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Beautiful character cottage In Millbeck, Keswick, Northern Lake District

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Millbeck, Keswick, England - Peaceful Location At The Foot Of Skiddaw With All Home Comforts And Excellent Walking From The Door

Underskiddaw Cottage is part of a converted Lakeland mill situated at the foot of Skiddaw, just above the hamlet of Millbeck 2 miles north of Keswick. The cottage is beautifully appointed with full central heating, a multi-fuel stove in the lounge and lots of character including exposed stone, thick walls, sash windows, exposed beams and solid oak flooring. Internet access is also available. The sheltered patio garden is the perfect location for summer barbeques. Accessed via a short tarmac track, the cottage is in a tranquil, woodland setting but within a short drive of the charming market town of Keswick which has a wide range of amenities including a swimming pool, cinema and its famous Theatre by the Lake. Walking from the cottage is outstanding with immediate access to Skiddaw and the Dodd Wood area with a short drive into the Newlands Valley opening up a further range of excellent hills in the north west Lakes.

PLEASE NOTE: Our usual changeover day is Friday (or Friday and Monday/Tuesday for short breaks when available). If you would like to book the cottage with a different changeover day, please get in touch first so we can check availability. Thanks.

More Details

Lynne Burwell
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Mar 14: Just returned from a lovely short break at Underskiddaw, which was as delightful as ever.

Sep 13: The cottage is as lovely as we remembered - roll on next time!

Aug 13: Fantastic cottage, lovely location.

Jul 13: Lovely cottage - simply enchanting.

Jun 13: A gem in the most beautiful surroundings.

May 13: Cottage surpassed our expectations ... already decided to book the cottage again next year.

Mar 13: ...really enjoyed our stay in this cosy cottage...always looked forward to getting back to the fire!

Jan 13: The place was beautiful and the cottage was wonderfully presented and well equipped.

Jul 12: A Spanish friend was left speechless by the setting and the cottage. We just love it here.

Jun 12: Another fantastic stay in our favourite cottage.

Apr 12: The cottage was incredibly warm...self catering facilities were great..but more than this location, location, location - a real gem!

Dec 11: This cottage is our best ever find and we will definitely be returning.
Jan 2012
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Underskiddaw Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Millbeck is a great place for dogs - one or two small-medium dogs are allowed but we request that they are kept off the furniture.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom with exposed stone wall, luxurious power shower over bath, sink, wc and heated towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , King-size bed and space for cot or child's z-bed (provided)
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin room can also be made up as a double
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom has a kingsize bed with space for the fold out bed or travel cot (+1) and 2 windows to the rear with meadow/woodland view. Twin bedroom has a single window to the front and can be made up us a double if required.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Outside: The attractive patio garden is sheltered and catches the sun for most of the day. It is equipped with a table and 4 chairs, a bench and a Weber barbeque. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Price includes CH, basket of logs (Sep-May), towels, bed linen, tea towels, cleaning after your stay and essentials arrival pack (washing up liquid, loo rolls etc). We can also help with supply of groceries, celebration arrivals, local spa days etc.


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Beautiful character cottage In Millbeck, Keswick, Northern Lake District
average rating of 4.678571 based on 29 reviews

Wonderful little cottage with everything you need and a dog friendly back patio.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed as a family of 5 in this lovely cottage which is fully equipped with everything you need, just missing a pub nearby so us parents don't end up cooking all the time or one of you having to drive. The first day we walked Dodd Summit and had a really nice lunch in the cafe. The next day we visited the North Lakes Wildlife park (top cafe once again) and then took our dog up Skiddaw on a route kindly told to us by a local that leaves by the path off the drive and circles back round to the cottages. Wellies were a must which adds to the adventure. The weather was very cold but the cottage was toasty. Thank you for a relaxing break away.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Lovely cottage in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is comfortable and maintained to a high standard. The location is the highlight with such amazing views of Skiddaw which looked so beautiful covered in snow and towering above the cottage. The cottage was ideal for four people, warm and cosy. We definitely recommend it to others!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A proper rest!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The cottage was warm, comfortable and had everything you needed. The location is just wonderful - all you hear is the sound of the beck and the rush of the breeze through the nearby wood.

