1 / 9  
2 / 9  
3 / 9  
4 / 9  
5 / 9  
6 / 9  
7 / 9  
8 / 9  
9 / 9  

1 Wreay Cottage

Shap, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
9 more

At a glance

  • Escape to the bustling village of Shap - home to the highest open-air, heated swimming pool in England
  • Reward your hikes and climbs with a tasty portion of fish and chips in the village
  • Treat yourselves to a cosy night in by the wood burner - a firm favourite with your canine companions
Property code: SZ005

Whisk family, friends and four legged friends away to the eastern side of the Lake District National Park and explore the fantastic Eden Valley before enjoying time together in this sociable yet cosy home.

This sweet little cottage is situated next to the village church in the busy, vibrant village of Shap. With views of the open countryside, a spacious living room and light decor throughout, it boasts calming clean lines and a really lovely feel, just perfect for a couple or small family to have the perfect holiday!

Shap is a small village with lots to offer! The cottage is just a 5-minute walk from a couple of good pubs, tea rooms, shops, and even a heated open-air swimming pool (available between May and September)! For the walkers amongst you, you can take on part of Wainwright's Coast to Coast, or enjoy any of the vast array of fabulous routes in the surrounding area. Alternatively, why not visit Sleddale Hall (as seen in the cult film, Withnail and I), or take a trip to the impressive ruins of Shap Abbey?

Haweswater is your nearest lake, just 6 miles away, and provides access to many of the great Lake District peaks including High Street and Kidsty Pike, both of which can be seen from the cottage. The area around Haweswater is also home to an amazing amount of wildlife including deer, badgers and squirrels.

This cottage is one of those places that has a really lovely feel to it. The sitting room is warm and cosy with comfy seating, wood burner, TV with DVD player, and a selection of books sitting on a lovely window seat. The dining table is also in this room, right next to the wood burner, so you can be sure of a cosy meal!

The kitchen is fully equipped with induction hob, electric double oven, microwave, dishwasher, under-counter fridge and storage space. A utility room houses an under-counter freezer and washing machine and also leads to a downstairs toilet.

From the kitchen, stairs lead upstairs to a hallway that houses a traditional ceiling pulley clothes airer/dryer. From the hallway is a double bedroom (boasting fabulous views of the Lake District mountains), a twin bedroom, and a family bathroom with toilet, wash basin, and bath with hand rail and shower over.

From the back of the house are views over the garden towards open countryside. The garden itself is long with a patio, gravelled area, shrubs, and a bench where you can enjoy a peaceful morning cuppa.

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

  • 2 bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom, 1 WC
  • Induction hob, electric double oven, microwave, dishwasher and under-counter fridge
  • Utility room with washing machine and under-counter freezer
  • Hallway has a traditional, pulley-style clothes airer/dryer
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Wood burner - initial supple of logs provided
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Please note towels are not provided
  • Garden with patio and gravelled area and bench
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Shops and pubs within 1 mile


From guests that have stayed at the property.


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.

The Lake District National Park is situated in the north west of England in the county of Cumbria. It is famously home to England’s tallest peak, largest lake, deepest lake and some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. It has been a major draw for holidaymakers for over 200 years and its popularity shows no signs that this will diminish anytime soon. Adding to the spectacle, there are long-distance walking trails, endless history and culture to appreciate, as well as an unbeatable array of outdoor activities to try in some exceptionally eye-catching locations.

Mountains, lakes, rocky rivers, waterfalls, and valleys lined by stone walls characterise the Lake District National Park. Add to this vision slate-roofed villages, winding country roads, arctic alpine and wildflower meadows, and beautiful birds such as skylarks, curlews, meadow pipits, and lapwings, which all provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday. The poet, William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, wrote a guidebook of the area in 1810, and very little has changed in the region to tie it into the modern world. The centre of the Lake District is dominated by its craggy mountains such as Scafell Pike and its exceptional lakes like Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and so many more.

Each of the Lake District’s towns has a village sensibility, yet all of them offer handy amenities, cultural attractions and some of the North West’s best places to eat and drink. Top visitor attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter, Sizergh Castle, Hill Top, Go Ape Grizedale, Grizedale Forest, Fellini and Zefferelli’s Cinema/Restaurants, the Bluebird Mk II, Ravenglass Roman Bathouse alongside a world of outdoor sporting and activity providers. Natural landmarks include Aira Force, Tarn Hows, Scaffell Pike, Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Old Man of Coniston, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Pull on your walking boots and traverse the long-distance walking trails of the Lakes like Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, and the Tour of the Lake District.

As you get to know the region better, you will find evidence of prehistoric and ancient man in the Lake District, as there are standing stones, circles, and rows to find, as well as one of the largest standing Roman buildings in the UK. Visit Ravenglass, one of the UK’s oldest settlements and the only coastal village in the Lake District; it has beautiful waterside views of the Munros of Southern Scotland. Remnants of the region’s industrial activity can be traced in the form of bobbin mills, gunpowder mills, and mines. The Lakes also have some famous literary and art associations, including Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, JMW Turner, John Constable, LS Lowry and Percy Kelly.

It could take you five lifetimes to visit each of the places mentioned here; a good way to see more of the Lake District National Park is stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our range of holiday properties in the Lake District and Cumbria gives you the perfect place to stay in the north west countryside or on the coast. Our self-catering cottages in the Lake District offer lovely holiday accommodation to suit all your needs, from cottages to rent for a romantic getaway to larger properties for the whole family – we even have dog-friendly holiday homes across the Lake District too. Take a look at our full collection of self-catering cottages and begin to plan your holiday.

The Travel Chapter Limited, trading as holidaycottages.co.uk | The Travel Chapter Limited is registered in England and Wales. | Registered office Travel Chapter House Gammaton Road Bideford EX39 4DF Company No. 02431506 | VAT reg: 143053210