Thorphinsty Hall Cottage lies on the eastern flank of Cartmel Fell, looking out to the rugged cliff of Whitbarrow Scar and its nature reserve. Formerly a grand country house, the hall has been divided into three separate accommodations, each with private grounds or gardens.
The Cottage is the Lakeland bolt hole of owners Stuart and June Rowley, which they have refurbished to offer their guests a very comfortable retreat, set in perfect peace and tranquillity, a place to truly relax and enjoy along with exploring the many local walks and villages and with easy access to the wider Lake District National Park. If the first year reviews are a guide then this is quite a special Lake District Cottage.
The approach is across the tops of Cartmel Fell and then by a tree lined lane down to the little hamlet where the hall, along with a few other properties lie. Turning off the lane, down a steepish private drive, you come to the forecourt with plenty of parking.
The Living Spaces
From the garden gate, up a rather nice set of stone steps and through the old oak front door you step directly into the large sitting-room. Plump comfortable sofas are set around the log burning stove set in a fine stone fireplace. The room is dressed with delightful ornament, fabrics and soft lighting, where the whole sit under a canopy of ancient oak beams offering a cosy relaxing space to enjoy company, or simply curl up with a good book or take in a movie on the wide screen TV.
From the sitting-room you pass through into the kitchen/dining room where to one end is a fine oak table to gather around for lazy lunches and long dinners, where at the other end of the room is the kitchen proper, well equipped with the centrepiece a large AGA cooker set in the original kitchen fireplace, where you can still see the old bread ovens set into the thick stone walls.
A door from the kitchen leads down into the cellar with the laundry facilities, along with a pool table which should keep young guests happy on those occasional rainy days. Finally, on the top floor, in the attic, is a den room, perfect for the kids and kitted out with low sofas and games console.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
A fine set of oak stairs lead up to the first floor and two of the bedrooms, along with the house bathroom, roll-top bath with hand shower, basin and WC. Next to this is a dressing room with shower cubicle. The first bedroom has a rather grand four poster bed, the second a contemporary comfy king size double and both should offer a peaceful night's sleep.
A further flight of stairs take you on up into the attic spaces, divided by a small landing, where to one side is the last double bedroom with its pitched ceilings (mind your head) supported by the original oak cruck beams, also enjoying the facility of en-suite WC and hand basin (again mind your head).
On the other side of the landing is the large den with low contemporary sofas, perfect for the younger members of the party and sporting a large screen set up for gaming.
Outside the garden is a mix of planting, patio and natural rock and with the sun out, is a delight for alfresco dining or simply relaxing with a glass and a good read.
All in all we are delighted to represent this lovely property and judging by the comments and reviews so are our guests. The cottage will appeal to those seeking a true romantic retreat or family holiday set away from the crowds, yet within easy reach of all that the landscape of the National Park has to offer - Perfect!
Out & About
There are plenty of walks from the doorstep where you can explore the surrounding fells, or strike out for the outlying villages and hamlets such as Strawberry Bank and its famed Masons Arms and closer to home, there is the Crown Inn at High Newton, a 2 mile drive or walk from the cottage.
About a 1.5miles, on a fell track lies Simpson Ground Tarn. Managed by the local water authority as a reservoir, it is a beautiful body of water set amongst a small woodland and makes for any easy walk for a waterside picnic.
A short car ride brings you to the foot of Lake Windermere and the River Leven, where you will find the villages of Newby Bridge, Lakeside, Finsthwaite and Backbarrow, along with The National Trusts Fell Foot Park. Here there are gardens, a cafe and, at the lake shore, fishing, jetties for mooring and hiring rowing and sailing boats, along with a ferry crossing to Lakeside.
Head south down onto the Cartmel Peninsular and you have winding country lanes that lead to the Morecambe Bay. The village of Grange over Sands overlooks the bay with a mile long promenade. There are some excellent shops including Higginson's award winning Butchers, two bakers, a grocer and a host of little cafes and tea rooms.
Over the fell lies Cartmel, one of Cumbria's prettiest villages. Four pubs, a fab wine bar, the Michelin awarded l'Enclume, a huge Norman priory and a national hunt race course along with narrow streets and a little river make for the perfect village setting.
A little further afield you have the coast where you can explore the edges of the bay. For me one of the finest walks in the Lake District is to set out along the shore from Arnside, over to the south side of the bay. Ahead of you stretch miles of silver sand, and as the tide comes in the view is spectacular. It must be noted that the sands are hazardous, but providing you keep to the shoreline the walk is fine.
North from the cottage, up the Rusland valley, you come to the Grizedale forest where you can purchase a map of the trails for both walking and mountain bikes. As you explore the forest you will come across fabulous sculptures, which are part of an ongoing art initiative sponsored by The Forestry Commission. North west lies Coniston Water and the Coniston mountain range offing plenty of water activities and mountain trails to suit all abilities.
Dogs fees are charged per dog at £20.00 for up to 7 nights, £40.00 for up to 14 nights and an additional £20.00 for every week or part week thereafter.
Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.