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Millrace Cottage

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  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed with 2 kids and my dad - who took the spacious downstairs bedroom of this lovely comfy cottage in an ideal location for exploring the Lake District."

    The village pub, fantastic farm shop & cafe and service station are nearby and the cottage itself is on the fringe of a clean and quiet holiday park by a river. The cottage is warm and clean with comfortable beds and living space. It has all the kitchen essentials for self catering. My only feedback would be layman’s instructions on using the washer / dryer. I was unable to get the drying cycle to work for our swimming towels despite googling the manual. Also maybe a handrail to assist showering in/out of the bath. We had such a wonderful stay, thank you.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and site, very quiet with great access to Windermere and Kendal."

    Reviewed by Anne4.7May 2023

  • "The cottage is perfectly located on a quiet but friendly caravan park."

    Ideal for visiting lots of parts of the Lakes. Site staff were super friendly and helpful. The cottage is clean and compact. The bathroom is lovely and the heated flooring meant that we were all very warm. (The dog was a bit confused!) The lack of any significant cupboards, however does mean you are 'living out of your bag' particularly when you have to pack for all weather for a trip to the Lakes. Only tiny bedside table drawers available. The other thing I would say is pack everything that you are going to need if you are cooking. There is nothing provided at all in the kitchen. I got caught out this time as I forgot to pack salt and pepper/olive oil. Not a problem as there is a garage locally which had everything we needed. But usually holiday cottages have a few bits and pieces to use.

    Reviewed by Kathryn3.8Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage stayed on this park few times over the years as I cannot fault it's location and the facilities offered."

    Definitely will be coming back

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jan 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and perfect for small parties."

    For us it was fine but for 5 people the sitting room and kitchen would be a bit cramped Loved the underfloor heating. But better instructions as where things are would help -even if it’s look in the drawer in the living room!

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Dec 2022

  • "Very cute cottage and great location."

    I would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Claire4.1Sep 2022

  • "Pictures make cottage look a lot better than actually is WIFI non existent ..."

    Pictures make cottage look a lot better than actually is WIFI non existent washing machine didn't work cottage needs a good face-lift and a good clean

    Reviewed by Anthony2.2Sep 2022

  • "The kitchen table was sticky had not been cleaned properly we went and bought some polish th clean it properly."

    The key to the property was awkward it took some time to get used to unlock as we tried to get into the property.

    Reviewed by John4.1Sep 2022

  • "This was a lovely place to stay and as my first booking for a staycation I'm delighted with the experience!"

    The cottage was relatively easy to find (though the road in is quite narrow) and everything was as instructed. Place was immaculately clean and it had all the amenities necessary including dishwashing tablets. The location was as tranquil as I hoped and the cottage was lovely and cosy! The only thing that surprised me was finding it was an attached property which didn't seem so obvious from the description photos. Otherwise, very pleased with my visit and I would definitely consider it again in the future.

    Reviewed by Anoushka4.7Jun 2022

  • "Very comfortable cottage, well furnished and comfortable beds."

    Kitchen well equipped ( incase of wet stay in days. ) Large patio area with table and chairs. Very nice indeed, nice quiet location, easily accessible, would go again.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was really lovely ,clean and comfortable ,within a quiet park, with great views out of the living room windows."

    It is in a fabulous location to be able to visit different areas of interest and on a really handy bus route— leave your car parked up . Across the road is a brewery and pub which was great and down the road is the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley —walkable or bus route. Overall,would recommend this property wholeheartedly and was really sad to leave. May I wish all future holiday makers a terrific time

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0May 2022

  • "Nice property, we have been staying here for approx 10yrs now, the only downside ..."

    Nice property, we have been staying here for approx 10yrs now, the only downside is all the prices have sky rocketed since the Covid Pandemic ☹️

    Reviewed by Steve5.0May 2022

  • "The Cottage is basically comfortable and in a great location, but a few details need attention."

    Bathroom could do with updating and has a noisy cistern. Outside seating is needs renewing. Privacy in the Lounge is an issue as it has a large window directly facing the main route through the site (nets perhaps?). The lounge seating would be insufficient for 5 people but was fine for 2 of us. These are little things that did not detract from a wonderful week.

    Reviewed by Terry4.7Apr 2022

  • "We love Millrace Cottage, and this was our third time staying there."

    It is very comfortable and well presented, and we had another great stay. Thank you! While we were there this time there was a problem with the hot water, and after I rang in to report it, the owner had an engineer come the same afternoon to sort out the issue. It was resolved promptly with no fuss at all, and friendly and polite service from everyone involved.

    Reviewed by Jo4.4Apr 2022

  • "A great comfortable little cottage with all necessary facilities included, and plenty of room for a family with a pet."

    The cottage is only a couple of miles from Windermere and also close to Kendal. Personally, I'm not a lover of the latches on the doors, particularly when one needs to use the facilities in the night. Attention to detail of minor maintenance would make it perfect. Thanks

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Mar 2022

  • "The whole experience from start to finish was amazing."

    I've read other feedback on this property & where negative it was unjust, yes it's not a mansion (it's a cottage) however it was ample size for 5 of us (3 children) & even though there was space in the cottage for 'me time' the whole point was to spend family time & the beautiful outdoors meant we ventured out every day. Yes the table is a little sticky but that's down to the varnish finish & it wasn't dirty in the slightest. The place was clean & looked picturesque. The dryer isn't the best but the fact it has one is a bonus. The beds were comfortable, along with the duvet & pillows, almost too comfortable making getting up that little harder. The heating was very good, on occasions we had to open a window to balance the temperature, probably because we didn't get round to looking how to set the thermostats. The boiler did have a little issue on one if the mornings however we called the help number provided & by the time we got back from a short outing the engineer was on site & quickly fixed the issue - great service. The fridge freezer is big enough to stock up & the kitchen had everything needed to cook up meals. Large Asda just 15 mins drive away & another supermarket nearer at Windermere, so this place was ideally located. Great views from the window, more than a cottage it was an experience.

