Beautifully sited where babbling Hartley Beck meets the wide River Eden, Low Mill is an ideal base for touring the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and North Pennines.
The house combines a rural outlook with easy pedestrian access to Kirkby Stephen where you will find shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants. We don’t think there are many other places which have such a beautiful country setting and yet are so close to the attractions of a small and historic market town
Also nearby are the Settle-Carlisle railway and many other attractions. A public footpath passes the house so your walking holiday can start the moment you arrive; there are dozens of local footpaths, some on disused railway lines and therefore flat, others taking you onto the hills of the North Pennines.
Low Mill has stone walls and exposed beams. The current building (see also History elsewhere on this website) may date from 1783, according to a stone in the wall at least, but it has been fully modernised to provide spacious and comfortable accommodation.
The spacious kitchen – dining room has an electric double oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer and microwave. The dining table seats six comfortably.
Gaze from the large picture window in the lounge across the garden and the footpath towards the hills. On a clear day you can see the Nine Standards, one of the landmarks of the Coast to Coast Walk. Inside make yourself cosy and snug by lighting the wood-burning stove which is in addition to the central heating. There is a "smart" television and also a CD stereo system.
There are two bedrooms, the Red Room has a king-size double bed and an en-suite with shower. The Blue Room which has one double and one single bed and therefore can accommodate up to three sleepers. Both enjoy views over the River Eden. As important for a good night's sleep, the beds have orthopaedic mattresses.
Finally there is a modern bathroom with wc and shower over the bath.
Following a number of requests by visitors to Low Mill, we are pleased to include free wi-fi access.
Outside the garden is bordered by water on two sides, Hartley Beck to the south and the River Eden to the west. The patio and the deck are south-west facing for those long summer evenings. As the water drifts by you can watch out for mallard, dippers, herons and even a kingfisher on the river. In the skies above we’ve seen a sparrow-hawk, swallows and house martins in the summer, and all year round the famous Kirkby Stephen parrots. Yes, really. Actually they may be macaws. Whatever!
There is off-street parking for up to three cars. Your pets are welcome too.
The property enjoys riparian fishing rights and our guests therefore can try their luck angling in the River Eden. You still need a Rod Licence, however, and if you’re thinking of fish for dinner…a more certain option is the trout farm on the road to Tebay!
Low Mill is a member of a group of holiday properties whose owners have pledged to:
- preserve the local environment
- use energy efficiently
- enhance the local economy
- encourage re-use, recycling and composting
- choose local suppliers
- reduce waste by sharing supplies.
Other holiday homes in the group include Fairfax Corner in York www.fairfaxcorner.co.uk and Itteringham Mill in Norfolk www.itteringham-mill.co.uk