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

Satterthwaite, Cumbria
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 4 stars
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
No Dogs
VE 4 star Gold
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
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.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Jo, Jordi, Ruby and Maddie Carbonell November 2017

Lovely stay at Waterfall Cottage. Beautiful setting...very comfortable and warm. Have done some great walks. The shower was amazing and the beds so comfortable. So sad to be leaving.

Reviewed by Arham, Sabba, Mahnoor and Idris October 2017

We have really enjoyed our stay at the cottage. It is spotless and well-equipped, and warm and cosy on our days in. The waterfall is beautiful and very relaxing to watch. This is a great location to explore the Lakes and Grizedale Forest. An absolutely lovely stay. Thank you!

Reviewed by Deepak, Aisha, Zain and Mira September 2017

We have been very comfortable here and had a wonderful family holiday. The Lakes are gorgeous, and the walks and sailing superb fun!

Reviewed by Jessica August 2017

We really enjoyed staying at the cottage. The beds are very comfy. The waterfall is beautiful to look at. It is a very nice and peaceful place to stay. The surroundings include fun-filled walks.

Reviewed by Philip July 2017

We've just returned from a highly enjoyable week in Waterfall Cottage whichis a well-equipped, comfortable and spacious barn conversion that's ideal for those wanting to explore the Southern Lakes. We really liked thelocation which is very picturesque and the 'force' in spate is certainly dramatic. The house itself is an effective blend of new and Read moreold and it wasgreat to come back to such a warm and comfortable place after a long day walking in the fells. Hide

Reviewed by Anna and Sam Perkins July 2017

We really enjoyed our stay in the cottage. The location is great and the cottage comfortable and spacious...a really good place to come back to after a long day in the fells. Go Ape is highly recommended, and Low Water Sports for kayaking, etc.

Reviewed by Nigel. Jane, Ian, Victoria and Sienna May 2017

Waterfall Cottage is a perfect place to retreat to after a day out. Sitting by the waterfall on the terrace with a drink and snacks is a great end-of-the-day treat.

Reviewed by Dave, Laura and Will (Manchester) April 2017

What a fantastic barn...far exceeded our expectations! Stunning views from all sides. We've thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you.

Reviewed by Leine family April 2017

A lovely week and a very welcoming cottage. We enjoyed walks in Grizedale Forest, as well as a canoeing adventure on Windermere.

Reviewed by Alexandra, Roger, Jing, Runshery and Suling August 2016

so great to have found this cottage! It is exactly as pictured and better. It is so a home from home, We loved the waterfall and the terrace...amazing having breakfast there every morning!

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Towards the property
Spacious hallway
Modern lounge
Lounge area
Plenty of additional seating
Open-plan kitchen/diner
Contemporary kitchen
Dine together
Explore the delightful grounds
Perfect setting for an evening drink
Nearby beck
Show 6 moreKing-size bedroom located on the ground floor


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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