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, Cumbria
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
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 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.

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 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.

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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
  • 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 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Pub 1.5 miles

This property is personally managed by Holly.

Guest comments

Reviewed by James November 2017

Really enjoyed our stay at Thorphinsty Hall Cottage, beautiful location, felt really remote and away from everything. The cottage is fantastic - loads of room, great for the kids and the living room was perfect place to relax at the end of the day. It's in a handy location, close enough to drive and explore the Lakes. Would definitely recommend thiRead mores place - to relax and get away from it all it's perfect. Hide

Reviewed by Brenda Wilson November 2017

We have just had a fabulous weekend at Thorphinsty Hall Cottage. The cottage was beautiful, very well equipped and immaculately clean.This is the third cottage we have stayed in with your company in the last 15 months and we found all the cottages have been to the very highest standard. Many thanks, we will return again next year.

Reviewed by The Duffs, the Taylors and the Yorkies October 2017

A wonderfulweek of muddy walks , cosy nights in front of the log burner and spending good times with good friends. We had excellent meals with great service at the Black Labrador in Underbarrow and the Eagles head in Satterthwaite. Cartmel is lovely and lunch at L'Enclume was an astonishing theatrical experience.Thank you for letting us stay in sucRead moreh a gorgeous home xx Hide

Reviewed by Brenda October 2017

The house is beautiful and spotlessly clean, a credit to you all. The cake was delicious and I am going to try and emulate it at home

Reviewed by Sue and Owen September 2017

The cottage is stunningly beautiful, attention to detail is superb. We loved everyting about it. Lovely local walks and there is plenty to do in the surrounding area, even is you just sit back and enjoy the scenery. I can recommentd the Mason's arms as one of the best Sunday lunches I have ever had and the royal oak in Cartmel for fabulous steak. HRead moreigginsons butchers in Grange over sands is outstanding. Loved our week here and would love to stay again , probably the best cottage we have ever stayed in. Hide

Reviewed by Andy, Jackie and Molly September 2017

Had a fantastic week, cottage is wonderful, everything we needed and more. We will be back soon.

Reviewed by Mark, Ali, Annie, Sam and Otto September 2017

lovely house, very warm and cosy. Boys loved the pool table and xbox. Otto loved the walks. Unfortunatley my husband did not like the beams as he kept bumping his head, ouch !! Sticky toffee pud from Cartmel is scrumptious!

Reviewed by bev,andrew,ruth,colin, rebecca ,matthew and poppy dog August 2017

120,000steps achieved climbing haystacks , walking up Gummers How, around rydal water, Buttermere and Tarn Hows. Go and visit muncater castle - we recommend the bird show. Great food , brilliant cafe cound next to Sun Inn in Hawkeshead , GIANT cake pieces We have loved staying here, its everything you expect from a lakeland cottage.

Reviewed by jasmine August 2017

we have loved our stay here. Thank you for the delicious cake and bath house products, we bought some more !Thank you for the pool table and games consoles , the boys enjoyed playing with them.

Reviewed by Amanda and amanda,serena,ben,sarah, jessica and buster August 2017

Thank you somuch for such a beautiful 'home' for our family. We are frequent visitors and we have stayed in some lovely places and this is definitely one of the best.

Reviewed by Jasmine Steel August 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Thorphinsty Hall Cottage.It was clean and well cared for.There were lovely touches like a cake and a bottle on arrival.We loved things like the coffee machine, open fire, bath products and the games console. Thank you very much.

Reviewed by Claire Lanaway and family July 2017

Our stay as a family at thorphinsty cottage was very enjoyable, the accommodation was very comfortable and we had everything we needed. The property is set in a wonderful location and we would definitely like to return at some point in the future as it is one of the best cottages we have stayed in. The owners housekeeping were fantastic and very wRead moreelcoming and helpful and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to stay in this beautiful cottage. Thank you 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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