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White House

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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6 Customer Reviews

  • "This cottage was perfect for us (2 adults 2 dogs)."

    Loved the secluded location. Great spot for exploring the lakes and places further afield like Hadrians Wall. Can not fault it at all. I’m sure we will return in the future.

    I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with your dogs. Thank you so much for your kind comments and I look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrienne5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had a very nice stay at White House."

    It is a lovely old period property in a very quiet location. Good base for visiting the area. Be prepared for a half hour walk to the nearest shop and pub. You can walk over the fields on the public footpaths or down the quiet country roads (no footpaths). The garden is nicely maintained (secure for dogs too) and the summer house is a perfect place to relax with a glass of wine and a good book. The house is warm and cozy. If you like oldy worldy and somewhere with a bit of character then you will enjoy your stay. I have to mention that the cleanliness is not up to scratch. We have dogs so our standards are a bit more relaxed than most but even we felt some aspects were unacceptable and will feed this back directly to Sykes.

    I am pleased that you had a nice stay at White House and thank you for your kind comments. In respect of the issues about cleanliness these are under detailed investigation through Sykes and include the state of the property when you left and the number of occupants. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David and Dorothy3.4Feb 2024

  • "Ust as lovely as it looks in the pictures!"

    Luxurious cottage in stunning village with incredible views! Thankyou for allowing us to stay, even though only 2 nights were available in this peak time. Garden secure & beautiful. Cottage excellent standard, lovely waterfall shower, clean & tidy. Had couple of maintenance things to report but Sykes / caretakers were quick to respond, so assume was sorted for the next people? These were that the wooden door covering the fridge door was hanging off and dangerous ( very heavy and ready to fall from a height). No tools available or we could have unscrewed the remaining hinge and at least made it safe. The kettle had a slow leak so sat in a puddle of water! Only other comment is that there were a few cobwebs ( handfuls when plugging things in!) and the towels were tiny/ thin. Have since visited 2 more Sykes cottages with thick large fluffy towels which emphasised the contrast. A note about the ‘short’ driveway might alsobe helpful to some - our average 4WD was a squeeze to close the gate, so had to unpack and let the dogs in/out with the gate open. A truck or van would not fit. Shap village very friendly & gorgeous abbey cafe on the high street. Greyhound inn great food again very friendly .Swimming pool was very cold. Nice to explore a different part of the lakes.

    Thank you for your kind comments. The hinge on the fridge door was repaired just after you left as soon as I was made aware of it. A screw had worked itself loose and I had he whole door rehung. Under holiday let regulations not allowed to leave tools out which I agree would be helpful to do. I have replaced the kettle with a new one. My 4WD which is a GLC Mercedes fits in the drive with about 2 feet of space at the rear to the gate so luggage and dogs are easy to let out safely. Width wise two small cars can fit in. It is best to drive in tight to the low garden wall and not reverse in. Vans fit but the gate needs to be left open for them, workmen have regularly done this. Apologies for the towels, quality towels were provided but the laundry service on occasion mixes them up replacing mine with inferior towels belonging to other properties. This problem and your comments about cobwebs I have raised with the housekeepers. I am not sure if you are referring to my property on cobwebs as I have not ever found handfuls of them? Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Only had a very short break but wish we'd had longer. Garden is idyllic and the summer house fantastic. So peaceful surrounded by nature and farmland. Perfect for sheer relaxation.

    Thank you for your kind comments. So pleased to see you enjoyed the garden and surrounds. The garden certainly needed a lot of work to revive it after I bought the property , it had been badly neglected for years. New planets are still appearing as it matures. In winter the top grassed area is covered in snowdrops. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Aug 2023

  • "A well equipped cottage in a very quiet location."

    We chose it as we wanted to visit RSPB Haweswater: we were able to walk into Swindale from the cottage and later drove round to Haweswater itself for more walks.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay and the location worked so well for your interests. Swindale is such a worthwhile project. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Jul 2023

  • "Delightful small cottage in a tiny hamlet."

    Characterful and charming. I’d have to get really picky to find fault - there is perhaps too much furniture in the dining room and it’s difficult to move in and out. But more generally this was a wonderful choice that gave access to the beautiful Lakes.

    Thank you for your feedback. I may thin our some dining room furniture as you suggest as 6 dining chairs are not really needed for 4 people. Sometimes I have personally used the 2 spare chairs with visitors. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin4.4Jun 2023

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with electric fire and en-suite shower room with walk-in shower, basin, and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with roll-top bath, handheld shower, basin, and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with open fire
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Property heating: Oil, other heating sources: Electric fire, Open Fire, Washing machine, Tumble dryer, Woodburning Stove
  • 1 oven of type: electric
  • Hobs
  • Microwave
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking
  • 1 x Garden
  • Pets allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop within 1.2 miles
  • Pub within 2 miles
  • Note: This property only accepts children over the age of 10 years old

The property

Shap 1.2 miles.

Located in the heart of Keld, a quaint village near Shap in Cumbria is White House, a charming, two-bedroom cottage.

Resting upon the cusp of the Lake District National Park, enjoying rural views over the region, White House offers a characterful abode for a family of four, complete with a pretty garden, a private driveway, and a homely interior.

Park up and unload your belongings, before travelling indoors to reach the sitting room; here you can unwind with the gentle glow of the woodburning stove in the backdrop.

Locate the kitchen, well-equipped for a self-catered stay, where you can rustle up delicious meals to be enjoyed in the dining room, featuring traditional, antique furniture, and a roaring open fire.

If the weather allows, dine alfresco in the delightful garden, dotted with beautiful blooms and luscious lawns, before climbing up to the elevated lawned area for vistas across the valley.

Retire indoors to catch some rest from one of two well-appointed bedrooms, including a twin, and a double with electric fire and en-suite shower room.

Indulge in a long soak in the roll-top bath, providing plenty of space to complete your morning routine, before heading into nearby Shap to stock up on the essentials and dine out, with the Crown Inn at Shap, The Abbey Kitchen, and The Greyhound Hotel, Bar & Restaurant in the area.

Be sure to tour the remains of Shap Abbey whilst remaining local before travelling through the national park to enjoy an afternoon of watersports upon Ullswater, or a nature-filled hike towards Aira Force Waterfall.

Keen birdwatchers will relish in the chance to visit The RSPB at Haweswater, whilst explorers will enjoy touring the Rydal Cave and the Stock Ghyll Force, worth packing your walking boots for; Wordsworth Grasmere and the Allan Bank and Grasmere country house are also nearby for history fans to enjoy.

Round off your travels with a visit to Lake Windermere and its plethora of attractions where you can visit the Holehird Gardens, take to the lake by kayaking or canoeing at the Brockhole on Windermere centre, or enjoying the immersive experience of The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, plus many more popular landmarks and activities.

Gather your loved ones for a Cumbrian haven at White House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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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.

Note: This property only accepts children over the age of 10 years old

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas