Ref-000325 Penrith, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, Sleeps 6

Front of the cottage overlooking the garden


  • Sleeps 6- 2 C King & 1 X Twin
  • Fantastic Walks From The Doorstep
  • Storage For Bikes
  • Open Air Swimming Pool In Village ( May To Sept Only )
  • Garden & Patio With Gas Bbq
  • Short Walk To The Village Pub
  • Games Room With Cinema And Wii
  • 5 Minute Walk To The Lake District National Park


  • Child Friendly
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Baby Friendly
  • Parking
  • Rural Location
  • Garden


Built in 1877 this holiday cottage is a beautiful family home from home, cosy and comfortable, large enough for couples and families alike. It's a remote hideaway of peace and quiet on the eastern edge of The Lake District National Park.

Superbly well equipped and set within a mile of the village of Shop amidst the picturesque rolling countryside of the Eden Valley, you'll find it an ideal base, as the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales are only minutes away. We will have a welcome tray waiting for you consisting of local walks and plenty to do nearby.

The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen containing a fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, TV washing machine and dryer. As you walk through to the lounge you will find sumptuous furnishings, a 32inch LCD TV, freeview, Wi-Fi and DVD player for your entertainment. For the families you will be pleased with our games room that supplies board games, books, toys and a home cinema for a wonderful holiday.

There are 2 double rooms each with a king size bed you will not want to get out of. The rooms consist of Egyptian cotton bedding, slippers, towels, a wardrobe, chest of drawers and 2 bedside cabinets with a lamp. The third bedroom is a twin with 2 single beds, 2 wardrobes, 1 chest of drawers and 2 bedside cabinets with a lamp.

It has 1 bathroom with a toilet, washbasin, bath and separate shower cubicle. A bath towel and hand towel are provided for each guest.

Come and sit and enjoy the enclosed garden & patio with BBQ knowing your family are safe, it's a real sun trap and wonderful for eating alfresco. In the evening why not walk to one of the village pubs, for terrific home cooked food by roaring log fires. Nearby there is also a well stocked shop, newsagents, outdoor swimming pool, children's play area and tennis courts, a perfect base to explore the lakes.

If you fancy travelling on two wheels or off land, we have secure storage for bikes and canoes. We also have space for parking two cars.

Please let us know whether you would like us to provide you with a cot or high chair.

Sorry no smoking or pets.


Location on google maps

The holiday cottage is 5 minutes walk from The Lake District National Park on the outskirts of the small village of Shap which consists of two long lines of limestone built houses, many dating from the 18th century. There a is The area is possibly the quietest part of the National Park with access to the deserted fells and mountains that mean you can find peace and quiet that is missing from the central lakes yet still be able to get to Windermere, Keswick, Ambelside etc with a short drive.

The village - an easy walk - has all you will need for your stay with 4 pubs, a small super market, newsagents, butcher, coffee shop, post office, play areas and swimming pool. Many of our guests have not used thier car all week spending the days reading in the garden, walking the fells and returning to BBQ on the patio.

The area around Shap was extensively settled in Neolithic times, and there are several stone circles, and other standing stones nearby. Shap itself was built on the site of a 2 mile long Neolithic stone avenue which had at its mid point a 400m diameter stone circle which is very close to the holiday cottage. 

Modern day Shap is situated on the very edge of the Lake District National Park and its a short walk from the cottage to the river which runs along the eastern edge of the park. This is a great place for a picnic and children can spend many hours playing on the stepping stones over the river and fishing with the nets and buckets provided at the cottage. We even supply some large towels for when they fall in the river!!

Open Air Heated Swimming Pool

The  open air swimming pool which is the highest in England and open from mid May to the end of August - this is within walking distance of the cottage and we supply towels to be used at the pool.

Shap Summit, about 2¼ miles south of the former Shap station, is the highest point on the West Coast main railway line from London to Glasgow, at 914ft above sea level. Shap summit on the A6 is about 1350 feet above sea level, and in a small layby is a memorial 'to the drivers and crew of vehicles that made possible the social and commercial links between north and south on the old and the difficult route over Shap Fell'. Shap is very popular with railway enthusiasts who come to watch the steam trains which regularly pass through the village.

Nearby is Haweswater, a man-made lake, built to supply water to Manchester. It is probably best remembered for when the water level drops and the flooded village of Mardale is again accessible to walkers, bringing back memories and creating a tremendous visitor attraction. It is a beautiful valley well worth seeing even when full, the walk round Haweswater is about 10 miles on part of the Coast to Coast footpath with a stop at the Haweswater Hotel for afternoon tea a must. You may also be luckey enough to see the only Golden Eagle in Britain which lives on the crags above the lake. You can also walk or cycle the 6 miles to Haweswater along the old concrete road that was built to transport building materials in the 1930's.

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