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Accommodation Details The Hermitage
Shap, Penrith CumbriaCA10 3LX
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Comments by walkers who stayed at The Hermitage in Shap on The Coast to Coast Path
Enjoyable place to stay
Ian and Helen Papworth, left on 23 June 2015
this has got to be the best on offer on the whole route
superb accommodation, superb breakfast and you can also have your washing done for you!! miss this at your peril.fantastic!!
may 2014.
shaun,jon,russ and dan., left on 11 June 2014
Once again, a happy welcome to a lovely house!
Comfortable, warm and well appointed. Breakfast was scrumptious and served a little earlier for us so that we could get under way.
Jean is an expert host and we were looking forward to finishing off the second half of the C2C from the Hermitage. Job done!
Thanks Jean!
Katy Gillett, left on 31 May 2014
What a beautiful old house, full of character. The stained glass window in the hall is magnificent.
Very friendly host, who was all by herself and quite busy getting everything organized, but she managed perfectly.
The room was also nice with the nicest bathroom we had on the entire walk.
Breakfast was great, although by this time we opted out of the full English due to an eggs-overdose. But I heard wonderful things about the homemade sausages.
Erik & Sietske, left on 23 May 2014
Interesting room in a wonderful house. Bath ensuite as requested. Breakfast was good.
S Woodall, left on 03 September 2013
Arrived at The Hermitage,Tired,(24miles) and Wet.We were invited to leave our wet boots downstairs,to be dried out overnight by the fire.Great!.A lovely old property with large delightfully furnished rooms. A good breakfast was provided.Boots returned still soaking wet!Blisters then ensued.No packed lunches available.Jean seemed to busy to talk,as I would have liked to know more about the history of this property.Not the experience we had hoped for...
Raymond Alsop, left on 11 June 2013
Jean is a very efficient and kind host who actually came to pick us up when she learned that we were 20 mins away and my ankle had been terribly sprained, (from day 1 of the walk).
The Hermitage is lovely, the breakfast alone is the highest of quality and is a great start to the day and the whole operation is run with care. She obviously loves her house and is happy to share it with her guests.
Not the cheapest option but after a long hard day from Patterdale, it is a treat to spend the night in what amounts to a small country hotel - thanks Jean for a great stay!
Katy Gillett, left on 04 June 2013
We had read some good reviews and The Hermitage certainly lived up to our expectations, the house had some interesting features. Lovely rooms, large bath, Jean was very helpful and happy to dry boots etc.
Very good breakfast served on a platter, would definitely recommend it.
Sue and Pat, left on 30 March 2013
This is a stunning, historic property, and our twin room was large, with a large bath with bathtub.

The room was Preston's favorite on the whole trip.

Breakfast was plentiful and of superior quality, and served in a beautiful room.

