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High Torver House

(Ref. 1049719)

Torver, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "We enjoyed our stay, the house is spacious, warm and very well-equipped."

    The beds are really comfortable, the house is generally clean apart from a thick layer of dust on top of the curtains on the main landing. The views are lovely and it is very peaceful. Excellent pub, the Wilson’s Arms, within walking distance. However, it’s an old house and is looking in need of attention in places. There is too much clutter in cupboards, consequently not a lot of storage for own food in kitchen. Some of the wardrobes had so much spare bedding, it was difficult to hang clothes. The annexe in particular suffered from the following problems: very little storage space and what little hanging space there was, made difficult by surplus bedding. In the shower room there’s an extremely noisy fan which needs replacing and the light pull above the washbasin is broken. The glass shelf over the basin makes the basin almost impossible to use. You need to pay attention when using the toilet, the room is so tiny you risk burning your leg on the radiator. There are missing curtain hooks in this bedroom and in the dining room. Three of the bedrooms were equipped with emergency torches but only one of them worked. It would have been useful to have had spare bin liners and a hand towel in the kitchen. It’s worth noting that the lane to the house was being used by a large tractor which in places had churned up the track making it very muddy by the entrance gate.

    Thank you for your feedback - we do rely on guests to help us keep up with what needs repairing - when it's your own house sometimes we don't notice! Now there are rechargeable torches in addition to those with standard batteries. The small shower-room is limited by having 18" thick walls externally and we have had to decide to put a standard sized wc in (2 years ago it was all redone), instead of a smaller wc. Hence the closeness of the radiator. The fan is noisy because it has to be at a 15' angle in the wall unfortunately. The light pull is now fixed. The beds and lounge sofas were all expensively replaced two years ago with highest quality replacements. Many of the solid wood furniture pieces are antiques, and all the artwork on the walls throughout the house are originals. The house was built on the fell around 1850. Sadly the forest behind the property has suffered greatly from storms and larch disease and is being felled by order - the equipment to do this has damaged the roadway which is still ongoing. Thank you for your useful comments and we hope you will come again for another stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosemary3.4Oct 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week in High Torver House."

    The house itself is in a beautiful location with stunning views. The beds were comfortable and everyone loved the massive bath in the main bathroom. The kitchen had everything you need in it except oven gloves which was a bit of a nuisance. When we arrived two of the radiators weren’t working so the smaller bedroom and the lounge were quite cold. We managed to get the radiator in the bedroom working and we lit a fire for the lounge to keep that warm. It was lovely and cosy in the evenings. There are lovely places to eat locally. There is a nice walk down to the Wilson Arms in Torver from the house. The food was delicious there. We would recommend a stay in this house and would love to come again.

    Thank you so much for your helpful comments. We found that the radiator valve in the lounge was stuck so we have replaced it with a new one. The bedroom radiator you fixed well - Thank you! Would love to have you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adella3.4Oct 2023

  • "Lovely house and fantastic location."

    Very comfortable, though following the 'refurbished' description on the Sykes site, we were a little surprised that some of the lounge furniture was a little tired. The damp patches on the lounge walls are due to rainwater ingress. Also back door sticks a lot and water does not drain from the main bath. Access up the track was challenging but could be easier if whoever strims the brambles could do this more often and the edges of the track repaired. Parking and turning for two cars would be facilitated if the tarmac area could be longer and wider, accepting the limitations imposed by the hillside.

    Reviewed by Phillip4.4Sep 2023

  • "Great holiday!"

    Loved the views, the house was super comfy and met all our needs. The garden was lovely, the dogs loved it! and a well equipped kitchen. Only two things, not a complaint though. The en suite is rather compact, but totally adequate. And I suspect as comes with a house of its age, some damp patches. However they did not detract from our enjoyment of the home and holiday!

    Thank you for your feedback. The redecorating of the damp patches is happening soon. You are right though, these old houses have a habit… Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay here, the views from the patio are wonderful, the house is well equipped, everything you need is there, and gives a home from home feeling."

