View towards the property
Steps to
Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner
Kitchen area
Pretty double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Sit and enjoy the panoramic views
1 / 8  View towards the property
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3 / 8  Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner
4 / 8  Kitchen area
5 / 8  Pretty double bedroom
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7 / 8  Twin bedroom
8 / 8  Sit and enjoy the panoramic views

Middle Bank

Crosthwaite (Nr Lyth Valley), Cumbria
Visit England rating: 3 stars
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
VE 3 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC34


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 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.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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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
  • Shop 6 miles, pub within walking distance

This property is personally managed by Holly.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Barrie Beeson October 2017

My wife, daughter, 2dogs and I stayed at Middle Bank from 21/10 to 28/10/17. We found the cottage very homely, comfortableand quaint. The accommodation had everything that we required for a very enjoyable week. The dogs were very at home, with a secure garden to stretch their legs in.We would recommend this cottage to friends who are thinking of goRead moreing to Cumbria for a break. Hide

Reviewed by Lynn Meredith July 2017

We enjoyed our stay at Middle Bank although the weather was consistently awful all week! The cottage is ideal for anyone with a dog(s) due to the enclosed garden, whichserves all three cottages, and the friendliness of the owners who live next door and have very friendly dogs themselves. The cottage can serve four people as it has two double bedrooRead morems but it is small downstairs with one room containing kitchen, dining and seating areas, and there is a low beam across it so not to be recommended for anyone much over six foot.The area is lovely and one that we haven't explored before although exploring was limited by the weather. Hide

Reviewed by Stackhouse April 2017

We enjoyed our stay at Middlebank a great deal. This is a very comfortablecottage and very homely indeed. We had everything we needed. The garden is very pleasant to be in and it was perfect for our Border Terrier to run around in. The village itself is quiet and charming and the localgourmet pub serves high quality and delicious food.

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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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