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The Shippen

Rusland near Crosslands, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 919747)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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65 Customer Reviews

  • "It is our second visit to The Shippen, and we hope very much it won't be the last!"

    A perfect place to completely relax in a peaceful, rural location, with hosts who are friendly and always ready to help, but with the perfect degree of discretion to allow one to enjoy the privacy this cottage provides.

    Reviewed by KatherineMay 2022

  • "Your General Feedback Would you like to provide feedback about the holiday property?"

    This will be shared with the property owner. Had a wonderful stay at The Shippen (our second time).The cottage has everything you can imagine you’d need from coffee and tea to a really comfy bed. The location is fantastic with great walks and bike rides straight from the door but also a good base for exploring further afield. Graham and Gay were really helpful. Will most certainly be back soon.

    Reviewed by VictoriaApr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in great location in south lakes."

    Convenient for Windamete and Coniston lakes. Lots of walks available. Very dog friendly. Property was very clean and comfortable. Hosts very very friendly and helpful. Would visit again.

    Reviewed by LesleyApr 2022

  • "What a beautiful place to visit, attached to the owners house (and they are lovely), they were not only nice to speak to each evening when we came home, but offered lovely tips for the area, delicious scones in the morning and insight into the local wildlife."

    We will be back and I would certainly recommend this lovely property!

    Reviewed by BrianApr 2022

  • "It was a great stay, the hosts were very kind and thoughtful, even catered to our vegan needs with some delicious scones."

    We were welcomed in late at night and given everything we needed. If we needed anything else it was easy to ask for. A delightful cottage, warm, cosy, and a lovely location to be. We both really enjoyed our stay and would like to thank you for your kindness and hospitality.

    Reviewed by MunawarDec 2021

  • "Fantastic little cottage with great hosts, we would definitley use it again in the future."

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2021

  • "Amazing accommodation, couldn't ask for more."

    11 out of 10

    Reviewed by AmandaNov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage and facilities, it had everything we needed for a perfect stay for 2, thank you"

    Reviewed by HannahNov 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Shippen, despite what the weather threw at us!"

    Really cosy cottage in a great quiet location, away from the crowds but with fab walks on our doorstep. Great base for exploring the Lakes. Look forward to coming back soon.

    Reviewed by RichardOct 2021

  • "Just back from a week staying in The Shippen, which has been a great place to stay as a base for the South Lake District and the Peninsulas."

    The Sykes website entry for The Shippen probably doesn't do it justice. Everything is to a higher standard than we expected - a pleasant surprise. Gay and Graham are lovely hosts, too. The only thing to be aware of is the winding staircase, which we think would be a bit of a problem if anyone has mobility dificulties. But, with that caveat, wholeheartedly recommended.

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2021

  • "The cottage is lovely and in a beautiful position in the country with wonderful views."

    Very clean and comfortable and plenty of room for the two of us with our dog. The kitchen included everything we needed, it was certainly warm enough, too warm to light the wood burner although it was good to have that option. Having a dog we appreciated the enclosed garden, and she loved being able to sit on the outside steps overlooking the fields behind. Lastly the scones were delicious.

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in a quite part of the Lake District stunning views from the cottage."

    roads not very busy in the Rushland valley so ideal for cyclists will definitely visit the area again.

    Reviewed by ArthurSep 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in such a beautiful and quiet location."

    Very comfortable, I even managed to sleep properly which I almost never do when it isn’t my own bed. Gay and Graham are excellent hosts, friendly without being intrusive, plus I was well supplied with scones (including some for the road home) which is always a bonus! I wouldn’t hesitate to book The Shippen again.

    Reviewed by HazelSep 2021

  • "Beautiful, peaceful location."

    Lovely friendly hosts . Wonderful scenery and walking. Everything you could wish for a calming, relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by AnthonyAug 2021

  • "Great place to stay."

    Amazing views from the windows. Beautiful garden! Great location, comfy bed, well equipped, nice powerful shower. Walks in abundance nearby. Scones were a nice touch. Nice hosts. Thank you.

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2021

  • "Great quiet location but not too far from the heart of the lakes."

    Lots of great walks nearby. Ideal location for a relaxing break

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2021

  • "Fabulous property and location ."