    There's a convenient track down to the pub & lots of walks on the doorstep. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had visited tour of the house before and really enjoyed it."

    However, we were with our two granddaughters, this time we came with three teenage boys who were well-behaved but found the isolation of Torver boring preferring to be in Coniston village nearer to the water to use the paddleboats. This didn’t stop us from enjoying our holiday, but we would not book this particular property for our grandsons but secondly to come as a couple or with our granddaughters.

    So glad you had a lovely holiday. Sorry about the teenage boys. Mountain climbing next time maybe?? The slopes above the house leading to The Old Man and Dow Crag are unsurpassed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by June5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful property!"

    Feel very fortunate to have stayed here.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad that you had a lovely holiday. Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had another enjoyable stay here."

    It’s lovely to sit on the patio enjoying the fantastic view and watching all the wildlife in the garden. High Torver House provides a comfortable base for exploring the area.

    So glad you had a lovely time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had a fantastic time at High Torver and will definitely be back!"

    We loved the complete isolation and peace and quiet, the gorgeous views and the wildlife in the garden. The house is extremely well equipped with a very useful utility and a fabulous family bathroom. The shower en-suite in the annexe is on the bijou side but perfectly functional. Fantastic supply of kitchen utensils and crockery. We loved everything about the place and are missing it already!

    Thank you. So glad you had a lovely holiday there. Property Owner

    Reviewed by S5.0Mar 2023

  • "As always wonderful stay."

    Only issue no decorations at Christmas a bit depressing but we did purchase our own tree. A bit of wear and tear in the main bathroom needs TLC. When we arrived bucket on hallway presumably catching rain water. We’ve stayed there for 9 years and see standards slipping but a beautiful house and superb time.

    We are so sorry at the mix up over the Christmas decorations being put out. The bucket was an instance as wed just had a roof leak repaired in the lovely old roof and Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn3.8Dec 2022

  • "We loved staying in such a comfortable and cosy house."

    We appreciated all the personal effects which made it extremely homely and the tasteful interiors. We all found the beds to be very comfortable and everyone enjoyed using the spacious bathroom and very large bath. The views and setting of the house made it a perfect retreat.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. So glad you had a lovely rest. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great property and we had a lovely stay."

    Very surprised when we got locked out of the living room as the door handle fell off and we had just lit a fire and we phoned the emergency number and no response! Eventually managed to find a spanner and gained access but no follow up from the holiday company! Everything else was lovely apart from the very low water pressure.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Sep 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at High Torver in September."

    The house was very comfortable, spacious and well-equipped. It was ideal for our family of 5 adults and a baby. The garden was great to explore and there are gorgeous views from the front of the house. We loved sitting on the patio enjoying the view over the village with the mountains behind. There are walks that can be done straight from the house and it is a short walk along a footpath down to the village pub which is well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday here last August bank holiday and would definitely go back again."

    High Torver House was plenty big enough for 6 adults and 2 children and well equipped. The patio at the front is fantastic for eating and sitting out in the evenings. The location is fantastic, with good access to the surrounding area. A very short walk out the front of the house takes you to a pub. For those looking for longer walks, there is a track that leads from the rear up onto the fells and beyond to Coniston Old Man.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2022

  • "Such a beautiful house in a lovely setting."

    The garden was fantastic for my grandson (3 years old) to explore with supervision due to a steep slope in one area - a real adventure. The terrace was a great place to be at dawn and dusk, simply to watch the hills opposite. Not to forget the inside- full of character, well equipped and comfortable. The local pub and its regular patrons were especially friendly to my sister who has a moderate learning disability. Definitely coming back!!!

    Reviewed by Roald5.0Jun 2022

  • "A beautiful house in a stunning location."

    And even the weather was kind to us.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0May 2022

  • "We had a lovely week thank you."

    Super house, with stunning views. Very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Rachel3.8Apr 2022

  • "High Torver House was delightful - really warm, beautifully furnished, had plenty of items in the kitchen like enough glasses, plates etc, lots of parking, and utterly stunning views."

    The pub is just a short stroll away (but you do need to book ahead), and there are fell walks directly outside the back of the property. We will definitely be coming again.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Mar 2022

  • "Incredible stay at High Torver House and some special memories made."

    A wonderful property with a fabulous garden - perfect for our family. Can't wait to revisit - such a special place! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Christian5.0Mar 2022

  • "The main bedrooms were spacious and all the beds were very comfortable."

    One large bath with bath and shower was shared by 5 people. One person used the annex. The en suite shower room was very small and used by one person. The whole house was beautifully furnished, very comfortable and roomy. The kitchen was very well equipped. We all loved the area and although we used the car to visit different places, it was possible to leave the cars and enjoy walks in the locality.

    Reviewed by Thelma4.7Oct 2021

  • "A lovely, comfortable house which was really well equipped."

    Great views and lovely walks from the doorstep. The bathroom was a big hit with my daughters!

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2021

  • "I can not fault any of it, the only thing I wish we could have had a longer stay, High Torver House was a amazing."

    Sykes cottages are excellent

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic house."

    Really comfortable and warm. A lovely spot close to The Wilsons arms and Torver Deli to buy fresh eggs, bacon and bread in the morning. The rooms are a great size and the beds are comfortable. Kitchen well stocked. Lots of space for walking boots and coats. Walks and bike rides from the door.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Aug 2021

  • "A great cottage and a great base for exploring the lakes"

    Reviewed by Paul4.1Jul 2021

  • "We had a great time and the weather was nice."

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jun 2021

  • "Position was superb."

    Facilities great, luxury feel yet homely. Lovely welcoming touches and clear instructions for everything. Lovely to receive an email from the host too.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0May 2021

  • "The house was beautiful and so well equipped."

    A home from home and we felt really relaxed the entire week. Lovely and clean too. We cook all our own food so more empty cupboard space in the kitchen would have been useful and it was very hot at night with the radiators on (in mid-May?) and no way to turn them down that we could see. But those were very minor points in the scheme of things and I'm sure we'll be back at some time because it was such a wonderful place to stay. You could even walk a new route every day directly from the house. Fantastic.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely house."

    Immaculately clean, felt very homely and fantastic walks from the door. A smart TV would be good but not essential. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fabulous property."

    The only small problem was that the heating wouldn’t stay on for very long so we had to keep putting it on to keep warm.

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely house with everything you need."

    Beds are very comfortable. The house was very clean with hand gel and other cleaning products available. Beautiful walks from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Sep 2020

  • "The house and location was perfect for a family get together and Eileen was brilliant, emailing us prior to our stay providing lots of useful information."

    Dog friendly and great value. We can’t recommend this place enough. We will definitely book again !

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Sep 2020

  • "The house is fantastic and was a wonderful place to relax and unwind."

    The setting is beautiful and great for local walk to be challenged and to take a gentle stroll. The interior of the house is lovely and well cared for. The facilities, especially the bath were great to relax in. I would really recommend this place.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Sep 2020

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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.

Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 2 x super-king-size (Zip and Link), 1 x king-size
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, shower, basin, bidet and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Ground floor WC, Cloakroom
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove. Annexe: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Snug with woodburning stove. Please get in contact to let us know your preferred bed configuration at least two weeks prior to your stay.
  • Oil central heating with 2 x woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TV, DVD Player, CD Player, WiFi and selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed lawn garden, front terrace with furniture, adjacent barn with bike storage
  • Shop & Pub 0.5 miles
  • Coniston 2.2 miles
  • Note: two well behaved dogs are welcome.

The property

A wonderful, detached property, standing in it own grounds, backed by the Coniston Ranges, in the hamlet of Torver near Coniston, is High Torver House.

