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Plane Trees Cottage

Shap, Cumbria
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Charming Grade II-listed farmhouse restored to a high level with traditional features throughout
  • Relax in the pretty cottage garden with working well
  • Tucked between the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and North Pennines
Property code: SZ390

Oozing with traditional features, this three-bedroom farmhouse is perfectly situated to explore the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines.

This alluring holiday property is a 17th-century, Grade II-listed, traditional farmhouse that has been updated and restored to a high level to create a delightful and charming cottage. Shap is located conveniently just off Junction 39 of the M6 motorway approximately half way between Penrith and Kendal. Nestled snugly between the Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales National Parks, the village is a stone’s throw from either depending on your whim. The Howgills are nearby and Shap offers extensive lesser-known local walks and mountain bike options on its doorstep including Wainwright’s famous Coast-to-Coast walk that passes through the village.

The cottage has been sympathetically renovated and retains exposed beams and window seats along with many other original features but all updated with a lighter, more open and airy decorative style. It has three bedrooms, one with an en suite and walk in shower, and can sleep up to five people.

Downstairs is open plan with leather sofas nestled around a log burner placed in a stunning original feature fireplace. Guests can move easily from the dining table to the fireside with that extra glass of wine.

The village has a number of pubs and a small co-operative shop/ off-licence all within a few hundred metres.

On entering the cottage you find yourself in the open plan space of the downstairs living area with the kitchen on the left and a relaxed seating area with wood burner set in the original fireplace on the right. Many features of the old farmhouse are still visible, including the 'spice cabinet' in the far wall, window seats and a former doorway that now houses the guests’ library shelves. There has been endless speculation about the 'clay pipe smoking gentleman' prominently carved on the fireplace lintel....I guess we will never know the real history behind him but he's a great piece of history in this characterful cottage.

Although undoubtedly a beautiful Grade II-listed limestone building, the cottage has been comprehensively updated to the highest standards with all the modern conveniences you would expect. The kitchen has an electric oven/ grill with ceramic hob, dishwasher and fitted fridge/freezer. The slate-floored utility room has a drying rack, sink, microwave and washing machine. A Smart TV and Wi-Fi are also provided for guests to use. If you wish to bring expensive road bikes, storage is available within the cottage under the stairs for two clean bikes.

Moving up the stairs you transition from the oiled oak floor to the floor boards of Shap’s former Methodist chapel, which were painstakingly recycled for the cottage’s restoration. All the upstairs rooms also retain their window seats and their high ceilings show partially exposed oak beams. The feeling of space here, along with the light and airy decoration, contrasts well with the original features of the property and reflects the Scandinavian origins of one of the owners. The master bedroom has a Super King bed and is lightened by a glass wall set opposite a sky-light. This room also offers a walk in shower in its en-suite bathroom.

There are two additional bedrooms and a shared bathroom all of which open around the upstairs landing area. The larger bedroom looks out of the front of the cottage and has a king-size bed, chest of drawers and full size wardrobe. Incidentally, a print of a wonderful painting of the cottage by a well-known Yorkshire landscape artist  can be found on the wall in this room. The third and final bedroom looks out of the rear of the cottage and comprises a full size single bed along with a 'gentlemen’s wardrobe' and other furnishings. The main family bathroom has a bath with an incorporated shower and screen, wash basin and WC.

The courtyard outside provides a partially sheltered seating area in addition to the cottage’s original well. It is possible to look down the well and you will still see moving water, but it has been covered with a screen for obvious safety reasons. The courtyard has cottage garden style borders with shrubs, a few berry and fruit trees and some herbs in pots – help yourself to anything edible (best to double check if you're not sure) if it is available during your visit.

The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks are both within a very short walking distance of opposing edges of the village (1.5 miles either side) and can be reached without a car. More well- known areas of the Lake District or Dales are within a short car drive or a bike ride. The village has a number of pubs and at least two serve food. Additionally the local chippy is a regional legend and, quite rightly, boasts a number of national awards.

  • 3 bedrooms - 1 super-king-size (can be made into a twin on request), 1 king-size, 1 single
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 en-suite shower room with WC, 1 family bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Utility room with washing machine and microwave
  • Wood burner, first supply of logs provided
  • Smart TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Partially enclosed courtyard with seating area, small storage shed and covered working well
  • Private parking for 1 car, further roadside parking available
  • Regret no pets
  • Storage for bikes
  • Nearest pub and shop 200 metres
  • Electric vehicle charging point in village 500 metres


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Gary 19th November 2021

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Just come back from a loverly week at plane trees cottage. What a fantastic cottage with all the mod cons included,washing machine,dish washer etc.The village of Shap is loverly with nice pubs,we mainly used The Crown which we found very welcoming.Beautiful wood burner in cottage, which we did use daily(had to buy extra logs) But overall enjoyed ouRead morer stay,would definitely recommend this property, and would come back. Hide

Reviewed by Lizzie 12th November 2021

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Really really lovely cottage with bags of charm and great facilities. Would highly recommend.

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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.

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