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Kidsty Cottage

Shap, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1049578)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "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 GeorgiaNov 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 GarrySep 2021

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

    An excellent base for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by LynneAug 2021

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

    Would highly recommend the abbe kitchen cafe in shap

    Reviewed by SimonJul 2021

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


    Reviewed by MarkJul 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 PeterJul 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-marieJul 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 PhilipJun 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 DavidJun 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 JoanneMay 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 ElizabethApr 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 MichelleOct 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 LouiseSep 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 SusanAug 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 and WiFi
  • 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
  • Note: As per your terms and conditions under 3.8 Wi-Fi and Phone Reception, Wi-Fi may be intermittent

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.

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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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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