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Charming, 18th Century Oak-Beamed Cottage with Large Gardens By A Small River

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Overview

Property

Updated: 19-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Cottage, near Penrith and Ullswater, Cumbria, England - Pretty Location, 3 Miles From The Lake District National Park

Tucked away in an idyllic setting beside the River Petteril, this charming, detached, 18th century, oak-beamed holiday cottage is traditionally furnished. It is south facing and enjoys large gardens, surrounded by quiet lanes for cycling and walking. The cottage is 3 miles from the Lake District National Park, with Ullswater as the closest lake (7 miles). There are lake cruises and walkers can approach Helvellyn from the far end of Ullswater beyond Aira force waterfall (60ft). Penrith, 4 miles away, has shops, restaurants, a castle, museum and leisure centre with swimming pool. Rheged, the grass covered discovery centre is only 2 miles from Penrith. Carlisle, the Scottish borders and Hadrian’s Wall are within easy reach, as is ‘The World of Beatrix Potter’ at Bowness on Windermere. Pub and Post office 3 miles away in Greystoke. Car essential. Children welcome. One well-behaved pet permitted.

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About the Owner

Jackie Clark
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 March, 2017

About Jackie Clark

I am a retired primary school teacher. My great aunt (by marriage) was Beatrix Potter and my family have lived in the Lake District for generations. The cottage is my second home and I hope you enjoy staying there as much as my family do.

Jackie Clark purchased this cottage in 1954

Why Jackie Clark chose Penrith, East Lakes & Eden Valley

Laithes Mill Cottage was my parents' home and my father ran the wood mill business from 1954 until 1966 when he died. My mother continued to live there and our family all visited regularly. It is a special place, tucked away in an idyllic location with very many family memories.

What makes this cottage unique

It is cosy and welcoming. The large garden is a real asset and to be enjoyed by visitors. Dogs are very welcome.

13 Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

5

Gorgeous property, great location, perfect break

  • 5 of 5

We didn't stay nearly long enough! The cottage was wonderfully peaceful, very easy to reach, a short drive from the necessities, and the garden was great for our young dog's first holiday. He had a better time than anybody! The fire and solitude at night was glorious, the furniture comfortable and weathered enough to be full of character. Warm, quiet, spacious, and clean. Couldn't ask for more. Both William and Jackie were a pleasure to deal with, and we'll definitely be back. I'm glad we happened upon Mill Cottage, because it was truly the peaceful retreat we were hoping for, without us falling over ourselves in a tiny cottage. Lovely.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Nice and cozy

  • 5 of 5

The property is located in a small village and was nice and quiet. Views were lovely looking out over fields and there was a river at the bottom of the garden.

Caretaker was really helpful and could not do enough to accommodate us.

would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

What a cracking time!

  • 4 of 5

We arrived in the village and found the mill as directed. Furrowed brows! Then as we drove alongside the mill to the cottage we were pleasantly surprised. The cottage was so quaint. The garden was amazing, complete with fruit trees and it's very own river. The furnishings in the cottage are maybe a little old fashioned for some people but we found them fine for our requirements. Everything was clean and comfortable. We had no complaints about anything. Many thanks to William the caretaker. What a really nice man. The cottage is a good base for visiting lots of places. The Sun Inn, just a mile of two out of the village is a good place to eat. We had a really good break.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quaint

  • 3 of 5

this is a spacious cottage, which could do with some TLC and updating. it suited our needs for five nights. our biggest problem was the lack of shower, just really a hand held shower head, no shower curtain so you couldn't stand with shower head above you, why the expense of such an elaborate 'jacuzzi' type bath but not a shower???

