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Shepherd's Cottage

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

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Rating 

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

  • View on map


  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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* Based on a combined average customer score over the last 3 months

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30 Customer Review(s)

  • “We had a wonderful time and will return soon.”

    A good location for walking without taking the car out. Also Hawkshead is great to pick up food items for walking as well as having some nice pubs at the end.

    A good location for walking without taking the car out. Also Hawkshead is great to pick up food items for walking as well as having some nice pubs at the end.

    - Mrs Bayliss, May 2019

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: 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
  • 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.

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About the location


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:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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