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Torties Cottage

West Hall, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1102161)


Lakelovers rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Review(s)

  • Michael

    “What a Gem of a cottage!”

    Helen and Brian have created such a warm, cosy ,comfortable, spotlessly clean holiday home with everything you could possibly need. They certainly could provide a masterclass in hospitality to other owners we have encountered! The welcome pack was incredibly generous and thoughtful.

    Helen and Brian have created such a warm, cosy ,comfortable, spotlessly clean holiday home with everything you could possibly need. They certainly could provide a masterclass in hospitality to other owners we have encountered! The welcome pack was incredibly generous and thoughtful.

    - Michael, March 2024


  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin and double bed
  • Wet-room with shower, basin, heated towel rail and raised WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area with open-fire
  • Utility
  • Sitting room
  • Sun room
  • Oil fired central heating with underfloor heating and open-fire
  • Range cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking space for 6 cars
  • Decking with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub in Gilsland Village
  • Note: This property is disabled and wheelchair friendly
  • Note: In the spring, lambs are kept in the adjacent paddock
  • Note: The property is wheelchair friendly, set on one-level and with wide doors
  • Note: Bookings made outside of peak/Summer months may be effected by weather due to the rural location of the property

The property

This newly converted, fantastic individual Crofters cottage rests in an elevated position between the villages of Gilsland and West Hall in Cumbria, tucked away in the undulating countryside close to Hadrian’s Wall corridor and the Scottish border. In a stunning location with magnificent panoramic views of the Pennines and Lake District fells, surrounded by wonderful rural vista, Torties Cottage is a character escape for families and couples seeking a rural retreat to escaping the stresses of life but close enough to local amenities not to feel too isolated. The cottage stands in its own tranquil, idyllic location built with local limestone it has been restored sympathetically. Internally, the property is entered by a ramped doorway and on opening the door you will immediately see the property has been finished to a high standard with handmade latch doors, Imported Irish floor tiles and underfloor heating throughout, this property oozes quality and craftsmanship and has many traditional features. Discover the open-plan living space, a social area where all can gather after the day's activities, relaxing on the sofa as you soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the heat from the multi-fuel stove. Those who are budding chefs will be impressed with the high quality, spacious kitchen facilities providing all the appliances and equipment for a stress-free holiday, whether cooking from scratch or indulging in a take-away, including a dishwasher so there's no need to lift a finger when washing up! Through the doorway to discover a further luxurious, rug adorned, sitting room, complete with comfortable leather seating, throws and tasteful furnishings, multi-fuel stove inset to a traditional limestone fireplace to radiate comforting warmth and dancing flames with a supply of logs and coal all immediately to hand. There are plenty of books and games for a rainy day, and access to a south-facing sunroom provides a quiet spot to appreciate your countryside setting, step out onto the easy access elevated paved area with contemporary outdoor furniture for an al-fresco dining experience or just to soak up the country air and enjoy the peace and tranquillity, watching the abundant wildlife and take in the views. Retire to the opulent master bedroom and enjoy the luxury of a double antique brass bed, styled and presented for a warm, cosy night and a beautiful contemporary en-suite shower room, with a second spacious bedroom offering luxurious, deep comfortable twin beds, with co-ordinated bed linen and warm, snug throws to snuggle under. There is also a beautiful separate walk-in wet room which is suitable for those less mobile and all the doors throughout Torties are wider for wheelchair access. Make your way into the local market town of Brampton to access your local amenities; Find general stores, antique shops, Cranston’s prize-winning butchers, coffee shops and a variety of places to eat, plus a market on Wednesdays. When you’re in the area, be sure to pick up a sweet treat from the tearoom at Lanercost Priory after exploring the fascinating 14th-century ruins of the Priory, or step back in time at the Roman Wall and Birdoswald Roman Fort with castle and museum set along the famous Hadrian’s Wall. From the door there are plenty of scenic walks and cycling trails, but if you’re willing to venture further afield then head to the RSPB Geltsdale and Talkin Tarn Country Park, ideal locations for an afternoon adventure packed with angling and birdwatching or call into Brampton Golf Club for a round of golf or the Trout Farm to tickle a trout or two? Make your way into the historic town of Carlisle and take on the fascinating attractions, including guided tours along Hadrian’s Wall, the beautiful Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery and the imposing Cathedral and Castle, providing an insight into the town’s history. Hexham a historic market town is not too far away, home to a remarkable Abbey, the Hexham Old Gaol, and Haltwhistle, Centre of Britain is even nearer with many of the best archaeological roman sites close-by. If its outdoor adventure you desire, the North Pennies AONB and Lake District provide excellent walking, cycling, hiking and even some water sport opportunities, Kielder Reservoir is to the east, the largest man-made lake in Europe with a 23m cycle track along its edge, so there’s something for everyone. However you choose to spend your holiday, return to Torties Cottage for a relaxing holiday experience.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Brampton 7.2 miles; Carlisle 15.2 miles; Hexham 25.8 miles.

West Hall is leafy village in the countryside of Cumbria near a selection of ancient attractions. Close-by is the market town of Brampton which is ideal for dining out and sampling local ales and is scattered with convenience stores, supermarkets, and quaint gift shops for a souvenir. Brampton is a beautiful town that is full of history and culture. There are many things to see and do, including the Talkin Tarn Country Park, the Solway Aviation Museum, and Birdoswald Roman Heritage Site. Explore Solway Coast AONB for spectacular sea-views and wildlife or ramble the North Pennines AONB to admire its rugged beauty. Visit Hexham, a charming town in the heart of the Northumberland countryside. It is home to Hexham Abbey, a beautiful 12th century monastery, as well as Hexham Old Gaol, a fascinating old jail, and Hexham Park, a lovely public park. There are also a variety of shops and restaurants in the town centre, making Hexham a great place to spend a day.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter