Beautifully sited where 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 of the North Pennines. 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 wi-fi for your catch-up viewing.
There are two bedrooms. The Red Room has a king-size double bed and a small en-suite shower room. The Blue Room has one double and one single beds and therefore can accommodate up to three sleepers. Both enjoy views over the River Eden.
Finally there is a modern bathroom with wc and shower bath, and a large basement which is useful as a store-room. The basement has a separate entrance to the garden, so is ideal for bringing in dogs after a muddy walk. And from September 2021, the basement will have been converted to include two extra double bedrooms and an extra shower room.
Outside the garden is bordered by water on two sides, babbling 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 there may still be a few of the famous Kirkby Stephen parrots. Sic! Actually they may be macaws. Whatever!
There is off-street parking for up to three cars.
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.