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 26 guest ratings

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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.

Reviewed by Sophie 11th May 2019

This little cottage is everything you would need! The cottage itself is very homely and comfortable, the Aga is fantastic! We cooked on it every night. The views and location are indescribable, they are beautiful, thankfully we had fabulous weather all week not a bit of rain! Annis is such a joy to talk to and is on hand if you should need anythingRead more! It is the perfect location especially if you have a dog, the public footpaths are located everywhere within the valley and you can walk for miles. Hide

Reviewed by Lara 27th April 2019

The Shepherd's Nook couldn't have been more perfect. At the top of the most idyllic valley, with astounding views, it's the ideal place for walkers and those who want a bit of peace and quiet. All we heard were cuckoos and sheep! And we even saw a red squirrel. The cottage and garden are beautifully maintained. The host was so welcoming and easy-goRead moreing. We will definitely be back, if she will have us! Many thanks for a fantastic week away. Hide

Reviewed by Neil 2nd April 2019

The cottage is very much as described. Its very cosy and was perfect for a couple and our dog. The aga was great to cook with and there was a lot pans etc to use. The cottage is tidy and clean. WiFi is slow and only works in living room and its hard to find. But worth it

Reviewed by Lauren 25th March 2019

Lovely property amazing views and lovely people. Enjoyed our stay immensely and want to go back already.

Reviewed by Thomas 22nd March 2019

Cosy cottage, excellent location for walking. Lots to do nearby. Good parking. Comfortable bed & great kitchen - everything provided. Had zero problems with anything - owners helpful (next door), would come back.

Reviewed by Diane 9th March 2019

Outside Storm Gareth raged, but we couldnt have been cosier in this perfect little bolt hole on the hillside, with stunning views down the valley. You dont even mind getting wet on the wonderful walks from the door, when you can come back to snuggle up beside the Aga. This is for people who really want to escape and unwind for a while. We loved it!Read more Hide

Reviewed by Stella 9th February 2019

This is a very cosy, warm and well-equipped cottage. It is in a fantastic position at the head of Kentmere - perfect for walking directly into the hills. The Aga is a treat to cook on, and keeps the place welcoming at all times. The soft furnishings and pictures, baskets etc. all add to the personal touch. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Reviewed by L 23rd December 2018

A fantastic cosy cottage in kendal. We used the Aga every evening and it made the best meals. Our host was amazing and couldnt thank her enough for her hospitality (receiving complimentary mince pies, mulled wine, truffles and a Christmas tree). We felt relaxed and the scenery is like no other with many nearby local walks. Couldnt recommend more, aRead more must visit Hide

Reviewed by Kenneth Craig 27th October 2018

Superb cottage, fantastic views. Very well appointed, the aga was great. Owner was very welcoming. Very peaceful just sheep for company . Only downside was very narrow road and other drivers going to fast. Would recommend to everybody.

Reviewed by David and Valerie Knew September 2017

We had a very enjoyable week in The Lake District in spite of some wet weather and staying in Sheherd's Nook Cottage at Kentmere with stunning views over the River Kent Valley. But best of all was the cottage itself which is an absolute gem, beautifully appointed and thoughtfully furnished with every consideration for a couple like us requiring a cRead moreomfortable and quiet place to stay for a few days.The charming owner is to be congratulated on how she has interestingly developed the family farm with no less than three cottages for guests to rent of which Shepherd's Nook is one; and in a setting of spectacular scenery. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay which we would recommend to any couple. Hide

Reviewed by Sue McCormick July 2017

I very much enjoyed my recent stay at Shepherds nook, I thought the location and views exceptional and perfect for fell walking straight from the house. The cottage is very cosy and had everything we needed. The local village Staveley has everything you may need beer, bread, bicycles! I would definitely consider another visit to the cottage in the Read morefuture. Hide

Reviewed by Sherrie & Ava June 2017

I will never forget the view, its so beautiful that its almost unreal. Loved the warmth of the Aga. Thanks Annis!.

Reviewed by Ellie & Chris May 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage is perfect - cosy, warm, an ideal place to relax after a day on the fells. Thank you.

Reviewed by Helen & Mike March 2017

Wonderful stay in the most cosy cottage ever! Epic fell walking, lovely suppers in the Aga.

Reviewed by Lydia & Chirs March 2017

Had a wonderful relaxing stay, perfect place to relax and unwind. Love the cosy cottage! Such a stunning area. Thank you.

Reviewed by Jason & Jackie March 2017

Lovely short break in the Kentmere Valley. Lucky to enjoy stunning views on the Kentmere Horseshoe. Evenings in by the cosy Aga where perfect for a relaxing time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Thank You!

Reviewed by John & Lynda December 2016

The cottage is wonderful but our stay was made so special by the interesting and inspiring talks with Annis. We came for John to relive special memories and were not disappointed.

Reviewed by Mr O October 2016

The cottage homely and arty. We loved it when can we move in

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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.

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