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The Old Water Mill

(Ref. 1066269)

Kendal, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • chris (19)
  • lovely (17)
  • julie (17)
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38 Customer Reviews

  • "The mill was gorgeous, no amount of photos could capture how stylish it is and what a beautiful setting it is situated in."

    Having met the owners you can tell it's not just a holiday let to them, they truly care about your stay and they love the mill too,.a lot of love has gone into its renovation and decoration. Chris and Julie are very informative about the area, tell you everything you need to know about the property and make themselves available if you need them during your stay, appreciated their suggestions. Lovely welcome pack on arrival, cake, tea, coffee, milk and jams, all locally sourced. Had a fantastic girls weekend, explored the area for walks enjoying nature,sat in the hot tub looking at the stars and didn't want to leave the beautiful house.

    Reviewed by CaroleNov 2023

  • "We had the most amazing 6 days, every little detail had been thought off and provided."

    The tea & coffee and milk in the fridge waiting, the homemade lemon cake was divine!! The house has all the amenities and was so cosy & comfy. The drinks fridge was very well used!! We loved the hot tub off an evening under the stars, the views from the rear off the property are honestly breath taking, we loved seeing how the river changes each day. This house is secluded in the middle off no where with no phone signal and honestly was just what we needed, to switch off. Kendal wasn’t too far off a drive and we did get out and explore and area. Everyone in our party 7 of us couldn’t fault anything & would gladly return in a heartbeat !!

    Reviewed by LisaOct 2023

  • "Omg! It’s fantastic."

    So clean and comfortable. Beautifully furnished. Everything you need. The scenery is breathtaking. The hot tub a bonus. Chris is so welcoming and friendly. And the Lemon Drizzle cake from Julie is heaven. Just book it and see for yourselves. We are going back.

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2023

  • "This place is in a truly unique position and the quality of the interior is wonderful."

    The owners are lovely & informative & have created a wonderful place to stay. The stunning countryside is all on the doorstep. Yet the position is close enough to visit any parts of the Lakes. After the fabulous walks the hot tub was the perfect wind down. All in all a fabulous place to stay! Sykes on the other hand were not that helpful. I asked them questions beforehand & was given the wrong information, more than once.

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay, and the hot tub! We take all comments on board, and we will ensure that information given is correct. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by PatriciaSep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time at the the Old Water Mill , the setting was fabulous and facilities were amazing."

    The abundance of nature was particularly important to our daughter, we all loved watching for the wildlife at the river terrace.

    Reviewed by MarisaJul 2023

  • "Totally amazing , Chris met us to show us around , beautiful position and property."

    Has everything you could wish for. Julie had made us a lemon drizzle cake , the best we have ever tasted. Also a Welcome pack with some lovely goodies and essentials. Stunning in every way. Can’t recommend enough . We will defo be back

    Reviewed by BeverleyJun 2023

  • "WOW!! If you are looking for peace and quiet in a stunning location within a first class property - with great lake district amenities close by, book this property and you have found your Shangri-la"

    . Lovely owners gave us a great tour of the property and all of its amazing amenities on our arrival. We had a super welcome pack complete with a wonderful home made cake. Super bedrooms with very comfortable beds and great ensuite bathrooms. But by far the over the river patio is where you will ( weather permitting) spend most of your time. Many thanks Chris and Julie for sharing your wonderful property with us.

    Reviewed by TerryJun 2023

  • "Wow, the photos done do it justice."

    The sound from the river is incredibly soothing. Well stocked kitchen, superb comfortable beds. Living room was super comfortable for 4 adults, not sure how it would be for more. The “sunset terrace” is a fab place to chill and the hot tub was fab after a day out. Owners are fab. Going to break my golden rule of never returning to the same place and already booking for next year. Fabulous.

    Reviewed by NicolaMay 2023

  • "We loved our week long stay - it passed by rather too quickly!"

    The cottage was lovely, comfortable and very clean. Chris and Julie were great hosts.

    Reviewed by HowardApr 2023

  • "Amazing stay with our friends for my birthday."

    This cottage has everything you could ever need for a weekend away. Hot tub was a lovely addition especially along side the breathtaking views. Chris and Julie were more than welcoming and were so accommodating the lemon cake was a lovely touch and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We will definitely be returning in the future

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed the property and all that it and the area had to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SarahMar 2023

  • "We had the most enjoyable stay at the Old Mill over the Christmas period."

    It’s a stunning property, in the most amazing setting. The owners were friendly and accommodating and provided a lovely history of the property on arrival. Couldn’t fault it one bit and will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by HollieDec 2022

  • "Enjoyed a 3 night stay with a group of friends at The Old Watermill."

