The Lindsay family have been holidaying in the Lake District for almost one hundred years. Many of the family still live in or retain properties in the Eskdale and Duddon valleys. The original family property Low Ground on Birker Beck above Stanley Force was bought on 11 July 1928 from the estate of Thomas Holford Coward by Alexander Dunlop Lindsay.
Over the last fifty years, Gillbank Cottage has been a treasured base for the diaspora of the Lindsay clan. In 2004 and 2005 the cottage went through full renovation and refurbishment. The property is now fully modernized with new plumbing, heating, electricity, double-glazed windows, new bathrooms, a new kitchen, and complete professional interior decoration and furnishing. We trust that you will find the result to be an enjoyable base from which to explore the beauty of the Western Lakes and beyond.
The Eskdale area provides a friendly community mixed with traditional hill farmers raising sheep and cattle to the more recent leisure staff helping to accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors discovering the beauty of the Lake District for themselves.
Walking is still the main attraction for the Lakes. From Gillbank Cottage you step out of the door onto numerous tracks. An assault of Sca Fell, England's tallest peak, is a beautiful round trip easily completed in about five hours from the cottage. Dotted among the fells are numerous tarns, or lakes, enjoyed even more by the relative isolation of the Eskdale valley. In the hamlet of Boot alone there are three pubs, all within walking distance of the cottage.