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The Old Mill

(Ref. 12093)

Cark in Cartmel, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property, very clean, warm and comfortable."

    No useful nearby takeaway so you’ll need to cook or use the pub across the road (which is ok). Kitchen needs kitchen roll, foil, spray oil - just little basics that usually come as a standard in holiday accommodation. Sky tv/internet is intermittent but didn’t affect us too much. There is an Alexa in the property, which kept piping up and one day we arrived back, to music playing. On our last night (Thurs 26 Oct), the upstairs apartment, which I believe is the owner’s - were playing their music loud until 2am. I text the number provided by Sykes to say I find it a ridiculous time to be playing music that loud but still at the time of writing this review, I’ve had no reply!! But the music stopped and I heard people walking around so I know they were in. So a lovely stay in a nice place but the owners will NOT communicate with you. In fact we’ve had no communication at any point prior to or during our 3-night stay. Won’t stay again because of this rudeness.

    Reviewed by Kelly4.4Oct 2023

  • "Excellent, lovely and clean Nice and warm and kitchen has everything you need."

    Thank you for biscuits and milk etc. Weather was good enough to have coffee outside and chat with neighbours. We had no need to contact the owners as everything was perfect .

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Oct 2023

  • "Brilliant holiday Fabulous house"

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2023

  • "Colin and Wilma"

    Reviewed by Wilma5.0May 2023

  • "What a fantastic find."

    Beautiful accommodation and so handy for Grange over Sands Cartmel, Arnside to mention a few. Train station so close. Would highly recommend and will certainly be back

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0May 2023

  • "We had a great stay at this property, it is in a good location, with lots of info from the owner on local walks, information etc."

    It is well presented and very clean. I would recommend.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Apr 2023

  • "A delightful cottage that was warm cozy and well equipped."

    We would highly recommend it

    Reviewed by Carol Ann5.0Feb 2023

  • "Another beautiful stay at The Old Mill, we have celebrated New year here for the last 3 years, have had a stay in spring time and it is just ideal for all seasons."

    We have fallen in love with Cark and the comfort of the old mill. Can't wait to be back

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2022

  • "The apartment was very clean and comfortable."

    There was an abundance of extras provided, e.g. enough toilet rolls to last the week! The owners were friendly but not at all intrusive and very understanding over a breakage. The apartment is ideally located in a picturesque village, with plenty of places to visit close by. I would not hesitate to rebook it, if we were in the area again.

    Reviewed by Ros5.0Nov 2022

  • "Only fault was advertised with having Sky TV with Sky Sports This was not the case i did text one off the numbers regarding this but got no reply."

    How ever we would return.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Aug 2022

  • "This is one of the best Sykes cottages I have stayed in."

    Cark is a nice little village and we had no problem finding The Old Mill. I was only in contact with the owner once and that was via text prior to arrival to request a cot and Z-bed, I received a prompt reply to say it was no problem. The property is nicely decorated, has a nice layout and, most importantly of all, was spotless ! Everything you could need is provided, (except I couldn't find any salt and pepper, no big problem) and there was a nice welcome pack. The shop and pub are literally a minutes walk away with another pub a short walk up the hill. Both pubs do very nice meals, and in Flookburgh, which is about half a mile away, there is a Chinese takeaway/chip shop which is very good. All in all we had a great stay and I will definitely book the Old Mill again.

    Reviewed by John4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had a great stay in The Old Mill."

    Everything was very comfortable.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful accommodation well presented, very clean and well stocked with all items required during our stay."

    The utility room is perfect for cleaning muddy paws if required. We were very lucky to have fabulous weather during our stay. The owners were lovely and friendly so were local people. We enjoyed our time in Cark and Cartmel, we did long walks with our dogs locally and further afield. We would definitely book this property again.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Mar 2022

  • "We arrived around 7."

