Old Mill Barn

Gamblesby, The Lake District and Cumbria (Ref. 905723)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Old Mill Barn, a spacious, semi-detached conversion, attached to the owners’ home, was built around 150 years ago as part of the village watermill and is located in the small village of Gamblesby, a conservation village in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This bright and airy, comfortably-furnished Gamblesby cottage offers an ideal opportunity for a large family or group of friends to get away from it all and explore this beautiful area of Cumbria.

Two bedrooms and a bathroom adjoin the first floor living area, while the ground floor consists of a spacious entrance hall, three further bedrooms and a wet room.

The open plan living area, with its authentic exposed stone walls, stunning, beamed high ceilings and cosy woodburning stove set in a feature fireplace offers a kitchen, a large family dining table and a comfortable sitting area with direct access to the garden.

The mezzanine seating area provides a lovely space to sit and read, play board games or is a lovely place for the children to play.

Outside, the garden provides a quiet space for sitting and enjoying beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and in those warm summer months, enjoying a delicious barbecue.

The area, providing an array of interesting walks and excellent biking opportunities, is ideally placed for exploring the Lake District and the Eden Valley.

The market town of Penrith offers a wonderful selection of restaurants, pubs and shops, as well as a swimming pool and cinema.

Also nearby is Alston, England’s highest market town.

Why not explore the nearby C2C Cycle Route?

A short drive away Appleby, Keswick and the magnificent lakes of Ullswater and Haweswater Reservoir are waiting to be discovered.

Hadrian’s Wall provides a great day out with walks along the old walls; a real step back in time.

This Gamblesby cottage is the perfect base for families and walkers all year round!


Five bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x twin, 2 x ground floor twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Ground floor wet room with shower, basin and WC. First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove. Mezzanine sitting area.


Electric central heating with woodburning stove. Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, larder fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi. Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot, highchair and stairgate. Off road parking for 4 cars. Lawned garden with patio, furniture and BBQ. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 1 mile, pub 4 miles. Note: Low beams in the mezzanine area. Note: Due to the stream running through the parking area and the remains of the old mill building adjacent to the cottage, children to be supervised. Note: There is ground floor access to the property from the parking area, 12 external, stone steps of differing heights leading to the first floor and a flight of internal steps leading to the first floor. Note: Due to rural location, WiFi may be intermittent.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Lovely!”
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    • “We had a lovely weekend here at the start of March to celebrate my 30th birthday. The house and accommodation were ideal for our purposes - comfortably fitting a group of 9 with plenty of glasses, plates etc and a great base for some local walks. We would definitely come back as there is much more of the area to explore!”

    Lorna19850, March 2015

    • “Perfect retreat”
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    • “Cottages of this size and standard a very hard to find. We went as a family of 11 including 3 under 3's! On arrival I couldn't believe the attention to every detail, the owners of this property clearly spend a lot of time and effort ensuring guests have the most care free, relaxing stay. Greeted immediately on entry with a large scale map of the area and a parrot coat stand, heating had been set to come on before we arrived. The welcome pack was very useful and job one was to start the log burner, 3 large bags of wood were provided for our 3 night stay, which was plenty to keep a fire burning throughout. The bedrooms were immaculate. We brought enough food to feed a small army which I would recommend as this place is tucked well away from the hustle and bustle of shops, however I did find that anything we'd overlooked was provided in the well stocked kitchen. Simple touches like new cloths and washing up liquid were welcome. The village bakery around a 20 minute walk away is also good to stock up on fresh produce. I would recommend this place to anyone wishing to recuperate and get away from the stresses of modern life. Thanks so much Bob and Sue!!!!”

    Bailey_010686, November 2014

    • “Perfect”
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    • “Great week away doing nothing but to spend the time to recharge and relax and that's what we did. 9 of us stayed at this property,4 adults, 5children and 3 dogs,owners allowed us to take extra dog. Couldn't faulty this beautiful property.”

