Little Swinside Cottage has an idyllic hillside setting and superb views stretching from the Vale of Lorton to the Scottish mountains. Wonderful walking at all levels, mountain biking in Whinlatter, dog friendly, hot tub available, good wifi, log burner, very peaceful, Keswick 8 miles.
Little 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. Little Swinside is a converted former barn attached to High Swinside Farm. Some of the rooms have lovely oak beams and other original features. The cottage is centrally heated and very snug!
On the ground floor of the cottage there is a patio room with its own terrace where you'll find table and chairs for enjoying the view or eating al fresco. The patio room includes a double sofa bed that can be used for a child or friend to sleep in if you wish.
Most of the rest of the cottage accommodation is upstairs. The double bedroom is beamed and again has lovely views; the bed has a comfortable pocket-sprung mattress. The bathroom with bath and 'shower over' is just next door, while the sitting/dining room and kitchen lie beyond. The sitting room has a comfortable sofa, wood burning stove, tv/dvd, and a dining area looking out into the valley. The galley kitchen is well-equipped with stove, fridge, microwave. Guests also have access to a washing machine, tumbler drier, and freezer if they need. Bath towels can be provided at no extra cost.
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Besides the cottage with its patio, you will have access to the shared gardens with their benches, picnic table, & hammock for enjoying the view. You will see free-range hens about the place (and there are usually fresh eggs available). 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 mins by car!).
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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 2 nights if you are staying in Little Swinside (payable in cash when you get here). Please let me know when you book Little Swinside 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).
I live just across the way from the cottages and will be here when you arrive to let you in. Please ask if there is anything you need or if you would like suggestions for walks or places to visit during your stay.
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).