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Scales Cottage

Lorton near Cockermouth, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972335)

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    • “Excellent find”
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    • “We have just returned after spending a fantastic week at Scales cottage. The owners are within easy reach if you need them and welcoming and friendly. We arrived with our two dogs and there are handy walks nearby if you don't want a drive out. Superb cottage which is very well equipped with plenty of parking room. We went for a relaxing break and would highly recommend a stay here. The weather was fantastic all week, and we only put the heating on once when we arrived and the cottage soon got lovely and warm, we didn't need it on for the rest of the week with the superb weather. Handy utility room equipped with washer and dryer and great to store dirty walking boots. Can't wait already till we can return.”

    Annette465, Burnley, United Kingdom, June 2016

    • “Just perfect!!!”
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    • “Stayed at one of the cottages for a weekend, as our friends were getting married locally. We looked inside 3 of the cottages ( as other friends were staying in them also) and all of them were simply perfect! They all had a king size 4 poster bed we're very clean, and extremely spacious. The people who owned the cottages were so friendly and helpful. Our room had wonderful views and was so relaxing. A lovely little hamper basket was left in our cottage for when we arrived, such a lovely thing to do. Thank you! We will definitely be returning to these beautiful cottages.”

    Emma S, Preston, November 2015

    • “Beautiful holiday cottage.”
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    • “We shared the cottage as a family of 6 adults and two dogs. The cottage is fantastic as a family home and base. It's easy to get to Keswick and other areas. Plenty of room in the cottage, the small bedroom which is stated as only suitable for children will be ok for two adults as long as your friendly and adaptable!! The owners are really wonderful people and will help with any matters arising. I was able to leave my mirror dinghy and Canadian canoe in the parking area and we could still get 3 cars in. The trout lakes are worth a go and supper is quite easy to catch (you will have to pay for the fish). Can't fault this place as a family holiday venue but make sure you take some insect repellant as it will be needed.”

    Dave S, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, July 2015

    • “Welcoming, Friendly, Picturesque, Well Situated”
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    • “I hired the cottage to spend a week with our young children (5 & 9), my husband and his parents. We had such a lovely time. My children were fascinated by the farm, the animals and the fishing lake and the farmers and their families couldn't have made us feel more welcome. They showed us around the milking parlour, answered a million questions and even protected the kids from the inevitable outcome when you stand below the wrong end of a cow!! All with good humour and lots of patience. My son developed an obsession with fishing which I was happy to encourage because the view from the fishing ponds is just lovely. The cottage itself is very nice, clean, very well equipped and finished to a high standard. It really does have all the amenities of a home rather than a rental cottage. It is ideally located for loads and loads of great days out with kids. We "Went Ape" at Grizedale, had a lovely walk around Buttermere, searched for the Gruffalo at Whinlatter, were gently educated in conservation at The Lake District Wildlife Park and surprised ourselves with how great the Pencil Museum is! We finished nearly every day with a stroll down to the fishing ponds, half an hour catch with the best farm dogs ever and a happy evening around the kitchen table with a glass of wine and a bottle of whisky. I'm so glad I chose Scales Cottage for our yearly visit back to England, I was not disappointed and would highly recommend it to other families”

