|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
|Theme||Adventure, Romantic, Wilderness, Away from it all, Rural, Village|
Description from the owner
FLIPKEY TOP VACATION & EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER
A Victorian cottage on the remote Eastern edge of The Lake District National Park - Brackenber cottage is a 5 minute walk from the deserted fells, rivers and mountains of the park. There is an abundance of wildlife including red deer, foxes, red squirrels, badgers and the occasional kingfisher that visits the garden.
Recently renovated the cottage sleeps 6 in two double and one twin bedroom with all fuel, linen and towels provided. The large south facing garden and private rear landscaped patio with gas BBQ are idea for spending the day living outside. The village is a short walk awa...Read more
Brackenber Cottage - The Lake District & Cumbria
Penrith, Cumbria, England
Additional Location Information
The cottage is on the edge of the village of Shap which has 2 pubs, a small supermarket, outdoor heated swimming pool, fish & chip shop and a public playing field all within walking distance. There is private parking for two cars at the cottage.
Only 2 miles from junction 39 of the M6 on the edge of the National Park. Easy accessed by car but walk out the door and you are in the most deserted part of the National Park with Haweswater and Ullswater a short distance away. We are also very close to the Eden Valley and The Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Nearest towns are Penrith 10 miles & Kendal 16 miles
Nearest bus stop is 1/2 mile away with several buses a day into the towns
Nearest rail station is Penrith on the main London Glasgow line
Location Type Away from it all, Rural, Village
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Rate Summary||$111||$111||$683 - $873||$3,037||3 nights|
|Nov. 27 2012 - Mar. 30 2013
|Apr. 1 2013 - Sep. 11 2013
|All Other Dates||$111||$111||$873||$3,037||3 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
Please note: Short breaks are available - please contact us for a short break price.
Rates are all inclusive of fuel, linen & towels.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 14, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Great stay in the Lake District
After arriving from australia (leaving 35 degree heat), we spent the first few days frozen (zero degrees in the UK), but the Lake District was absolutely beautiful with snow in the fields and the cottage was in the middle of all that. Great base to explore from. We were also appreciative that the owners had let us stay for less than one week over the Easter/school holiday period and enjoyed the complimentary chocolate! The cottage was well equipped and especially for children, with a games cupboard. We did not spend a great deal of time indoors as we were out exploring most of the time but when we did, we had everything we needed. We found the cottage a little cold as the heating was locked down, but Malcolm gladly changed this for us to make our stay more comfortable. I also appreciated his continued advice on the weather before we left australia. I thought that was a special touch and the advice to bring thermal underwear was very much appreciated. I had forgotten how cold it could be in the UK! Would very much recommend this accommodation, particularly for families.
Response from Nyree Stubbs - 05/19/2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us - even if it was the coldest Easter for 50 years, at least you had the snow you wished for!. We now have a new gas central heating system which will keep guests warm whatever the temperature outside. We fitted it especially for guests arriving in winter from warmer climates as our winters do seem to be getting colder.
A Lovely Place To Stay!
Brackenber cottage was a pleasure to spend our all too short break in.The owner was extremely welcoming and obviously took great pride in the property as it was in pristine shape and spotlessly clean. Alot of thought had gone into the smaller details which made the stay so much easier and made you feel at home.There was more than enough space to spend quality time with the family or to disappear into your own area for a few hours (the cinema room being a particular treat).There is no shortage of visual/audio entertainment but if you prefer to read or just sit and relax the cottage offers a calm and quiet atmosphere.Also a great spot to access from the M6 but equally close to the lakes for a fun day out.
A cozy cottage with everything you need for a relaxing break. Malcolm and Nyree were extremely helpful with all our needs.
Fantastic place to stay
Really nice accommodation and Nyree and Malcolm were very easy and friendly to deal with. Good location if you want to go a couple different places - in between Windemere and Penrith, so nice for two day trips. House was perfect for our family - two kids, two parents and two parents. Good walks without having to drive anywhere as well as 20 minute drives to the lakes.
