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Watermill Cottage is captivating. Recently renovated from top to bottom and featuring a lovely quality of fixtures and furnishings, it has incredible views from the house and the garden and is not far from the Watermill Inn and Windermere Brewing Company in Ings for a pint of local ale and freshly cooked, delicious pub meals. The period holiday home is made from locally quarried stone and traditional beams from the Lake District, complemented by modern self-catering facilities installed for your comfort. It's an excellent choice for families or couples, as it sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is child and pet-friendly.
Tucked quietly between Windermere and Staveley in the southern Lake District, Ings is a small but friendly rural community with an award-winning pub, bike shop catering for local and visiting mountain bikers and cyclists, and a petrol station selling milk, bread and other basics as well as fuel. The village is close to the A591, so it only takes ten minutes to drive to Kendal and even less to get to Windermere, where there are supermarkets, places to eat and drink, and other amenities you may want for your self-catering Lake District holiday.
The Lake District has been a favourite holiday destination for generations of families who love it for its breathtaking beauty. Beatrix Potter believed so strongly in preserving this precious natural landscape that she bought up as much as possible, donating 4,000 acres and 15 farms to the National Trust. Learn more about the life and work of one of Britain's best-loved authors and illustrators 3.5 miles away in Bowness-on-Windermere. Fans should also drive around Windermere to Hill Top, Potter's home, which is around half an hour's drive from Watermill Cottage.
There is no doubt that the scenery is the star of the show in the Lake District. Hikers, fell walkers, and ramblers flock here in their thousands to explore a myriad of routes, watch wildlife and see rare birds, flowers and plants. Paths around Ings go beside the River Gowan and up to School Knott, Reston Scar, Troutbeck and Kentmere. Depending on the time of the year, you can expect to see red squirrels, buzzards, kestrels, herons, and dippers. Swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating and seasonal fishing are popular with locals and visitors. Local attractions include the Lakeland Motor Museum, Wray Castle, Brockhole, Grizedale Forest, The Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside and Haversthwaite Railway, Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum.
Stephen and Sarah Clapp joined Independent Cottages in November 2022
Watermill Cottage is a two-storey, double-fronted holiday cottage with a private garden and far-reaching views.
Outside: The cottage has a private and gated garden and parking. There are two patio bistro sets (stored inside the cottage) for guests to use on the balcony. (Note - Care must be taken with small children on the balcony and bistro sets are used entirely at guests' own risk).
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath and dog towels are provided. Smoking is not permitted. Pets are welcome by arrangement. Tables can be booked in the Watermill Inn for traditional pub food and home-produced beer. Breakfast is also available if pre-ordered between 08.30 am - 09.30 am.