    We go away every December to reconnect and relax. This house was just perfect. So well-equipped. . Lots of thoughtful touches. Spotlessly clean. Just perfect. Host met us on arrival and was so welcoming and warm. . The location with the balcony and river is breathtaking. Just perfect.

    Reviewed by BevDec 2022

  • "Stunning property in a stunning location."

    The Old Water Mill is beautifully decorated to a very high standard, the kitchen is kitted out with all the equipment you can think of, great boot room with extra fridge and freezer too. Bedrooms are also of a high standard, very comfortable beds, lovely linen. Very clean throughout, we met the hosts and they were really lovely - we will definitely return!

    Reviewed by DianneNov 2022

  • "Fantastic property is an absolutely stunning setting."

    The property was extremely well stocked with everything you could possibly need. Chris, the owner, was incredibly welcoming and helpful, and the little basket of goodies a lovely touch with the lemon drizzle cake the star of the show.

    Reviewed by HannahNov 2022

  • "We had a fantastic break at The Old Watermill."

    The cottage itself is impeccably presented, beautifully and comfortably furnished, spacious and luxurious, and the kitchen better equipped than any I have experienced before in many years of holiday-going. It had everything! All of that was enough to rate it 10/10. But that doesn't even mention the setting - which is beyond stunning. The balcony overlooking the river was fabulous, the outdoor furniture gorgeous, and the hot tub the absolute icing on the cake. The hosts were attentive and responsive, went above and beyond to ensure we had a perfect stay, and we did. Well worth every penny - we had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay, the house was perfect and we're already planning on when we might be able to come back."

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2022

  • "Flawless property, everything thought of."

    I would only suggest summer bed linen as duvet tog too thick for this time of year.

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2022

  • "The Mill was absolutely beautiful!"

    We had a lovely warm welcome from Chris and Julie and they had thought of everything we needed for a perfect stay. The lemon drizzle cake deserves a special mention! The house had a lovely calm atmosphere as well as being spotlessly clean, the kitchen extremely well equipped, and the river and waterfalls were stunning. It was an area of the Lakes that we’d never been before and the countryside around was beautiful and very peaceful. Not far away were Windermere, Rydal and Grasmere. Rydal was good for a swim, and there were several good pubs to sample. Thank you Chris and Julie for a wonderful stay in your lovely Mill!

    Reviewed by EileenJun 2022

  • "First of all if I could give this ten stars I would."

    It is a fabulous property nestling by the river Sprint totally hidden from view. Julie and Chris were great hosts, we were given a warm welcome shown around the first class accommodation and were told some history. The attention to detail is truly unreal, everything you needed was included down to things like tinfoil, clingfilm and even dishwasher tablets. Thank you Julie for the little extras on arrival tea, coffee, wonderful home made lemon drizzle cake and even some milk in the fridge. Everything was immaculate and spotless. The location is amazing with the constant flow of the water over the rocks at the rear of the property and a short walk to see the river to the front. We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an otter scrambling over the rocks at the rear and then fishing in the river at the front. There is so much wildlife around you. At the end of the day there's a lovely hot tub to relax in with a fire pit next to. Truly amazing, this is highly recommend.

    Reviewed by GlynnJun 2022

  • "A truly stunning location."

    The house is beautiful - everything is provided and the decor makes this much more than a holiday home - it feels like HOME.

    Reviewed by MichelleMay 2022

  • "Great holiday home, away from it all yet close to Kendal, 5 min drive away."

    Lovely touches included, like fresh flowers, welcome starter pack, homemade lemon sizzle (thank you Julie). Very helpful and friendly host, thanks Chris. High quality throughout the home. Nice outside area, to watch the world go by....

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2022

  • "A beautiful location and accommodation."

    Would love to revisit

    Reviewed by ChrisApr 2022

  • "WOW! We have stayed in many beautiful places in the last 25 years of visiting the Lakes but this was, by far, the best ever!"

    Our hosts Chris and Julie have made the Old Water Mill into the most fantastic home from home with added luxury, they have truly thought of everything and then more. From the welcome basket, the guided tour, the log burner with an endless supply of logs to the interior décor and of course the hot tub – words are inadequate to describe just how outstanding this holiday home is. The location is absolutely delightful – peaceful and beautiful. We cannot recommend the Old Water Mill enough...

    Reviewed by DeborahFeb 2022

  • "We stayed here for 7 nights in February."

    Julie and Chris were the friendliest and most helpful hosts. After our stay here we have have realised a holiday abroad is not always required to relax. It was self catering, the kitchen was equipped with everything needed and it was clear a great deal of thought had gone into the set up and furnishings of the cottage. Each bedroom had an ensuite and the views of the river from every door/window were magnificent. The beds were huge and so comfortable! There were lots of opportunities to go hiking during the day and in the evenings the fire was very cosy. The hot tub made the cottage extra special. Julie and Chris live very close by and are available if any assistance is required. Thankyou to Julie and Chris for being wonderful hosts. We have had lots of holidays and travelled extensively, this is definitely in the top 3 of places we have stayed. Hopefully we will see you again in the future!

    Reviewed by RehimaFeb 2022

  • "Honestly the photos do not do it justice."

    The house is impeccable, extremely clean and well equipped, the owner has truly thought of everything. I can’t recommend this house enough! It is well worth the money.

    Reviewed by CallumFeb 2022

  • "Booked this property for a girly weekend away."

    The house was beautiful & had everything we could possibly need. Chris the host was lovely! They left us a welcome hamper containing tea, coffee, milk etc & even a homemade lemon drizzle cake. Everything in the house was immaculate & clean, would definitely stay here again !

    Reviewed by TaylorJan 2022

  • "We met the sweetest and friendliest couple, Chris & Julie who own the old Watermill."

    They were so helpful and courteous. We loved what they have created with their property. An absolute gem and a peaceful haven tucked away in a wonderful valley in the Lakes. So clean and cozy. Thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family.

    Reviewed by HussainDec 2021

  • "Hi Julie and Chris, we wanted to write on the visitors book but unfortunately couldn’t find a pen but on behalf of Vishal and me I wanted to say an absolutely huge thank you for your hospitality."

    Not only was your cottage beautiful in every way but you guys were so helpful and really made us feel embedded within the Lake District for our week. We are ever so grateful to you both and couldn’t have asked for a better stay! Every room was stunning and it felt luxury through and through. Thank you!

    Reviewed by JavonDec 2021

  • "This was a return trip and yet again we had a very enjoyable stay , would ..."

    This was a return trip and yet again we had a very enjoyable stay , would recommend as a place to stay in the South Lakes

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2021

  • "An stunning house in a beautiful setting."

    I can not rate this property and the hosts highly enough. Welcomed with homemade cake and a basket of goodies and a grand tour by wonderful hosts! Chris and Julie were so lovely and helpful keeping everything immaculate for us during our stay! The perfect Lakeland house!

    Reviewed by AmyNov 2021

  • "Amazing property with perfect hosts."

    Thanks so much for a wonderful week away

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2021

  • "A beautiful house in an outstanding location."

    We were made to feel welcome from the start and then throughout our stay. Would easily recommend.

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2021

  • "On arrival at The old water mill we were greeted by Chris who gave us a tour of the property and explained where everything was and how everything operated which was a great help for our stay."

    Chris also told us some of the history of the mill which was very interesting too. The property was beautiful with everything we needed for our week long stay. The attention to detail was second to none, with a lovely welcome pack on arrival of coffee tea bread milk etc and a lovely home made lemon drizzle cake made by Julie

    Reviewed by CliveSep 2021

  • "Fantastic stay at the Old Water Mill !"

    ! Chris and Julie have gone the extra mile to create a wonderful holiday home in a lovely location. There were some lovely walks and great places to visit within a short drive. Have booked again in a couple of months time.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2021

  • "Super place to stay - The Old Water Mill was absolutely beautiful, inside and out - every little detail was catered for."

    Would certainly recommend it, you would not be disappointed.

    Reviewed by DeborahSep 2021

  • "Chris and Julie have made the most magical holiday cottage and make your stay truly personal with a welcome hamper including Julie's amazing lemon drizzle cake."

    The care and attention to detail, the furnishings, the hot tub and decked area with garden furniture, the decor and so on were all very upmarket and exquisite, it felt like we were self catering at a boutique hotel. We'll be back in 2022 !

    Reviewed by LouiseSep 2021

  • "It was an absolutely idyllic spot."

    We did a couple of fantastic walks directly from the house. The hot tub was such a treat and brilliant after strenuous walks and water sports.

    Reviewed by UlrikeAug 2021

  • "Superb property in a fantastic location, furnished and appointed with real care, love and attention."

    Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2021

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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.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twins on request) with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twins on request) with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size bedroom with Jack-and-Jill access to bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Underfloor heating throughout with woodburning stove
  • Ranger cooker with electric oven and induction hob, microwave, 2 x fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Spacious rear decked area with outdoor furnishings, hot tub and firepit
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking
  • Shop 3.8 miles, pub 4.2 miles
  • Please note that the river that flows to the side of the property is active and when the weather is bad it can run quite fast and fill up quickly, for this reason we will only be allowing children under the age of 11.

The property

With captivating views over the River Sprint and enjoying a peaceful position within Garnett Bridge is The Old Water Mill, exceptional holiday accommodation in one of the most sought-after locations within Cumbria.

With the Lake District National Park and the town of Kendal resting within striking distance, along with an outstanding interior design and superb features such as river views, a hot tub and en-suite bathrooms, this property offers a superb self-catering experience all year around.

