Winder Hall accommodation summary
First FloorFour ensuite king-size bedrooms Three ensuite double bedrooms
OutsideOutbuilding with sauna and hot tub (please note these facilities must not be used after 9:30pm)Extensive gardens Formal knot garden with fountainFireworks can be used on the 5th November and New Year's Eve but are not permitted at any other times during the year
Other Information2 extra people can be accommodated on camp beds in any of the bedrooms. Bedding and linen can be provided for this on request
There are three travel cots available at the house, please request these when you make your booking. Towels will be provided
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
A high chair is available
The house is heated by oil fired central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
3 dogs are welcome at an additional charge of £20.00 per dog
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £200. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.
No single sex groups accepted at the property
Where to begin with a house as magical as Winder Hall? This magnificent building with its incredibly rich history makes a wonderful place for a large gathering of family or friends in the picturesque Lorton Vale. It sleeps between 14 and 16 in seven large bedrooms all with either en-suite bath or shower rooms and all with their own character. It also welcomes up to three well behaved dogs. It has such incredible history and so many nooks and crannies that you'll be caught up in the magic of the place as soon as you drive down the tree lined driveway to the imposing wooden door.
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 airy double room with two deep set leaded windows to take in the gorgeous view. Low Fell has an en-suite bathroom with over bath shower.
Onwards to Fell Barrow, a kingsize 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, 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 which you step into 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 in to 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 sauna and hot tub! What a divine place to escape the pressures of 21st century life and spend time relaxing with friends or family.