Steve, Denise and family
A warm welcome on arrival to this very comfortable, well equiped
We recieved a warm welcome from the owner who was on hand, if required, throughout our stay.
The cottage was clean and very comfortable, it had everything we needed, the 2 gardens and entertainment room were a real bonus. The little extras we needed - highchair, stairgates, cot etc. for our grandson were also a real help.
The location with easy access to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Pennines meant there was lots to do and explore with stunning scenery nearby. The local village had everything we needed on a daily basis.
The cottage was excellent value for money.
Thankyou for a lovely holiday.
Nadia and Wisam
The accommodation is of the highest standard and the location excellent. It's very well equipped lovely family house; all the bedrooms are a really good size. The garden is fantastic and the access to the lakes was great. We had fantastic time doing BBQ and watching movies in cinema room. There was only one disappointment with the drier stop suddenly however Nyree and Malcolm pops in within minutes and fix it quickly. We found drink, chocolate and cookies when we arrived from landlord. Fabulous fish and chips nearby and great environment. Definitely recommend it for everyone.
Response from Nyree Stubbs - 09/13/2012
Hi Wisam, Glad you enjoyed your stay. The dryer is a condenser dryer and just needed the water emptying - I will add instructions on how to do it for future guests.
Beautiful property and location
thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we would recommend the cottage to others. The cottage was well stocked with comfortable beds. The Greyhound pub is walking distance from the cottage and serves nice traditional meals with a relaxed atmosphere. The location brings the best of both worlds being rural yet also near to many tourist attractions Lowther Castle and Bird Of Prey Centre, also Keswick,Kendal and Windermere.
Great family holiday in a very comfortable,well equipped cottage
We thoroughly enjoyed staying in Brackenber Cottage which was very clean,spacious,attractively furnished and well equipped for our family holiday.Children particularly enjoyed using the games room.We enjoyed walking down to the nearby stream with stepping stones in the evenings.We found it a very good location for visiting many parts of the Lake District and other areas are also easily accessible.Village of Shap is conveniently close by.
The owners were very friendly ,helpful and made us feel very welcome.Lovely welcome goodies on arrival!
We all have fond memories of our holiday in Brackenber cottage and would love to return.
A homely stay
A lovely cottage which is tastely decorated making one feels like at home. It is located at a quiet village which is not far from all the tourist attractions in the lake district. Highly recommended.
A heavenly Cumbrian hideaway!
I stayed at Brackenber whilst working for a week in Cumbria. I'd normally stay at a local hotel, but decided to try self catering instead. It was a huge success, which ended up being cheaper than a hotel and much more convenient. The house itself is tucked away from the main road through Shap and is beautifully appointed. The couple who own the property were very helpful throughout the booking process and I was met on arrival. They live close by and were available if required but respected my privacy. I'd happily go back for a family holiday and would thoroughly recommend it. A gem!
S & K Maddison
It met our expectations
Having found the property advertised on the Shap community website we thought it looked lovely and well equipped, we were not dissapointed.
We found the owners attentive and obliging and cottage to be as described.
All the rooms were found to be of a good size with period high ceilings and in good decorative order.There was plenty of space outside for relaxing.
The location was ideal for us and only a 5 - 10 minute walk to the nearest of four "local watering holes", all serving reasonable food for good value.
Turning right immediately in front of the cottage, away from the village, takes you down a lane leading to walks over farmland, fell roads and the abbey ruins.
A short car journey takes you to Haweswater/Mardale which is a beautiful spot for walking or just taking in the scenery.
The "coast to coast" route crosses the main road at the top of the village and we walked part of the route as one of our circular walks.
Shap is so close to the motorway network it makes the journey really easy and yet the beautiful rugged countryside is only minutes away.
Shap does appear to have everything you would need to stay and live in the village including an open air swimming pool, in season. If you need more, then Penrith is only "up the road".
The only thing we didn't try was the local fish & chip shop, but as we are going back this weekend hopefully we can try it then.
The produce we took home with us from the local butcher was very good.
Overall we were very pleased with our choice and would not hesitate to stay here again or indeed recommend it to others.
