Gilpin Mill
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Gilpin Mill has been a mill since 1500 using the water power firstly to clean and thicken wool as a fulling mill and latterly, in the 19th century as a bobbin mill turning wooden bobbins for the Lancashire cotton industry.

In its heyday the water stored in the millpond would have powered the 17ft water wheel that would have in turn driven the four wood turning lathes in the mill.

As far as we know the milldam was washed away about a hundred years ago and the mill fell into disuse and it collapsed in 1975.

Since buying the site in 2005 we have built a new mill house and constructed a new dam with a fish ladder across the Gilpin beck for the migrating salmon and sea trout. The new millpond was filled up for the first time at Easter 2009. We don’t intend to turn bobbins again but we do intend to use the water to generate electricity to supply the house.


The new mill house has been designed and built specifically for comfort, character and relaxation with oak beams, slate floors and open fires downstairs. Light, restful bedrooms with large, top quality beds, stylish bathrooms with under floor heating and walk-in, pressurized showers all adding to the treat. And if you’re lucky with the weather there is always breakfast outside on the terrace whilst watching the fish rise!

Although the house is within a ten minute drive to Lake Windermere it is well off the beaten track and offers complete peace and quiet, especially in the south facing garden.

When it comes to eating out ten minutes on country lanes will take you to either the award winning Punch Bowl in Crosthwaite; the Brown Horse in Winster or for fine dining, the Gilpin Hotel.

There are plenty of footpaths for the walkers and bridleways for cyclists on the doorstep. For golfers there are two courses one handicap only, the other pay and play within two miles of Gilpin Mill. There is a municipal, good quality tennis court in Crosthwaite and trout fishing is available here during the season.

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