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Shepherd's Cottage

Seathwaite near Coniston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1000911)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent 2nd visit and I once again did not disappoint."

    Gary owner was as friendly as ever. Lovely relaxing week Thankyou

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2022

  • "Clean and comfortable cottage."

    Area is beautiful and we really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by PaulineJun 2022

  • "Lovely, cosy, cottage in such a peaceful location surrounded by wonderful countryside."

    Reviewed by JanetMay 2022

  • "A very comfortable cottage."

    Plenty of amenities which is a great help. Put our minds at rest. We would definitely recommend this cottage to our family and friends. Thankyou for making our stay comfortable.

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2022

  • "The property is situated in such tranquil surroundings…."

    .with spectacular views and walks all around…a very comfortable and pleasant cottage. The owner, was very welcoming.. My only regret is that I forgot to sign the visitors book. I hope to go back next year.

    Reviewed by StephenMar 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Shepherds Cottage."

    The property was in a lovely location and benefitted from beautiful views. The cottage is well laid out and there was plenty of room for the four of us plus a dog. Garry was very helpful, telling the kids all about the history of the property and giving advice on the local area.

    Reviewed by LucyFeb 2022

  • "Excellent weekend away with everything as described in the listing."

    Very clean and hospitable. Would definately recommend to friends. Lovely local walks and great pub 20 minutes walk away.

    Reviewed by IanJan 2022

  • "A great property in an ideal location."

    The location published on the Sykes website is misleading as it suggests the property is next to the Newfield Inn and it is one mile away.

    Reviewed by NigelDec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, very cosy and warm."

    Great base to explore this quiet side of the Lakes with great pubs nearby! Thank you

    Reviewed by DeborahDec 2021

  • "Fantastic cozy cottage in a fantastic location."

    My wife and I visited with our two children, the cottage was spotless and well furnished with lazy jo sofas infront of a roaring fire and breathtaking views. Unfortunately due to storm Arwen we lost power early Saturday morning so candles and fairy lights came out , as the toilet was on a pump Gary the owner ( a friendlier man you won’t meet) gave us free access to his own house. We stayed the whole weekend despite having no electric and will definitely be going back. I can’t recommend this little gem highly enough Thanks very much Gary P.s let Gary tell you some of the local stories especially the one about the local pub ,which by the way is a short walk away and very welcoming.

    Reviewed by ChristoperNov 2021

  • "We had a great stay."

    The property was excellent everything you needed was there..Plenty of walks from the property itself without driving anywhere. Not a big problem but you could not open a door to let dogs out as was not enclosed.

    Reviewed by TraceyNov 2021

  • "Lovely quiet location, cosy cottage."

    Reviewed by SteveOct 2021

  • "We loved our stay in Shepperds Cottage, it was cosy and comfortable and situated in beautiful surroundings."

    Because there was no light pollution we enjoyed to watch the numerous stars in the evenings. We had many amazing walks, fantastic trips, climbed Helvellyn mountain, kayaked on Coniston water, visited pretty towns and even had a trip to the beech and a nature reserve. Much driving as due to the little roads everything takes much longer. Our dog loved it and was made very welcome. Our host was wonderful, incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and always ready to give advice or information when needed. Due to the location we didn't have signal on our mobile phones and we had little Wifi, buy for us that added to the whole atmosphere. We've loved our week, many thanks.

    Reviewed by KarinSep 2021

  • "Perfect place to escape the busy crowded cities, enjoy the countryside and connect with nature."

    There are many unspoiled rivers and streams to explore nearby. The cottage has all the modern amenities (the fire alarm is in top condition, sorry for setting it off a few times with the toast, our dog wasn't happy about it either). We knew the cottage was far from the shops so we took all the basics to last us until the next day, but there is a great pub/restaurant a mile up the road open 7 days/week.

    Reviewed by VeronicaAug 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Shepherd's Cottage and met the owner several times during the week."

