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The Old Shippon

(Ref. 1017543)

Cowling, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "We went as a party of 4 - 2 couples."

    We had a short stay of 5 nights essentially for the cricket @ Headingly. The location and the cottage were superb. Our South African friends said "it was the best they'd stayed in". We were able to go for walks and enjoy the views from the patio area. We were lucky with the weather. A very comfortable stay but beware if you're tall a few head bumps on sloping roofs upstairs. Thank you to Trevor and Emma, we have already recommended to other friends.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2023

  • "A really lovely property in a lovely location."

    As stated the second bedroom is a little small with a low sloping ceiling. The living area is absolutely gorgeous with everything you need in the kitchen. The only thing that could have been better is the steps outside the doors by the parking spot could have been kept clear of algae. On a wet day it became very slippery causing a nasty muscle injury to my leg. The owners daughter assured me she would see it was cleaned but just be aware. The contact we had with the owners was friendly and they left a welcome of fizz and biscuits. We definitely recommend this property

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was absolutely gorgeous in every way and the view was the icing on the cake"

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Jun 2023

  • "The Old Shippon is a wonderful house in a wonderful setting."

    The house is equipped with everything one could need for a lovely holiday. The huge kitchen living room is stunning. It looks out on to the garden, giving beautiful views of the surrounding fields and hills. We spent much time, happily looking out at the wildlife that visited the field: Hares, many birds including birds of prey, sheep, a pair of pheasants and a cuckoo who called all day ( and night) during our stay - magical. Being located tucked away on the edge of a village, there is no sound or light pollution and we all all slept so well. The extremely comfortable beds helped with this, of course. A highlight of the holiday was a visit to the Flying Scotsman at Keighley Railway, a birthday treat for my husband. I have nothing but superlatives to describe the Old Shippon, and would thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Bridget5.0May 2023

  • "We had an absolutely lovely stay."

    Emma and Trevor had left us a very welcome bottle of wine, chocolates and milk in the fridge, so thoughtful. The radio, heating and lights were on so we felt at home straight away. All contact with Emma and Trevor was easy. The Old Shippon is beautiful with wonderful views from every window. We could happily have lived there! We have no real complaints, more observations. For us, although the two sofas are beautiful they were uncomfortable. There were no instructions for the heating although we did manage to work it out without bothering Emma. The showers could do with non slip bath mats and a chair and mirror in the smaller bedroom would be nice. We used the Nespresso machine once, again we couldn’t find instructions but we managed without. That said the property is exceptionally beautiful, the beds very comfortable, the showers fantastic and the kitchen is well equipped. If we had needed to we are positive Emma and Trevor would have helped and sorted any issues. Our observations are our opinions and didn’t detract from what was a fantastic stay. We hope to return in the future. Thank you to Emma and Trevor

    Reviewed by Penny4.4Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a very peaceful location."

    Very helpful owner and family. This house is so well equipped and lacks for nothing. Our only criticism was that we didn’t find the large sofa very comfortable. There are two sofas though…..

    Reviewed by Sylvia4.7Sep 2022

  • "My family - including two little ones - had a lovely stay at The Old Shippon."

    The house itself is beautiful, spotlessly clean and well equipped with everything you could need for your stay. The settings are beautiful too, a fab view from back garden - we loved having our evening meal watching the sun go down over the hills. Couldn’t recommend this place more!

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Aug 2022

  • "A fabulous property, furnished to a very high standard."

    Wonderful and dramatic views in a very peaceful location. Trevor was very helpful providing recommendations of places to eat. We really liked The Fleece Inn at Addingham and also found Aya Sophia in Hebden Bridge - a very good Greek Restaurant and lots of places in Ilkley. Lots of walking in the area but be prepared for a half an hour drive to most locations. Favourites were Bolton Abbey for the walks and tea rooms and Malham Cove for a more adventurous walk, although other less arduous options exist.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had an amazing stay at The Old Shippon."

