The Farmhouse
High Swinside’s prime hillside location gives the Farmhouse fabulous views down the Lorton valley. This cottage was part of the original farm where the Jennings brothers had their first brewery. It was built in 1741 and that date is burnt into the beam above the main front door. You'll find it a lovely rambling building with plenty of comfortable space for a group of friends or a large extended family. All the ceilings have oak beams - some with their original meat hooks! There are 4 bedrooms - one of them on the ground floor, and 2 bath or shower rooms (will be 3 in 2018 with an ensuite shower room going in upstairs..). If you need more space the Farmhouse can be let with Little Swinside next door; the two are connected via a lockable door. The Farmhouse makes an excellent base for wonderful walks at all levels and for challenging trails in Whinlatter Forest that put the "mountain" back into biking! See below for photos, information, and availability.
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Good wifi & fibre broadband
  • Open Fire (logs included)
  • Up to 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Saturday changeover in school holidays
  • Short breaks available outside school hols
  • Hot tub usually available (£10 a night)
  • Bed linen included. Towel hire £2
  • All heating & electricity included
  • Free range eggs available
  • Arrival after 15:00; Departure 10:00
  • Nearest pub - 1 mile
  • Keswick 8 miles, Cockermouth 6 miles
Entrance Hall leads to Dining Area
You enter High Swinside Farmhouse via an entrance hall with boot racks and coat hooks which leads into the dining area of the house. The dining area is open plan to the kitchen and both have a practical tiled floor.

The long farmhouse table comfortably seats nine guests. There is a lovely pine dresser, and the old oak beams on the ceiling still have their original meat hooks.
Kitchen
The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you would expect in such a good sized cottage: electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge & freezer. (There are further laundry facilities in the basement including a tumble drier, and a large chest freezer that guests can also use).
Window to the back garden
At the back of the Farmhouse beyond the track is a little raised walled garden - a sunny quiet space with daffodils in spring, and large clumps of colourful heather.
Sitting Room
Across the hall beyond the kitchen is the large sitting room with dresser, beamed ceiling, and lovely views across the valley.

Comfortable sofas and armchairs - prefect for collapsing into after a day out in the open - are arranged around the coffee table, TV, and open fire.
Sitting Room
You will find a basket of logs by the fire when you arrive, and you can help yourselves to coal at any time for a longer burn. There is a small charge for extra logs.
Looking out of the Sitting Room window
This is the view in winter from the sitting room window across the Lorton valley to Low Fell.
Downstairs Twin Bedroom
Across the hall on the ground floor there is a twin bedroom with beams on the ceiling and over the window that looks towards the fellside.

A large storage cupboard leads off the bedroom for clothes hanging (and is also handy and big enough for the ironing board, vaccuum cleaner etc).
Downstairs shower room
Also on the ground floor off the kitchen there is a shower room equipped with an electric shower.
Upstairs Twin Bedroom
Upstairs there are three more bedrooms all accessed from a central landing at the top of the stairs.

This pretty twin is truly a cottage bedroom with a small low window, quirky shaped walls, and a wonderful beamed ceiling!
Family Bedroom
Next door there is a spacious family bedroom containing a single and a superking bed. The superking can be separated into two singles if you prefer (please say if you would like this bed made up into 2 singles when you book - or at least before you come).

It is a large airy bedroom with two windows, each giving superb views over the Lorton valley.
Family Bedroom cont.
The mattresses are all pocket sprung - giving good support yet are very comfortable.
View out of the front bedroom windows
This view is shared by both the larger Farmhouse bedrooms - looking out across the lush Lorton valley to Low Fell on the other side, and down the valley towards the Loweswater fells.
Family Bathroom
The family bathroom is also accessed from the upstairs landing. The bath has a hand-held shower attachment. A cupboard houses the electric immersion water heater.

The sloping ceiling is supported by more oak beams - though you cannot see them in this photo!
Double Bedroom
Finally, the large double bedroom also has spectacular views down the Vale of Lorton and across the valley to Low Fell. (It will have an ensuite shower room added in December 2017).

The bed is of superking width and can be separated into 2 adult sized single beds with new pocket sprung mattresses. Again, please say beforehand if you would like this room made up as a twin.
The shared garden
The garden is shared with the other cottages. It has a picnic table and benches for enjoying the view, and gated access onto the open fells with wonderful walks right on your doorstep.

The garden also includes a newly fenced and secure area where dogs are free to roam in safety. In the lower garden there are free range hens - and you are welcome to buy their eggs!

Through another gate an enclosed green lane leads in 15-20 minutes to Lorton village with its excellent village shop, and friendly dog-welcoming Wheatsheaf pub - which serves a very good menu!
Looking north towards Scotland
At the back of the property you walk out onto the open fells.

Looking towards the north from the garden - or as here from the narrow gated road above the cottages - you will often see the Scottish mountains beyond the Solway Firth.
Looking South East to Whiteside
View showing the position of High Swinside Cottages on the flank of Swinside fell. Beyond the cottages to the south east you can see Whiteside.

There is a grand walk up to Whiteside and Hopegill Head from a short way along the lane behind the cottages, or you can make your way up onto the Grasmoor fells from straight outside your back door - via Swinside fell and Ladyside Pike.
Other Information
The Farmhouse has oil fired central heating and the water is heated by immersion heater (with one electric shower on the ground floor). All heating and electricity is included in the price.