A great experience!
Preston and Idun, 2012, left on 03 September 2012
What a house. Built in 1691, I discovered I had an oak fetish when I walked in. And if you like oak ask Jean if you can see her kitchen. Fabulous. Where can I get one in Australia? Our room was large, great bath. And a breakfast to match. Definitely our most memorable B&B, set in beautiful grounds, in stark contrast to the rest of Shap.
Richard and Mary Anne, left on 30 July 2012
A wonderful place to stay after a very long day's walk. Delightful period property with a relaxing guest's lounge and a lot of history to discover. Our twin room was beautifully furnished and the huge bathroom with huge bath and Radox bath foam was greatly appreciated. Brilliant breakfast in a very pretty room.
Helena, left on 27 May 2012
A great place to stay at the beginning of Shap after a long day doing the C2C. Great nights sleep after a wonderful bath. Sumptuous breakfast.
We would recommend staying here. Also take a walk in the beautiful garden.
L & V. Western Australia, left on 19 June 2011
Highly recommended. Lovely room, big bathroom with large bath and very nice breakfast. What more could you want after our hardest day!
Pauline & David , left on 30 May 2011
Our second stay, glad to be back - a really special place to stay, highly recommended.
J & R, Exmoor, left on 18 May 2011
Stayed here 11th April 2011 and had the large double ensuite - terrific. I loved the sloping floors of this great 17th Century house and Jean, the proprietor was very friendly. Her breakfast was the best of the C2C - it came on a huge platter - the challenge is to try and eat it all !!
She gave advice on the best pubs to eat in (avoiding the two closest). We used the Kings Head which was perfectly adequate as we could not be bothered to walk the extra 1/4 mile to the 4th, and apparently the best, pub!
Peter Amos, left on 23 April 2011
Beautiful building. Lovely host. 1st class breakfast.
Jill Baxter, left on 09 January 2011
Landlady kindly let me leave pushbike in garage for a week. Superb, huge, period ensuite.
Ian Turnbull, left on 07 January 2011
We stayed here for 1 night (8th July 2010) on our C 2 C walk . This was possibly the best value for money on the whole of the walk. Our room was big with a seperate seating area, the ensuite bathroom was also big with a bath (luxury). This place dates back to 1691, it is full of character, squeeky floorboards and antiques. Recommended.
Mark & Lorna , left on 05 August 2010
This was a lovely place to stay at the end of June 2010. We had a large comfortable bedroom with a large bathroom - including a bath - bliss! Breakfast was delicious. Highly recommend staying here
Christine and Steve, left on 14 July 2010
This place was an absolute treat. We had just finished our longest wettest day so far and to arrive here was like dreaming. The house is beautiful and Jean was so welcoming, taking our boots away to dry. We had an amazing room, the first with a bath, which was bliss for my aching muscles. We had the first solid nights sleep in a really comfy bed, we didn't want to leave!
The breakfast was lovely, we had cereal, but saw the cooked breakfasts and they looked delicious.
We would thoroughly recommend this place on your walk.
Rob & Emma, left on 23 June 2010
What a fascinating place to stay, a really memorable c2c stop over. Highly recommended!
J and R, left on 12 May 2010
We had this very special place all to ourselves.
Very special, old house. Warm welcome! A place to remember!
Thank you, Jean!
Liv Ranum and Morten Storseth, Trondheim, Norway. Left 30.06.09, left on 13 December 2009
August 2009
This is a wonderful house, and may well be worth staying here for the experience. Every floorboard creaks.
We received an attentive reception, and wet boots/clothing were taken for drying. The next morning they were returned just as wet.
In a cold & wet August there was no heating on, so the room was cold.
Breakfast was just OK.
We ate very acceptably at the Greyhound Hotel, which was about 1 mile walk, but were offered a lift back.
Bought decent lunch in town
G&J Woods, left on 12 December 2009
Mrs. Jackson made a muddy pair of walkers feel good in 2007 so we based our C to C dates in 2009 round when she had an available room - then we worked out our itinerary west and east. Wonderful house, wonderful breakfast.
Anthea Firth, left on 11 December 2009
A super stay in a wonderful old place. V warm welcome,v comfortable.Excellent breakfast.Highly recommended.
R & J Martin, left on 10 October 2009
Lovely old house and room very spacious. Very good breakfast. Great meal at the pub very close to the house.
Pete O'Brien, left on 26 September 2009
Big rooms, lots of character and a warm welcome. Good location.
JB, left on 20 September 2009
Arrived late and drenched - Jean took all our wet gear for drying. House full of character; the room was very spacious with comfy beds and nice bath. Good breakfast
Jon and Shelley - stayed 26 August 2009, left on 14 September 2009
What a superb place to stay - had my best night's sleep on the whole Coast to Coast. Room big and airy and a lovely lady running it. Very near a good chippy, the PO and the Coop - perfick!!
Jane & Chris, July 2009., left on 03 August 2009
Beautiful old house. Fantastic room with a bath - bliss after the long walk in searing heat (yes, honestly!) from Patterdale. Breakfast was served on a gargantuan help-yourself-platter. Lovely.
Maureen and Jim Carroll left 16th July
Maureen and Jim Carroll, left on 17 July 2009
Excellent location, right end of SHAP!!
Fantastic old property and wonderful breakfast.
Just what the doctor ordered after a very long day on the trail.
Paul Hodgson, left on 16 July 2009
This is the place to stay and the food is great!
Mary, left on 12 June 2009
A lovely old house and a very friendly welcome meant that our stay here was very pleasant. The breakfast was very good as well. Once again we were saved from the effects of another senior moment - it was our money and credit cards that we left this time! The owner arranged to have them sent over to Kirkby Stephen by taxi much to our relief.

