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Torties Cottage

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West Hall, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "Best cottage we have ever rented and we have rented a lot of places in the Uk and Canada."

    Fantastic time.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had an amazing week at Torties."

    The photos don't do this house justice. It exceeded our expectations! It's very spacious, very comfortable and super cosy with plenty of blankets and cushions. We were overwhelmed by the complimentary snacks and toiletries too. Set in a remote location felt like a proper retreat. 30mins drive to most places we wanted to visit. The view out of the conservatory is stunning and to see the birds so close on the bird feeder was a real bonus. We highly recommend this house! Thank you Brian and Helen!

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Oct 2023

  • "Cannot praise this cottage enough it was warm comfortable well equipped had an amazing welcome pack including bread butter cake biscuits milk coffee tea pod machine with pods bowl of fruit so you can arrive and just relax which we found very helpful."

    Wood and coal for the two fires made the place a home straight away and the views from the conservatory was stunning if I win the lottery I’m putting in an offer for the place I want to live there permanently! Only negative was the bed was a little too high for my disabled wife we had a struggle getting her in but we managed.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is a message for Sykes, not for the owner."

    Because we had to ask for help by finding the address , one of the many people who helped us, discovered that this property is listed on at least four sites, all with different postcodes!!! and sometimes wrong pictures as well. So please note that the postcode is CA8 2AD, Brampton West Hall and not Brampton Hallbankgate.The traveldirection given on the travel papers tells us to drive along the A 69 and B 6318 for 24 min (12,9 ml.) Where along the A 69??? It's longer than 12,9 ml. The A 69 starts somewhere and ends somewhere. For us as foreigners this was a maze and we were told, that almost everyone got lost, which is a pity, because the property is heavenly!

    Reviewed by A.j.5.0Sep 2023

  • "An beautiful place to stay."

    The owners have done a magnificent job. It was so comfortable. Very well equipped, probably the best we have ever stayed in. Views are amazing. It felt more like a home than a holiday cottage. We will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Such a beautiful cottage where you couldn't ask for any more!"

    Set in such an idyllic part of the countryside where nature is literally in your back (and front) garden. The cottage is very modern and clean and has every facility you need. Brian as a host is brilliant, friendly, helpful and just a lovely man. I'm sure we will be back as it's the nicest cottage we have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2023

  • "Perfect in every way, facilities, comfort, views, location."

    Plenty of places to visit and excellent walking routes. Brian and Helen have crated a fantastic cottage which we highly recommend and will certainly return to.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Jul 2023

  • "Amazing. Without doubt the best cottage we have stayed at."

    Every time we thought, I wonder if there is an 'X', it would be there. Many thoughtful touches. A real home from home. This cottage really has the wow factor and makes a really warm and cosy base to explore the area and it was really nice to meet Brian who is very welcoming. Thanks Brian and Helen for sharing your wonderful cottage with us!

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Jul 2023

  • "We loved Torties Cottage, beautifully presented with everything you could need."

    All the information about the area and what was available to do and see, everything for a rainy day books games umbrellas binoculars for watching the wildlife we were lucky to sit in the sunroom watching a family of woodpeckers up close the young getting fed by there parents. The welcome pack was exceptional with more than enough to keep you going tea coffee milk biscuits. I could list more but Brian and Helen have renovated Torties to a very high standard spotlessly clean comfortable beds large double showers log fire in each sitting area the list is endless. The property is a 10/10 Fabulous. Wish all cottages were as good as this.

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Jun 2023

  • "It was excellent"

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Jun 2023

  • "Amazing cottage."

    Will definitely be booking again

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Jun 2023

  • "Stunning property with amazing views."

    Everything you could want in a property. Owners have provided everything you could need for your stay including a welcome pack which we very much appreciated. Definitely a 10/10 from us.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2023

  • "We have just enjoyed a wonderful week at Torties Cottage."

    The cottage is stunning, as are the views of the surrounding countryside. The accommodation is spacious and cosy at the same time, so clean and well presented. The beds were super comfy and the welcome pack and extras were a lovely surprise. The kitchen is very well equipped and we discovered a plethora of books, games, and information leaflets for the surrounding areas and further afield. Brian and Helen are wonderful hosts and have an absolute gem of a holiday cottage. Don't change anything; Torties is just perfect as it is. We're already looking forward to our return visit!!

    Reviewed by Leah5.0Apr 2023

  • "A wonderful cottage, beautifully decorated and kitted out, in a stunning location."

    We were lucky enough to be there for the start of lambing and my children had lots of fun counting the new lambs every morning. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was not quite what we expected - in a very positive way."

    The photos of the main areas show the facilities well, but not the rooms themselves. The ceilings are half again the usual height - which is not seen in the profile - and this makes the whole place much grander than we thought when booking. The whole cottage was kitted out beautifully and a superb welcome pack was also left for us. As we'd only booked at the last minute the owners needed to run around and de-feather the bedding and cushions (I have an allergy), but that was no problem. I think they have seriously undervalued themselves and if they'd had an extra £50 on the price, I'd still have thought it great value. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Oct 2022

  • "9.5 out of 10."

    A pub within short walking distance would have made it 10 out of 10. Will probably hire again as didn't see everything in the genereally area. Host great!

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Sep 2022

  • "Torties Cottage is such a wonderful, peaceful place to stay."

    Completely on it's own with wonderful views all round. We thought it was even nicer than the photos. Thoughtfully converted and very well-equipped, very comfortable beds, lovely hot shower and plenty of space. We enjoyed eating outside nearly every day and using the 4 sun loungers out on the patio to enjoy the warm sunshine and the outstanding views but with the underfloor heating, 2 wood burning stoves and lots of lovely soft rugs and throws, we would be very happy to stay there in colder weather. The location was brilliant for spending time in The Lake District, Northumberland and Scotland. Many thanks to the owners for making us feel so welcome - we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2022

  • "A superb property with excellent facilities in a wonderful location."

    We hope to return.

    Reviewed by Nicolette5.0Jul 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • 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