Shepherd’s Cottage (Sleeps 2)
Welcome to this rustic cottage for two, built in the 1500’s, now lovingly renovated to create the perfect escape for couples, nestled between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District.
Lounge and kitchen are linked together complete with homely Aga in one end and wood burner in the other. There’s a quirky little pantry too, where you’ll find an honesty bar with local beers, spirits & fizz. Upstairs there’s a huge bedroom, changing room and beautiful bathroom with double ended roll top bath & separate shower. There’s also a small child’s room, just large enough for a travel cot or z-bed, on request.
If you enjoy being outdoors then the roll top cast iron bath in the walled garden is just for you!! Piping hot water on tap, fill with bubbles and enjoy a soak under the stars, swimsuit or birthday suit, the choice is yours.
Inside the Cottage it’s spacious yet homely with oak beamed ceilings, original stone mantle over the claret Aga and old spice cupboard. An ancient flag stone welcomes you into the handmade kitchen, which has been lovingly created by Richard. If cooking isn’t your thing, then you can simply wander across the footpath to The Fat Lamb Inn, just 5 fields away. There are two more great pubs in the village of Ravenstonedale, 3 miles away.
Relax in your own
Everything you need to cook up a feast can be found in the kitchen. Enjoy the treats inside the champagne welcome hamper, which include a delicious homemade cake from Katie’s Cakes and artisan sourdough bread from Ivy Cottage Baker, the perfect start to your holiday.
The kitchen is connected to a spacious lounge with sofas just waiting to snuggle up on. Why not watch a film, disappear into a good book or catch up with the outside world using the superfast WIFI. The wood burning stove is ready to light in winter and for summer the back door opens up to the sunset patio with a comfy all weather sofa, perfect for that early evening glass of wine.
The walled cottage garden has lots of space to relax, pop yourselves in the hanging cocoon chair under the great copper beech tree with a book, or enjoy lunch in the sunshine. As the evening draws in you can light a fire in the kadai fire bowl for a bbq then add some logs and watch the flames flicker or luxuriate in the outdoor cast iron bath as the stars above bring in the night.
Taking the old stone steps that lead upstairs, wind your way up to the changing room. An oak framed wall and wardrobe on one side, dressing table on the other, a relaxing space to get ready in the morning.
Through the doorway you enter the heavenly bathroom – the roll top cast iron bath is double ended with plenty of room for a candle lit soak for two. There’s a large separate shower too with lovely toiletries from the Bath House to use, along with huge towels and fluffy robes to relax in. The window overlooks both the cottage garden and the fells beyond.
In the bedroom stands a magnificent four poster super-kingsize bed, made by Richard from reclaimed timber. Climb in, gaze at the 400 year old oak beamed rafters and drift off to sleep on the super Sealy mattress, made here in Cumbria. The view from bed lasts for miles, all the way to Blencathra, 30 miles away! Underfoot you’ll find locally made Herdwick wool carpets, one of the area’s traditional breeds of sheep.
If you have family there’s an additional tiny room for your little one, just big enough for a travel cot or z-bed, both of which can be provided on request (z-bed £25). The sloped ceiling makes it a fab hideaway for youngsters who want their own little den (under 10’s only).
Dogs are very welcome in the Shepherd’s Cottage, we ask that they stay downstairs, keep off the sofas and are not left alone whilst you are out. All 3 of our village pubs are dog friendly so your pooch can eat out with you in style. Water bowls and dog towels are provided in their very own welcome hamper.