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Encompassing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the South West is one of the most popular cottage holiday destinations in the UK. Boasting some of the most unspoilt countryside and coastline in the UK, it is easy to see why booking holiday cottages in the South West is so popular. Read More
The North West England region is home to the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, each with their own unique qualities that draw in international visitors. The region is steeped in history as well as popular tourist attractions making it a popular destination to visit all year round. Read More
Highlands of Scotland
Borders & The Lothians
Perthshire, Fife & Tayside
Skye & The Hebrides
Grampian & Speyside
The UK is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty anywhere in the world. For us, these stretch from Isles of Scilly holiday cottages in the south to the very tip of Scotland. The largest of these is the Lake District but there are well over 50 in total. Read More
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If you are looking for a spacious holiday home to rent in Cumbria then look no further than Ravenbridge Mill. This very special place can accommodate up to 12 guests.
Delightfully situated in some 21 acres of gorgeous grounds and with its own lake, river, woods and orchards the views are simply wonderful. This is a secluded escape at its finest and here you can do as much or as little as you wish. Plan tomorrow's adventures from the wood-fired outdoor sauna, beside the lake or perhaps enjoy some competitive fun in the games studio. At the heart of the property is the fully equipped big family kitchen, with local slate worktops, and a pine table big enough for everyone.
With the Pennines on one side, the Lake District on the other, and all the red sandstone villages of the Eden Valley in between Ravenbridge Mill is the perfect place for a relaxing family break or a magical holiday.
At a Glance
sleeps up to 12
Cumbria, between the Pennines and the Lake District
use of lake, river & woodland
camp fire site
Ravenbridge Mill sits in its own grounds of 21 acres, bounded mostly by the river to the north, and rising up to the south, through gardens, orchard and fields to the old woods at the top. The lake extends to about an acre and a half.
The stone-walled courtyard garden, right outside the kitchen door, is sheltered and lovely when the sun shines (which it often does in Cumbria!) There are plenty of seats, a couple of garden tables, and a little fire pit for cooking. You can pick anything you like from the full herb garden. And there’s a stone garden – either for meditating, or for artistic stone balancing.
The Studio also looks onto the courtyard. There’s a pool table in the Studio. There’s also a stage and a dressing-up box for the theatrically inclined.
Beyond the courtyard, which is gated, there’s plenty of space for running about. There’s even a trampoline.
The lake is special, whatever the season or the weather. There are a couple of boats available to take on the lake, with buoyancy aids. And the brave will definitely want to swim.
And, of course, there’s the sauna. Across the lake from the house, and camouflaged among the trees, the cord-wood and grass-roofed sauna is always a favourite. You can easily spend a couple of hours alternating between hot sauna and cold lake.
The Raven Beck, and the smaller Kiln Beck which runs into it, are great for scrambling.
The house began in 1675. At first it was a small cottage, with an adjoining corn mill. The house stands by the Raven Beck, and you can still just about see the mark of the outside under-shot mill wheel if you look carefully.
Two barns were later built on, together with a separate byre. The byre is now the Studio and games room. The barns have become part of the house. A biomass boiler occupies an early 20th century addition, and most recently a music room and balcony have also been added. Like many old houses it just grew…
So, downstairs there’s the big family kitchen, with local slate worktops, and a pine table big enough for everyone. There’s a double oven, five induction rings, microwave, two fridges, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and drier. The barn doorway has been beautifully glazed by a local craftsman. A second door leads out towards the river.
One step down from the kitchen, into the oldest part of the house, is the sitting room. Windows look south, onto the garden, and north, to the river. This is a very cosy room when the wood-burning stove is roaring – and I’ll supply plenty of wood for your stay.
Two steps up from the kitchen, at the East end of the house, a spacious hallway leads to a twin downstairs bedroom, a bathroom, and the utility room.
There's another bathroom downstairs at the West end of the house.
First Floor Description
Upstairs at the West end of the house above the sitting room (the stairs, made of stone and worn with age, were originally exterior) there are two double bedrooms and a shared bathroom.
The Ships' Room: its old oak beams were once ships' timbers. The Low Room: not the ceiling, which is actually one of the highest in the house. But the door is not quite full height. The Music Room: originally intended for music, and with a rather fine acoustic. The balcony is good for singing from, too. The River Room: there used to be a tiny window in this room; now there's a big glazed door and a balcony overlooking the Raven Beck. Jenny's Room: after the teenager who used to occupy it. It's been cleaned and decorated since then, I promise.
Above the kitchen, accessed from the stone stairs or by a “paddle” stair from the kitchen, there’s the wide Gallery, with the best views of the river and its backdrop of trees.
Upstairs at the East end of the house there are three further bedrooms, two with lovely balconies, and a bathroom.
Window Views Description
Every window has beautiful views - of the gardens and orchard, or the lake, or the river, and always of the trees - but you can't see another house.
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