Admire the beauty of the stone-built exterior and spy the fast-flowing river beneath before entering into the home and finding the spacious utility.

In here, there is plenty of space to keep raincoats and walking boots, as well as a fridge/freezer with an ice-cream maker and laundry equipment to offer a helping hand at the end of a muddy walk on the surrounding fells.

Beautiful slate flooring covers the underheated floor within the open-plan space, where the woodburning stove set within a stone reveal takes centre stage before the plush furnishings and quality fixtures.

The contemporary kitchen suite boasts a top of the range cooker, a microwave, a fridge/freezer, a dishwasher, along with plenty of worktop space for the chef of the group to rustle up family-favourite dishes that can be enjoyed at the formal, yet elegant dining table.

Afterwards, look forward to unwinding into your evening as you snuggle into the arms of the sofa and catch up on the latest box set from the Smart TV, the woodburning stove crackling in the background and setting a homely ambiance.

On the balmy evenings, take sociable moments out on the spacious decking, where a plush outdoor sofa and a large dining table awaits, perfect for soaking up the views and admiring the soundtrack of the River Sprint.

Continuing to impress, the decking features a hot tub so that you can truly savour a moment of relaxation at the end of a bracing day on the fells, bliss!

From the open-plan living space, slip through the door and discover the first bedroom, boasting a sumptuous king-size bed and en-suite shower room.

Head to the first floor to discover three more bedrooms, comprising of two super-king-size beds with zip/link features, allowing for a flexible sleeping arrangement, whist the third bedroom enjoys a king-size bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, where the feature bath offers stunning views.

The Old Water Mil is an exceptional getaway for a family holiday to the Lake District.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1066267, 1066265 and 1066268, together sleeping up to 20 guests.

Please note: the river that flows to the side of the property is active and when the weather is bad it can run quite fast and fills up quickly, for this reason we will only be allowing children over the age of 11. However babes in arms are acceptable (no toddlers) please bring own cot, linen and highchair.

Cocks Close Estate

Cocks Close Estate is a 24 acre exclusive estate with half a mile of the River Sprint on one side and views up to the Fells and Mountains of the eastern Kentmere range on the other. The estate includes, ancient woodlands, pastureland and a 1 acre tarn. The estate rests on the outskirts of Garnett Bridge, Cumbria and is a fabulous selection of holiday lettings, including a large, stone-built cottage and three luxury, detached lodges that have been named after the animals that once made them their home. The lodges and their interiors have also been designed by the owners, giving them a very special touch! This collection offers a range of rustic yet contemporary Scandinavian style accommodation, featuring Larch cladding from nearby Grizedale forest, along with underfloor heating, private outdoor spaces with stunning views of the fells, and off-road parking; you're certainly well-catered to here! The lodges additionally feature as much locally-sourced materials as possible, with wood being used from the nearby Garnett Wood. If you can tear yourself away from this stunning collection of properties, head into the town centre of Kendal where you will find a wealth of superb choice of shops, supermarkets, and boutiques, as well as an extensive collection of great places to eat and drink. Whilst here, be sure to visit the beautiful historic Kendal Castle before admiring the artwork at The Abbot Hall Art Gallery and brushing up on the local history with a visit to the Museum of Lakeland Life and the Quaker Tapestry Museum. Outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted by the close proximity to the National Park, an area renowned for its outdoor adventures, including walks and cycling upon Cunswick Scar, Potter Fell, Whitbarrow - Lord's Seat, Kentmere and Sallows. Alternatively, venture to the town of Windermere offering a chance to enjoy canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, diving and boat trips, whilst Ambleside has even more great things to do for the entire family. A memorable escape awaits at Cocks Close Estate.

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

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About the location


Windermere 8 miles.

A historic market town with a fine reputation for shopping, Kendal nestles on the banks of the River Kent and is known as the Southern Gateway to the Lakes. Its old cobbled lanes and byways branch off the attractive main street, and the stone ruins of 12th century Kendal Castle sit perched on a hill with views over the town. Visit The Abbot Hall Art Gallery, its regular collection holding portraits by Kendal born George Romney and works by Turner and Ruskin, with other exhibitions through its links with the Tate. Both Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall with its superb Topiary Garden are nearby, as are limestone escarpments for easy walking, offering thrilling views of the Lakeland Mountains, the Howgills and Morecambe Bay. Kendal itself is ideally placed for exploring South Lakeland, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond. With other attractions such as Kendal Museum and the Museum of Lakeland Life, the fascinating Quaker Tapestry, Lake Windermere and the wider National Park within easy reach, Kendal provides a superb base for a relaxing break.

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Property unsuitable for Children under 11.
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