À propos de ce logement
Former farm-worker's cottage with many period features and log burner - sleeps 2-5 including a comfortable ensuite double bedroom. Wood-fired hot tub available. Dog friendly. Good wifi. Hillside setting gives fabulous views over Lorton Vale. Very peaceful. Easy access to great walks at all levels from lake shore paths to the high Grasmoor and Buttermere fells. Excellent mountain biking in nearby Whinlatter Forest. Keswick 8 miles. Cockermouth 6 miles.
High Swinside Cottage is one of 3 cottages at High Swinside perched on the slopes of Swinside fell overlooking the peaceful Lorton Valley. The Vale of Lorton is definitely one of the Lake District's hidden gems. High Swinside Cottage was built as a farm worker's cottage attached to Swinside Farm. It is full of original features with lovely old oak beams and the occasional sloping floor.
From the entrance hall with a bench, hooks, & boot storage, you enter the comfortable living room with sofa and armchairs, woodburning stove, and tv/dvd. The living room spans the cottage with windows to the front and rear.
The well-equipped kitchen leads off the living room at the front of the cottage with a dining area at one end with views towards the valley. The kitchen has stove & hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment (a washing machine, tumbler drier, and big chest freezer are also available in the nearby basement).
Stairs lead up from the living room to 3 bedrooms and the family bathroom. The large ensuite double bedroom is beautifully beamed and has two windows - once looking south to the Grasmoor fells, the other - a small bay window - looking northeast towards Swinside fell and Whinlatter. This bedroom has a good-sized ensuite shower room.
Two further bedrooms - a twin and a single - look towards Whinlatter or across the Lorton valley. There is also a family bathroom shared by these two room.
Accès des voyageurs
You will also have access to the shared garden with its benches, picnic table, hot tub, & hammock for enjoying the view. A wooded area of the garden offers a dog-friendly area where you can let your dog off the lead to explore and run about in safety. There is a also secure bike store available, and plenty of parking space. A footpath runs from the cottages to High Lorton 20 minutes walk away where you will find the Lorton Village Shop. The dog-friendly Wheatsheaf pub is 25-30 minutes walk away in Low Lorton (or 10 minutes by car). Behind the cottages lie the open fells with fabulous walking straight from the door.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
I live just across the way and will be here when you arrive to let you in and give you your keys. Please ask if you need anything or if you would like suggestions for walks or places to visit during your stay.
Lorton is a serene and unspoilt Lakeland valley that has remained largely off the beaten track despite its charm and proximity to Keswick and Cockermouth. The walking is excellent - with open fell access to the high Grasmoor fells behind the house, and beautiful walks at all levels throughout the Vale. To the north lies the Solway Firth within easy reach - offering windsurfing and kite buggying, nature reserves, and dog-friendly beaches. See the captions under the photos for more idea of how much there is to do and see here, or if you search: 'high swinside diana' you can see more walking and activities information on my own site.
If coming by car you will probably approach this part of the Lake District from the M6 (Junction 40) via Keswick and over modest Whinlatter pass into the Lorton valley. Or if you're coming from Scotland or across from Newcastle direction, you'll approach via Carlisle then Cockermouth.
High Swinside Cottages are easy to find if you use the directions I send you (or those supplied by Airbnb) rather than my postcode in your sat nav. My postcode isn't very helpful! High Swinside Holiday Cottages is also named on maps and is marked as 'High Swinside Farm' on 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps - on the side of Swinside fell between Whinlatter and Hopebeck. There is plenty of room to park when you get here.
Coming by public transport?
I am also willing to pick up guests arriving on the no. 77 bus from Keswick (the 'Honister Rambler') which stops nearby in High Lorton between Easter and the end of October. In the winter months I can pick you up from Booths supermarket in Keswick where the bus from Penrith station stops (for this I charge a small amount for this to cover my time and petrol).
Lorton village has a friendly village shop selling organic food and local handcrafts 20 minutes walk away, and you can also get a cup of tea there! 6 miles away in Cockermouth there is a Sainsbury's supermarket and small independent shops of all kinds - including an excellent fishmongers, butchers, and baker... The Cockermouth Country Market is held every Friday morning selling delicious local produce and locally crafted goods. Keswick's weekly market is held on Saturday and the town is also very well known for its excellent outdoor shops.
There are two hot tubs at High Swinside - both with wonderful views and filled with water from the High Swinside spring. Both are wood-fired, and one of them call also be heated by solar panels. I make a charge of £10 a night for a minimum charge of 3 nights (payable in cash when you get here). Please let me know when you book High Swinside Cottage if you would also like to reserve one of the hot tubs for all or part of your stay (robes supplied).
Bath towels are also available - but please let me know beforehand if you will not be bringing your own.
Please be sensitive to the needs of others so that they too can enjoy the peace and serenity of the location. No Smoking in the cottage.
Dogs are allowed at High Swinside Cottages but please keep them off the furniture and under your control at all times. They are not allowed to run free except in the wooded 'Dog Free' area of the garden, and please do not leave them unattended there or in the cottage at any time. Please pick up after them both in the Dog Free area and in the surrounding lane and adjoining area - for the sake of other guests and footpath users (there is a bin available for dog waste at the back of the house).
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 7 jours avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement à hauteur de 50 % et les frais de service vous sont remboursés intégralement.
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I've done many things in my life (joiner, homeopath, walking guide, smallholder...) I've built wardrobes, run walking holidays, milked goats, made cheese - but always my heart has been in the Lake District, and now I have the good fortune to live in one of its most tranquil valleys. The Vale of Lorton is truly a Lakeland hidden gem! You'll find I live just across from the cottages with my hens - in case you need any help, advice, or free range eggs!
(Some of the reviews below are from when I ran an airbnb cottage at my former organic smallholding in Shropshire).