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.
This was a fantastic place to stay. The place is so homely, you really get that cottage in countryside feel that you want when in the Lake District. Elaine was in constant communication with us to make sure we got there safe and sound, really helpful.
There was lots of supplies in the house from cookware to ingredients and even a few things in the fridge and freezer.
Overall I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to friends.
Elaine made us feel totally at home . We arrived to milk ,bread, cereal tea & coffee and a host of other essentials. Elaine kept us updated through the booking process and was on hand during our stay for any advice
Thank you John, I agree about the recycling especially being in Hong Kong for so long where the rubbish is collected every day. In the Allan Bank are its general rubbish every two weeks!! and recycling every two weeks!! From a self catering point of view its very difficult to manage - but we can try.
Ideally the house is for 6, but thanks for mentioning it.
My family are all love this house.Good location,equipped kitchen,pretty,clean and cozy.Elaine met us in the house,explained details and traveling informations.Everything are more than we expected.would be highly recommended.
The cottage was lovely and Elaine was exceptionally good with instructions, giving us advance information that helped us plan our trip. The place was clean, pretty and with plenty of linen and basic supplies for the duration of our stay. Would highly recommend, especially given the excellent location.
The house is centraly located for exploring the beautiful environment of Windermere (e.g. very short drive to the visitor centre Brockhole). The old house is very well equiped and has two nice new bathrooms. It was also possible to use the washing machine and dryer. A little Spar supermarket is in front of the house. Elaine provided use with detailed information to make our arrival and stay comfortable.
Fantastic location for exploring the Lakes. Great house with bundles of character, well-appointed and crammed with useful information. Situated close to main road but little noise due to double-glazing and very close to Spar for provisions. Not met by owner on arrival but instructions very good and quick response to any queries. All up, a fantastic base for any trip to the Lakes.
My family and I loved this house so much. It is so beautiful and in a perfect location. We wanted to stay for 2 weeks!! They provided essential breakfast items which were greatly appreciated.
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.