    Idyllic views comfortable .Need to emphasise though that this is unsuitable for disable due to both staircases being challenging. One is outside stone steps and inside a spiral staircase with rope handle No washing machine

    Reviewed by SharonJul 2021

  • "Excellent hosts, tranquil location, wonderful outlook from the living room, all the equipment we could want."

    Sheep on hand to be counted; birds and bees filling the airspace and grass-fed beef putting on the kilos as you watch.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2021

  • "Lovely hosts, great location for a peaceful getaway."

    Reviewed by JasonJun 2021

  • "A lovely spot with great views of the countryside and surrounded by a lovely garden."

    The facilities are good, comfortable bed, a modern bathroom and a cosy upstairs sitting room with wood burner. We had a very restful and relaxing holiday, and will be back.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, in an unspoilt location."

    Reviewed by AdamMay 2021

  • "Hosts Gay and Graham are so approachable, friendly and very welcoming."

    The cottage is superbly fitted with everything you can think of especially in the kitchen. The fixtures and fittings of the cottage have been completed to a high standard making the place very cosy especially with the wood burner. The location is perfect for a peaceful countryside base, surrounded by stunning scenery and a great base to travel to all parks of the Lake District. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by NatalieMay 2021

  • "Charming and welcoming hosts who made sure we had everything we needed and offered advice about local facilities and amenities."

    Thank you Gay and Graham

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2021

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful location."

    The hosts are excellent and the cottage was spotlessly clean and very welcoming. A perfect retreat.

    Reviewed by AngelaApr 2021

  • "I had a lovely week away in this charming, quiet and delightfully off the beaten path cottage."

    The hosts were wonderful, friendly without being intrusive and had even taken the time to make sure there were some fresh scones and a vase of flowers to greet me on arrival. The hosts were also happy to chat through options as far as walks and opportunities to explore locally, which was much appreciated and their recommendations were excellent. The cottage had everything I needed and was comfortable and well-appointed as well as being ideally located (for me) with easy access to some decent roads to explore further afield. I would not hesitate to recommend this cottage and hopefully will have an opportunity to stay again at some point in the future.

    Reviewed by HannahApr 2021

  • "The cottage was far better than described in the listing."

    The bathroom was clean and comfortable. The hosts use quality brands for towels and soaps. The open fire place in the lounge was a delight. The only thing I could mention is that the mattress was a little soft for my liking.

    Reviewed by OmidDec 2020

  • "An absolute fantastic stay, suitable for couples seeking a quiet and cosy break in the heart of the Lake District."

    The cottage is impeccably presented, with beautiful views across the local hills. Graham and Gay were warm and welcoming, and we were made to feel right at home for our week stay. The location is wonderful with many places of interest within a comfortable driving distance. We will be recommending The Shippen to our friends and family for certain.

    Reviewed by Jessie MayOct 2020

  • "Perfect cottage in a perfect setting."

    We were amazed at how quiet it was. We were greeted by lovely countryside views every morning and enjoyed cuddling up by the wood burner in the evening. The kitchen and bathroom facilities were excellent and the bed was very comfy. We will hopefully book again next year, thank you for a great little escape this weekend, it was just what we needed!

    Reviewed by HannahOct 2020

  • "Very cosy cottage."

    Everything you need is there. The hosts are lovely too. Really liked the homemade scones and jam on arrival. Have booked again this year, the walks around the area are amazing

    Reviewed by SandraSep 2020

  • "A lovely cosy cottage in a stunningly beautiful part of the Lake District."

    Relaxing and peaceful with a warm welcome. Dog was pretty happy too!

    Reviewed by AnnaSep 2020

  • "If you want a peaceful and secluded stay in the Lake District then this is the perfect place for you."

    Everything you need in the accommodation and easy to reach a lot of great walks and the rest of the Lakes. Great hosts and would have no hesitation in staying again!

    Reviewed by ElliottAug 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the Shippen."

    it was clean, comfortable and in a great spot. our hosts were welcoming and friendly and have made a great place to stay. We have booked to come back.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2020

  • "We had the most wonderful experience at the Shippen."

