Towards the charming cottage
The perfect spot to enjoy a summer lunch
Characterful lounge with exposed beams
Sink into the comfy sofas after long day of exploring
Sit back and relax
Enjoy the warmth of the woodburner, a welcome addition on a cool evening
Thoughtfully decorated
Kitchen/diner where you can prepare your favourite meals
Create homely dishes using the Aga, which is situated in the Inglenook fireplace
Boasting plenty of character
A warm welcome awaits
Get competitive with a game of pool
Wonderful features throughout
Four poster bedroom with feature fireplace
Four poster bed creates a sense of grandeur
Time to snooze
A bedroom fit for a king or queen
A more contemporary bedroom
Enjoy a restful nights sleep
King-size bedroom with a pop of colour
Bathroom with roll top bath
Shower enclosure
Dressing room
Get yourself ready for a day of exploring
Attic bedroom with exposed beams
Time to relax
A relaxed bedroom with additional seating
Attic bedroom with a pitched ceiling
Den with TV to keep the kids entertained
Plenty of seating in the den
Plenty of charisma in the property
The approach to the wing of the country house
A wonderful way to start your morning
A warm welcome awaits
Savour the views from the property
1 / 35  Towards the charming cottage
2 / 35  The perfect spot to enjoy a summer lunch
3 / 35  Characterful lounge with exposed beams
4 / 35  Sink into the comfy sofas after long day of exploring
5 / 35  Sit back and relax
6 / 35  Enjoy the warmth of the woodburner, a welcome addition on a cool evening
7 / 35  Thoughtfully decorated
8 / 35  Kitchen/diner where you can prepare your favourite meals
9 / 35  Create homely dishes using the Aga, which is situated in the Inglenook fireplace
10 / 35  Boasting plenty of character
11 / 35  A warm welcome awaits
12 / 35  Get competitive with a game of pool
13 / 35  Wonderful features throughout
14 / 35  Four poster bedroom with feature fireplace
15 / 35  Four poster bed creates a sense of grandeur
16 / 35  Time to snooze
17 / 35  A bedroom fit for a king or queen
18 / 35  A more contemporary bedroom
19 / 35  Enjoy a restful nights sleep
20 / 35  King-size bedroom with a pop of colour
21 / 35  Bathroom with roll top bath
22 / 35  Shower enclosure
23 / 35  Dressing room
24 / 35  Get yourself ready for a day of exploring
25 / 35  Attic bedroom with exposed beams
26 / 35  Time to relax
27 / 35  A relaxed bedroom with additional seating
28 / 35  Attic bedroom with a pitched ceiling
29 / 35  Den with TV to keep the kids entertained
30 / 35  Plenty of seating in the den
31 / 35  Plenty of charisma in the property
32 / 35  The approach to the wing of the country house
33 / 35  A wonderful way to start your morning
34 / 35  A warm welcome awaits
35 / 35  Savour the views from the property

Thorphinsty Hall Cottage

Cartmel Fell, Lake District
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 4 stars
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
VE 4 star Gold
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Family friendly
Four Poster
Towels included
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Property code: LCC65


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 the owners, 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, with parking directly outside the cottage.

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.

Garden Spaces

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

Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size and 1 attic double with pitched ceilings
  • 1 bathroom with roll-top bath and hand held shower, 1 shower in dressing room
  • Electric Aga oven, gas hobs, microwave, fridge, freezer, coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wood burner - honesty box for logs
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • TV and DVD
  • Audio system
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Xbox screen in attic den
  • Telephone with honesty box
  • Garden with furniture, BBQ and chiminea – please bring charcoal
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Parking directly outside property
  • Pub 1.5 miles

This property is personally managed by Anthony.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 33 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Nicola 31st January 2020

The cottage was beautiful and well equipped. There was a lovely cake and a bottle of fizz on arrival.The owner phoned me the night before to say if we weren't working on the Friday we could go in earlier.I haven't ever had that option before. I'd highly recommend this property I can't imagine you would be disappointed with your stay.Just book !