    Greencall, Sitting Room, August 2014

    • “Out standing and will be returning”
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    • “I would like to start by saying please ignore any negative comments surrounding this cottage . We hired the cottage for a full week for four adults and three dogs. When we arrived we were met by the owner who warmly welcomed us and our bouncing dogs after a long drive to the lakes . When entering the cottage it was warm , spotlessly clean with plenty of space for all and furniture of a high standard which ensured comfort and rest. On morning two like all city girls I got lost and found myself on the wrong path with dairy cows on the move. I was found by the farm owner who gave me a lift right back to the cottage to ensure myself and my dogs were not stampeded by the cows. Within my lift I was assured that it happened to many people and I was not made to feel stupid at all. During our stay we cooked many meals within the kitchen after walking all day . The fridge and freezer was large which ensured we could stock up . The kitchen was well equipped with pots and pans of all sizes , plates bowls and all the cooking utensils you could possibly need or want (we even found a vegetable steamer and a meat grill ) . The kitchen had a fully working wood burner which was lovely to have burning whilst eating a meal around the kitchen table of an evening after a long day walking . The bedrooms were light and airy and the beds were so comfortable , along with the peace and quite of the countryside and the lovely beds I have not slept so well in years . The bathroom had a outstanding power shower and with four of us there , there was always hot water and the bath was deep to relax aching feet after a long day. There has been many comments on here about dogs and rules . I feel that the rules were very fair and are the same you apply in your own home , dogs are not allowed to sit on the furniture or be in bedrooms . The dogs are allowed in any other part of the cottage . There is a great court yard with fencing all around which allowed all of our dogs to wonder freely in and out. The farmers working on the farm were very friendly towards the dogs always stopping to say hello and give them a quick pat. I would say if you were looking to stay in the Lake District within a relaxing and friendly environment that's dog friendly than this is a place for you . We will be returning to this cottage and cannot wait to go back !!! Thank you to the farm owners for such an enjoyable stay .”

    Chellie W, Rawcliffe, United Kingdom, May 2014

    • “fantastic,comfy cottage”
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    • “Traveled with friends six of us in total,weather was against us but did not spoil the hols.the cottage was warm well equipped cosy and fishing was enjoyable yes there was fish in the lakes ,the owners were friendly and helpful,third bedroom was small but comfy ,all in all very nice place to stay,would I return you bet.thanks for a good holiday i”

    Dave F, Plymouth, United Kingdom, January 2014

    • “Cosy November retreat!”
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    • “Great cottage - kept very warm with the woodburner & oil central heating when required. Boiler room great for drying wet jackets & boots. Well equiped large living kitchan perfectly able to cater for family meals. The lounge area & beds were good quality and very comfy. All in all had a very nice week in a beautiful part of the country!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, N Yorks, November 2013

    • “Ideal holiday home”
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    • “Our family really enjoyed our holiday in this beautiful quiet location. The house is very well equiped, very comfortable. The Shield family very welcoming, local eating houses very good but suggest booking for wheatsheaf as it is very popular and dogs are welcome. We found lots to do and Keswick is not far to go. The only negative was that the third bedroom is small and would be better as a single room. We would certainly return and recommend it to others.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Castleside Co. Durham, August 2013

    • “A great retreat in one of the Lake District's quieter areas”
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    • “Four men of a certain age who in Last of the Summer Wine style, walk, eat, drink and talk about anything and everything. All good cooks and whisky/wine lovers. All we need each year is good walking, any weather and a decent cottage to do our thing. We got this at Scales Cottage, with a good sized kitchen/diner for our culinary efforts, comfortable bedrooms and a fine lounge. All very clean and set in lovely location.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Suffolk, May 2013

    • “Warm, friendly & secluded”
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    • “The description advertised is exactly what you get. Considering that we rented in winter, the cottage was very well heated/insulated. The owners supplied logs for the wood burner. The excellent sound insulation is worthy of note too. With 4 adults and 3 dogs (Staffy & 2 Boxers) we had plenty of space. The slate floors and boot room made the post walk clear up easy too. Animal lovers need to be aware that there are cattle, sheep and chickens near-by. One of us has walking disabilities but the cottage layout worked well. Roughly 8 steps to get to the front door (cleary shown in photos) and then did not need to move from the ground floor. Though not suitable for wheelchairs due to the steps). One plus for us, but probably a downside for it buffs, was the poor mobile reception inside the house. Two of our party took advantage of the trout fishing on a wet and windy day. thoroughly enjoying the experience. The best recommendation is that we looked to book again, next year. Sadly the date wanted had already been booked.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Ellesmere Port, November 2012

    • “Beautiful peaceful cottage”
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    • “Enjoyed our stay in well-appointed cosy cottage. Great views from lounge. Peaceful location.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Harrogate, June 2012

    • “Lovely property”
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    • “The property is in a very quiet location on a working farm. The owners live nearby and were very welcoming. The property is very well equiped and the 2 main bedrooms were large and comfortable which suited our party of 4 adults and 1 baby perfectly. Many of the Lake District attractions were within a 30 minute drive and the pub in the village served excellent food.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, London, November 2011

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    • “This beautiful cottage has been lovingly restored to create a warm and welcoming retreat. It is at the entrance the farm and the views from the cosy top floor living room are spectacular. Our three dogs really enjoyed the run of the safe and fully enclosed garden and we were able to enjoy some wonderful trout fishing at the farms own fishing lake. The owners were so friendly and made us very welcome indeed , so much so that we can't wait for our next visit to this wonderful property.”

    Ms Oliver, Bedford, September 2018

    • “A wonderful cottage in a beautiful location. Central for visiting Keswick, Cockermouth, Whinlatter forest just to name a few places, and also some walks starting from the cottage. Plenty of room for the 4 of us that visited, comfy lounge, warming log burner in the kitchen, although low beam needs to be avoided!! Also, good to have reliable Wi-Fi. Would book this cottage again.”

    Mrs Harrison, Pontefract, September 2018

    • “The whole week holiday was fab. House was nice and clean and felt a home from home”

    Mr Caveen, Wakefield, August 2018

    • “The location and accommodation was perfect for me, the family and our two border terriers. Instant access to the local lake's and Whinlatter forest. It was also a bonus having a fenced garden around house. I will hopefully be going back again next year, finances permitting..”

    Mr Lumley, Guisborough, July 2018

    • “We were really impressed with the way Sykes handled all the details (ie things like the app with directions etc). The only reason the comfort is slightly marked down is that we found the four posted bed to be quite soft but understand this is a personal preference for a firmer mattress due to back problems. Otherwise Scales cottage is fantastic - really good facilities in the cottage, great that the garden is enclosed as we have dogs, in a wonderful position between Cockermouth and Keswick, ideally situated for walking. We really enjoyed our week there and I can say that we will definitely base ourselves at Scales cottage again in the future.”

    Mrs Mccarthy, Tarporley, June 2018

    • “What a great little cottage this is. Just back from a week spent here, Mum, Dad, kids 6 & 8 and Nan and Grandpa. It's a great location for anyone wanting to explore the North Western Lake District with walks a plenty straight out from the cottage. There's a great Kitchen Diner with space for 6 adults to sit around the table comfortably. The view from the ground floor is of the barn directly in front of the cottage but the views from the first floor lounge and master bedroom are beautiful. The lounge is very spacious and comfortable and there's a big TV and strong WiFi if the weather dictates staying inside. We had glorious weather so didn't really need it but in case of rain, there's a good sized boot and drying room with washer and drier. The owners are very friendly and the girls loved playing with Ben the farm dog. Cockermouth and Keswick are both short car rides away and Whinlatter Forest visitor centre is only a mile or two up the road. There are decent pubs serving good food in Braithwaite (Coledale Inn), Loweswater (Kirkstile Inn) and The Wheatsheaf Inn in Lorton (About a 20 minute walk from the cottage). Really impressed to get a call From Sykes on the day after we arrived to check everything was okay. Nice touch.”

    Mr Betts, Warrington, June 2018

    • “Peaceful location great facilities”

    Mr Neald, Wirral, May 2018

    • “It was better than we expected. The cottage was lovely inside and out and in a nice, peaceful environment with gorgeous views. The owner was really pleasant.”

