View towards the cottage
Open-plan living area
Perfect for 2
Relax in the comfy living room
The AGA takes pride of place
Door to the stairs
Idyllic country cottage
Cook up a storm
King-size bedroom
Everything you need for a good night sleep
Tastefully furnished
Wake up and enjoy the views
The view from the garden
The view of Kentmere
1 / 15  View towards the cottage
2 / 15  Open-plan living area
3 / 15  Perfect for 2
4 / 15  Relax in the comfy living room
5 / 15  The AGA takes pride of place
6 / 15  Door to the stairs
7 / 15  Idyllic country cottage
8 / 15  Cook up a storm
9 / 15  King-size bedroom
10 / 15  Everything you need for a good night sleep
11 / 15  Tastefully furnished
12 / 15  Wake up and enjoy the views
13 / 15  Bathroom
14 / 15  The view from the garden
15 / 15  The view of Kentmere

Shepherds Nook

Kentmere, Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Towels included
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Property code: LCC49


If your idea of the perfect Lake District holiday is to have a true retreat, one set against a backdrop of high fell, then Shepherds Nook in the Kentmere Valley may well be for you. The setting is idyllic, with views down the valley and craggy fells rising behind and it is easy to see why many guests choose not to venture out, but simply stay and relax in and around the cottage, taking one of the trails from the doorstep. Shepherds Nook adjoins Nook House where together they enjoy a super position offering true peace and quiet.

The Living Space

Shepherds Nook adjoins the Nook and is the far left part of the building in the main picture. You enter into a small kitchen area, all very nicely furnished and equipped. From here you step into your main living area.

A very cosy space, with sofa and armchair, dining table, small flat screen TV and the main point of focus, the AGA, on which to rustle up your favourite recipe and warm your toes in winter. With quite the best unspoiled views, all you need do is add a little candle light and you have the perfect romantic retreat to relax after a day exploring the surrounding fells and trails.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Upstairs is the bedroom, with a big plump king size bed, sofa, TV, along with a beautiful view down the valley. For bathing the shower room has shower, basin and WC.

Garden Spaces

The garden blends with the surrounding landscape, where you can relax and enjoy the perfect view.

In summary, the cosy comfort, warm welcome and superb walking make this the ideal romantic retreat for couples seeking something a little different and a little special.

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 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.

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 and excellent evening entertainment at the Brewery Arts Centre.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

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 with TV
  • Shower room with WC
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • AGA oven, hob, microwave, and fridge/freezer
  • Laundry service available on request
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Regret no babies or children
  • 1 small dog welcome
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Pub 4.5 miles

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 13 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Darren 13th March 2020

What can I say? This cottage was simply amazing! Every corner of the place oozed character and the views were simply stunning. From the warm AGA to the power shower. From the well-stocked kitchen to the gorgeous living room. This is a place that we will definitely be returning too in the not too distant future.

Reviewed by Gemma 8th March 2020

This is a beautiful cottage in a stunning location, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the walks nearby. The cottage is kept warm and snug by the Aga and makes you feel at home instantly. We would definitely come again.

Reviewed by Sarah 27th January 2020

Charming and traditional cottage, excellent for hill walkers and those wanting to get away from it all (Local amenities, shops, pubs etc are an hours walk from the cottage - stock up!!) We had a wonderful, relaxing break. Large and secure garden for our dog to play in. Very peaceful and tranquil setting

Reviewed by Isabel 17th January 2020

This property is simply beautiful. It is located in a stunning valley with lovely views and walks straight from the door. It is a very small cottage (but also very very cosy) and the aga keeps it nice and warm. One thing I would suggest is some sharper knives being provided, it may be worth bringing a sharp kitchen knife with you if you are going tRead moreo be preparing food. The owner was so accommodating and lovely. I honestly could not recommend this property enough, we would love to return. Hide

Reviewed by Sarah 28th December 2019

This is the perfect cottage for a complete getaway. We had a fantastic week with stunning views and super walks from the cottage without having to drive. It was comfortable and certainly live up to expectations. Will define return.

Reviewed by Jackie 21st September 2019

Shepherds Nook is the cosiest cottage we have ever stayed in. The location is outstanding in a beautiful peaceful valley,lovely garden and great walks from the door. Warm welcome from Annis the owner, we loved it.

Reviewed by Andrew 14th September 2019

The cottage has excellent views very quiet if you want to get away from the rat race of everyday life. We will say to get to the cottage you are required to drive a single track road with no street lights making it hard to drive around. However where you are situated there are some excellent walks

Reviewed by Michelle 10th August 2019

A cozy cottage for a break away from it all. Views were amazing. WiFi is intermittent and no phone signal. The cottage is at the very end of the valley so only one way in and out. The lane is single track with not many passing spots so be prepared!

Reviewed by Robert 20th July 2019

We had the most fantastic holiday. Peaceful is probably an understatement, and views to die for. The garden is fully enclosed and beautifully kept; our dog also loved the freedom.

Reviewed by Antonia 22nd June 2019

We just returned and are already nostalgic of the fantastic time had at shepards nook. Cottage is cozy and in a perfect spot for the fab view which we amired a lot during a week stayed there. But its also in a strategic place to drive around to cultural location which lake district is full. We are more cultural kind of tourist but noticed that as wRead moree went off in the mornings hikers were just coming in so its perfect for both tyoe of tourist, cultural and sporty. Hide

Reviewed by Dorothee 8th June 2019

Amazing cottage. Wonderful furniture, warm and cosy. Great location in a beautyful valley.

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View towards the cottage
Open-plan living area
Perfect for 2
Relax in the comfy living room
The AGA takes pride of place
Door to the stairs
Idyllic country cottage
Cook up a storm
King-size bedroom
Everything you need for a good night sleep
Tastefully furnished
Show 3 moreWake up and enjoy the views


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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