The Mill and adjacent buildings have been restored by the owners, Mike and Vicky Brereton, to provide public access to a working water corn mill, Dusty Miller’s tea shop, Pig’s Whisper Country Store, and a converted pig sty – now a holiday cottage.
Characteristic of the Cumbrian rural landscape, this imposing watermill and site has been part of the local traditions for over 400 years. Located close to the ruins of Gleaston Castle, the present building dates from 1774, with the impressive wooden gearing being original to the 1700s. Visitors to the mill can see the 18 foot (5.5 metre) waterwheel impressive wooden machinery and many displays and artefacts.
Tucked away in a tranquil valley in rural Furness, our north – south valley provides wonderful shelter from prevailing winds and enhances the special microclimate enjoyed by the Lake District Peninsulas of Furness and Cartmel. We benefit from the warmth of the Gulf Stream and rarely have a frost. When it’s wet and windy on the Lakeland Fells it can be warm and tranquil at Gleaston Water Mill.