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Tardis Cottage – a charming stone cottage in the heart of Sedbergh

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine


About the property

This traditional, characterful cottage offers a cosy retreat with beamed ceilings and a Morso wood burning stove. The porch leads onto a comfortable lounge with a well equipped gallery kitchen, housing an induction hob, fan assisted oven and fridge. (Please note that an induction hob may not be suitable for guests with Pacemakers.) Upstairs there is a double bedroom and shower room with an original 18th century pine dividing wall – in places you can see the candle burns where somebody got a little too close! (You may need to watch your head in places and the stairs are quite steep.) Outside is a flower filled patio with a table and chairs for al fresco dining, and a pretty annex which houses the washing machine, a small freezer and room to store bicycles securely. Free wi-fi is available in the cottage.

Sedbergh is an ancient market town nestling in a verdant valley under the fells and as well as a variety of shops, pubs and cafes still has a Wednesday market. Perfectly situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park but also in Cumbria, and only 5 miles off the M6, there is easy access to both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks from the cottage. The Howgill Fells offer superb walking straight from the doorstep, and there are many beautiful footpaths along the valley too. The area is also popular with cyclists, with winding country lanes offering wonderful views.

More Details

Sue and Neil Kernahan
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 September, 2017

About Sue and Neil Kernahan

We bought Tardis Cottage almost 20 years ago as a weekend retreat and fell in love with Sedbergh and its' friendly people, so now we live here! Our home is four doors away across the cobbled courtyard.

Neil is a semi-retired craftsman upholsterer whose workshop, “Howgill Upholstery”, is in the barn near to the cottage. He can offer tuition if you would like to combine your holiday with a chance to learn something new or improve your skills. Perhaps you might like to make a Yorkshire Tweed footstool to take home with you?

Sue and Neil Kernahan purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Sue and Neil Kernahan chose Kendal & South Lakes

As soon as we walked into Tardis Cottage we knew that we had found our ideal place to get away from it all, it is perfect for a couple on holiday. Situated in the heart of Sedbergh you can easily spend a week here without using a car, there are a good variety of shops to cater for your needs and an assortment of places to eat out a stones throw away. There is plenty to do too, even if you don't want to drive into the Lakes or Dales.

What makes this cottage unique

In one of the oldest parts of Sedbergh, the cottage is around 200 years old and is so pretty, with its' beams, alcoves, muntin and plank wall, and vaulted bedroom ceiling.

If you are wondering about the name, the previous owner was a policeman - so his grandchildren decided the cottage was a "Police Box" and the most famous one of all is The Tardis! Sadly, as the walls are around a metre thick, it is not bigger on the inside though.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sedbergh in South Lakeland District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
As in many historic properties there is no private parking at the cottage, however there is plenty of on street parking. We also provide a parking pass which is valid in both village car parks, neither of which is more than a few minutes walk away.


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Tardis Cottage – a charming stone cottage in the heart of Sedbergh
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 29 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Tardis Cottage is perfect. Cozy, clean and Neil and Sue are great people.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fabulous cottage, perfectly named and full of great character.

  • 5 of 5

Tardis Cottage made a perfect, cosy & comfortable base for our walking holiday in the western Pennines and Lakes. Neil & Sue couldn't have been more welcoming and provided lots of little touches in the cottage which were thoughtful, lovely and helpful. Travel advice on which local roads to avoid also proved very useful and resulted in some super scenic drives ! Thank you so much - if we take a break in this area again, we would definitely use Tardis Cottage as a base again !!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great stay in the aptly named Tardis cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This certainly is a well-named cottage: cute as a button on the outside but cleverly spacious on the inside! The cottage has all the comforts you'll need, without sacrificing some of the lovely original details (do ask Neil about them).

The living room/kitchen has a comfy chair and sofa to lounge in in front of the wood stove (which we didn't fire up because the weather was fine) and everything you'll need to prepare a bite to eat.

The upstairs has a cosy bedroom in which you'll inevitably oversleep and a tidy bathroom which share some lovely wood paneling. The convenience of a washing machine in the annex (across the quaint patio) is excellent.

Neil and Sue were lovely, making us feel very welcome and full of ideas for locations and activities nearby. They did a great job of being around without being intrusive (including some very stealthy plant-watering!).

There are lovely walks from Sedbergh, from light to steeper climbs. It's also a great base to make day-trips from, to the Lake District for example.

Our one gripe with Sedbergh might be that some of the people in and around the local pub could be a bit snobbish. Fortunately, there's another of those, we had a fine meal at the recently opened Italian and a stellar Fish and Chips. All in all, a highly recommended stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved living in Tardis, if only for a week. Everything we needed (and a little more) was there, and coffe, milk, tea and even biscuits were ready for us when we arrived!

Sue and Neil were the perfect "landlords", Neil even picked us up and took us to the railwaystation! (In his lovely green jeep...)

Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect base in Sedbergh

  • 5 of 5

Neil and Sue are the perfect hosts. Neil welcomed us warmly on arrival and showed us the cottage.

We loved the fresh roses, coffee and shortbread that were waiting for us.

Walking into the cottage felt just right, like we were home. This place was perfect for us. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you both and your company which really added to a memorable week in the cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Tardis Cottage in Sedbergh

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had the pleasure in staying at Tardis cottage for three nights over the Easter holiday. For us, the location in Sedbergh was perfect for exploring the Lakes District. It is far enough away so that there is no traffic/congestion but close enough to reach popular areas by car.

The owners Neil and Sue, were very responsive which made booking very simple. They were both home (at their cottage next door) to greet us upon arrival and helped us to get settled in the cottage. The cottage is just the right size for two. It was spotlessly clean and there were biscuits and milk provided. The well appointed kitchen was just right, although I wish it had a microwave oven. I was slightly concerned about the cottage location which is directly on the street, but it is not busy with traffic or noise at all. There is not a dedicated parking space with the cottage, but we found free street parking 50 yards away. There is a parking permit provided in case you need to park in a local car park.

The pictures and description found on the website are very accurate. The bed was a good size and very comfortable. Shower had good water pressure and plenty of hot water. The downstairs sitting area is very comfortable and cosy. There are electric heaters on thermostat and a wood burning fireplace. Wifi provided was stable and very adequate for browsing and email, but in my experience not quite fast enough for streaming. There are many books and fliers for local activities as well as some games and puzzles.

During our stay, we ate at the Chinese take away restaurant which was average, but very reasonably priced. We had a great meal at the pub on the corner, the Dalesman. We found the food and service to be excellent. It was not inexpensive for a pub, but we felt it was a good value.

I would recommend Tardis Cottage to anyone looking for a base in the Lakes District.Neil and Sue were charming hosts who clearly care about their guests.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
47 Miles
Bradford Leeds
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
The Dalesman
Nearest Ferry
32 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Sedbergh Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
The Dalesman
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Kendal dry ski slope
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Arnside and Silverdale
Car: recommended

We love Sedbergh because of its' great location and its' friendly people. There is so much to do here from walking the fells or cycling to visiting Farfield Mill - our local arts and heritage centre. There are several second hand bookshops in town, with Westwoods proclaimed on of the ten best in the country by The Guardian.

In the Yorkshire Dales National Park, as well as stunning scenery, caves and waterfalls, the Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes is well worth a visit, with cheese making demonstrations, tasting, a shop and two cafes. And of course the Lake District is only a short drive away with its' numerous attractions and activities.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Sedbergh, Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Summer
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn/Winter 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter/Spring 2018
4 Jan 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

You may park outside the cottage to unload, there is plenty of on street parking available nearby. If you prefer, a free parking pass for the town car park (5 minutes walk) is available for your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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