- Hot tub
- Off road parking
- Ground floor bedroom
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Pub/shop < 1 mile
- Broadband / WiFi
Reviews & Ratings
80 Customer Reviews
"A very comfortable 2 bedroom cottage in an idyllic spot of the lakes."
Very clean on arrival and very well equipped with a lovely private hot tub. The views from every room of the cottage are stunning and include farmland, hills and nearby lake. It's just a short 15 minutes walk on a easy footpath to Hawkshead and there are lots of lovely walks from the cottage. We would thoroughly recommend staying here.
"Fantastic property - beautiful setting and location, really handy for getting around the south Lakes."
Lovely seeing the farm animals, and the walk on the adjacent footpath into Hawkshead is perfect for a short evening stroll for drinks/food or the Co-op without needing the car
"A super cottage , very well prepared and very clean."
Hot tub ready from arrival and was used lots by us. Owners very friendly and were available anytime if needed anything. Views from front of cottage stunning.
"Simply loved staying at Shepherd's cottage."
It was so comfortable, spotlessly clean, had everything you needed and in a great location and setting. Our hosts were lovely, thanks for a super holiday.
"Really lovely property."
Amazing views, very convenient location. Lovely to be able to walk/run from the doorstep. We cannot fault the owners for making us feel welcome. Highly recommended
"We’ve had an amazing time during our stay at Shepherds cottage."
It’s the perfect location to spend a relaxing break .. peaceful and amazing views..Such a lovely cottage , homely , clean, well thought of plus the access to your own hot tub after a long day out, Perfect!
"The cottage was fully equipped with everything that we need to make our stay comfortable."
The extras such as the robes and slippers for use with the hot tub were an added bonus. The cottage was very clean and warm and a home from home. The location of the cottage was perfect and the views across the valley and Esthwaite Water were beautiful. The owners made us feel very welcome. All in all, a very relaxing stay.
"Shepherds cottage was lovely, spotlessly clean, and cosy, the kitchen had everything you need, the beds are lovely and comfy and rooms have hairdryers and hot water bottles as well as an iron and ironing board."
The location is peaceful with beautiful view, in the heart of the lake district
"Thank you for a lovely week."
The accommodation was perfect and the hosts were very kind and welcoming. We really enjoyed ourselves and felt at home.
"Perfect property in a super location ."
. the views are spectacular…10-15 minute stroll in to Hawkshead village through the fields coming out at the magnificent church …A little on the expensive side but worth it as the cottage was immaculate and very comfortable. The cottage is for 4 people but plenty of crockery,glasswear and utensils to entertain visitors or family … our grandchildren loved the hot tub.This is a working farm so we got to see all the sheep and baby lambs with the cows and their babies up close .. The front of the cottage is a public foot path so you do have people passing but this is not an intrusion at all …. We hope to go back in the future …
"We love shepherds cottage, been twice now and can not fault it."
"This was an excellent choice."
The property was well situated on a farm, with sitting out areas and a hot tub. The hot tub really made a difference. Sitting in there first thing in the morning with frost on the ground is surely very healthy! The property was well equipped throughout - my only gripe was the lack of a proper kettle. I don't trust machines that are basically designed for making coffee. We will cetainly return, which I think is the best recommendation.
"Loved the cottage, very homely, clean and well equipped."
Views were great too. Liked the blue tooth speaker facility. Just a couple of development points, all to do with hot water: - we were only staying 2 nights and the first night the hot tub was too cool to use, due to being emptied and cleaned before our stay, which is a good thing but we were very disappointed not to be able to use this facility - also on that first night the hot water ran out after one medium length shower and took 2 'boosts' and 2 hours to reheat, so not only no hot tub but no shower until late - the hot water heater in the kitchen is fiddly to fill and use, and not as hot as a kettle
Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry the hot water had caused problems for you and I will check the times that the boost is set too. We have had several power cuts recently and I wonder if it has reverted to factory settings. I will purchase a kettle today to improve the kitchen facilities. Thank you for visiting Shepherds Cottage. Property Owner
"We had a very enjoyable weekend the cottage was lovely and clean."
