Welcome to Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents West Coast

Overview

West Coast Estate and Lettings Agents

Sell, Let or Buy your property with Hunters

From the moment you decide to sell to setting foot into your new home, we’re here every step of the way.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a landlord in need of new tenants, or are selling up to downsize, our team can help.

You’ll get the best advice in the industry from our qualified local estate and lettings agents who have years of experience in the property market.

You’ll also benefit from our marketing skills and use of the latest technology, and all this will give you the greatest chance of success when selling or letting your property with our dedicated team.

So, if you need us to take the stress out of selling or letting your property, please get in touch today.

Our services

  • Free online or in-person property valuation.
  • Exceptional marketing to help your property stand out. Choose from
  • bespoke packages, including professional photography, detailed floor
  • plans, videography, and QR codes on lettings and sales boards.
  • 24/7 access to your own My Hunters property portal, where you can track
  • upcoming viewings and review feedback.
  • A range of flexible lettings packages designed to suit landlords. Options
  • include securing tenants through to completely managing your property,
  • choose which suits you best.
  • You only pay our commission when we’ve successfully found you a buyer
  • or tenant.

Why Choose Hunters West Coast

Regular updates and greater control

Through your My Hunters portal, you can view updates as they happen and easily
manage your property details. All this means you’re never in the dark about the
progress of your sale or let.
Through the portal, you can see upcoming viewings, review feedback, change
your property details and stay up to date with offers.

Professional marketing to attract viewers

Your property needs to stand out and draw viewers. With our tailor-made
marketing packages, we help you create an ad that turns browsers into buyers.
Options include professional photography and videography, virtual tours, details
floor plans and QR codes on your signage to attract passers-by.

Reach buyers and tenants looking for a property just like yours

The more people who see your property advert, the quicker it will come off the
market. As standard, we list your property on Rightmove, Zoopla, OnTheMarket,
and our website too.
Eye-catching marketing combined with a big audience means more views.

Flexible lettings packages to suit you

Our range of lettings packages are designed to work around how you want to
manage your property.

Whether you just want us to find you a new tenant or need help completely
managing your property, we have options for you.
Not sure which package is right for you? Talk to our experienced lettings team.

Don’t pay commission until we’re successful

This means we stay motivated to help you and you get the service you pay for.

Do you know how much your property’s worth?

Get in touch with us today to make the most of our free, no-obligation property
valuation. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Free property valuation

Find out how much your property is worth.

Choose from an online valuation to get a rough overview, or we can visit your property to give you an accurate assessment.

Book a valuation today

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Why live on the West Coast?

With many places to choose from on the West Coast, it can be difficult to know which area will be the best for you. That's where Hunters can help, with local expert agents positioned across the area, we’re able to guide you on where the best places are for your needs and lifestyle. Here are three popular areas with thriving markets to consider:

Cockermouth is nestled on the western edge of the Lake District and has a
historic character.

The easiest way to get around and outside Cockermouth is with a car. The A66 runs east into the Lake District and west to Workington and the coast. The A595 goes north up to Carlisle too. Cockermouth doesn’t have a train station, and the nearest is in Penrith or Carlisle.

The birthplace of William Wordsworth, nature and history are intertwined in Cockermouth. 

Bassenthwaite Lake is less than a 20 minute drive away so you can soak up Wordsworth’s inspiration. Cockermouth castle is at the heart of the town and is a grade 1 listed building and ancient monument which is occasionally open to the public.

If shopping is more your speed, Cockermouth has plenty of high street and boutique shops peppered among restaurants and bars. For something a little different, the Lakes Distillery is a 10-minute drive (or taxi journey!) away and offers guided tours of the whisky and gin distillery. 

Cockermouth has a range of schools for kids of any age with more options in nearby towns too. 

Whitehaven has the best of both worlds. It’s a coastal town that’s just a stone’s throw away from the Lake District National Park, so you’re spoilt for choice with seaside strolls and country walks. 

Whitehaven sits off the A595 which takes you north to Carlisle or along the southern edge of the Lake District. Carlisle is just over an hour away by train and the line also runs to other major towns in the Lake District, as well as further afield to Lancaster and Manchester airport. 

If you love sailing, Whitehaven is a fantastic place to live. The harbour and marina have picturesque views out across the water and on a sunny day, there isn’t a better place to sail. Whitehaven is also home to a rum museum and extensive shop so make sure you’re not driving that day! 

Workington is a picturesque town on the west coast of Cumbria. It has a wide variety of state and private schools in the areas that cover all levels of education, so it’s a lovely town for families to settle down. 

