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Whillan Beck Cottage


Excellent 5/5 Score from 8 reviews

Whillan Beck, 17th Century packhorse bridge and Whillan Beck Cottage beyond

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Idyllic location in the pretty village of Boot with two welcoming Inns serving good food and real ales. Mountains all around and fantastic walks from the doorstep.

English Tourism Council's 4 star standard. Cosy and charming with oak beams, exposed stonework, glorious fell and beck views. Shared paddock with garden furniture, barbecue and riverside picnic spot.

Please note our availability on both our own website and Holiday Lettings is always 100% up to date.

For more information, photos, and ONLINE BOOKING, please see our own '' website.

Or contact owner directly by email or by phone 07739 905 600.


We are offering a choice of weekly bookings and short breaks of 2 nights or more on Whillan Beck Cottage throughout the year. If you are unable to find the dates you are looking for, please go to Wrynose Cottage as we are now offering short breaks of 2 nights or more throughout the year on Wrynose Cottage also.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Seascale 12 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Manchester 170 km, Nearest railway: Dalegarth 500 m
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Ground floor: open plan farmhouse style oak kitchen, dining and living areas.

First floor: Double bedroom with lovely views and full bathroom.

Full central heating, double glazing, powerful shower, bath, dishwasher, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, iron, hairdryer.

Further details

Welcome tray with tea, coffee, homemade biscuits and fresh milk in the fridge.

Fully inclusive prices: all linen, towels, tea towels, gas, electricity, cleaning and washing up materials provided.

If the dates you are looking for are not available for Whillan Beck Cottage please look at our other delightful cottages for two: Wrynose Cottage, Hardknott Cottage and Stanley Ghyll Cottage which have different arrival and departure days. If you still cannot find what you are looking for please email Greg with your request.

Please note our availability on both our own website and Holiday Lettings is always 100% up to date.


Please note, the short break prices quoted on Holiday Lettings are a "From" price and the nigtly rate quoted is the nightly rate if you book a week in low season. Short break prices are not pro rata on the weekly price, they also vary from month to month and season to season. Please see our website for all the short break prices, more information and photos, latest news and safe and secure online bookings

Or contact owner directly by email or by phone 07739 905 600.

The Cumbria/Lake District

Historic Market Towns of Cockermouth, Keswick and Ulverston. The latter has lovely cobbled streets, lots of festivals, the award winning Booths Supermarket and being the home of Laurel and Hardy, has an interesting museum in their memory.

Georgian Whitehaven with its many beautiful buildings and historic port which hosts a biennial tall ships maritime festival.

The Rum Story in Whitehaven is a fascinating educational exhibition and is just as much an insight into the cruelty of the Slave Trade and atrocious living conditions both on board ships and in the colonies in the 1700's, as it is about the story of Rum. It is in my opinion a must for any GCSE or A Level History students.

Also worth visiting are the pretty village of Cartmel with its beautiful Priory and smallest Race Course in England, or the city of Carlisle with its Castle, Cathedral and Race Course.

Country Houses, Castles, Cottages and Gardens: Cumbria has these in abundance. Just to mention a few, there is Holker Hall - a large country house with superb gardens, deer park and car museum. Levens Hall - an Elizabethan Manor House with some of the best topiary in England. Sizergh Castle - a small but traditional castle with battlements and banqueting hall. Brantwood - former home of John Ruskin in a quite outstanding location on the shores of Lake Coniston. Wordsworth's Dove Cottage and Museum - the list goes on.

Beautiful Sandy Beaches: The nearest beach to Boot is only a 20 minute drive and West Cumbria has many vast sweeping beaches. Visit the sandy beaches at Drigg with its shipwreck, Seascale and Haverigg or the pebbles and cliffs at St Bees where the bird sanctuary is home to puffins and other seabirds.

Cruises on the Lakes: There are many options to go for a lake cruise or to hire motor boats, rowing boats and other craft on Ullswater, Windermere, Derwent Water and Coniston Water. Our favourite is taking the 100 year old Gondola steam yacht across Coniston Water to Brantwood, John Ruskin's former home.

Favourite Drives: We are in the process of compiling details of our favourite drives and hope to have these in the cottages in the near future, e.g. discover the secrets of the Duddon Valley, Broughton in Furness and Corney Fell or take a circular trip taking in 8 Lakes and 3 mountains passes! Just ask us for some tips on where to go and we will do our best to recommend something to suit your tastes.

Other Attractions: We have visited and can recommend Gosforth Pottery, Florence Mine near Egremont (interesting underground tours of a former iron ore mine), the Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre near Cockermouth, the Cumberland Toy and Model Museum in Cockermouth, the Lake District Coast Aquarium at Maryport and the South Lakes Wild Animal Park and Muncaster Castle with it's lovely gardens. It is also home to the World Owl Trust and they fly some of the owls on the castle lawns each afternoon.


Bridge End Farm Cottages have colourful and well maintained gardens with wonderful views. The cottages are tucked away in a secluded location within the picturesque and historic village of Boot.

Boot has a fantastic setting in the valley of Eskdale eloquently described by the famous Lakeland author Alfred Wainwright:

"Eskdale, one of the loveliest of Lakeland's valleys, descends from the highest and wildest mountains in the district to the sands of Ravenglass in a swift transition from grandeur to beauty... It is a place of many delights, the finest of all valleys for those whose special joy is to travel on foot and a paradise for artists."

This is the heart of the Lake District National Park with the highest, deepest, steepest, and oldest! Within walking distance are Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, dramatic Wastwater, its deepest lake, Hardknott Pass, its steepest road and Boot Mill, its oldest working water mill. It is a very special area for walkers with many of the finest walks in England on the doorstep - see section on website on Walking.

Boot Village - Bridge End Farm Cottages are in the village of Boot. It is one of the Lake District's "scenic hamlets", nestling beneath mighty Scafell and despite having only some 20 to 30 residents boasts a church, post office, craft shop, corn mill museum and two traditional Inns. The village is secluded but not isolated.

Our 2 village pubs, The Boot Inn (formerly The Burnmoor) and Brook House Inn are only 50 yards and 150 yards away and there are a further 3 pubs in the valley - The Woolpack, King George IV and Bower House. They are all within a pleasant walk or 5 minutes drive of Boot and serve good food and Cumberland Ales. Imagine returning from a long day on the fells to a well-earned pint of real ale and hearty meal in front of a roaring log fire on a crisp winter evening or in the beer garden on a balmy summer evening!

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Review 1-8 of 8

3 May 2014


"Picture postcard idyll"

We stayed over a very warm Easter weekend and the cottage was the perfect location for a wonderful anniversary weekend. The cottage is the perfect size for two people with gorgeous views and all the a… More

16 Nov 2013


"Idyllic cottage & location, we will certainly book again next year!"

We visited the cottages for the first time at the end of October/beginning of November for a short stay and can't wait to go again.

We arrived late one evening and the cosy cottage was already warm and welcoming. Despite already having lots of plans for things to do in the area we immediately felt like we wouldn't want to leave the cottage! It was everything we'd hoped for, there were stunning views from our bedroom window and sky windows and the Cumbria outdoors was basically on our door-step.

We personally began each morning with a lovely cooked breakfast including local sausages & bacon from our hamper (we were on holiday after all) and ate out in the evenings at two conveniently located pubs that both offered delicious food.

The property itself had everything we needed, a well equipped kitchen, cosy lounge, clean bathroom (the cottage was clean throughout), character features, and Sky TV. There is also a stunning garden with amazing views of the hills - I can imagine we would have spent a lot of time here had we visited at a warmer time of the year.

We loved our stay at Whillan Beck Cottage and can't wait to return next year.

22 May 2012


"Cracking breakaway place."

This place was dynamite. We went there for one of our two honeymoons straight from our wedding and it was all we wanted. The cottage was superb and as was the host. And the area fantastic. Spectacular views, the Beck itself is roaring beauty, the country pubs (The Woolpack, King George IV and Brook Inn) are legendary; great food and quality ales. We trekked around How's Wood and Wast Water and drove the narrow roads (like you're in a rally without the speeds of course!). What more could you want for a top breakaway from the big bad city? Brilliantly run and can't say enough.

28 Oct 2011


"Pint-sized perfection!"

This is a fabulous little cottage right next to Whillan Beck (as the name implies!). It's probably the smallest out of the Bridge End Farm group of cottages, so may not be suitable for very tall people. There's a gorgeous view from the bedroom of the bridge over the beck towards Boot Mill, and there are shared gardens behind the property that lead down to the beck. The gardens are very spacious, so you never feel your space is being invaded! The cottage itself is immaculately presented - clean, comfortable, warm, well-equipped. It offers superb walking and cycling from the doorstep, and there are two pubs within walking distance who serve great meals.

This is very highly recommended for couples who want to get away from it all and soak up the scenery - the location and views are amazing.

5 Aug 2011


"Great Location"

We stayed at Whillan Beck cottage for the last week in July 2011. We're really fussy about the cleanliness of holiday accommodation, so were really pleased with the excellent standard we found at Whillan Beck, it was very clean and well maintained. The cottage is small but well laid out and ideal for two people. It's located towards the end of a no through road so there is no noise from passing traffic. There are occasional visitors on foot to the small watermill at the other side of the bridge and walkers heading towards Wasdale which is some five miles away over Eskdale moor. If you've had a long day on the fells and don't fancy preparing dinner, there are two pubs within five minutes walk of the cottage that do meals. If the sun is shining there's and enclosed lawned area to the rear of the cottage with seating, add a good book, the sound of the near by beck and a glass of wine perhaps and it makes for a pleasant relaxing afternoon/evening. On our next visit to the Eskdale area we will definitely be looking to stay here again.

27 Jul 2011


"Wonderful cottage, at best possible Lake District location!"

I had two glorious weeks at Whillan Beck cottage, which is every bit as pretty as the pictures show. The spacious back garden, with the beck running along its edge, was a pleasant surprise, perfect fo… More

14 Jul 2011


"Fantastic cosy, comfortable cottage in idyllic location - can't wait to go back!"

From the moment we enquired to book with Select Cottages we received excellent personable customer service - quick to respond, efficient and friendly. A great deal of thought has gone into making the cottage comfortable and a wonderful place to relax in after a day on the fells or a stroll by the beck/waterfall. We were made to feel very welcome and it is truly a home away from home. Peace and solitude coupled with internet and Sky TV for checking in with the real world! For us, the accommodation and location would take some beating. Roll on October when we will be back again.

13 Jul 2011


"Cosy cottage in a brilliant location"

We stayed at Whillan Beck between Christmas 2010 and New Year (we had stayed at Bridge End Farmhouse next door some years ago so knew it would be good). We had a great time. The cottage is small but perfectly formed for two people and was cosy and welcoming despite the subzero temperatures outside! It had everything we needed, was well looked after and clean. There is also a laundry room in a nearby outbuilding which is handy after those mountain walks. The views up onto the fells are lovely and you can also hear the sound of the small Beck running which is relaxing. Boot itself is a tiny hamlet but is well served by 2/3 pubs within easy walking distance.The location is ideal for those wishing to explore the outdoors and there is excellent walking straight out from the cottage and onto the Fells and over to Wastwater, up Hardknott pass to Hardknott fort or to Eskdale Green. We will definitely go back again.

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