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Lounge with stone fireplace and roaring woodburner
Open-plan living
Cute kitchen area
Double bedroom
Bathroom
Towards the pretty cottage
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Top Bank

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

Overview

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 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
  • 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.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 15 guest ratings

Overall cleanliness
4.6
Overall equipment
4.4
Overall comfort
4.7
Overall location
4.7

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.

Reviewed by Sue Turnbull February 2018

Many thanks for your email. We had a lovely time in Top Bank. We havepreviously stayed in Middle Bank, and also in the Guest House when Marnie and Robin were still doing B&B, so we were on familiar territory. Marnie is always so lovely and hospitable, so we felt confident that the accommodation would be great, andit was. We liked that everything inRead more the accommodation was of good quality, and everything worked as it should, and I really appreciated the natural Christmas tree! We were very cosy, as Marnie and Robin had thoughtfully provided an electric heater, in addition to the very effective storage heaters. I can't think of any suggestions for improvement! We usually stay at the Punch Bowl at Crosthwaite, but if we want to rent a self-catering accommodation, Middle or Top Bank would always be our first choice. Many thanks! Hide

Reviewed by Sue December 2017

Many thanks for your email. We had a lovely time in Top Bank. We havepreviously stayed in Middle Bank, and also in the Guest House when Marnie and Robin were still doing B&B, so we were on familiar territory. Marnie is always so lovely and hospitable, so we felt confident that the accommodation would be great, andit was. We liked that everything inRead more the accommodation was of good quality, and everything worked as it should, and I really appreciated the natural Christmas tree! We were very cosy, as Marnie and Robin had thoughtfully provided an electric heater, in addition to the very effective storage heaters. I can't think of any suggestions for improvement! We usually stay at the Punch Bowl at Crosthwaite, but if we want to rent a self-catering accommodation, Middle or Top Bank would always be our first choice. Many thanks! Hide

Reviewed by Caroline October 2017

We had a lovely cosy time at the cottage. It is compact but perfect for what we needed. The owners were delightful and friendly. Crosthwaite was beautiful. The local walks information in the cottage was very helpful for us to plan an enjoyable week. The confirmation and directions from yourselves were very efficient and the owner greeted us as we aRead morerrived...all in all very easy!Thank you for the VIP codes and we look forward to booking a stay with you again in the future. Hide

Reviewed by Charlotte October 2017

Thanks so much for a wonderful week in your perfect cottage.

Reviewed by Dorothy and Brian Lees August 2017

We had an excellent week at Top Bank. The cottage itself was very clean, cosy, and comfortable, with everything we needed. Its setting in Crosthwaite (with the Punchbowl being in walking distance) was exactly right for our purposes and Mr and Mrs Dawson were helpful and charming hosts. We have no complaints whatsoever and we would recommend this acRead morecommodation without hesitation.Many thanks. Hide

Reviewed by Nicola and Dave July 2017

My husband and I had the most amazing time at Top Bank. The cottage was clean and to high standard. Even though we went in July we had to have the log burner on it was glorious. The bed was the biggest and most comfiest bed we have ever slept in and the peace and quiet in a morning was amazing. We had access to the gardens and a small cast iron bbqRead more which was just the job. We had bought our meat from Booths supermarket in Windermere and my gosh it was all lovely!! Highlight of the holiday had to be the excellent pub just 220yards along the road The Punch Bowl.The food was absolutely superb could not fault it or the service. The staff were so knowledgeable about the food and drink and made you feel so welcome on every visit. [we visited quite a few timesJ]Thanks to all who made our holiday such an enjoyable one. Hide

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Location

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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