    30pm , looking for the old mill , when in fact it was a totally different name , 11 Millbrook (I think ) , so had to call the owner , bearing in mind it was dark , and pouring in rain , he was very vague with directions , still couldn’t find it , we turned down the wrong track after that another gentleman we asked didn’t know the name , but a soon as we said holiday cottage ahh that’s the next turn , so we found it I think the owner did come out with his Brolly ☂️ So we eventually found the place to park grabbed a few things from the car Went to get in , mmm no lights on had to use phone torch to open the key safe which was disgusting , once inside the cottage , there was a switch just inside the door for the porch light .. why not put this on when your guests hadn’t arrived if it’s dark , after all the owner is upstairs , something so simple to make life easier , been mentioned a couple of times in the reviews . Once in the cottage it was freezing , heating was not on , so we had to go around turning all the radiators on , not good when your wet and cold . However once turned on the cottage soon heated up and was lovely and cosy We then went over to the Engine for a meal , what a lovely pub , meal huge portion , stuffed , back to unpack and chill , unfortunately the chef has quit so check if they have a new one The cottage itself is very charming, and cosy , there are very thoughtful touches like tea coffee sugar milk(4pints) and some jam Washing up liquid , tea towel and towel and hand wash Loads of dishwasher tablets , was a novelty for us as we’re old school Washing capsules provided as well , wish I known as brought my own All the cleaning things you needed were also provided so you didn’t have to get anything Also a load of toilet rolls I must say I loved the Lakeland saucepans , might have to treat myself The cottage only has basic sky non of the add on’s which was a little deceiving when it said sky , we had to ring the owner to activate the Netflix as not working .. should be checked before guests move in To bed , very firm double bed with flat pillows , neither of us got any sleep the first night and went out to purchase our own pillows the next day Very quiet cottage apart from the gravel road right outside where residents go up and down , but you get used to it , you can just hear the stream Patio furniture needs replacing rusty with big holes in We had a lovely rest after sorting things out here The shower over the bath was lovely but in the wrong position , awkward for walking disabled hubby to get into , would of been getter at the end of the bath , nothing to grab onto , ie at the end of the bath by the taps there’s a wall to use , just for info

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Mar 2022

  • "The Old Mill was very comfortable & exceptionally clean."

    We had everything we needed & the location was excellent for us & our two dogs. We would highly recommend. We stayed in November but can imagine it would be idyllic by the river in the summer months.

    Reviewed by Georgina5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely apartment, very clean and comfortable, very quiet , great to have our own parking space too."

    We usually stay in cartmel, but this is only 2 miles away without all of the problems with traffic.

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0Oct 2021

  • "The accommodation is absolutely lovely, beautifully presented and equipped with everything you could possibly need."

    Also touches such as Milk, tea, some nice biscuits etc. There is no garden- just a little yard but a lovely aspect over the river. The only reason I gave it 4 not 5 was because as the weather was so wet we spent more time chilling , playing games , watching a movie but this was marred by a lot of loud hammering/drilling / sawing (presumably upstairs being refurbished?

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Oct 2021

  • "The property is great with a great location for visiting other areas and walks."

    Pubs, chippy and shops close by. Would have liked a garden for the dog it only has a patio area with a low wall which she could get over. Otherwise it is perfect. Loved it

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great location."

    Well appointed little house. Everyone works well.

    Reviewed by Carol4.4Sep 2021

  • "The cottage is very well stocked with everything you will need, cooker, washing machine, dryer, hairdryer, iron."

    Own designated parking for 2 cars , there is a seperate loo and bathroom, very handy if you’re a family of 5 like us. Local Pub is ‘The Engine’ which is literally across the road about 50 yards away and opposite that is the local Shop. Another pub we used in Flookburgh which is approx 0.8 miles away is ‘The hope and Anchor’ very good food but you need to book. Fish and chip shop/Chinese takeaway in Flookburgh which is very good but please note shut on sundays! Another good eating pub is ‘The Pheasant’ not too far away which also operates a takeaway service. The cottage has a nice outside sitting area , the river is literally over the road outside cottage. Not too far from Bowness, Ambleside, Coniston etc.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2021

  • "Quite expensive but very well stocked little cottage useful information in ..."

    Quite expensive but very well stocked little cottage useful information in cottage re: local walks good location, easy distance to both local pubs & also to Flookburgh

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jul 2021

  • "Our second stay love it as good as last time"

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage had everything you need great location spacious and very comfortable will definitely book again"

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2021

  • "The only thing that was missing was a light outside when we first got there so it was difficult to see the key safe code but everything else was perfect."

