Bedrooms - 5
Sleeps - 10
Bathrooms - 3
Pets welcome - 1
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5 bedrooms, sleeps 10
We generally take full week bookings during British school holidays (Easter and half-terms) and the summer holidays (July, August and early September). We also take week-long bookings for Christmas and New Year.
Short breaks during otherwise peak periods, email for availability. We are flexible on start and finish dates and will always consider weekend breaks throughout the year.
A security deposit of £100 is payable - which will be returned to you within 28 days after your holiday provided there have been no additional charges or damages during your stay.
Three night break: £650
Low season: £895
Mid season: £990
High season: £1500
Eskdale is a wonderful starting point for hundreds of walks in the Lake District, either on the fells or along the banks of the River Esk, which flows from Scafell at the top of the valley down to the estuary at Ravenglass, an old fishing village complete with a ruined Roman bath-house! The river has natural pools for swimming and is a popular place for canoeing and for fishing. The famous Ravenglass & Eskdale Miniature Railway terminal is about a mile away and runs along the valley, its steam trains leisurely making the seven mile journey down to the sea.
Eskdale Golf Course is a 15 minute drive away. There are also various outdoor activity centres offering a range of climbing, canoeing, gully walking etc.
Although Gillbank Cottage feels isolated, it is only 15 minutes walk from the Boot Inn or Brook House Inn, or half an hour from the Woolpack Inn.
The village shop and post office (a 5 minute drive away), Eskdale Stores, sells a comprehensive range of goods, including groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, food to go, alcohol and newspapers. There is an organic farm and farmshop in Santon Bridge, a 15 minute drive away. Eskdale is an idyllic place to stay in Cumbria and this is a wonderful cottage to rent in the Lake District
This 400-year-old self catering cottage rests among the mountains of the famous Lake District National Park. Accessed by private road, the property benefits from an idyllic location in the heart of the western lakes. With five bedrooms, one ensuite, and two further bathrooms, the property easily sleeps ten people. Recently renovated and refurbished to a high standard, Gillbank Cottage boasts the latest in modern convenience while maintaining the intimate features of a classic Lakeland cottage.
The kitchen has plenty of space for cooking for ten. There is a large American style fridge with cold water and ice dispensers. The cooker has 5 rings and there is also a microwave, dishwasher and dining area which has a large extending French Oak table with matching oak chairs and benches to comfortably seat 10
The sitting room has widescreen television with Sky+ satellite, DVD and VHS video player. There is a broad fireplace containing a powerful solid fuel stove with glass windows for safe operation as either an open fire or a closed stove. Coal and firewood are provided to create the perfect atmosphere. Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, cards and other games are provided for entertainment.
There is a downstairs bedroom and a downstairs bathroom for people with limited mobility. Please note, though that there is a step up to the bedroom.
Heating, logs for wood burner, electricity, bed linen, towels.
Directions from the south: Leave the M6 motorway at junction 36 for Kendal/Lakes. Follow signs to Barrow (A590). Turn right to Workington (A5092) 3 miles beyond Newby Bridge and follow this road for 10 miles (it bypasses Broughton-in-Furness). Turn right to Ulpha before the River Duddon (at the traffic lights 3/4 mile beyond Broughton). After 4 miles turn left in Ulpha village to the steep hill signed Eskdale. Follow the fell road to the King George IV pub (6 miles). Turn right up the valley road. After two miles you will reach the Brook House Inn. Turn left here and continue to the end of the road. Opposite the Boot Inn, just before the hump backed bridge there is a track to your right (it has a wooden sign saying bridleway and no unauthorised vehicles - there is also a white painted sign saying no parking, tractors turning). Go up this track, keep left when it forks and you will eventually come to Gillbank which is on your left just before the road leads to the Temple's farmyard. Please park within the grounds of Gillbank.
Popular places to visit
The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction and Hill Top the small 17th-century house where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories
Brantwood Home to John Ruskin
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum
Levens Hall and Gardens - Elizabethan mansion and world famous topiary gardens
South Lakes Wild Animal Park
Change over day is Saturday - short breaks welcome from Nov to March. The Lake District is world famous for its large, open spaces - come and stay!
Eskdale map and Gillbank Cottage location
- Bedrooms: 5 (2 doubles, 3 twins)
- Sleeps: 10
- Bathrooms: 3 (1 ensuite)
- TV, video/DVD/stereo/full Sky package
- Washing machine/tumble drier
- Wood-burning stove
- Whitehaven (20 miles)
- Manchester Airport - 2.5 hours
- Nearest station - Ravenglass (7 miles)
- Good food pub - 3 within walking distance
- Muncaster Castle & Owl Centre - 7 miles
- Garden with furniture
- Eskdale golf course 7 miles
- Pets welcome