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Shepherd's Cottage

Borrowdale, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1011591)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing

37 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous cottage, in a stunning location."

    Yolandi was a lovely host, really friendly and gave us lots of information. A wonderful welcome pack and extras are provided and it all has a really personal feeling. The cottage is so much bigger than you think and have us and our children plenty of space. There are great walks to be had straight from the front door, plus the bus to get about and a 10 minute stroll to the Lodore jetty to catch the Keswick launch. A real gem.

    Reviewed by AlexanderJul 2022

  • "Wonderful traditional cottage in a spectacular location."

    Everything you could possibly need.

    Reviewed by SharonJul 2022

  • "Fabulously characterful and quirky."

    Comfortable and beautiful setting. Great walks to be had from the front door.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2022

  • "Just didn't want to come home!"

    Perfectly equipped, stunning location and a total slice of heaven! Can't wait to be back!

    Reviewed by AmyJun 2022

  • "Stunning location, very comfortable and well equipped house, owner very helpful and friendly."

    Beds a bit small.

    Reviewed by LauraMay 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage, spotlessly clean, incredible location"

    Reviewed by AnneMay 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage in a great location looking out onto Catbells."

    We walked and cycled directly from the cottage, then strolled down to the Borrowdale hotel for a drink on an evening. The cottage has everything you could ever need provided, with a lovey welcome pack. The only thing we would suggest to change is Kingsize quilts on the double beds or Kingsize beds rather than doubles again with a super king quilt just for that extra comfort. Would highly recommend this cottage for couples or a family.

    Reviewed by KimMay 2022

  • "Stunning cottage in a stunning location."

    Cottage core done to perfection. Only problem is it is fully booked for months so can’t come back again.

    Reviewed by KirstyMay 2022

  • "Fabulous location with easy and mountainous walks in different directions from the door and Borrowdale hotel close by."

    Very good information and walking guide book provides in Cottage. On the 78 bus route which has regular buses during daytime between Seatoller and Keswick. Holiday cottage full of character and comfortable, with lovely treats in a welcome basket. A shame the view from the main lounge blocked by a Conifer but plenty of seating outside to enjoy the views over Derwentwater and Catbells, and watch lambs and variety of birds. Well equipped kitchen with good quality saucepans that were a pleasure to use on the aga. Cooked lots of lovely meals in the aga oven - just needing to extend the cooking time slightly. Yolanda very helpful in providing us with a DVD player for some films we brought with us though TV could access netflix etc if you have your own account. Highly recommended as a great base for walkers.

    Reviewed by SueApr 2022

  • "Fantastic week away in an amazing cottage."

    Our friends said it was the best cottage we’ve stayed in and we’ve stayed in a few! Greeted with a roaring fire, fantastic welcome pack and lovely hello from the owner, the cottage is cozy with a mixture of traditional features and modern decor. The location is superb and whilst I may be biased as this cottage does hold fond memories from when we stayed many years ago as DB&B, I don’t think there’s anywhere else as beautiful in the whole Lake District.

    Reviewed by KatieApr 2022

  • "Recent published reviews have said it all."

    Full of character,deceptively spacious,brilliant location with an exceptional helpful and caring host Yolande.

    Reviewed by AdrianApr 2022

  • "The property was beautiful, as was the setting."

    A roaring fire was greeting us when we arrived. A big thank you for the hamper which was left. We really enjoyed our stay, and look forward to returning. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by LynneMar 2022

  • "Oh, wow! We had the best time at Sheherd’s Cottage."

    It is so beautiful and had everything we needed. Yolandi is a fabulous host, left us in peace but was there if we needed her. We will definitely return. Blissful break!

    Reviewed by JacquelineFeb 2022

  • "Probably one of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    It had everything we needed, felt very warm and welcoming and a great place to spend Christmas. Add to this an owner who would do anything to ensure your holiday goes smoothly and the ability to walk out of the front door and keep going around lakes and mountains, it could not have been better.

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2021

  • "Shepherds Cottage is one of the best rental properties we have stayed in."

    Cosy, comfortable, well appointed and in a great location. We were provided a generous welcome hamper on arrival and a supply of logs and coal for the fire too, which was appreciated. The weather was very cold during our stay, but the cottage was always super warm. We would definitely love to return.