    He was very friendly and approachable. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and answered any questions we had and gave advice on routes or attractions we wanted to visit. The cottage is very remote so would advise on taking provisions with you as the nearest shop is in Milom; a good 25 minute drive. Cottage is approx 50 mins from motorway; last 20 mins is up a mostly single-track road. Views are stunning and make up for the drive once you get there. Cottage itself was very clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. We made the most of being close to the Lakes, but if you want to walk the fells or just sit and relax and take in the beautiful scenary, then I can recommend staying at Shepherd's Cottage.

    Reviewed by RachelJul 2021

  • "The cottage was perfect for us for exploring the lakes and the setting was lovely."

    The host Gary is great telling us lots of info about the area and places to visit. The local pub (approx. 1 mile) served very nice food, the staff friendly and welcoming and the walk to it was lovely. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to stay again.

    Reviewed by LynneJul 2021

  • "Shepherds Cottage was in great location."

    Cottage was lovely and Gary the owner was fantastic host .

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2021

  • "We loved this comfy cosy cottage, spotlessly clean with the comfiest of beds."

    The living accommodation on the first floor showed off the fells to their best advantage. Garry was a brilliant host, he was so helpful & had a lot of local knowledge including where the best quiet beaches were where we could give our dog a good run off lead (& as an added bonus we spotted dolphins whilst we were on the coastal walk at St Bees). The views from the cottage are wonderful & its situation in the peace & quiet of the surrounding countryside is just the place to wind down & recharge the batteries. There is an excellent dog friendly pub just under a mile away, but make sure you have a few food basics as the nearest shop is quite a drive. I have marked down the facilities as it would have been nice to have an enclosed area where we could have safely let our dog out, but that overall was a minor problem . We would certainly recommend The Shepherds Cottage, & would love to return to this area in the future.

    Reviewed by LindsayJun 2021

  • "The Owner was fantastic gives us loads of ideas and his local knowledge was outstanding."

    The cottage is all that it says it is the views are amazing. Totally relaxing break with very little traffic or other people in the local area a real get away.

    Reviewed by AndyJun 2021

  • "Had a wonderful week in a very comfortable cottage."

    Visited all the Lakes and the beach at Barrow in Furness. Scenery was magnificent, not so keen on the narrow roads through the fells! Take all your food with you or eat at the pub up the road as we didn't see many shops. The owner was extremely friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by JudithMay 2021

  • "This is a superb little upside down cottage set in a beautiful and peaceful part of the Lake District."

    The owner was lovely and friendly and the cottage was perfect for our week away with our dog. There are loads of stunning walks from the door and it was so much quieter than other parts of the Lake District that we have stayed in before. We would love to return.

    Reviewed by DamienDec 2020

  • "We thought that the cottage was the best we have stayed in."


    Reviewed by GeoffreyOct 2020

  • "Cute and cosy cottage."

    Lovely and warm. Ideally situated to walk South Lakes. Caw is cheeky little fell with stunning views from summit. Gary was very friendly and welcoming. Local pub served delicious food. Most pleasant and much needed break. Thank you very much!

    Reviewed by SoniaSep 2020

  • "Gary the host was very helpful, we had a lovely stay and even the weather was good."

    Reviewed by AnnAug 2020

  • "Shepherd’s Cottage was lovely."

    Surrounded by beautiful countryside. Garry was a great host and very knowledgeable about the local area. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2020

  • "A quirky, comfortable cottage set in the most beautiful, soulful surroundings and in an ideal location to explore fully the lake district region."

    Whether you are interested in hiking, mountain trails or visiting some of the more popular villages such as Grasmere (the gingerbread shop there is a must), Ambleside, Windermere, Coniston or Hawkshead, Shepherd's cottage is a fine place to set up base and a welcome abode to return to after a day of travel. Gary, the owner is also very knowledgeable about the area, its history and was extremely helpful throughout our stay.

    Reviewed by JonathanJul 2020

  • "We had a fantastic holiday, the cottage was very clean and tidy and in an ideal location for many walks."

    The owner lives next door and is very helpful with suggestions of places to go to, and also told us a little bit about the area. We would book to go here again!

