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Shep Cottage

Cragg Vale, Yorkshire Dales - South (Ref. 1051079)


(39 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "This lovely cottage has been refurbished to a really high standard and has everything you need for a comfortable holiday."

    Beautiful countryside with walks and bike rides from the doorstep, but be aware this is really hilly terrain! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our recent stay at Shep cottage."

    The views are lovely and the cottage is well presented. The cottage has great facilities and is fully equipped with everything you would need - most importantly, the shower is really good and the bed is very comfortable. We were also impressed that the bike storage was as described (we've had promises of bike facilities before which haven't materialised). We would highly recommend staying at Mount Pleasant Cottages.

    Reviewed by NatalieJun 2022

  • "Very clean and comfortable, owner responded to request very quickly was friendly and made us feel welcome."

    Best beds re comfort we have had in a rental cottage.lively spot.

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2022

  • "I was very happy with my stay at Shep Cottage."

    The cottage is well designed and is in very good newly renovated / clean condition. It is warm, and everything works. There is lots of off-street car parking, and the outbuilding and patio area are great of you cycle, with both indoor and outdoor security loops for securing bikes, and facilities for washing bikes with a hose etc. The location is great, with uninterrupted views of the hills from the property itself, but easy access to a nearby cafe / farm shop (and a couple of breweries!), and then lots of other cafes, pubs and shops / supermarkets within just a few miles. There's plenty to do locally, and there is easy access by train to Bradford, Leeds etc. within a few miles. The owners provided helpful information before I arrived, and were contactable locally if there were any issues (which there weren't) and the whole stay was very straightforward. I'd be very happy to stay in this property again and would warmly recommend it to others, after staying in a wide range of other rental properties over the years.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2022

  • "It's a lovely decorated cottage which is spacious and has everything you will need."

    The views are stunning and places to see around are beautiful too. Friendly host. Friendly people in the area too. Lots of hills so a lot of driving uphill as its in the country. Beautiful area. Beautiful cottage. We will be back :)

    Reviewed by JasApr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a stunning location!"

    Extremely helpful owners at the end of the phone day and night to help with any issues. So relaxing watching the lambs out of the cottage windows. I would 100% recommend a stay here, just for the tranquility! Everything had been thought of by the owners. Thank you for letting us stay and we will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by EmmaApr 2022

  • "An excellent base for exploring Yorkshire both West and North."

    The cottage had everything you could want and very comfortable. I would recommend this cottage to family and friends

    Reviewed by NigelMar 2022

  • "The cottage was very newly refurbished and in pristine condition with everything needed for a comfortable stay, the owners made every effort to give us clear directions making getting there easy."

    The cottage is situated on the moor with lovely views and will appeal to walkers and nature lovers. There is no mobile service at the cottage but the owners have installed a wi fi system which works perfectly. We would recommend the cottage without reservation to any one.

    Reviewed by SumitraMar 2022

  • "Shep cottage is a lovely, comfortable and welcoming place to stay."

    It is well equipped and information was clear. It was a great idea to email instructions for appliances etc. Thank you to the owners for providing a haven of calm. We were visiting my very elderly mum who lives in nursing home and were facing some challenges with her health. We were very fortunate to find this lovely property.

    Reviewed by SusanFeb 2022

  • "Really enjoyed staying at this cottage - it has been refurbished to a very high standard - loved the mustard and grey colour scheme - really warm and welcoming even down to the mugs and coasters!"

    Reviewed by NickJan 2022

  • "My husband and I stayed here at Shep for a week and we absolutely loved it."

    It's an ideal cottage for a quiet, relaxing stay. The host Peter was very welcoming and helpful, we can't thank you enough, Peter for everything! The cottage itself is very clean with gorgeous decor and colours. The facilities were excellent - washing machine, dryer, wifi, kitchen amenities all worked like a dream. The beds are big and very comfortable, we both slept very well during our entire stay. We've recommended this place to friends and family and would love to come back on our next trip to the UK! Thanks again to our wonderful hosts!

    Reviewed by SamanthaJan 2022

  • "The property was perfect."

    Everything in it was very high quality and I could not fault our stay.

    Reviewed by LeoDec 2021

  • "We stayed in Shep Cottage and absolutely loved it."

    It was warm from the minute we stepped in and super cosy. From the log fire to the comfy couches and high quality decor throughout, the cottage was welcoming from the minute we arrived. You'll almost certainly want to have a nice cup of coffee in bed in the morning; the bed and bedding is luxurious and it has a stunning view over the moors which will be hard to leave. Once you do finally get going, head to Craggies for the best farm shop, and we've tried quite a lot. We had breakfast (loved the two espresso options for those who prefer a stronger or milder cup, plus excellent veggie and meat breakfasts using their own produce) and then took cheese pie and dauphinoise potatoes back to the cottage; it was so good we went back the next day for more. About 10 mins from Hebden Bridge and walks on the moors from the door, plus the hosts Helen and Peter couldn't have been more helpful. The only issue was, on our last day, we didn't want to go home.