A car is the easiest way to get around Workington, with the A595 and A66 nearby running through the Lake District and north to Carlisle. Trains run to Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness with infrequent services to Lancaster. 

Workington has all the benefits of a coastal town, but if wide open spaces are more your speed, the Lake District is a short drive away. In Workington itself there are museums, kids play centres, theatres, cinemas and plenty of shopping opportunities.

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Meet the team

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    Jill Dobie

    Sales Manager

    Jill Dobie is our Sales Manager and leads our large team of negotiators based in the Central Hub covering Carlisle and the rest of the franchised Hunters Cumbria, Lancaster, and South West Scotland operational areas. She came to us with several years of agency experience gained in sales, valuations, and lettings. Jill is from the west coast and lives with her family on the outskirts of Carlisle. Jill keeps a cool head in what can occasionally be a highly pressurised environment; she is always on hand to offer extra assurance and guidance to customers when chains get tough and when deals need to be made. To unwind outside of the fast-paced work environment, Jill enjoys spending time socially with her family and friends.

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    Marie Callow

    Lettings Manager

    Marie Callow is our Lettings Manager within the Carlisle branch and is also the Lettings team leaser for our entire Cumbria, South West Scotland, and Lancaster area. She is passionate about providing excellent customer service and taking care of landlords’ properties, investments, and tenants. She successfully instils this ethos within her team and ensures our landlord clients are kept up to date with ever changing legislation to ensure they remain compliant and within the law. Marie proudly holds MARLA and MAPIP qualified status and is qualified in lettings and property management in England and Scotland, Marie also holds the Propertymark qualification for inventory preparation. In her spare time, Marie enjoys entertaining at home and spending time with her family, particularly her young grandchildren.

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    Emma Bell

    Property Marketing Advisor

    Emma is a member of our Local Valuer team with 20 years of estate agency experience and is an accomplished property valuer and sales negotiator. She brings a wealth of knowledge of the local Carlisle and South West Scotland areas where she lives and has spent her working career. She has a really personal touch with customers and holds the CeMAP qualification in mortgage advice.

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    Kim Atkinson

    Valuer

    Kim is a Local Valuer but started out as a sales negotiator in 2005 in the busy Carlisle office. After learning the ropes by arranging viewings, negotiating offers, and all the related processes, Kim moved on to be a valuer in her local area and then managed our Penrith location. Having lived in Cumbria all her life, Kim knows the area like the back of her hand and loves helping people in all situations to do what is best for them. Kim loves nothing more than seeing a property she has listed being ‘sale’ or ‘let’ agreed knowing she has helped that customer move on, whichever way their lives are going. In her spare time Kim loves spending time with her friends and family and enjoys working out in the local gym.

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    Hazel Whitfield

    Valuer

    Hazel is a Local Valuer and started working in the estate agency back in the mid-1990s. Hazel has an unrivalled knowledge of the City’s property gained from more than 20 years of experience. She has covered all the roles in agency including sales negotiation and management, but it is as a Valuer that she gets her greatest enjoyment. She prides herself on providing good pricing advice and ensuring the customer gets the best return for their property.

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    Nicola Thompson

    Property Manager

    Nicola recently joined our lettings department as a Property Manager after many years out in the field valuing residential properties. She began her estate agency career with the company back in 2007. Initially working as a sales negotiator, she has pretty much covered all the roles in the business and now she has become an integral part of our lettings team. Nicola says the reason she loves her job is the reward she gets from assisting Landlords and tenants whatever the circumstances. In her spare time, Nicola loves spending time with her young family and has a passion for fitness and the outdoors.

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    Amy Swailes

    Sales and Lettings Negotiator

    Amy is a Senior Sales and Lettings Negotiator that joined the business in 2017 and quickly established herself as one of our most successful negotiators. Amy came from a customer facing background in the travel industry and her transferable skills shone through. She lives with her young family in Carlisle and this helps her connect with buyers and lead to them to most suitable properties. Amy prides herself on delivering a friendly and professional customer experience.

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    Amy Ostridge

    Sales and Lettings Negotiator

    Amy Ostridge is a Sales and Lettings Negotiator that joined Carlisle the team in 2016. Amy has built up lots of experience in the last few years working as a negotiator in the local area. She has a hugely personable nature and quickly builds rapport and trust with customers. Amy is highly organised and efficient which has led her to take charge of our complicated staffing rotas which is no small feat! Outside of work Amy enjoys spending time socially with her family and friends and eating out.