Reviewed by Abbie 17th January 2020

Wow what an amazing stay we had everything was just perfect. The cottage is stunning and the restoration has been completed with total love and to the highest standards. The little things such as Kathryn, milk, coffee, tea, cake, hand washes etc made us feel at home straight away. The location although very rural is only a short drive to Bowness-onRead more-Windermere is truly beautiful and would recommend the journey. Hide

Reviewed by Susan 3rd January 2020

This cottage was well appointed and the caretaker was very helpful. It's worth noting that whilst dogs are welcome, they are not allowed upstairs.

Reviewed by Simon 22nd November 2019

A fabulous cottage. Everything we needed was there. Lovely housekeeper who gave us lots of local knowledge.

Reviewed by Leah 4th November 2019

Lovely characterful cottage in a peaceful location but close enough to amenities and popular walking spots. The cottage is spacious and there are three great sized bedrooms to choose from. We really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend the property.

Reviewed by Thomas 18th October 2019

This is a lovely holiday home. The setting is just wonderful, feels lovely and remote with some brilliant walks provided in the drawer and inside it is really wonderful, cosy and tastefully done. The staircase and sitting room are really quite wonderfully atmospheric. Lots of appreciated character, clearly put together with skill and well maintaineRead mored. Hide

Reviewed by David September 2019

Great place to celebrate a significant birthday. Easy to get out onto the fells and easy access to the lakes. Thanks for a lovely place to stay and all the little extras.

Reviewed by Jonathon August 2019

A lovely spacious cottage. Thannk you for the cake and prosseco. Xbox room and snooker table were both brill. Soap, bath salts etc were lovely.

Reviewed by Mike August 2019

Beautiful cottage in a stunning location, so peaceful. The cottage is very clean and well equipped for all the family. Thank you for everything especially the cake

Reviewed by Teresa, Carl and Tina, Willow the collie July 2019

Firstly thank you to Kathryn for the lovely welcome , cake and fizz and for being there throughout the week wonderful cottage which was well equipped . We enjoyed our early morning fresh coffee we loved sitting and relaxing in the sunny quiet garden , at one with nature. the weather was lovely and sunny so we enjoyed plenty of walks the old man of Read moreConiston was a challenge , but we enjoyed it thank you x Hide

Reviewed by Lynne, David ,Andrew,Cameron and Rosie the flat coat retriever June 2019

We have had a wonderful week relaxing in this beautiful cottage. The weather has been great and we have enjoyed BBq's and lovely meat from Higginson#s butchers. Thanks for the cake, we bought another one too, and the fizz. Sorry to be going home, thank you.

Reviewed by Lynne 28th June 2019

Excellent property in a peaceful rural setting. Great place to relax and be with nature.

Reviewed by Two Chapman families June 2019

Great week, children loved the freedom , especially 'the rock' and we all learned alot about bats. Lovely area , appreciated the surroundings

Reviewed by Teresa 21st June 2019

The housekeeper (Kathryn) is wonderful and makes sure that your stay is perfect. Good location (plenty of walks). Good bed comfort. It is right in the heart of nature.

Reviewed by Andy,Pam,Henry, Kathryn and partner,Keira and Lou Poppy ,our big soft Bassett hound June 2019

Thank you for the amazing cottage , so many features and perfect for the whole family.The Heritage guide walks you provided us with was brilliant for local walks and no's 4 and 5 take in the Mason's arms so you cant go wrong. We relished the peace and quiet and would love to come back again.

Reviewed by Deb and Ian , Jan and Phil June 2019

thank you Kathryn for making us all feel welcome. We have thoroughly enjoyed staying at this cosy peaceful and very comfortable cottage. The prosecco and lovely cake were much appreciated ! We all loved exploring the area and we were kept busy everyday. The pool table was a great sourse of amusement . we managed to avoid the rain most days and eveRead moren managed a couple of evenings on the patio listening to the bird song , drinking a glass or two of wine. Thank you for a wonderful stay, Hide

Reviewed by Ian 7th June 2019

A comfortable, cosy, and peaceful cottage, nicely equipped. A good location to access Windermere and the other Lakes, highly recommend.

