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Gillbank has two entrances - one via a porch which leads to a large hallway room with separate storage area for wet coats and boots; the other leads directly into the warm kitchen.

Gillbank's spacious kitchen

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, washing machine, tumble dryer and dining area which has a large extending French Oak table with matching oak chairs and benches to comfortably seat ten.

The sitting room at Gillbank holiday cottage    The sitting room at Gillbank holiday cottage

The view from the sitting room
The view from the sitting room

The sitting room has two large leather sofas, a leather chair and leather stool on an oak woodfloor. The room contains a 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.

table football

Also, downstairs is a full entrance hall and wet room for boots and coats. There is a table football game to occupy the younger (or young at heart) members of your group.

The downstairs twin bedroom

Leading from the sitting room in one direction is a bathroom with roll top bath, in the other direction is a twin bedroom - the former Library Bedroom is on the ground floor and boasts two single beds. The windows look over the gardens and down the valley over the village of Boot toward the sea which is approximately seven miles away.

The Master Bedroom at Gillbank Holiday Cottage

The view from the main bedroom of the farm next door.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms - two doubles and two twins.

The Master Bedroom has an ensuite shower room, oak king size bed, oak dressing table and mirror, original exposed beams and 21 inch television with DVD/video and independent Sky box.

The other three bedrooms share a family bathroom with overhead shower.

The Heather Bedroom (below left) sleeps two with a double bed and it overlooks the large gardens and orchard to Whillen Beck, a small stream that runs alongside the property. It is pleasantly decorated in heather colours and comes with a large chest of drawers and double wardrobe.

The Lindsay room (below right) boasts two single beds with Lindsay tartan throws and matching cushions. There is also a chest of drawers and large double wardrobe.

The Heather Bedroom at Gillbank Holiday Cottage

The Lindsay Bedroom at Gillbank Holiday Cottage

The Duckegg room (below) is decorated in an attractive duck egg blue design and overlooks the front garden. It comprises of two single beds a large double wardrobe and a wide chest of drawers. The Duckegg room also has a large sink and splashback in the corner.

The Duckegg Bedroom at Gillbank Holiday Cottage


Outside there is a large garden for children to play in with a patio area ideal for barbeques. By the adjoining stream is an old watermill that is part of Gillbank Cottage. The large grassy area makes a perfect spot for a picnic and the old mill watercourse is still in place. The stream is fast running and deep in areas, so we advise parents to take care with young children.

The drive, front garden and view at Gillbank

The grassy part of the garden at Gillbank

Pets are welcome although I'm afraid we can only accept one dog per visit. Dogs are absolutely not allowed in any of the bedrooms and we ask that they don't use the furniture downstairs. Please note that there is a farm next door so pets must be kept under close control at all times.

Gillbank Holiday Cottage


The cottage is situated over two floors. There are four bedrooms, one ensuite, and a full bathroom on the first floor (upstairs). On the ground floor is one bedroom, one full bathroom, two reception rooms and the large open plan kitchen and dining area. Outside the kitchen/dining area is a large slate paved patio for enjoying meals or relaxing in the outdoors. The full floorplan is available.

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The English Lake District with its tranquil lakes, impressive mountains and warm welcome is the perfect place for a holiday, be it for an action packed adventure, a family get together or a relaxing break away from it all. Holiday cottages in the Lake District allow you to do all of these in your home away from home. You can do what you want when you want so if it’s mountain biking on the fells or relaxing in a Lake District Spa you can come back to your holiday cottage (often with open fire or wood burner) and have the space to kick back and relax.

Self catering also gives you the option of eating in or sampling a few different pubs or restaurants in the local area so you can get a real feel for what the Lake District has to offer. Sally’s Lake District Cottages offer fantastic cottages which you can see on their site and if you have a fury friend to bring along many are pet friendly.