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Winder Hall

Lorton, Cumbria
Sleeps 14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms 7
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 3
4 star
Complex of properties
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Four Poster
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Magnificent stately home in Lorton Vale for decadent escapes with friends, family and canine companions
  • Imposing fireplaces and antique furnishings inside with extensive grounds, a sauna and hot tub outside
  • Located in a peaceful village within 0.5 miles of the local pub and shop
  • SPECIAL OFFER DATES AVAILABLE  - Please call us to book - Tuesday 9th November, 3 nights - £1500 - Monday 22nd November, 7 nights - £2050,  Monday 13th December, 7 nights - £2050, Tuesday 4th January, 3 nights - £1500




Property code: SZ565

Mentioned in the Domesday Book, this grand country house is a magnificent venue for celebrating special occasions with friends or family surrounded by the spectacular Lake District National Park.

Just imagine gathering all your family or friends together in the magnificent surroundings of this welcoming holiday home nestled in beautiful Lorton Vale. This is a house that is even mentioned in the Domesday Book and has entertained royalty in the past. Here you can enjoy an evening cocktail in your own formal gardens that overlook the Lake District mountains. This splendid house offers accommodation for 14 in seven distinctive bedrooms with absolutely stunning reception rooms and grounds. Not only that but it also welcomes up to three dogs.


Lorton is a peaceful village in a wonderful corner of the Lake District National Park. It could scarcely be better placed to enjoy everything that the area has to offer. The property lies just 4 miles from Crummock and Loweswater, two of the most picturesque lakes in the area. It is also 4 miles from Wordsworth’s birthplace, the charming Georgian town of Cockermouth and 8 miles from Cumbria’s adventure capital, Keswick. The village itself is a tranquil gem with an excellent local pub just 100m away from the driveway, a much-treasured village shop and tons of walks and cycle rides from the doorstep. Whinlatter Forest Park is just up the road with a popular cafe, a wealth of mountain bike tracks, a Gruffalo trail and a Go Ape high ropes course. You never know, you could find yourself whooping along a zip wire high up in the forest canopy just 10 minutes from your door. It really is an ideal area for a large group with different interests.


The house itself is a magical world of nooks, crannies and romantic window seats which children (including big kids) will be entranced by. Older members of your party might be more delighted by the large fireplaces, historical details, antique furnishings and beautiful baby grand piano. The lounge also boasts its own bar for you to play at being a landlord during your stay.


So, whether you’d like to style yourself as Lord or Lady of the manor and revel in its rich history and surrounding beauty or whether you’d just like the space to gather your favourite people together in a warm, welcoming house then the property is a perfect place to go.


A wonderful wood panelled entrance hall greets you on arrival and from here the house opens up to you. Firstly, and quite notably, you'll find a large white tiled cloakroom with WC with plenty of space for your party's coats. Notable as it has a Thomas Crapper lavatory which has been graced by at least one royal visitor in the past!


On the ground floor you have a professional standard kitchen with range oven, electric hobs, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge and freezer. Aside from the excellent catering facilities in here there is an antique wooden dresser and a breakfast table for a morning cuppa or just for sociable food preparation. Always fun with a glass of wine! Through the kitchen you have access to the boiler room which is an excellent place to dry muddy boots and clothes after long Loweswater walks. There is also a utility room on the ground floor with washer and dryer.


Once meals are prepared why not ring the large dinner gong to summon the rest of the party from their nooks and crannies around the building? Off the large hallway you'll find the magnificent dining room. This has more examples of beautiful wood panelling, no less than three large leaded windows with window seats, a huge table for feasts and last but not least a beautiful baby grand piano. After meals and singalongs why not retire to the spacious lounge? For history buffs among you, don't forget to bring your magnifying glass as there is the original indenture of the building on the wall in here from the days when it was known as Lorton Hall. There are tons of board games to play, plenty of comfortable seating in armchairs, sofas and window seats in the beautiful arched windows, a large television with Freeview and a DVD player and a large bar. Bring your own drinks and play at being barman!


Tearing yourself away from the reception rooms, venture upstairs to the individually named bedrooms. The rooms all have their own distinct character with some wonderful examples of antique furniture, feature fireplaces, leaded windows and some with glorious four-poster beds. All of the bedrooms have their own television with Freeview and either an en-suite bath or shower room.


Firstly, is Low Fell, a lovely light and airy double room with two deep-set leaded windows to take in the gorgeous view. Low Fell has an en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.


Onwards to Fell Barrow, a king-size room. This spacious room has the cosy feel of an attic room having a small skylight in its entrance hall. Its en-suite has a modern shower enclosure.


