About this listing
Victorian stone house between Windermere and Ambleside on the A591. Ideal for touring and attending weddings. The A591 is busy but all rooms have double glazing. Large porch for boots and walking gear. Fenced garden for dogs. Local shop and petrol.
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.
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.