The Ord Family
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
A lovely, relaxing new year break at Brackenber Cottage
We arrived and were greated by Malcolm who showed us around and told us everything we needed to know. A lovely welcome pack of wine, chocolates and other goodies had been left for us Which was a lovely touch. There was also a birthday card for mum, which was very nice of Malcolm and Nyree. The cottage itself was absolutely stunning. Everything we could have possibly needed was provided. The attention to detail and those extra touches made it feel like home from home. The bedrooms were beautifully finished and extremely comfortable. We were all able to relax and enjoy a fantastic break, just what we all needed. I will certainly be recommending this cottage to friends and we are already planning a return trip in the summer as we loved it so much. Roll on the summer as we can't wait to return!
ann pete joan
The Best Cottage We Have Stayed In
Stayed at the lovly cottage for christmas from the 22nd to 29 of december. What lovly place everything about it is perfect lovly and peaceful yet near enough for all the amenties.The inside as large rooms with 3 tvs large bath and shower lovly large beds and bedding everything you would want from home to home.Theres also parking for 2 cars.Last but not least the owners nyree and malcolm are very nice and helpful nothing is to much trouble for them with it been christmas they even but a tree and trimmings up for us which we thought was very nice.We would recamend this cottage to any one.We hope to vist again next year.
Response from Nyree Stubbs - 01/01/2012
Glad you had a great Christmas stay with us.
A fantastic place in a beautiful part of the world.
From the moment we arrived ,with a warm welcome from the owner Nyree,we knew we would be going to have a great time .
The place was really nice and clean and cosy,with everything you require for your holiday and more
a good place to base yourself on the edge of the Lake district with a few pubs in the village serving good food also in the village is a well stocked supermarket and butchers that sells really good Cumberland sausages
We look forward to coming back to Brackenber cottage
Clean comfortable cottage
An enjoyable break the cottage was spotless very comfortable only observation would be to have TV in the bedroom !
Response from Nyree Stubbs - 12/15/2011
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I have just put a 24in LCD TV with FreeView into the main bedroom - the other two bedrooms are next on my list.
Relaxing enjoyable hoiday. plenty to see and do.
A very well kept tidy home, lovely views and friendly hosts.
Good size home and well equipped kitchen,
Lovley relaxing stay. will come again
The Shearer Family
Our stay at Brackenber Cottage, Lake District.
We recently had the pleasure of staying at Brackenber Cottage. The location was perfect for exploring the Lake District and there were scenic walks from the cottage itself. The spacious cottage was very clean and fully equipped with everything a family could need, from the lovely, comfortable beds to the fantastic entertainment room. We were greeted on arrival by the owner and throughout our stay they were on hand to help us with any questions we had about the cottage or the Lake District, nothing was too much trouble. It was a delight to wake up every morning to the beautiful coutryside views. We throughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back!
Were delighted to arrive and find milk,tea, sugar and biscuits and cake to welcome us! Plus a bottle of wine! The cottage was fab, the atention to detail amazing. The kitchen was well outfitted with a nice big table we could all sit around and eat. The bedrooms were beautifully done. All had their own hairdryers which was a blessing. Bedlinen lovely and big fluffy pillows. Bathroom had a good powerful shower with plenty of hot water.
The gardens were lovely. Sat in the back and for bbq's and sat in the front at dusk to watch loads of bats swooping about. Brilliant!
Nyree was there to greet and us and nothing was too much trouble. It was like meeting an old friend! Great hosts who obviously realy want you to enjoy your stay.
Lovely sitting room with TV to relax with in the evening.
The location was excellent. Five minutes along the lane was a stream - there were buckets and nets which we all used to catch minnows. Great fun. Beyond the stream were the fells providing great walks. Loads of wildlife about the area, even red squirrels!
Would say our favourite lake had to be Derwent. Had a wonderful day there, and hired a rowing boat whch was great fun.
Have to say, the cottage was the best holiday accommodation we have ever had and as far as value for money - amazing!!
We will def return!! Thank you so much Nyree and Malcolm!!
