If your idea of the perfect holiday retreat is a chic house where by day you can explore the landscape and, come evening, step out for some of the finest dining in the Lake District, then Old Bank House may well be for you.
Applying heaps of flair and imagination, the owners have restored this Grade 2 listed town house into a chic holiday retreat, offering their guests great comfort and easy living, where the high standard has been recognised by a Visit England 5 Star award.
Cartmel is one of our most popular and sought after villages and home of the Cartmel Races, the smallest steeplechase racecourse in the country. Located on the peninsula, it lies just six miles south of Lake Windermere, a huddle of the most delightful period architecture it includes the magnificent Norman priory, an eclectic mix of specialist shops, along with a host of pubs, cafes and restaurants, among which is the UK’s top dining venue, Simon Rogan's two Michelin star L'Enclume.
Old Bank House lies in the main square of the village, opposite the Norman Arch and the market cross, with its old water pump and stone bench.
From the front door you step into a small vestibule for coats, boots and bits. From here you go into the main open plan living space.
Stylish, comfortable and easy on the eye, the room is a delight for both dining and relaxing. The kitchen area is well equipped with all mod cons, right down to a Tassimo coffee machine. Off the kitchen is a small pantry with the fridge freezer, microwave and storage.
The main space is divided into dining and sitting room. A solid rustic timber table is set with leather chairs, where with a few candles it makes for romantic suppers or family diners taken long into the night with chatter or games.
The sitting room area is furnished with bold pieces along with a comfy sofa and oversized armchair to curl up in, enjoy a movie on the widescreen, or lose yourself in the latest best seller.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
Stairs lead up to the first floor and the two double bedrooms. The master room has a 5ft double bed with timber frame, delightful furniture and a diffused, gentle light coming from the shuttered windows that overlook the square. The second double is to the rear of the house and overlooks the walled patio garden. The shower room is a delight with a large walk in shower, twin hand basins and WC, each presented with the most stylish of fixtures and fittings.
A further flight of stairs takes you to the attic floor for a large bedroom with super king bed, which can be made up as two singles on request when booking. A second shower room again stylish and of high quality with large shower cubicle, twin hand basins and WC. Then a separate bathroom with a wonderful free standing double ended bath, to luxuriate, relax and enjoy at the end of the day.
Outside there is a lovely walled patio garden. Accessed by either coming through the passageway set to the side of the house, or from the stable door in the sitting room, you can spill out in warmer months and enjoy alfresco dining in the most delightful outside setting.
With the village and all it has to offer, along with ease of exploring the National Park and the coastline, Old Bank House will not only be the perfect place for your holiday, but also for those couples looking for a very special retreat for honeymoons, anniversaries or simply romantic breaks.
Out & About
Possibly the most picture-perfect places in the Lake District, Cartmel has grown into a chic little village, wrapped up in the most delightful architecture of traditional lime washed and stone built houses, shops and pubs.
Centred on the village square, overlooked by the huge Normal priory, the village is a maze of little lanes and bridges crossing a sweet little river, cruised by fleets of ducks and swans.
For those who like to step out and wine and dine the village has much to offer. Home of the famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, it has moved up the gastronomic scale to become a place of pilgrimage for foodies and celebrities. A clutch of cafes compliment the four excellent pubs, with cherry on the Cartmel Cake, or should I say Pudding, being Simon Rogan's two establishments, Rogan & Company, an easy-going bistro and the famed two Michelin star awarded L'Enclume, voted the 2015 Good Food Guide's No1 UK restaurant.
There are plenty of easy walks from the village. A favourite is to climb high up onto Hampsfell with its panoramic views across the Morecambe Bay, then descend down to Grange Over Sands or explore the tracks running through Eggerslack Woods.
A great day out is to take a Segway off road tour. The offices are by the car park and the reviews so far from our guests make this a must for a bit of fun.
Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.