About This Listing
Victorian stone and slate house situated between Windermere and Ambleside; minutes from the lake. Convenient large porch for wetsuits, boots and walking gear. Walks begin outside the backdoor! Comfortable, warm house with parking.
Allan Bank is equally suitable for adults who want a comfortable home at the end of a day admiring the views, or for families who come back with hiking boots and wet clothes - it does rain in the Lakes!
For both parties it's very convenient being on the A591, on a bus route and opposite a convenience store and petrol station!
Guests will have access to all rooms except the basement. There are three double beds and one double sofa bed (in the sitting room) a baby travel cot can be arranged. Upstairs is a shower room and a bathroom; there is toilet and washbasin conveniently located off the porch where all the outdoor clothes are kept.
The central heating is very good, but there 3 extra radiators and 1 log effect electric fire. Of course there is a washer and a drier, a fridge and freezer, cooker and hob, there is also a rice cooker.
The garden has been fenced off for visiting family dogs, but sheep are kept in a field just a few meters away, so leads are necessary when leaving the back door or garden gate.
Interaction with Guests
I'm Elaine and live most of the time in Hong Kong, I like to respond quickly to enquiries, but occasionally the time difference between countries causes a few hours of delay. My daughter Una lives locally and manages the arrangements for guest arrivals and departures - her phone details are given before arrival. The house has everything you might need to make your visit comfortable including freshly made-up beds, towels, a dishwasher and a fridge with breakfast items. There are plenty of maps and reference books, and the Guidebook on this site has quite a few recommendations of where to visit. I'm always very interested to know if the house was up to your expectations when you leave.
It's a special place because from the back door there is a public footpath that leads up to the lovely village of Troutbeck. On the other hand there is a really convenient Spar shop just across the road - and a petrol station (actually not too many around).
The train station at Windermere is 1.5 miles from the house. There is a direct train to and from Manchester Airport and a train to and from Euston Station, London with a change at Oxenholme to the local train to Windermere. Car hire is available from Kendal. Buses stop outside the house to Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere and local tour buses are available in Windermere.
From Windermere Station on foot - pleasant downhill walk: Leave Windermere station and walk to the main road. It is a T junction. The left top T goes to Ambleside - take this route. Walk for 1 mile until you come to the Sun Inn in Troutbeck Bridge. Continue walking to the pedestrian crossing - cross the road - my house is directly behind the hedge.
Continue walking in the same direction following the hedge to the turning on the right. The house is the first on the right.
By taxi: I will give you the number of a reliable local firm to meet you from the train.
Parking: Please see the photos on the listing - it is possible to park two cars; when it's raining and dark care needs to be taken.
Other Things to Note
Important message: Mobile phone reception in the area is poor - Vodaphone is best from outside the sitting room window. Because of this the landline telephone is available, but for local calls only.
Water skiing, water-boarding, sailing is available just a few miles towards Ambleside, and Lake cruises are a feature at Bowness - on - Windermere. The house is at the foot of the Kirkston Pass, one of the highest passes in the Lake District that connects with Ullswater.
An important rule is about parking: The area where my house is located specifically Brook Street, is a popular small collection of holiday let cottages. Everyone has their space. Brook Street does not go through to my house and three other cottages. If you look at the photo of where a car is parked, I own that strip of land and it takes two cars. All other spaces are for guests at other cottages. I'm currently having two signs made!
There main house rule is: Please don't change the central heating remote or main tank setting. There is a dishwasher; please use it. There are recycle boxes; please use them.
The general rubbish must be put into black bin bags found under the kitchen sink and put into the marked Allan Bank bin at the bottom of the drive (all the other houses have bins there too).
Dogs are allowed as long they are kept on leads outside the garden or back door. Farmers will kill dogs that worry the sheep; there are a lot of sheep!
I would prefer smoking to be done in the garden.
Elaine and her daughter Una were incredibly kind and helpful providing us with directions before our stay and keeping in touch with us. They also provided us with loads of amenities in the house. The house is beautifully furnished and very spacious, comfortable and clean. Perfectly located to visit all the various attractions in the Lake District. Our only regret is that we didn't have more time to stay here.
A great home to explore the Lakes District. Right from the time we booked Elaine's communication was excellent great instructions for arrival and check in. The house was clean, comfortable with everything we needed. The breakfast supplies and tea, coffee, milk was a bonus. The beds were very comfortable, and the towels were very luxurious. Would recommend staying at Elaine's.
We had a lovely stay. The house is great and very homely and perfect for the 5 of us with great access to some of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District too.
Everything was set up for us as per the description and the detailed (and very helpful) email we received before arrival. Elaine's home is absolutely lovely, has everything you need and we thought far more comfortable than a hotel. The beds were incredibly comfortable, great towels laid out and a decent selection of breakfast food was provided; most importantly tea and milk for our arrival brew! We were free to use the washer and dryer which was very helpful since we did get quite a lot of rain. There was even a good choice of board games for fun in the evening instead of the telly which we made good use of.
The house is situated by a relatively busy road (which makes it quite easy to find) but you don't hear any noise from it when you are inside - perfect for my boyfriend who is a light sleeper. There are plenty of good walks leaving straight from the house (and loads of maps and info inside to help you explore) so I would really recommend the location. In particular head up to Orrest Head where you get a great view of Lake Windermere.
