moree District! Hide

Reviewed by Helen, Jude, Mike and Fran May 2019

Waterfall Cottage has been a lovely base for a week of walking and adventure...so close to the Sculpture Trail and interesting local walks, and the Go-Ape Zip Wires in Grizedale Forest, and Coniston Old Man. It was great to return each evening to a warm and comfortable cottage. For birdwatchers the Cottage is a haven of interest...Great Spotted WooRead moredpecker, Kingfisher, Ospreys (further afield), Heron, Blue-tits nesting in the adjoining cottage wall, Wagtail and various others. If you get to walk to Tarn Hows (on the Cumbrian Way from Coniston), we recommend the butcher at Yew Tree Farm...delicious local meat. All in all a really fantastic week! Hide

Reviewed by Caroline 1st May 2019

It was a delightful cottage in a great location. Comfortable beds and well appointed shower rooms. We had a fabulous week.

Reviewed by Liz and Matt April 2019

Kids loved their first holiday in the Lakes. Climber Helm Crag, Black Crag and enjoyed boating on Coniston. Lovely cottage and location. Thank you to John and Ann for being very helpful.

Reviewed by Ruth and Mark April 2019

We had a great family holiday. Lovely cottage and location for exploring the South Lakes. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Reviewed by Philip 30th March 2019

Well equipped cottage where everything worked. Clean, comfortable and well located for South Lakes attractions.

Reviewed by Robert and Charlotte March 2019

John is a fabulous host and we have loved staying here this week.Highly recommend the Manor House at Oxen Park for a really wonderful Sunday lunch...you'll need to book!

Reviewed by Dave and Tracey March 2019

Had a fabulous week in this very peaceful, comfortable and well-equipped cottage! The location is superb, and we need to go home to give our feet time to recover! Would definitely recommend staying here. Thank you!

Reviewed by Phil and Martine March 2019

Cosy cottage with everything you need. Thank you for milk, tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival. We have had lots of walking and the weather has been kind. Lucky enough to see a herd of red deer as we walked back through the forest. Smashing!

Reviewed by Emma 27th December 2018

Although more remote than we usually stay this cottage was lovely. We stay in cottages a lot and we have never been to one so warm on arrival. I was worried about not having a log burner but we didnt need one! Owners were extremely helpful when I couldnt get the tv to work and resolved the simple problem very promptly. Lovely homely modern cottage Read morewith everything you could think of for good and bad weather. Hide

Reviewed by Rhian 16th November 2018

Beautiful cottage in a stunning location.

Reviewed by David, Hilary, Carol and Graham October 2018

Great place to stay. Wonderful setting and great on-site support. Handy for the whole of Windermere and Coniston. We loved Manor House and Eagle's Head...contrasting pubs but both worth a visit.

Reviewed by Valerie and Bernard Smith, Kent September 2018

Enjoyed our stay at Waterfall Cottage...the perfect location to explore the whole area. We were extremely comfortable...the cottage is delightful and the waterfall very, very impressive, especially after rain! Manor House-excellent-very good food, lively atmosphere and good service

Reviewed by Janet, Jan, Paul and Nicola September 2018

Thank you for a lovely stay and thank you for the biscuits and milk! We've had a great time in this very comfortable cottage! This is a very beautiful and peaceful location, and we could watch the waterfalls for hours.

Reviewed by Trevor and Helen September 2018

We can only echo the very many positive comments. We have had a most delightful stay; very comfortable, and so many excellent walks, starting and finishing with the cottage.

Reviewed by Jim, Steph, Glenys and Mike September 2018

Beautiful setting, plenty of space. Really felt like a home from home. The biscuits really took the edge off after a long drive up! Excellent holday. Sorry to leave.

Reviewed by Valerie 8th September 2018

A traditional property in the middle of the Grizedale forest area. Very comfortable and ideal for exploring all of the Lake District. A car is advisable. Very helpful hosts.

Reviewed by Glenys 1st September 2018

Part of a very pleasant barn conversion, situated in a fabulous location on a farm with a waterfall alongside it. Peaceful, relaxing and really lovely. Owner has made it very comfortable with an unconventional layout. Clean and well equipped, would love to go back again.

Reviewed by David 4th August 2018

Waterfall Cottage has an extremely spacious well equipped kitchen/dining room, and a vast comfortable upstairs sitting room. Both bathrooms and showers were excellent, and the beds (espec downstairs) very comfortable. John, the landlord, was very welcoming and friendly, and the cat was equally amenable. The cottage is well situated for Grizedale, vRead moreillages and towns are a fifteen minute drive. Hide

Reviewed by Nigel, Alison and Evie July 2018

Lovely setting. We had a great week. The Manor House at Oxen Park...great food and service.

Reviewed by David, Jean and Family July 2018

Lovely cottage. Peaceful location. Enjoyed sitting by waterfall. Stunning weather, mountains fabulous. A great week!

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Towards the property
Explore the delightful grounds
Lounge area
Modern lounge
Plenty of additional seating
Open-plan kitchen/diner
Contemporary kitchen
Dine together
Perfect setting for an evening drink
Spacious hallway
King-size bedroom located on the ground floor
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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.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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