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The Mill Race ref: 112115

Applethwaite near Keswick, Keswick & Area
4 StarsGold Award
  • Sleeps 6/86/8
Parking3 carsGardendecking
2 person discountYesFire/WoodburnerYes
SmokingNoInternet accessYes


The Mill Race is a truly stunning conversion of a former mill which is laid out over three floors. Only the finest materials have been used, from travertine floor tiles to slate work surfaces and quality bathroom fittings. Combined with luxury furnishings and accessories and a wealth of appliances to create a unique self catering 'cottage' of an excellent standard. Situated on the bank of the fast flowing Applethwaite Gill at the foot of the mighty 'Skiddaw', in the peaceful hamlet of Applethwaite, 1 mile from Keswick. The property has 70 metres of river bank with limited level ground. Quotes from our  guests
Well what can we say - Eva's 60th Birthday and what a marvellous property to celebrate - The  house had everything we needed, space, superb equipped rooms - super efficient central heating and log fire (we brought loads). The kitchen had all we needed to ensure the cuisine was up to scratch - It was the coldest winter most of us can remember and to walk across the ice of Derwentwater to the centre Island was " memories are made of this" Congratulations to the owners of Mill Race and Cumbrian Cottages for one of our holidays to remember for a life time.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Property has oil fired central heating and under floor heating and comprises:
Spacious entrance hall where boots, jackets and bikes may be stored.
Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and sink.
Bedroom 1: With King size bed and en-suite shower room with WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds which can be converted to a Super King (please request on booking) and en-suite shower room with WC and wash basin.

First floor

Bedroom 3: With King size bed and en-suite with shower bath, WC and wash basin.
Bedroom 4: With King size bed and en-suite bath with WC and wash basin.
Separate Guest WC: off first floor landing.
TV connection in all bedrooms.

Second floor

Lounge/Diner: With TV with Sky Sports, DVD, wood burning stove and balcony with table chairs and lovely views down Derwent Water.
Kitchen Area: With Rangemaster double electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, American fridge freezer and microwave.


All fuel, (except logs) bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available but guests should provide their own bed linen and blanket. Telephone for incoming and free local calls and Wi-Fi. Two well behaved dogs welcome - please bring own dog bed.


Outside: Decking with table and chairs and steep banking to the stream. (Children require supervision at all times). Parking for three cars. Please note when making an online booking the computer will charge for extra guests, however we will remove this charge in the office.
A refundable damage deposit of £150 is payable one week prior to arrival.
Please note: There is an Access statement available for this property, if required please call 01228 599 960.

Nearest townKeswickShops1.5 Miles
Distance1.5 MilesRestaurant1.5 Miles
Nearest railway stationPenrithPub1 Mile
Distance18 MilesLake2 miles

About the local area

Keswick is overlooked by spectacular scenery including the towering Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell to the north and Derwentwater a stones throw away to the south, in the heart of the Northern Lakes.

The market town gained its original charter in 1276 and although small it now forms the hub of the Northern Lake District. Keswick has great character with its well tended appearance (Winning several national awards); two large parks close to the town centre, speciality, gift and outdoor shops and a range of outdoor and indoor attractions.

Close by is the 4000 year old Castlerigg Stone Circle and the shores of Derwentwater are a mere stroll away past the Theatre by the Lake. During the summer months visitors can enjoy a free minibus service run by the National Trust from Keswick linking into round trips to Buttermere.

Keswick is a great base for a holiday in the Lake District with plenty of facilities close at hand but in the midst of beautiful north Lakeland countryside.

Portinscale at the foot of Derwentwater is neatly sandwiched between Keswick, only a mile away to the east, Bassenthwaite Lake just to the north and Whinlatter Forest Park to the west. All the essentials including a local pub serving bar meals, a restaurant, a tea room and plenty of parking spaces can be found in the village.

There are two marinas on Derwentwater where sailing, windsurfing and canoeing are offered, either for instruction or hire and there is also a jetty where you can catch the motor launch that circuits the lake.

The beautiful Newlands Valley, one of the Lake Districts best kept secrets, is a few minutes walk away. This lush green valley has many opportunities for keen walkers with a great choice of gentle river strolls or more challenging all day hikes! The circuit of the Newlands Valley is one of the best ridge walks in the Lake District. The ever changing scenery and the many interesting sights along the way make this one of Wainwrights most famous and enjoyable walks. Newlands was once a favorite with Beatrix Potter. Here she set the scene for some of her well loved children’s classics such as 'The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle'. Sketches of Catbells, Skelgill and Little Town all feature in the novel. The Valley also has a great local pub, The Swinside Inn and an award winning restaurant Swinside Lodge.

This area is ideally located for mountain biking and cycling, the C2C cycle route passes through Portinscale and if you’ve forgotten your bicycle don’t worry; there are a number of bicycle hire shops in nearby Keswick. For the walkers the nearby fells of Catbells, Maiden Moor, Knott Rigg and Causey Pike and beckon.

Things to do nearby

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What our customers say about The Mill Race

J Curran -

Once again a thoroughly enjoyable stay in a prime property with first class facilities

S Darbyshire -

The property was fantastic! On arrival we were greeted by Christmas decorations which were lovely and immediately put us in the Christmas mood! The standard of furnishings was very high. It was like a home from home - we missed nothing! We had a fantastic Christmas and would love to do it again!

