Lorton Vale - a hidden Lakeland gem 8 miles from Keswick. 4 bedrooms, sleeps 9
- english, french, I also speak a very little Italian & modern Greek
About Diana Clarke
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 cat and hens - in case you need any help, advice, or free range eggs!
Why Diana Clarke chose Cockermouth
Beside the views? High Swinside has lovely old buildings with history and character. The main Farmhouse was built in 1741 and at one time the Jennings brothers had their first brewery here using the pure spring water from deep in the hill behind the house. Now the water is UV filtered to make sure it's pure, but it still delicious, natural, and chemical-free. The other two cottages were built a little later - Little Swinside was first built as a barn, and High Swinside Cottage was added as a workers cottage. All three cottages have bags of character with an occasional tilted floor or curved wall, and with old oak beams in most rooms. Some kitchen beams in the Farmhouse even have their original meat hooks!
What makes this Cottage unique
High Swinside's views are special - even in the Lake District. The cottages have an idyllic elevated position on the flank of Swinside fell affording sweeping views over the Lorton valley - from Melbreak overlooking Crummock Water in the south around to the misty Scottish mountains in the north. It's a view that makes you want to just sit in the garden and take it all in for a while! The valley is also very peaceful and tranquil despite being 6 miles from Cockermouth and 8 miles from Keswick. You'd expect it to be busier, but somehow despite the great walking and the mountain biking trails near, it gets overlooked by many visitors to the Lakes. Whinlatter's trails put the 'mountain' back into biking for mountain bike enthusiasts (and the cottages have a secure bike shed). Majestic Grasmoor, Grisedale Pike, and Hopegill Head lie behind the property; the beautiful Loweswater and Buttermere fells are close by down the Vale not forgetting Melbreak, and Rannerdale Knotts with its bluebells and the views of 3 lakes. Each of the lakes has a lovely lake shore path around it, and some of the best views can be gained from easy to reach vantage points like Foulsyke, Scale Hill and Low Fell. The village of Lorton with its church, 1000 year old yew tree, pub and village shop is 15-20 mins walk away, and there's a lovely circular stroll through the valley that brings you back to High Swinside again.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Please keep on a lead unless in Dog run free area
Please be sensitive to the needs of others in adjacent cottages. Please keep dogs under your control at all times and off the furniture. Thank you.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Fantastic Family Break
We stayed in the farmhouse for a long weekend - group of 8 adults, 3 infants and a dog. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and couldn’t fault the place. Diana was a lovely host, always happy to help - lovely with the kids. Our son Campbell enjoyed collecting the eggs from the chickens :-)
The social spaces were perfect for dining and relaxing - we could all enjoy being together without feeling crammed in. The pictures don’t do the place justice - such a charming well equipped farmhouse.
Hot tub was enjoyed by all and is a lovely asset to the property, views are breathtaking.
Thanks so much Diana for everything - we will definitely be back.
Oh what a kind review! Thank you so much Emma, and you were lovely guests and I really do hope you can come back one day. It will be a pleasure to see you again - and see how much the children have grown! Take care, Diana x
Excellent property with a serene location around Lake District
Diana was an excellent host and she has a beautiful property which is secluded, well maintained and perfect for a weekend getaway or even a longer stay in the Lake District. It's beautifully located as part of a farm house with almost no neighbours nearby! Easy to get to Ambleside, Windermere and other towns within the Lake District. We had a great stay and would highly recommend Diana as a host as well as her property.
Lovely to hear from you and thank you for your kind comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed staying here - and I certainly enjoyed meeting you all - you were lovely guests! Best wishes, Diana
Cozy, welcoming and amazing views
This place is really special; the views, the welcome and the hot tub. Had a wonderful 3 days with my family in the farmhouse. So cozy we didn’t want to brave the weather on the first day. It’s the most welcome we’ve felt at a holiday home with our large dog. Thank you Diana for the lovely hospitality x
Hi Sam - I'm so glad you came and had the time you needed. It was great to meet you all and you were really lovely guests. Do come again anytime, and thank you for your kind words. xx Diana
Fabulous location with the loviest host. I would recommend this lovely cottage .
We went as a family and had a wonderful WE. The hot tub was great and the location fabulous. What made it for us though was that the homeliness of this cottage lent itself to relaxation, chatter, Sunday roast and games. Diana is lovely and very welcoming too , thankyou
Wonderful to have you to stay Deborah - and to see you all enjoying yourselves! Thank you for your very kind review. It will always be a pleasure to see you again. Very best wishes, Diana
Comfortable, friendly, well located; loved it!
The views surrounding the farmhouse are stunning. The accommodation in the farmhouse is excellent and flexible, clean and well appointed. That rarest of things in a self catering house was also present: a sharp knife! All very good indeed. Thanks Diana for your welcome and we hope to be back in future! X
I'm so glad you'll be back and that you loved staying here. It will be great to see you all again. You were lovely guests. Best wishes, Diana
lovely cottage in a beautiful location
A very comfortable well equipped cottage situated on a hillside with outstanding views of the surrounding countryside. We had a few problems with the heating but Diane was close at hand to resolve the situation. The hot tub was the icing on the cake, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Because of the difficulties with the heating Diane compensated us by not charging for the hot tub. A very enjoyable weekend and Diane was a lovely, helpful host.
I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and that the misbehaviour of the thermostat didn't spoil things for you (now sorted thanks to my heating engineer!) Do come again - you were lovely guests and it was great to meet you all - and have Lucy's help with collecting the eggs! Best wishes, Diana
Must see places: Buttermere, Crummock Water, & Loweswater lakes all have stunning lake shore paths around them, and places where you can hire rowing boats or obtain fishing permits. The bluebells on Rannerdale Knotts are a 'must' in May (near Crummock Water) - and are legendary. The views from Scale Hill, Foulsyke, and Low Fell are some of the best in the Western Lakes. George Fox who founded the Quakers once preached to a crowd from under the 1000 year old yew tree in High Lorton. You can usually view ospreys on their nest in spring & summer from Whinlatter Visitors Centre (or ask about getting to the special viewing points). The centre of Cockermouth has lovely Georgian architecture and hosts a Georgian Fair every other year. Wordsworth;'s birthplace is also in Cockermouth (National Trust).