Left 26 May 2009
Shelagh and Richard, left on 09 June 2009
Jean, what an absolute star! Took our smelly wet socks at the door, dried our boots and provided the best breakfast with home made sausages all freshly cooked. Beautiful old historic house, big spacious room and en suite. Highly recommended.
Sarah Lines & Jo Racle, left on 26 September 2008
The walk from Patterdale was quite tiring and the Hermitage is located very near to the start of the 2 km walk along the roadway thru Shap. It is a historic country home, with many antiques in the lounge area and room. The room was very large and very nice. Jean serves breakfast in a wonderful country dining area with a large fireplace. It was truly the most special historic inn of our walk. Unfortunately Shap is very bleak, and clearly a village that has been forgotten by time with the opening of the motorway.
Dave and Cynthia, South Carolina, USA, left on 28 July 2008
Lovely old house with loads of character - sloping floors, crooked walls, exposed beams etc. We arrived in Shap soaking wet and unable to face the prospect of pitching our tent as planned, so knocked on the door of the Hermitage (the first B&B we saw) and nearly fainted with delight at the news that a room was available and that it had an ensuite with a large bath tub. Jean was very kind in driving to collect our bags from the campsite, and letting us dry our drenched tent in her garage. Breakfast also very good.
Jane & Ciaran, Dublin, stayed 26 June 2008., left on 14 July 2008
beautiful house,pleasant stop,nice welcome,recommended
grainger gang, left on 20 June 2008
A bit pricier than some we stayed in, but a lovely old house with beautiful furniture. Excellent breakfast with particularly good marmalade!
Fenella and Mark Jackson, left on 04 August 2007
Jean is a very nice and welcoming hostess and after a hard slog from Patterdale a room that includes both complementary Kit Kats AND a bath has an awful lot going for it! The house is amazing, and although modernised to a certain extent, has the feeling of staying in a small stately home. The stained glass window in the hall is worth staying there for on its own! Breakfast was excellent also. The only downside to the Hemitage is that it is at the opposite end of the village so add another 30/40 mins walk there and back to the Greyhound pub (it's never 1.5 miles by the way! Probably less than a mile) which serves excellent food and ale. But unlike other stretches of the A6, in places like Stockport, the road is ghostly quiet.The plus side is though that the Hermitage is one of the first places you come to off the road leading from Shap Abbey. We stayed here June 2006 but have eaten at the Greyhound recently and it's had a refurb but the food is still excellent.
Steve and Caits, left on 21 June 2007
The main attraction of this B&B is the building. Otherwise a good but not very remarkable B&B. Avoid the Bull's Head for dinner unless you like a meal which is heated in the microwave oven.
Gijs Geskes, Joanne Kars, the Netherlands, left on 24 May 2007
A remarkable old house with a lot of history, some very unusual furniture, and a sense of a place in history. Jean produces as good a breakfast as you'll find on the Coast to Coast route.
Stottie, left on 30 April 2007
My favourite too! We had a great welcome to Jean's old and beautifully modernised home. A very restful stay.
anon, left on 28 August 2006
What a place. Definitely my wife's favorite. We were not sure what we liked more Jean (the landlady) or the spectacular old house that we stayed in. Words can't really describe the feeling of staying in a place like this. According to an owner of another Inn on the route The Hermitage is THE place to stay in Shap. I agree. Wonderfully prompt with e-mail - definitely a highlight of the walk.
Scott and Justine Logan-Bourne, left on 01 August 2006
What a pleasure to stay at a place with so much character and original fittings, creeky and old, but well appointed with all creature comforts. Excellent breakfast, much more than I could eat. Jean is very freindly and wellcoming, very good value for money.
Keith Gill left 11th May 2006, left on 31 May 2006
After the long haul from Patterdale it was a relief to be looked after by Jean at The Hermitage. A lovely room with a deep bath, a good night's sleep and an enormous breakfast! The packed lunch was more than ample!
Jenni Bradbury, left on 29 May 2006
The Hermitage is a lovely building and we had a nice, big room with ensuite bathroom.

