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Dale House

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Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • lovely (16)
  • house (15)
  • dale (14)
  • great (12)
  • location (11)
  • garden (10)

28 Customer Reviews

  • "The house is in a beautiful spot with a lovely garden."

    The outside furniture is a table with attached benches. As others have mentioned, the bathroom could do with a spruce up, but the water was hot and the bath very welcome after a day on the fells. The king size bed had a comfy mattress with a bit of a bouncy frame. Loved all the pictures and ornaments, it gave the place a feel of staying in a friend's home. Plenty of crockery etc and so would suit a family of four/five I would think. TV a bit inadequate if that is your thing (limited freeview) - loved the radio in every room. Thank you Dale House for a smashing holiday.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed the location of Dale House and the garden. We take all comments on board. We hope that you would return to the Lake District again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue4.1Apr 2024

  • "Lovely cottage great location beautiful views from the garden ,everything you ..."

    Lovely cottage great location beautiful views from the garden ,everything you would ever need at the cottage ,very clean a nice surprise a bottle of wine and biscuits to welcome us all would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had a lovely week at Dale House, very warm and comfortable."

    Great lounge (cosy open fire most nights) and liked the excellent general character of the House. Cannot complain about facilities and quality equipment in abundance, except the shower cubicle which I found to be very small (don't want to put others off reading this....I'm a big bloke). Much appreciated the starter fire fuel and wine. Very comfortable bed(just the two of us), and spacious bedroom. I guess at some stage, the bathroom and kitchen would benefit from an upgrade (my wife's bug bear was the bathroom blinds), but didn't detract too much from our enjoyment of Dale House. The utility was very useful, especially for outdoor gear and dog cleaning. Have driven through Lorton a couple of times, but first time staying there......hidden gem! We loved it's character, history, locals, (We actually got a very pleasant surprise, adult carol singers outside the door one evening), location and ease of exploring Northern Lakes, and a short drive to our favourite pub, Kirkstile Inn. Although we were fairly lucky with the weather, it would be good to return during warmer weather to enjoy the garden. A good barometer, is the fact we miss the house, village and Northern Lakes.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your time at the property and all that the area has to offer. Lakelovers Owner Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul3.8Dec 2023

  • "Lovely roomy cottage with excellent facilities."

    Beds were really comfortable. Location was ideal with walks outside your door and Buttermere just down the road. An excellent library of books for all readers and games to while away the evening. The Whetsheaf did not disappoint, with good food at a reasonable price. Thank you for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2023

  • "Very spacious and comfortable old house in quiet village close to lakes."

    All cooking facilities were there with lots of pots/pans/plates/cups to choose from. Very good rooms. Nice garden with parking for 2 cars. Close (10 minute walk) excellent restaurant pub (Wheatsheaf Inn). Unfortunately village shop owner on holiday, but looked nice. Watched red squirrels, calves and rabbits from windows. Lots of walk from doorstep or few minutes drive to lakes.

    Reviewed by Jerzy4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a really lovely time at Dale House."

    The house was well equipped, clean and comfortable. The area is absolutely beautiful and we were sad to leave after a weeks stay.

    Reviewed by Amber5.0Jul 2023

  • "Warm, comfortable and charming cottage, in an old fashioned sort of way."

    We did have a problem with the fridge door which sagged on its hinge when opened and had to be lifted to close properly. The fridge worked ok but, considering how many times one goes into the fridge, it was an irritant. I also felt that some de-cluttering would not go amiss - there was lots of "stuff" but the drawers and cupboards were over full, in some cases with what looked like junk, or at least, cast offs from somewhere else. It would also help if Sykes could manage with fewer emails - I counted 11 in respect of this hire!

    Thank you for letting us know about the fridge door, we have resolved this and it is now closing perfectly. We will also, check through the drawers and filter the leaflets we have of useful places to visit whilst staying up here in the Lakes. We would love to welcome you back again to this beautiful area in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoff3.4Mar 2023

  • "This is a lovely Victorian built property in a beautiful location."

    The house and village still have their traditional lakeland charm, we loved everything about the house, from the fixtures and fittings, to the furniture and the old piano in the farmhouse style dining room. If you need good WiFi and TV reception, a transistor radio or the use of a 1970s telephone, then it's all available at Dale House.

