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Bank House

Ullswater, Lake District
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
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)
  • Towels not included
  • Enclosed garden with furniture and swing set
  • 1 dog welcome ( Additional dogs may be accepted upon request)
  • 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: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Debbie 6th May 2022

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This property is full of character and original features. Plenty of space for the 5 of us and 4 en-suites a real bonus. The views are amazing both inside and from the garden. We loved watching the visiting birds and red squirrel and sheep in the lower field. Log burner used every evening. Set amongst a handful of cottages up a steep lane, you reallRead morey appreciate the rural location. Nearest shop 10 minutes in Glenridding or Keswick 20 minutes away. Bank House Farm is a truly amazing place to stay. Hide

Reviewed by Graeme 15th April 2022

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A pleasant and comfortable property with lovely views over the Lake District hills. Loads of wildlife visited the gardens including red squirrels.

Reviewed by Felicity 21st December 2021

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As a whole the cottage was perfect. When we arrived the table was beautifully laid and the Christmas Trees added a special touch. We had a wonderful week and the cottage is beautiful and idyllic. We were really glad we found it. Thank you.

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The Lake District National Park is situated in the north west of England in the county of Cumbria. It is famously home to England’s tallest peak, largest lake, deepest lake and some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. It has been a major draw for holidaymakers for over 200 years and its popularity shows no signs that this will diminish anytime soon. Adding to the spectacle, there are long-distance walking trails, endless history and culture to appreciate, as well as an unbeatable array of outdoor activities to try in some exceptionally eye-catching locations.

Mountains, lakes, rocky rivers, waterfalls, and valleys lined by stone walls characterise the Lake District National Park. Add to this vision slate-roofed villages, winding country roads, arctic alpine and wildflower meadows, and beautiful birds such as skylarks, curlews, meadow pipits, and lapwings, which all provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday. The poet, William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, wrote a guidebook of the area in 1810, and very little has changed in the region to tie it into the modern world. The centre of the Lake District is dominated by its craggy mountains such as Scafell Pike and its exceptional lakes like Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and so many more.

Each of the Lake District’s towns has a village sensibility, yet all of them offer handy amenities, cultural attractions and some of the North West’s best places to eat and drink. Top visitor attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter, Sizergh Castle, Hill Top, Go Ape Grizedale, Grizedale Forest, Fellini and Zefferelli’s Cinema/Restaurants, the Bluebird Mk II, Ravenglass Roman Bathouse alongside a world of outdoor sporting and activity providers. Natural landmarks include Aira Force, Tarn Hows, Scaffell Pike, Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Old Man of Coniston, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Pull on your walking boots and traverse the long-distance walking trails of the Lakes like Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, and the Tour of the Lake District.

As you get to know the region better, you will find evidence of prehistoric and ancient man in the Lake District, as there are standing stones, circles, and rows to find, as well as one of the largest standing Roman buildings in the UK. Visit Ravenglass, one of the UK’s oldest settlements and the only coastal village in the Lake District; it has beautiful waterside views of the Munros of Southern Scotland. Remnants of the region’s industrial activity can be traced in the form of bobbin mills, gunpowder mills, and mines. The Lakes also have some famous literary and art associations, including Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, JMW Turner, John Constable, LS Lowry and Percy Kelly.

It could take you five lifetimes to visit each of the places mentioned here; a good way to see more of the Lake District National Park is stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our range of holiday properties in the Lake District and Cumbria gives you the perfect place to stay in the north west countryside or on the coast. Our self-catering cottages in the Lake District offer lovely holiday accommodation to suit all your needs, from cottages to rent for a romantic getaway to larger properties for the whole family – we even have dog-friendly holiday homes across the Lake District too. Take a look at our full collection of self-catering cottages and begin to plan your holiday.

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