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Shepherd's Cottage

Hawkshead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 920478)

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    • “Brilliant place to stay”
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    • “Handy for the Village (10 min walk) Very comfortable self catering cottage with fabulous views. Friendly owners with the Lady of the farm willing to provide evening meals and breakfast with advanced orders. The breakfast was excellent.”

    Alan H, December 2017

    • “Shepherds Cottage was exactly as described. It was clean, cosy and had lovely extra touches eg welcome food and drink, dressing gowns etc. We spent a lot of time in the hot tub and extra towels etc were supplied on request. This is the first time we have used Sykes Cottages but will do so again.”

    Mr Leach, Sheffield, December 2018

    • “Me and my boyfriend stayed here for a few days last week and it was amazing! We are both farmers so wanted a break away where we didn’t feel out of place. The cottage is beautiful and extremely comfortable! We ate out most days but the kitchen was very well equipped with everything you may need, there was even loacally produced milk in the fridge that was a lovely touch! I would definitely recommend staying here and hopefully we’ll stay here again before too long! It was just the break we needed I’m so glad we picked to stay here. Location is also fab as there were plenty of pubs and cafes to chose from aswell as being close to Windermere. Thank you for a fabulous stay!”

    Miss Mogford, Neath, November 2018

    • “Lovely cottage …… in fact we have booked it again !! Walking from the cottage door and Lisa was super helpful with the two things we had forgotten - how to work the electric heaters and hot water bottles for my Mums bed . Thank you Lisa and Mike see you in 2020...…. oh and 2019 in the B+B side of things . Regards Hazel”

    Ms Caldwell, Lockerbie, October 2018

    • “great location to Hawkshead with the footpath very handy.”

    Mrs Streatfield, Wrexham, October 2018

    • “Warm and cosy cottage in a beautiful spot. Fantastic trees to look out on as well as the lake. Hawkshead an easy walk by road or if you prefer an easy track. Very accessible to other parts of the southern lakes. A great place to stay.”

    Miss Hines, Dereham, October 2018

    • “Everything was thought of and more. I had originally booked a week in May but had to change it the day before due to a family bereavement. Lisa was very understanding and agreed to move it to September. The cottage was very roomy for two and would still accommodate four comfortably. The views of Esthwaite every morning were perfect and changed daily, we had breakfast outside on a couple of days. The kitchen was very well equipped and the bedroom cupboards contained ironing board, clothes horse, hairdriers, and there were toiletries in the bathroom. We didn't need to see Lisa much but she was very helpful by text beforehand and in person. I have recommended the cottage to several friends already and my grown-up girls want to stay there next year. I stayed at Howe Farm over 10 years ago on business, loved it then, and remembered they had a cottage, so booked and have had such a relaxing holiday. The area is lovely, not as busy as other lakeland centres which was perfect, plenty to see in Hawkshead too - we ate at the Queens Head on three evenings, and Tower Bank Arms, in Near Sawrey for a couple of lunches and would highly recommend them both. A great base from which to explore a very beautiful part of the country.”

    Mrs Chesters, Okehampton, September 2018

    • “What a glorious little gem this cottage is. Beautifully appointed in a fantastic location. Our hosts could not have been more welcoming. Delicious milk, delightful animals, an amazing hot tub! All our needs were catered for, even reading materials. We shall certainly be returning. Thank you.”

    Mr Frear, Malton, August 2018

    • “Beautiful peaceful place. We felt very at home and didn’t want to leave. Was lovely waking up to grazing cows and sheep and the scenery was breathtaking. The cottage was very cosy and well equipped. Hawkshead village was only a short walk through the fields on the lovely footpaths. The hot tub was really good and effective. Best holiday ever!”

    Mrs Raguet, August 2018

    • “Only gripe was chairs were to low for both of us bearing mind I am 6ft 4inches tall and my wife 5ft 2inches so good range.”

    Mr Davidson, Altrincham, August 2018

    • “We had a fabulous holiday and would highly recommend this cottage to others. The views from the cottage were beautiful and the cottage itself was very well equipped and the provision of bath robes and slippers was very welcome after a session in the hot tub. The hosts Mike and Lisa were very welcoming and one of the highlights of our stay was the birth of baby calves who were put in the field outside of the cottage. We spent a lot of time just watching them interact. Hawkshead itself is less than a 10 minute walk from the cottage and has 4 very nice pubs plus cafes and shops and is very picturesque. We will be returning”

    Mr Lambert, Peterlee, July 2018

    • “Sykes were extremely professional and easy to book the holiday through.shepherds cottage was excellent as was the owner.would definitely recommend Sykes and shepherds cottage to anyone thinking of visiting the lakes.great location.”

    Mr Gray, Leicester, July 2018

    • “Our second visit to shepherd's cottage. Absolutely lovely cottage ...great location and facilities....everything you require for a comfortable and homely stay. Added bonus...the hot tub !!”

