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View towards the property
Steps to lounge.kitchen/diner
Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner
Kitchen area
Pretty double bedroom
Bathroom
Twin bedroom
Sit and enjoy the panoramic views
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5 / 8  Pretty double bedroom
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8 / 8  Sit and enjoy the panoramic views

Middle Bank

Crosthwaite (Nr Lyth Valley), Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Complex of properties
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC34

Overview

Middle Bank Cottage and its adjoining partner, Top Bank Cottage, are set in the grounds of Crosthwaite House in the little village of Crosthwaite, in the Lyth Valley east of Lake Windermere.

Middle Bank Cottage is the larger of two conversions, restored by owners Robin & Marnie. Dating back some three hundred years they were originally a farm cottage and barn. Middle Bank has retained much atmosphere, with an abundance of oak beams and pillars, stonework and flagged floors.

Living Space

From the courtyard you enter into an open plan sitting dining room with kitchen area, furnished in traditional cottage style. Original steps have been retained that take you out of the sitting room into the private garden through a tiny glazed door.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Stairs lead up to a landing, off which are the two bedrooms, one double and one twin (the twin can be made into a super king double by request on the booking form). The twin room has an interesting veranda with steps leading back down to the forecourt. The bathroom has bath, overhead shower, hand basin and WC.

Garden Spaces

The shared garden is a delight, beautifully cared for and busy with the local wild birds and enjoys panoramic views from the lawn across the Lyth Valley, looking out to the nearby church and the distant fells of Whitbarrow Scar and Cartmel Fell.

The location and cottage each combine to offer a relaxed holiday within easy reach of the whole of Southern Lakeland.

Out & About

The Lythe Valley lies about five miles east from Lake Windermere. Famed for growing damsons, in summer it can be a sun drenched patchwork of green and yellow ochre meadows and orchards, crisscrossed with narrow winding lanes that pass through farmland, by woodland and over rivers and becks, perfect for walks and cycling.

A stones throw from the cottage is the popular Punch Bowl Inn, renowned for its cuisine and a most pleasing place to dine.

South at Sizergh you will find Sizergh Castle. It is an imposing house with rich and beautiful gardens that include a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. Also at Sizergh is the Strickland Arms, a great pub to have lunch or evening meal. Lastly there is Sizergh Barn, well worth a visit for the farm shop and cafe.

Across the way from Sizergh is Levens and Levens Hall. A beautiful historic house, the gardens are grade I listed dating from 1694 surviving in their original design where the highlight is the topiary, some of the oldest in the world and justifiably famous.

Drive west and you come to the foot of Windermere, where you can spend a day at Fell Foot Park mucking about in and on the water.

Around the bottom of the lake is Newby Bridge and Lakeside with some excellent hotel inns, the Aquarium of the Lakes, the steam train and Windermere Cruises.

Further up the lake are the linked towns of Bowness and Windermere. Each is a busy community of shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions, serving both the local community and our visitors to the Lake District.

Perhaps the biggest attraction is the bay at Bowness, a sweeping crescent of waterfront and adjoining parkland, where you can enjoy a walk by the shore or find a quiet place to picnic. At the bay you will find the piers and the famous Windermere steamers, which offer boat trips up and down the ten - mile reach of the lake. Here you can also hire rowing boats and motor-powered boats, which can be taken by the hour to explore the lake and it islands for yourself.

Other popular attractions are the World of Beatrix Potter, the Windermere Steam Boat Museum and a little south of Bowness the Blackwell Arts and Crafts house, one of the most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20th century. The house is a superb example of the Arts and Crafts movement architecture, where it occupies a stunning position overlooking Windermere and is open to the public as a gallery for craft and applied arts.

For visual entertainment you have the Royalty Cinema in Windermere, and the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness, staging a lively annual season of music, theatre, comedy and film. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Head south and you come to the Cartmel Peninsular where you can explore the little villages such as Grange and Cartmel and visit the coastline joining Cumbria's section of the coastal way.

East is Kendal, south lakes capital town. Well worth a visit for its shops, and restaurants, the town has a thriving art scene, with the Brewery Arts Centre offering live gigs, theatre and cinema, also the Abbott Hall Art Gallery which hosts many fine and changing art exhibitions.

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  • 2 bedrooms - 1 double and 1 twin (can be made up as a super-king by request)
  • Bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • TV/DVD and DAB radio
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and washing machine
  • Tumble dryer available in a shared laundry room
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • 2 dogs welcome free of charge
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed shared garden
  • Shop 6 miles, pub within walking distance

Anthony Cole

This property is personally managed by Anthony.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 23 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Lesly 23rd December 2020

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Lovely property, lovely owners who were most accommodating. Great pubs nearby serving lovely food. We would go back and would highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Hilary 10th October 2020

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Reviewed by Susan 12th September 2020

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We had a lovely time! Robin and Marnie were the perfect hosts.

Reviewed by Darryl 5th September 2020

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Lovely place with fantastic views from the garden . Great pub only 2 minutes walk ( if that). The road does get a bit busy so be careful if walking. Very well placed for visiting plenty of places in the Lake District.

Reviewed by Dawn 25th July 2020

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The cottage was very comfortable with everything you need after a day of adventure. The cottage was very near lake Windermere and Kendal. It had a beautiful view.

Reviewed by Eric 18th July 2020

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Reviewed by Matt 28th December 2019

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The cottage was very quaint and cosy. The beds are comfortable and the shower hot and powerful. The kitchen is well equipped with all you need with the exception of a tumble dryer. However Marnie the owner lives next door and im sure there would be use of one if needed. The back garden is great for dogs as its large and secure. A lovely little placRead moree to stay. The black Labrador and Masons Arms which are near by are great for food as is the Punch Bowl which is a two minute walk although pricey. Hide

Reviewed by Paul 16th November 2019

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Perfect in every way and extremely clean

Reviewed by David 12th October 2019

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If you like quiet, then this is for you. If you like walking, then this is a very good base, as there are loads of areas to do just that.

Reviewed by Bethan 5th October 2019

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Lovely cottage , friendly host and resident dogs . Lovey walks and pubs nearly . Lovely time had by all .

Reviewed by Joanne 14th September 2019

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Reviewed by Richard 24th August 2019

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Excellent cottage, very cosy and comfy with everything we needed for the week. Helpful owners who did not encroach but happy to chat if you approached them, Shared garden was no problem for us. Overall an excellent venue.

Reviewed by Karen 27th July 2019

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The cottage was clean very well equipped. It was well situated to get to kendal, Windermere etc. It was perfect for a family of four. The garden was very safe for the dog.

Reviewed by Moira 20th July 2019

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If you are looking for a cottage in a peaceful location but in reasonable driving distance from the main tourist locations then this is it! Well equipped, dog friendly and oh so peaceful. Would recommend wholeheartedly!

Reviewed by Matthew 6th July 2019

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Reviewed by Richard 25th May 2019

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Cottage ideally situated a short drive to windermere or kendal. Internally the cottage was a perfect size for 4 adults and 2 dogs.

Reviewed by Kim 11th May 2019

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Beautiful, clean, comfortable cottage in a great position/area with lovely views from the garden. Owners were very helpful on arrival and were around if needed. The only downside for us personally was the shared garden which we found a little awkward when we let our dogs out, (didn't want to disturb the people next door), and if we wanted to sit ouRead moretside. This is probably us, to be fair, as we're used to relaxing in own space and are maybe a little unsociable! Hide

Reviewed by Alison 7th May 2019

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It was nice to have access to a safe garden for our dogs .The cottage itself had everything you wanted for a lovely holiday.A good location for sight seeing.

Reviewed by Matthew 1st May 2019

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Reviewed by Kay 24th April 2019

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A lovely little cottage with a great garden and perfectly located for good dog walks. Fabulous pub serving great food just a 1 min walk. Lovely owners with very helpful advice.

Reviewed by Valerie 30th March 2019

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Quiant quiet and compact cottage. We were greeted by the owner who was there if you needed her but wasnt intrusive. There was only 2 of us and a dog however accommodation is for 4. I would have felt crowded with more people but this is only my personal view.

Reviewed by Lorna 23rd March 2019

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Reviewed by Richard 16th February 2019

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Location

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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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