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Middle Bank  |  Crosthwaite - The Lyth Valley

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Middle Bank Cottage



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 superking 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 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 quite 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.

For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide

Full Lake District Guide

Bowness & Windermere 

Cartmel Peninsular - The Lythe and Winster Valleys - Arnside and the Morecambe Bay 

Grange Over Sands 

Newby Bridge To Bouth 




Guest Reviews

We had a fantastic and memorable stay at Middle Bank. We thought the cottage and it's location superb! Compact and bijou but very comfortable, cosy and well equiped. It couldn't have been better for our dogs with the enclosed garden and access or us - with the pub just a short walk away.
Perfect little cottage set in quiet countryside. We enjoyed cycling the lanes, exploring the villages and ending up back at the Punch Bowl.

We had a lovely time at Middle Bank - he cottage was cozy and clean and warm! It was lovely to be able to let our dogs out to play in the garden with the very-friendly resident dogs. Gorgeous garden full of birds, quiet and beautiful views. The hosts were very pleasant and friendly, and will definatly come again.

Lakeland Extras - You Time

Holidays are are all about relaxing and reviving along with having fun. It should also be about your time, time for yourself, a little self indulgence. Adding some of these extras will enhance your holiday experience and give you that much deserved You Time.


My Personal Sanctuary

MPS is a luxurious and truly indulgent beauty therapy service delivering 5 star quality organic treatments carried out in the comfort of your cottage. Your treatments are carried out by carefully selected therapists, who ensure you are enveloped in calmness, serenity and relaxation from the moment you embark on your treatment journey. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enhance your stay and even better, when you book one of our lake district cottages you will recieve a 5% reduction from MPS on your chosen treatment.

Home Cooked Meals

A delicious home cooked meal delivered to you door will give you even more time to yourself. We have found a few companies that offer a tasty selection. Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Lucy's of Ambleside, and in the north Lakes, Choice Catering run by Debbie Bainbridge.


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Middle Bank
The Details

Middle Bank Cottage Inventory

  • 1 Double bedroom
  • 1 Twin bedroom can be made as SuperKing Double bed by request on booking form
  • Duvets - Full linen & towels
  • Hairdryer
  • Nursery equipment - see price guide
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Night storage heating
  • Oven & hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee cafetiere
  • Washing Machine
  • Shared laundry room for use of tumble dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Digital colour TV - DVD
  • DAB radio
  • Wi-Fi Broadband
  • Electricity inclusive
  • Decorated Christmas Tree with the owner's Seasonal Best Wishes
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • 2 Dogs welcome. Please note guests are to be fully responsible for their pets where they must respect the property and grounds, follow specific instructions left at the property, also be aware of any farm stock nearby - see terms and conditions. On departure and to avoid a charge, guests must clean up after their pets both inside the property and the grounds.
  • Parking 2 cars
  • Tea tray laid for your arrival
  • Nearest Pub - The Punchbowl - 0.2 Miles
Nearest Amenities
Cark in Cartmel
Grange over Sands
High Newton
Levens & Sizergh
Morecambe Bay & Arnside
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite
Walks, Activities and Info Links
Local Areas of Interest