Great location for hawkshead,great to soak in the hottub after a day in the hills.Would definitely recommend it.
"Great little cottage, cosy clean and comfortable!"
"Had a lovely stay although cut short by imminent weather and storm Eunice!"
But our choice to leave a little earlier to get back home. Excellent location and the hot tub was a lovely feature to relax in on an evening. Friendly hosts who were happy to chat and give advice. I would certainly recommend Shepherds Cottage but looking at availability it gets booked up very quickly !
"Superb place, lovely spot just outside Hawkshead, superb accommodation with everything catered for… just perfect."
"We visited the Lake District for the very first time and all I can say is this place is one to beat."
We had the most fantastic time, the cottage was just perfect. The pictures do not do the cottage any justice. From the cleanliness, the views, the hot tub … everything was great. As it’s on a working farm you hear all the animals which I just adored, the cottage was immaculate, the location was perfect. We are already looking at when to come again. If you’re anything like me and struggle to choose “the right place” then look no further. The best break away we’ve had in a very very long time. I could write all day about this place but it is truly lovely. The only downside is that we can’t stay there forever! Thank you, we hope to book again soon!
"Well appointed cottage with fabulous views down to Esthwaite water."
Hosts were very welcoming and our stay went without a hitch. Strongly recommend this cottage for a lake district holiday. This is a working farm which really excited my young daughter who loved seeing the sheep outside our windows.
"The cottage is beautiful and we had a fantastic time!"
The hosts were extremely helpful. We’ll definitely return. Thank you
"Very comfortable cottage in a lovely location."
The hot tub is a welcome bonus would definitely recommend.
"Absolutely brilliant stay."
Hosts were lovely. The setting is gorgeous rain or shine! Cottage really clean and very well equipped. We will be back!
"Great experience, would happily stay again"
"Delightful cottage with amazing views."
The write up did not do it justice. 2 double bedrooms, sitting room diner/ kitchen open plan and on a working farm with a walking path past the front door and with wake up by cows every morning, whats not to like? Centrally placed for the lakes, close to Hawkshead village and Amblesite and Conniston nearby as well as the windermere ferry Cannot praise it enough.
"Shepherds Cottage was absolutely beautiful."
Well presented and had everything we could ask for. Great owners who were always on hand for anything we needed. A great base to see and walk the southern lakes.
"Easy to book and information accurate."
Cottage wonderful with everything you need including robes, slippers and hairdryer and of course the hot tub. Hawkshead is a 15 minute walk away with pubs, fish and chips, shops and bus so no need to get in the car. Right on a footpath so ideal for walking and taking in the glorious views over Esthwaite. Just what we needed. We will definitely be visiting again.
"Beautiful cottage, extremely clean with lovely soft furnishings."
The only minor issue is that the advertised photographs show a twin room but on arrival it was a double.
"As soon as we arrived, we were warmly greeted by Lisa who showed us around the property."
It was spotlessly clean and had everything we would need and more for our stay. The bedrooms looks out over rolling hills and the Esthwaite water and it was lovely to be able to look out at the animals on the fields. Would definitely recommend and we are looking to book again soon!
"Shepherd’s Cottage is highly recommended."
The facilities are great, really comfortable and the hot tub is a bonus. It’s located in an exceptionally lovely location with views over Esthwaite and friendly cows in the fields nearbye. The village of Hawkeshead is a twenty minute walk away via a very pretty footpath which runs in front of the cottage. The owners live in the farm adjacent to the property and they are very friendly and helpful if you need anything. Perfect really. The booking system for the holiday was very efficient and went without a hitch.
"Cottage interior was cosy."
Ideal location for loads of walks. Close to shops. Hot tub lovely to relax in at the end of a walk
"Loved our stay in Hawkshead."
Shepherds Cottage had great facilities, really clean and good to stay on an authentic working farm. Amazing views at the front over Esthwaite water.
"The cottage was wonderful with extremely comfortable beds and lounge seating."
Everything was as spotless as could be with a superb kitchen area which was very well equipped. The location is stunning with such gorgeous views over farmland and Esthwaite Water. We were made to feel very welcome and would love to return one day.
"Lovely cottage in a fantastic location."
Near to great walks around Windermere and Grizedale.
"Lovely warm comfortable cottage."
Exceptionally clean and very well equipt. Perfect location with beautiful views.
"Gorgeous cottage in the countryside and literally on a working farm."
It’s clean and very, very comfortable - we had fantastic nights sleep. The hot tub was great and plastic glasses, robes and slippers were provided for it. In easy walking distance of Hawkshead either across the fields or on the roadside. We had a lovely girls weekend and would not hesitate to go back.
"We had a fantastic week at Shepherds Cottage."
A great location to explore the Lakes and a only a short walk to Hawkshead where we enjoyed a couple of lovely meals. Grizedale forest is only a 5 minute drive away so we went on lots of walks and bike rides around the forest and then headed back to the cottage to enjoy the hot tub. Our 2 children (7&5) can’t wait to go back!
"Really nice cottage , would stay again and recommend to friends ."
One thing we feel could be improved on is the towel and dressing gown drying facilities. We had a lovely holiday.
Thank you for your feedback. Your comments have been taken on board. The owner has now purchased a indoor/ outdoor larger drying rotating airer. We hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner
"The cottage was beautiful."
We loved its setting and amazing views of the lake. It had everything you would need in the kitchen. The bedrooms were very comfortable. The bathroom had toiletries provided. The cottage is within a short 20 minute walk into the village where you could choose from four pubs to eat and drink and buy provisions in a few shops. Then back at the cottage the hot tub is a welcome bonus! The cottage is located on a working farm and the farmer and his wife are very welcoming and there if needed, while leaving you to enjoy your stay.
"Great cottage - traditional but not at all dated."
Well kitted out with some lovely touches to make our stay feel special - we especially enjoyed the locally-roasted coffee. Felt like we were away from it all, but still an easy walk into Hawkshead. Views even better than the pictures! Tip: if you’re in the hot tub on a clear night, turn all the lights off - as a city dweller it was lovely to get a good view of the night sky.
"Shepards cottage is gorgeous and we had a wonderful time."
Cannot fault the property. the chocolates and presco on arrival was a lovely touch and there was also milk in the fridge. the kitchen is very well equiped and the bed was so comfortable and someone with neck and back issues this is very important. we had a wonderful time and am hoping to book the cottage over new years 2020 just waiting for husbands dates on which his work will be closed. everything was fantastic , thank you.
"The property is situated in hawkshead, a short walk of around 20 minutes through fields to the centre or a 5 minute drive."
The house was well equipped and the beds very comfortable.
"The cottage was as described, a very comfortable and clean accommodation with all home comforts needed for a very nice break."
Ideal location and distance for surrounding walks and short stroll into Hawkshead. Would return here and recommend for anyone considering this cottage.
"We had a brilliant week in a Shepherd’s Cottage!"
It is by far the nicest cottage we’ve stayed in. Coincidentally we have the same sofas at home. The hot tub was amazing and we used it every day and it was just what we needed after long day walking! The cottage has everything you could need and even has a daily milk delivery!! The owners are absolutely lovely and nothing was too much trouble. The cottage is also a short stroll from the village where is a great selection of pubs and cafes. We will be back!!!
"The Cottage has everything you could need."
Hot tub was great after a busy day. Even in the rain! Great location too. Easy access to many intesting places. Would especially recommend the English Heritage Bobbin Mill.
From the moment we stepped foot in the property we had several wow moments. The décor, the furnishings, all to a high standard and super clean. The fact there were toiletries in the bathroom, which were divine, from the kitchen supplies of washing liquid and tea towel and dishcloth. All the little touches made it feel extra special. The Hot Tub was absolutely amazing. The fact fluffy towelling robes and slippers were supplied was fantastic, along with plastic champagne flutes all ready to use. It was in a brilliant location for walking and the village very accessible. The owners were available and on hand if anything was needed ( but it wasn't). All in all this is an extremely beautiful cottage set in a beautiful part of the Lake District. What more could you want. Even with lots of rain it was still amazing!
"I can’t recommend this property highly enough."