Extensive parking
Boiler room
Laundry room with drier
Shared garden
Enclosed garden for dogs
Hot tub & barbecue
Secure bike storage
Open fell access
Free range eggs available
Beds will be made up for you
No smoking in the cottages

Entrance Hall leads to Dining Area
You enter High Swinside Farmhouse via an entrance hall with boot racks and coat hooks which leads into the dining area of the house. The dining area is open plan to the kitchen and both have a practical tiled floor.

The long farmhouse table comfortably seats nine guests. There is a lovely pine dresser, and the old oak beams on the ceiling still have their original meat hooks.

Kitchen
The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you would expect in such a good sized cottage: electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge & freezer. (There are further laundry facilities in the basement including a tumble drier, and a large chest freezer that guests can also use).

Window to the back garden
At the back of the Farmhouse beyond the track is a little raised walled garden - a sunny quiet space with daffodils in spring, and large clumps of colourful heather.

Sitting Room
Across the hall beyond the kitchen is the large sitting room with dresser, beamed ceiling, and lovely views across the valley.

Comfortable sofas and armchairs - prefect for collapsing into after a day out in the open - are arranged around the coffee table, TV, and open fire.

Sitting Room
You will find a basket of logs by the fire when you arrive, and you can help yourselves to coal at any time for a longer burn. There is a small charge for extra logs.

Looking out of the Sitting Room window
This is the view in winter from the sitting room window across the Lorton valley to Low Fell.

Downstairs Twin Bedroom
Across the hall on the ground floor there is a twin bedroom with beams on the ceiling and over the window that looks towards the fellside.

A large storage cupboard leads off the bedroom for clothes hanging (and is also handy and big enough for the ironing board, vaccuum cleaner etc).

Downstairs shower room
Also on the ground floor off the kitchen there is a shower room equipped with an electric shower.

Upstairs Twin Bedroom
Upstairs there are three more bedrooms all accessed from a central landing at the top of the stairs.

This pretty twin is truly a cottage bedroom with a small low window, quirky shaped walls, and a wonderful beamed ceiling!

Family Bedroom
Next door there is a spacious family bedroom containing a single and a superking bed. The superking can be separated into two singles if you prefer (please say if you would like this bed made up into 2 singles when you book - or at least before you come).

It is a large airy bedroom with two windows, each giving superb views over the Lorton valley.

Family Bedroom cont.
The mattresses are all pocket sprung - giving good support yet are very comfortable.

View out of the front bedroom windows
This view is shared by both the larger Farmhouse bedrooms - looking out across the lush Lorton valley to Low Fell on the other side, and down the valley towards the Loweswater fells.

Family Bathroom
The family bathroom is also accessed from the upstairs landing. The bath has a hand-held shower attachment. A cupboard houses the electric immersion water heater.

The sloping ceiling is supported by more oak beams - though you cannot see them in this photo!

Double Bedroom
Finally, the large double bedroom also has spectacular views down the Vale of Lorton and across the valley to Low Fell. (It will have an ensuite shower room added in December 2017).

The bed is of superking width and can be separated into 2 adult sized single beds with new pocket sprung mattresses. Again, please say beforehand if you would like this room made up as a twin.

The shared garden
The garden is shared with the other cottages. It has a picnic table and benches for enjoying the view, and gated access onto the open fells with wonderful walks right on your doorstep.

The garden also includes a newly fenced and secure area where dogs are free to roam in safety. In the lower garden there are free range hens - and you are welcome to buy their eggs!

Through another gate an enclosed green lane leads in 15-20 minutes to Lorton village with its excellent village shop, and friendly dog-welcoming Wheatsheaf pub - which serves a very good menu!

Looking north towards Scotland
At the back of the property you walk out onto the open fells.

Looking towards the north from the garden - or as here from the narrow gated road above the cottages - you will often see the Scottish mountains beyond the Solway Firth.

Looking South East to Whiteside
View showing the position of High Swinside Cottages on the flank of Swinside fell. Beyond the cottages to the south east you can see Whiteside.

There is a grand walk up to Whiteside and Hopegill Head from a short way along the lane behind the cottages, or you can make your way up onto the Grasmoor fells from straight outside your back door - via Swinside fell and Ladyside Pike.

Other Information
The Farmhouse has oil fired central heating and the water is heated by immersion heater (with one electric shower on the ground floor). All heating and electricity is included in the price.

Extensive parking
Boiler room
Laundry room with drier
Shared garden
Enclosed garden for dogs
Hot tub & barbecue
Secure bike storage
Open fell access
Free range eggs available
Beds will be made up for you
No smoking in the cottages
The Farmhouse Booking Information

Hi! You'll find the High Swinside Farmhouse calendar below. If a date is in blue, it's booked. All other dates are available and the colours tell you the prices at different times of year.

You can arrive any day of the week except in school holidays when bookings are Sat to Sat for a minimum of 7 nights. Outside school holidays there is a minimum stay of 3 nights arriving whichever day of the week suits you.

The Calendar below allows you to make bookings online from a Saturday or a Tuesday (just click on the date you want). For all other start days and lengths of stay please contact me by email: diana@highswinside.co.uk or phone me on 01900 85206. Payments can be made by bank transfer or by cheque.


The Farmhouse Prices for 2017
Low: 7 Nights: £670, 3-4 Nights: £503
Mid: 7 Nights: £740, 3-4 Nights: £555
High: 7 Nights: £945

The Farmhouse Availability for 2017
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