    Reviewed by VivienneFeb 2020

  • "Lovely cosy base for exploring area."

    Dog friendly. Spotlessly clean, warm and comfortable. Owner Garry friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by MichelleJan 2020

  • "Really cosy well fitted out cottage in the best bit of the Lake District."

    Reviewed by HDec 2019

  • "A fantastic hideaway in a lovely quiet valley in the lakes."

    It really is a gem of a location and the owners were so helpful and welcoming. Thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Do take plenty of provisions or prearrange a supermarket delivery as the nearest supermarket is a good drive away. Local pub is not far to walk but take a torch if going in the dark as no street lights. Owners let us exercise our dog in one of his livestock free fields/ woods near the river which was kind. No garden means you need to walk your dog on lead up road to find suitable spot for them to toilet but it really was not an issue at all. Owner also let us park an extra car on his drive. All in all fantastic place and we will be back.

    Reviewed by RhyannonOct 2019

  • "Excellent cottage with everything you could possibly need."

    First class furniture with great taste, especially suitable for families with dogs. Great location, easy to visit Coniston and surrounding areas. The owner was a very nice chap full of local knowledge and very friendly.

    Reviewed by MaddyOct 2019

  • "The lovely Shepard’s cottage was exactly as described."

    The cottages are set in a very rural location which was exactly what we wanted from our holiday so was perfect. You can walk the dogs straight out into miles of quiet footpaths. The area around is stunning, equally easy to access the big ‘must sees’. Gary and lynne were very accommodating and helpful, always there if you need them and excellent knowledge of the lakes, Gary came round on the first day and gave us some useful information on where to start our week and the main places to visit then left us be while being very friendly if we bumped into him. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone who wants a nice quiet holiday, with the freedom of miles of footpath and stunning scenery on your doorstep!

    Reviewed by NatashaSep 2019

  • "Great host who was very attentive and a beautiful, secluded and peaceful area of ..."

    Great host who was very attentive and a beautiful, secluded and peaceful area of the lake district would highly recommended

    Reviewed by RossiAug 2019

  • "A great place to stay away from the normal overcrowded areas in the lake district."

    Perfect for those who love walking and outdoor pursuits, not so great if you are into shopping and eating out. Our host Gary was excellent, great for local knowledge and bit of local colour, a real farming gent. Only downside was that the cottage doesn't have a garden however being on a farm with the most amazing views makes up for this and if you want to sit outdoors ask Gary he has plenty of fields you can choose from.

    Reviewed by AndreaAug 2019

  • "Shepherdscottage is a lovely cottage, very comfortable, beautifull location, lovely walks right from the doorstep."

    We had a perfect holiday in the cottage, enjoyed it very much. We came across a problem, after mentioning it to Garry it was solved without delay in a pleasant and good way. Garry and Lynn are there if you need them, and I had some chats with them, but apart from that they respected our privacy. The only thing I have to say about the information on Sykes site is that I booked the cottage, because it mentioned that there is a shop about 1 mile from the cottage. But that is a small shop, I can't buy all the ingredients for a hot meal there. When I booked there weren't any reviews yet on the site (I booked quite early). Luckily I read the then existing reviews before leaving the Netherlands and some one had mentioned the shop being far away, so before driving to the cottage we shopped in Coniston and we bought all the ingredeints for 3 hot meals and the rest we needed. I am glad I did so, because it is a long drive on small winding roads to get out of the beautifull valley. By the time I needed to do shopping again, we planned a walk near Coniston and did enough shopping to last for the rest of our stay. Having said that: the local Pub is very nice in walking distance, you can get there on a footpath. The lack of a shop makes the area lovey and quiet, we enjoyed the silence, which is so good and can't hardly be heard anymore. It all worked out very well for us! Thank you Lynn and Garry!

    Reviewed by MarianJul 2019

  • "The location is perfect if you'd like to observe some of the finest views in the Lake District."

