What's Happening in West Cumbria?

As active community members we like to keep you abreast of anything going on in the Cumbria area, and, of course, keep you updated on all things property! Have a read of our news here...

Grisdales It’s official – Grisdales Estate Agents is one of the very best Estate Agents in the country!

WE WON! Our Whitehaven & Cockermouth offices were presented with an official excellence rating in sales and letting at BEAG [...]

11 Nov 2021 Full article

Sales BLACK FRIDAY | Bargain and Cheap Houses for Sale in West Cumbria

Looking for a property bargain this Black Friday? We've rounded up the best cheap houses for sale and bargain properties [...]

17 Nov 2021 Full article


6 bedroom Investment for sale

The Banks, Seascale

In the spotlight with


Meet the boss!


RACHEL RITSON Managing Director

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Rachel Ritson MD of Grisdales Estate Agents talks to journalist Christopher Watkin Find out about the bossWATCH OR READ ALL ABOUT RACHEL’S JOURNEY HERE

Rachel best describes her role as being the captain of the ship!  She makes sure the company is heading in the right direction, at the right speed and adjusting the coordinates as and when necessary.  Responsible for the strategy and direction of the company, day to day work involves ensuring our people, systems and brand are working cohesively and aligned with our culture and company values of passion, honesty, expertise, consideration and potential.  Her main priority is to ensure the whole team are engaged and enjoying their work… a happy team means happy customers.

Prior to joining Grisdales, Rachel had her own business working for a number of local companies, providing accounts and management information and before moving to West Cumbria almost 25 years ago, Rachel worked for the international company Dupont.

Rachel joined Grisdales over 20 years ago and as the business grew so did her responsibilities. Over the years her day to day became heavily estate agency orientated and by the end of 2014 Rachel was solely managing the business, before becoming full owner of the company in 2016. 

 Rachel is a member of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents and continues to develop her knowledge and skills with a number of qualifications in Business Management.  Having carried out the Women in Cumbria Taking The Lead programme, alongside a Level 4 qualification in Business Management, Rachel loves learning and has been a member of The Property Academy since 2013, this included being part of the highly esteemed Leadership Summit programme – Leadership Summit

Having three children, three step children, and two grandchildren with one on the way, Rachel has a busy home life and loves nothing more than family get togethers.  Keeping fit and healthy are also a passion with running and walking the fells, on the agenda most weekends… and of course there’s always time to chill out and relax with husband Neil!


4 bedroom House - Terraced for sale

St. Helens Street, Cockermouth

Grisdales, Our Community WE DID IT! Our Big Walk – 2021 Challenge

We've SMASHED our 2021 challenge! In this final blog update, we look back on Team Grisdales journey on our big [...]

8 Sep 2021 Full article
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Meet Laura!


LAURA WEIR Property Marketing Manager

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Laura is responsible for visiting new properties to give vendors advice on marketing their homes. She also places new homes on the market; including taking photographs and measurements and drafting brochures.  She is responsible for reviewing property marketing progress and securing price reductions where appropriate. What’s more; she draws up probate and landlord valuation reports, is occasional cover for the front office negotiating team and she also attends the sales steering committee meetings.

Laura has been with Grisdales for several years in many roles and has enjoyed all she has done. She started her career in banking, but was also a dental receptionist for ten years – so her career history is varied! She has a Level 3 ILM (Institute of Learning and Management) in Management and is a people person – dealing with people is what she does best!

Laura has lived in Workington for almost five years, she has two grown up children and two grandsons, all whom she enjoys spending time with! For Laura, nothing beats running around Whinlatter Forest with small children (releasing your inner child!). She also loves socialising, restaurants, cooking, city breaks at the weekend and she loves holidays (the hotter and sunnier the better!) Laura also loves visiting the South of England where the rest of her family live. Since she was 20, she has had approximately 30 different homes, so we think she is well qualified for her job!

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Meet Lesley!


LESLEY DALY Property Marketing Manager

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Lesley joined Grisdales in 2017 as their Weekend Receptionist after she had taken short break from work following the birth of her little girl Ella. Lesley progressed on to Letting Negotiator taking a full time position and is now the Property Marketing Manager covering Whitehaven, Workington and surrounding areas.

Lesley has always worked in a customer service and sales roles, spending her previous 5 years as a Client Services Advisor progressing to a Client Accountant.

She lives in Whitehaven with her partner Andrew, her daughter Ella Amelia-Lilly and at weekends her stepdaughter Emma Louise

Some of our Wonderful Thank Yous

Without our amazing customers, we wouldn't be here. It delights us when we read some of the wonderful words written in reviews, thank you cards, on social media and email, saying how thankful people are for the service received. It is always our aim to give 110%. Thank you.