Portland, Oregon, USA
Wonderful Lake District Rental
Great hosts, very attentive and friendly, great location for hikes and local attractions. Already miss the view from the windows and the village of Shap. The house was lovely with 2 patios to enjoy.
Would go back to this house and village.
Canada Loves You!
Can hardly wait until our return trip to Brackenber Cottage!! We had such a grand time touring around the beautiful Lake District and venturing into Scotland. The cottage was a beautiful place to return to in the evening to relax and unwind after a long day of sight seeing. Such peaceful country surroundings! Our hosts Ny and Mal were so helpful in giving us tips on what to see and do! Canada Loves The Lakes and Brackenber Cottage! Will definatley be telling all our friends "the" go to destination for their next holiday!" Thanks again Ny and Mal!
We are a family with 2 children and wanted to explore the lakes. The cottage was in a perfect location with wonderful scenery, with plenty to do for the kids. The games room was a bonus as it gave us some peace time at night. Malcolm and Nyree were really nice people and gave us a warm welcome but respected our privacy during our holiday.
delightful country setting
Great sized house with all mod cons. Scrupulously clean throughout. Spacious bedrooms with plenty of storage. Good outdoor space with grass on one side and patio on other. Kids loved the outdoor/indoor cinema in the garden and the chance to play the Wii in evenings. Welcoming,friendly and unintrusive attention from Nyree and Malcolm. If we had to find one negative it would only be that there was no freezer or freezer compartment in the fridge (although this is something we've increasingly found in self-catering accomodation in recent years)which would have been handy as the weather was divine and it would have been good to have ice cubes for drinks & ice-cream for kids.Otherwise a great house in a beautiful setting which we would love to return to. Thanks Nyree and Malcolm for a lovely stay.
Response from Nyree Stubbs - 11/02/2012
Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. I note your comment about the freezer - there is a full size freezer in the house. It was in the utility room which is why you may not have found it - we have now moved it into the kitchen so its a little more obvious.
My wife and I stayed at the cottage while bird watching at Haweswater valley. We cycled each day along traffic free roads and returned to a warm comfortable cottage, the big plus for us was the secure building to store our cycles. We will certainly be booking again.
Comfortable and Friendly Cottage
Nyree and Malcolm gave us a warm welcome when we arrived and could not have been more accommodating. We stayed here with our four teenagers and even though the cottage would have been perfect if it had one more bathroom, it was a wonderful base for exploring the lake country.
Response from Nyree Stubbs - 06/02/2011
Glad you enjoyed your stay. We do have plans to put another WC in on the ground floor for next year which will certainly help. As this is our first year we though we would get some feedback as to what visitors wanted before converting a room.
Mrs T WM
Brilliant time had by all
Three generations of our family stayed at Brackenber Cottage, and we all had a great time.
The cottage has everything you need and more. All the rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished and the needs of the visitors has been really well thought through. The Owners were their to meet us on our arrival and showed us around the cottage and answered any queries we had, which was great.
All the bedrooms are really well laid out and very comfortable and the whole house was spotless.
If its a wet and miserable day and you dont wont to go far there are plenty of books to read, games to play and Dvd's to watch, which was a really nice touch.
We all want to go back as it felt like a real home from home and the area is great for exploring the lakes and all the fantastic scenery around. You can walk out of the cottage drive turn right and within a few minutes you reach a beautiful beck great for the kids to go fishing and to have a paddle.
We have stopped in lots of cottages over the years all over the country but Brackenber has to be on of the best.
The cottage is beautiful and very well done. Malcom and Nyree were very helpful and did everything to make our stay more comfortable. We were travelling with children and they actually installed child safety gates and arranged for a high chair.
The place is in a quiet and a beautiful village. The house has been done immaculately to a very high standard.
I would recommend this place to everybody and we would love to go there again!!
Felt at home.Liked having the wifi.Position of house was good..close to a6 but quiet.Owners helpful and friendly.Would stay there again.
Isle of Man
surpassed our expectations - we'll be using you again!
thanks for a terrific week - look forward to seeing you again next time.