    Reviewed by KellyNov 2021

  • "What a beautiful cottage with breathtaking views."

    We travelled up from Kent and stayed as a family of three for October half term. We booked 'Shep' cottage as we were keen to have a laid back and relaxing break and that is exactly what we got! The cottage is absolutely stunning, spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable. The cottage has far reaching views across the countryside with a vista that changes with the weather. Shep cottage is very well equipped and has everything you need for a home away from home stay. We loved the cosy but luxurious feel and immediately felt comfortable and at home here. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to make a full meal. The beds are extremely comfortable with thick quilts to keep you cosy on cooler nights. The bathroom is clean with an amazing shower. The owners kept us well informed from booking to our return with helpful and friendly email/text correspondence. The surrounding area has lots of beautiful places to explore. What an absolute gem! If you're considering this I wouldn't hesitate to book and stay here.

    Reviewed by RussellOct 2021

  • "This is a very well equipped and comfortable cottage, the furnishings and facilities are of a high standard throughout."

    Lovely welcoming emails from the owners prior to arrival with all the information we could possibly need. Definitely in our top 5 of cottages we have stayed in. Would happily return.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

  • "The cottage was immaculate, it was welcoming from the second we walked in the door."

    The views were lovely, waking up and seeing sheep and the moors from bed was wonderful. The area was excellent, lots of walking opportunities for escaping into the country, a lovely local town with the best pizza outside of Italy, and day trips possible to big cities. The owner was really helpful and friendly when we needed advice. We wished we could have stayed longer!

    Reviewed by JudeOct 2021

  • "I think this was one of the nicest cottages I have privacy."

    This is a gorgeous wild and unspoilt area with lots to explore

    Reviewed by KatrinaSep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Extremely high standard and perfectly placed for a walking holiday. Not too far from Stoodley Pike. The owner, Pete made us very welcome, thank you. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at the "Shep" and everything was as described."

    The cottage was beautifully decorated and looked even nicer than the pictures! We would love to come back again.

    Reviewed by YuetAug 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay in our cottage and the views were beautiful!"

    The cottage was modern, very clean and tidy with the little extra touches making it an extra special stay. Thank you to Pete and Helen for being brilliant hosts and we hope to be back soon!

    Reviewed by ClareAug 2021

  • "Was really nice to get there to a little welcoming tray, milk in the fridge so we could have a brew as soon as we got it."

    I did think the road by the cottage would be a problem but to be honest it was no issue. Lovely break from home

    Reviewed by VictoriaAug 2021

  • "Beautiful modern cottage which is immaculately clean."

    Set in a beautiful location with lots of places to walk and visit near by. Owners were very friendly and welcoming, making themselves available whenever needed. Local pub Robin Hood inn served amazing home made food (in huge portions) and is well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by MatthewJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage set in beautiful surrounding."

    Everything you needed inside, comfortable and clean. Noisy road just outside front door was the only negative point

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2021

  • "A Lovely well equipped and comfortable cottage, A real home from home,even including sharp knives everything you want for a rw."

    Axing stay

    Reviewed by TrevorJul 2021

  • "The cottage was the perfect base for a long weekend catching up with family."

    Communication was excellent; the cottage is impeccably managed and looked after. So thoughtfully appointed with every need taken care of. It is a stylish bolt hole with everything going for it: excellent storage, beautiful fireplace, efficient and tidy kitchen, bathroom. Travel cot and high chair were much appreciated. Such a brilliant way to introduce our grandson to Yorkshire. Thank you.

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, decorated and furnished to an exceptional standard."

    Friendly owner. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2021

  • "The cottage was absolutely beautiful; it's been finished to a really high standard and was extremely well equipped."

    The kitchen has everything you need, there's a comprehensive welcome pack with the know-how of the cottage/local area and it was absolutely spotless. We had such a wonderful stay and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2021

  • "This is our second visit to Shep Cottage and it is highly likely that we will be back."

    The cottage is still like new and the owners are available to contact if there are any questions. The cottage is well equipped which is very useful for self catering during the current pandemic. However, we were recommended to go to Bob's tea room and this was a real treat. We also enjoyed the full english breakfast at Craggies.

    Reviewed by JeannetteMay 2021

  • "We had a really enjoyable week in this very well equipped and comfortable cottage in a great location."

    It's an interesting area, with beautiful countryside and great walking. The cottage has very efficient underfloor heating and the wood burner is a bonus. It would make a good base at any time of year.

    Reviewed by AnneMay 2021

  • "We stayed at Shep cottage for the first week in May (2021)."