    Such a well-appointed place - we loved the kitchen (huge island!) with all its appliances and the bedrooms/bathrooms were luxurious. The super-king bed was incredible and I've had the best sleep of my life there. The views from the garden area are amazing and we were lucky with a week of incredible weather so sat out most evenings; so very quiet. Easy access to some brilliant places to visit including the Forest of Bowland, Haworth (a must for the Bronte Parsonage Museum), Bolton Abbey and even the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Beware, though, lots of places not open on a Monday or a Tuesday, so check ahead if there's somewhere you really want to visit. We ate out at The Fleece in Addingham (lovely) and in a couple of pubs in Skipton. Would liked to have tried the Harlequin Bistro but failed to spot it wasn't open in the week; next time. We shall definitely be back in the winter to try enjoy a stay with the woodburner going and some fresh walks.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Jun 2022

  • "The old shippon, It’s our SECOND visit within a few months."

    We simply love the place, The views, The finishing touches, The walks, we love it all. * I wanted to mention while you’re still reading - The super hosts listen to you feedback!! We have now got a nespresso machine with pods @ a dining table. They truly care and listen to all feedback. The hosts are so accommodating and helpful beyond words, They left special touches in the property for me and I’ll forever be grateful. The property is just simply stunning. Honestly! You need to see for yourself, The bed and pillows you’ll never want to leave. The radio when you walk in with smooth playing just sets the mood for a perfectly chilled week. I can’t rave enough how much I love this place. It’s worth every single penny. If you’re in love with nature the birds singing in a morning when you open up the windows is for you. Our little girl also took her first steps too first steps of many so it’s definitely got magic in the air too. Until next time the old shippon x ThankYou again. 5* as always.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2022

  • "We enjoyed a great stay at The Old Shippon cottage a few weeks ago."

    The property was brilliant with plenty of space and everything you need when away from home. Easy to find, lovely views and great location. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2022

  • "Impeccably presented barn conversion / cottage in great location."

    Morning coffee in the garden whilst enjoying the views across fields to the hills beyond was added bonus. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Apr 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Old Shippon and appreciated our welcome tray with Prosecco and biscuits."

    The cottage was very clean, well maintained and had great facilities. It was really spacious but still felt really cosy and warm. We felt at home straight away and just wished the weather was slightly warmer for use to sit out in the garden and admire the views. Parking was ample and we felt very safe. Communication with the owner/caretaker was good (just at the end of the phone) and instructions on how to access the place were clear. We thought that it might benefit future holidaymakers if there was a welcome folder that contained instructions for how to leave the cottage, appliance instructions, how to use the central heating (it was very hot downstairs in the evenings), places to visit, take away menus, restaurant recommendations, public transport info, etc. Although some of these things were provided, it would have been useful to have in one place. The cottage is in a great location, only an hour's drive from the Three Peaks, 25 minutes away from Haworth/Bronte Waterfalls, Pendle and Skipton. We were busy walking every day and even enjoyed the local walk to Lund's Tower and the Pinnacle. The countryside is tremendous and the views from the cottage were beautiful. There was plenty of space for storing our walking gear and thankfully the weather wasn't too wet, but it would have been handy to have a washing machine for muddy trousers. Overall a fantastic stay, thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to come back in the future. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful property in a beautiful location."

    We had a lovely stay & really enjoyed exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by Carey5.0Apr 2022

  • "A dining table would make dining more relaxed and comfortable."

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Mar 2022

  • "This is the third time we’ve stayed in these beautiful properties."

    We had a fabulous stay yet again. Luxury that you can enjoy with the children. Great location, close to lots of walks. Thanks to Emma for all the lovely crew touches for us and the children that made this a lovely stay again.

    Reviewed by James5.0Feb 2022

  • "The Old Shippon is such a lovely place to stay - don't tell everyone :) We were only there for a long weekend as my husband was recovering from surgery, but a wonderful place for some R&R."

    Will definitely head back when we can go and explore the area more.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jan 2022

  • "I can’t recommend this stunning property enough."

    The photos certainly don’t do it enough justice. The views from every window, The super luxury super king size bed! The kitchen of dreams. It’s just so beautiful. We’ve been the most relaxed at a property in a long time and already can’t wait to re-book. It has EVERYTHING YOU NEED! Literally everything you can think of. Comes within a high chair and travel cot too. If your viewing this do not hesitate to book. This property will be very special to us and I can’t wait to see it through all the months not just January. Thanks to the super hosts too, can’t do enough for you. And the milk in the fridge on arrival was just like they had known you instantly need a cuppa on arrival! Can’t be anymore grateful. The Property, The location, The views, The set up all 10/10!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jan 2022

  • "Absolutely gorgeous property, which has been well thought out to give luxury accommodation."