It is located in the most beautiful area with fantastic views over Esthwaite Water and is an easy walk away from Hawkshead where you can get all your grocery supplies. The property was clean, comfortable and well appointed with toiletries provided. There was also a blue tooth sound system in the cottage which was a bonus. The hot tub was great and robes and slippers were provided too. The owners were really friendly and helpful and had good suggestions about where to eat locally. All in all a charming property- we loved being on a working farm and woke up most mornings to find cows looking at us through the kitchen window!
"We had a wonderful time and will return soon."
A good location for walking without taking the car out. Also Hawkshead is great to pick up food items for walking as well as having some nice pubs at the end.
"Not the cottage on cold wet days heating not very good some radiators didn't work."
We are sorry to hear you were cold during your stay. The heating is controlled within the cottage and can be altered at any time, if you had let us know we would have been happy to assist you with this. Property Owner
"Lovely cottage lots of thoughtful little details and very clean."
Lovely jacuzzi for after long walks and a pleasure to see the lambs out the front, will definitely be back
"Lovely place spotless and everything you could wish for."
Such a beautiful setting across from the water so peaceful and relaxing and the hot tub was great. There are walks from the door and its an easy 10 to15 mins walk into the village, I would take a torch/head torches for walking back as it is quite dark. Lisa made us feel at home and responded immediately when we had a couple of minor issues with the TV and finding the button to advance the heating after our soggy walk. Would definitely recommend a stay in this fab place.
"The cottage was spotless and has everything you need."
The cake and pint of milk were a lovely welcome. The views are stunning and the hot tub was wonderful. Such a cosy and nice place to stay. Really comfy beds with decent pillows! The owners are lovely - there if you need them, but completely leave you to just do as you please. This is our favourite Sykes booking so Far.
"It was amazing, the cottage far outweighed our expectations in cleanliness, the way it was stocked with everything we needed, the location was stunning, we had a brilliant time."
"A quaint single storey cottage attached to the original farmhouse on a working farm."
The location is idyllic with fantastic views and it's a an enjoyable stroll into the pretty village of Hawkshead. Within easy reach of Windermere, Coniston and Grizedale Forest. The cottage is beautifully clean, well equipped, and modern with the magical bonus of a hot tub located in the small private courtyard. The owners are a delight and we'll certainly be returning. An ideal property for couples or like us a family of four - big thumbs up from us!
"The cottage was beautiful,cosy and clean with everything we needed."
The hot tub was lovely and always hot ,ready for when we got back from our day.The owners were very friendly & welcoming without being intrusive.We,ve had a lovely peaceful weekend & would definitely return and recommend to friends & family
"Shepherds Cottage was exactly as described."
It was clean, cosy and had lovely extra touches eg welcome food and drink, dressing gowns etc. We spent a lot of time in the hot tub and extra towels etc were supplied on request. This is the first time we have used Sykes Cottages but will do so again.
"Me and my boyfriend stayed here for a few days last week and it was amazing!"
We are both farmers so wanted a break away where we didn’t feel out of place. The cottage is beautiful and extremely comfortable! We ate out most days but the kitchen was very well equipped with everything you may need, there was even loacally produced milk in the fridge that was a lovely touch! I would definitely recommend staying here and hopefully we’ll stay here again before too long! It was just the break we needed I’m so glad we picked to stay here. Location is also fab as there were plenty of pubs and cafes to chose from aswell as being close to Windermere. Thank you for a fabulous stay!
"Lovely cottage …… in fact we have booked it again !"
! Walking from the cottage door and Lisa was super helpful with the two things we had forgotten - how to work the electric heaters and hot water bottles for my Mums bed . Thank you Lisa and Mike see you in 2020...…. oh and 2019 in the B+B side of things . Regards Hazel
"Great location to Hawkshead with the footpath very handy."
"Warm and cosy cottage in a beautiful spot."
Fantastic trees to look out on as well as the lake. Hawkshead an easy walk by road or if you prefer an easy track. Very accessible to other parts of the southern lakes. A great place to stay.
"Everything was thought of and more."
