Shimmering lakes, misty mountains and enchanting woodland are all good reasons for choosing a holiday cottage in Gilcrux. This delightful village nestles on the southern banks of the River Ellen, on the edge of the spectacular Lake District National Park. Thanks to its hillside location, it has breathtaking views across the Solway Firth, to Scotland, and on a clear day, you can see as far as the Isle of Man. As you wander through the centre of Gilcrux, you’ll notice rows of quaint, stone cottages and a number of interesting historical landmarks, including St. Mary’s Church, which sits on a mound in the heart of the village and dates back to Norman times.

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This traditional Lakeland farming community is peppered with natural springs, which are still well used during the summer months. There’s also a children’s play area, a community hall and a lovely village green. Gilcrux’s pub, the Mason’s Arms, is one of the Lake District’s hidden gems, with a roaring fire, original oak beams and a warm welcome for visitors. Expect good Cumbrian ales and delicious food, prepared with the freshest local ingredients. There’s also a popular bistro, the Barn, where tasty local delicacies can be enjoyed. If you fancy catching your own dinner, visit the village’s trout farm, where novices are welcome. Cottage holidays in Gilcrux are perfect if you’re planning on making the most of the great outdoors. The Lake District’s wonderfully unspoiled countryside is easily accessible, offering some of England’s best walking, horse-riding, sailing and wildlife-watching. The Western Lakes are known to be one of the national park’s quieter areas, and you won’t have to go far to find solitude. Gilcrux is also just a short drive from the Solway coast, where pristine, sandy beaches, rare birds and ancient fishing villages await discovery.