Towards the property
The ideal New Year retreat
Plenty of space for the whole family
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
Fantastic for family get-togethers
A unique barn conversion
The view from the top of the driveway
Driveway in to the property
View over the property
Stunning location overlooking Ullswater
1 / 47  Towards the property
2 / 47  The ideal New Year retreat
3 / 47  Plenty of space for the whole family
4 / 47  Children will love to explore the large garden
5 / 47  Welcome to Bank Barn
6 / 47  Welcome in
7 / 47  View from the front door
8 / 47  Beautifully decorated throughout
9 / 47  Make your way up the grand circular staircase
10 / 47  Relax in sumptuous surroundings
11 / 47  Stunning view
12 / 47  Catch up with family and old friends
13 / 47  Formal dining area with grand features
14 / 47  Plenty of charisma to enjoy a meal with loved ones
15 / 47  Have a read whilst taking in the glorious views
16 / 47  A more formal dining area
17 / 47  Lighting to create the ambience
18 / 47  A socialable space to enjoy a meal together
19 / 47  Enjoy the views from the kitchen window
20 / 47  Cook a meal for the family and gather around the dining table
21 / 47  Farmhouse kitchen with dining area
22 / 47  Cow bells from around the world
23 / 47  Enter through the boot room where there is plenty of space for your belongings
24 / 47  Little touches to make a difference
25 / 47  Keep the kids entertained in the snug area
26 / 47  A cosy snug area with a cosy sofa and TV
27 / 47  King-size bedroom with with en-suite
28 / 47  Quality linen
29 / 47  Enjoy a restful night's sleep
30 / 47  A touch of luxury
31 / 47  Twin basins in the large en-suite
32 / 47  Double bedroom with en-suite
33 / 47  Sink into the double bed
34 / 47  Take a seat and wonder at the views
35 / 47  En-suite bathroom with pretty details
36 / 47  A bright and airy twin bedroom with a window seat
37 / 47  Lovely attention to detail
38 / 47  Twin bedroom
39 / 47  Family bathroom
40 / 47  Dine al fresco
41 / 47  Quirky touches throughout
42 / 47  Fantastic for family get-togethers
43 / 47  A unique barn conversion
44 / 47  The view from the top of the driveway
45 / 47  Driveway in to the property
46 / 47  View over the property
47 / 47  Stunning location overlooking Ullswater

Bank Barn - Wreay

Ullswater, Lake District
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
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

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 30 guest ratings

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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

Reviewed by Susan 29th December 2018

This is a beautiful property. The views are fabulous and the interiors are beautifully decorated. I loved the Aga, and the kitchen has all even the most serious cook would need. Its spacious whilst still being cosy in the depths of winter. We had a lovely, restful few days.

Reviewed by Naomi 19th October 2018

Lovely house in fantastic position. Very helpful housekeeper & owner

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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Towards the property
The ideal New Year retreat
Plenty of space for the whole family
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
Show 35 moreCatch up with family and old friends


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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