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Shepherds Cottage

Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1138585)


Lakelovers rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Review(s)

  • Bob

    “I'm pleased to review this property well.”

    My wife and I both agree a great place to stay and we both had a very relaxing time there.

    My wife and I both agree a great place to stay and we both had a very relaxing time there.

    - Bob, May 2024


  • Single storey
  • Two double bedrooms
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher
  • Smart TV with Freeview, Bluetooth speaker, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen, towels, robes and slippers inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Two patios with furniture, barbecue and charcoal and private hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.7 miles, lake 1.2 miles
  • Note: Laundry facilities available through owner
  • Note: The cottage is on a working livestock farm
  • Note: The Hot Tub is drained, cleaned and refilled between each set of guests so this may take some time to heat up on day of arrival
  • Note: Fishing license required for lake fishing

The property

This single-storey barn conversion is situated on a working livestock farm, just under a mile from the picturesque village of Hawkshead and six miles from Ambleside. With spectacular views over the fields to the pretty Esthwaite Water, Shepherds Cottage is a firm favourite for couples or families at any time of the year. Enter this welcoming cottage and you will find a real gem as you discover the light and airy open-plan living area, which has feature beams and a delightful sitting area with tasteful leather sofas, alongside a contemporary kitchen. Single-storey, Shepherds Cottage is just a short stroll at bedtime to reach the two bedrooms and the opulent shower room, where you will find many extra touches such as robes, slippers and toiletries, which have been generously supplied by the owner to ensure that your stay is nothing less than perfect. Outside, at the rear of the cottage, is a lovely patio area with your very own private hot tub, perfect for relaxing after a hard day's walking, whilst at the front is another patio which boasts fantastic views down to Esthwaite Water; an ideal spot to sit back and enjoy the peaceful and tranquil landscape. Esthwaite Water has been known to be frequented by osprey that have no doubt been attracted by the pike and trout in the lake, as are fishermen who can fish on the lake by arrangement with the owner. Just a short stroll will take you into the charming village of Hawkshead with its colourful mix of quaint, cobbled yards, whitewashed cottages and interesting shops and cafes to explore. The Grizedale Forest is on the doorstep and the Visitor Centre with the tree top adventure course a stone’s throw away. With beautiful paths right from the door leading you through Hawkshead towards Tarn Hows and the delightful Drunken Duck pub, Shepherds Cottage will be delightful at any time of year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £70.

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About the location


Ambleside 5.1 miles; Kendal 17.4 miles.

The picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Visitors can wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute