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Kidsty Cottage

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Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely small, cosy cottage."

    Very clean but furniture (especially settees) could do with being updated. Loved the fire which made the winter evenings very cosy. Great location for exploring the lake district nearby, lots of great walks straight from the cottage and closeby to Windermere. We tried the few pubs and chippy in the village which were a great help after a long days walk. Would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Aimee4.4Feb 2024

  • "Nice cottage,nice village"

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely cottage nice and comfortable."

    Owner even checked we were ok as 2 huge storms hit when we were there. Can not fault the cottage we will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jan 2024

  • "We had a very comfortable and cosy stay at your cottage."

    The log burner was fantastic but in all honesty we didn’t really need to put it on, the radiators that were on timer kept the whole cottage warm. The feedback I could suggest and this is not a criticism was there was no outside bucket for rubbish, when going away we left black bin-liner of rubbish outside of back door. Dorothy.

    Reviewed by Dorothy4.7Dec 2023

  • "Kidsty cottage is perfect for visiting North Yorkshire and Cumbria."

    It was clean, cosy and warm without lighting the wood burner and we would have no hesitation in staying there again. It’s obviously a very old building and a note of its history would have been nice. Just a small point is that it would have been good to having a few more drinking glasses. We had to buy a couple for our water!

    Reviewed by Janice4.7Oct 2023

  • "Well, after reading previous reviews, I was a bit apprehensive."

    Didn't need to worry as the cottage was clean and tidy on our arrival. Furniture was perfect for a holiday let. Bed was hard but then I'm like the princess and the pea where beds are concerned. Duvet was soo cosy too. The icing on the cake though was the log burner. It added to the cosiness of the cottage. Booking for march as we speak.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, ideal for a couple and a dog."

    Very comfortable, we enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Maurice5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is the fourth time we have booked through Sykes and we have never been disappointed in the past."

    However, the Kidsty Cottage was disappointing from the point of view that it could have benefited from some TLC. Whilst the cottage was clean, it was 'tired' in places: As we entered the cottage, there was a pile of post for the owner; the furniture in the lounge/diner appeared to have been purchased from a charity shop - which in itself is not an issue - however more thought should have been taken when purchasing the furniture; the parking space to the rear of the property (yard) was full of weeds and overgrown grass. This was all probably reflected in the price. We shall continue to holiday with Sykes we have never been disappointed in the past.

    Reviewed by Mandy3.1Sep 2023

  • "I contacted the owner as the walls in the bedroom were damp from rain,so probably problems with roof,the hover was battered and broken,we had to remove plug from shower as water was rising and the muck and hair we removed was unbelievable,it solved the problem,cleaning wise was bad,cooker trays full of grease,toaster full of crumbs."

    The main road was noisy.But not very well maintained.If it was my cottage I'd be looking for a better cleaner.She also left washing to be done in washing machine,towels and bath mat.washing was left hanging in spare room to,drying,I hung it out to dry as it was smelling damp.Would not go again.sorry

    Reviewed by Amanda2.5Aug 2023

  • "Had a great stay at Kidsty Cottage, great location, everything you need is in the cottage."

    Walking distance to shops and pubs and close to the motorway.

    Reviewed by Verity5.0Aug 2023

  • "A really lovely cottage to stay in for our summer break."

    Location is great and there are many local walks you can do without having to get in the car. When you do want to go in the car it’s easy to get to most of the Lake District. Bed was comfy. Shower is nice and hot (though there was a slight issue with the pump when we stayed but we got instructions promptly on the workaround). Kitchen is fantastic; good enough to cook a roast in so definitely fully stocked equipment wise. The main improvement I would recommend is a second standing lamp by the utility cupboard. The main lights are very bright and not conducive for a movie night snuggled on the sofa. The existing lamp could use a friend to help add a bit of ambiance.

    Reviewed by Veronika4.7Jul 2023

  • "Cottage adequate for short stay, would help visitors if there was a name plate at the rear of the property, door at front of property needs lock changed unable to lock it."

    comfy bed and good location would stay again.

    Reviewed by Grahame3.8Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was fine and location good but a few little points need pointing out ."

    We thought it a bit mean that only a tiny bit of toilet roll in bathroom most places leave a full roll for arrival also no sanitary bin in toilet . Not a very good selection of glasses in kitchen and setee very hard to get up from also found an old packet of part eaten chocolate mini rolls wedged behind cushion. So cleaning not very thorough.

    Reviewed by Lorraine3.1Jun 2023

  • "Bathroom was a little bit too small although modern would have been better situated upstairs"

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4May 2023

  • "First impression was the kitchen with2 washing up bowls with dirty sponge and brush in, the second bowl to be used as a drainer which is strange!"

    There is a limited choice of glasses. We found it rather odd for the cottage to have laundry appliances but no iron or ironing board.! Also this is the first place in years of holidaying that did not have a hair dryer available. The shower room is really tight even for me being 5ft 1in, so we couldn’t recommend this cottage to friends whom are taller or broader! However, this little cottage is in a great location .

    Reviewed by Joanie3.1Apr 2023

  • "The property had electric radiators that did not have a timed facility that meant waking up to a very cold house each morning."

    After switching on the radiators, it took quite a while for it to become comfortably warm.

    Reviewed by Malcolm3.8Mar 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Kidsty cottage, comfy and cosy, we lit the wood burner a few evenings when we'd been out for long walks which was lovely, we found everything we needed in the kitchen although the handle on the scissors were broken, small detail just a general observation for owner to replace, due to our situation we had 2 vehicles and only enough parking for one but that wouldn't generally be a problem for anyone else, local pub was nice for a bar meal and pint, we would highly recommend a visit to the Abbey Kitchen in Shap, overall a lovely week away."

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Feb 2023

  • "Cottage was excellent for two of us and our dog."

    Good position for visiting the lakes. The cottage had everything we required for our stay. Two excellent bars in the village - the greyhound and the Kings arms. Would book this cottage again if we go back to the lakes.

    Reviewed by Iain4.1Feb 2023

  • "Great little cottage ideally situated for lots of local walks and visiting nearby attractions."

    The hot water system was excellent as was the Woodburner which made it very cosy in some very cold weather. As we were there for 7 nights the washer and dryer came in very handy as did the little spare room for storage and a good space for drying with airers provided.

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Jan 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely, the bed and sofas comfy, and once we had the knack of using the small shower room without soaking everything, all was good."

    A measuring jug and some scissors would be helpful in the kitchen, and maybe a better range of glasses. Perfect spot to head off into the Yorkshire Dale's and the Lakes to explore.

    Reviewed by Della4.4Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and ideal for exploring the Lakes, our second time this year and would definitely recommend"

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Jul 2022

  • "Nice clean property."

    Nice touch leaving milk so we could have a brew when we arrived.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7May 2022

  • "We had a lovely time in the Lake District at Kidsty Cottage, there’s not a lot in Shap however it’s a great base to get to Kendal, Penrith, Keswick, Windermere etc."

    We were a bit disappointed on arrival that there wasn’t any milk to even have a cup of tea and kept having to buy logs and firefighters throughout the week for the fire which got quite expensive (not sure what the protocol is with fires as to whether these things should be left or not?). The wi-fi didn’t work so don’t go relying on that, and there were no recycling facilities which seemed a shame as I try to recycle as much as I can! Other than these little things we had a lovely stay, it was comfortable and clean and I’d really recommend Abbeys Kitchen in Shap for breakfast or lunch, just a short walk up the road!

    Reviewed by Georgia3.1Nov 2021

  • "Despite advertising that there is WiFi there is indeed no WiFi, not even a router."

    If I had known this then I wouldn't havee booked the cottage as I needed to stay in contact with work. There is no point in contacting Sykes if you need help as they are not very helpful at all.

    Reviewed by Garry2.5Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable and well equipped."

    An excellent base for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Aug 2021

  • "A lovely cottage, a good size and very comfortable."

    Would highly recommend the abbe kitchen cafe in shap

    Reviewed by Simon4.4Jul 2021

  • "We had a great time at the Cottage and will definitely be returning!"


    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in this quirky cottage and were blessed with fabulous weather during the week we stayed."

    Lots of people will come to visit the Lake District National Park but it is also well worth exploring the local Shap fells just on the doorstep. The only drawback with the cottage is the outside area at the back which is not enclosed so not suitable with a dog. Overall the cottage is very comfortable and we really appreciated the friendly neighbours.

    Reviewed by Ann-marie4.1Jul 2021

  • "Not up to usual standards of cottage hired."

    Drab and need of freshening up&. Synthetic bedding led to uncomfortable sleeping. Kitchen arrangements made poor use of space. Local area brilliant, village and views, and Telli was good to watch Footie. PP

    Reviewed by Peter3.4Jul 2021

  • "Everything was first class, the only minor niggle is there is no privacy with the out door seating, this could be made 100% better if the table and chairs could be situated in the front garden?"

    may be there's a reason why they can't? The cottage and facilities are very good, local facilities mean you could stay local if you wished. The only thing we found was that more traveling than we thought to see the 'sights' was necessary but, that is not the fault of the cottage just that we didn't do enough research. So if your planning on traveling further afield do your research lol.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jun 2021

  • "Nice cottage with good facilities."

    Easy access and parking, small local shops for the basics within walking distance. It made a great base for visiting the area, with good roads links to motorways etc. The WiFi signal was poor, if you are wanting to ensure you have a consistent connection for any reason it's worth being aware of this. The shower/toilet room has a lovely shower, however it is a very snug space. These are not negatives to stop us booking again, but feel it's worth people being aware of these points.

    Reviewed by David4.1Jun 2021

  • "A bit disappointed with location and description a bit misleading."

    The courtyard at the back of the cottage is not suitable for pets as it is completely open and not very suitable for sitting outside unless u want to look at next doors car and an old shed? The pictures lead you to believe that you can enjoy a cup of tea whilst admiring the view but that is far from accurate. You need a car to get around as Shap is quite remote and nothing to do during the day, although there were a couple of public footpaths so some nice walks but not enough to keep you busy for a week so had to drive in to Kendal most days and Windermere which is definitely worth the drive and a must as is Bowness and Ullswater (Poolley Bridge). Cottage itself was well catered for but really nothing extraordinary and if I’m totally honest I’ve had much better for less money so I feel it was quite expensive for what you got. But we did have a pleasant stay just don’t get your hopes up because I was expecting a view of the scenery but you can’t see any of the views at all from the cottage.

    Reviewed by Joanne3.1May 2021

  • "This is a well located cottage for exploring and walking."

    Some of the kitchen appliances need updating especially the fridge and it was a real shame that the log burner was out of use. It has a beautiful new bathroom but if your husband it taller than 6 foot and we’ll built it is a really tight space!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8Apr 2021

  • "We had a very enjoyable holiday."

    The cottage is central to getting to the lakes and surrounding areas of absolutely breathtaking scenery. We feel the bedroom would benefit from a black out blind as the one that is up is quite see through when the light is on. Also it was a shame that the log burner wasn’t working as that would have been the topping to our holiday cake. Over all a fabulous relaxing holiday we would recommend.

    Reviewed by Michelle3.8Oct 2020

  • "We had a wonderful stay in the cottage."

    It was well situated for getting about the Lake District and had adequate amenities on the doorstep i.e pubs and Co-op. The cottage would benefit from a black out blind or curtains in the bedroom and could easily accommodate a dressing table and chair in the spare room for getting ready. We had a lovely stay and would be more than happy to go back.

