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The Cow House

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is very comfortable and superbly maintained."

    It is well placed for getting about, very close to M6 and A6 and within driving distance of the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales. We cannot recommend this cottage highly enough. The owner is very helpful and extremely friendly. The only complaint is that the super-king bed is too comfortable and encouraged us to get up late instead of getting out and about.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was everything we needed; comfortable, clean and quiet."

    Alex was very welcoming and supportive. The area was 'spot on' for touring the east lakes and Yorkshire Dales.

    Reviewed by Bernadette5.0Oct 2023

  • "A very good standard of accommodation Owner lives in adjacent farmhouse and very friendly and helpful on arrival ."

    Very nice part of the world .

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Sep 2023

  • "We spent a lovely week in Cow cottage."

    It met with all our expectations we found it very comfortable and peaceful. Alexandra greeted us on arrival and showed us around and made us feel very welcome. The cottage is with in an hours drive from most places of interest. Would advise leaving early to visit places to secure parking. A great place to go and relax and have beautiful views with peace and quiet. Would recommend a stay here to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Sep 2023

  • "Really nice cottage in a perfect location"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage is really beautiful with delightful features from its original days such as the little slit windows."

    It was spotlessly clean, warm and comfortable. Plenty of room for drying wet clothes (weather was a little damp at times!). There was everything we needed. The location is fantastic for walking. We spotted buzzards, kestrels, even a red squirrel

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Aug 2023

  • "The Cow House has all you need for a comfortable stay, clean,cosy and in an ideal situation to enjoy some peace and quiet,and easy links to explore both Yorkshire and The Lakes, we highly recommend it."

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jul 2023

  • "This cottage could not be in a better spot."

    Panoramic views all round the property of the stunning fells and valleys. Safe walking within 300 yards with the same views, Shop nearby as is all routes you need to get around any part of the Lakes but you are not in any heavy traffic. We recommend here and would stay here again without any hesitation. The cottage is great well fitted out with everything you need and more bug in a rug land for the holiday. The folks are helpful and nice, WE LOVED IT!

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Jun 2023

  • "The Cow House exceeded our expectations, the furnishings were of excellent quality and extremely comfortable."

    Views from The Cow House were stunning and we loved seeing the hares bound across the fields and watching the sheep. Cleanliness was five star with great facilities for your holiday stay. The owner greeted us on arrival and was very friendly and helpful with everything we needed to know. We highly recommend this holiday home for a relaxing and peaceful place to stay and hope to return in the future. Maria and Ian

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Jun 2023

  • "What a gorgeous place to stay!"

    Alex was very lovely and met us on arrival and showed us around The Cow House. The wood burner was perfect to come back to after a day out. We felt very at home and would recommend to others as it was a great place for a base to get to the Lakes and a few surprises of places of interest on your doorstep!

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything one could possibly need."

    The weather was unkind to us but we were cosy with the very efficient log-burning stove. Thanks to all at the Cow House for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Lori5.0Mar 2023

  • "Great place to stay, very peaceful with wonderful views Cottage was cosy yet airy with lots of lovely little touches."

    Even though remote not far from amenities, local pub the Butchers Arms was a delight and we could get all we needed from nearby Shap Briefly met the owner Alex who was very friendly. Would like to return in the future and will recommend to friends.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2022

  • "This charming cottage is spacious, well equipped and really clean , it seems ..."

    This charming cottage is spacious, well equipped and really clean , it seems remote ( just owners house and 1 other in sight) but its mre minutes from Shap and main routes, unfortunately the boiler broke down during our stay ( we were refunded) hence we couldn't give it top marks, but this was just bad luck and I'm sure the gremlins have been fixed

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Oct 2022

  • "As advertised very homley and comfortable owners very nice well apointed for the area"

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Oct 2022

  • "We found the beauty and peace we were seeking at The Cow House."

    The property is both airy and cosy, spacious and snug. It's also extremely comfortable and well equipped. This part of the Lake District is far from the madding crowd, yet close enough to amenities (excellent food at local community pub; fast electric charging points in Penrith, slower charge available a mile away in Shap). Many possible places to visit nearby, but so many high and beautiful walks on the doorstep that one need never leave the house. What a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Pete5.0Aug 2022

  • "A great base for our holiday - great scenery , and views from the cottage."

