Catch up with family and old friends
Situated in a stunning location
Relax in front of the roaring fire
Plenty of plump and comfortable sofas
Farmhouse kitchen with dining area
Enjoy the views from the kitchen window
A socialable space to enjoy a meal together
Take a seat and tuck in
Plenty of muted lighting and charisma to enjoy a meal with loved ones
Formal dining area with grand features
A more formal dining area
Unique features throughout
A grand circular staircase leads you downstairs
Enjoy a restful night's sleep
King-size bedroom with with en-suite
Twin basins in the large en-suite
A touch of luxury
Double bedroom with en-suite
En-suite bathroom with pretty details
A bright and airy twin bedroom with a window seat
Twin bedroom
Keep the kids entertained in the snug area
A cosy snug area with a cosy sofa and TV
Enter through the boot room where there is plenty of space for your belongings
Towards the property
A unique barn conversion
Children will love to explore the large garden
A great location for keen walkers
1 / 28  Catch up with family and old friends
2 / 28  Situated in a stunning location
3 / 28  Relax in front of the roaring fire
4 / 28  Plenty of plump and comfortable sofas
5 / 28  Farmhouse kitchen with dining area
6 / 28  Enjoy the views from the kitchen window
7 / 28  A socialable space to enjoy a meal together
8 / 28  Take a seat and tuck in
9 / 28  Plenty of muted lighting and charisma to enjoy a meal with loved ones
10 / 28  Formal dining area with grand features
11 / 28  A more formal dining area
12 / 28  Unique features throughout
13 / 28  A grand circular staircase leads you downstairs
14 / 28  Enjoy a restful night's sleep
15 / 28  King-size bedroom with with en-suite
16 / 28  Twin basins in the large en-suite
17 / 28  A touch of luxury
18 / 28  Double bedroom with en-suite
19 / 28  En-suite bathroom with pretty details
20 / 28  A bright and airy twin bedroom with a window seat
21 / 28  Twin bedroom
22 / 28  Keep the kids entertained in the snug area
23 / 28  A cosy snug area with a cosy sofa and TV
24 / 28  Enter through the boot room where there is plenty of space for your belongings
25 / 28  Towards the property
26 / 28  A unique barn conversion
27 / 28  Children will love to explore the large garden
28 / 28  A great location for keen walkers

Bank Barn - Wreay

Watermillock, Lake District
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 5 stars
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
No Dogs
VE 5 star Gold
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC04


Bank Barn is one of the finest holiday homes in the Lake District, where the Visit England top award of a 5 Star Gold Award would confirm our opinion.

From a leafy, winding country lane that takes you high above Ullswater, and then along a private drive, you come to Bank Barn and the few nearby properties which are all set under a wooded ridge overlooking the lake, with a backdrop of fell and mountain.

The barn is the perfect location for family holidays, with easy access to many attractions, yet is off the tourist trail offering true peace and seclusion. A half mile from the shores of Ullswater, you will have plenty of fun in, on and by it, with walks onto high fell and mountain, and the most wonderful house to come home to after your day's explorations to relax and unwind.

Set in large grounds, your first impression will be of the sheer size of this former Lakeland barn. Built, designed and refurbished as a home for and by the owners, the property offers stylish interiors with a contemporary theme, with far eastern influences and wonderful spaces in which to enjoy your holiday.

The Living Spaces

From the rear courtyard you enter into a large boot room with plenty of space for all those bits and bobs.

From here you step down into a large farmhouse style kitchen. Very well fitted and equipped, there is a large table for occasional dining, an AGA set in the old fireplace for use in winter months, along with a huge American style fridge freezer, which will deliver endless ice for your long tall drinks.

From the kitchen you pass into the central hall and used for more formal dining. A large space with pitched and beamed ceiling, there is an elegant table, some occasional sofas and armchairs and a huge picture window, which is filled with a view of lake and mountain.

The sitting room is spacious but cosy, filled with plump, comfortable sofas and chairs set around a roaring open fire, perfect to relax and while away an evening in the company of friends and family, or sit back and watch a movie on the 40" flat screen TV.

Back to the dining room, where a winding staircase takes you down to the lower level and the long hall spanning the whole length of the building, and quite a feature in itself.

Downstairs you will find the laundry room and, finally, the snug, perfect for children with sofas, a large TV and stairs that bring you back up to the top floor into the boot room.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Off the hall you have four bedrooms from which to choose. There is the master bedroom with a 6’ bed and large en-suite bathroom with separate shower, bath, twin basins and WC. A further double, with a 5’ bed, again with en-suite bathroom with separate shower, bath and WC. Two twin bedded bedrooms, both with 3’ beds and a shared bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC.

Garden Spaces

Surrounding Bank Barn are terraced patios and lawned areas planted with shrubs and trees. With stunning views of Ullswater and the surrounding mountains, the gardens are the perfect place for adults to relax and children to play in.

All in this is one of our finest holiday homes where all expectations should be met. Whether your holiday is with family, a gathering of friends or simply a couple looking for somewhere extra special and a little bit unique - come – enjoy and congratulate yourself on your excellent taste.

Out & About

Ullswater is thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the northern Lake District. Compared by some to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, it is a serpentine body of water snaking a nine-mile course under the lea of magnificent fells, woodland and mountain.

Much of the lake, its shore and surrounding fells are accessible for visitors to explore, where you will find some of the finest walks and water activities, along with the amenities of the lakeside villages.

