View towards property
Attractive hallway
Elegantly furnishings
Aga Kitchen
Dining area
Laundry facilities
Sitting room with open fire
Enjoy the view out of the bay window
Somewhere to sit and write
Fine furniture
Enjoy the surrounding views
Time to relax
Impressive wooden staircase
Dark wood furnishings
Stairs to the first floor
King-size bedroom
Get a good night sleep
Beautiful roll-top bath
Sit and enjoy the picturesque surroundings
Relax in the beautiful gardens
The peaceful surroundings
View of Kentmere
1 / 22  View towards property
2 / 22  Attractive hallway
3 / 22  Elegantly furnishings
4 / 22  Aga Kitchen
5 / 22  Dining area
6 / 22  Laundry facilities
7 / 22  Sitting room with open fire
8 / 22  Enjoy the view out of the bay window
9 / 22  Somewhere to sit and write
10 / 22  Fine furniture
11 / 22  Enjoy the surrounding views
12 / 22  Time to relax
13 / 22  Impressive wooden staircase
14 / 22  Dark wood furnishings
15 / 22  Stairs to the first floor
16 / 22  King-size bedroom
17 / 22  Get a good night sleep
18 / 22  Beautiful roll-top bath
19 / 22  Sit and enjoy the picturesque surroundings
20 / 22  Relax in the beautiful gardens
21 / 22  The peaceful surroundings
22 / 22  View of Kentmere

Pengennett - Capplerigg

Kentmere, Lake District
Visit England Gold Award
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
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Property code: LCC44


This beautiful, traditional Lakeland country house is set against a backdrop of high fell at the far head of the Kentmere Valley. Running north from the village of Staveley, parallel to the Troutbeck valley, it is a most protected and unspoiled area of natural beauty and, though popular with true walkers, remains peaceful.

The setting is idyllic, with views down the valley that hold your gaze, and gardens that meander, exploding with colour during spring and summer. It is easy to see why many guests refuse to venture out, but simply stay and relax in and around the house.

Capplerigg has been divided into two separate accommodations, with some areas left for the owners private use, and offers its guests a choice between The Mews and Pengennett, each a perfect and quiet retreat for couples, and with the new additions made to Pengennett in 2013 makes it possibly one the finest properties for two in the Lake District, well deserving of the Visit England highest award of 5 Star Gold.

The Living Spaces

The house is approached by a sweeping drive, where you enter Pengennett from the south wing private entrance. You step into a large lobby, off which is the old dairy with original slate shelving and stone floors, perfect for storing all your provisions, boots and bits.

From here you enter the kitchen. A delightful room there is comfy sofa and a dining table along with an eclectic mix of ornament and soft lighting and at the heart the AGA cooker. With views out to the garden and valley, the combination makes this room perfect to cook and dine.

From the kitchen you pass through to the grand hall and stairway across to the sitting room, a new and simply fabulous addition to this already super property.

The images say far more than words about this beautiful, elegant room where you will be able to relax in great comfort, cuddle up on the huge sofa, take in a movie on the wide screen TV, watch the flicker of flames from the two fires, write your post cards at the handsome desk, and a enjoy a spectacular valley view.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

From the hall the stairway leads upstairs to a beautiful landing, off which is the large and beautifully furnished double bedroom with views out to the valley. Fine furniture and a huge king sized brass bed, along with delightful decor will ensure the sweetest of dreams.

The bathroom is pure luxury. Large, spacious and beautifully fitted and furnished, you can truly relax and soak in a bubble heaven after a day on the fells. Adjoining the main bathroom is a separate shower room, so no need for a queue!

Garden Spaces

The grounds are extensive and quite stunning with plenty to share, where you can dine on the terrace overlooking the valley or wander off on to grassy banks and find a shady spot to relax.

Both The Mews and Pengennett are two of my favourite properties, each offering a warm welcome and true retreat to relax and revive. However, Pengennett offers that extra level of comfort, furnishing and space, making it a very special place indeed especially ideal for romantic breaks and honeymoons.

Out & About

The Kentmere valley runs north from the village of Staveley, parallel to the Troutbeck valley. It is a most protected and unspoiled area of natural beauty, and though popular with true walkers, remains peaceful. The River Kent flows through the valley floor with fells rising up from either side. At the head of the valley is the hamlet of Kentmere with tracks that lead to a splendid collection of mountain tops including Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, High Street, Mardale Ill Bell and Harter Fell and form the Kentmere Horseshoe. For the very hardy you can walk all the way to Hawswater, one of the most remote lakes.

At the mouth of the valley, about three miles from the cottage is the village of Staveley. The houses and buildings are typical Lakeland stone built and are nestled between the Rivers Kent and Gowan. At the heart of the village is St James church built in 1865 and shows off a stained glass east window designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and made by William Morris and Co. The original church was St Margaret's, built in 1388 where today only the tower remains.

There are plenty of shops and a few inns, the best The Eagle and Child, serving decent food and beer. At The Mill Yard you will find a host of retail shops and businesses. Here there is Wheelbase a huge cycle company for top end bikes and hire bikes. Artesian shops include More Bakery, The Hawskhead Brewery, Starlys Spice Company and Fairground Coffee. Hawkshead Brewery have a super modern Beer Hall where you can relax and sample their excellent beers along with a plate of tapas. Wilf's Cafe is an old and popular favourite where you will find good food, along with art exhibitions. Mainly a day time affair, Wilf's do have specialty evenings and well worth checking out their notice board or website.

From Staveley you head on into the lakes where a three mile drive brings you to the linked towns of Bowness and Windermere set on the east shore of Lake Windermere, where Bowness is at the water's edge, with the town of Windermere set about a half mile away above the lake.

Each is a busy community of shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions, serving both the local community and our visitors to the Lake District. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the bay at Bowness, a sweeping crescent of waterfront and adjoining parkland, where you can enjoy a walk by the shore or find a quiet place to picnic. At the bay you will find the piers and the famous Windermere steamers, which offer boat trips up and down the ten mile reach of the lake. Here you can also hire rowing boats and motor powered boats, which can be taken by the hour to explore the lake and its islands for yourself.

From Windermere the road leads on into the heart of South Lakes where you have Ambleside at the northern head of the lake, Rydal Water a little further on, and to the west Coniston Water, perhaps the most friendly of the large lakes.

Last but not least head east a few miles to Kendal, south lakes main town, offering a variety of good shopping with stores, supermarkets and farmers markets, along with dining and a good cultural scene with art galleries, theatre and cinema all adding up for a good day out.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath and WC
  • Shower room with shower and WC
  • TV/DVD, hi-fi with iPod dock and radio
  • 2 open fires (logs available to purchase locally)
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and tumble dryer
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Regret no children or babies
  • Regret no pets
  • Mobile signals are very intermittent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car (extra space available on request)
  • Pub 4.5 miles

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 24 guest ratings

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Reviewed by John 21st September 2019

Stunning location, top notch property. absolutely loved the house. Very Quirky 5 stars.

Reviewed by Viviane 6th September 2019

This was probably the best ever rental we have stayed at. The house is so beautiful, spacious and fully equipped and feels very homely. The location in the Kentmere valley is stunning and peaceful. There was a delicious chocolate cake to welcome us and enough fire wood for a long night. There is a Spar 4 miles away in Staveley as well as a pub. TheRead more nearest big supermarkets are in Windermere or Kendal, both circa 8 miles away. A truly special place to stay! Hide

Reviewed by Karen 26th July 2019

A beautiful property in a peaceful location. Comfortable and well equipped. One of the best holiday rentals weve stayed in. You do have to drive down three miles of single track road to get there but it wasnt a problem for us.

Reviewed by Joesph 13th July 2019

Whilst the cottage was in a great location a note that it is reached by a 3 mile single track road would be more informative. In addition the height of the bed may cause difficulties for some people. The lack of detailed instructions was annoying I.e how to cook on the AGA. The TV choice was very limited and the WiFi signal poor. The absence of a wRead moreelcome pack was disappointing given the remote location.In general more emphasis on the practicalities would improve the overall experience Hide

Reviewed by Amanda 10th June 2019

The track to the house more suitable for a larger car we have a sports car so difficult in getting up the drive a warning might have been good.

Reviewed by James 1st June 2019

Beautiful house, with stunning interiors and lovely views over the Kentmere Valley

Reviewed by Dawn 4th May 2019

Beautiful ,peaceful property with wonderful walks from the doorstep.

Reviewed by Amanda 26th April 2019

Lovely quiet location, lots of space for a one bedroom property.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 20th April 2019

What a beautiful setting so lovely peaceful and amazing. Visited the local areas Wray Castle, Canoed on the Windermere lakes, visited Hawkshead Beatrix potter house and museum and an amazing cat cafe. Coniston Ambleside within distance and definitely worth going too. Kendal is lovely too, the local people are friendly and Kentmere itself is beautifRead moreul walking they have skylarks up on the hills. Its a romantic secluded location Hide

Reviewed by Alan October 2017

We enjoyed a very relaxing break in Pengennet. The accommodation was very cosy and warm. The Aga was a joy to sit around. The situation of the cottage was very peaceful, and the view from the bed was beautiful each morning!

Reviewed by Nick & Andrea September 2017

We can't but echo all the wonderful remarks in this book. Staying here has been a remarkable experience unlike any other. The highlight for us was arriving here after an eight hour drive from London, stepping into the already lit and warm kitchen in which we spent most of our time. The weather has been so so, mostly cloudy but what does it matter wRead morehen you can cosy up to the Aga and watch the little garden birds out of the kitchen window with a freshly brewed cup of tea. Thank You. It has been a privilege. Hide

Reviewed by Ferencz van Weert June 2017

We had a very pleasant stay in Kentmere. The house was wonderful and the owner helpful. The area is very remote, which was what we were looking for! We hope to visit the wonderful area again, and when we do, we most certainly will choose for the services of the Lakeland Cottage Company again.

Reviewed by Neil & Wendy May 2017

Beautiful house. loved the Aga. Very peaceful. Thankyou

Reviewed by Chris & Ange Saunders April 2017

We had a fantastic week at Pengennet. The location is perfect with lovely views of the head of Kentmere and walks straight from the door. The accommodation is superb: spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. It is rare to find a holiday house that truly feels like home. We loved trying an Aga for the first time. We would happily return.

Reviewed by Tony & Rosemary April 2017

Another lovely break in a very peaceful part of the world

Reviewed by Chris & Ange April 2017

The perfect place for some much needed R&R. We felt very much at home here.

Reviewed by Rawlinson April 2017

Excellent accommodation with fantastic views overlooking Kentmere valley. Property very warm via the Aga and central heating throughout. Very comfortable lounge. Beautiful garden.

Reviewed by Mick & Janie March 2017

What more can we add? We have had a wonderful, peaceful five days here in this beautiful house in a wonderful peaceful valley. Quite fantastic views and great walks straight from the font door. Wish we could stay a few more days!

Reviewed by Julie & David March 2017

A beautiful house and a wonderful stay. Lovely walks from the door

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View towards property
Attractive hallway
Elegantly furnishings
Aga Kitchen
Dining area
Laundry facilities
Sitting room with open fire
Enjoy the view out of the bay window
Somewhere to sit and write
Fine furniture
Enjoy the surrounding views
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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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