Steele’s Mill

Penrith, Cumbria

Stunning, spacious 3-storey converted mill with stylish bedrooms. Cook just-caught brown trout from the river, eat at a hand built oak table


4 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


There’s been a working grain mill here since 1327; this one was built in the 1800s. Fragments of the past remain: staircases and floors of oak grown on the estate, grinding stones set into the floor, and the old apple-wood cogs encased in glass. There’s a lovely approach to this stunning conversion, a hugely comfortable retreat for four, with the master bedroom positioned grandly at the top, and below the tiny twin. Cook just-caught brown trout from the river Lyvennet on a shiny black Rangemaster, dine at a handmade oak table furnished with welcoming flowers and a bottle of wine, lounge on a leather sofa by the gas wood-burner, idle with a book on the balcony. By day, venture out on the snaking road past fields of cattle to King’s Meaburn village, to Appleby for delis, pubs and a country fair in summer, to Lowther Castle for those seeking gothic revival grandeur. Nature is embraced indoors, too: the mill has a hidden bat loft with an aperture only accessible to the pipistrelle! Colours are cream and duck-egg blue melting into pale oak, mattresses are superb, shower heads drench you and the peace is supreme.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.

Advice on walks.

Dogs 1 free; 2nd £30 per stay. Max. 3.

Secure garden, woodland walks and safe rivers.


Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £600
1 House for 4
From £854 beds2 bedrooms


What a fantastic week's holiday and much of that could be attributed to the beautiful peace and quiet of Steele's Mill. A gorgeous setting and despite the changeable weather of the Lake District we managed to sit outside every day, be it in the sheltered courtyard in the evening or the balcony for breakfast. A lovely warm welcome from Karen, along with hints and tips on the area. A blissful week, the kingfishers were an added bonus.

Tracy, Bristol

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Karen Addison

  • Lake District now Unesco World Heritage status - 15 miles
  • Sharrow Bay Restaurant, Lake Ullswater - 15mls
  • Rheged Visitors Centre, Penrith - 10 miles
  • Scottish Borders, Solway Firth - 50 miles
  • Carlisle/Settle railway line 5 miles at Appleby Station
  • Hadrians Wall, Carlisle - 25 miles