Reviewed by Charlotte 26th April 2019

Fantastic cottage in a great location. The cottage was lovely and cosy with lovely touches throughout. Very well equipped and a perfect base for exploring. We would love to return soon!

Reviewed by Kerry, Mark, Bobby, Gill George, Lil and Oscar April 2019

A brilliant Easter break . The house is amazing everything we wanted and much more. Thank you for the lovely cake, wine and chocolate. The weather was brilliant. Lots of walking and lovely BBQ's Ideal garden for Oscar.

Reviewed by Laurent and Paul April 2019

A wonderful cottage! we are glad that we could spend our holidays here. It was exactly what we were looking for, for our walking holiday in the Lake district and so much more Kathryn was so nice helping us out when we had some trouble.Thanks for everything,

Reviewed by Laurent 12th April 2019

Just wonderful. Really lovely cottage with 5 star comfort.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 12th October 2018

A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location. More than big enough for six guest, with a sociable kitchen and big living area. The pool table in the basement was fab!

Reviewed by Andy 29th September 2018

Lovely Semi-detached cottage. We thought it was detached and feel it's expensive for having neighbours to be mindful of. It's not completely suitable for a 1yr old when the width of the grade-2 listed building doorways are wider than travel stairgates so be prepared to blockade stairwells or chase your small-person if you have one in tow. The TV's Read moredo not have USB so you won't be able to take a storage device full of films with you. Fantastic friendly housekeeper and very clean property Hide

Reviewed by Thomas 21st September 2018

Wonderful cottage. Very relaxing stay. Very well supplied. Had an issue with boiler but quickly fixed and good communication with caretaker. Will come back.

Reviewed by E F 7th September 2018

Stunning property at the bottom end of the lakes but within easy reach of Windermere , Rydal , Grasmere and Cartmel. Plenty of walks on the doorstep and good local pubs. The property was really well equipped very comfy plenty of space and with a beautiful garden. The housekeeper was fantastic at answering any queries and super quick to respond . WoRead moreuld definitely recommend this property for anyone looking for somewhere with comfort, character and history . Hide

Reviewed by Anon August 2018

We have had a wonderful week at thorphinsty cottage. It is a beautiful place and we have been able to relax. Favourite moments have been sitting outside with a cuppa listening to the birds and relaxing in the cosy sitting room in the evening. Kathryn couldnt have been more welcoming or helpful, thank you

Reviewed by Clare, Gary, Haly , Oli and Tilly the cocker spaniel August 2018

What a lovely cottage , beautiful in and out. Every time we came home through a waft of lavender we thought, simply gorgeous!

Reviewed by Cathy, Mark, Joel and Oscar (Cocker Spaniel!), Liverpool July 2018

Had a lovely week at Thorphinsty Cottage. The house is gorgeous and full of character. The weather was very hot so we enjoyed the bbq most nights, playing pool and relaxing. We saw bats outside the front door every night, and we saw deer!! across from the front in the enclosure with 'private' on gate. A young deer would just stand grazing - so loveRead morely. We also saw older deer to the left looking out of the front door in one of the farmers fields. As we were driving back to the cottage one day a bird of pray (possibly a hen harrier) swooped right in front of us! Amazing! A lovely quiet, very chilled location! p.s we also enjoyed the jets! pps. thanks for the cake and prosecco on arrival! Hide

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Towards the charming cottage
The perfect spot to enjoy a summer lunch
Characterful lounge with exposed beams
Sink into the comfy sofas after long day of exploring
Sit back and relax
Enjoy the warmth of the woodburner, a welcome addition on a cool evening
Thoughtfully decorated
Kitchen/diner where you can prepare your favourite meals
Create homely dishes using the Aga, which is situated in the Inglenook fireplace
Boasting plenty of character
A warm welcome awaits
Show 23 moreGet competitive with a game of pool


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.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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