There's nowhere like the Cumbrian Lakes or Yorkshire Dales if you're considering a big family get-together or a milestone birthday or anniversary celebration – and there aren't many better venues for a gathering than Fawcett Mill, which is handily located on the borders of both regions, just north of the rolling Howgill Hills. It's a beautiful location by any standards, just a few yards inside the western boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – although it is in fact in Cumbria – and just a short distance from the Lake District. Tucked away in its own peaceful valley, above the stream and a nearby waterfall, it feels miles from anywhere, although you're only a couple of miles off the M6 motorway.
It's actually the mill owner's house (rather than a mill): a solid late-18th-century large limestone cottage, cosily furnished in an appropriately country style, with a large living room with a lovely Victorian range and a dining room with oak beams and a wood-burning stove. It has two kitchens – a small one with an electric oven, fridge, washing machine, microwave and dishwasher, and an additional Rayburn oven and hob next to the dining area for keeping things warm. There's also a sauna and a downstairs bathroom.
There are three double bedrooms on the first floor, two of which have four-posters, and one of which has an en-suite bathroom, plus a fourth twin room. Above here, on the second floor, are three further bedrooms (all twins but one with additional bunk-beds). With two double futon sofa beds in the upstairs lounge, Fawcett Mill can comfortably sleep 20 people.
Above all Fawcett Mill enjoys a lovely position, with its own gardens – with seating, tables and a stone-built barbecue – and the Raisbeck stream at the bottom, from where you can do any number of country walks – to nearby Orton Scar or up into the nearby Howgills. The Coast-to-Coast Path also passes through the village. Or you could just decide to stay home and buy some beef or lamb from nearby Raisgill Hall Farm and warm yourself in front of the range. After a long day's hike through the Howgill Fells, it's pure bliss.
The Owner Says
After 6 years as my weekend second home, when I lived in Manchester, and having had many family parties and get-togethers here, 15 years ago I set out to re-equip the cottage as a self-catering holiday venue to host the sort of milestone birthday and anniversary celebrations which I had so enjoyed there myself. It seems to have been a popular decision, and I have now been letting the cottage for many 'get-together' events for over 15 years now.
Our favourite spot
Sitting in the armchair in the dining room in front of a fire in the Victorian Range with a glass of wine!
The local area
The unspoilt, quiet, local countryside, so close to both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, and the friendliness of the local people.
Best local places to eat and drink
The George Hotel in our local village of Orton is always welcoming with a real fire on cold days. Good pub food and child friendly. Bronagh, our friendly landlady, will give our guests a discount on meals if booked in advance (for 10 persons or more).
The Black Swan in Ravenstonedale has a 1 star restaurant.
The Kings Head in Ravenstonedale also has a superb , relaxing and cosy restaurant.
The Bay Horse in Winton (1 mile east of Kirby Stephen) is our favourite! The best pub food in the area!
The Cross Keys at Tebay is a cosy pub with good pub food.
The Westmoreland Hotel. Quirkily located at the M6 service station north of Junction 38 of the M6, this is a lovely, relaxing modern hotel with a great restaurant, owned and run by a local farming family (as is the service station itself).
Why stay with us?
The property is specifically set up to host family and friends milestone birthdays/anniversaries and get-togethers.
With 7 good-sized bedrooms plus sofa beds, Fawcett Mill sleeps up to 20 in comfort.
Weekly rates £1,695–£1,995, short breaks £1,295 for up to 4 nights. Christmas/New Year breaks £3,795–£3,995 a week.
Available all year.
Fawcett Mill nestles in the Eden valley, just 3 miles east of junction 38 of the M6, just off the A685 towards Kirkby Stephen.
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