    Peter has renovated Shep and the adjoining cottages to a very high spec making our stay extremely comfortable and cosy . On cooler days the underfloor heating was a delightful addition and because the “ roadmap” meant we had to eat mainly “ at home “ the log burner made for relaxing evenings . The kitchen is well equipped if you have to cook , and knives sharp! Everything in this cottage works ! It is in a perfect location for walkers , cyclists, or for those who just need a relaxing break . The views are stunning . We particularly enjoyed Hebden Bridge , walking to Craggies ( deli) from Shep, Hardcastle Craggs , The Robin Hood and Hinchcliffe pubs , the reservoir, and the Penine Way on the doorstep and finding Simon Armitages Poem : Rain , part of the Stanza Stones series . We can’t recommend Shep highly enough .

    Reviewed by PatApr 2021

  • "Beautifully appointed, warm and comfortable cottage."

    Good food at The Hinchcliffe and nice farm shop nearby. Also Little Valley craft ales just around the corner!

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2021

  • "We stayed at Shep Cottage just after lockdown was lifted in mid April 2021."

    This is a super cottage ,newly built with first class facilities.and good off road parking.All the appliances and fittings are new and are to a high standard including a log fire and underfloor heating.Real cosy!.The location is a little out of the way just outside Cragg Vale but nevertheless close to good walking country including the Blackstone Edge Reservoir circular walk, the walk up to Stoodly Pike via Withens Clough Reservoir and Hardcastle Craggs. No shops in Cragg Vale but two pubs very close. Would highly recommend thei cottage and will probably return if we have time in the future .

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2021

  • "What a beautiful cottage to spend a week in."

    Directions were spot on and led us straight to the cottage where there was ample off road parking. Instructions had been emailed separately from the owners on all the local amenities and instructions for how to use the appliances so we could hit the ground running when we got there. The pint of milk was a welcomed addition. The cottage has only recently been completed/renovated and we could easily have been the first visitors as everything was spotlessly clean and un blemished. It is exactly as pictured and has all the mod cons - our particular favourite was the underfloor heating downstairs. Looking forward to vising again in future as the weather was poor when we visited, but did give us an excuse stay in and enjoy being in the cottage for longer!

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2020

  • "We have just had a most enjoyable week’s stay in Shep Cottage."

    The cottage is very well equipped and the owners have furnished it to an extremely high standard. We found it to be perfectly located for both walks and attractions nearby. The welcome pack was much appreciated as was the visit from the owner to check we were happy and had everything we needed. We will certainly be returning at some stage in the future as there is still so much to do and see in this beautiful area.

    Reviewed by JeannetteSep 2020

  • "Lovely newly refurbished cottage in a very convenient setting, lots of nice walks nearby abd a great pub and farm shop close by."

    Cottage had everything we needed to make our holiday a relaxing one. Fantastic hosts greeting us after we’d arrived and at the end of the phone with any queries we had.

    Reviewed by TeleriSep 2020

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our week stay in this very modern and clean cottage!"

    We were welcomed by a tray with biscuits, wine and milk which was a blessing after our journey. The host Peter made sure that we were okay throughout the week and made us feel very welcome. Would highly recommend to all, we shall definitely be visiting again in the future!

    Reviewed by KarlSep 2020

  • "Stayed at shep cottage for 1 week and found this cottage just perfect for a relaxing break."

    Everything that you need is all there a perfect home from home

    Reviewed by AnthonyAug 2020

  • "My partner and I stayed at this cottage from the 21st-24th August for our babymoon before the arrival of our little one who is due in November."

    We received various emails before our stay informing us of key collection, extra Covid measures, how to get to the property and information regarding departure. When we entered the cottage, we were extremely impressed with how clean the cottage was. We were met with a welcome pack of biscuits, tea, coffee and wine which we thought was a lovely touch. The whole cottage has been finished to an extremely high standard and the facilities are brilliant. The kitchen is well stocked, the underfloor heating was a godsend after our 10 mile circular walk to Stoodley Pike and the basket of firewood was fully stocked, which was also a godsend after getting caught in the rain! The bathroom is beautiful and the bedrooms are lovely. There is plenty of storage inside the cottage and a lovely little bistro set for sitting outside. The cottage itself is on a main road and only a short drive away from the local village. There are a number of walks around the local area but we would definitely recommend walking to Stoodley Pike. The views are incredible. We had a lovely weekend at Shep cottage and would definitely recommend it to others!

    Reviewed by SamanthaAug 2020

  • "We had an amazing time at Shep cottage."

    We were lucky to be the first guests staying in the cottage. So glad we found it when we did. The cottage was exceptionally clean and very well equipped. It's closer to a lot of amazing trails and nature hikes. The cottage has everything you would need if you are travelling as a family. We had an amazing time and can't wait to come back again! The hosts are lovely, they came to see the first evening we were there and that was a great touch. We had a lovely break. Thank you for having us!

