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.
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.