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Bank House

Ullswater, Lake District
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Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / wood burner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Traditional family home in the heart of rural Cumbria
  • Lovingly presented with a lounge, sitting room and sunny garden room
  • Boasting a private garden with far-reaching views of the delightful surroundings
Property code: SZ054

Get back to nature with a stay in this remarkable holiday home, decorated throughout with traditional interiors and stunning views of the surrounding fells.

This is a traditional Cumbrian farmhouse set up a winding lane high above Matterdale End. Its enviable position gives it stunning uninterrupted views over the surrounding fields and fells. The cottage sleeps up to eight people in three doubles and one bunk bedroom with an additional single bed, all of which have their own en-suite shower room. This comfortable house boasts two living rooms with wood burners, a light airy garden room and a wonderful warm farmhouse kitchen with a handsome green Aga. It’s also blessed with a delightful garden which is perfect for sitting outside with a glass of wine admiring the magnificent surroundings.

Matterdale is a tiny hamlet set less than 3 miles from Ullswater Lake. Widely thought to be one of the most beautiful of the Lakes, Ullswater affords fabulous opportunities for walking, cycling, eating out and messing about on the water! It is also only a short distance from Bank House to the neighbouring hamlet of Dockray where you’ll find a hotel offering excellent pub food, local real ales and a warm welcome. If you'd like to venture slightly further afield the vibrant Lakeland towns of Keswick and Penrith are both only 20 minutes' drive from the cottage.

The area is a haven for walkers and cyclists where you can access the mighty fells of the Helvellyn range as well as enjoying many lower-level trails such as those around Matterdale Common. You can easily walk to the beautiful Aira Force which makes a great potter out with children. Why not catch one of the stately Ullswater launches from nearby Glenridding and let it transport you around the lake taking in the glorious views? Or, if you’re feeling more energetic, you could hire a boat or kayak for a more hands-on approach to the water. Whether you'd like to make the most of all the adventurous outdoor opportunities the area has to offer or just enjoy the glorious views in absolute tranquillity, this property makes an ideal base.

On entry to the property, there's a handy porch through which leads to the spacious hallway. It has a very warm and traditional feel to it as soon as you enter. You first arrive at the dining room which has a large table and wooden sideboard an ideal room to sit around after your day's exertions and chat over a lovely meal.

This house is blessed with a lounge and reading room, both with gorgeous wood burners. The living room has a television, DVD and VHS player. In here you can lounge on one of the two large leather sofas and choose from a selection of DVDs. Alternatively, you can relax in the reading room which has something of the air of an old-fashioned parlour. This has a huge range of books and encyclopedias , not to mention the lovely view through the traditional sash window out onto the rolling north Cumbrian fells.

Mobile signal is quite limited at the property, so it is the perfect place to escape the pressures of modern life. You can usually find a signal outside the property. Similarly, the internet provision is not super-fast however it is more than sufficient for checking emails and browsing the internet.

The homely farmhouse kitchen boasts a French kitchen dresser, a beautiful large green Aga, microwave, dishwasher and an electric oven with halogen hobs in case you're not confident with using the Aga for all your party's cooking. This room also has a breakfast table for sitting and having a natter while in the midst of preparing meals.

The kitchen also leads through to the beautiful bright airy garden room. This has a small table which is perfect for a morning cuppa while watching the abundant bird life or just taking in the stunning views. Why not curl up on the sofa in here and lose yourself in a good book! Through the garden room there is the door to the utility room which has a large freezer, washing machine and dryer. There is also a handy downstairs loo through here.

Onwards and upwards to the first floor; here you'll find the four bedrooms. The first is a double room with a large wardrobe and a window seat and, as with all the bedrooms, you have your own en-suite shower room. The second is the four-poster double room with a wardrobe and dressing table. The third double is charmingly furnished and very light. These two rooms look out of the front of the house and they really are rooms with a view, you could happily sit in bed with a morning cuppa and enjoy the views out over the fields and fells beyond. Lastly there is a bunk bedroom with an additional single bed and en-suite shower room which overlooks the garden and out to the fells beyond.

The garden really is a treat. The elevated position of the house means there are unrivalled views around the area. The mature garden has archways through well-kept hedges revealing many nooks and crannies where you can enjoy this glorious view or even just have a great game of hide and seek! There's a bench hidden through one of these archways that would make the most perfect place for a peaceful evening glass of wine.