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2021

  • "Yolandi is an extremely welcoming host who kindly dealt with my shopping delivery as we were delayed arriving."

    She had lit the fire and left an amazing hamper of goodies for us. The cottage is spacious but cosy and in a superb position with fabulous views and handy for many walks and hostelries. Also great for dogs both inside and outside.

    Reviewed by MargaretOct 2021

  • "The cottage was in a perfect location to do the many walks in the Borrowdale valley."

    Amazing welcome basket and toiletries left for us. The pretty cottage was warm and cosy and had fantastic views.

    Reviewed by ElaineOct 2021

  • "The location of the beautiful cottage is excellent for walking and accessing Keswick as it is only 10 minutes drive away."

    The cottage is spacious and the facilities are great, it has everything you need to make a family break home from home.

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2021

  • "Our second year staying at Shepherds Cottage - we loved every minute of it."

    The house is extremely comfortable and so relaxing. Yolandi , as usual, thought of everything to make our stay memorable. We have only been home a day and we miss it already!

    Reviewed by EmilyAug 2021

  • "The cottage was in a beautiful location."

    Really comfortable. exceptionally clean. Wonderful welcome pack provided featuring local products. Lots of really thoughtful touches. Extremely dog friendly. Super host Yolandi was on hand nearby & was also very kind & helpful. I would not hesitate to book this cottage again. We all had a great week! Thank you Yolandi & Sykes.

    Reviewed by BrendaJul 2021

  • "Yolande welcomed us to this beautiful cottage."

    Beautifully decorated. Great facilities with the option of an Aga or a conventional oven for cooking. Amazing scenery. Beautiful location. Easy liking. Shirt walk to the shore of Derwent Water. Characterful cottage which you would expect with it being 700 years old. Can’t wait to stay again.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2021

  • "Just great."

    Returning next year.

    Reviewed by BevMay 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely location."

    Lots of thought and care taken to make our stay perfect.

    Reviewed by JillMay 2021

  • "Yolandi was very welcoming and the accommodation exceed our expectation."

    Super location for exploring Derwent and surrounding areas. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2021

  • "Had a wonderful break in this delightful cottage."

    Yolandi, the owner, was extremely welcoming and accomodating. In addition to having the fire ready for us on arrival, she laid out a huge hamper of goodies and had other assorted gifts around the house. The house is extremely well located with lovely walks in all directions. No need to drive anywhere! Looking forward to going back...

    Reviewed by IlanaDec 2020

  • "The owner Yolande, gave us a wonderful welcome, lovely touches."

    ..a welcome pack, fire lit, house lovely and cosy warm . Couldn’t fault anything during our stay. Highly recommend this house!

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2020

  • "The cottage is amazing."

    Lovely fire and everything that you need with the charm of a 14 century cottage. The host was there when we arrived and made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. The hamper left with the cottage was great too!

    Reviewed by TimothyOct 2020

  • "This has been the nicest holiday cottage we have ever stayed in and such a beautiful location."

    The cottage was even better in reality than the advertised details and pictures. On arrival we were warmly greeted by the lovely owner and found a fantastic welcome basket packed full of goodies and some fresh pastries waiting for us in the cosy kitchen. The fabulous bathroom was stocked with a selection of lovely toiletries from bath bombs/shower gels and face masks to toothbrushes and razors! The cottage contained everything and more than was needed to make for a superb stay. A cottage that is beautiful on the outside and equally lovely inside, full of the owners special touches and decorations that created such a blissful and relaxing place to spend our holiday in. The only disappointment was when it was time to go home!!

    Reviewed by KerryAug 2020

  • "Our holiday in Shepherds Cottage exceeded all expectations."

    We were welcomed by Yolandi on arrival and she had thought of simply everything to make our holiday so enjoyable and memorable. Shepherds Cottage is a gem - the views over the lake and Cat Bells are spectacular and many an evening we just sat in the garden watching the sun set behind the mountains. We barely used the car as there are many walks from the cottage and on occasions we finished walking near a bus stop when an open top double decker bus took us back to the cottage. The children loved it. A huge thank you Yolandi for all your thoughtful touches. Bobbie, John, Caroline, Eva, Anna and Pippa

    Reviewed by EmilyAug 2020

  • "The cottage and its owners were brilliant."