I had originally booked a week in May but had to change it the day before due to a family bereavement. Lisa was very understanding and agreed to move it to September. The cottage was very roomy for two and would still accommodate four comfortably. The views of Esthwaite every morning were perfect and changed daily, we had breakfast outside on a couple of days. The kitchen was very well equipped and the bedroom cupboards contained ironing board, clothes horse, hairdriers, and there were toiletries in the bathroom. We didn't need to see Lisa much but she was very helpful by text beforehand and in person. I have recommended the cottage to several friends already and my grown-up girls want to stay there next year. I stayed at Howe Farm over 10 years ago on business, loved it then, and remembered they had a cottage, so booked and have had such a relaxing holiday. The area is lovely, not as busy as other lakeland centres which was perfect, plenty to see in Hawkshead too - we ate at the Queens Head on three evenings, and Tower Bank Arms, in Near Sawrey for a couple of lunches and would highly recommend them both. A great base from which to explore a very beautiful part of the country.
"What a glorious little gem this cottage is."
Beautifully appointed in a fantastic location. Our hosts could not have been more welcoming. Delicious milk, delightful animals, an amazing hot tub! All our needs were catered for, even reading materials. We shall certainly be returning. Thank you.
"Beautiful peaceful place."
We felt very at home and didn’t want to leave. Was lovely waking up to grazing cows and sheep and the scenery was breathtaking. The cottage was very cosy and well equipped. Hawkshead village was only a short walk through the fields on the lovely footpaths. The hot tub was really good and effective. Best holiday ever!
"Only gripe was chairs were to low for both of us bearing mind I am 6ft 4inches tall and my wife 5ft 2inches so good range."
Thank you so much for your feedback. I have changed the sofas in my property. I always appreciate my guests comments. Property Owner
"We had a fabulous holiday and would highly recommend this cottage to others."
The views from the cottage were beautiful and the cottage itself was very well equipped and the provision of bath robes and slippers was very welcome after a session in the hot tub. The hosts Mike and Lisa were very welcoming and one of the highlights of our stay was the birth of baby calves who were put in the field outside of the cottage. We spent a lot of time just watching them interact. Hawkshead itself is less than a 10 minute walk from the cottage and has 4 very nice pubs plus cafes and shops and is very picturesque. We will be returning
"Sykes were extremely professional and easy to book the holiday through."
Shepherds cottage was excellent as was the owner.would definitely recommend Sykes and shepherds cottage to anyone thinking of visiting the lakes.great location.
"Our second visit to shepherd's cottage."
Absolutely lovely cottage ...great location and facilities....everything you require for a comfortable and homely stay. Added bonus...the hot tub !!
"Beautiful cottage in a beautiful place"
"Lovely cottage, lovely helpful owners, perfect location."
"FAB accommodation, hosts very welcoming."
Beautiful part of the country, walkable into Hawkshead as the cottage is probably less than a mile. Cafes, restaurants and pubs there as well as specialty shops and a small supermarket. Loads of activities and villages and towns within 20 mins drive, idyllic holiday. We loved it.
"Fantastic location on a working farm and a short walk from Hawkshead."
Property very clean and well equipped. Property owners very helpful.
"We had a fabulous time at shepherds cottage."
Amazing views and perfect location on footpath to Hawkshead. Cottage is lovely inside and lots of nice extra touches. Hot tub every evening helped relax after a days walking. Would definitely recommend.
"Excellent accommodation, very clean and tidy, well equipped kitchen and lovely bedding and towels."
The main bedroom is a little on the small side...the wardrobe door doesn't open fully because the bed gets in the way but that's a minor niggle. The hot tub was a real treat and towelling robes and slippers are provided. The location is very peaceful with wonderful views. When choosing this cottage you should be aware that it is part of a working farm so there are animals, tractors and smells! We enjoyed the experience (baby lambs in the field at the front) and would highly recommend the property.
"We had a lovely relaxing break at the Shepherds cottage."
The location, scenery and special little touches made it even more wonderful! Thanks for a lovely weekend.
"The cottage was ideally placed in a very picturesque setting, within walking distance of Hawkshead."
The owners were very friendly and accomodating, we would consider returning. We didn't take advantage of the home cooked meals or breakfasts but would do this probably next time. A lovely time had by all of us. The only downside was that the cottage was a little cold at times before the timed heating came on.
