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The Nook

Kentmere - Kentmere Valley

Key Information


Star Rating:VE 5 Star


Pets:No Pets

Other: Occupants must be 18yrs or over, No Children or Babies
Wi-Fi Broadband

See Also - Pengennett - Capplerigg   The Mews - Capplerigg   Shepherds Nook  

The Nook



This pretty traditional Lakeland country cottage 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 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 a garden that is a riot of colour during spring and summer. 

The Nook is detached and the first of a huddle of three cottages right at the head of the valley, where its aspect gives a panoramic view.



Living Spaces

You enter into a small boot room area, and then into the kitchen. A real farmhouse feel, the large table, settle and AGA sit under a canopy of oak beams and will be perfect for cosy dinners.

From the kitchen you go through to the sitting room. A plump sofa and leather armchair are drawn around a roaring log burning stove. Ornament and occasional lighting add to the ambience, where the overall feel is snug and warm.



Bedrooms & Bathrooms

From a small hall, stairs lead up to the landing and the bedroom and bathroom. A large king size double bed sits under a timbered ceiling and the views down the valley are splendid. The bathroom has a bath with hand held shower, basin and WC.


Garden Spaces

Outside the gardens are splendid, a riot of colour and scent in summer. Adjoining the cottage is an open barn, which would be perfect for any guest who perhaps wishes to set up an easel and paint the view. Immediately in front of the cottage is a gravel terrace, which gives way to grass and flowerbeds, the whole setting has the most splendid backdrop of the valley.

All in all this is a very romantic cottage for two set in an idyllic position, perfect to relax and take Me time, as well as explore the walks that are on your doorstep, along with the greater and magnificent landscape of the Lake District National Park.


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 track that leads 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 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.

For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide

Full Lake District Guide

Bowness & Windermere 




Your Say

I compose this as I sit in the rocking chair at the kitchen table, with a glass of red wine in front of me, Classic FM playing in the background, whilst waiting for a homemade seeded loaf to bake in the AGA. Could it get any more idyllic? Reality however hits tomorrow when we have to leave this beautiful part of the the country. Our star in The Nook has encompassed treacherous yet enjoyable walks in the fells, including a four hour trek from the cottage to the Kentmere Reservoir and another three hour walk to The Queens Head at Troutbeck. The thought of heading back to such a warm and cosy cottage to wine and dine and wind down in from of the log burner with a good game or book has proved a real treat….We will sorely miss the peace and tranquillity of the garden and surrounding fells. The views will stay with us for a long time to come. Thank you for the memories.
Lucy & Simon September 2017

Very lucky to be the first to stay in this idilic cottage, fantastic views and very cosy to return to after long walks in the beautiful Kentmere valley. We Can't wait to stay again!
P & J  Leeds

We have had a lovely time staying in this wonderful, magical cottage.  The views are spectacular, the garden is beautiful. We would be back tomorrow if it was possible.
Jackie & David Gladgow

Such a gorgeous cottage in amazing scenery, we could have just stayed in the garden and never moved! The bed is so comfy - the best ever! Thanks for letting us stay here.
R & C.  

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The Nook
The Details

The Nook Inventory

  • 1 Double bedroom with king size bed
  • Duvets & blankets
  • Full linen & towels
  • Private water supply
  • 1 Bathroom with hand held shower
  • Electric heating
  • AGA cooker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Coffee cafetiere
  • Outhouse laundry room adjacent to the property - Washing machine & Tumble dryer 
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • 2 Flat screen TVs
  • DVD Player
  • Dab radio
  • Wi-Fi Broadband
  • Log burning stove - Starter logs provided, further fuel please purchase locally
  • Electricity inclusive
  • Local jam, milk and tea tray for your arrival.
  • Decorated Christmas Tree with the owner's Seasonal Best Wishes
  • Garden furniture
  • No children or babies
  • Non smokers
  • No Pets
  • Parking 1 Car
  • Private water supply UV filtered spring water. After heavy rainfall the owner will provide bottled water for consumption as the tap water can on such occasions be discoloured.
  • Nearest Pub - The Eagle Child Staveley 4.5 Miles
Nearest Amenities
Staveley - Kentmere
Ings Village - Nr Windermere
Bowness & Windermere
Troutbeck Valley
Walks, Activities and Info Links
Local Areas of Interest

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Lake District Guides


Lake District Cottage Holidays are about relaxing and reviving, leisure and pleasure. The lakes, mountains, fells and forests offer some of the best walking and climbing in the country and are a tonic for all. Along with our wonderful landscape and the National Park, the Lake District offers some of the finest dining in the country, a vibrant cultural and arts scene and, for those who want something a little out of the ordinary, we have gathered together a list of people, places and events that should satisfy the most adventurous spirited visitor.



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Lake District Personal Sanctuary


We want you to truly have a relaxing time and unwind during your stay. We have teamed up with My Personal Sanctuary who offer 5 star quality organic massage and treatments, carried out in the comfort of your holiday home.


To add to the relaxed mood why not order a delicious meal from Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Debby Bainbridge in the North Lakes or Lucy’s of Ambleside in South Lakes.
See our Lakeland Extras Page for more details