The Gatehouse

Kelleth near Orton, The Lake District and Cumbria (Ref. 22713)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Orton 3 miles.

A delightful stone-built cottage, ideally situated amongst beautiful rolling countryside in the hamlet of Kelleth, three miles from the village of Orton in Cumbria.

Boasting lovely views of the valley and surrounding fells, this unusual, individually-styled Lakeland cottage has been designed for couples wanting to get away from it all and enjoy a romantic retreat in wonderful surroundings.

Featuring an open plan design, hence the unusual and innovative layout, this Cumbria holiday home has a galleried king-size double bedroom that overlooks a huge central sitting room.

The sitting room at your Lakeland cottage is spacious and relaxing and includes an interesting heating system, a grand piano, a beautiful period woodburning stove, lots of books and all kinds of architectural features you are unlikely to find anywhere else, including a corrugated tin wall and a reclaimed Georgian staircase, which houses built-in children's bunks underneath.

Completing the accommodation at this Orton cottage is a kitchen and a bathroom with a 1930s cast iron bath.

The surrounding landscape is green and bronze, alive with wild flowers, and you can cycle or walk for miles without seeing a soul.

Nearby Orton has a pub, a chocolate shop and a village store, while five miles to the east, at Ravenstonedale, there is a short golf course and two excellent pubs, both of which serve food.

The Settle-Carlisle Railway, the Yorkshire Dales, the Cumbrian Fells and the hills and lakes of the Lake District are all within easy reach, plus the market town of Kirkby Stephen is a short drive away.

A great retreat and an excellent base from which to explore the wonders of Cumbria.


One galleried king-size double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, basin and WC. Kitchen. Sitting room with children's bunks, dining area and woodburning stove.


  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Fuel for woodburning stove on an honesty box basis
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Stylish, comfortable, quirky digs in a great location”
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    • “We recently stayed at the Gatehouse for a week. The place is pretty much as you might expect to find it - not scrupulously clean but fresh sheets on bed, floor hoovered etc., more than acceptable and as I said much as expected. The place is a bit dusty but that's the style - must say the kitchen was cleaner when we left than it was when we arrived but hey ho - thought that's the way it would be. Pictures don't do the space justice - it's huge! Big lumpy sofas and open views. There's a smallish telly which needs manipulated a bit to get all the stuff you'd want (there's a lot of faffing with cables and remotes if you wanted to watch a DVD) Nearby you have Orton - you can walk quite easily but they don't let dogs inside so be warned if you're slepping up for lunch on foot. Good walks from Orton up onto the scar and beyond to Robin Hoods Grave etc. Ravenstonedale has nearest dog friendly pubs but it is a bit of a hike (5 miles). The Kings Arms is the better for grub but the Black Swan has a superb beer garden. The Fat Lamb is two miles further on from Ravenstonedale and is great for food and dog friendly in the bar. Kirkby Stephen is ten miles away and a very attractive market town with everything you'll need although neither the Indian or Chinese takeaways are up to much IMHO. We didn't have the heating on in the Gatehouse but instead used the woodburner - Charlotte has a big wood store and you can help yourself from that but if like us you feel a bit guilty about burning her supplies there's a woodyard just as you come into Kirkby Stephen and they'll sell you three big bags for a tenner - we went several times! The bed is super comfy and there's an electric blanket if you need it. We slept very soundly. I would heartily recommend the Gatehouse for a break - a super place run by a super lady. We hope to return sometime!”

    Douglas W, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, September 2014


    • “An absolutely brilliant place to stay, very quirky but my wife and I loved it. Exactly as described and in a lovely location.”

    Mr Robson, Darlington, September 2015

    • “We were inspired by the imagination that went into this property. It was relaxed, a wonderful place to chill out. Enjoyed walks around the village and the Howgills. Had a gorgeous view across the Howgills, changing with the moods of the weather. We enjoyed visiting the Yorkshire Dales and seeing Spring Gentians in Teesdale. It was also very accessible for the Lake District and Eden Valley.”

    Mr Stacey, Carmarthen, May 2015

    • “It was a lovely peaceful break. The house was amazing - really unique and quirky. Great just to relax in, it had everything we needed.”

    Mr Kenyon, Keighley, March 2015

    • “The décor and style of the place was truly unique, it has been so cleverly put together, so many interesting touches.”

    Mrs Hancock, Leeds, December 2014

    • “The area was beautiful, with lots of walking to do nearby and interesting places a short journey away. The property was fabulous - large, unique and with some very cool features. There was a big garden for our dog and children to roam about.”

    Miss Needham, Knottingley, October 2014

    • “The cottage is just as you would expect - rural and chic. We loved our week here as did our two dogs. The garden is very large which is great for the dogs in the morning. There's a sun trap over the road where you can have a barbecue and enjoy the views over the Howgills. The wood burner is warm and cosy in the evening and the owner has a large wood pile from which you can stock up the wood basket. We liked the Gatehouse so much that we plan to return one day and we may go for piano lessons in the meantime!”

    Mr Wilson, Glasgow, August 2014

    • “This was a great holiday. The Gatehouse is imaginative and unique - as much a work of art as a place to stay.”

    Mr Curl, Norwich, August 2014

    • “The location and the quirkiness of the gatehouse made the holiday a real pleasure. Always something to look at and just far enough away from the madding crowd.”

    Mr Peake, Stowmarket, June 2014

    • “Unique, quirky accommodation. Loved the collection of vintage and antique décor and the artwork. Loved the studio feel of the place, very cosy and open plan living was fun.”

    Mrs Jackson, Nottingham, March 2014

    • “The properties uniqueness was fascinating. Everything was quirky, made from reclaimed materials,however it managed to remain homely and extremely practical. Lots of added, unexpected extras; the views from the property were stunning and the owners were really accommodating and helpful.”

    Miss Moxon, Leeds, March 2014

    • “The Gatehouse is a truly unique eclectic holiday stay. Well furnished, comfortable and warm (excellent log burner) with everything you need. Set in a beautiful position in a very small rural hamlet. So much to do and see in this part of the world, our favourite being a beautiful walk in Ullswater. We had numerous fantastic pub lunches, in particular 'The Black Swan' just a short drive away. We will be back.”

    Mrs Evans, Newquay, February 2014

    • “The unique décor and style was amazing, fantastic layout. We just wanted to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet and we did just that. Very cosy retreat with the added bonus of electric blankets!”

    Miss Nelson, Ilkley, February 2014

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About the location


Kendal 12 miles; Penrith 12 miles; Kirkby Stephen 12 miles; Keswick 25 miles.

The charming old village of Orton sits in a secluded position on the eastern fringe of the Lake District National Park. Along with its better-known neighbours of Kendal, Sedbergh and Appleby-in-Westmorland, the area is surrounded by lovely rolling countryside and beautiful scenery. Above the village sits Orton Scar, a limestone hill, used in days gone by to warn the village of Scottish raiders and popular today with walkers. The village centre has an imposing 16th century church, local pub serving good food, a Post Office/shop and the famous handmade chocolate shop and tearoom. A lovely village green surrounded by 17th and 18th Century cottages adds to its charm and there is a farmers’ market in the village square on the second Saturday of every month. Take a short drive and discover the unspoilt lake of Haweswater, or take advantage of the excellent road links to the Lake District, the Eden Valley and the Yorkshire Dales.

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