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    Paula Elliot

    Property Manager

    Paula joined our lettings team as a Property Manager in 2017. She has a demanding role where she is responsible for all aspects of lettings and property management including dealing with applications, referencing, arranging tenancies, arrears management, renewals, and property maintenance. Paula works hard for our landlords by remaining diligent and taking care to deliver the highest standard of protection for their properties while also looking out for the welfare of our tenants. In her free time, Paula enjoys spending time socially with her family and friends.

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    Danielle Atkins

    Property Manager

    Danielle is a Property Manager in our lettings operation based at our Central Hub where she plays an important role within our lettings and property management team; Danielle deals with tenancy applications, client referencing, arranging tenancies and renewals, arrears management, and maintenance and repairs for our rental properties and always provides a friendly, first class service to landlords and tenants. When not in work, Danielle loves spending time with her young daughter and enjoys singing and entertaining at local pubs and restaurants.

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    Alan Bell

    Negotiator

    Alan Bell is our Senior Negotiator who joined the team in 2016 as a career change from a hospitality background. His eye for detail and innate ability to ensure smooth communication between all parties has seen him quickly rise to this senior role. Alan grew up in South West Scotland so has a comprehensive knowledge of the places and people that make Dumfries and the surrounding area so unique. In his spare time, Alan loves to travel, he intends to travel the world one holiday at a time.

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    Rhys Benson

    Negotiator

    Rhys Benson is the Senior Sales and Lettings Negotiator. Rhys joined the business in 2016 and very quickly stood out as one of our top sales negotiators. He became a senior negotiator in 2018 and has specialised in the Workington and West Coast area for all this time. He has a great knowledge of the area and prides himself on his customer service. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his young family and watching his football team, Carlisle United.

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    Nicola Nunn

    Sales and Lettings Negotiator

    Nicola Nunn is our Sales and Lettings Negotiator specialising in Whitehaven and is based at our Central Hub. As a member of the Hunters West Coast team she joined us in 2018 from the retail sector and has brought passion to deliver a positive and professional customer experience. During her free time Nicola enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

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    Philo Acton

    Negotiator

    Philo joined us in 2015 as a Negotiator and her Fijian charm has made her a popular team member with colleagues and customers alike. Philo has a distinct and varied background in sales, not only here in Cumbria but also in her home country of Fiji. Her enthusiasm for her job never fails to impress and she goes above and beyond to achieve the best results for her customers. Philo enjoys spending time with her extended family all over the UK and will often be in a different city every weekend with her 3 children.

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    Stephen Goodwin

    Accompanied Viewer

    Stephen is an experienced, trustworthy, and effective Accompanied Viewer. Stephen has enjoyed showing buyers around our customers’ houses since 2014 and is undoubtedly our busiest viewer working at our busy Carlisle office. Stephen covers the entire city and the surrounding areas from Wigton to Brampton. Stephen has lived and worked locally all his life so has become very familiar with the property market, trends, and the local geography.

Local area guide

Cockermouth 

The Town

Cockermouth is a popular town that lies 25 miles south east of Carlisle, and 30 miles west of Penrith where the M6 motorway can be picked up. The town’s main street is full of local shops selling everything from fresh fish to toys, ladies’ clothes to ironmongery. The town is very well provisioned with well-known high street names and smaller independent shops for the more specialised goods and discerning customers. ‘Taste Cumbria’ food festival events are hosted in Cockermouth a couple of times a year; this brings trade and visitors to the town as well as providing a lovely community event.

Attractions

Our agents love this picturesque town that is steeped in history and packed with things to see and do. Cockermouth Castle is well worth a visit; it is believed that Mary Queen of Scots visited here while fleeing her home in Scotland and heading South. William Wordsworth, the poet, and Fletcher Christian, the infamous mutineer on Captain Bligh’s ‘Bounty’ were both born in the local area, and the town market that hosts craft and continental markets is known to pre-date 1221.

Activities

For the active residents of Cockermouth, the town offers a leisure centre and a local Golf Course at Embleton that was designed by James Braid, and The Reivers Cycle route passes through the town as part of its 150-mile route through the lakes and borders. Harris Park is located in the town and has tennis courts, a bowling green, a children’s activity play area, and many lovely terraces to wander along taking in the views of the town. Highfield Sports ground on the outskirts of the town provides good quality space for amateur football and rugby.

The town sits on two rivers, the Derwent and the Cocker, and although the area has suffered from flooding in the past, much preventative work and investment have been provided to prevent this from occurring in the future.

Schools

Cockermouth School offers secondary and sixth form provision and is rated one of the best schools in the locality, making Cockermouth popular with families wishing to live within the catchment area. There is also a choice of state primary schools offering a good standard of education.

Surrounding Areas

Keswick, located 14 miles from Cockermouth, is a popular market town in the northern part of the Lake District National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the home of the only actual lake in the Lake District, Bassenthwaite, all the rest are meres or waters, it also sits on the banks of Derwentwater. Towering nearby are some of the largest mountains in England, known locally as fells, including Helvellyn and Skiddaw, making the area incredibly popular with walkers who return time and time again, often eventually deciding to settle here.

The Keswick Adventure Centre is the perfect place to go ghyll scrambling, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, paddle boarding, and canyoning, or perhaps whiling away the hours with a wander through the town centre taking in a little bit of retail therapy and a rest at one of the many restaurants, cafes, bars, and pubs. Unsurprisingly, tourism is the largest industry and employer in the town and surrounding areas.

Another popular location in our area is Aspatria, a small town to the north west of Cockermouth and close to the coast. Aspatria is more industrial than the other neighbouring towns and has more of a focus on a farming and agricultural economy. Split down the middle by the A596, which is one of the major trunk roads linking Carlisle with the west, it is an ideal place for anyone looking to commute to Carlisle, Keswick, or the Cockermouth area. There is a real feeling of community here and locals tend not to move away.

Property Market

The Cockermouth and North Lakes housing market is very diverse with everything from starter homes to retirement homes, and family homes to second homes. Cockermouth itself is popular with local house buyers raising their families and working either on the west coast, Carlisle, or in the tourism industry within the Lake District National Park. Towards Keswick and the surrounding villages within the national park, there is a noticeable rise in selling and rental prices as ‘home hunters’ seek to live in one of the UK’s most beautiful destinations. 

Whitehaven 

The Town

Whitehaven is a thriving Georgian town conveniently situated less than 40 miles south west of Carlisle, 45 miles north of Barrow in Furness, adjacent to the Lake District National Parks, and is on the splendid Cumbrian heritage coast, which is often also referred to as ‘Britain’s Energy Coast’ due to the high number of innovative and sustainable energy initiatives located offshore and on the coastline.

History

The most famous landmark in Whitehaven is the harbour, this provides a focal point for the town and has benefitted from heavy investment and an extensive programme of renovation in recent years. The harbour was a large part of the Whitehaven economy back in the 18th century as it was a hub for the import of tobacco, sugar, alcohol, and shamefully even slaves- around the same time (circa 1730) Whitehaven had the deepest coal mines globally so the harbour was used extensively for exporting coal. Whitehaven’s rich trading history during the era of the British Empire is documented in the Beacon Museum located at the harbour, and at The Rum Story visitors centre on Lowther Street.

Local Life

Whitehaven is well serviced with a local market, a good range of independent  shops and big high street names, there is also a local library, a choice of restaurants covering most cuisines, cosy pubs, swimming baths, an established 18 hole championship course at Whitehaven Golf Club, a sports academy and centre, a theatre, and a civic hall which regularly stages live entertainment.

Transport

Rail network and road connections are very good in the area, Carlisle is just over an hour away by train and driving takes around an hour to make the 38 mile trip. This makes Whitehaven an ideal location for those wishing to commute to work and enjoy all the benefits of living near the beautiful Lake District National Park and the coast.

Whitehaven is also a stop on the scenic Cumbrian Coastline train service that runs from Barrow in Furness to Carlisle; a wonderful way to see the lake district fells, picturesque villages, rugged countryside and the coastline… perfect for business or leisure.

Keen cyclists can easily access the ‘Coast to Coast’ cycle route which passes through nearby Ennerdale, towards the Lake District, then passing on to the North Pennines area.

Another famous attraction is the Ravenglass to Eskdale Railway, known locally as La’al Ratty, this steam train service runs the 7 mile line to take in wonderful views. The line was originally used to take hematite iron ore from the mines around Boot in the Eskdale Valley to Ravenglass and was the first narrow gauge railway in England that was used to provide a public passenger service.

Schools

The area is well provisioned for families as there are many infant and junior schools in the area and a good choice of secondary schools, such as St Benedict’s Catholic High School, West Lakes Academy, and The Whitehaven Academy. Along the coast from Whitehaven is the village of St Bees which has a wonderful beach and is home to one of the country’s premier private schools.

Property Market

The Highlands and Hillcrest areas are particularly popular with families due to the proximity to amenities and schools. Throughout Whitehaven, there are lots of opportunities where investors can strengthen their rental portfolio, as due to the relative affordability of local property, this market provides excellent yields.

Workington 

The Town

Workington is a historic market town located at the mouth of the River Derwent on the Solway Coast, and yet so close to the Northern Lake District for a real taste of the best of both worlds. You can spend time at the seaside or for the walkers among us, a short drive takes you to the beautiful, yet challenging, Lakeland Fells.

History

Some parts of Workington date back to Roman times and our fascinating history can be explored by a visit to the Senhouse Roman Museum just a stone’s throw away along the coast in Maryport.

Workington’s industrial heritage was reliant on iron and steel manufacture, and coal mining which has since gone into decline. However, the town is immensely proud of its industrial heritage and there are echoes of this past dotted about this bustling town. There is also a splendid 14-acre town centre park called Vulcan’s Park which has family fun days during the warmer months and a cenotaph honouring our fallen soldiers.

Attractions 

Sitting in the heart of the town centre is Curwen Hall, formerly a grand manor house elevated above the River Derwent with its wooded grounds. Previously owned by the Curwen family and now a much visited ruin, Curwen Hall gave refuge to a fleeing Mary Queen of Scots as she escaped from Scotland.

Amenities 

Workington is the main shopping centre for the West Cumbria area with a variety of local independent and major high street retailers, there are lots of eateries, bars, pubs and two busy theatres offering a diverse choice of music and drama.

Events

Workington has an annual tradition every Easter of an “Uppies and Downies” match. This is a mediaeval version of football but has a distinct similarity to rugby. Depending on where you live in Workington, you are either an ‘Uppie’ or a ‘Downie’. The game is played with a small leather ball which has to be hailed (thrown into the air) three times at the opposition’s goal. There is no pitch and the game is pure rough and tumble, it is played over several nights and each team can have around a thousand players.

Transport

Workington is a bustling industrial town with convenient transport links to the Lake District towns and to the City of Carlisle.

Education 

There is plenty of choice for primary schools and two major secondary schools in the town centre, St Joseph’s RC High School and Workington Academy. As Workington is part of the Energy Coast, we are proud to have the Energy Coast University Technical College in the town specialising in the trades required in the local area.

Surrounding Areas

Workington is steeped in history and there are some fascinating period properties on the edge of the town centre. The local village of Seaton which is one of the largest villages in England, has its own primary schools and local amenities which makes it very popular with families and couples. Ashfield and Stainburn are popular suburbs of Workington due to the handy local primary schools and short walking distance into town. Further east are the villages of Great Clifton, Little Clifton, and Bridgefoot. Heading west takes you to the coastal village of Harrington with its own harbour and seaside, adjacent to here is High Harrington with lots of family friendly residential areas and a little further still lies Distington and the more rural village of Gilgarran.

Maryport

The Town 

Maryport is a modern town known for its maritime connections and its picturesque harbour and promenade, offering views over the Solway Firth and across to Scotland. This pleasant town sits just outside of the Lake District, surrounding you with stunning displays of the great outdoors. 

History 

The town was created as a result of the coal mining trade in the early 18th century thanks to the patronage of Humphrey Senhouse. Named after his wife, Maryport expanded quickly with the investment into cobbled Fleming Square and elegant Georgian architecture. Naturally, as the town has a port, the maritime and trade industries have always been present. Maryport first started as a fishing village before Senhouse invested, it then relied on the shipbuilding industry moving into the 20th century. 

Local Life 

As well as the harbour, the town has much to offer in terms of local life. In the town centre, you will find a range of independent shops, cafes, BnBs and pubs. If you want to celebrate local artists, then head down to B Baker Art where you can find the work of local artist Barry Baker showcased. 

The Lake District Coast Aquarium is located in Maryport offering a glimpse at the native species that can be found off the Shores of Allerdale. A great day out for the whole family, it also has an adventure playground and mini-golf course. 

Transport 

Maryport has its own train station on the Northern Rail Carlisle -Barrow line. You’ll be able to reach Carlisle in just over 40minutes, Workington in around 10 minutes and Whitehaven in just over 30 minutes. 

The town also has great bus links to nearby towns including buses to Thornhill via Workington and direct buses to Cockermouth. If you’d prefer to take the bus route to Carlisle, there is also a service that can get you there. 

By car, the Lake District National Park is just 45miles away, taking approximately an hour to get to the heart of it via the A66. Keswick is only 21 miles away and takes around 30mins by car to get there if you take the A594 and then the A66.

Surrounding Areas

With brilliant transport links it’s easy to get to surrounding areas from Maryport. Workington is one of the closest neighbouring towns just 5 miles Northeast. Cockermouth is approximately 6miles from the town and Whitehaven around 12 miles away. 

The edge of the Lake District is just up the road with only a short car journey to the exciting town of Keswick, opening the doors for you to explore the rest of the beautiful district at your leisure.

Graeme MacLeod - Franchise Partner

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