Lounge with stone fireplace and roaring woodburner
Open-plan living
Cute kitchen area
Double bedroom
Towards the pretty cottage
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2 / 6  Open-plan living
3 / 6  Cute kitchen area
4 / 6  Double bedroom
5 / 6  Bathroom
6 / 6  Towards the pretty cottage

Top Bank

Crosthwaite (Nr Lyth Valley), Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC70


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

The Living Spaces

Top Bank Cottage is similar in style to Middlebank with the ground floor being open plan with sitting/dining room and compact kitchen area. There is a fine stone fireplace with log-burning stove, adding an extra glow in winter.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

A staircase leads up to the bathroom and bedroom. The bathroom has bath, overhead shower, hand basin and WC. The bedroom is double, with space for a travel cot if required.

Garden Spaces

To the side of the cottages is a pretty shared terraced garden. The views are delightful, looking out across to the 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 stone's 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 A 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.

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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  • 1 double bedroom (can be made into a twin by prior request)
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath
  • Oven and hob, microwave and fridge
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room
  • TV and DVD player
  • DAB radio
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Wood burner - first basket of logs included
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Shared garden with furniture and BBQ
  • 2 dogs welcome free of charge
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Pub under half a mile

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 27 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Toni 5th March 2020

Lovely quaint cottage ideal for a few days away from it all. The kitchen was well equipped, milk was even left in the fridge for us. The living room was cosy and comfortable. Smart TV with plenty of choice and lovely log burner ( which we didn't need to use but I imagine it would be lovely on cold days) the bedroom was plenty big and the bed was huRead morege and comfy. Good size bathroom. Outside is a well kept garden that's nice and secure for the dogs. The hosts were lovely and very welcoming. Hide

Reviewed by Bob 28th November 2019

This is a lovely cottage in rural surroundings. Very easy and quick to get to from the M6 after a long journey. Its snug and perfect for two, particularly cosy in the colder seasons. Thoroughly recommend it.

Reviewed by Jan 21st September 2019

It was lovely

Reviewed by Laurie 7th September 2019

Homely and good for dogs. We felt comfortable. Sharing of the garden could present problems with less friendly dogs. Owners on hand and helpful without being in your face. Would definitely go back if the opportunity arose. Ideal base for exploring the southern and central lakes.

Reviewed by Dianne 22nd June 2019

The cottage is 'boutique' but perfectly adequate for two people and a dog! The cottage had everything you needed and was immaculately clean. The location was wonderful and the use of the gardens, which were lovely, was a real bonus. The owners were there to greet us on arrival and were very friendly and helpful in all aspects of our stay from recomRead moremending places to visit, places to eat and so on. I would be happy to recommend this cottage to anyone. Hide

Reviewed by Matthew 1st June 2019

We had a great week in the lakes in this lovely cottage. The location is perfect, the cottage has the most beautiful garden and is furnished really well. The bed is by far the best bed we have ever slept in that wasnt ours ( we have an amazing bed so this is noticeable to us). The owners are lovely and couldnt be anymore helpful. The house is furniRead moreshed really well and has everything you need for both long and short stays. All in all, it was absolutely lovely. Hide

Reviewed by Rebecca 25th May 2019

Fabulous cosy cottage. Incredibly well equipped kitchen. Bed huge and very comfortable. Owners friendly but unobtrusive.

Reviewed by Sue 11th May 2019

Lovely little cottage in beautiful surroundings. Ideal base for visiting the lakes etc. Owners are very friendly but do not bother you at all. We had a perfect week and would definitely go back.

Reviewed by Jocelyn 13th April 2019

Super little cottage. Robin and Marnie Dawson are a delightful couple who gave us a warm welcome. Our dogs had a wonderful time with their dogs and one belonging to guests at the other cottage. Excellent pub but essential to book for dinner a day or two in advance.

Reviewed by Sophie 15th March 2019

Wonderful cottage in a superb location with a wonderful host. The living space & kitchen are cosy, but cleverly laid out so also spacious. Obviously, we loved the fire & beams, but nice touches included the book on dogs walks to good pubs! Oh, & the convenience of the pub a 2 min walk away (the food there is great & dogs are welcomed in the bar areRead morea). The bed was huge & comfy (I prefer a firmer matteress, but my partner likes a softer one, still we both slept very well). Fab place! Hide

Reviewed by Steven 5th January 2019

This is a beautiful peaceful cottage, nice wood burning fire for relaxing of an evening and very dog friendly, although you appear to be remote you are only 15min from Windermere and Kendal, loved this cottage and look forward to returning

Reviewed by Katherine 29th December 2018

We fell in love with Top Bank - such a cosy, warm and tranquil cottage in the most delightful setting. Due to one of of our dogs being lame we spent much more time in the cottage than originally planned. It was sheer bliss as we watched films on the Smart TV whilst the fire roared away in the lounge. Little (real) Christmas tree all lit up for our Read morearrival was a lovely touch. Bed extremely spacious and so comfortable. Marnie, (owner) who met us on arrival was delightful. Would recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Aaron 23rd November 2018

Lovely cottage, lovely location and the lovely owners. Can not recommend highly enough.

Reviewed by Claire 17th November 2018

Lovely and cosy cottage in a great location between Kendal and Lake Windermere! Brilliant pub 1min walk from the property. Easy off street parking.

Reviewed by Barry 13th October 2018

This cottage was in a truly beautiful place with lovely walks close by for our dogs. The Pub the Punch Bowl served truly wonderful food. The Black Labrador a mile and a half away was a great country pub that welcomed dogs and served excellent food. The cottage met and exceeded our expectations and the owners are very friendly and helpful. We would Read morerecommend this cottage to our friends. Hide

Reviewed by Teresa 6th October 2018

The cottage was warm and cosy. It was everything we were looking for. Its set in a very quiet rural area, only a short drive to either Kendal or Windemere (15 mins tops). Robin and Marney were great hosts. There is a pub within walking distance, 5 mins. We didn't eat there but the food looked good. Most of the tables were reserved. If you want a quRead moreiet retreat away from it all, Top Bank is ideal. Hide

Reviewed by Rosie 15th August 2018

A lovely cosy home from home. Perfect base for exploring the Lake District! Fabulous food at The Punch Bowl just 2 minute walk!

Reviewed by Daniel 4th August 2018

The cottage is well located for day trips, both Kendal, Bowness and Windermere within a 30 minute drive. The cottage has all the amenities you could want and the Owners are lovely and accomodating. The garden area was a nice safe area for our puppy to play. We'd love to visit again and wouldn't hesitate to stay here.

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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.

1 more property at this location

Middle Bank

Middle Bank

Sleeps: 4 | Bedrooms: 2

£583 - £955

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