Greystones has the luxurious air of a suite. As you step down into the room it has a wonderful four-poster bed with two large windows with window seats and a huge sandstone fireplace dating from 1630. The beautiful marble en-suite bathroom has a bath with antique style fittings and large walk-in shower with a drencher head.


Whinlatter is yet another characterful room with a wonderful view, a writing desk and a brass double bed. It has a lovely light shower room with large shower enclosure with drencher head.

Melbreak is another king-size room displaying a large coat of arms above a lovely decorative fireplace. This room has a bath with over bath electric shower.


Swinside has a double bed set into a cosy alcove with a window seat, coffee table and armchair. It has an en-suite shower room with electric shower.


Hobcarton is the final king-size room. Once again, this room boasts a magnificent four-poster bed, two gorgeous leaded windows looking out on to the wonderful view and a luxurious en-suite shower room with drencher shower. The suite has a wonderful exposed stone fireplace which, in years gone by, was the upper part of the huge fireplace from the dining room below. It is now adorned with a coat of arms.


Not all the delights of this property are inside though. The house has marvellous grounds to the front and rear. At the back of the house is the formal knot garden with a fountain at its heart. The knott garden is currently unavailable for use but will be soon, watch this space for further details. To the front of the house there is a sweeping lawn with a splendid cedar tree in the middle, a swing seat and a terrace which is wonderful for a sunset glass of wine, a pre-dinner cocktail or an outdoor meal. Lastly, to soothe any aching muscles after enjoying your Lake District adventures, this wonderful garden has a summer house with a sauna! What a divine place to escape the pressures of 21st century life and spend time relaxing with friends or family.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 7 bedrooms - 4 king-size and 3 doubles
  • 4 en-suite shower rooms and 3 en-suite bathrooms, 2 with showers over the bath and 1 with separate walk-in shower, plus 1 ground-floor WC
  • Range-style oven, electric hobs, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer
  • Washer/dryer in utility room
  • Freeview TV and DVD player
  • Open fires
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Garden with furniture
  • Sauna in summer house (please note this facility must not be used after 9.30pm)
  • 3 dogs welcome
  • Pub and shop 0.5 miles
  • Three travel cots are available - please request these at the time of booking if required
  • Please note this property does not accept single sex groups


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Reviewed by Tanya 15th November 2021

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Lovely comfortable property very historical atmosphere ideal for many families getting together...well equipped kitchen.. all bedrooms equally comfortable...looks alot nicer than the Sally Cottages photos reflect so book with confidence. Would love to come back.

Reviewed by Matthew 12th November 2021

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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.

Mountains, lakes, rocky rivers, waterfalls, and valleys lined by stone walls characterise the Lake District National Park. Add to this vision slate-roofed villages, winding country roads, arctic alpine and wildflower meadows, and beautiful birds such as skylarks, curlews, meadow pipits, and lapwings, which all provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday. The poet, William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, wrote a guidebook of the area in 1810, and very little has changed in the region to tie it into the modern world. The centre of the Lake District is dominated by its craggy mountains such as Scafell Pike and its exceptional lakes like Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and so many more.

Each of the Lake District’s towns has a village sensibility, yet all of them offer handy amenities, cultural attractions and some of the North West’s best places to eat and drink. Top visitor attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter, Sizergh Castle, Hill Top, Go Ape Grizedale, Grizedale Forest, Fellini and Zefferelli’s Cinema/Restaurants, the Bluebird Mk II, Ravenglass Roman Bathouse alongside a world of outdoor sporting and activity providers. Natural landmarks include Aira Force, Tarn Hows, Scaffell Pike, Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Old Man of Coniston, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Pull on your walking boots and traverse the long-distance walking trails of the Lakes like Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, and the Tour of the Lake District.

As you get to know the region better, you will find evidence of prehistoric and ancient man in the Lake District, as there are standing stones, circles, and rows to find, as well as one of the largest standing Roman buildings in the UK. Visit Ravenglass, one of the UK’s oldest settlements and the only coastal village in the Lake District; it has beautiful waterside views of the Munros of Southern Scotland. Remnants of the region’s industrial activity can be traced in the form of bobbin mills, gunpowder mills, and mines. The Lakes also have some famous literary and art associations, including Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, JMW Turner, John Constable, LS Lowry and Percy Kelly.

It could take you five lifetimes to visit each of the places mentioned here; a good way to see more of the Lake District National Park is stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our range of holiday properties in the Lake District and Cumbria gives you the perfect place to stay in the north west countryside or on the coast. Our self-catering cottages in the Lake District offer lovely holiday accommodation to suit all your needs, from cottages to rent for a romantic getaway to larger properties for the whole family – we even have dog-friendly holiday homes across the Lake District too. Take a look at our full collection of self-catering cottages and begin to plan your holiday.

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