    The cottage is deep in the lakes and the local facilities can be a fair walk, for example the closest bar is around a mile and a half away, there were not shops nearby therefore we had to drive into Coniston to resupply. If you're a nervous driver, the route to the cottage can be fairly daunting, with single track roads and tight passing-places, other than that, there are no other negatives. The facilities are wonderful, the cottage itself is beautiful and has real charm. Late nights by the fire are a must as the night falls and you're completely isolated with all the comforts needed. There is off-road parking, and the owners do permit pets. The owners, Gary and Lynn, are, without question, the best hosts I've ever encountered and add to the fantastic experience of this delightful place. My partner and I are already planning a trip back and we only returned home yesterday. If you want seclusion and a feel of how the Lake District really is, without the tourists(!), and you'd like a mix of challenging and non-challenging walks on your doorstep, then I'd recommend this beautiful little cottage without question. Absolutely fabulous.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2019

  • "Absolutely beautiful secluded location, friendly owners, perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the Lake District with a bit of peace and quiet well away from the main tourist traps."

    Reviewed by MelodyJun 2019

  • "Although some holiday user of this cottage may look at the owners living next door as a hindrance, please may I say that both were marvellous when greeting us on arrival."

    They made sure that if needed just knock on their door. We were left to enjoy our time there. On an occasion Gary advised us of another way to take to where we were going that day as their was hold ups if we went the usual way. I found that very kind. I ask questions and when we were on our way out and Gary was working on the outside of his cottage I would engage in conversation with him.

    Reviewed by ManuelaMay 2019

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  • Reverse level accommodation
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double and 1 x ground floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, washer/dryer, TV with Freesat and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stair-gate available
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Access to surrounding farming fields
  • Two well-behaved pets are welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile, post office 1 mile

The property

Coniston 11.7 miles.

Shepherd's Cottage is a delightful barn conversion located in Seathwaite, Cumbria.

Sitting in a timeless hamlet in the heart of the Cumbria, you are in the midst of the most attractive part of the region.

The character, comfort and charm of the property give it a magical feeling and a truly unique sense that you are enjoying a one-off holiday home.

The property is a reverse-level accommodation, with the bedrooms and family bathroom on the ground floor, and the open-plan living space across the first floor.

The ground floor boasts a double and twin bedroom, both with lovely exposed beamed ceilings, showing the wealth of character this property has, as well as showcasing country views across the surrounding farmland.

Upstairs features a spacious sitting room with two sofas, the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day sightseeing, with the TV and warming woodburning stove as an added benefit.

The dining area has seating for four people and makes for a wonderful social space for family gatherings.

The kitchen has contemporary fitted units and sleek worktops, with all the appliances you could need on-hand for a relaxing weekend in the countryside.

There is off-road parking available for one car.

While there is no designated garden area, you will have access to the farmland the property is located in and is the perfect space for letting your four-legged friends stretch their legs.

While you're staying in the area, why not take a trip towards the pretty village of Coniston which boasts The Ruskin Museum.

A wonderfully historic museum which was established in 1901 and is dedicated to the Victorian art critic John Ruskin.

Displaying exhibits relating to the man himself, as well as local heritage.

You are ideally situated for exploring all areas of the Lake District and other parts of Cumbria.

With stunning parklands, historic buildings and plenty of pubs and restaurants for fine dining.

Shepherd's Cottage is a wonderful cottage in a peaceful location.

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About the location


Hawkshead 4 miles; Ambleside 8 miles.

Nestling at the head of Coniston Water, the pretty village of Coniston is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District National Park, making it a superb base for touring, with Hawkshead, Ambleside, Windermere and Grasmere just a short drive away. Superb walking, mountain biking and climbing are available locally on Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam, and the lovely woodland trails at Grizedale Forest. For watersports enthusiasts, the quiet lake is ideal for dinghy sailing and canoeing, whilst the less active can enjoy a leisure cruise on the beautiful steam yacht 'Gondola’, or visit Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin. Nearby attractions include the award-winning village of Hawkshead, home of the Beatrix Potter Gallery, Tarn Hows, one of the most visited beauty spots in the country and Esthwaite Water, famous for its fishing. A first class holiday location at any time of the year.

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