A kitchen is the heart of a home. At Abbey Croft everyone has space to prepare good food and enjoy great company in our large kitchen dining room.
Whether you are looking to curl up on a large squishy sofa in front of the fire with a good book, or watch the match with the family - our comfortable sitting room is the place to be.
We are quite sure that for most people the lure of the great outdoors will be entertainment enough; but for those moments in the evenings or when the glorious Cumbrian weather isn't at its best then we have a good selection of games to keep you entertained
When its time for bed Abbey Croft has four comfortable bedrooms, all have fitted wardrobes
Abbey Crofts' recently refurbished bathroom and en-suite offer bright and clean facilities to enhance your stay. Refreshing showers or a luxurious soak just take your pick.
At Abbey Croft you have private use of our secure gated garden area - great for keeping toddlers or outdoors loving dogs contained. We also offer private off road parking.
Abbey Croft is a typical stone built Lakeland barn on the edge of Shap village that was converted just over ten years ago into a substantial four bedroom family home. The accommodation is split over two floors with the main living space being on the upper floor, bedrooms are on the ground floor.
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.
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.
The Master Bedroom has a king-sized bed and its own private en-suite shower room - there would be ample space here for a toddler bed or travel cot.
Bedroom 2 is a double room again with space for a cot if required. Bedroom two would generally share the use of the house bathroom.
Bedroom 3 is a further double room and is directly opposite Bedroom 4 which is a twin bedded room. These rooms would work well as a family 'suite' and by careful use of baby gates could be separated off from the rest of the bedroom corridor.
Lounge and Games area
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 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 and games. 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. 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 pans, pots and accessories – enough to get together a Sunday roast or easy evening meal!
Next to our kitchen is the utility room where our guests have use of the washing machine and tumble dryer (and even an iron if you feel the need!)
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 in the summer months
Baby and Toddler facilities
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 and muddy 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!
So there you are , hopefully you will find AbbeyCroft a home from home, the sort of self catering accommodation that we would hope to find. But please do remember that this is a self catering property, I try to provide a few basic essentials for my guests but hope that if guests use something up they might replenish it - thank you
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 – 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 points 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 day in the waterpark, or Rheged Arts and Cinema centre, within half an hour you can discover castles, gardens, the coast 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!
Why not spend an hour or two relaxing and enjoying a bit of fun at Shap's very own heated lido. This lovely little pool is run by village volunteers and open in the summer months - perfect after a morning on the fells.
As a small friendly outdoor adventure company, I provide a range of mountaineering activities, with a specialism in ghyll scrambling and canyoning in Cumbria. I pride myself in providing you with a totally fun and immersive experience adapted to your requirements, which you are sure to remember for a very long time. https://mountainratadventures.co.uk
Rookin House is an established adventure venue in Cumbria, the Lake District and has been offering a wide variety of outdoor activities for over 20 years. Family owned and operated, Rookin House has a strong focus on both fun and safety.
The centre is just 4 miles from Ullswater, and 8 miles from both Keswick and Penrith and easily accessible from the A66. All of the activities (unless otherwise stated) are based on one site with Blencathra providing a spectacular Lakeland backdrop.
Shap is lucky enough to have two village pubs each of which serve food. Both the pubs are within walking distance of the house, the furthest about 15 minutes walk, more info on our Food & Drink page
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A fantastic place to visit - to park up and walk or bring your own bikes to cycle in the parkland is free! There is a café for after your exercise... But there is also the opportunity to hire cycles, have a tractor ride, go into the ruined castle, exhibitions, formal gardens, adventure playground and other events put on in the grounds. one of our favourite places for dog walking!