Lynne Mackley -

A really lovely property with excellent facilities in a beautiful location. Would definitely stay there again if I ever need a property for 8 adults again.

C Sharpe -

Was extremely impressed with how swiftly the owner dealt with the issue we had with the fridge/freezer giving up on us. He saved our bacon, literally - and the chicken, sausages...

P Brandum -

Very spacious and well equipped. Couldn't fault it

M Strahand -

Fantastic quality. I am a keen cook and always take my own knifes to self catering accomodation as kitchen equipment is often poor. At the Mill Race everything was fabulous. Loads of pans, pots, plates and glasses. The entrance area was really practical for a group of walkers too. Plenty of changing space and room for wet boots and clothing.One of our most enjoyable New Years ever. We would definitely return.

J Harris -

A very nice property and the best equipped kitchen that we have had.

D W Peffer -

Sensibly furnished with good quality equipment matching advertising descriptions.

S Perrett -

Lovely property. Ideal for 8 people.

L Dineen -

It suits our party of walkers really well. The non-walkers amongst us can stay at home and watch red squirrels from the balcony or walk into Keswick easily

N Perry -

Very impressed - particularly the quantity and range of kitchen equipment.

P N Trenouth -

We had a wounderful stay at the 'Mill Race' hambling through the lanes & bridle walks, visiting Keswick and the surrounding areas or just sitting on the balcony in the sun and leasoning to the water flowing just 'WOUNDERFUL'. We even ordered prepared food from the 'Simply Good Taste' in Keswick, having read about previous guests that had commented about them. Well' their food was to die for and espeically thier Muffins & bread. The only comment we have about the Mill Race is it would of been a bonus if there was more outside space but having said this it did not effect our stay at all. The house is a lovely keeped house with every thing to hand that you may need and to walk out of the door and be straight in the country side was wounderful. We had a very happy, enjoyable and memorialble stay and will be thinking of staying again in the future. Perhaps more info or even old photos of the previous Working Mill would be lovely to read or look at too!


Bassenthwaite Lake

The glacial formed lake of Bassenthwaite which once was linked to Derwentwater many years ago, is the only water form in the Lake District which is named a ‘lake’ as the others are ‘waters’, ‘meres’ and ‘tarns’.

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Trotters World of Adventures

Situated on the outskirts of Bassenthwaite Lake, this brilliant animal attraction is a great day out for all no matter what your age!

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Ashness Bridge

The idyllic setting is one of the most photographed viewpoints in the Lake District, with an amazing view over the lake of Derwentwater towards Keswick and the surrounding fells.

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Bowder Stone

Located in the Borrowdale valley near the Grange village is a 2000 ton boulder. It is most unusually placed, balanced on a strange angle.

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The beautiful lake of Derwentwater is located in the north of the Lake District, and is surrounded by magnificent fells, the Borrowdale Valley and Keswick.

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Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens

On the outskirts of Keswick is the grand historic home known as Mirehouse built in 1666 by The Earl of Derby.

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Whinlatter Forest Park

Whinlatter Forest Park can be found up the Whinlatter Pass past Braithwaite. This is a brilliant place to get spectacular views over the Lake District and into Scotland.

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St John In The Vale

Just five miles from Keswick, you can find the stunning glacial valley which is known as St John’s in the Vale. This amazing scenic location is home to several small settlements and farms.

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Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum

If you want to learn about and explore the history of the industry which was thriving in the Lake District many years ago, this is the place to come.

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Lodore Falls

A popular place to visit in the Borrowdale Valley is the Lodore Falls, a waterfall which is formed by the Watendath Beck and is located near the southern end of Derwentwater.

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Newlands Activity Centre

In the Newlands Valley you can find this centre which provides you with a number of great exciting adventures to take part in during your holiday.

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St Bega Church

Next to Bassenthwaite Lake is St Bega Church which is the parish church of Bassenthwaite. Services have been going on here at this ancient location for over a thousand years.

Force Crag Mine

Last mineral mine to be worked in the Lake District. Explore the processing mill and landscape with a guide. Tel: 01768 774649

Mountain Biking on Skiddaw

Skiddaw will provide you with the longest downhill mountain ride in England! This 17km descent is the ideal route to take if you’re a fan of this amazing extreme sport.

Theatre by the Lake

This theatre is beautifully situated overlooking Derwentwater and the surrounding fells, only a short stroll from the centre of Keswick.

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Thornthwaite Galleries

In the village of Thornthwaite you can find a local gallery full of contemporary artwork by many local artists.

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Fitz Park

This is a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon playing with your children. Try out the brilliant new childrens playground, large open recreational area, putting green and tennis courts. Situated next to the River Greta with wonderful views of the surrounding fells this is great place to relax.

Derwentwater Marina

Situated within easy walking distance from Keswick Derwentwater Marina is an ideal location for trying out some popular watersports.

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Keswick Golf Club

Across the valley from Threlkeld is the Keswick Golf Club, this is a beautiful place to have a round of golf with stunning panoramic scenery.

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Cumbrian Cottages is a trading name of Wyndham Vacation Rentals (UK) Ltd. Registered in England and Wales. Company Registration Number 00965389. VAT Registration Number GB 598 2299 77. Registered Office: Spring Mill, Earby, Barnoldswick, Lancashire BB94 0AA.