    Even a lovely box of mince pies, and some milk left for us. Brilliant.

    Reviewed by Marian5.0Dec 2020

  • "A lovely homely cottage."

    The only downside is the noisy gravel outside, got woken up every morning by cars going by bedroom window, but not anything you guys can do about that. Otherwise 10/10

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely, cosy and well equipped."

    Couldn’t fault it at all.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Sep 2020

  • "The property really is a home from home."

    It's large and airy and has plenty of space to relax and enjoy yourself. The furnishings are first class and there is such a lot provided for your stay by the host. Washing up liquid, washing tablets and toilet rolls were all provided for our arrival. The kitchen is very well equipped and has everything you would need to cook a first class meal. A lovely pub called The Engine Inn is within a stones throw and cooks fabulous meals. A shop is a very short walk away and if you don't feel like travelling far you can sit in the front garden listening to the river and watching the world go by. We certainly didn't feel anxious about visiting the area with the restrictions of Covid-19 in place. The property was very clean and plenty of hand washing products were provided. I would certainly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful little village, facilities excellent, beds all comfortable and lying in bed at night listening to the stream outside was so peaceful and calming, local pub a stones throw away was very welcoming and served lovely food, Sunday lunch delicious, cottage was really well situated to visit most areas of the lakes, will certainly return one day."

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Aug 2020

  • "A fantastic holiday apartment, beautifully clean and comfortable."

    Ideal village location with easy access to other areas of the lake district

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation, great base for travelling to the Lakes, pubs and shop close by."

    Nice walks in the area around Cartmel which is accessible to walk to following off road footpaths.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Jul 2020

  • "Excellent location great few days weather was amazing great base for exploring the area thanks"

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2020

  • "The accommodation was more spacious than it looked on the photos."

    Comfortable. Nice location. Friendly locals.

    Reviewed by Gordon3.8Dec 2019

  • "The accommodation had everything we needed and more."

    Beautiful cottage. Very quirky layout.

    Reviewed by Louise4.1Aug 2019

  • "We very much enjoyed out time at the cottage as a family."

    Everything was well thought of, you have exceeded our expectation and would recommend to anyone reading this. The accommodation was very clean, spacious, close to pub and shops. Loved the area and people are very welcoming and kind. Our little baby was sad leaving the house. We enjoyed our stay at this lovely place and would return again.

    Reviewed by Saktima5.0Jul 2019

  • "We had a great time, would suggest others to go, the cottage is in beautiful location."

    Hope to go again.

    Reviewed by Hammera5.0Jul 2019

  • "Comfortable cottage - lots of sofa space, comfy beds and decent towels."

    The only down sides were no dish washer (who wants to wash up on holiday?!) when there is plenty of space for one, and that the bath takes ages to run.

    Reviewed by Clementina4.4May 2019

  • "Good location for exploring south west lakes."

    Off road parking a facility good

    Reviewed by Phillip4.1Apr 2019

  • "This is our second stay at The Old Mill and well definitely return again."

    Very comfortable and clean accommodation with everything you need. The location is perfect with the village shop and pub on your doorstep and the village of Flookburgh is a short walk away. Great walks in every direction.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Feb 2019

  • "A lovely break in a great location."

    The property was spotless and had everything you could possibly need.

    Reviewed by S4.7Oct 2018

  • "Great location and cottage everything you needed was there."

    Would recommend and definately go back again.

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Jul 2018

  • "Unfortunately the only thing wrong with the cottage is the TV reception, living ..."

    Unfortunately the only thing wrong with the cottage is the TV reception, living room tv poor at best, bedrooms both TVS none existent, otherwise Perfect

    Reviewed by Gerard4.7Jul 2018

  • "Very well equipped and clean cottage with wonderful country walks straight out the door."

    Pub and shop just a few yards away.

    Reviewed by David4.7May 2018

  • "The cottage is very well provided for both equipment and entertainment wise."

    Mattress should be renewed soon as it has not worn well since we were last at the cottage 18 months ago. Tv in bedroom did not have a good signal.

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Apr 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in great location, will definitely be going back soon."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2018

  • "The apartment was really warm and inviting, immaculately clean, well appointed."

    The information pack was very helpful and the owners left us some nibbles and a bottle of wine which we were very appreciative of. I had to contact the owners a couple of times and they were very helpful, I will recommend the apartment to anyone and the village is very nice, everyone friendly.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Mar 2018

  • "We loved the holiday."

    The cottage was lovely and had everything we needed. We would definitely return

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Aug 2017

  • "Fantastic location, shop, artisan bakery and 2 pubs within 2 minutes walk from the Mill Immaculate, with everything you needed for a sucessful stay."

    Plus we were allowed to take our dog.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2017

  • "Beautiful property, perfect location, the property was spotless and the facilities excellent."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2017

  • "The flat was easy to find and had east access to village amenities."

    The flat was spotless and warm when we arrived and quickly settled in. I can't really think of anything that was missed out in the amenities. dog settled really well. Fully enjoyed the break of 5 days and would anticipate us booking this facility in the future. The local bakery has the best bread that I have tasted in a good while. Thanks for providing everything we needed for our stay.

    Reviewed by Bernard4.8Nov 2016

  • "The owners were excellent, we had a great holiday cottage , everything is A1."

    On the day of departure I had vertigo and couldn't drive, we received a lot of help from Teresa and Neil getting some more accommodation and driving us to that accommodation. Perfect hosts and we were very grateful for them helping us

    Reviewed by Derek4.8Sep 2016

  • "We have been to many holiday cottages in the last thirty years but the Old MIll surpassed them all."

    The accommodation, the location and the treats left by the owner all made it a really exceptional holiday, even the weather was kind on most days!

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0Sep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms with TV and river views: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over and basin
  • Basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire
  • Utility.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, Dishwasher, 1 x TV with Sky TV, including Sky Sports, HD and Sky Movies and NETFLIX, DVD, radio/CD, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Additional z-bed available
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Walled front terrace with furniture and river views
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 min walk
  • Note: The owners live on the upper floors.

The property

Situated in the heart of Cark in Cartmel, alongside the River Aye, this recently refurbished ground floor mill apartment offers superb accommodation.

Much care and attention has been given to ensure maximum comfort to guests staying at this apartment, which makes an excellent base for families and friends.

With views across the river, the sitting area provides luxurious leather sofas to sink into at the end of the day.

Outside is a terrace with furniture - a perfect place to sit with a glass of wine and listen to the river rushing by.

The village of Cark has an excellent pub, village store and children's playground, while medieval Cartmel, home of the delicious sticky toffee pudding, is just 2 miles away, with its 12th century Priory.

Nearby is Holker Hall and Gardens, the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish who welcome visitors of all ages to one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain.

Grange-over-Sands, a tranquil and charming Edwardian resort on the Cumbrian coast is also just on the doorstep, and not forgetting the Lake District of course, with its wealth of beautiful and stunning scenery!

This apartment is a welcoming year-round base.

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About the location


Cartmel 2 miles; Bowness on Windermere 16 miles.

Cark in Cartmel is a small Lakeland village just two miles from Cartmel, one of the prettiest villages in the Lake District. Cark is well served by the Furness line railway, and features pretty streamside strolls, lovely walks to the local coastline overlooking Morecambe Bay, two fine traditional old pubs and a scattering of small shops. It is a very short stroll from here to Holker Hall, the stately home of Lord Cavendish, whose house, gardens and deer park are open to the public and also now home to a licensed brasserie The Ilex. Take advantage of excellent walking opportunities amidst beautiful unspoilt countryside or visit The National Hunt Racecourse, the Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition and the Lakeland Motor Museum, all close by. Nearby Cartmel offers quaint cobbled streets littered with antique shops, charming gift shops, welcoming traditional pubs serving real ales, and the nationally acclaimed Michelin Star awarded L'Enclume restaurant. The quiet seaside retreat of Grange-over-Sands, with its Edwardian buildings, mountain backdrop, fabulous sea views, promenade and two golf courses is four miles away. Windermere, with its panoramic views over England's longest lake, is within a fifteen minute drive. A superb holiday destination at any time of year.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas