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.
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 al 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 waters 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 evenning entertainment at the Brewery Arts Centre.
For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide
We've had a fantastic week at Shepherds's Nook. Walked every day from the door and enjoyed the views and the changeable weather - snow and sunshine. We felt instantly at home. Also thank you to Annis and our neighbour for a warm welcome.
Bev and Si - Manchester
Fantastic cottage, Fantastic area, Fantastic weather, Fantastic holiday! Such a lovely cottage, couldn't have been better - especially the AGA of course! Many thanks - we'll be back.
Neil & Rachel - East Yorkshire
The perfect place to spend our honeymoon! I now want an AGA of my own! The cottage and views where perfect in every way. Thanks.
Rich & Kate - Bath, Somerset
Lakeland Extras - You Time
Holidays are are all about relaxing and reviving along with having fun. It should also be about your time, time for yourself, a little self indulgence. Adding some of these extras will enhance your holiday experience and give you that much deserved You Time.
My Personal Sanctuary
MPS is a luxurious and truly indulgent beauty therapy service delivering 5 star quality organic treatments carried out in the comfort of your cottage. Your treatments are carried out by carefully selected therapists, who ensure you are enveloped in calmness, serenity and relaxation from the moment you embark on your treatment journey. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enhance your stay and even better, when you book one of our lake district cottages you will recieve a 5% reduction from MPS on your chosen treatment.
Home Cooked Meals
A delicious home cooked meal delivered to you door will give you even more time to yourself. We have found a few companies that offer a tasty selection. Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Lucy's of Ambleside, and in the north Lakes, Choice Catering run by Debbie Bainbridge.