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Four 5* award winning eco cottages in a beautiful spot in the Western Lake District next to Paddle Beck. Surrounded by 10 acres of landscaped grounds including a grass court for short tennis and badminton, woodlands, a pond and organic fruit.

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Rooms: 2 twin/doubles, 7 doubles

Prices from £440

Meals: Nearest restaurant 1.5 miles away
Open: Year round
Address: Southwaite Green, Lorton, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0RF

Why we've chosen Southwaite Green

Southwaite Green is in an area of peace and tranquillity in the Lorton Vale, almost mid-way between Cockermouth and Lorton both 2 miles away, Keswick is 9 miles to the east. Within a short drive are the less visited western lakes Crummock, Loweswater, Buttermere and Ennerdale, winner of Britains Best View. There are ample walking and cycling opportunities from the door and a variety of shops and restaurants can be found in both Cockermouth and Keswick.

The cottages sit on Paddle Beck giving a calm ambience together with 10 acres of grounds including newly planted woodland, wildlife meadow, pond and arboretum. Consequently there is an abundance of wildlife including a barn owl, deer, foxes, red squirrels, badgers and the kingfisher that visits the beck.

Southwaite Green is a development of four cottages that have been constructed in 2007 by the owner, who lives on site, to an extremely high standard. The cottages have an abundance of local timber used by local craftsmen to keep the traditional character and wherever possible used the original timbers from the barn. They have been painstakingly developed using green design and technologies with ground and air source heat pumps to power the under floor heating beneath the slate and oak floors. A design feature has been the use of solar panels and the positioning of the windows to generate maximum solar heating to produce the heating and hot water.

Great attention to detail has been paid to make sure that these are eco-friendly properties, including organic bedding and towels, handmade furniture from sustainable sources, even to the extent of using eco-friendly paints. The owners have gone to great trouble to ensure the cottages have a low ‘carbon foot-print’ and to ensure your holiday is an enjoyable experience.

The development briefly comprises two, two bedroom, two ensuite shower room cottages, Skiddaw and Esther’s Barn. Buttermere is a ground floor two bedroom cottage which is specially adapted for disabled use with mobility one and two rating and Beckside a three bedroom, three bathroom house. The properties have been given the much acclaimed Gold Award from the Green Tourism Scheme and a 5 star grading from Visit Britain, possibly a unique combination. Short breaks are available all the year round at Southwaite Green.

How does Southwaite Green minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to a sense of place?

The cottages are designed to minimise energy usage, with high levels of insulation, including putting waste from site into earth bund round back of the two cottages to first floor level providing 8 metres of earthwork insulation. There is sheep’s wool to insulate over flat ceilings, which is double building regs requirements. There is an appropriate use of glazing to maximise the heat from sun, brise soleil to shelter from summer sun, shutters to keep warmth in and cold out; as well as stone floors (high thermal mass) with underfloor heating.  The space is by ground source and air source heat pumps, water heating by solar thermal, and there are photovoltaic panels on roofs for electricity.  All appliances are A rated or better. Recycling bins are provided, including compost and green cone bins for food waste.  Small bars of locally produced soap are offered to guests. To minimise water consumption, flow restrictors have been installed on showers and taps, while rainwater is harvested for toilet flush. Laundry is done on site with environmentally friendly products, and dried outside naturally wherever possible.  All water supplies are metered.

Locally sourced produce is used where possible, including milk, beer, Lakeland plum bread, box of seasonal organic fruit and vegetables from the market garden as well as Fair Trade chocolate, tea and coffee. In order to minimise the impact of transport on the cottage grounds as well as the Lake District’s stunning natural environment and biodiversity, a10% discount is given to guests whom arrive by public transport. The grounds are landscaped to provide different habitats for wildlife including pond, wetland area, native species woodlands, wild flower meadows, arboretum and forest garden.

Top Eco Features at Southwaite Green

  • Cottages designed to minimise energy usage, with high levels of insulation, including putting waste from site into earth bund

  • Recycling bins for guests in the kitchen, including compost & green cone bins for food waste

  • Toiletries are small bars of locally produced soap which hosts ask guests to take away with them

  • Flow restrictors on showers & taps. Rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing. Two water butts for gardens. All water supplies are metered & the usage is small

  • Directions given on payment for stay, including public transport, offering to collect from bus stop if required. 10% discount for guests arriving by public transport

  • Awarded Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme



Southwaite Green, Lake District, England
Nearest train station: Penrith North Lakes

Directions from station:
From Penrith station, the cottages are 30 miles away. The London trains usually connect with the bus service to Cockermouth (X4/X5 Stagecoach). If you let us know what time you expect to arrive, we can usually pick you up from Cockermouth, or there are taxis on Main Street or from Sainsbury's.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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