7 (all year)
Gill Beck is a pretty pink-washed holiday cottage which is located in an exceptionally attractive riverside setting in the heart of Caldbeck, a historic and charming village on the northern fringe of the beautiful Lake District National Park in Cumbria.
Caldbeck is a hidden gem and tucked away from more frequented tourist areas, offering peace and quiet, yet still within easy reach of larger market towns such as Cockermouth and Keswick. The village still remains unspoilt, surrounded by rolling fields with glorious views of the fells beyond.
Walkers and cyclists are in for a real treat with Gill Beck being in such close proximity to the Skiddaw mountain range and forest, the Solway Coast, the Northern Lakes (including Bassenthwaite with its famous ospreys) and Hadrian's Wall. Footpaths take you directly out of Caldbeck to the well-known Howk Gorge and waterfall, which provides the perfect place for relaxing and having a picnic. The Cumbria Way passes straight through the village and two well known long distance cycle routes (the Reivers Route and Coast to Coast) are accessible nearby. The area is rich in wildlife including red squirrels which can be seen in the village and the fell ponies which graze on the Caldbeck Common.
There is something for all ages and energy levels in this lovely area. The village boasts a traditional pub with restaurant, a post office/well stocked village store (with petrol pump), a wool shop, hairdresser and a clogmaker! There are several gift and craft shops, a cosy tearoom and the Watermill Cafe which serves delicious meals. Tennis players will be delighted by the tennis court within the grounds of the village primary school (with honesty box) so don't forget to bring your tennis balls and racquets.
The village's central feature is the large duck pond with pram-friendly paths and resident ducks (who love to be fed). All Caldbeck's amenities are within easy reach on foot from Gill Beck, making it possible to enjoy the whole holiday without the use of a car.
Susie Yorke joined Independent Cottages in January 2009
Gill Beck has been recently redecorated and offers guests a bright and comfortable environment. The cottage sleeps five and comprises:
Facilities: Gas central heating throughout with additional electric heaters. All electricity, gas and bedlinen included in rental rates. Cot available. Storage for bicycles in garage. Small private garden and patio at rear of cottage, overlooking open fields. Wi-Fi nternet access, BT Sports Channel and i-Player available in the cottage. Garden furniture. Private parking for one car at the front of the cottage. No pets, no smoking please. Occassionally short breaks can be arranged - please enquire with the owner.
Prices: A discount for smaller parties of two guests (except in peak season).
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What about Easter in the Lake District? 30th March to 6th April for 5 people - £500