Towards the property
Children will love to explore the large garden
Welcome to Bank Barn
Welcome in
View from the front door
Beautifully decorated throughout
Make your way up the grand circular staircase
Relax in sumptuous surroundings
Stunning view
Catch up with family and old friends
Formal dining area with grand features
Plenty of charisma to enjoy a meal with loved ones
Have a read whilst taking in the glorious views
A more formal dining area
Lighting to create the ambience
A socialable space to enjoy a meal together
Enjoy the views from the kitchen window
Cook a meal for the family and gather around the dining table
Farmhouse kitchen with dining area
Cow bells from around the world
Enter through the boot room where there is plenty of space for your belongings
Little touches to make a difference
Keep the kids entertained in the snug area
A cosy snug area with a cosy sofa and TV
King-size bedroom with with en-suite
Quality linen
Enjoy a restful night's sleep
A touch of luxury
Twin basins in the large en-suite
Double bedroom with en-suite
Sink into the double bed
Take a seat and wonder at the views
En-suite bathroom with pretty details
A bright and airy twin bedroom with a window seat
Lovely attention to detail
Twin bedroom
Family bathroom
Dine al fresco
Quirky touches throughout
A unique barn conversion
The view from the top of the driveway
Driveway in to the property
Stunning location overlooking Ullswater
Floor plan of the property 1
Floor plan of the property 2
1 / 45  Towards the property
2 / 45  Children will love to explore the large garden
3 / 45  Welcome to Bank Barn
4 / 45  Welcome in
5 / 45  View from the front door
6 / 45  Beautifully decorated throughout
7 / 45  Make your way up the grand circular staircase
8 / 45  Relax in sumptuous surroundings
9 / 45  Stunning view
10 / 45  Catch up with family and old friends
11 / 45  Formal dining area with grand features
12 / 45  Plenty of charisma to enjoy a meal with loved ones
13 / 45  Have a read whilst taking in the glorious views
14 / 45  A more formal dining area
15 / 45  Lighting to create the ambience
16 / 45  A socialable space to enjoy a meal together
17 / 45  Enjoy the views from the kitchen window
18 / 45  Cook a meal for the family and gather around the dining table
19 / 45  Farmhouse kitchen with dining area
20 / 45  Cow bells from around the world
21 / 45  Enter through the boot room where there is plenty of space for your belongings
22 / 45  Little touches to make a difference
23 / 45  Keep the kids entertained in the snug area
24 / 45  A cosy snug area with a cosy sofa and TV
25 / 45  King-size bedroom with with en-suite
26 / 45  Quality linen
27 / 45  Enjoy a restful night's sleep
28 / 45  A touch of luxury
29 / 45  Twin basins in the large en-suite
30 / 45  Double bedroom with en-suite
31 / 45  Sink into the double bed
32 / 45  Take a seat and wonder at the views
33 / 45  En-suite bathroom with pretty details
34 / 45  A bright and airy twin bedroom with a window seat
35 / 45  Lovely attention to detail
36 / 45  Twin bedroom
37 / 45  Family bathroom
38 / 45  Dine al fresco
39 / 45  Quirky touches throughout
40 / 45  A unique barn conversion
41 / 45  The view from the top of the driveway
42 / 45  Driveway in to the property
43 / 45  Stunning location overlooking Ullswater
44 / 45  Floor plan of the property 1
45 / 45  Floor plan of the property 2

Bank Barn - Wreay

Ullswater, Lake District
Visit England Gold AwardVisit England rating: 5 stars
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
No Dogs
VE 5 star Gold
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
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 super-king bed and large en-suite bathroom with separate shower, bath, twin basins and WC. A further super-king, 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, another super-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
  • Maximum occupancy: up to 8 guests and 1 baby under 12 months only

Pack a picnic and head straight out on long walks from your rural holiday home. Make the 5-mile hike to Howtown along the edge of the lake and while you are there take a trip on the water by steamer. Head 5 miles in the other direction to walk through National Trust land, see the famous Aira Force waterfall and stop for some light refreshment. Spend the day in the town of Penrith, about 9.5 miles away, where there is a large 14th-century castle and a museum to visit, as well as lots of shops to browse in. Take the 3-mile walk from the town up to the top of Beacon Hill, where you can see right across the Eden Valley.

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 15 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Jamie 3rd January 2020

This is a luxury property in a fantastic position. You will hugely impressed by the attention to detail and scale of the place. It really has everything you could need for a weeks stay.

Reviewed by Mark 29th December 2019

An outstanding property. Attention to detail is everywhere. Kitchen is huge and extensively equipped. Living room is very comfy with a lovely log fireplace. Make sure you do a big food shop before you arrive because nearest shops are in Penrith 20 minutes away. If I had deep pockets I would stay here every year. You won't want to leave.

Reviewed by Catriona 8th November 2019

This is a really special, warm, comfortable home...filled with top quality furnishings and equipment. Magnificent views. Mark, the house manager, went out of his way to give us a welcome. We will want to return.

Reviewed by Robert 25th October 2019

A lovely home and location to base yourself in. The property offers many amenities above what would be expected and has a wow factor. The on line photo's really do not pay this place justice and the owner and caretaker are lovely people who really do care about the property and that you are happy with everything. I would very much like to return toRead more Bank Barn at some point. Hide

Reviewed by Lisa 23rd August 2019

A beautiful house in a stunning location with superb views across Ullswater. Easy to get to from the M6 and to access other areas of the Lake District. Extremely well-equipped and luxurious. The property is very spacious yet feels cosy. The children loved the outdoor play area and the friendly, woolly neighbours!

Reviewed by Lucy 2nd August 2019

This is a beautiful, unique property, tucked away within walking distance of a great pub and a little further afield, Pooley Bridge. The views of Lake Ullswater and the surrounding hills are beautiful. The photos don't give you the sense of scale of the property - it is huge! The house has been tastefully restored and is full of interesting artefacRead morets from the Far East. Our kids all loved playing hide and seek in the house and it was a great base to explore the Lake District. Hide

Reviewed by Lorraine 28th June 2019

We were amazed at this property, which has to be one of the best! It is set on 2 levels and has loads of space and is furnished to a superior standard (a bit of an understatement). A lot of the interior syle is oriental - like Raffles Hotel - but without the monkey nuts. We loved it and the weather was in heatwave mode, so we felt very lucky indeedRead more. The views are also very special, with fantastic views over Ullswater. It's a lovely place in the Lakes. Absolutely recommended! Hide

Reviewed by Zoe 7th June 2019

A beautiful home in a lovely setting with fantastic views. Equipped with everything you need and more. Location is great for walks from the doorstep and a short drive to other key destinations around the Lake District. Did not want to leave and would happily return. Housekeeper, Mark, was really helpful too. We'd also recommend the fresh eggs from Read morethe little 'shop' next door just along from the top of the drive. Hide

Reviewed by Jo 19th April 2019

A wonderful house for a family gathering, spacious and well appointed. We were incredibly lucky with wonderful weather so could sit outside and enjoy the views across the lake when we weren't walking! Nothing was too much trouble.

Reviewed by Lorna 5th April 2019

Beautiful home, fantastic views, great walks nearby. Lovely place to stay as a group of family or friends.

Reviewed by Andrea 22nd March 2019

Outstanding property and location. Photos just don't capture the impressive scale of the barn. The view of the lake spans the full width of the garden and is absolutely magical. Everything was thought of for the whole family, with so many personal touches, truly a home from home. Hope that we get to stay here again.

Reviewed by Penny 8th March 2019

Fantastic spacious & stylish barn, perfect for adults and kids alike. Great garden & tv room for the kids plus lots of adult space and fab kitchen. Owner & manager very welcoming and helpful, cant fault it. Well definitely be back!

Reviewed by Jo 24th January 2019

The house has to be seen to be believed. Everything about it is amazing - the views, the dcor, the space, the furnishings. Every one of the four bedrooms has ample space and the master bedroom and en-suite are something special. The kitchen has every implement and appliance you could ask for and the owners were contactable to sort out any issues duRead morering our whole stay. Would definitely recommend it. 5 star in every respect! Hide

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Towards the property
Children will love to explore the large garden
Welcome to Bank Barn
Welcome in
View from the front door
Beautifully decorated throughout
Make your way up the grand circular staircase
Relax in sumptuous surroundings
Stunning view
Catch up with family and old friends
Formal dining area with grand features
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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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