Abbey Croft is a lovely four bedroom barn conversion on the very edge of Shap Village. The house has four good sized bedrooms (King with En-suite, 2 Doubles and a Twin room) all bedrooms are on the ground floor. Upstairs is a large open plan family sitting room and games area, benefitting from a large inglenook with multi fuel stove. The well-appointed kitchen diner is fully equipped and has a large range cooker. Outside is an enclosed garden with Hot tub, and outdoor table
Abbey Croft is very much a home from home, a place to kick off your shoes and relax either quietly – or surrounded by family and friends. The house is an ‘upside down’ property with all the bedrooms being on the ground floor, leaving the upstairs for open plan family living.
Let me take you on a tour of the house.
On entering the front door you are in a small tiled lobby with lots of space to take off those muddy boots and hang up outdoor clothing, through the door is the hall with a double height window and access to the four bedrooms and family bathroom. Each room has fitted wardrobes with both hanging space and shelf space, bed linen and towels are provided. Hairdryers are located in the chest of drawers.
Up the stairs you enter the open plan lounge and games area, a place where all the family can get together. A large sofa is sited in front of the multifuel stove to create a cosy zone for curling up after a day in the great outdoors, and the smart TV gives you various viewing options including Freeview, but also allowing you to log into your own content provider if you wish. Wifi is available and we have found that the mobile signal is quite good here (something our own kids can’t do without!). At the other end of the living space is our games area - a full size air hockey table can make things quite competitive, whilst there is also the option of playing Wii games or watching DVD’s from our small family friendly library of films. The storage units at this end of the room also hold a variety of games, books and activities that guests are welcome to use during their stay.
From the family room - double doors open into our kitchen diner. Well what can you say, its got the things you would expect (Fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, range cooker) as well as other bits and bobs such as toaster, coffee machine, stick blender and slow cooker – there are cooking pan , pots and accessories – enough to get together a Sunday roast or easy evening meal! The dining table easily seats 8 in comfort and has a fabulous view out over the garden and fells. Going trough to the end of the house a lobby leads into a utility room where there is a washer and tumble dryer available to use as well as vacuum cleaner and basic cleaning items (plus a bag of old towels for drying off any damp dogs! - we would appreciate these being washed by yourselves if you use them - not something I would want our housekeepers putting through with the main wash!), there is also a wc and a 'back door' which leads down a flight of stone steps into the garden.
The outside space has off road parking for up to four cars (most important as our lane is very narrow and we do ask guests not to park or unload in the lane itself as it does restrict our neighbours). The garden faces out across fields towards the sunning landscape of the Eastern Lake District. The garden is fully enclosed and gated making it secure for children or dogs. There is a five person hot tub available to use all year round, as well as a barbecue area and picnic bench seating.
Just a quick note about our facilities for babies, - we have one travel cot and high chair available for use on request, and a ‘pull out’ toddler bed which there is space for in two of the bedrooms if required. We do not charge extra for these but please let us know in advance if you would be wanting to make use of them.
Up to 3 well behaved dogs are also welcome (dependent upon breed size) - we do ask though that they are kept out of bedrooms and are not allowed on the furniture. If your furry friends come back from a walk a little on the damp side – you can bring them straight into the house by the kitchen door which leads directly into the utility and kitchen areas – where the flooring is easy to mop down and they can be made comfortable until they dry off!
Shap is ideally suited for those who enjoy the great outdoors – lying in the beautiful Eden Valley area it is bounded by the Lake District to the West and the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the East and provides a fantastic base for the exploration of the whole region.
The village has many useful facilities including a health centre, post office general store with proper old fashioned jars of sweets served in paper bags. The very well stocked Co-Op can provide you with just about all the groceries you could need - including hot sausage rolls and pies, but the area is also well served with good local food producers and farm gate shops (some of which sell their high quality products through the famous Teebay Services farm shop which is a few miles down the road – useful for stocking up en-route!)
There are a few eateries in the village to note – the Abbey Coffee Shop serves breakfasts and lunch as well as take away cakes, Shap Chippy is the place if you fancy the great British classic both eat in and take away. There are also several bars/pubs that serve food through the day and into the evening that are within walking distance of the house.
Entertainment wise its worth bearing in mind this is a village, and for many guests to the region the great outdoors is all that you need, be it fells, peaks or dales. There are easy access pints to various national cycle network routes as well as being only a stumbling distance to the route of Wainwrights Coast to Coast walk. Shap offers easy driving to many other attractions – we are only quarter of an hour from Penrith with its nearby Centreparks if you fancied a sneaky spa day, or Rheged Arts and Cinema centre, within half an hour you can discover castles, gardens and more ancient history than you could shake a stick at!
For families Shap has a special feature during the summer months as it opens its heated open air swimming pool – the highest heated outdoor pool in Britain!
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