Keswick is close by, so we had a few trips to The Dog and Gun - it would be rude not to! But, best of all is the fact that there are some stunning walks right from the doorstep, so we didn’t have to use the car that much.

We will definitely return to Underskiddaw Cottage in the future. Quite honestly, we didn’t really want to leave...

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We'll be back!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this cottage because of its fabulous reviews yet at the same time didn't really have high expectations. However it turns out the pictures don't do the place justice, it is far cosier in reality than it looks, and the basket of logs to make a fire in the stove were greatly appreciated to make it even more so.

We wanted to be close to Keswick so that we would have plenty to do with the children should it rain- swimming pool, cinema, indoor climbing walls and even an indoor caving system. The cottage is just minutes by car to the centre of town so it suited us in that regard. But what we loved most was the fabulous location of the cottage, being able to walk with the dog in the woods directly outside the cottage, finding waterfalls with the children- forget Swallows and Amazons, our children felt they had a proper Famous Five adventure going on. We all brought walking boots but wellingtons are absolute essentials for wading in the river at the waterfalls!

The visitors book reveals that Lynne and Chris have been letting out the cottage for holidays for over 10 years and is full of glowing reviews..

Space-wise the cottage was fine for our family of four plus a Labrador. Wifi connection was good as once the children were in bed we cosied up with an open fire and were able to set up the laptop with a VGA cable to watch Netflix through the TV. Responding to a previous review Lynne mentioned they purchased a new mattress for the double bed and we can attest that this is extremely comfortable, we both slept incredibly well. There are some games (Monopoly, uno etc) provided in the cottage which were appreciated.

Our only critism of the cottage is that considering that the living room does not receive a great deal of natural light (it's a listed building so fine that the windows can't be made any bigger) that the artificial light provided, whilst pleasant in the evenings to create a cosy feel, is rather insufficient for eating breakfast and lunch inside in the autumn months. Perhaps dimmer switches would enable the lighting to be turned up when required, or further floor standing lights be provided (there is one floor standing reading light but it did not work for us-probably needed a new bulb).

The kitchen was well equipped for our needs. We did forget to bring tea and coffee so were grateful some were there waiting for us -although only two teabags!

All-in-all it was a fabulous base for a holiday and we will definitely book again.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Had everything you need

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic family holiday, would love to come back

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place to Explore the Lake District

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week at Under Skiddaw cottage in Millbeck and hope to return again in the future. It was perfect in every way. The cottage is very well appointed and the location is ideal for hikers and explorers. We could walk out the front door and be on Skiddaw in minutes. The little village of Millbeck is charming and all quite well away from the crowded hustle and bustle of Keswick and the rest of the Lake District villages. We had the benefit of being close to it all but away from the crowds. We met people in the village who were lovely and so enjoyed being able to go out for the day and come home to such a beautiful cottage. We hosted a friend in the second bedroom for two nights and had dinner guest on two other occasions and it worked really well. The cottage is small but perfect for up to four guests.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Underskiddaw Cottage is a 20 minute drive from J40 on the M6. There is also a good bus service from Penrith mainline railway station to Keswick. There is a bus service between Millbeck and Keswick except Sunday.


Keswick is 2 miles south of Millbeck. The Lyzzick Hall Hotel (evening meals available) is a 10 minute walk. The Pheasant at Crosthwaite (good pub food) is a 5 minute drive or 25 minute walk.

Further Details:

There is a large Booths supermarket in Keswick and a wide range of pubs and restaurants including The Dog and Gun, an excellent real ale pub.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $13.85

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday although we can often be more flexible during the quieter times of the year.
Short breaks:
Out of season short breaks are available Friday-Monday or Monday-Friday.
Booking Notes:
Bookings are made direct with the owner. A 50% deposit is payable on booking and the balance is due 2 months before the holiday starts. Following final payment, guests will be contacted by Ellen Barker, our housekeeper, who will provide directions for arrival and check on any other requirements. Ellen lives very close to Underskiddaw Cottage and is usually available to help ensure that guests have a comfortable stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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