One of the best walks in the National Park is the trail that runs along the eastern shores of Ullswater. Explored from the southern end of the lake, dominated by Place Fell, St Sunday Cragg, Fairfield and Helvellyn, you take the path from Glenridding over to the east side of the water. The route takes you all the way to Sandwick and onto Howtown. You will be able to ramble all day with a magnificent view always in your sight. For the return journey, board the steamboat from Howtown back to Glenridding, but do check boat times and last sailings.

Please note there is a refundable £300 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 4 bedrooms - 1 master super-king-size bedroom with Bose iPod dock, TV and DVD, 1 king-size and 2 twins
  • AGA style oven for use in winter months, electric oven and gas hob, microwave, American style fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • TV
  • Laundry room with washing machine & tumble dryer
  • 1 bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • 2 en-suite bathrooms with separate shower, bath and WC
  • 1 first-floor WC
  • Garden with furniture
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and oil central heating included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Open fire - first basket of logs included
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub within walking distance
  • Christmas tree provided
  • Welcome hamper – tea coffee, milk, bread, butter & cheese

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 21 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Naomi 19th October 2018

Lovely house in fantastic position. Very helpful housekeeper & owner

Reviewed by Dawn 12th October 2018

Beautiful house full of character and charm. Very spacious and clean with high quality furnishings and equipment. Stunning views towards lake Ullswater. Perfect!

Reviewed by Viv 28th September 2018

Fabulous barn conversion, Top quality furnishings and in a beautiful location. A great time had by all.

Reviewed by The Stewart Family August 2018

Lovely stay in Bank Barn for the week, good location with wonderful views. Thank you !

Reviewed by Mr Peake August 2018

Once again we had an absolutely wonderful time at Bank Barn, which if anything was even better than the previous two occasions. A truly fantastic and memorable holiday was had by all!

Reviewed by The Golding Family August 2018

This place is magic! We have had the best time. Loved the place, the location, the decor, the atmosphere, the little touches Everything! We hope to be back before too long.

Reviewed by Jamie, Louise, Charlie, Oliver and Sophie Walters July 2018

Our first visit to the Lake District & what a wonderful home to stay in, stunning views & great location. I think its safe to say we will be back. Thank you !

Reviewed by Fish / Wilson / Grover / Williams Party June 2018

Returned as promised and had a fabulous time again. Wonderful house in a perfect setting and better weather this time!

Reviewed by Binghams May 2018

Fabulous House, beautifully prepared. Great company, great walks. BEAUTIFUL!!

Reviewed by Nixon's and Prices May 2018

Had a wonderful 70th birthday with all the family. Everything perfect, house and company and weather (we will be back).

Reviewed by Holmes' again! April 2018

Another amazing week here, perfect location and perfect company. We may be back again for a 3rd visit next year! Thank you.

Reviewed by The Van Gent Family and the Schimmel family March 2018

It was a wonderful stay! Thank you!!! It is a beautiful house!

Reviewed by The Brankin-Smiths (& a Blackburn) February 2018

Thank you for a wonderful weekend - incredible views from every window, great food cooked in the lovely kitchen - and incredible weather in Feb!! Some beautiful walks and the house have everything.

Reviewed by Wards, Woods, Ashton / Walker February 2018

A lovely house - we had a brilliant week, especially with the snowfall. It's a great base and we loved coming back to it.

Reviewed by Katherine Mielcuszny October 2017

My husband and I have just returned from a week's stay at Bank Barn. We had several family members join us over the course of the week too and we all loved it!What a beautiful property. The setting is perfect, the views from the house are spectacular and the little touches provided like the fresh bread, marmalade, eggs etc.. were lovely and much apRead morepreciated. They had even set up a tray for tea! The house itself is stunning. It is just as beautiful, if not more so, than the images online. The kitchen is a dream, the beds are very comfortable and the house is so welcoming. It has a wonderful energy and feels like a very happy home. I honestly can't think of a single thing that could be improved upon. The booking process was super simple and efficient with all of the necessary information provided well ahead of time. Bank Barn is a unique and gorgeous property and it was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to stay there. We hope to go back some day!! Hide

Reviewed by Nigel & Sarah Peake August 2017

12 months on from our first visit to Bank Barn, I'm just dropping you a note to let you known that our second visit (18th - 25th August 2017) was absolutely as wonderful as the first! The house and the area were everything we had remembered, and we were even lucky with the weather.

Reviewed by Susan January 2016

This house is truly home from home, it's the best cottage/house I have ever stayed in, where it has everything you could possibly need and more. The housekeeper was very helpful too. This is the place to come to rest, play, eat and enjoy yourself. It was my 50th Birthday and most of the time there was just two of us in the house and we loved havingRead more the space to ourselves. But was also brilliant when family came at the weekend. Hide

Reviewed by Susan & Richie October 2015

A most beautiful home, so much so that we didn't want to leave. Bank Barn ticks all the boxes and more! The real thing is even better than the website photos. We intend to come back very soon.

Reviewed by Henderson family September 2015

Beautiful home worth coming all the way from Australia for!

Reviewed by Bowman and Williams July 2015

We have fallen in love with Bank Barn especially the Aga, we hope to visit again soon.

Reviewed by Shania July 2015

Amazing house with beautiful views, very enjoyable stay.

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Catch up with family and old friends
Situated in a stunning location
Relax in front of the roaring fire
Plenty of plump and comfortable sofas
Farmhouse kitchen with dining area
Enjoy the views from the kitchen window
A socialable space to enjoy a meal together
Take a seat and tuck in
Plenty of muted lighting and charisma to enjoy a meal with loved ones
Formal dining area with grand features
A more formal dining area
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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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