    Mrs Buchan, Westhill, June 2018

    • “Beautiful cottage in a beautiful place”

    Mr Taylor, Immingham, June 2018

    • “Lovely cottage, lovely helpful owners, perfect location.”

    Mr Scrutton, Godalming, May 2018

    • “FAB accommodation, hosts very welcoming. Beautiful part of the country, walkable into Hawkshead as the cottage is probably less than a mile. Cafes, restaurants and pubs there as well as specialty shops and a small supermarket. Loads of activities and villages and towns within 20 mins drive, idyllic holiday. We loved it.”

    Mrs Rae, Musselburgh, May 2018

    • “Fantastic location on a working farm and a short walk from Hawkshead. Property very clean and well equipped. Property owners very helpful.”

    Mr Jenkins, Cheadle, May 2018

    • “We had a fabulous time at shepherds cottage. Amazing views and perfect location on footpath to Hawkshead. Cottage is lovely inside and lots of nice extra touches. Hot tub every evening helped relax after a days walking. Would definitely recommend.”

    Mrs Henshaw, Exeter, April 2018

    • “Excellent accommodation, very clean and tidy, well equipped kitchen and lovely bedding and towels. The main bedroom is a little on the small side...the wardrobe door doesn't open fully because the bed gets in the way but that's a minor niggle. The hot tub was a real treat and towelling robes and slippers are provided. The location is very peaceful with wonderful views. When choosing this cottage you should be aware that it is part of a working farm so there are animals, tractors and smells! We enjoyed the experience (baby lambs in the field at the front) and would highly recommend the property.”

    Miss Tindale, Malton, April 2018

    • “We had a lovely relaxing break at the Shepherds cottage. The location, scenery and special little touches made it even more wonderful! Thanks for a lovely weekend.”

    Miss Sanders, Birmingham, March 2018

    • “The cottage was ideally placed in a very picturesque setting, within walking distance of Hawkshead. The owners were very friendly and accomodating, we would consider returning. We didn't take advantage of the home cooked meals or breakfasts but would do this probably next time. A lovely time had by all of us. The only downside was that the cottage was a little cold at times before the timed heating came on.”

    Mrs Green, Sleaford, December 2017

    • “Cottage and owners were lovely and would definitely consider staying there again”

    Mr Cottam, Romford, August 2017

    • “Beautiful location very well equipped cosy cottage. The hot tub was an added bonus and the owners were extremely friendly. It was great being able to walk into Hawkshead which had all the amenities you would need.”

    Mrs Barker, Dronfield, June 2017

    • “The holiday cottage was amazing and the proprietors were lovely people and very helpful.”

    Mrs Suckling, CRAWLEY, May 2017

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

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The Property

Shepherd's Cottage is a semi-detached barn conversion located on a working livestock farm, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Nestled just outside of Hawkshead, overlooking the peaceful Esthwaite Water, this charming cottage offers a refreshing experience. It appeals to couples, friends and families alike, with year-round attractions nearby to be enjoyed by all ages. Set all on ground floor, you will feel welcomed from the moment you arrive by the bright and airy interior. Hosting bundles of character, the open-plan living room is uplifted by exposed beams, creating a frame around the plush sofas and sleek kitchen fixtures. Gather around the dining table for a tasty home cooked meal before winding down with an evening in front of the fire. When the night draws to an end, the bedrooms are close by, followed by a contemporary shower room. Find cosy robes, slippers and toiletries, which have been thoughtfully provided by the owner, making your stay as comfortable as possible. At the rear of the cottage, is a sunny patio with your very own luxurious hot tub, promoting chilled evenings after long walks around Lake Windermere. To the front of the cottage is an additional patio with spectacular views down to Esthwaite Water. A lovely stroll away are all the amenities of Hawkshead village with its mix of cobbled yards, whitewashed cottages, shops, cafes and pubs to explore. Grizedale Forest is on the doorstep with mountain biking and walking, as well as Go Ape adventure park. There are beautiful paths right from the doorstep taking you towards Tarn Hows and the delightful Drunken Duck pub, and Hill Top rests nearby at Near Sawrey. This is where Beatrix Potter once lived and where you can discover her beautiful collections and walk the stunning grounds. This charm-filled retreat can be enjoyed the year-round.


All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request). Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.


  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, 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, BBQ & Charcoal and private hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 12 mins walk
  • Note: Evening meals and laundry facilities available through owner
  • Note: The cottage is on a working livestock farm and the owner also has a B&B
  • Note: Fishing licence required for lake fishing
  • Note: Please contact the owner at least 7 days in advance of your stay if you wish for the beds in the twin room to be made up as a super king-size double.

Regional Information

HAWKSHEAD Ambleside 4 miles; Kendal 24 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:

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