    Subtly decorated for Christmas which was delightful. Nearby towns have good eating and supermarkets. The only thing that could have made the stay better would have been a nespresso machine (or similar!).

    Reviewed by Laine4.7Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely perfect getaway for two!"

    ! Came away looking for a quiet & relaxed holiday location in the UK and this property could not have been more spot on. Surrounded by amazing countryside views and lots of local walks with equally as stunning views wherever you venture to. The hosts could also have not been more accommodating throughout our stay - my only suggestion would be for there to be a washing machine as would have been handy when going out for lots of muddy walks! 10/10 would recommend this stay and will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Ellie5.0Dec 2021

  • "The Old Shippon is a magnificent property in a beautiful location."

    The cottage is immaculately presented and very well equipped. The owners are incredibly thoughtful and helpful. I will be back! Gill

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Oct 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage remote location but that is exactly what we wanted great pub only 1 1/2 miles away."

    The owner was very helpful when we could not work out the central heating system. All in all a great holiday

    Reviewed by Clifford4.7Oct 2021

  • "The photos really do this place justice - it is beautiful."

    Well designed, spacious and very well equipped. However, my one comment which is quite an important one, is that it should have a washing machine. There are ample empty cupboards in the kitchen area and given that this is a walking area it is essential. We got very wet one afternoon whilst walking and everything had to be handwashed. A washing machine would have made the holiday 100% perfect. However, otherwise no complaints. Trevor was always prompt with replies to queries, the beds were particularly comfortable! A thoroughly good place to stay.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Aug 2021

  • "We had the most wonderful stay at cottage - the views were stunning to wake up to every morning."

    The cottage had exactly what we needed, extremely clean and nothing was ever too much for the wonderful owners. The decor is modern with a cosy feel. We can't wait to come back! A special thanks to Emma for organising all the balloons I had delivered for my girlfriend (now fiancée) engagement surprise. We created some wonderful memories and it will remain a special place to us.

    Reviewed by Varchas4.7Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, the addition of a washing machine would make it perfect"

    Reviewed by Victoria4.7Jun 2021

  • "Just returned from an amazing 2 weeks at The Old Shippon!"

    ! WOW!! Fabulous house, spotlessly clean, view was amazing to wake up to every morning, peaceful, relaxing, walks from the door, great hosts and pub about a mile away, what’s not to love! Thank you Trevor and Emma, we will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Sam5.0May 2021

  • "We had a great week in this area of the Yorkshire Dales/ East Lancashire borders."

    The Old Shippon is well placed for a variety of visits and walks from the door. It’s a really well kept property, thoughtfully laid out with a fantastic view. We will certainly return. Thank You.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Apr 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at The Old Shippon."

    The cottage is beautiful and very well equipped. It is immaculately presented with lovely touches to make your stay very comfortable. The view from the living room is just wow and the nearest village, Cowling, is a 5 minute drive away. We've already planned to return, though I think we were lucky to book this time round, as looking at the calendar they are all booked out for the rest of the year over school holidays. Good on them and we'll deserved.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Apr 2021

  • "Gorgeous location, beautiful house, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, it was homely and welcoming."

    if we could have stayed longer we would have done.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was perfect for our stay."

    Everything we could've wished for was provided for our relaxing break. Great walks nearby. The view from the cottage was amazing! We didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2020

  • "Superb accommodation, excellent facilities, beautiful scenery and a welcome break"

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Sep 2020

  • "We arrived at The Old Shippon to a warm welcoming cottage."

    There was low lighting on and the under floor heating was fabulous. To have a bottle of Prosecco and yummy biscuits waiting for us was perfect. I was concerned we would have no ice for the gin and tonic I had brought with us but I needn’t have worried as not only was there a large bag in the freezer but there was an ice machine. It didn’t take us long to get the word burner going (everything there including the matches) and get snuggled down for a cosy evening. Getting up every morning and experiencing the amazing view......with the added bonus of Ollie, Emma and Trevor’s horse cantering across the field for his daily carrot/apple made it very special. Trevor and Emma are available and respond very quickly to any questions you may have. I definitely recommend this cottage if you are looking for a place of solitude but easy access to walks and sightseeing.