    We stayed for a week in August 2020 - a much needed break from all things covid! From welcome (homemade scones) to goodbye (sending on a necklace we'd left) Graham and Gay were perfect hosts. Always on hand with some local knowledge to improve your experience of the area. If you enjoy walking, cycling and all the Lakes has to offer the location is awesome. We spent the week walking the valley, playing golf at Winderemere GC and mountain biking in Grizedale forest. Graham was happy for us to store our bikes and golf clubs in their garage and was there with some much needed pliers for a quick bike repair. The accomadation is perfect for two. We had our 10 year old labrador with us too - who loved it! The cooking facilities are perfect, we made a home cooked meal every night we stayed. You will not want to leave the bed behind, it is that comfortable! When first arriving it is tricky to find, I wouldn't fancy doing it in the dark. Once you get your bearings it is easy to navigate the roads and Ulverston is not far away with a good size Aldi. We will book the Shippen again.

    Reviewed by CazAug 2020

  • "This is a delightful holiday cottage in a beautiful peaceful place with everything you might need for a week away."

    The owners are lovely and very helpful and we would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by CliveJul 2020

  • "We had a lovely long weekend at The Shippen."

    It's surrounded by countryside that's great for walks and only a 20- 30 minute drive to nearby towns too. It has an enclosed little courtyard which was a nice bonus for our dogs and was overall a very quiet and cosy cottage. Just what we needed!

    Reviewed by KatieJan 2020

  • "We loved this cottage!"

    there was nothing to fault! from our arrival we were greeted with a warm welcome. the cottage itself is so cosy, the log burner is lovely to come back to after a days walking! we will definitely be back

    Reviewed by KarliNov 2019

  • "It was a peacful location and quite central to all places."

    The stairs and spiral staircase needed full attention but they were the only things with any negative. it was a warm and cosy cottage, the woodburner certainly helps on cold nights! Gay & Graham were very helpful with any needs.

    Reviewed by AlanNov 2019

  • "Lovely warm and comfortable cottage with gorgeous views."

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for us, and the Shippen is the first place we have stayed at that we would consider staying at again."

    The views were gorgeous even with the rain! The welcome scones & home-made jam were delicious. I know you can take a dogs there, but I would not be sure as the outside stairs and the inside stairs may be difficult for some dogs. Small ones could be carried up and down.

    Reviewed by MelanieAug 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage in a lovely quiet area, perfect for relaxing with good walks from the door."

    The cottage had many additional items as standard, that would normally be classed as 'extras' - these included tea, coffee and Gay's wonderful scones. The welcome from Gay and Graham was lovely and they were extremely helpful, friendly and nothing was too much trouble, during our stay. The cottage was plenty big enough for the two of us, with a well laid out kitchen, lovely bathroom, the comfiest bed we have ever slept in and a beautiful garden. We have stayed in many cottages in the Lake District but the Shippen is the loveliest one and we can't wait to make a return visit. Many thanks for a lovely holiday Karen and Tony

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2019

  • "Fridge had a tiny freezer section which was not sufficient to store food in."

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2019

  • "My wife and I had a lovely stay at Shippen although I left the place with a very sore head after constantly bumping my head against the top of the small doorframes!"

    Also, the spiral staircase was a little tricky to navigate sometimes!

    Reviewed by JaniceMay 2019

  • "The Shippen is a real secret little hideaway, which suited me, my husband and our dog down to the ground."

    We love this area of the Lake District, and this made our perfect base. Walking made a big part of our holiday, and we were able to find some beautiful walks straight from the door. Crosslands is very quiet and peaceful, with only birdsong to be heard early morning and evening, yet Ulverston is only twenty minutes' drive away; and Greenodd (only ten minutes away) has an axcellent baker, butcher and general store. The cottage owners, who live adjacent to the Shippen, are a delightful couple, who made us most welcome and we were made to feel that, genuinely, nothing was too much trouble to make our holiday enjoyable. We hope very much to return.

    Reviewed by KatherineMay 2019

  • "The property owners were charming and helpful, the property lived up to expectations."

    A lovely week.

    Reviewed by JacquelineApr 2019

  • "Charming cottage to spend our week away."

