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The Shepherd's Hut, Kendal.

SuperhostKendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom
Hut hosted by Susan
2 guests1 bedroom3 beds1 bath

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South facing, small, traditional Shepherd's hut with views, internal shower, compost toilet, log burner, electric heater, kitchen area. 2 mins by car to Kendal. Scenic walks over limestone Scars from doorstep. Breakfast basket supplied. Comfortable double bed, single bunk above.
Kendal is an attractive market town with an eclectic range of shops, cafes, restaurants.

The space
Please note we are NOT on a bus route. You must have a car or rely on taxis into town (2 mins). NO PETS ALLOWED!
Our Shepherd's Hut is a unique place to stay: It is situated on the junction between the rural road to Underbarrow and a bridle-way named Gamblesmire Lane which leads to Cunswick Scar and Scout Scar, so it's ideally situated for country walks.

It is fully insulated with sheep's wool so is snug, comfortable and warm. There is a microwave, electric kettle, toaster, indoor shower and a compost lavatory. There is a thermostatically controlled electric heater and a Hobbit wood burning stove for cosy evenings in.

The stove heats the hut up very effectively, and we often chuckle when people light it on a warm evening and then fling open all the doors and windows when it gets as hot as a sauna. A good tip is to open the little window above the top bunk as this created a cooling draught of air without being too cold.

You can walk out of the door and along Gamblesmire Lane, a footpath that leads to Scout Scar and Cunswick Fell.

There are bird feeders beside the window so you can watch the birds at close range, including woodpeckers, and will wake to bird song. As the hut faces south east, you will see the sun rise over the hills and the valley below. On clear nights, you'll see the moon rise. At night, owls hoot in the coppice nearby and in summer there are bats flitting about the hut.

At present, the shower works but isn't very powerful as there's not enough water pressure. There is cold water in the bathroom sink and hot water in the living area. In frosty weather the water supply has to be turned off and guests use the bathroom facilities in the house. There is bottled water in the hut.

There's a seating area outside the hut with a table and chairs and a small firepit. It is situated in it's own little garden, quite near to our house where we also host Airbnb guests and are on hand to help you with suggestions for exploring the wonderfully green, gentle hills of the Lyth and Winster valley with their numerous green lanes and lovely views.

The hut is next to the fell footpath gate and there are horse riders, mountain bikers and walkers going by at times, so expect to enjoy saying hello and having a pleasant chat. In summer, there are Lakeland Hound Trail races up the fell. This is a traditional Lakeland sport and very exciting to watch if you get the chance. (It has nothing to do with fox hunting, by the way).

The living space in the hut is 7 feet by 16 feet, so it's about the same size as a small towing caravan but with much more charm and character! Shoes off indoors, please! Don't drain crockery on the lovely wooden sink top. Please dry up with one of our best tea towels instead!

Guest access
Please feel free to use the garden areas at the front of the house. Logs and kindling are available from the house, please ask! Guests can request use of the laundry room in the house to dry and store wet outdoor clothing/boots. We can store your bike under the log shelter and there's a bucket and soapy water for washing it down.

Other things to note
We have a friendly cat who'll want to visit you but just shoo him off if cats aren't your thing!There are friendly ponies in the neighbouring fields, too! And the owls that live in the wood hoot at night.
In winter, if there's a hard frost the water pipe may freeze as it's not buried, so guests use our house bathroom on the rare occasions this happens.
There are Cumbria Life magazines, board games, tourist leaflets and a lot of walking books in the hut, but if you need anything, please knock and ask us. We want you to have a pleasant and enjoyable stay here in Cumbria! It's a great place to be!
You're welcome to join me for a wild swim or a fell jog up Cunswick Scar! Just ask!
South facing, small, traditional Shepherd's hut with views, internal shower, compost toilet, log burner, electric heater, kitchen area. 2 mins by car to Kendal. Scenic walks over limestone Scars from doorstep. Breakfast basket supplied. Comfortable double bed, single bunk above.
Kendal is an attractive market town with an eclectic range of shops, cafes, restaurants.

The space
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 bunk bed

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Private entrance
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Kitchen
First aid kit
Breakfast
Laptop-friendly workspace
Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
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Kendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Please note, that WE ARE NOT ON A BUS ROUTE and you will need a car to get here from Kendal. There is a car rental next to Kendal station.
Public transport will take you to the main tourist areas, but not to the most beautiful and scenic. It is also very slow and frustratingly infrequent. Convenient as a base for the southern Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, our hut is in a secluded position in our garden with easy parking on the driveway. There is a scenic footpath beside it named Gamblesmire Lane that leads to Cunswick Scar, Scout Scar and footpaths to Underbarrow and Crook.
Kendal market town is a 2 minute drive by car or a 40 minute walk across the Scar (You'll need a map). It has lots of interesting small shops, a market on Wednesday and Saturday, a fabulous Climbing Wall, the Brewery Arts Centre, interesting historic buildings and yards and excellent cafés.
Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall are a few miles to the south of the town.
There are 5 award winning country inns that serve great food within a 10 to 20 minute scenic car journey of the hut. The nearest, at Underbarrow 10 minutes away is The Black Labrador.
Please note, that WE ARE NOT ON A BUS ROUTE and you will need a car to get here from Kendal. There is a car rental next to Kendal station.
Public transport will take you to the main tourist areas, but not…

Hosted by Susan

Joined in June 2014
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I enjoy travelling and meeting new people from all over the world. I would like to reciprocate the warm hospitality I've received on my travels and share my knowledge of the beautiful Lake District, where I've lived for most of my life. There's so much to see and do here, I'm sure you'll enjoy your visit and come back again! This year, 2017 is special, as it's the year The Lake District received World Heritage status! Although it relies heavily on the tourist industry, there are still many wild and wonderful places you can roam, without seeing another person! It also has more Michelin starred restaurants than London and has a plethora of fantastic, ambient pubs, cafes, cocktail bars and restaurants. There are numerous festivals throughout the year and lots of guided adventure activities. I really enjoy living here not only because of those things I've just mentioned but because life is slow, travel is scenic and each valley has it's own unique atmosphere. And there is a multicultural hospitality workforce and friendly locals.
I enjoy travelling and meeting new people from all over the world. I would like to reciprocate the warm hospitality I've received on my travels and share my knowledge of the beauti…
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I enjoy meeting guests and can help you plan your days out, exploring the Lake District. There are lots of fascinating places to visit, a wide range of outdoor pursuits to enjoy and a wealth of cultural opportunities ranging from museums, galleries, country houses, historic villages, theatres, cinemas and a vast array of excellent cafes and restaurants.
Please note that to see the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales, it's best to use a car as public transport is slow and infrequent.
We hope guests will eat at the nearby award winning country pubs in the Lyth Valley at Underbarrow, Brigsteer, Crosthwaite and Bowland Bridge. There are fantastic farm shops at Sizergh Barn and Plumgarths nearby. There is also a fabulous supermarket called Booths in Kendal. It uses local producers and has an outstanding selection of great food and drink. On Wednesdays and Saturdays there is a market selling home baked produce, a wonderful bread stall, fruit and veg, fresh fish and street food.
I enjoy meeting guests and can help you plan your days out, exploring the Lake District. There are lots of fascinating places to visit, a wide range of outdoor pursuits to enjoy an…
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Checkout: 10:00 am
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