    Mr Rothwell, Warrington, May 2018

    • “Cottage was so much nicer and spacious than we were expecting from price and photos! Farm very friendly and lots of fab walks nearby. Easy to get to Keswick, walked Blencarthra, Skiddaw with kids aged 9-16 and a more gentle day at Go Ape nearby. Cottage cosy clean and lovely kitchen with open fire. Beds clean and comfy. No fire in lounge though!So we kept cosy in the kitchen! Highly recommended!”

    Mrs Mayer, Witham St Hughs, March 2016

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  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
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  • Cot available
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The Property

A delightful renovated cottage situated in the beautiful Vale of Lorton, with log burning stove housed in an Inglenook fire place. A marvelous base from which to explore the Lake District. Ideal for groups of walkers or families who may wish to use the rainbow trout fishing facilities which the owners provide free of charge.
The village of High Lorton nestles at the foot of Whinlatter Pass within the Buttermere and Lorton Valley, a beautiful and much less frequented area of the National Park yet only a short drive from the bustling market town of Keswick. Crummock Water, Loweswater, Buttermere and Ennerdale are very easily accessed from High Lorton.
Scales Cottage has views over the valley towards the Loweswater fells and the hills around Whinlatter Pass. The Whinlatter Forest Park with its new Go Ape Forest Adventure and mountain bike trails is only a five minute drive from the cottage. The village of Lorton has a traditional shop and pub. Nearby in the village of Loweswater the award winning Kirkstile Inn can be found with log fires, traditional ales and excellent meals.
Scales Cottage is a charming and characterful 17th century cottage which has been lovingly restored retaining many original features including an Inglenook fire place and slate floors. The cottage is situated on a working dairy farm which incorporates a well stocked rainbow trout fishing pond to which guests have access.
The property has central heating and comprises:

Kitchen/diner with slate floor, cosy wood burning stove housed beneath an Inglenook fireplace, electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Large family bathroom with shower over bath, WC and hand basin.
Double bedroom with king size bed.

First floor: Master double bedroom with king size four poster bed
Double bedroom with sloping ceiling (Only suitable for children).
Spacious lounge with vaulted beamed ceilings, TV, DVD and music centre.

All oil, electric, bed linen and an initial supply of logs available. Towels are not provided at this property.
Cot available.
Wi-fi available
Private parking for 3 cars.
Outside raised terrace with seating and small lawned area.
Guests may fish free of charge on the pond located 200 yards from the cottage and stocked with rainbow trout.


Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size 4 poster bed, 1 x king-size double, 1 x double (suitable for children due to sloping ceiling.) Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area and wood-burning stove. Sitting room.


  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Towels are not provided
  • Cot on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Raised terrace area with furniture and small lawned area
  • Three well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: The double bedroom has sloping ceiling and is only suitable for children
  • Note: Guests may fish free of charge on the pond located 200 yards from the cottage and stocked with rainbow trout
  • Note: Pond on site, children to be supervised.

Regional Information

LORTON Braithwaite 4.3 miles; Cockermouth 6 miles; Keswick 7 miles. Lorton is a village in the district of Allerdale, in Cumbria and is made up of two small villages – Low Lorton and High Lorton, both of which are nestled at the northern end of the Vale of Lorton. Surrounded by the mountains such as Grasmoor, Hopegill Head and Whiteside it is a perfect destination for exploring a number of hillwalks and visitors are encouraged to visit the 12th century St. Cuthbert’s church. Lorton itself is relatively untouched by tourism and yet is only approximately 4 miles away from Cockermouth, which offers access to the A66 road. Other nearby settlements include Loweswater and Brigham. The Whinlatter Pass road offers a scenic drive and connects Lorton with Braithwaite. Within an easy drive the nearby town of Cockermouth has plenty of places to eat and drink and is of course famous as the birthplace of both William Wordsworth and Fletcher Christian (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame) and Wordsworth’s Georgian family home, on the main street, is now a popular visitor attraction, owned by the National Trust. A great location whatever you choose to do.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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