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Top Bank

Crosthwaite - The Lyth Valley

Key Information

Sleeps:2

Star Rating:VE 3 Star

Changeover:Saturday

Pets:Pets - See Property Inventory

Other: Wi-Fi Broadband

See Also - Middle Bank  

Top Bank

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 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.

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 

Kendal 

Cartmel 


Your Say

We really enjoyed our stay. What a perfect warm cosy home to come back to after a day of soggy hill walking. Lovely location, great pub, will come back. Thank you.
 
A comfortable cottage to stay in. We enjoyed being in a quieter part of the Lake District but within easy access of some lovely pubs and places to walk.
 
A super pet friendly cottage.Lovely views of the church and valley. Robin & Marni are the most charming hosts - will be back.


Top Bank
The Details

Top Bank Cottage Inventory

  • 1 Double bedded bedroom (can be made into a twin)
  • Duvets - Full linen & towels
  • Hairdryer
  • Nursery equipment - see price guide
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Night storage heating
  • Log burning stove
  • Oven & hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Coffee cafetiere
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine & tumble dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Digital colour TV - DVD
  • DAB radio
  • Wi-Fi Broadband
  • Electricity inclusive
  • Logs - Starter pack provided, further logs may be purchased at the property
  • 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 pet both inside the property and the grounds.
  • Parking 1 car
  • Tea tray laid for your arrival
  • Nearest Pub - the Punchbowl 0.2 Miles
Nearest Amenities
Crosthwaite
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Brigsteer
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Kendal
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Cark in Cartmel
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Cartmel
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Grange over Sands
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High Newton
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Levens & Sizergh
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Morecambe Bay & Arnside
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Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite
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Witherslack
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Walks, Activities and Info Links
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Local Areas of Interest

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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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A LITTLE BIT OF PERSONAL Luxury

 

Lake District Personal Sanctuary

MY 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.


HOME COOKING

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