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Being an old cottage, I'm afraid there is just no room to put in a shower cubicle so this is why we decided to splash out on a spa bath with handheld shower attachment for our visitors to enjoy. We would like to assure future guests that we are constantly working to maintain the cottage and the extensive gardens.
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3

lovely cottage, shame about the grime

  • 3 of 5

This is a beautiful cottage in a fabulous location with wonderful gardens but completely let down by the lack of care which was evident throughout the property. There were cobwebs all over the conservatory which we had to clean before we could sit in it. The electric fire in the dining room has a huge web hanging from it which almost looked like a nest and the log fire in the lounge had suffered a fall of soot. Fortunately it was not cold so we did not need a fire on. The kitchen was grimy - there was thick grease on the hob splashback and sauce or gravy had been spilled down the front of the washing machine. All of the kitchen cupboards smelt foisty and damp. Our clothes were damp every morning after taking them out of the wardrobe in the twin room and when I slept in the double room I woke to find my slippers were very damp, almost wet and I had to throw them out. The website indicates that there is a shower over the bath but this is not the case. The bath is very narrow and the shower is just a hand held one; there is no shower curtain so showering is not possible. My friend and I washed our hair over the bath and just got washed at the sink every day which was not really acceptable and we left a day early for this reason. When it rained heavily on the first Saturday, slugs were getting into the conservatory through the bottom of the door accessing the garden. Whilst I appreciate that this is budget accommodation, I did not expect luxury, just cleanliness. Despite everything we had a good holiday but feel that much more could have been done to make the property more comfortable. Garden table and chairs would have been nice and a washing line or rotary airer.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry to hear that you were unhappy with some aspects of the cottage but I can assure visitors that it is cleaned at the end of every stay and is 'deep cleaned' from time to time. The cottage is very old with traditional furnishings which is made clear in the photos. The conservatory door and windows are all double glazed sealed units so are completely weatherproof. Apologies that the washing line was not available as we have just had the exterior of the cottage completely re-painted but it has since been replaced. There is a garden bench outside and additional garden chairs under the stairs. If there are any problems or queries then please contact the caretaker who is always very happy to help.
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5

Couldn't have found a better place to stay for the week - absolutely lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very enjoyable week spent here. Weather meant we didn't get out in the garden too much but the sun room was always warm & inviting.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for getting in touch - we are so glad you had a lovely holiday at our cottage.
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Location

From the Owner

Laithes Mill Cottage was my parents' home and my father ran the wood mill business from 1954 until 1966 when he died. My mother continued to live there and our family all visited regularly. It is a special place, tucked away in an idyllic location with very many family memories.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring 17
19 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£150
for 3 nights
From
£50
£280
 
 
Easter 17
1 Apr 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£212
for 3 nights
£495
 
 
Early summer 17
16 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
£395
 
 
May half term 17
28 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£223
for 3 nights
£520
 
 
Summer 17
4 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£395
for 7 nights
£395
 
 
High summer 17
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£520
for 7 nights
£520
 
 
Early Autumn 17
3 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
£395
 
 
late autumn
5 Nov 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£150
for 3 nights
From
£50
£280
 
 
Christmas 17
20 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£223
for 3 nights
£520
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£380
for 7 nights
£380
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner's daughter, Jackie Clark.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is preferred changeover. (The owners are happy to discuss alternatives) Arrive after 4pm, leave before 10.30am.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are the weekly rates. As a guide, prices for less than a week range from £60 to £80 per night.

Heating/hot water is payable as an extra directly to the caretaker on the day you leave. He takes a meter reading when you arrive and when you leave so you only pay for what you use.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

It is cosy and welcoming. The large garden is a real asset and to be enjoyed by visitors. Dogs are very welcome.

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Bathrooms

  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Spa bath with a handheld shower attachment
  • Bathroom with spa bath and toilet. Separate toilet with washbasin.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds, Bedroom 3 with single bed.

Outside

  • Garden ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Oil CH and hot water by meter reading (average £25 per week, payable on departure to the caretaker). Electricity included. Outside: The cottage garden includes lawns, orchard and garth (small field) There is a small river at the bottom of the garden (River Petteril) which is fenced and may be accessed at visitors’ own risk. There is a tree swing which is also to be used at visitors' own risk. The cottage shares the access lane with Laithes Mill, a small family wood mill. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included. Towels are not provided. Property is cleaned at changeover. Other: Conservatory with views of the large garden, orchard and the River Petteril.

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