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The Shippen

(Ref. 919747)

Rusland near Crosslands, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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91 Customer Reviews

  • "What a wonderful quirky cottage in a beautiful location."

    we received a warm welcome from Gay & Graham + scones and Jam !. The cottage was immaculate and so well equipped with a very comfortable bed . Lovely views from the living room irrespective of what the weather chose to do. a perfect cottage hideaway for any time of the year.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Feb 2024

  • "Such a perfect retreat."

    We have now stayed at the Shippen twice and I'm sure we will return again. Its a lovely cottage with great character and really friendly hosts who kept us topped up with logs for the wood burner. Its a great place to stay whatever the weather as the surrounding countryside is gorgeous and the cottage itself is so cosy (and spotlessly clean). Cannot recommend this enough, if you can't decide between this place and somewhere else, choose here!

    Reviewed by Samuel5.0Feb 2024

  • "Absolutely perfect."

    Stayed here for the Christmas Week and had a magical time. Cottage is very cosy ( log burner is fab), with a very comfortable bed. The property is just perfect. The garden is fully fenced so our pup could go out in there unattended. Beautiful views from the living room. A stones throw from grizedale forest where we spent heaps of time looking for sculptures. Lovely walks from the front door.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Dec 2023

  • "Beautiful location and very comfortable cottage ."

    Well stocked . It is very remote and roads were very flooded . This could have been a big problem but we managed but had to drive through many flooded roads . You need a good car or 4 wheeled drive in the winter or you could ruin your car and be stranded . Really enjoyed our stay at the Shippen, it was a total rest away from everything.

    Rusland is a quiet, precious location. Many of the visitors to the Shippen return because of the beauty of the valley. However, the implications of staying in a rural area have always to be borne in mind. The weather in December was unusually severe in the South Lakes, as it is sometimes in many other parts of the country. Many long term, local residents do not find it necessary to own four wheel drive or other specialist vehicles. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susanne4.7Dec 2023

  • "A nice cosy cottage with all the facilities you need."

    We were welcomed by the friendly owners Graham and Gay and the fresh scones on arrival were a nice touch. Located in the quiet Rusland valley it was an excellent base for exploring the southern and central Lakes. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely, cosy cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Owners very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Went above and beyond to make sure we had a fantastic stay. Couldn't have asked for anything more!

    Reviewed by Ellena5.0Sep 2023

  • "The shippen is a gem of a place cosy, comfy & very clean."

    You are surrounded by beautiful countryside and wonderful views. The hosts Gay & Graham make a great team, very friendly and welcoming. We would highly recommend The Shippen whether you want to relax or explore (plenty walks)this is the place for you. Michelle & Stephen

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Sep 2023

  • "The Shippen is located approximately 4 miles off the A590 along quiet country lanes."

    It is very peaceful with glorious views. The garden is beautiful and attracts lots of birds. The Shippen is an upside-down house and the small spiral staircase can be tricky but there's plenty to hold on to! The bedroom and bathroom are next to each other on the ground floor and beautifully furnished and decorated. A nice comfy bed too! The upstairs kitchen/diner/lounge is spacious and has everything you need and even things you didn't know you needed! There's ample parking onsite. Graham and Gay are lovely hosts and we enjoyed meeting them.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2023

  • "Such friendly hosts."

    Everything we needed, spotless and cozy. Perfect location

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Reviewed by Benjamin5.0Jun 2023

  • "Our booking at the Shippen was near perfect."

    My only gripe as a 6ft 2” person the beam to the bedroom & the height of the bathroom door were hazardous & l cracked my head several times. Maybe some cushioning on the beam & door top would help. Outside of the above, the hosts, the cottage, the scenery & the wildlife were superb

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "We loved our stay at the Shippen."

    Beautiful location, kind hosts, and clean and comfortable accommodation with many thoughtful and tasteful touches. The cottage garden was delightful.

    Reviewed by Edna5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very peaceful, in a beautiful location."

    Owners next door are very friendly and helpful, but allow you to enjoy your holiday. We have already booked again for next year, which will be our fourth visit.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0May 2023

  • "Very friendly and helpful owner."

    Very comfortable cottage in beautifully quite location.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0May 2023

  • "The owners were lovely."

    They welcomed us with a tour and home-baked scones. The property had everything we needed including a well-stocked kitchen, fresh towels and fire wood for the log burner. Overall a comfortable stay and a good spot to go exploring from. Thank you for having us, we would definitely come again.

    Reviewed by Luke5.0Apr 2023

  • "We like characterful properties and this ticked the boxes for us."

    Good quality bedding, towels and fixtures and fittings etc. make a real difference and this property felt very homely. We didn’t feel there was anything lacking. Would happily recommend.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful little cottage in a lovely setting."

    Was a great shame that i didnt have any days of decent weather to fully appreciate it. Obviously something that couldnt be helped, but me and the dog made the best of it. Gay and Graeme were very welcoming and were on hand if i needed anything. Thank you Julie

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our time in the Shippen."

    It's a beautiful space, all perfectly kitted out, in a incredible valley. We would love to come back soon! Thank you

    Reviewed by Joe4.7Feb 2023

  • "Lovely, cosy, thoughtfully appointed place for two, with a log burner - just perfect after winter walks."

    Genial and hospitable hosts! Quiet location with views across the valley from our breakfast table. We loved it!

    Reviewed by Erlis5.0Dec 2022

  • "Very friendly owners."

    Lovely quaint cottage set in a stunning countryside location! Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Arthur5.0Dec 2022

  • "A delightful cottage with so much character, set in a beautiful location."

    Stunning views and super friendly hosts. Wouldn't hesitate to come back and have already recommended it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely cosy cottage in stunning scenery."

    We were warmly greeted by our host on arrival who gave us some very useful tips on exploring the local footpaths. We were also given some delicious scones and homemade jam - Yum! A lovely relaxing stay in the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Bill and Sue4.7Sep 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage with a charming courtyard garden, set in a wonderful and peaceful area of lakeland."

    Perfect for two, plus pooch!

    Reviewed by W5.0Jul 2022

  • "A great place to stay for a quiet holiday, close to Windermere, and within easy driving distance of the rest of the Lakes."

    Graham and Gay are very friendly and welcoming. In anticipation of Gay's scones (as noted by another reviewer), we brought Cornish clotted cream with us, and weren't disappointed!

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful hosts, real gem of a location."

    Very cosy stay. Thanks

    Reviewed by Harry5.0Jun 2022

  • "A lovely tucked away quiet cottage and super friendly hosts."

    The location is ideal to access the lakes and also lots of walks nearby and from the doorstep. Wonderful views from the windows and so perfectly quiet. Great that it’s dog friendly as the trip is perfect t for pooches.

    Reviewed by Hollie5.0May 2022

  • "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 Katherine5.0May 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 Victoria5.0Apr 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 Lesley5.0Apr 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 Brian5.0Apr 2022

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

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2021

  • "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 Munawar5.0Dec 2021

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

    11 out of 10

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Nov 2021

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

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Nov 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 Richard4.7Oct 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 Keith5.0Oct 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 Alison5.0Oct 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 Hazel5.0Sep 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 Arthur4.4Sep 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 Joanne5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful, peaceful location."

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

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Aug 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 Alan5.0Jul 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 Sharon4.7Jul 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 John5.0Jun 2021

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

    Reviewed by Jason4.7Jun 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 David5.0May 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, in an unspoilt location."

    Reviewed by Adam5.0May 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 Natalie5.0May 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 Peter5.0Apr 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 Angela5.0Apr 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 Hannah5.0Apr 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 Omid4.7Dec 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 May5.0Oct 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 Hannah5.0Oct 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 Anna5.0Sep 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 Sandra4.7Sep 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 David5.0Aug 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 Caz5.0Aug 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 Elliott5.0Aug 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 Clive4.7Jul 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 Katie5.0Jan 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 Karli5.0Nov 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 Alan5.0Nov 2019

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

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 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 Melanie5.0Aug 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 Karen5.0Jun 2019

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

    Reviewed by Patricia4.4May 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 Katherine5.0May 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 Janice4.4May 2019

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

    A lovely week.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.7Apr 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 Andrew4.1Mar 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 Denise5.0Dec 2018

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

    Beautiful spot away from the numbers.

    Reviewed by Tony4.7Nov 2018

  • "Shippen is idyllic, everything provided Accommodation was much bettter than ..."

    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 David5.0Nov 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 Cate5.0Nov 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 Paddy5.0Aug 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 Philip4.7Aug 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 Sue5.0Aug 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 T5.0May 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 D5.0Apr 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 Denise5.0Mar 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 Stewart4.8Feb 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 Steven5.0Dec 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 Twm4.6Oct 2017

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

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Oct 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 Zoe5.0Jul 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 David5.0Feb 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 Gillian4.6Nov 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 Kathryn4.6Sep 2016

  • "Great location ."

    .. friendly helpful owners .... lovely cottage

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 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 Claire5.0Aug 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
  • Please note: this property is not suitable for people with limited mobility or children
  • 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
  • Please Note - Property only accepts a minimum of 3 night bookings

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.

Please Note - Property only accepts a minimum of 3 night bookings.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute