The Old Bake House was originally built in 1823 as an outbuilding serving Cwm Mill, a weaving mill for the production of woolen woven products. Its full of character with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams in the sitting room / dining area and mostly rustic whitewashed walls. The fantastic riverside garden can be viewed from most rooms.
The layout of the Cottages is shown in a picture to the left. You can expand the picture so that its more readable by clicking on the caption below.
The Old Bake House has its own Parking Area (with room for 2 cars) at the foot of the driveway that it shares with the neigbouring Cwm Mill property. A footpath leads from the Car Park to the front door of the Cottage. The front door opens into a entrance lobby.
The lobby has an a cloakroom to the left hand side where coats, boots and hats can be stored.
The lobby also provides access to the bedroom. The bedroom has a king size double bed and matching white painted Oak furniture. The bed and all the furniture are only one season old. The bright and airy bedroom has a walk in wardrobe at one end and is dual aspect; with one window facing to the River, and the other looking out on the well stocked and landscaped rear garden.
Also off the lobby is an archway leading to the principal living area which is a roughly 18 ft by 13ft large sitting room with a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. The sitting Room has a very large "Villager" wood burning stove in set in a stone fireplace with Oak mantlepiece over. The floor is made of historic flag stones but softened by the use of a large deep pile rug. The wall into which the fireplace has been set has been made into a defining feature of the room and is finished in a Royal Burgundy colour. This colour is matched by the Rug and the Sofa while the rest of the decor is rustic whitewashed walls. The large sofa easily accommodates 3 people and can be supplemented by two armchairs and foot stools, usually to be found in the sun room, when more seating is required. There is also a Welsh Dresser and a TV unit in the Sitting room. The TV has a Now TV Stick for catch up TV and streamed TV services (Now, Netflix). It also has a satellite TV Box and a Dvd player. DvDs, books and Board Games are stored in the Welsh Dresser alongside a basket of information on local walks and activities.
Next to the fireplace is a door way leading to a well equipped, spacious shower room. More precisely this contains the toilet, a glass bowl washing sink on a oak pedestal and a luxurious shower. The shower features a vaulted ceiling allowing a velux window set into the roof to bring daylight down from above. This can be a spectacular feature when showering at night as you in effect shower under the stars.
From the far side of the sitting Room there is an archway leading into a small but well equipped galley kitchen. The kitchen contains modern fitted kitchen furniture with wooden worktops that include an inset one and half bowl ceramic sink. For cooking, the kitchen houses a free standing electric cooker with a four ring ceramic hob with a grill and separate oven below. The kitchen is supplemented by a walk in larder area which houses a free standing fridge and a 2L microwave oven as well as providing food storage.
Off the kitchen lies the utility room. The utility room facilities include an automatic washer / dryer and under counter freezer.The utility room is where we also store cleaning materials and a vacuum cleaner. The utility room is ideal for drying wet and/or muddy clothes and boots as it also houses the Worcester boiler. which serves the Cottage's central heating and hot water systems.
Finally, at the Southern end of the sitting room there is an archway through to a sun room/ conservatory which runs the full width of the back of the Cottage.
This is constructed with double glazed windows over stone wall bases and with a pitched glass roof (with opening skylight windows). Its remarkably warm at night as it has its a large central heating radiator but can be kept cool on long, hot summer days by opening both the windows and the skylights. Being South facing it captures the Sun all day. The Sun Room is set up for use as a dining area and has a modern light Oak dropped leaf table and 4 chairs. In addition, at the other end of the room, there are two armchairs with matching footstools, with a Coffee Table between them, to create a relaxing place to sit and watch activity in the Garden.
The sun room looks out on the river-side, landscaped and well stocked garden and we have positioned a bird table prominently so the sun room has a great view of birds feeding. The garden attracts a wide range of birds.
All in all its a big Cottage for just two people. Moreover its bright and airy yet very cosy at night.
Its proved ideal for younger couples seeking a romantic break. It also works very well for elder guests because, apart from a six inch step into the shower, all the accommodation is on one level. Moreover, if you aren't too mobile, the layout, and the sun room in particular, provide a way to enjoy the attractive out side setting without stepping outside. Many of our guests told us they hardly left the Sun Room throughout their stay.
We need to say a quick word about taking Cwm Mill, the main house, and the Old Bake House in combination. Cwm Mill can swallow up 10 boisterous guests while the Old Bake House as it sits alongside it will accommodate two more guests perhaps more sedately. All the living space and the sleeping space in the Old Bake House face away from Cwm Mill with only the Utility Room closely adjacent. So if you are heads of a large family then you can take them away with you enjoy their company when you want and still enjoy peaceful relaxation when you want too!
More photos of the Old Bake House interior and its wonderful private garden can be found by clicking on the photos tab at the top of the page.
To sum up, if you are looking for a romantic break, have ageing and/ or mobility issues, or you are Grandparents looking to get away with your boisterous grandchildren and you want to experience some of the UK's finest countryside, the Old Bake House is probably ideal for you.