    Reviewed by MalavAug 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Please note: no worker bookings or similar will be accepted
  • Underfloor gas heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, shared freezer, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Travel Cot and Highchair available
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Patio area with table and chairs
  • Off-road parking
  • Shared lockable bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.9 miles, pub 1.5 miles.

The property

Resting amidst beautiful heather-clad moorland in Cragg Vale, a village in West Yorkshire, is Shep Cottage, a mid-terrace stone-built cottage with underfloor heating and attractive interior.

Decorated with a mix of contemporary and classic style, this cottage makes a wonderful base for your outdoor adventures in West Yorkshire, and is not far from the bustling, bohemian town of Hebden Bridge.

Be welcomed into a stylish open-plan living space, where a fitted kitchen rests at the front of the house complete with a good range of appliances including an electric oven with a gas hob and a slimline dishwasher.

Step across the wood tiled floor, passing the rustic breakfast bar dining area, and relax on one of the sophisticated mustard yellow sofas, perfectly positioned around the woodburning stove and the Smart TV.

The red brick of the fireplace and exposed beams on the ceiling add bags of character to this renovated terrace, and with views of the moorlands beyond out of the windows it makes a lovely space to wind down in.

Head upstairs to find the two lovely bedrooms, each continuing the warm mustard colour scheme, consisting of a king-size bedroom and a single bedroom, all served by the neat shower room.

Enjoy dining alfresco or sipping a morning coffee on the patio, with shared lockable storage with the neighbouring properties for bikes here too.

Shep Cottage makes a lovely location for a country break in West Yorkshire.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1051077, together sleeping up to 7 guests.

Mount Pleasant Cottages

Set within the village of Cragg Vale, Mount Pleasant Cottages present charming accommodation for exploring the stunning countryside scenery of West Yorkshire. Each property enjoys beautiful interior furnishings, mixing contemporary style with a classic cottage feel. Open-plan living spaces with exposed beams overhead provide homely spots to relax when you’re not out and about on the moors or exploring one of the nearby towns and villages. The kitchens are fitted with excellent appliances, whilst the sitting area has soft furnishings to relax on at the end of the day before the warming woodburning stove, set in a rustic stone fireplace. Each bedroom enjoys elegant style and quality furnishings, with sparkling bathrooms to serve. The village of Cragg Vale is home to a fantastic farm shop where you can purchase local produce and enjoy a coffee at the café, as well as there being a pub just over a mile from the cottages, perfect for walking to in the evening. The surrounding area is great for walkers and cyclists alike, with plenty of routes and country roads to discover, whilst the Peak District is an easy drive and offers a delightful route in the form of the Pennine Way, taking you down into the heart of the national park. Make some visits to the nearby town of Hebden Bridge, a creative and bohemian haven set around the River Calder and Hebden Beck, here you can catch a film at the independent cinema, take a riverside stroll through Calder Holmes Park, and sample some delicious food in one of the many restaurants and bistros lining the quaint streets. Head to the 'Gateway to the Dales', the town of Skipton to visit Skipton Castle and take a ride on the Embsay to Bolton Abbey Steam Railway for a trip back in time amidst stunning scenery. From Bolton Abbey you can embark on a walk up the Wharfe Valley and pass the Bolton Priory, Stepping Stones at Bolton Abbey, and the Cavendish Memorial Fountain, following the fantastic Dales Way. Discover the market town of Halifax for a diverse array of attractions, with Halifax Borough Market, Halifax Minster, Calderdale Industrial Museum and the Grade I listed and unique The Piece Hall, Britain's oldest remaining cloth hall.

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About the location


Hebden Bridge 4 miles.

The beautiful Pennine village of Cragg Vale is situated on the steep and winding Cragg Road and is the longest incline in England, still a major challenge to cyclists. The road winds its way up to beautiful heather-clad moorland, 1000 feet above sea level, and wooded cloughs and babbling brooks that cascade down the hillsides beckon the walker to explore the countryside. On the other side of the valley is the village of Luddenden and the glorious oak woodlands that make up Jerusalem Farm, a local nature reserve made famous by TV's In Loving Memory. In fact, this beautiful area has also featured in TV shows Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax. Nearby Hebden Bridge is a diverse and bohemian town home to restaurants, bars, bistros, markets, an independent cinema, art galleries, and the picturesque Rochdale Canal. A scenic car ride over the moors takes you to the splendid Parsonage Museum which commemorates the famous Bronte family. The area is a must for steam railway enthusiasts who will enjoy the thriving Worth Valley Railway. Skipton, "Gateway to the Dales", is also an easy and scenic car ride away.

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