    Reviewed by Meggie5.0Sep 2020

  • "The Old Shippon was beyond delightful and a perfect antidote to lockdown fatigue."

    This modern holiday home is spacious, beautifully designed and comfortably furnished. We particularly enjoyed the spectacular views towards the Yorkshire Dales. The owners are friendly and maintain the property to the highest standards, paying full attention to detail. A complimentary bottle of prosecco added to our memories of the happiest of times in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Aug 2020

  • "The Old Shippon is simply a stunning place to stay."

    The views are beautiful and the house itself is immaculate! We didn’t want to leave! Trevor and Emma where there if we ever needed them and left a lovely welcome tray for us to arrive to as well as milk in the fridge! We can not recommend this cottage enough, it was absolutely spotless and beautifully presented, everything had been thought of from the complimentary logs and coal for the wood burner to all of the kitchen utensils and kitchen roll! We will definitely be coming back!

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Aug 2020

  • "Our stay at The Old Shippon was just what we needed this year."

    A complete change of scenery and peace and quiet. The cottage was amazing as were the views from the back door! Cleanliness was impeccable as was the decor, it had absolutely everything we needed. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Old Shippon and would highly recommend to family and friends. We will be visiting again!

    Reviewed by Louisa5.0Aug 2020

  • "Location was perfect for us, the cottage was absolutely beautiful and add to this the stunning view at the back, meant we couldn't have asked for better."

    Reviewed by Keith4.4Jul 2020

  • "Excellent cottage, great position for walking straight out of the door ."

    Very close to the Pennine Way. Plenty of places close by to visit ,shop and eat . Would definitely recommend to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2020

  • "Absolutely excellent good not fault this property will definitely be returning ..."

    Absolutely excellent good not fault this property will definitely be returning and have recommended too family and friends

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Jul 2020

  • "Well what can I say about this property."

    We were "blown away" with the standard of this beautiful cottage. It has been finished to a very high specification. Emma and Trevor have thought of everything to help you with your stay from the very fluffy towels to the fully stocked kitchen equipment. The TV was a bonus as the weather was cold, wet and snowy but no matter it gave us the perfect excuse to stay inside on the beautiful snug couches close to the log fire and relax. Although the weather was blustery the cottage was nice and cozy due to the underfloor heating. This was a really wonderful get away and we will certainly be returning. Emma and Trevor were very helpful - they didn't intrude but were there if needed. I give this a 5+ rating.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Feb 2020

  • "We had a fantastic stay at The Old Shippon, everything we could have asked for and more."

    We arrived to a warm house with a lovely welcome pack, this started our holiday off great! The cottage was very clean and relaxing, we would definitely return and recommend! Thank you Trevor.

    Reviewed by Caitlin5.0Feb 2020

  • "Had such a lovely weekend away at The Old Shippon."

    Trevor couldn’t do enough for us. Will be returning

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Jan 2020

  • "We had a lovely few days Very quite and in a beautiful setting ."

    Cottage is done out to a high standard. Thank you Trevor

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jan 2020

  • "Well equipped and beautifully decorated accommodation."

    We had a lovely stay and was the perfect location for rest and relaxation. Trevor was an excellent host. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jan 2020

  • "An amazing property, lovely high standard."

    We have already recommended it and Sykes Cottages to many of our friends.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Nov 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC and 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Oil fired central heating and woodburning stove
  • 2 x oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stoves inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Rear lawn and patio area with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 1 mile
  • Note: The ceilings in the king-size bedroom are low, please take care
  • Note: This property has a private water supply
  • Note: This property can be booked with The Old Shippon Mews (Ref 1017549) and these properties can be booked together to sleep 8 in total. Owner is willing to accept worker bookings but will need to be contacted before bookings are confirmed
  • Note: if you will be charging your electric car please contact us before your stay to discuss additional payment.

The property

An exquisite semi-detached dwelling, resting on the outskirts of Cowling, this property is a perfect getaway for a small family or group of friends to escape to the luscious lands of West Yorkshire.

Inside you can find a grand entrance hall, where you can kick off your boots before stepping into the impressive open-plan living space.