"Cottage and owners were lovely and would definitely consider staying there again"
"Beautiful location very well equipped cosy cottage."
The hot tub was an added bonus and the owners were extremely friendly. It was great being able to walk into Hawkshead which had all the amenities you would need.
"The holiday cottage was amazing and the proprietors were lovely people and very helpful."
"Property in a superb location and very cosy."
Some visitors may be surprised by walkers on public footpath going past the windows though it didn't bother us.
"A fantastic well equipped cottage with stunning views."
Hot tub was amazing after a hard day's cycling. Lovely hosts, nothing too much trouble, very helpful & pleasant. We really enjoyed staying on a working farm. So much to do and see from your doorstep, excellent location, Grizedale forest just minutes away. We would definitely re-visit. Angela & John Worsley
"The weather, the friendliness and helpfulness of our hosts Lisa and Michael and the beauty of the countryside."
The cottage was ideally placed off the beaten track but within walking distance to the facilities in Hawkshead and many exceptional walks. We had a brilliant time.
- All ground floor
- Two bedrooms: 2 x double
- Shower room with shower, basin and WC
- Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
- Electric central heating with electric fire
- Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, Bluetooth speaker, WiFi
- Fuel and power inc. in rent
- Bed linen, towels, robes and slippers inc. in rent
- Travel cot and highchair on request
- Off-road parking for 2 cars
- Two patios with furniture, BBQ & Charcoal and private hot tub
- Sorry, no pets and no smoking
- Shop and pub 12 mins walk
- Note: Laundry facilities available through owner
- Note: The cottage is on a working livestock farm
- Note: The Hot Tub is drained, cleaned and refilled between each set of guests so this may take some time to heat up on day of arrival
- Note: Fishing license required for lake fishing
This single-storey barn conversion is situated on a working livestock farm, just under a mile from the picturesque village of Hawkshead and six miles from Ambleside.
With spectacular views over the fields to the pretty Esthwaite Water, this wonderful cottage is a firm favourite for couples or families at any time of the year.
Enter this welcoming cottage and you will find a real gem as you discover the light and airy open plan living area, which has feature beams and a delightful sitting area with soft and cosy leather sofas, alongside a modern kitchen.
Set all on the ground floor, it is just a short stroll at bedtime to reach the two bedrooms and the luxurious shower room, where you will find many extra touches such as cosy robes, slippers and toiletries, which have been generously supplied by the owner to ensure that your stay is nothing less than perfect.
Outside, at the rear of the cottage, is a lovely patio area with your very own private hot tub, perfect for chilling out after a hard day's walking, whilst at the front is another patio which boasts fantastic views down to Esthwaite Water; an ideal spot to sit back and enjoy the peaceful and tranquil landscape.
Esthwaite Water has been known to be frequented by osprey that have no doubt been attracted by the pike and trout in the lake, as are fishermen who can fish on the lake by arrangement with the owner.
Just a ten minute stroll will take you into the charming village of Hawkshead with its colourful mix of quaint, cobbled yards, whitewashed cottages and interesting shops and cafes to explore.
The Grizedale Forest is on the doorstep and the Visitor Centre with the tree top adventure course is just 10 minutes' drive away.
With beautiful paths right from the door leading you through Hawkshead towards Tarn Hows and the delightful Drunken Duck pub, this perfect cottage will be delightful at any time of year.
About the location
Ambleside 5.1 miles; Kendal 17.4 miles.
The picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Visitors can wander the wealth of tiny alleyways, thoroughfares, archways and courtyards between the whitewashed 17th century houses. There are many pleasant inns, teashops, guest houses and gift shops in the village, as well as the Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the famous author’s illustrations and stories. The other famous Hawkshead enthusiast, William Wordsworth, attended the Old Grammar School in 1779-87, which still stands today, and you can visit the building where the Lakeland poet developed his love of the form, and even see the desk into which he scratched his name as a small boy! Newby Bridge is ten miles away and offers attractions such as the Aquarium of the Lakes and Windermere Lake Cruises, sailing daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. With stunning scenery and numerous attractions within easy touring distance, Hawkshead is in an ideal location at any time of the year.
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