Finally, the contact person Elaine has in the lakes (Una) was incredibly helpful. There was a slight issue with the fuse box on Sunday morning and she came round quickly to sort it out for us. We also left a library book in the house by accident and she has already found and posted it to us.
In sum: lovely house with everything you need, good location and help on hand if you need anything else!
Very organised and great communication from the moment I made the initial booking about 2 months before we stayed.
House is as described, very well located and not too hard to find. Close to a main road that is busy in the daytime - double glazing removes most of the noise though. At night the road is much quieter - hardly any traffic. Petrol station with well stocked Spar over the road, dog friendly Pub 2 minutes walk, can be on a footpath crossing a field at the back of the house in 15 seconds.
Inside the house is very comfortable, 2 bathrooms upstairs that are modern and bright - one with big walk in shower, second with small bath and shower over. Downstairs loo is a marvel of ergonomic design !! Kitchen diner has pretty much all you'll need (we cooked a celebration birthday roast dinner for 7 in there). Elaine had left tea, coffee,washing up liquid, soap in every sink/bathroom - all the stuff I often find rental homes don't include.
The house has full (and fast) WiFi - kept my children happy. Theres HD TV via a BT box, boxed games and plenty of comfy seats in the lounge. The garden is dog friendly, fully enclosed with wire fence so they can't get out (unless they really wanted too).
And finally - as commented on by everyone on our visit - the beds were so comfy ! i even peaked at the mattress to find out who made them.
A great place to stay.
Myself and my family had a lovely stay at Elaine's house. The listing is accurate, the property had everything we had hoped for and needed. This is an excellent place to base yourself for exploring the South Lakes. The house is very comfortable and Elaine herself was exceptionally helpful. Highly recommend.
Home away from home. Communication was great and we got some good tips for the area (taxis etc). Standard was excellent throughout and we will definitely be back for another visit soon. Perfect location.
About the Host, Elaine
I like to be busy, I'm quite independent, still passionate about what I do and I write - a lot. At 72 I still work six days a week from 10am to 7pm; it's my choice - I like to be involved in day to day teaching routines. On the other hand I relish the opportunities I take to visit my children and catch up with my grandchildren.
I've been in Hong Kong since February 1969 - a long time, but I was born in Lancaster, Lancs and spent my teenage years climbing in the Langdales. These days I drive or walk down the valley to take advantage of its restorative views.
Petrol, newspapers, ATM and groceries directly opposite Allan Bank entrance - extremely useful!Troutbeck Bridge England LA23
Excellent supermarket. On arrival and wanting to stock up at Booths, turn left as you enter the village. Next left the station, second left is Booths, back to the main road to Troutbeck Bridge.Victoria St England LA23 1QA
Very convenient (just a few minutes from the end of Brook Street) a restaurant and bar to eat and drink after a long day taking in the views and/or hiking!LA23 1BQ
Highly recommend: passes Troutbeck village; scenic way to Ambleside when the traffic is bad; goes to Ullswater; fantastic views all the way - turn left next to Sun Inn.LA23
Chesters is in a fabulous location at Skelwith Bridge. You can have a coffee and delicious cake, breakfast or lunch and shop for hard to resist personal and household items; great cards and books.Skelwith Bridge Cumbria, Ambleside LA22 9NN
Many outdoor activities including Go Ape with many zip lines for adults and teenagers (minimum height required). Very close to Hawkeshead which is always worth a visit. A591-Ambleside/A593/B5286LA22
On the B5343 you can park and walk there and back to Chesters. Safe, flat walk by the river and small lake; ducks to feed, dogs can swim and Langdales to view - perfect!Skelwith Bridge LA22 9NP
Carefull sightseeing! Basically a big hole in the ground! The entire area is interesting. If you walk back towards Little Langdale and turn right at Slaters Bridge you will find a fantastic cave.LA21 8DJ
The Hikers Bar, adjacent to the hotel, is probably the most famous hikers bar in the country. But more importantly its car park leads to the end of the valley - awesome! Recommend: (website hidden)Great Langdale LA22 9JY
The best farm shop around. The best Welsh Rarebit for lunch while watching the cows being milked. Farm trail walks and animals to see - a working farm. On the A591 going south - pick up a picnic..Kendal LA8 8AE
Favourite place to browse, shop and eat excellent lunches. Interesting antiques and artwork and unusual gift items. Visit going to Cartmel and Holker Hall via A591/A590 - A592 back beside WinderemereGrange Over Sands Cumbria LA11 6JP
Popular village that can get quite busy, but worth the drive. Interesting church, race course, sticky toffee pudding shop and well known restaurant. Lovely square and easy parking on the race course.Cartmel England LA11
Beautiful gardens, deer that can be easily seen, great gift shop and produce shop. Very good for lunch and easy parking. Near Cartmel and Grange-over-Sands (no sand these days); good views of the bay.Grange-over-Sands Cumbria LA11 7PL
A591 - Allan Bank to Keswick via Ambleside; A592 - Troutbeck Bridge to Ullswater via Kirkston Pass; A593 - Ambleside to Coniston via Skelwith Bridge; B5343 - Skelwith Bridge to Langdales.Keswick Cumbria CA12 5JR
Apparently the highest zipline in UK, but cant confirm. Im told you can see Scotland from the top! I can recommend the drive: A591 to the junction with the A66 then B5292Whinlatter Pass Keswick Cumbria CA12 5TW