    Reviewed by James3.8Feb 2023

  • "We had a great week at Dale House over Xmas, we loved the house and the location and the whole family had a lovely time"

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Dec 2022

  • "Great place, fantastic to also have fire place prepped"

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful property in a quiet and peaceful location with access to the fells from the front door"

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2022

  • "Second stay at Dale House Wonderful house full of character Beautiful part of the Lakes We will be back."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at Dale House."

    It was in a great situation with nice views from the garden. Keswick, Whinlatter Forest and Cockermouth all a short drive away but the village of High Lorton was lovely and peaceful. The house was clean and comfortable and well equipped with everything you could need. There were good walks from the door and a handy small village shop and also a pub.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent property, very clean and very well stocked with everything you would want."

    Very well set up for pets with a fully fenced garden.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2022

  • "2nd time staying here in 5 months."

    Really noticed just how much of a deep clean it needs this time and with a small baby wouldn't be staying again. Cobwebs and deep dust, lots of dog hairs on sofas and rugs. Partner stood up in black trousers and was covered after sitting on sofa. Both times staying there has been dog muck in garden. Small bedroom has new mattress stacked on extremely old mattress so if you sleep on it you tip out. Fridge leaks on floor, small bathroom mirror just propped up. Clothes airer rope was worn and snapped so needs replacing. Generally the kitchen surfaces sinks and things well cleaned but everything else was skirting, doors, staircases etc were in need of a clean 5 months ago and haven't been touched since. The cleanliness is the only bad point as we do love it otherwise.

    Thank you for your feedback following your stay at Dale House. Firstly please accept our apologies that you were not entirely happy with the facilities and cleanliness within the property, our cleaner takes great pride in her work we only wish you had contacted us during your stay so we could have investigated the issues you may have had and rectified anything which needed attention. we do hope that these issues did not detract from your enjoyment of the Lakes and that you had an enjoyable holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa3.1Mar 2022

  • "Great place, great location."

    Views front and back wonderful. Buttermere, Loweswater 5 minutes away. Ennerdale within easy reach. It's not the chic-est of cottages (and the telly was a bit characterful!) but if you need a fine base for the NW lakes, this is as good as it gets. The piano was a real bonus.

    Thank you for your feedback following your stay at Dale House, we are delighted that you have an enjoyable visit to the Lake District and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.1Mar 2022

  • "Great trip away I always love Going to dale house Only problem is that there is mice in the cupboard in the kitchen"

    Very pleased you enjoy your stay and be rest assured that a contractor has been to address the problem with mice. Unfortunate side of having a house in the countryside. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Oct 2021

  • "The house was great - spacious, well equipped and ideally situated in the lovely village of Lorton."

    Minor grumbles about dodgy backdoor lock and storage heaters that need modernisation but we very much enjoyed our week at Dale House.

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Sep 2021

  • "We had a great 2 weeks at Dale House."

    The house has rustic charm. We found it spacious and well equipped and it quickly felt like a home from home. Lorton is a lovely village which has a little shop and a great pub (apparently) it had to close due to covid while we were there so we missed out on it's delights! There are tennis courts in the village which can be booked online for £10 per hour for visitors. (search for Lorton Tennis Club) A short drive away is Cockermouth or Keswick, both offer lots of shopping and eating opportunities. The house is close to Whinlatter Forest which offers mountain biking, go ape and lots of great walks. There are so many walks, high and low, and beautiful scenery to explore, and Dale House is a great base to do it! The only thing to mention is that if you have a large car, the parking is a bit tight!

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jul 2021

  • "Dale House had absolutely everything we could want from a holiday cottage."

    The setting is wonderful with lovely walks from the doorstep or a short drive away. We would not hesitate to recommend this Dale House.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Jul 2021

  • "We loved our stay at Dale House."

    It was warm, comfortable and homely. Everything we needed was available - the bookshelf of interesting books and maps, the cupboard full of games, the interesting art on the walls, the piano and the well equipped kitchen. Its location in the village of Lorton was convenient with walks and cycles from the door.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Oct 2020

  • "Dale cottage was a great holiday home for a week."

    Initially we were unsure as there was a damp musty spell but this disappeared once we lit fragranced candles. We loved the location and the cottage was very spacious and Met all our needs. Plenty of cooking pots and pans. Lovely garden where we’d enjoyed late evening sun. Brodie our Alaskan malamute loved it too. The only negative comment would be that the windows needed a clean and the very back yard area needed tidying up other than that we had a perfect stay. Highly recommend both the cottage and location

    We are really delighted that you and your dog enjoyed your stay at Dale House and thank you for your 100% feedback. In response to your helpful comments we have arranged for a window cleaner to come more regularly. As for the garden, it is in two parts, the lawn and parking section are very neat and the section at the rear of the house we like to leave slightly more to nature. Whilst we appreciate that this may not be to everyone's taste, the hedgehogs definitely prefer it. We will keep an eye on it. We're also glad that you became acclimatised to the natural aroma of the house and that it turned out not to be a problem. It hasn't been raised previously as an issue but of course it is a rural area and the Lake District is sometimes wet. In any case, we really hope that we are able to welcome you back soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Sep 2020

  • "We thought the cottage, or house, was absolutely lovely, much bigger than we thought and we'd love to go back some day."

    Our son especially loved sleeping in a double bed. The only negatives were a lack of oven gloves and we found it very tricky getting the car in and out of the parking space at the back. I even managed to reverse into a wall, which was my fault (no damage done to the wall). If I owned the house I would consider moving the front gate post by about a foot making it easier to get a car in and out.

    Reviewed by Sean4.4Aug 2020

  • "Amazingly cosy cottage, great location for us with the walks we wanted to do."

    Very spacious and well equipped. Would recommend to anyone traveling here.

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Oct 2019

  • "Wonderful place."

    Really nicely situated. Loved getting up in the morning, look out of the window and see the cows and sheep!. Very comfortable with the added bonus of having Netflix for rainy days. Parking really secure, although a bit tight to get into. Lovely garden, nice to sit out on a nice day and have a drink after walking all day My biggest problem was trying to open windows!. Very stiff

    Reviewed by Esther4.4Sep 2019

  • "Dale House is very comfortable with a lovely garden and in spite of it being mid October we had beautiful weather and were able to enjoy a morning coffee in the garden."

    The shop in the village sells an array of different things and the gentleman who runs it is extremely friendly and helpful. We got some especially nice bread from him. The village is in a beautiful part of the Lake District and we didn't have to go far to enjoy all that it has to offer.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.4Oct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, clean and comfortable."

    Reviewed by Gary4.4Aug 2018

  • "Brilliant time , beautiful location ."

    Excellent place to explore the area . Quite and peaceful . 5 stars from us .

    Reviewed by Alistair5.0Jul 2018

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Utility
  • Dining room with wood burner
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Kitchen.
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher
  • Electric central heating with wood burner and open fire
  • 2 x TV with Freeview and DVD
  • WiFi
  • Selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen incl in rent
  • Towels are provided
  • Travel Cot and highchair
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed patio seating area to rear with pond and outdoor furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop under 1miles and pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: There is a small pond to the side of the property, therefore children will require supervision.

The property

Dale House is a semi-detached early Victorian house resting in High Lorton, a quaint Lakeland village surrounded by spellbinding scenery from glistening lakes and magnificent mountain views to pretty Lakeland towns.

Retaining many original features, including stained glass, a characterful open fire and Inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, this retreat is a charming base for families or travellers.

The lounge oozes comfort and tradition, with books and collectables on display, creating somewhere pleasant to relax morning through to evening.

Join the whole family for some quality time in the dining area, equally as impressive, with seating for eight people, a woodburning stove, and a piano to really set the scene.

The kitchen brings a fresh feel to the cottage, with whitewashed units and a country overtone, neighboured by an equipped utility area.

The next floor is a characterful haven, offering three different room styles, each boasting their own personality, with access to the modernised family bathroom.

After a peaceful night's sleep, why not enjoy a moment or two on the delightful sunny patio, or tour the village, from which to explore the quiet and less frequented Vale of Lorton which includes Buttermere, Loweswater and Crummock.

Also, Keswick is only 7 miles away.

There is an abundance of walking opportunities directly from the door and close by Whinlatter Forest is home to a whole host of activities including Go-Ape tree top adventure on the Whinlatter Pass, mountain biking and orienteering to name just a few.

There is no wonder that once discovered, holidaymakers choose to return to the area year after year.

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About the location


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:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas