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“Beautiful cottage, beautiful scenery”
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Traditional lakeland slate semi-detached cottage with lovely peaceful south-facing garden
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Traditional lakeland slate semi-detached cottage with lovely peaceful south-facing garden
Private & secluded  location,  glorious views,  but only 5 mins drive / 20 mins walk into Hawkshead Perfect location amidst the south lakeland fells below Latterbarrow, surrounded by woodland
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40 reviews
Traditional lakeland slate semi-detached cottage with lovely peaceful south-facing garden
Private & secluded  location,  glorious views,  but only 5 mins drive / 20 mins walk into Hawkshead
Perfect location amidst the south lakeland fells below Latterbarrow, surrounded by woodland
Great  for wild-life and bird watching. We regularly see deer in the fields opposite the cottage
Warm and cosy living room with relaxing soft-furnishings
Wood-burning stove and high end hi-fi / TV equipment in living room with lovely outlook  onto garden
Kitchen / dining area with slate flooring and under-floor heating and granite worktops throughout
Utility area off kitchen with full-size dishwasher, washer / dryer, microwave and slow-cooker
Upstairs shower room and toilet with walk-in shower and heated towel rail
Main upstairs double bed room with views over garden
Small single upstairs bed room - views of private driveway, fields, and distant Fairfield Horseshoe
Larger single upstairs bed room - convertable to twin-beds for additional guest if requested
Generous upstairs landing area serving the bed rooms and shower room
Generous hall-way leading to gardens with ample space for wet clothes and walking boots etc
Logs available on non-profit basis and large selection of CD's and DVD's or bring your own Ipod
Secluded location / access to Gillbank Cottage along private driveway, off the public highway
Shared drive to rear with sole-use garage and private car parking space for one motor vehicle
Wine or Welcome Pack  & we do all our own meet-and-greets to help guest settle in fully on arrival
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Hawkshead, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England

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Anna R
1 review
“Beautiful cottage, beautiful scenery”
Reviewed 5 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

My husband and I have just got back from a weeks stay in this lovely cottage with our 2 young children. The whole place was fabulous, beautifully decorated with great facilities, including everything we needed for our 4 month old (when we asked if there was a baby bath, Geoff even bought one for us to use!). Our 4 year old loved looking out to see if she could see dear each morning and waving to the friendly milkman. It was amazingly peaceful, but also only a short drive to Ambleside and the amenities there. There was plenty to do for a young family, with easy local walks and also a really great national trust play area beside the nearby Wray castle.
Geoff was great and we had a very detailed tour round the cottage which was useful to know how everything worked. He also had lots of suggestions on what to do locally which was a big help.
We hope to get back (although may try and avoid bank holiday traffic in the future!!).

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Travelling group: Young Children
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Jesse M
2 reviews
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“Absolutely Enchanting Cottage in A Nearly Perfect Setting!!!”
Reviewed 4 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015

My wife and I enjoyed 10 days at this enchanting cottage. We were blown away by the owner's hospitality and efforts to make sure our stay was as lovely as possible. My wife and I both highly recommend this cottage to anyone traveling to the Lake District of Cumbria. Not only is the cottage just terrific, but the village of Hawkshead and the surrounding areas are breathtakingly beautiful and the people are so very welcoming. If you are even slightly considering this cottage as a holiday rental - do it! You will NOT regret it!!!

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Liked best: Cleanliness of the cottage, as well as the property condition - rustic with a modern touch!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Weebertie
Oban, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing week in the Lakes!!”
Reviewed 11 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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My wife and I along with our 2 young children had the most perfect getaway at this beautiful cottage at the end of September for my 30th Birthday. Geoff was the perfect host, he showed us how everything worked and gave us some great ideas for what to do in and around the area. The cottage is located in a perfect spot, its so quiet and peaceful at night and it's only a 10 minute drive to the center of Ambleside. The cottage is equipped with everything you could possibly imagine and more, the log burner was amazing at night for keeping us all cosy, it practically kept the whole house heated. If you are looking for a quiet spot to explore the lakes as a couple or a family then this is the perfect place! We will most definitely be back. Thanks again Geoff!!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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Chris B
Windsor, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Very very good”
Reviewed 21 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

We have just got back from a wonderful week in the lakes. Gillbank is a great house in a great location. Far enough from the nearest town ( hawkshead) for perfect tranquility, but near enough to walk back from the pub.
The hill behind the house (latterbarrow) is a perfect choice for a first walk and after that the options are endless. After days walking the fells, coming back to gillbank and lighting a real fire was a much appreciated luxury. We adored the place and would love to come back soon.

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Liked best: Real fire
Liked least: Narrow bathroom
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Holly R
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Ideal Weekend Away”
Reviewed 6 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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My partner and I went on a last minute escape to the country and stayed in Gilbank cottage. Geoff was nothing but accommodating and even came to meet and greet us all the way from Yorkshire. He made sure we settled in properly and was a fountain of knowledge about the local area. The cottage was beautifully situated within a stunning landscape, but wasn't too far from local amenities for convenience.
There was an array of things to see and do - much more than we could try to fit into 4 days - and Geoff had prepared the cottage for every eventuality (torches, maps, wood for the fire etc).
The local village of Hawkshead was lovely and perfect for pubs, afternoon teas and gift shopping, but Windermere and Ambleside were only a short drive away for eating out and exploring.
The cottage allowed us to completely immerse ourselves in the beautiful countryside, and gave us a home from home experience. We look forward to going back again in the future and couldn't recommend it strongly enough.

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Liked best: The idyllic location
Liked least: Tiny country lanes for driving along!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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