It is only a short walk into Shap but the Greyhound pub (which is meant to be the best place to eat in Shap) is right at the other end of the village about 1.5 miles away. Too far to walk in the rain at the end of a very long day. We went to Shap chippie instead (opposite the Bull's Head). They were fantastic fish and chips - and you can sit inside to eat - well recommended!
Michael and Jenny, left on 06 May 2006
After the straggle down Kidsty Pike and the long wet walk along the water's edge, it was a relief to reach Shap. No camping tonight - instead rang the Hermitage in the hope of a bed and bath. Thank you Jean for rounding off a hard day with a good nights sleep and filling breakfast. 12th April 2006
L + G, left on 29 April 2006
A grand old house but Jeanís protestations of innocence about her failure to provide the ensuite room booked and confirmed eight months ahead didnít ring true. We suspect a multiple night booking over the bank holiday weekend resulted in our being bumped. A deal is a deal - while The Hermitage was very pleasant, we would not stay again on principle despite the lavish breakfast.

George & Kay, New Zealand, May 2005
George & Kay Horsburgh, left on 14 January 2006
Oh what bliss!! Our twin room, en suite, was a delight. Roomy, comfortable and tastefully decorated. Friendly welcome with the first offer to do washing/drying. Breakfast superb, including fresh fruit!!! A beautiful house in which to stay and one to return to in the future.
Jenny Talbot, left on 30 September 2005
We can only reiterate what Fiona and Oliver said. This place was a favourite. Huge breakfast - be prepared!
Sharon & Jonathan, left on 25 August 2005
Wodnerful place to stay. Great breakfast and evening dinner. Wonderful host.
Howard and Teresa July 6, 2005, left on 31 July 2005
What a wonderful B & B. Beautiful house and most welcoming hostess. Jean even did our washing and drying for us which set us of on the path most refreshed.
Jacki & Mike Dufty, left on 16 June 2005
This was the best room we stayed in on the C2C. It was huge, had a huge bed and an en suite bath. The location is also at the near end of the main street which was a great relief after a 17 mile stagger from Patterdale.

It is a lovely building and the breakfast was great too. For our evening meal we ate at the local pub which was very good value (we could not face walking to either of the other 2 pubs at the far end of the main street!).

Very friendly hostess and would love to stay here again.
Fiona and Oliver, left on 04 June 2005
Wonderful house full of charm and our host was a charming lady. Breakfast was huge and very tasty. Proper sausages and thick rashers of local bacon. A must if you can get in!!
Notting Hill Walkers Club, left on 10 March 2005
Our hostess was warm, wonderful and very kind. The house was fascinating and old and all of the things we hoped. Our room was huge, the bath fabulous, and the Marmalade! Anyone who gets the Marmalade recipe is the WINNER!

We really enjoyed our stay here. Also, very easy to find and near plenty of food and drink.
Gene Whitright, left on 10 December 2004
Jean Jackson is very welcoming & her house is just fascinating. The bed was so comfortable in our spacious room that it was the only time we almost overslept for breakfast!
Robin & John Willis, left on 20 October 2003
Amazing accommodation. House full of character.

Dinner at the Bulls Head as Mrs Jackson did the cooking there for her son.

Good breakfast.

Definitely stay there again.
Kate Ellis, left on 28 September 2003


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