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 welcome 3
2 star
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 in a peaceful, out of the way location.
  • 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 converted former bobbin mill offers a true taste of rural life and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle. Accommodating five guests and up to three dogs, it boasts a unique location in a lovely, secluded valley. Local pubs and shops are less than a mile away should you need them, while there are endless scenic walks on the doorstep.

This rustic cottage, with original waterwheel, oozes character and old-world charm. Retaining many period features inside and out, it is accessed by crossing a field. Gather your guests around the dining table in the inviting lounge/diner, where there’s plenty of space to enjoy a meal and catch up on the day’s events. The warming wood burner adds to the already cosy atmosphere in the lounge, where comfortable sofas offer a welcome place to unwind. Meanwhile, the well-equipped kitchen has all you need whether you’re preparing a family meal or a picnic. A slate staircase leads to the first bedroom, while further stairs lead to the second. Both have a cosy, country feel, making them relaxing retreats. Outside, soak up the tranquil surroundings in the property’s wild gardens, while the dogs enjoy cooling off in the mill stream, which is crossed by slate bridges.

Take a stroll into Hawkshead, less than a mile away, where you’ll find some friendly pubs and cafes for a drink or bite to eat. Enjoy the stunning mountain views on the popular circular walk at the picturesque Tarn Hows (1 mile) which suits all abilities. A visit to this area wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Lake Windermere (6 miles) where you can try out various water sports or sit back on a ferry cruise. There are some scenic woodland trails at Grizedale Forest, perfect for those on two or four legs.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 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 is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 18 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Ron 21st February 2020

Fantastic location, need to understand the steep stairs and raging waters during the storms which for us was all part of the charm. We visited in winter during the worst storms for years and enjoyed every moment, must be fantastic in summer, but we had the roads to ourselves. We drove to almost every lake seeing spectacular views around every corneRead morer and not many other people out there doing the same. Our idea of a winter holiday. Thank You. Hide

Reviewed by Lisa 4th January 2020

I have to Bobbing Mill twice now so I must like the place It suits my needs with a small dog I can see safety problems with larger dogs and children near the ravine. super isolated cottage with lots of charm but not suitable for the weak and faint hearted The ghost could be a little more active

Reviewed by Stephen 7th September 2019

We loved the seclusion and peacefulness along with the wild life. Having no internet or TV gave us the opportunity to just sit and talk like when I was young. The whole house and grounds have so much character. And the cottage is situated so that areas of interest are not far to travel. The only issue would be it only has one inside toilet and if aRead more large family go then you do have to wait your turn unless you want to use the outside toilet by the swing that has no flush- Hide

Reviewed by David 31st August 2019

A hidden retreat a step into the past

Reviewed by Carol 20th July 2019

Bobbin Mill is an absolutely idyllic get-away-from-it all treasure, everything about it is magical. It has everything you could want or need for a lovely holiday. We were blessed with lovely weather and had the most relaxing stay. My three labradors particularly enjoyed cooling off in the stream after a long day on the fells.

Reviewed by Corrin 25th May 2019

This quirky building over 4 floors is a real step back in time. The grounds are a paradise of green with a long swing over the cascade of the former mill stream super fun for older children. Also paths and slate bridges, a hammock and badger set. We saw an owl and heard cuckoos. There was a room with a table tennis table which was great on the inevRead moreitable wet days in May. Location is excellent for Comistin, Hawkshead, Sawrey and Ambleside. Hide

Reviewed by David 27th April 2019

This is a true gem, tucked away in a steep-sided gorge and invisible from the road. It is like stepping back to the '70s or earlier with no washing machine, no wi-fi, no TV but full of quirky charm in the most beautiful of settings. It's a bit shabby, with only one loo at the top of the house, lethally slippy slate outside (when wet) and no shower.Read more But we loved it, the wildlife (cuckoos!), the marvellous woodburner and the sound of the falls. Please, owners, don't ever modernise it. Hide

Reviewed by Aimee 6th April 2019

Really quirky. Loved it !

Reviewed by Deborah 16th February 2019

A beautiful and traditional Lakeland cottage in an idyllic setting. This is the best holiday cottage we have been to in the Lake District; it is unspoilt, albeit a bit rough and ready.Unlike other properties that look great on the outside but too clinical and modern on the inside. The games room is an added bonus ( not mentioned in the description)Read more; once again rough and ready but great fun. A truly magical holiday destination! Hide

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

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The Lake District National Park is a superb choice for a holiday. If you love nature and the great outdoors, the Lake District is one of the UK’s most beautiful holiday destinations. Taking up the lion’s share of the north-western county of Cumbria, the region has been popular with visitors since Victorian times, and it’s the only place to find mountains in England. Peace and tranquillity characterise the wonderful Lake District, with 16 lakes, including England’s longest and deepest, there is much to see and do. Visit Coniston Water, Ullswater, Wast Water and Windermere for just a taste of what you can see in the Lake District National Park.

Small towns like Ambleside, Windermere, Hawkshead, Bowness-on-Windermere and Glenridding all make for great bases from which to relax and unwind between sojourns into the fantastic natural landscapes of the Lake District National Park. Wildlife and bird lovers can spot all kinds of lesser spotted species in situ, and walking trails reveal some of the very best vistas within English borders. To embellish the experience, you can enjoy some of the country’s cosiest pubs and restaurants, many found in picture-perfect locations.

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