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. The house has private parking for two cars.
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: Allan Bank, Brook Street, Troutbeck Bridge. Brook Street begins near the Sun Inn, but it doesn't go through to my house. You need to tell the driver to turn right immediately after the pedestrian crossing.
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 made us most welcome, keeping us up to date with the weather (it was February) excellent directions and instructions on how to use everything in the house, checking that we had arrived safely and found everything. There was even a welcome food package. The house was really well appointed with everything you could wish for in the kitchen. Beds were very comfortable and towels beautifully fluffy. There were lots of maps and info too. We would definitely recommend it and might go back again ourselves.
A lovely house to stay in for a weekend trip to the lakes. A good central base to explore windamere, Ullswater and surrounding areas. The host was lovely and extremely helpful in supplying directions and instructions for getting into the property. The house comfortably fits 6 people and the facilities are well maintained. I suspect the garden area will be wonderful in summer too. The only minor issue was with parking as it is rather tight for two cars and on uneven ground so I feared for the underside of my car somewhat! But if only bringing one car, or you decide to park on the road instead, it is less of a problem!
On the whole a wonderful weekend in a wonderful house, I would definitely recommend.
Elaine was a great host and made us feel most welcome. She even rang us from Hong Kong to make sure we arrived safely and everything was okay! She provided comprehensive information about the house and surrounding area and gave us her daughters details in case we had any problems. The cottage was lovely, very homely and warm and perfectly located for exploring Windermere, Ambleside and the surrounding area.
We stayed in the house for 2 nights over New Year. Before we arrived Elaine had been in contact and made sure we had everything we needed and provided contact details of her daughter who lives nearby.
The house is very homely and exceeded our expectations! We would not hesitate to stay in the house again and would recommend highly to anyone looking for a relaxing break in the lakes.
Both Elaine and the Cottage were perfect! Elaine kept in touch from the moment of booking right through until the end of our stay and gave us all the information we needed to make sure we settled in to the house and the beautiful lakes district without a hitch!
The house is fully equipped, spacious, and comfortable and even decorated for Christmas for us which was a lovely touch that we greatly appreciated!
Could not recommend highly enough!
House was perfect for our holiday, just as described in the on the ad. It had everything we needed; maps, walking books, things to do in the area, very detailed information about everything in the house, the kitchen was well kitted out as were the bathrooms and bedrooms (extra bedding and towels etc.).
Elaine was a perfect host, she'd thought of everything (down to milk and bread etc. for breakfast) and it all helped make our stay more comfortable.
Location was great, right in the middle between Windermere and Ambleside with a Spar opposite the house.
Would recommend to anyone!
Elaine is the most thoughtful landlord, she is very informative and helpful. We are a group of 5 adult and her house has provided everything that we needed. Also it is very conveniently located, we had a good time.
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.