    3Wrights, Telford, United Kingdom, August 2014

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    • “Our holiday was excellent, and the owner certainly contributed to this significantly. We had a party of 10 staying at the Barn, and there was plenty of space for everyone. We couldn't have asked for a better stay!”

    Dr Mithani, Edmonton, August 2015

    • “The cottage was superb, the owner is lovely and friendly and the location is excellent.”

    Mrs Allen, Alford, July 2015

    • “Fab stay and given the weather wasn't brilliant, the accommodation came into its own. It was lovely having such a big dining table for us all to sit round and the grandchildren loved the balcony area where they created their own den. Would highly recommend to other large families wanting somewhere to stay near the Lake District.”

    Mrs Barker, Bristol, March 2015

    • “Old Mill Barn was lovely and warm. We felt welcome and would definitely return.”

    Miss Syme, Lincoln, March 2015

    • “This property was a lovely place to spend a family holiday. There was plenty of space for children to play games and do jigsaw puzzles and they loved the mezzanine area. Had comfortable seating for us all to watch TV or just chat and the dining table would seat 12 comfortably. There was plenty of crockery, cutlery etc. We had a lovely time and hope to return.”

    Mrs Robinson, Manchester, February 2015

    • “Very impressed with this cottage. The owner made us feel very welcome on arrival, their property was one of the best we have been to. Would go again.”

    Mr Lawer, Newton Abbot, February 2015

    • “A fantastic cottage, had a wonderful holiday with friends. Would recommend highly.”

    Mrs Shaw, Accrington, December 2014

    • “The standard that Old Mill Barn is kept can only be described as superb. The attention to every detail and provision of all amenities was very much appreciated. The baby gates were a great addition for a family getaway. There was plenty of wood to see us through the entire stay and the information booklet left no stone unturned. Would highly recommend this place to anyone wishing to get away from it for a while.”

    Mr Bailey, Bolton, November 2014

    • “There were lots of good things about this holiday, the location, a beautiful house, the helpful owners. The child gates were particularly appreciated.”

    Mr Evans, Leeds, September 2014

    • “Beautiful roads, beautiful location, beautiful cottage.”

    Mr Marwaha, Loughborough, September 2014

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About the location


Penrith 11 miles; Appleby-in-Westmorland 18 miles; Carlisle 22 miles.

The attractive and unspoilt, rural village of Gamblesby is ideally placed for exploring the Lake District, North Pennines, Hadrian’s Wall the beautiful Eden Valley. Situated near the C2C Cycle Route, the village is characterised by a tiny green, surrounded by 18th century red sandstone buildings. This small farming community, sitting under the Hartside escarpment, once played host to John Wesley, founder of Methodism, who arrived here from Newcastle in 1772. Wainright also stayed in the village just after the war and it features in his book 'A Pennine Journey'. A set of stocks on the village green can be viewed, made at the end of the 18th Century and were last used to punish someone who had stolen a turnip. Gamblesby is one of the few areas in the country which is still home to the native red squirrel and deer and hares can be spotted regularly. The varied birdlife around surrounding countryside make Gamblesby a haven for bird watchers, with curlews, oystercatchers and lapwings seen and heard regularly over the summer months and the frequent visit of fieldfares in the winter. The River Eden runs nearby and the area is renowned for its excellent trout and salmon fishing. With walking, cycling, canoeing and climbing opportunities in abundance, the Eden Gorge, between Lazonby and Armathwaite, is one of Cumbria's best-kept secrets and well worth exploring. The local railway station is a stop on the Settle-to-Carlisle Railway, one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Britain, where steam trains still wind their way through some of the finest countryside in Britain. Within easy reach of the village is Rheged – an innovative visitor centre with shops, restaurants, exhibitions and a giant cinema screen showing educational and informative films. Brougham Castle, the Windsor of the north, Long Meg and her daughters (the third largest stone circle in England) and the historic city of Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall are all a short drive away, as is Dalemain Estate, featured in a television production of Jane Eyre. A great base to explore the many wonders of the Lake District!

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