Here's a rather delightful new cottage to kick off the week!
Plane Trees Cottage in Shap is a 17th century Grade II Listed farmhouse that sleeps up to 5 and is just bursting with charm. Its traditional exterior hides a modern Scandi interior that's just flooded with light.
Perfectly located in a pretty village between both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, this cottage really has it all. We'll start by stepping through the original doorway into a spacious open plan living area with the kitchen-diner to your left and the lounge to your right.
The living area is stylish and beautiful with a wood burner set into the original fireplace and even an old spice cabinet! See if you can spot the "clay pipe smoking gentleman" in this area of the house: despite much speculation, his true identity remains a mystery!
Over in the kitchen you have everything you need for enjoyable a delicious and sociable meal. The dining table seats five and there's plenty of room for carrying back and forth those laden plates of deliciously steaming food!
For extra space, a utility room can be found next to the kitchen, and there is storage for two bikes under the stairs.
Speaking of stairs, let's move up to the first floor. Stepping into the upper hallway you will notice the original floorboards that once belonged to Shap's Methodist chapel and which have been meticulously recycled to provide even more character to this wonderful home-away-from home.
Once you've admired those, head into the first of the three bedrooms, all of which retain their high ceilings and window seats. The first is the en suite super-king master bedroom. Take a moment to admire the glass wall opposite a skylight that lets in plenty of natural light. The en suite has a walk-in shower.
The other two bedrooms - a king and a single - boast the same bright feel and clean-cut lines of the rest of the house with beautiful floorboards and exposed beams giving a nod to the house's history. The family bathroom has an over-bath shower.
Well that's it for the house. How about the garden? Well, the delights continue here with cottage garden-style borders and a semi-shaded seating area. There's also an original well out here, though it has been covered for safety!
Right in the heart of the village of Shap, Plane Trees Cottage is well placed for exploring the gorgeous area and will be an amazing holiday home for your Cumbrian stay.