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Force Mill Barn

Force Mill - Near Satterthwaite

Key Information

Sleeps:2 Plus 2

Star Rating:VE 4 Star


Pets:Pets - See Property Inventory

Other: Wi-Fi Broadband

Force Mill Barn


Force Mill Barn 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.

One of two conversions created from a huge bank built barn, Force Mill Barn shares its location with the original mill house and a further private cottage.


Living & Kitchen Spaces

You enter into a small hallway where stairs take you up to the open plan living space. Set under a high pitched ceiling you have a kitchen to one end where you can rustle up your favorite Jamie dish.

There is a central dining table to load with good food, eat and talk and, finally, the sitting area with big plump sofas to curl up on, relax, read a book or watch the flat screen TV.


Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Downstairs to the entrance off which is the spacious double bedroom, with a huge king sized bed and two easy chairs to enjoy reading or take in the south facing view. Adjacent is the bathroom with bath, basin and WC .

A further flight of stairs leads down to a bright twin bedroom (available on request) and a shower room.

I really like this barn, the layout contemporary, the spaces working well, conducive for an easy relaxed holiday, all of which I am sure will please those that stay.

The Location

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, where hundreds of sculptural pieces can be found in and around the forest, along with many marked tracks and trails offering various levels of effort and distance, including provision for disabled visitors with the introduction of the tarmaced “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 view points. 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 the 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.

For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide

Full Lake District Guide

Coniston Village 

Coniston Water & Mountain 

Esthwaite Water 

The Grizedale Forest 

Hawkshead - Near & Far Sawrey


Your Say

A lovely barn cottage with everything and more supplied. It's been a real treat and enjoyable stay. I can definitely recommend it.
Sharon Womersley

What a beautiful barn cottage. You have thought of everything...absolutely everything you need is provided and all was clean and tidy on arrival. Loved being able to hear the running water from Force Barn
Amy Ross, Tim Evans and Emil 

A beautiful location by the water. We felt very at home and enjoyed the peace and quiet. A lovely relaxing holiday.
Sally and Ian Taylor 

Force Mill Barn
The Details

Force Mill Barn Inventory

  • 1 Double bedroom with king size bed & TV
  • 1 Twin bedroom - available on request at booking
  • Duvets - Full linen & towels
  • 1 Bathroom with bath, basin & WC
  • 1 Shower Room with shower, basin & WC
  • 1 Travel Cot - Please note bedding & linen not provided
  • 1 High chair
  • 1 Stairgate
  • Oil central heating
  • Oven & hob
  • Microwave
  • Refridgerator
  • Fridge - freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee machine
  • Blender
  • Washer - dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Flat screen TV - DVD
  • Broadband WiFi
  • Telephone & honesty box
  • Oil & Electricity inclusive
  • Seating bench to front of building, south facing
  • 2 dogs £30 per dog. Please note guests are to be fully responsible for their pets where they must respect the property and grounds, follow specific instructions left at the property, also be aware of any farm stock nearby - see terms and conditions. On departure and to avoid a charge, guests must clean up after their pet both inside the property and the grounds.
  • 1 plastic dog bed - please bring bedding
  • No smokers
  • Parking 1 car
  • Nearest Pub - Eagles Head @ Satterthwaite - 1 Mile
Access Statement
Nearest Amenities
Grizedale Forest
Coniston Village
Near & Far Sawrey
Walks, Activities and Info Links
Local Areas of Interest

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Lake District Guides


Lake District Cottage Holidays are about relaxing and reviving, leisure and pleasure. The lakes, mountains, fells and forests offer some of the best walking and climbing in the country and are a tonic for all. Along with our wonderful landscape and the National Park, the Lake District offers some of the finest dining in the country, a vibrant cultural and arts scene and, for those who want something a little out of the ordinary, we have gathered together a list of people, places and events that should satisfy the most adventurous spirited visitor.



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