    Reviewed by Ishtiaq5.0Jan 2022

  • "We had to stay in on three seperate occasions for the heating system to be looked at ."

    From no hot water in the bath and shower to boiling hot heating in one room and then freezing cold for the rest of our holiday . Eventually we were left over christmas with no heating . There were other issues which I won't bother going into . I bought the Complaint to Sykes who took it up with the owners who said " the issues are resolved " and that what that ! No sorry , no refund of any kind . Frankly if that was my property I would've given some refund . I would've also apologised for a very uncomfortable stay . I book a lot of cottages with Sykes and this was not up to usual standard . I wasn't going to leave a review as I thought I'd wait to see if the owners were going to offer something back . It wasn't a cheap stay . We were there for over ten days . No sanitiser , no bleach , blunt knives , short duvet cover the main bedroom . No welcome basket . Not even salt or pepper . The feeling of meaness hangs in the air at Millrace . However it was clean . Would not recommend .

    Reviewed by Heather2.5Dec 2021

  • "Very clean and tidy cottage, a little on the tight side for 2 adults and 2 teenagers, ideally located to visit places."

    More instructors/ labels for what and where things are would be helpful. We had no idea till at least a few days into our holiday that the switch on the wall outside the bathroom turned on the towel heater. Also a very sticky kitchen table, couldn't get it off no matter what we used. A little over priced to say it was October and not the school holidays.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Oct 2021

  • "It would be a very good idea to put some instructions in the house about how to work things especially for overseas visitors."

    It took us 5 days to figure out how to turn the heat on. The washer works but we never got the dryer function to work necessitating a trip to the launderette and lots of soggy clothes on the towel rail. We didn't quite get the broiler figured out. Some labels on all the power switches as to which appliance they work would be helpful. These are small simple easy fixes that would help a great deal. Otherwise a lovely clean well-appointed comfortable cottage. Any staff we have spoken to have been polite and helpful.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.4Sep 2021

  • "Nice place, very practical location."

    So close to both Windemere and Kendall and with a pub at walking distance... big bonus. However, we didn't realise the cottage itself was right on the grounds (just after the entrance) of a holiday park. Also, the toilets made a weird, awfully loud, noise when flushing, waking up people in the night. Hopefully a plumber can fix this for the next people to stay in this cottage, but it was great to have two toilets though, especially when you come back from a day-trip and everyone has to go at the same time ;). I think £800+ p/w in September was a bit steep for this cottage, but below £600 we would probably consider staying again. The cottage was nice and clean and the beds were comfortable. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Andy3.8Sep 2021

  • "Great location and beautiful cottage, would definitely recommend."

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was superb and in such a wonderfully tranquil place whilst being within easy distance of all of the Lake District."

    The perfect place to relax and unwind. I would certainly return. Excellent!!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jun 2021

  • "Good location not far from Windermere and Staveley."

    Cottage on corner plot beautiful views. The location was within walking distance to pub and service station.

    Mrs ParkesAug 2019

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor single
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating with underfloor geating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Private patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Pub 8 min walk
  • Shop 2.4 miles.

The property

"Once part of a thriving bobbin mill, this delightful Lakeland barn conversion is now part of Ings Mill Park – a beautifully landscaped area Ings is a small hamlet near Staveley, 2 miles from Windermere, and 6 miles from Kendal, on the A591.

The road is one of the country's most scenic, as well as providing easy access to the highlights of the Lake District.

The entrance hallway with cloakroom / 2nd WC, leads to the contemporary oak kitchen / dining room with slate floors and lots of character.

The living room has cosy deep-cushioned sofas and a large picture window - originally the barn door.

There’s a ground floor single bedroom and modern house bathroom with shower over bath.

Upstairs to the king-size double bedroom and twin bedroom.

Outside, the private fenced patio is furnished for drinks or meals al-fresco.

Nearby Staveley, in walking distance, is the gateway to the Kentmere Valley, with a thriving community of walkers and cyclists as well as a foodie destination: Wilf’s café, Hawkshead Brewery.


Bakery and lots of other delights including the Eagle & Child, another great pub.

Walking routes in the Kentmere Valley are well worth exploring.

Shops, facilities, cafes and restaurants are close at hand in Windermere village, and the superb Booths supermarket; and only a few miles further you'll find Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere.

If Millrace Cottage is not available for the dates you require, check out these two neighbouring self-catering properties: Gowan Cottage & Bobbin Cottage.


Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 8.7 miles.

The twin towns of Bowness and Windermere are both vibrant, fun-filled places set within the splendid scenery of the Lake District. Both towns provide a range of amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes whilst Ambleside offers the additional attraction of a boat ride to Bowness, the Lakeside Aquarium and Beatrix Potter's 'Hill Top House' at Sawrey. Grizedale Forest Park is within easy driving distance and is home to a range of activities including many good walks, mountain biking and the 'Go Ape' adventure park. The region also boasts many National Trust properties as well as a variety of water sports for those who prefer a more adrenaline-fuelled trip. Children will enjoy a trip to the 'World of Beatrix Potter' in Bowness whilst the villages of Grasmere, Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains are all within easy reach.

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Only 1 dog welcome