Plane Trees Cottage accommodation summary
Open plan kitchen-dining-living room
Super-king bedroom with en suite shower room (this room can be made into a twin on request)
Cottage garden with seating area
Working well (covered)
Small storage shed
There is private parking for one small car in our parking bay. Roadside parking is also available on the A6 (please park considerately).Other Info
Arrival Time: 17:00
Departure Time: 9:30
Towels will be provided
The house is heated by a combination of storage heaters and electric panel radiators
WiFi access is available at the property
Sorry, no pets
The cottage is non-smoking
Initial stock of logs and kindling provided
Plane Trees Cottage is entered through the original 17th Century doorway (so duck slightly if you are tall!). 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 burning stove 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 WiFi 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 sized bed, chest of drawers and full size wardrobe. Incidentally, a print of a wonderful painting of the cottage (prior to renovation and entitled "Shap A Ruin") by the well-known Yorkshire landscape artist Peter Brook RBA 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 toilet.
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 (1-2 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 Shap Chippy is a regional legend and, quite rightly, boasts a number of national awards – it would be rude not to visit them at least once during your stay!
The current owners still live at the other end of the village and are happy to answer any questions if they are about – or just leave you to enjoy your break.