Imagine a traditional Lake District cottage, tastefully furnished with careful attention given to the finer details. Imagine sitting out in the garden with a gin and tonic enjoying the sunshine with magnificent views of the Lake District fells. Imagine sitting for a quiet moment of reflection in the study, where Hugh Falkus, the legendary film maker, writer and angler wrote his world famous books and perusing his library.
Cragg Cottage offers all this and more. This Lake District self catering cottage sleeps 6 people in 3 elegant bedrooms (two doubles and a twin). As well as Falkus’ study, the cottage has a well equipped kitchen, with all the modern appliances, a beautiful stone flagged dining room and an elegant sitting room with an open fire, which is a great place to relax after a hard day on the fells.
There are hundreds of walks from Cragg Cottage in the Lake District. There are lots of gentle valley bottom rambles straight from your door, and the river is great for paddling, swimming, canoeing and fishing.
(Scafell from Scafell Pike)
If you are looking for a bigger challenge, then for keen climbers it doesn’t get any better than the Scafell range, which rise up from the valley – If you tackle the summit of Scafell via Upper Eskdale, it makes for a truly unforgettable experience and even if you don’t get to the top of the mountain, the jaws of the valley, where Upper Eskdale opens out onto Great Moss is one of the wonders of the Lake District.
(The view from the cottage)
A ten-minute walk will get you to a station on the famous Ravenglass and Eskdale miniature steam railway, from where you can steam down to the coast and have fish and chips on the beach at Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park.
Muncaster Castle is just ten minutes away with its splendid gardens. I was there just yesterday and the bluebells and rhododendrons were absolutely stupendous. Combine this with the many superb country pubs serving local produce in the area and you have the ingredients for a perfect holiday.
After all the walking, swimming, rambling and touristing, what could be better than a trip to a country pub? Eskdale has five great pubs away – all welcoming children and several serving really good food.
As well as being a great Scholar, Falkus himself was a renowned adventurer and a decorated Spitfire Ace. During his life he got into lots of hair raising situations and had lots of close shaves - In his autobiography ‘Some of it was Fun’, he describes how in the summer of 1940, having shot down three German bombers in one day, he was himself downed over France and fell into enemy hands. SS interrogators decided he was a spy and that he should be shot. He was taken into the courtyard of a deserted farmhouse and a firing squad lined up. In a last act of defiance, he turned his back on the rifles as they were being raised. He heard the crash of rifle bolts and then, in the very instant he expected death, he heard a shout.
A German general, newly arrived by car, was demanding to know what was going on. He established in minutes that Falkus was not a spy and bundled his prisoner into his car. The German, a cultured man who had spent much time in England, entertained Falkus to champagne and cigars in his quarters that night before sending him to a prison camp the next morning. In the years that followed, Falkus worked on 13 escape tunnels, finally reaching freedom just weeks before the war ended.
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