    The care and attention to detail in every room and the extras that they provided were outstanding.

    Reviewed by JulianJul 2020

  • "Really lovely cottage in a beautiful area."

    Yolandi goes above and beyond to ensure a comfortable stay. We arrived to a roaring fire and the best welcome pack. The cottage was really clean and well stocked with everything you could need. We will definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by JonathanJul 2020

  • "Lovely warm welcome from Yolandi, fire lit and a fantastic welcome hamper in the kitchen."

    My granddaughter enjoyed the bath bombs in the bathroom.Plenty of room but still cosy, the aga was a new experience for us, loved it!Can't recommend this cottage enough.Plenty of parking and lots of great walks nearby.. Definitely hope to go back in the future.

    Reviewed by WendyMar 2020

  • "Querky cottage , but just perfect ."

    Arrived to roaring fire and lots have little extra's . Hope to go back soon.

    Reviewed by RichardFeb 2020

  • "Had a lovely time at shepherds cottage."

    Very quirky some lovely touches to make it feel like home. Welcome basket was fabulous. Famous views and walks. Nice open fire.

    Reviewed by KarenJan 2020

  • "Great cottage with everything we needed."

    Lovely and cosy, and in great location. Open fire and little extras in kitchen and bathroom were nice touches. Plenty of good walking straight from the front door.

    Reviewed by CathJan 2020

  • "The cottage was well equipped for entertaining 6 guests, the kitchen was well furnished with cooking equipment which made catering easy and an enjoyable experience."

    There was good social areas allowing us to enjoy our holiday together whilst still having space for us to spread out. Multiple keys helped us access the property and adequate parking allowed flexibility and ease. Altogether an excellent cottage

    Reviewed by RosalindDec 2019

  • "This was the most welcoming place , stunning interior design , warm and cosy , modern high quality kitchen equipment , plus a beautiful constantly warm aga ,everything you needed was available ."

    generous welcome packs / in kitchen and bathroom . logs supplied for nights in . location was breathtaking -peaceful .

    Reviewed by LizNov 2019

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  • Three bedrooms; 2 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower
  • Kitchen/dining room
  • Sitting room with an open-fire
  • Snug
  • Utility.
  • Oil central heating and open fire
  • AGA, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge/freezer, microwave, selection of games, WiFi and TV
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Front garden with bench seating and table and chairs
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub within 4.4 miles, shop within 3.9 miles

The property

An idyllic, 14th century farmhouse resting within striking distance of the majestic Derwentwater lake and the pretty Borrowdale Valley.

This heart-warming retreat is perfect for a family or a group of friends looking to explore the surrounding countryside, with a magnitude of challenging hikes and gentle strolls on offer to suit a group of all ages and tastes.

Here, you will find three charming bedrooms to choose from, comprising of two double bedrooms and a twin bedroom, ensuring a flexible sleeping arrangements to suit your requirements.

Each bedroom enjoys a tranquil setting, complete with a refreshing colour palette, quaint linens and charming exposed beams, offering a welcoming base to return to each evening after a busy day exploring.

Look forward to spending your wind down time within the characterful sitting room, where the open-fire place gently fills the room with warmth during those chilly winter months whilst you tune into the TV or enjoy a games evening with your loved ones.

The charm continues into the kitchen, where the striking red AGA take centre stage before all of the other appliances the designated chef of the group will need to rustle up delicious evening meals that can be enjoyed at the formal dining area or outside on the quaint patio area, where views of the lake can be enjoyed whilst you tuck into your meal and plan the days ahead.

There is a bus stop opposite which is perfect for exploring further, taking you up the valley over the Honistor Pass to Buttermere or the other way into Keswick.

Spend an afternoon within the market town of Keswick, where you will find a selection of amenities and attractions including the Derwent Pencil Museum, Puzzling Place and the Castlerigg Stone Circle.

For those feeling active, choose to hike up one of the surrounding mountains, including Scafell, Skiddaw, Glaramara and the famous Great Gable.

Shepherd's Cottage is heart-warming choice for exploring all that this stunning location has to offer.

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About the location


Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 16.6 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles.

The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas