High Houses

Wigton, Cumbria
+44 (0)1697 371549
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A beguiling hilltop house with ancient flagstones, open fires and an exciting cockloft for children: views are sublime in all directions


5 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Tucked away at the quieter end of the Lake District National Park is this 1669 house with pretty windows, lime-plastered walls and rustic beams.  Its delightful owners, who live in the house’s other half, have resisted smoothing out the rough edges; 1920s graffiti still adorns the stable dividers. It’s deeply comfortable and attractive and there’s plenty of space for spreading out with two sitting rooms – both with open fires.

You’ll find fresh milk, local homemade sausages, bacon and eggs waiting for you in the fridge as well as a homemade cake. Cooking in the big kitchen by the Aga can be a sociable affair but if you can’t be bothered you can order Jill’s homemade meals before you come. Top up on supplies at the farm shop in Ireby – just two miles away so you can walk. There’s a pub in Uldale (three miles.)

Unwinding here is easy surrounded by the grandness of nature.

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We think you'll love

  • Feeling on top of the world and having those views
  • Lovely, kind and friendly Jill and her beloved black Labradors
  • Hunkering down with the fires roaring away when the weather is foul
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You should know

  • Not all bedrooms have en suite bathrooms
  • You climb quite a rough track to get here


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Water bowl and perfect walks from the door.

Max. 3 dogs.

Great place for walking with your dog: totally surrounded by fields, bridle path right behind house and no traffic.


Nightly price
from £120
Weekly price
from £850
3-night stay at weekends in low season only, £550. 4-night stay on weekdays, £550.
1 House for 6
From £1205 beds3 bedrooms


High Houses doesn’t feel like being in a rented house. It feels like being at home, but better! From the home-made cake on arrival, to the enormous cast iron bath and the views across the Solway Firth, it’s a perfect combination of beauty, history and comfort.

Kate, Bridport

A really beautiful area in the Lake District; the house is perfect, comfortable and a real home from home. Jill, the owner, couldn't be more helpful and friendly...........for us, with our two grandsons (13yrs and 11yrs) it was a wonderful week with so many choices of things to do and places to see We will definitely stay in High Houses again and have no hesitations at all in recommending it as THE go to place to stay ,,,,,, well worth every penny

Barbara, Southampton

A fantastic break from the stresses of life. What a lovely place for the kids to explore and enjoy. A friendly and accepting welcome for our loud children, and a wonderful house to relax in - cooking, painting, playing games and generally enjoying the atmosphere of calm. We would all love to visit again, and I'm sure it won't be long until we do.


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The neighbourhood

From the fell behind the house (Binsey Hill) you can enjoy Wainwright's favourite 360 degree view right over the lakes and, with a turn of the head, the Solway Firth and Dumfries and Galloway. This is wild heathery farmland, bursting with lambs in springtime and gorgeous for walks. If get in the car you must (and this place is one to which you come and soon long never to see a car again) then Bassenthwaite for The Pheasant is six and a half miles.

Local points of interest from Jill Green

  • Incredible, uninterrupted views of at least 20 miles over farmland and on to Scotland.
  • The house is totally surrounded by farmland and brilliant for dog walking - no roads nearby - onto the fell at the back of the house.
  • Wildlife watch: badgers, roe deer, foxes, bird-watching and RED SQUIRRELS!
  • Walk from the door for a half mile to Wainwrights BINSEY"This gentle hill rises beyond the circular perimeter of the Northern Fells, detached and solitary, like a dunce set apart from the class. It is a viewpoint of outstanding merit".
  • Stabling and livery provided for riding holidays, at the farm just below.
  • Sailing on Bassenthwaite lake, beneath the beautiful mountain of Skiddaw.


Jill Green

Jill was brought up on the estate which was bought by her grandfather, a mill owner from Yorkshire, many years ago. She's a bobby dazzler of an owner who loves looking after guests and making sure they've got everything they need to have a fabulous break in this most beautiful place.