    Good local amenities and local access to groceries . Very nicely furnished . Accommodation was very well equipped, and lots of space, and caters generously for its guests . Alex, the host, was very welcoming and friendly .

    Reviewed by Victoria4.4Aug 2022

  • "A unique location- lovely to look out onto fields, sheep, & beautiful skies."

    Walks can be enjoyed from the front door. Alex & David are very welcoming, & happy to help with any enquiries.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jun 2022

  • "A top quality property."

    Warm and friendly hosts. The Butchers Arms nearby is not to be missed.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2022

  • "If you are looking for a haven of peace and tranquility this is it."

    The accommodation is excellent with everything you need, and the owners Alex and David extremely friendly and helpful if needed. Could not fault anything and I don’t please easily. 10/10

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Apr 2022

  • "The Cow House is a beautiful conversion in the middle of nowhere!"

    The hosts, Alex and David, were lovely - always on hand but never intrusive. The cottage is exactly as described, spacious yet cosy and dog friendly; all mod cons with a lovely comfy bed. Unfortunately the weather was wet and very windy for most of the week but it didn't stop us enjoying the break. I'm sure the views are usually fantastic! We'd love to return.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was immaculate and the owners had thought of everything"

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Oct 2021

  • "Very relaxing holiday the cottage is ideal for chilling out plenty of walks on ..."

    Very relaxing holiday the cottage is ideal for chilling out plenty of walks on your doorstep and lovely places to visit if you wanted to drive will hopefully be coming back

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful, peaceful location."

    Exceptionally comfy bed and luxurious bathroom. Very stylishly furnished too. Only a few miles from the madness of the Lake District but you would never guess it. Recommend the Orton Scar cafe too for friendly service and well cooked home fare.

    Reviewed by Glendon4.7Sep 2021

  • "We arrived at the cottage and was lovely in the middle of no where."

    Alex the owner is lovely such a pleasure to meet and enjoyed the chats The cottage was above as describe was extremely clean, and spacious, Alex had thought of all the utilities and top quality in the cottage. Even had a bottle of wine and a newspaper on arrival. The garden was perfect for the dog closed in and safe. The butchers arms pub is worth going to, locals are so pleasant and welcoming. Would highly recommend and look forward to returning Paul and Sharon Stratford

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Cow House is a really fabulous accommodation."

    We stayed for one week and didn’t want for anything. Lovely bottle of wine to welcome us and a well stocked kitchen (amenities). Our hosts Alex and David couldn’t do enough for us, always available to answer any questions and particularly knowledgeable about local walks etc. You will have a wonderful experience! It’s a must!!

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Wow the cow house what can I say we arrived and was met by the owner Alex on ..."

    Wow the cow house what can I say we arrived and was met by the owner Alex on first impressions she’s looked very Stern like a very strict school mistress but how wrong can I be she was one of the most loveliest person I’ve ever met I’m very warmhearted so first impressions I’m not always right going on to the cow House it was exactly as it looks in the photos we had a marvellous 14 days there it was so quaint considering it used to be a barn it just goes to show with some thought and a lot of money spent what can be achieved we would certainly recommend this to any couple I have a great time and location for all the attractions from the dales to the lakes are all easy reachable once again thank you Alex she even showed me around her house that looks absolutely fantastic thank you again Alex all the best John and Pauline

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Lake District is such a beautiful place and The Cow House gave us a great base so that we could explore."

    Set in a lovely area of fields and sheep for miles, but with amenities close by too. We'd love to go back!

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jun 2021

  • "When we arrived we was greeted by Alex who told us where the folder was with all the information that was needed for our stay and instructions with the use of the cooker and how to use the wood burner."

    Their was info on surrounding areas and.local pubs and details in case of emergency. The accommodation was as it was described and how the pictures illustrated. It was very clean spacious and very tidy... The renovations was finished beautifully and the craftsmanship was fabulous especially the window shutters was very quaint. Their was a cooker and fridge in the kitchen area and in the utility room.their was a microwave, washing machine and a under the worktop freezer. The bathroom was big and had a lovely large shower and a good size bath. The king size bed was a lovely luxury and plenty of room for storing clothes. The views from.the windows in the bedroom, bathroom ,kitchen and lounge was lovely looking out over the mountains and seeing the baby lambs was lovely to watch. The cow shed was situated within 15 to 30 minutes of some of the lakes which was a good central point and within a.few.miles.of the M6 and no problem noticaeable with motorway noise. We hope to go back next year

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0May 2021

  • "I booked this cottage for my parents as a Christmas gift."

