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

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


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.

Jackie Clark
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Penrith in Eden District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Garden ...
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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Charming, 18th Century Oak-Beamed Cottage with Large Gardens By A Small River
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Lovely Cottage in a Stunning Location.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was much larger than we expected. It is hidden from the road and is accessed through a working wood yard, this was no problem and we had complete access to the cottage at all times. We were greeted by William the caretaker, who was lovely and very helpful, he was happy to help with anything we needed.

We had everything we needed, our 11 year old daughter loved the garden and the swing, we spent a lot of time sitting reading by the river at the bottom of the beautiful garden. The cottage was very comfortable and full of character. It had everything we needed for a relaxing week. The beds are super comfy. The sun room is lovely to relax in, with lovely views. There is a piano that our daughter practiced on. The kitchen has everything you need, plenty of pots and pans. (Although if you are tall like hubby read the sign and watch your head when entering the kitchen). We made an apple pie with Apple's from the orchard. We had most meals at the cottage.

There is a pub in the next village, The Sun Inn, we drove and walked back to the cottage, it took less than half an hour ( and I am on crutches) The food was very good, with a good selection. Penrith is less than 10 minutes away. With lots of shops and places to eat. Ullswater only took 20 minutes. There are some lovely walks nearby although some of the pathways are overgrown and some should not be attempted on crutches.

We will definitely return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good value for money and very quiet location.

  • 5 of 5

Was not disappointed although the rather old, dark coloured carpets made the cottage quite dark even when the sun was out so we spent a lot of time in the nice conservatory. Good base for visiting different parts of the Lake District and the rest of Cumbria. The garden is lovely and some comfortable garden furniture would be nice.

The ladies in our group would have liked a proper shower or at least a shower curtain.

Overall, very good.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Traditional English Cottage!

  • 4 of 5

This is the quintessential traditional English cottage, complete with low doorways and handmade vintage furniture! Very convenient to the M6, Hadrians Wall and the Lake District. We loved the window seats, fireplace, and huge private yard where we enjoyed our afternoon tea. This was by far the best oven of all the houses we rented, and we loved having a crockpot, but the washing machine was finicky, cellphone signal is spotty and WiFi was slow. Driveway to the cottage is shared with the mill and occasionally one has to wait for machinery to be moved out of the lane. It turns out towels are available upon request. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cosy and inviting

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we've stayed at this lovely cottage, it's comfortable and authentic and we're made to feel very welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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ideal for families and dog lovers

  • 2 of 5

The cottage is private with a lovely garden however quaint as the interior is it is in need of a thorough spring clean our standards of cleanliness is quite high kitchen appliances should be spotless for new guests which unfortunately were dirty on arrival. the conservatory had mouldy blinds at the windows and smelt. The caretaker maybe ok with exterior upkeep but we thought the interior needed a womans touch. In addidtion to the cost for three nights we were asked to pay extra for hot water and heating which surely should be included in the price. The owner who lives in the south of England is very nice to deal with however living so far away perhaps doesnt visit regular to check on standards. all in all disappointing stay

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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Off the beaten track

  • 2 of 5

Private location ideal for families or dog lovers unfortunately our standards of cleanliness is quite high and the cottage is in need of a good cleaner and some updating the microwave along with other kitchen appliances hadn't been cleaned so ate out during our stay

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Penrith, Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Autumn 17
3 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
late autumn
5 Nov 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 17
20 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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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