  • 4 bedrooms – 3 doubles (one of which has a four poster bed), 1 bunk bed room with additional single bed
  • 4 bathrooms – 4 en-suites with WC and shower, separate WC on the ground floor
  • AGA, electric oven, hob, fridge, microwave, dishwasher
  • Utility room with freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • 2 wood burners
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included (speed can be variable - not suitable for downloading or streaming)
  • Enclosed garden with furniture and swing set
  • Mobile reception limited
  • Parking for 2 cars outside property, further shared parking nearby subject to availability
  • Complex of properties
  • Pub 1.5 miles, Shop 5 miles
  • Sleeps 8 + 1
  • Arrival: 16:30 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £350 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £40. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 16 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Susan 28th June 2024

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Neglect, in a poor state, generally run-down. Unless your hygiene standards are very low you will not be happy staying in this accommodation. It's disgustingly dirty, especially all the en suite showers. Shabby Chic Bank House Farm is not just Shabby. The garden is similarly neglected. Unusable bench and picnic table.The table rotten and broken theRead more bench thick with slimy moss. Hide

Reviewed by Vivian 9th February 2024

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Warm, comfortable property for three-generation stay. Plenty of space, great for hide and seek and you cant beat an Aga.

Reviewed by Martin 27th October 2023

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A comfortable, warm base for our Lakeland holiday. Wonderful views.

Reviewed by Karen 25th August 2023

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Lovely traditional farmhouse. It states bring your own towels however towels are provided so only a bath towel is required. Stunning views and we fell in love with the Lake District. Lots of room to spread around in.

Reviewed by Tom 18th August 2023

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Great location with lovely view. Very well-equipped kitchen, and lovely to have the Aga on! A few niggles: showers were lukewarm for the most part, and we had to download a manual to get the oven up and running, as it had been left off. And the owners should make it clear that there is another holiday property sharing the same building (we found ouRead moret when we heard footsteps on stairs one evening!) which seems to share internal doors. Fortunately they were locked! Hide

Reviewed by Rachel 26th May 2023

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Very much enjoyed our stay in this property. Good sized bedrooms and living space. Peaceful and beautiful location with lovely views and a nice garden. Approx 20 mins drive from Glenridding and Keswick.

Reviewed by Leigh 19th May 2023

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Fantastic location - well equipped, comfortable, clean, spacious property. Would love to read some history on the building! Happy to book again.

Reviewed by Rosalie 12th May 2023

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Reviewed by Mary 28th April 2023

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Reviewed by Jon 14th April 2023

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Beautiful setting, plenty of room in this rambling old farmhouse. The garden is mature and full of wildlife, the house is well equipped, cosy and warm. We loved it, and would certainly come again, thank you.

Reviewed by Mirelle 24th March 2023

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Reviewed by Sean 13th January 2023

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The property is located at the end of a steep and narrow road. Due to the cold weather and ground frost the road was not drivable. There is alternative parking at the bottom of the hill (approx 200 metres).

Reviewed by Cecily 21st October 2022

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Overall we had a very comfortable and good stay. We liked the downstairs rooms - the main sitting room and sunroom were lovely places to sit and read and play games, although the leak in the sunroom roof put a stop to sitting in there when it was raining! The location is great, so peaceful, with really lovely views and walks from the door. The showRead moreers were not good, very low pressures and unreliable temperatures. The beds were all very uncomfortable, new mattresses and bedding desperately needed Hide

Reviewed by Tracey 2nd September 2022

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Reviewed by Mark 26th August 2022

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Not clean at all . In fact it was very dirty and uncomfortable. Felt let down a bit given I had a young family. Needs updating. We stayed out mainly due to the cleanliness. Location is fab for walkers etc but not for young familys.

Reviewed by Amy 19th August 2022

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The cottage is in a fantastic location for exploring the Lake District and is big enough for the whole family to have their own space and en-suite too. The garden is beautiful and the views of the nearby fells is fantastic from every window. We managed to spot one red squirrel but it was mostly a wide array of garden birds - too many to name - thatRead more we enjoyed watching from the conservatory. The Aga was a welcome addition too, and we managed to squeeze 3 cars out the front. Fantastic holiday! Hide

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