Towards the property
Dining area
Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Double bedroom
Perfect for children
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Bobbin Mill,

Outgate and Tarn Hows, Lake District
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs allowed 3
Open fire / woodburner
Pub nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Converted former bobbin mill with intact waterwheel
  • A number of period features inside and out
  • Secluded rural location next to waterfalls
  • Lovely wild gardens with stream and slate bridges
  • Less than a mile from Hawkshead and Lake Windermere
  • Ideal location for exploring the Lake District and top visitor attractions
Property code: LLH27

Rustic cottage in a heritage bobbin mill with intact waterwheel, less than one mile from the village of Hawkshead and close to Lake Windermere.

This cottage is located in a secluded valley with many scenic walks from your doorstep. It is perfect for birdwatchers and those who really want to get away from it all. The village of Hawkshead is nearby, with its shops, pubs, and collection of National Trust properties. Coniston Water is just three miles from the cottage, where a boating centre gives visitors the chance to hire boats, take out canoes or try their hand at stand-up paddle boarding.

Access to this property is via an iron gate which brings guests to a field, crossing the field, guests will come to the cottage in its secluded valley. On entering the cottage, the hallway is the perfect place to leave coats and boots before going through to the spacious lounge/diner, with its long dining table and three comfortable sofas which are arranged around the cosy wood burner. The CD here allows guests to play their own music whilst they enjoy the tranquillity of being disconnected from screens. The kitchen is equipped with an oven, hob, microwave, and fridge/freezer. The slate staircase lead up to the first bedroom which is a large room, with twin beds, a small-sized 4’ double bed, and a working fireplace. A second  set of steps leads to the bathroom with cast iron bath with hand-held shower and WC. Another step leads up to the spacious double bedroom which has a door leading out into the garden.

Outside, the heritage water mill makes an attractive backdrop to the property’s lawns and wild gardens with mill stream which is crossed by slate bridges. Younger guests will enjoy the swing which hangs from one of the trees, but guests should be aware that due to the stream, children should be supervised at all times in the garden.

Dogs fees are charged per dog at £20.00 for up to 7 nights, £40.00 for up to 14 nights and an additional £20.00 for every week or part week thereafter.

  • 2 bedrooms: 1 king and 1 with twin beds and additional small double
  • Bathroom with bath with hand-held shower and WC
  • Accessed down a track through an iron gate and across a field
  • Wood burner and open fire (logs provided)
  • Oven, hob, microwave, and fridge/freezer
  • 3 dogs welcome
  • Regret no washing machine or TV
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Electric and heating included
  • Logs provided
  • Heritage water mill
  • Shops and pubs under 1 mile
  • Not suitable for young children or people with mobility issues. There are steep steps, drops to the water wheel and waterfall.

This property joined our collection in 2017 and is managed by Thomas.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 15 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Anne, 3rd November 2018

Bobbin Mill is a very special building in a wonderful location. Secluded, beautiful and free from the day to day modern world

Reviewed by Sue, 8th September 2018

We had a lovely holiday, despite the rain, and found some wonderful walks - one of the best was right on the doorstep (Tarn Hows) and round to Coniston. There's a great bus service which goes from the Baptist Church (100 metres or so right on road at end of track) - and the weekly ticket is a a fab price! The cottage is lovely and the kitchen is thRead moree best equipped one we've ever found in a holiday cottage, but we feel that some attention needs to be given to comfort (mattresses and sofas). Hide

Reviewed by Megan, 1st September 2018

Bobbin Mill is a quirky hidden gem of a place, a real delight. It was lovely watching the birds in the morning, and I think I got a glimpse of an osprey. I would recommend Tarn Hows, Red Nab to Wray Castle, Grizedale Forest and the Old Man of Coniston. This cottage is a fabulous place for a digital detox and a relax in front of the wood-burning stoRead moreve. Hide

Reviewed by Isabel, 19th May 2018

Fantastic location both for seclusion and distance to all the lakes and places of interest.Great history to the mill. Everything provided to make your stay comfortable.

Reviewed by Andrew, 14th April 2018

For rural peace and tranquillity not far from village amenities it would be hard to beat Bobbin Mill. It is unashamedly rustic, but everything works as it should and the setting is superb. We loved the rather quirky layout of the property with it's 4 floors and lots of intriguing nooks and crannies.

Reviewed by Sarah, 3rd March 2018

Cannot wait to return next year, the peace, tranquillity and position of the mill is absolutely perfect for an escape to the country - we returned home rejuvenated and the dogs had the best time of their lives. Thank you so much for letting us stay.

Reviewed by J Noblett, 1st March 2017

what can you say about bobbin mill, across a field raining no TV or wifi absolutely fantastic.This building is a piece of history enjoy it for what it is. fantastic location isolated yet 1 mile to hawkeshead, everything you need is provided logs for stove and fire .kitchen fully equipped. Outside paths can be slippy just take care.Would I come agaiRead moren, we had only stayed one night out of a short break and tried to book again for May but sadly told it was booked.Love it. Hide

Reviewed by K Wears, 1st February 2017

Lovely, comfortable, well equipped cottage in a remote rural area but within a short distance of Hawkeshead. Plenty of good walks close by and we were very lucky with the weather. Enjoyed a very relaxing time. Liked the fact that there was no television or internet, so you could truly Get away from it all. Good supply of wood provided for the woodRead more burner and the added bonus of open fires in the bedrooms. Really enjoyed watching the birds come to feed at the window every morning. However, if you want your dog to roam the grounds off lead, this property isn't suitable. Due to it's location and for safety reasons, your dog needs to be on a lead. Personally, we didn't find this a problem but some owners may. Very unusual quirky cottage. Would definitely stay again. Hide

Reviewed by G Johnson, 1st October 2016

Dramatically situated cottage, quirky but very attractive and full of character with some lovely old furniture. I would recommend it if you like peace, quiet and relaxing without TV or wi-fi. Children enjoyed the board games and swing but as stressed elsewhere, older children only due to big drops in the garden/woods (ours are 10 & 12 years old). LRead moreots to do in the surrounding area, lovely walks and great to come home at the end of the day to somewhere without lots of other cars and noise. Hide

Reviewed by C Woodburn, 1st July 2016

Have just returned from a lovely holiday at the Bobbin Mill. Echoing other reviews below this is a basic cottage in a vintage style which personally I loved. Although it states that dogs are welcome, it would not be suitable for any that are interested in exploring due to the fast flowing stream and deep drops which I consider rather dangerous. HowRead moreever, my husband and I along with our three lovely medium sized dogs had a great week. Loved the kitchen, very basic but personally I found it beautiful. Hide

Reviewed by D Marshall, 1st June 2016

Very much off the beaten track, to the point where we were advised not to take the car all the way to the cottage for risk of not getting back out, but carrying the luggage the last 100 yards was worth it. Was expecting it to be more basic than it actually was given the description and reviews; yes it is an old and rather unusual cottage but it wasRead more spacious, clean and comfortable and in a fabulous setting for privacy, peace and quiet and getting away from it all (thanks to no TV, phone signal or internet) and a great central base for exploring the Lake District. Only real criticism is that the old unused well in the kitchen appeared to be creating a bit of a smell at times and perhaps now not used it should be sealed off? Would stay here again and recommend it to anyone looking for great value and a rustic cottage to literally get away from it all, but it's not for anyone who can't live without 5* trappings or being on-line and connected to technology all the time. Hide

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