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Sep 2020

  • "We stayed here in August and because of the Covid situation we were expecting a superior standard of cleanliness."

    Unfortunately that was not to be. The grey furry venetian blind in the kitchen was actually white underneath the grime. The cutlery tray in the kitchen drawer had an accumulation of dirt in the corners. The fridge was stained inside. The lovely fireplace in the bedroom contained someone else's rubbish. Other issues we found were the kitchen window wouldn't open. The toilet seat was loose. The shower room door wouldn't lock because the lock had been fitted incorrectly. The garden although enclosed was unsuitable for a dog. There was a rockery at the end and a dog could easily get on the wall from that. On a positive note the property was well equipped, the bed linen and towels were good and the location was ideal. There was a second room upstairs which we found very useful for storage and drying clothes. These issues and others have been raised with Sykes Cottages and the owners so hopefully they will be rectified. Having recently looked at the description of the property on the website I can see that it has now been updated by Sykes.

    Reviewed by Sue2.8Aug 2020

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  • One double bedroom
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with wood burner.
  • Electric central heating
  • Wood burner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, new fridge/freezer (May 2021), washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, DVD player
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Front garden
  • Outside seating to rear
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: Narrow, winding staircase, please take care
  • Please note: The seating area to the rear of the property is not private
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The property

Resting in a perfect position for exploring the many wonders of the Lake District National Park and beyond, Kidsty Cottage is the ultimate choice for your romantic retreat in Cumbria.

A homely cottage resting within the village of Shap, there's so much to explore within the local area and further afield.

Step through your private courtyard and into the property, and kick off your shoes before entering the inviting living/dining room, a lovely spot to settle down in the evenings on the sofa in front of the television when you're not out exploring, the woodburning stove offering a welcoming element to this quaint cottage.

To the rear of the property you can find the well-equipped kitchen, hosting all the essentials for your stay, even including a washing machine, while the dining area back in the front room is where you can enjoy all of your romantic meals.

Prepare for bed with a warming shower in the convenient ground-floor shower room, a modern spot with impressive exposed stone walls offering the perfect place to unwind each evening before taking the staircase to the first floor to find your double bedroom, with plenty of space for all of your personal belongings and accompanying crisp white linens, it's a truly homely spot.

Put on your walking boots and begin your day's adventure within the local village of Shap, home to a Post Office with a village shop, a pub, a selection of shops and even a swimming pool, you can find all you could need just a short stroll from the property.

Venture to the Shap Abbey, resting on the western banks of the River Lowther, here you can expect to find spectacular scenery and views over the Lake District.

Just a short drive can bring you to a variety of Lake District wonders; head to Kendal for a day of golfing, rich history in its museums and castle and a plethora of shopping experiences, or take to the waters of Windermere, with plenty of watersporting opportunities on offer including flyboarding, canoeing and kayaking, waterskiing and more, there's something here for every taste.

Uncover the rich history of Penrith with its imposing 14th century castle, or venture further to find both the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales National Park both offering their own unique experiences and landscapes like no other.

For a truly unforgettable holiday, choose Kidsty Cottage as your base for exploring all that Cumbria has to offer.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Pooley Bridge 13.5 miles; Kendal 16 miles; Ullswater 18 miles

This endearing linear village rests within the isolated dales in the Eden district, Cumbria. This small village consist of a long line of 18th century properties, a swimming pool, pubs, shops, a Post Office and a wonderful memorial park. Resting half a mile away from the village centre is Shap Abbey, which is surrounded by a picturesque location by the River Lowther and was the last to be Henry VIII in 1540. Within striking distance is the breath-taking Lake District National Park, with easy access to the delightful towns of Ambleside and Windermere. 16 miles away in the larger town of Kendal, which plays host to superb shopping arcades, two castles and a number of historical landmarks to keep you busy. Shap promises a wonderful village, perfect for exploring Cumbria and the wonders of the Lake District.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas