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The Old Homestead

The Lorton Valley, Lake District
Sleeps 25
Bedrooms 10
Bathrooms 10
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Four Poster
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Sleeping 25, this home is brilliant for get-togethers with family and friends
  • Every bedroom offers an en-suite
  • The large garden boasts fantastic, far-reaching views over peaks and fells
Property code: SZ501

Brimming with charm and character, this home has exposed beams, an old boiling pot and an array of antiques dotted throughout. Make the most of the sociable spaces both inside and out.

This cottage offers fabulous self-catering accommodation for 25 people and is situated in fantastic Lake District scenery at the head of the Lorton Valley.

The property is a stunning renovation of a traditional Cumbrian Longhouse and features award winning architectural design. Beautiful original features have been preserved whilst incorporating modern comforts for everyday life such as underfloor heating and en-suite bathrooms throughout.

All of the spacious bedrooms all feature their own en-suites, TVs, personal thermostat for controlling the underfloor heating. The dining table can seat 25 people in comfort and all the bedrooms have their own relaxed seating; ideal for some quiet contemplation during your stay at the property.

The large garden has wonderful views looking down the Buttermere Valley, across to Skiddaw as well as Grasmoor and Red Pike. Perfect for sitting out and enjoying a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine as you watch the sun set over the fells. There are hundreds of walks straight from your front door.

Cockermouth, birthplace of William Wordsworth, is a short drive. It has a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. The high street has several independent shops and boutiques.

Keswick is only 15 minutes away and is known as the 'Outdoor adventure capital of England' making it the ideal place for all the thrill seekers visiting the area whether it be by bike, rope, water or paraglider.

You enter into a foyer where you will find an original bread oven in the corner to your left. The door directly in front of you takes you into the stairwell, off here is the first of three double bedrooms. The Old Stable, Stable 1 and Stable 2 are all spacious double rooms with en-suites, two of which have a walk in shower, WC and wash basin. The Old Stable has a bath with fixed shower head above it, WC and wash basin.

Going back through to the foyer then turning right takes you into the large lounge with comfortable seating, TV, DVD player and a large wood burner set in one of the largest working fire places/chimneys in the Lake District. This then opens out into the spacious dining room with seating for 25. There is also a wonderful original old boiling pot as you enter the dining room. To your right is the door leading to the spacious garden.

The lawned garden is extremely large and has a patio with outdoor furniture as well as the lawned area with beautiful views towards the Buttermere Valley and across to Skiddaw, Grasmoor and Red Pike.

Back into the dining room then down the corridor takes you into the kitchen which has an electric range cooker, microwave, dishwasher and large freestanding fridge as well as freestanding freezer. There is also plenty of storage space in the kitchen.

Out of the kitchen, turn right and through into another corridor, the first door is the utility room which has a washing machine and tumble dryer as well as a WC. The next room along is Byre 1 with 3 single beds and en-suite which has walk in shower, WC, basin and handrails these are also wheelchair friendly. Next to this bedroom is Byre 2, a family room with a double bed and 2 single beds. The en-suite is Again wheelchair friendly with walk in shower, WC, basin and handrails.

You ascend to the first floor by climbing the original 16th century staircase and from the landing is a door to your left which takes you into a hallway where you will find Swallow Loft, a twin bedroom with en-suite which has a bath with fixed shower head, WC and wash basin. Next to this room is Hayloft a family room with a double bed and a second annexed area with twin beds. Again there is an en-suite which has a bath with fixed shower head above, WC and wash basin.

Heading back to the landing there is another door in front of you leading to a long corridor. Directly in front of you is The Master's Room which has a king-size four-poster bed, a small seating area, with leather, sofa and large bathroom, Again which has a bath with fixed shower head, WC, bidet and wash basin.

Along the corridor is Cruck 1 with a king-size double with leather sofa and en-suite which has walk in shower, WC, and wash basin. Next door to here is Cruck 2, Again with a king-size double and en-suite which has a bath with fixed shower head, WC and wash basin.

  • 10 bedrooms - 1 triple room with 3 singles, 1 family room with double bed and 2 singles, 3 doubles, 1 twin, 1 family room with double bed annexed to 1 twin room, 3 king-size
  • 10 bathrooms - 5 en-suite shower rooms with WC, 5 en-suite bathrooms with shower over the bath and WC, 1 additional WC
  • Electric range cooker, microwave, dishwasher, large free-standing fridge, and free-standing freezer
  • Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and WC
  • Wood burner - initial supply of logs provided
  • TV, DVD in lounge, TVs in all bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 1.5 acres of garden
  • Ample off-road parking for 12 cars
  • Regret no pets
  • Shops within 3 miles, pub less than half a mile
  • Fireworks are not allowed at the property as they may disturb livestock on the surrounding farmland
  • Maximum of 25 guests are welcome on site
  • Group bookings - these may need to be checked with the owner first before confirming
  • Please enquire with our bookings team if you would prefer a 21st-28th December 2022 Christmas booking
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Anthony 13th May 2022

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Great location for our walking club and with a super hotel serving non residential guests with an evening meal within a short walk we can never ask for more.

Reviewed by Kate 29th April 2022

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Absolutely fantastic stay for 22 of us in total for a wedding down the road. Everything we needed was there and the space was really well designed for such a large group. We loved the character of the property and the huge garden was a lovely bonus especially for taking some lovely group. The owners were really kind, welcoming and helpful. Do not hRead moreesitate to stay here. Hide

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Reviewed by Helen 21st December 2021

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Our party of 14 ranged from 3 - 83 years in age and this house was great for everyone! The sitting room and dining room were spacious and comfortable, yet cosy at the same time. All the bedrooms were a great size and we appreciated the ensuites. All beds were extremely comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped, sufficient to cook a Christmas dinneRead morer. Great outside space with lovely views. Easy access to the north west fells and the coast, and close to Cockermouth and Keswick. Plenty of parking. Hide

Reviewed by Jean 3rd December 2021

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Fantastic house for large groups with the added bonus of having your own bathrooms. The location, surrounding countryside and views are stunning just wish we could have enjoyed the enormous gardens more but the weather was to blame for that one. All 21 of us had a fantastic weekend the house is so huge with so much space for privacy as well. Just lRead moreoved the fire place in the lounge Hide

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Lake District National Park is situated in the north west of England in the county of Cumbria. It is famously home to England’s tallest peak, largest lake, deepest lake and some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. It has been a major draw for holidaymakers for over 200 years and its popularity shows no signs that this will diminish anytime soon. Adding to the spectacle, there are long-distance walking trails, endless history and culture to appreciate, as well as an unbeatable array of outdoor activities to try in some exceptionally eye-catching locations.

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