    They really enjoyed their stay and rang me everyday to say how wonderful the cottage and owners are. They were made to feel very welcome. I will definitely book again and 100% recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0May 2021

  • "A well presented accommodation and beautiful scenery and a pleasant and welcoming host"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2021

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • All-ground-floor
  • One super-king-size bedroom with TV
  • Bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, underfloor heating
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, Electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility with WC.
  • Oil-fired central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Sky, TV and WiFi, CD player with speakers.Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Private garden with lawn and decking with furniture
  • Bike Storage
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1.6 miles
  • Please Note: Strictly no pets due to farming community.

The property

The Cow House is a unique stone-built holiday cottage dating back to the 1800s offering accommodation for two guests seeking to be at the heart of rural England, resting between the wonders of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park - Westmorland Dales Extension. This property offers excitement in every direction, the local village of Shap being just over a mile away, offering you the most idyllic of bases.

It sits at 1000 feet above sea level, in the grounds of a former upland hill farm, which was built in the 16th Century. Park up beside the property and admire the beauty of your natural surroundings overlooking the surrounding fells, before venturing into the equally impressive open-plan living space. Light up the wood burning stove and raise a toast to your romantic retreat, the Sky TV offering a lovely way to while away the hour while dinner simmers on the hob. The kitchen area is home to a good range of quality utensils, Conran china, and appliances including an electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher, while the handy utility also hosts a freezer and a washing machine! The cottage exudes character in every inch, with its original wooden beams and exposed stone walls creating a rustic feel, while the luxurious decor provides a contemporary country feel. Move along the hallway and cosy up beneath the Egyptian cotton linen and feather duvet of the super-king-sized bed, a TV found in here too for those relaxed mornings, as well as being served by an impressive bathroom boasting both a bath and a walk-in shower, so you can choose how best to prepare for your day. Begin your days amidst the fresh countryside breeze out on the decking, before pulling on your walking boots and taking a steady ramble onto the immediate fells or the villages of Shap or Crosby Ravensworth, with its ancient church and community –owned pub.

Resting within the Eden district of Cumbria, there's plenty of upland scenic splendour to explore all around the area, with fine wildlife such as Red Squirrel, Buzzard and Red deer.

Shap village boasts a good range of amenities to assist you on your self-catered stay including a general grocery shop, a newsagent/Post Office and a prize-winning Chip Shop. Shap also benefits from an outdoor swimming pool open in summer for those seeking water sports, while the wonderful Lake Windermere can also be found just a scenic drive away where you can find a plethora of activities such as kayaking, canoeing, raft building and much more; it's well-worth the journey particularly with the popular peak of Claife Heights being found in close reach too. Only 5 miles to the east is Appleby in Westmorland, an ancient market town on the R.Eden, with a fine castle, cafes, an indoor swimming pool and excellent local shops such as two butchers, the best greengrocer plus a hardware store to die for.

To the south of the Cow House in Orton, you can not only walk part of the Coast to Coast long distance walking route but refresh and warm up in the Chocolate Factory afterwards. 5 miles north of the Cow House, at Clifton is the George and Dragon pub, which uses fresh produce from the Lowther estate with Lowther Castle very close by.

5 miles north of that is the fine large market town of Penrith, with a plethora of independent, local shops such as bookshops, well established delis, crafts and material shops. For adventure closer to the cottage, take a stroll around the beautiful Haweswater Reservoir, or venture over to Ullswater where you can enjoy a trip on one of its eco-friendly Steamers to get the best views of these scenic waters, with the Aira Force Waterfall and nature trails sitting on the banks of the water too. Explore either of the surrounding National Parks for an unforgettable day out, perfect for walking, cycling, horse riding and wildlife watching, or spend your days exploring the surrounding wonders of Ambleside, Kendal and beyond. With so much to see and do on its doorstep, The Cow House is a truly splendid choice for your escape to Cumbria.

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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.