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Bank Barn - Wreay

Watermillock - Ullswater

Key Information


Star Rating:VE 5 Star Gold Award


Pets:No Pets

Other: Lake & Mountain Views
Wi-Fi Broadband
New Property

See Also - Grammar School House   Horrock Wood Farm   Low Longthwaite Farm  

Bank Barn


Bank Barn is one of the finest holiday homes in the Lake District, where the Visit England top award of a 5 Star Gold Award would confirm our oppinion.

From a leafy, winding country lane that takes you high above Ullswater, and then along a private drive, you come to Bank Barn and the few nearby properties which are all set under a wooded ridge overlooking the lake, with a backdrop of fell and mountain.

The barn is the perfect location for family holidays, with easy access to many attractions, yet is off the tourist trail offering true peace and seclusion.
 A half mile from the shores of Ullswater, you will have plenty of fun in, on and by it, with walks onto high fell and mountain, and the most wonderful house to come home to after your day’s explorations to relax and unwind.

Set in large grounds, your first impression will be of the sheer size of this former Lakeland barn. Built, designed and refurbished as a home for and by the owners, the property offers stylish interiors with a contemporary theme, with far eastern influences and wonderful spaces in which to enjoy your holiday.


The Living Spaces

From the rear courtyard you enter into a large boot room with plenty of space for all those bits and bobs.

From here you step down into a large farmhouse style kitchen. Very well fitted and equipped, there is a large table for occasional dining, an AGA set in the old fireplace for use in winter months, along with a huge American style fridge freezer, which will deliver endless ice for your long tall drinks.

From the kitchen you pass into the central hall and used for more formal dining. A large space with pitched and beamed ceiling, there is an elegant table, some occasional sofas and armchairs and a huge picture window, which is filled with a view of lake and mountain.

The sitting room is spacious but cosy, filled with plump, comfortable sofas and chairs set around a roaring open fire, perfect to relax and while away an evening in the company of friends and family, or sit back and watch a movie on the 40" flat screen TV.

Back to the dining room, where a winding staircase takes you down to the lower level and the long hall spanning the whole length of the building, and quite a feature in itself.

Downstairs you will find the laundry room and, finally, the snug, perfect for children with sofas, a large TV and stairs that bring you back up to the top floor into the boot room.


Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Off the hall you have four bedrooms from which to choose. There is the master bedroom with a 6’ bed and large en-suite bathroom with separate shower, bath, twin basins and WC. A further double, with a 5’ bed, again with en-suite bathroom with separate shower, bath and WC. Two twin bedded bedrooms, both with 3’ beds and a shared bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC.


Garden Spaces

Surrounding Bank Barn are terraced patios and lawned areas planted with shrubs and trees. With stunning views of  Ullswater and the surrounding mountains, the gardens are the perfect place for adults to relax and children to play in.

All in all this is one of our finest holiday homes where all expectations should be met. Whether your holiday is with family, a gathering of friends or simply a couple looking for somewhere extra special and a little bit unique - come – enjoy and congratulate yourself on your excellent taste.


Out & About

Ullswater is thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the northern Lake District. Compared by some to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, it is a serpentine body of water snaking a nine mile course under the lea of magnificent fells, woodland and mountain.

Much of the lake, its shore and surrounding fells are accessible for visitors to explore, where you will find some of the finest walks and water activities, along with the amenities of the lakeside villages.

One of the best walks in the National Park is the trail that runs along the eastern shores of Ullswater. Explored from the southern end of the lake, dominated by Place Fell, St Sunday Cragg, Fairfield and Helvellyn, you take the path from Glenridding over to the east side of the water. The route takes you all the way to Sandwick and onto Howtown. You will be able to ramble all day with a magnificent view always in your sight. For the return journey, board the steamboat from Howtown back to Glenridding, but do check boat times and last sailings.

For more info on on the area visit our Lake District Guides

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Your Say

This house is truly home from home, it's the best cottage/house I have ever stayed in, where it has everything you could possibly need and more. The housekeeper was very helpful too. This is the place to come to rest, play, eat and enjoy yourself. It was my 50th Birthday and most of the time there was just two of us in the house and we loved having the space to ourselves. But was also brilliant when family came at the weekend.

Just a quick message to say how fantastic Bank Barn was over the weekend. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather, which always makes a difference, but the house exceeded all expectations - just perfect in every way. Amazed that the owners are happy to share such a beautiful home with others -  not only that - but also ensuring that visitors are made to feel so welcome. The caretakers did a wonderful job - everything was spotless, and we really appreciated the many extra touches - including the fact that the fire was laid ready to just be lit, the house was warm and cosy on arrival, and there was a fantastic welcome tray (everyone thought the bread was particlularly delicious!). Thank you to everyone! We didn't want the time to come to an end, and we certainly wouldn't hesitate for a minute to return!
With best wishes, Lyn 

Have had a wonderful birthday weekend with family+ unforgettable, fabulous house glorious views and wonderful weather for a November break. Thank you so much for a lovely welcome too. The fire was ready to light, tray set up for tea and the house warm and cosy. Can't praise it highly enough. We all loved it here!

Bank Barn - Wreay
The Details

Bank Barn Inventory

  • Property Type
    Lake District Holiday Farmhouse - Detached - Rural Location
  • 1 Master bedroom with 6’ bed - Bose iPod dock, TV -DVD and large en-suite bathroom with separate shower, bath, twin basins and WC
  • 1 Double, with a 5’ bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower, bath, basin and WC
  • 2 Twin bedrooms
  • Duvets - Full linen & towels
  • 1 Travel cot - 1 High chair
  • 1 House bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • 1 Upstairs WC
  • Oil central heating
  • Open Fire - 1 Basket of logs provided - Further logs please purchase locally
  • AGA cooker for use in winter months
  • Electric oven & gas hob
  • Microwave
  • American style Fridge/freezer
  • Wine fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Nespresso Coffee machine
  • Coffee cafetiere.
  • Laundry room with Washing machine & Tumble Dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Flat screen TV in the sitting room
  • Flat screen TV in the snug - DVD
  • Flat screen TV & Bose iPod Dock in the kitchen
  • Wi Fi Broadband
  • Electricity & oil inclusive
  • Garden furniture
  • Welcome hamper - Tea, Coffee, Milk, Bread, Butter & Cheese
  • Decorated Christmas Tree with the owner's Seasonal Best Wishes
  • No Pets
  • No smoking
  • Ample parking
  • Nearest Pub - Brackenrigg Inn - 0.8 Miles


Access Statement
Nearest Amenities
Glenridding & Patterdale
Keswick Area
Pooley Bridge
Walks, Activities and Info Links
Local Areas of Interest

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Lake District Guides


Lake District Cottage Holidays are about relaxing and reviving, leisure and pleasure. The lakes, mountains, fells and forests offer some of the best walking and climbing in the country and are a tonic for all. Along with our wonderful landscape and the National Park, the Lake District offers some of the finest dining in the country, a vibrant cultural and arts scene and, for those who want something a little out of the ordinary, we have gathered together a list of people, places and events that should satisfy the most adventurous spirited visitor.



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If you have yet to visit the Lake District, then why not start by watching our little film. An 11 minute movie, it gets to essence of this beautiful landscape. Shot by Jack Serginson and Ollie Gough, the movie shows why our stunning area is the No1 holiday destination.


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Lake District Personal Sanctuary


We want you to truly have a relaxing time and unwind during your stay. We have teamed up with My Personal Sanctuary who offer 5 star quality organic massage and treatments, carried out in the comfort of your holiday home.


To add to the relaxed mood why not order a delicious meal from Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Debby Bainbridge in the North Lakes or Lucy’s of Ambleside in South Lakes.
See our Lakeland Extras Page for more details