The Malt Kiln in Broughton
Published: Monday 8th Feb 2016
Written by: Ann Woolley
The Malt Kiln has been very recently converted (autumn 2015) from a historic corn mill which used to be run by the Great Grandfather of one of the owners. In fact the owner was born in the nearby Blacksmiths’ Arms and now lives on site next to the flat with a small menagerie of sheep and chickens. This is one of our newest, dog friendly cottages in the Lake District.
The open plan lounge/kitchen diner used to be the area for drying the malted barley before it was milled, hence the name ‘Malt Kiln’. This is now a lovely, cosy space with a well equipped kitchen, wood-burning stove and comfy sofas.
The views from the large picture window are stunning overlooking the river Lickle which runs parallel to the property. There is a bridge over the river which is ideal for playing ‘Pooh sticks’ and a huge mossy rock by the banks can be accessed from the garden where you can sit and relax by the water’s edge on a summer’s day.
Beyond the river rises Great Stickle fell, enticing you out to follow the many trails that lead directly from the cottage. There would be no need to use a car on your holiday if you enjoy walking.
Also, see if you can spot the elephant and hedgehog tree silhouettes on the west horizon. Squint a bit – yes, there they are eternally walking up the hill! You may even catch the sunset behind them.
The Malt Kiln has been sympathetically converted to a high standard. There is ingenious use of former doorways into wardrobe hanging spaces and quirky touches such as the ‘jeans’ occasional table. Areas of the old floorboards which have been able to be preserved show the patina of a time when many clogged feet trod through the mill.
The Malt Kiln is a very comfortable home from home in a beautiful and tranquil spot in the south of the Lake District National Park.
It is ideal for exploring off the beaten track into the enchanting Duddon Valley and up to Wasdale and the more rugged western scenery and drama of Scafell Pike but also within easy striking distance of the main tourist hot spots of the Lake District.
You can find out more about this cottage here: The Malt Kiln in Broughton.