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Millbeck Towers


Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria

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This imposing and intriguing property, formerly an 18th-century Carding Mill, has wonderful spacious rooms, most of which enjoy spectacular views of the Northern Lakes. It stands in the small hamlet of Millbeck close to Keswick. It is ideal for family get togethers that can spill out into the large rambling garden to the rear with its fenced pond, numerous streams and a large flat open area that is ideal for games.

The house allows direct access to the Skiddaw Range, much admired by the famous Alfred Wainwright, with its good paths allowing easy navigation and fine views across the Vale of Keswick. Derwentwater is just a short drive away, there is an eight mile walk around the lake or a much gentler 50 minute cruise available from Keswick.

Keswick is a bustling small town offering a good mix of shops, a thriving market, cafes and restaurants. Cockermouth is only 14 miles away and is home of the Jennings Brewery Tours, Wordsworth House and a ruined Norman castle.

The National Trust has events and activities in the Lake District to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, nature, walking and cycling trails when planning your holiday.

Here are some other cottages in the same region that you might also be interested in Silverthwaite and Holeslack Farmhouse.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Entrance hall, large dining room with open fire, breakfast room with decorative wood burner, kitchen, lavatory and utility room.
First floor
Large sitting room with open fire and fine views, two bedrooms (1 twin connected to 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower) and a further separate WC.
Other floor
Second floor: four bedrooms (1 double with en-suite bathroom, 1 double with 5' bed and 2 twins) and bathroom with shower.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Parking: There are spaces for up to four cars.

Garden: There is a large enclosed garden. There is a large fenced pond that can be deep at times, numerous streams and becks also run through the garden so care is needed and children should be supervised.

Utilities: There is a fridge-freezer, two further fridges and another freezer.

Television: FreeSat is provided at this cottage.

Please note: There is a traditional open-banister stairwell from the second floor down to the ground floor, children should not be allowed to play on the banisters.

There are fruit trees at the top of the garden which are sometimes tended to by a couple of the local residents.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

The Lake District, Cumbria
Derwentwater, The Lake District, Cumbria  © Joe Cornish

The North West of England is most famous for its beautiful Lake District, which has inspired so many poets and authors over the centuries. Spectacular scenery and a feast of local produce to try provides a wonderful way to enjoy a summer holiday, romantic break or family gathering. This is an area to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes and tarns, cycle or challenge yourself to a high rope walk. For the less energetic who, nevertheless want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, there are some fantastic pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy local, seasonal produce, such as Herdwick meat, Morecambe Bay shrimps, locally made cheese, Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding or a local beer - there are 13 micro breweries in Cumbria. The National Trust cares for a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. All of our cottages, campsites and bunkhouses are set in beautiful Lake District countryside.

Lake District
Sailing on Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria. © Paul Harris

The spectacular Lake District is considered by many to be the jewel in England\'s crown, offering the country\'s highest mountains, most stunning scenery, and loveliest countryside. Above all, it is a place to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes. The National Trust protects about a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads, and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. Among the National Trust\'s historic properties are two houses of immense literary heritage. The Georgian Wordsworth House in Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, and Hill Top, a petite 17th-century house, in the hamlet of Near Sawrey, is where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children\'s stories.

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  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Pony Trekking
  • Walking and visit
National Trust places to visit
Borrowdale: Force Crag Mine
Last mineral mine processing mill to operate in the Lake District
Borrowdale Spectacular and varied landscape around Derwentwater
Buttermere and Ennerdale
Buttermere, Ennerdale and Whitehaven Coast Tranquil area of dramatic fells, farms and woodland, encompassing three lakes
Wordsworth House and Garden
Wordsworth House and Garden Birthplace and childhood home of William Wordsworth -- a 'living' 1770s townhouse
Ullswater and Aira Force
Aira Force and Ullswater Beautiful lake winding through a glaciated valley, and an impressive waterfall
Grasmere and Great Langdale
Picturesque and varied landscape with Wordsworth connections


Comments from past visitors

  • G Sparrow
    • August 2016
    • West Midlands
    Stunning property

    Ability to stay with entire family in the most of beautiful of locations in a property that was stunning, made our stay enjoyable.

  • Linda Naylor
    • July 2016
    • Dorset
    Wonderful location

    Wonderful location and scenery. Large house which allowed privacy and space.

  • J Grange
    • January 2016
    • Sussex
    Made enjoyable...

    The location and the comfortable feeling of the property, having now stayed twice at this property we knew what to expect and again we were not disappointed, kitchen and heating update made a big difference.

  • Mr Taylor
    • October 2015
    • UK
    Made enjoyable...

    The setting of the house with views of Derwentwater and Skiddaw mountain behind the house for the adventurous to climb. The history of the house I also found interesting, rooting the house in its setting.

  • Bill Murray
    • September 2015
    • Bridgewater
    Must do experience!

    Great location in a wonderful house, the scenery was there to be freely enjoyed and experienced. A perfect week with great company in an area of my own country I had never visited but so glad that I now have and nothing during the week was a disappointment. A must do experience!

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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