    Spotlessly clean and cozy. Super wood burner easy to use and comfortable bed . All linens top quality and fixtures and fittings of quality. Friendly hosts very happy to help with any issues. Only downside for us was lack of WiFi and intermittent signal.

    Reviewed by AndrewMar 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage very cosy and a lot of thought has gone into dressings and fixings of this place , its so peaceful with veiws accross the fields which was stunning on a frosty morning."

    The warm welcome went along way too as the fruit cake and Christmas decorated tree. Plenty of hot water and log burner with basket of logs as a welcome x only fault if you were to need internet on a work away type relax it's very up and down not reliable as it's Ethernet seem to work sparingly. Otherwise we really enjoyed the cottage and surrounding area.

    Reviewed by DeniseDec 2018

  • "I booked this cottage to literally escape fireworks as one of my dog’s is terrified."

    The listing said remote and that was accurate. What an amazing little gem this cottage is. When I arrived I was met by Gay and shown around, it’s far more beautiful than the photos depict. Stunning location and views, peaceful and quiet and the biggest comfiest bed I”d ever slept in! I had the best few nights sleep I’ve ever had. All the furnishings and equipment are of a very high standard and it’s sootlessky clean. Gay and Graham were always on hand if you needed anything and they are so friendly. There is no phone signal and the internet is patchy but that was no issue for me. I will definitely be staying in this idyllic cottage again.

    Reviewed by CateNov 2018

  • "Shippen is idyllic, everything provided ..."

    Shippen is idyllic, everything provided Accommodation was much bettter than expected Hosts very welcoming and helpful A wonderful location for the Southern lakes to get away from it all

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2018

  • "Very comfortable aided by good quality linen, towels etc."

    Beautiful spot away from the numbers.

    Reviewed by TonyNov 2018

  • "If you really want to get away from it all, you could go here and switch off the world for days."

    The upside down layout means that you have stunning views out on to the countryside from the living area..and not forgetting a really comfortable bed!

    Reviewed by PaddyAug 2018

  • "Hosts met us with homemade scones and jam, which were really tasty."

    Cottage was very clean and tidy. Very well equipped with all you need. Gay and Graham were really lovely and hospitable and so helpful. My wife and I both being animal lovers, so we really enjoyed the company of thier pets, especially Ossie who is such a character. The Shippen cottage is an ideal place for tranquil and relaxed vacation away from a city buzz. Be aware, you won't hear your phone at all, as for mobile signal you need to walk up a hill for a few minutes but wouldn't say that was a bad thing! PS Sorry we forgot to write in your book before we left, it completely escaped both our minds.

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2018

  • "The cottage was beautiful, just the right size for a couple."

    It was well equipped and cosy, with good quality furnishings, a lovely bathroom and the kitchen had everything we could need. The views from the main living room were lovely, looking across fields to a hillside and it was incredibly peaceful. The owners made us feel very welcome and were always interested in what we had been up to, making suggestions for places to visit. There was a television but we never watched it - there was always plenty to keep us occupied. Cannot recommend this place highly enough and hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by SueAug 2018

  • "Wonderful hosts Gay and Graham, the apartment is lovely refurbished."

    ...we’ve loved sitting in the garden… and listening to nature was so incredible. The surrounding is so worth it to discover. We definitely come back to this hidden treasure. Eva & Thomas

    Reviewed by TMay 2018

  • "The accommodation is excellent it’s peace and quite every we wanted Graham and ..."

    The accommodation is excellent it’s peace and quite every we wanted Graham and gay were great met us and were there if we need anything at all we took a small dog and a Newfoundland puppy who loved all the walks and the water we will be looking to book later in in the year great holiday great people

    Reviewed by DApr 2018

  • "Graham and Gaye were brilliant hosts, there but not intrusive."

    Lovely fruit loaf as welcome gift was really appreciates. The location is fantastic, walks straight out of the door. We wanted peace and quiet and got it.

    Reviewed by DeniseMar 2018

  • "Suits s romantic break for a couple."

    Lovely hosts. Scones and daffodils on arrival. Cosy compact cottage, nice appointed and decorated. Very comfy bed. Only minor gripe was unreliable internet via Ethernet cable. But I checked the weather on the Tv instead. T

    Reviewed by StewartFeb 2018

  • "Calm and charming location."

    Restful cottage. Well organised, warm, clean and full of character. Owners very accommodating and helpful. Didn't want to leave! We hope to return soon. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by StevenDec 2017

  • "Remote cottage what we love!"

    ! Very kind hostesses. Central area for exploring the south Lake District. Lovely valley. Lovely woodburner. Very very comfortable bed!! A very pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by TwmOct 2017

  • "Brilliant cottage, warm, cosy and clean."

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2017

  • "Beautiful location."

    Quiet, comfortable. Friendly owners. A perfect holiday for rest and relaxing. A great place to walk dogs within the area.

    Reviewed by ZoeJul 2017

  • "Welcoming owners."

    Very clean accommodation. Steep steps not suitable for people with mobility issues. A very relaxing, "away from it all" break.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2017

  • "Although only at the cottage for 2 nights we thought it was a lovely, well kept base to stay."

    Comfortable bed and tasteful decor added to quality towels and crockery was a highlight. The owners were really pleasant and left us some homemade scones, butter and jam. The location is quite isolated with no shops nearby or even local pub so guests do need to be equipped or prepared to travel. The winding roads also make it awkward to find, particularly at night. We will definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by GillianNov 2016

  • "An idyllic retreat, great for couples."

    You really do feel that you are getting away from it all! The cottage is set in beautiful surroundings and it is such a comfortable place. The owners were friendly and helpful throughout. We were very sad to go home. Would definitely recommend this place.

    Reviewed by KathrynSep 2016

  • "Great location ."

    .. friendly helpful owners .... lovely cottage

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2016

  • "The owners of the property made us feel very welcome and comfortable."

    They had thought of everything visitors may need and if ever we needed to ask for anything, we felt able to as they were so friendly.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2016

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  • One ground floor king-size double bedroom
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with FreeSat, DVD, Wifi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: Spiral staircase and internal steps
  • Note: Interconnecting door to owner’s house in living room, which is kept locked at all times.

The property

Two miles from Grizedale Forest and its visitor centre, and six miles from Hawkshead.

This charming, quaint cottage is attached to the owners’ traditional, 17th century Lakeland farmhouse, located in the pretty hamlet of Rusland in a peaceful part of the Lake District.

This romantic holiday home is an ideal base for couples wishing to spend time together in this idyllic setting.

Decorated and furnished in an attractive, elegant style, with open beams and a spiral staircase, the cottage offers a first floor open plan living room with a woodburning stove, an external door and a modern kitchen and dining area.

There is a ground floor bedroom with a king-size double bed, a bathroom and an enclosed courtyard garden, which has an abundance of pretty flowers and plants throughout the year.

Guests can also enjoy a stroll around the owners’ extensive gardens.

Being located in the hamlet of Rusland, just six miles from Hawkshead, there are endless lanes and paths to explore, either on foot or on your bike.

Why not head out to Grizedale and discover the beautiful routes that wind their way through the forest, and perhaps visit Hawkshead and sample some of the local beer in one of the old inns?

Visit Hill Top, where Beatrix Potter lived and hop on the Windermere car ferry to explore the bustling town of Bowness-on-Windermere.

This special cottage is just the spot for a relaxing, romantic Lake District holiday.

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About the location


Grizedale 4.4 miles; Coniston 10 miles; Bowness-on-Windermere 11.3 miles.

Crosslands is a small hamlet in the Rusland Valley, just a couple of miles from the Grizedale Visitor Centre and six miles from the shores of Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park. The pretty Lakeland village of Hawkshead is six miles away, famous for its cobbled yards, white-washed cottages and as being the home of the Beatrix Potter Gallery. There is superb walking, cycling and mountain biking available in the area, and most trails will lead to the beautiful Grizedale Forest. Heading towards Lake Windermere, to Finsthwaite, is the Stott Park Bobbin Mill, a restored working mill run by English Heritage. East is the quiet and idyllic Coniston Water, where Gondola, a steam yacht, gently cruises up and down the lake. A wonderful retreat for families and friends exploring Cumbria’s beautiful National Park.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
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