This extensive whitewashed property, perched on the fell slopes, has a woodland forest backdrop and commanding views across the village and valley beyond, offering a peaceful and beautiful Lake District retreat for a large family or group.

Entering the property through the back door, you will find a cloakroom, ideal for removing coats and boots before entering the country-style, well-equipped kitchen, filled with useful appliances and amenities for all of your culinary requirements, including a fridge with ice box, oven and a dishwasher, while the utility room has further handy appliances, including a freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, for added convenience.

From here, you can access the snug, a wonderful bolthole for relaxing together in front of the woodburning stove, with a patio door that opens up onto a terrace with outdoor furniture, where you can admire your valley views.

From the snug, the staircase takes you up to a king-size double bedroom complete with en-suite shower room, making this part of the house a standalone annexe if needed.

Back downstairs towards the main living areas of the house, a period Minton-tiled hallway leads to the spacious dining room, which comfortably seats eight, and the sitting room with ample seating for all, along with a woodburning stove, TV and more incredible valley views.

Head up the main staircase, where you'll find a pretty window seat, enjoying the wonderful surrounding views, up to the first floor, where you'll find a further three bedrooms; two king-size and a super-king-size with zip/link feature, which can be made into a twin, all of which have exposed wooden floors, tasteful décor and ample storage for your belongings.

The large family bathroom has a stunning free-standing bath, resting beneath an incredible stained glass window and a separate walk-in shower, so you can choose how to prepare for each day.

Outside there is parking for three cars, a barn with bike storage and an enclosed area for pets, an enclosed lawn with a monkey-puzzle tree and an extensive patio with outdoor furniture, ideal for an alfresco lunch, admiring the valley views in front of you, while the surrounding woodland and fields in front are owned by the property owner.

Torver is an undiscovered gem, home to two wonderful local pubs, as well as the nearby Crake & Woodland Valleys, Torver Common and Beacon Tarn, all tranquil spots well worth exploring.

Unsurprisingly, this area is very popular with walkers and cyclists of all abilities who enjoy escaping the central Lakes crowds.

Just a 20-minute walk to the shores of Coniston Water, ideal for fell walking and offering some of the best mountain biking around, while no trip to Coniston would be complete without a climb up The Old Man of Coniston.

You can also access a host of amenities in Coniston village, a pleasant 3-mile stroll along the old railway line footpath, as well as the Ruskin Museum.

Grizedale is a short drive away, with its remarkable forest, complete with scenic forest trails for walkers and cyclists, lake and mountain views, and Go Ape, a tree top zip line attraction, offering undistributed views, for those seeking an adrenaline rush, while close by is the visitor attraction of the National Trust's Hill Top, the 17th century cottage and former home of author Beatrix Potter.

Slightly further afield, you can access Hawkshead and Esthwaite Water, along with Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere lake and a host of attractions including Windermere Jetty.

High Torver House is an idyllic property in a scenic Lake District location.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

TORVER

Coniston 2 miles.

The small hamlet of Torver peacefully rests amidst some of the Lake District's most beautiful scenery and provides a 19th century church, built on the site of an ancient chapel. Torver has a fantastic pubs on offer, a Deli and Undercrag studio & cafe, so you will be spoilt for choice for great food. Renowned as one of Wordsworth's favourite haunts, today it’s known locally as a starting point for exploring the local fells and the Duddon Valley and offers a superb base for exploring nearby Hawkshead, Ambleside and Windermere. Excellent walking, mountain biking, climbing and watersports opportunities are available locally on Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam and the lovely woodland trails at Grizedale Forest. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the beautiful Gondola steam yacht, visit the award-winning village of Hawkshead with its fantastic Beatrix Potter Gallery, discover Tarn Hows, one of the most visited beauty spots in the country or indulge in a spot of serene fishing on Esthwaite Water. A first class holiday location at any time of the year.

Please note: Dogs are to be kept downstairs at all times

This property offers the following short breaks:

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