Marvel at the contemporary delights of the property; a large island takes centre stage with a breakfast bar where you can enjoy a hearty meal ahead of your day of adventure.

The kitchen area holds everything you could need for a week-long stay, neatly fitted with stylish and sleek units, while the sitting area offers a homely feel where you can put your feet up with the woodburning stove offering an extra sense of tranquillity.

Head upstairs to find two equally elegant bedrooms, with a super-king-size and a king-size both with en-suite shower rooms, each member of the group can ensure they have a snug spot to rest.

Begin your days in the rear garden where you can sip on your morning coffee whilst taking in the magnificence of the far-reaching countryside views; there’s no better way to spend your mornings.

The Old Shippon is a wondrous base for your retreat to West Yorkshire.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1017549, together sleeping eight people.

The Old Shippon Cottages

The Old Shippon Cottages consist of two luxurious cottages, perfect for a group of eight to unravel the wonder of West Yorkshire. These two individual properties make a marvellous location for a group of friends looking for a rural retreat. Your party can enjoy these stunning properties as separate cottages or you can arrange for both properties to be connected and enjoy a unique joint living space. Both holding open-plan living areas, these ample rooms provide a great place for a celebratory evening together, where you can toast to a fantastic holiday or gather in your groups for some quality family time. With lavish decor and stylish fixtures and features evident in both of the dwellings, there's no better base for both a rural break full of splendour. Settled on the outskirts of Cowling, you're ideally positioned for all things outdoors. The local village makes a wonderful route for accessing the Pennine Way, as well as the North York Moors being with close reach. The bustling main high street of Cowling is home to a scatter of amenities including a local shop, restaurants, pubs and more, meaning everything you could need is just a short drive away. For those who fancy a trip further afield, the town of Keighley provides a historic experience in its museums and historical landmarks as well as making a great spot for a day of shopping and pub grazing. Explore the wonders of the Yorkshire Dales National Park where you can experience unforgettable landscapes and natural adventure like no other. In reach of a wide range of excitement suitable for all ages, The Old Shippon Cottages make the perfect base for exploring this area of Yorkshire.

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About the location


Skipton 7 miles.

The ancient village of Cowling sits across a hillside in the Pennine Hills, just seven miles from the market town of Skipton. A thriving village, built along a main high street with stone-built, terraced houses set alongside the mills of a bygone age. The village was once sparsely populated, the bulk of the population living in Ickornshaw and Middleton, and before that on Cowling Hill, close to water sources they depended on, and the main roads of the day - now used as back roads by locals to avoid the modern day traffic. In the early days, agriculture was the main occupation, with corn being grown and ground within the village. When canal transport boomed, corn became cheaper to buy from elsewhere and so the mills in Cowling turned from grinding corn to weaving during the Industrial Revolution. The village inn was once part of a farmhouse on Cowling Hill, but was sold as changes to the structure of the village began. The son of the landlord later opened the Bay Horse Hotel on the new road, which still stands as a main feature of village life. The nearby Quaker village of Lothersdale was, at one time, home to Charlotte Bronte who modelled Gateshead Hall in Jane Eyre on Stone Gappe House where she was governess. Today many visitors passing through the village are walkers, on their way along the Pennine Way on the stretch from Cowling to Gargrave. There's the large retail outlet of Boundary Mills, just six miles away, a must for lovers of shoping, and Skipton, known as 'The Gateway to the Dales' is nearby. Skipton is a lovely old market town with much to interest the enthusiastic visitor, boasting an ancient castle open to the public, a beautiful old parish church and a colourful market occupying the cobbled setts each side of the high street. In 2008 the Academy of Urbanism voted Skipton High Street the best shopping spot in Britain, and The Copper Dragon Brewery, opened in 2002 is highly rated in the CAMRA listings. Steam railways with regular excursions are available at Embsay and Bolton Abbey, and the Leeds to Liverpool Canal passes through Skipton with the one mile long Foulridge Tunnel and the 5-rise locks at Bingley within a short distance away. In 2014 the area hosted the first leg of the Tour De France, bringing in many visitors from far and wide to this wonderful area.

Owner is willing to accept worker bookings but will need to be contacted before bookings are confirmed
Note: This property can be booked with The Old Shippon Mews (Ref 1017549) and these properties can be booked together to sleep 8 in total.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas