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High calibre accommodation for 11 plus cot and futon in Southern Lakeland

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Fireplace


About the property

A self-catering property with open fire and enclosed garden

Old Bank House is a delightful property in the rural Lakeland village of Cark-in-Cartmel. It is a charming and luxurious detached 6 bedroomed period house, with many original features and characteristics. Outside is a very attractive, enclosed garden with a sheltered area for barbequing covered in clematis and honeysuckle. Steps lead to a raised patio area with a stone seat.

The ground floor accommodation includes: entrance hall/lounge (we use it as a children's downstairs lounge as it has the TV and video in), breakfast room, brand new kitchen, pantry, toilet, lounge with an open fire and beautiful dining room with a flag stone floor, deep inglenook fireplace and windowseat. It also has one further room which leads to the garden. We use it as a cloakroom for coats and shoes and as a drying room for wet gear.

On the first floor there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms whilst on the second floor there are two further bedrooms one of which doubles as a large playroom

Some quotes from our Visitor's Book: 'Lovely house, excellent location.'

'The top garden is a fantastic suntrap.'

'Lots to see and do so great location.'

'Wonderful house. Amazing weekend. Definitely come back.'

'Great house and location to build happy holiday memories.'

'Dining room just made for long conversations after dinner.'

'Surrounding area is amazing with every type of pastime there to enjoy. We'll be back!'

More Details

Helen Rice-Birchall
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 17, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic weekend. The weather was spectacular and the house was brilliant; it felt like a home from home! We have many friends who visit the Lake District regularly and we will be recommending your property to them. I will also post reviews for the house online. We had such a good time we are already planning to return. So hopefully we will be in touch in the near future!

Many thanks for making such a fabulous house available for people to escape from normality and immerse themselves in beautiful surroundings.
Apr 2011
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Cark House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , (Bunk beds)
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon sleeps 2
  • On the second floor there are two bedrooms one of which is a large, versatile bedroom/playroom which has a double futon and two single beds as well as a spacious play area (with a small snooker table which can be erected for those who wish to try their skill!). The room can therefore be used as a bedroom sleeping up to 4 people or as a playroom. It is also equipped with a video player.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

High calibre accommodation for 11 plus cot and futon in Southern Lakeland
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 14 reviews

A lovely quirky family home in the Lake District peninsula

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely weekend with friends at Old Bank House.

The local services were great, with a pub, shop and bakery all within 100 yards

Easy access to the central Lakes, with Bowness on Windermere only a 20 minute drive.

We would thoroughly recommend the house to anyone.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay!
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A bit tired in places but excellent value for money .

  • 4 of 5

We were looking for basic accommodation at a reasonable price in which we could entertain a larger than average number of people. This fitted the bill perfectly in a very beautiful and convenient location.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house in a good location - highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We were very fortunate to find this house available for a 5 night break just before Easter, allowing our extended family to holiday together with plenty of bedrooms, bathrooms, and space for eating and relaxing. The kitchen was well-equipped and we managed to cook a roast dinner for 10 on our first evening, without getting in each others' way! A big benefit was the large dining room, where we could all sit round the same table to eat, as well as a separate breakfast area adjoining the kitchen.

The house was very comfortable, however, as a previous reviewer noted, there are various steps around the house, which could be disconcerting for young children or older family members, but you soon get to know they are there, and just take care!

We found it was in a good location - the village of Cark is quite small, but there are various walks around the area - we did pass the Sticky Toffee Pudding shop and factory, but were strong-willed enough not to venture in and buy any!

It's also not too difficult to get out and about to the Southern Lakes (we visited both Windermere and Coniston Water), as well as around the bay to Morecambe to visit a relative.

Once back in the house, there was plenty to do - TVs in several rooms, snooker, table football and ping pong, as well as a large supply of books, games and DVDs - the owners have thought of everything, and were very helpful in communications prior to our visit. The wifi provides good coverage in the house, but we did struggle with our mobile phone signal - found the best location was in the upstairs bedrooms.

The log fires looked welcoming, but we didn't go to the effort of lighting them - found that the central heating was more than enough.

We'd love to go back again another time, possibly in slightly warmer weather when we could make more use of the outside space.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A really good comfy house with loads of character

  • 5 of 5

A great house to explore the southern Lakes from.

The village is very friendly and the local store and bread shop are great, and very convenient.

Cartmel is only a mile up the road and there is a lovely walk to it through the woods from the house.

A roaring fire in the evening made the house really welcoming.

We will be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

absolutely lovely, comfortable bedrooms and beds, brilliant shower. courtyard beautiful.

kitchen very well equiped, and easy to work in. Down stairs toilet an unexpected bonus.

good to have seperate reception rooms when in a big group, gives everyone a bit of space.

we didn't take any pets with us, but if you did have any, very well catered for and welcoming.

village was lovely, pubs great and the locals very welcoming, well located.

I would book it again in a flash with no reservations.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Old Bank House Cark

  • 5 of 5

Good large house, comfortable and very well equipped. Baby equipment included cot, high chair and stairgate and there was an abundance of toys in one of the second floor bedrooms. Also a BBQ and seating for 8 with a large table outside in the back garden. There are excellent rail links - one of the family travelled from London in 31/2 hours to Cark & Cartmel station which is only 5 minutes walk from the house (1 minute by car). The location is good also for widely varied activities and interests. With our group ranging in age from 0 years to 66 years, our activities included walking, fell-running, hill-walking, bouldering, scrambling, swimming, visiting Holker Hall, being pampered at Netherwood Hotel Spa, playgrounds, Lakeside steam train ride, paddling, picnics, Ducky Park Farm visit - and more besides. Tesco provided an on-line grocery delivery which was v. useful & I also noticed an Asda van making a delivery to a house opposite. The small village store is just a few steps away - handy for newspapers, topping up on milk & bread etc and the store owners were v. helpful - they will get items in on request if they can. I have to confess that we also called in at the home of Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding (about 7 minutes away by car) and made a purchase but you might be stronger-willed than we were! Our holiday was a family gathering for our Ruby Wedding and the house helped make it a special celebration because we had all the amenities we needed, the location was pleasant and we were able to enjoy relaxing together as well as pursuing various individual and joint activities. I'd warmly recommend Old Bank House to anyone looking for a good place for a holiday for a large group or for a large family gathering. The owners proved most helpful, dealt with quite a few email enquiries from us and gave us useful and friendly advice in the run-up to our holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Ferry
36 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Cark in Cartmel
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Junction 36 M6
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Car: recommended

Old Bank House is set in the welcoming, unspoilt village of Cark in Cartmel on the Cartmel peninsula, an area famous for its rugged unspoilt coastal countryside, abundant wildlife and glorious racecourse. It is situated quarter of a mile from Holker Hall, and just a few miles from Windermere, Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall, Coniston Water and the delights of the Lake District National Park. There are many beautiful footpaths and bridleways for walking and riding and indeed the Cumbrian Coastal Way passes through the village.

The village boasts two pubs, both of which provide good food and beer, a post office, a convenience store and a station which serves many easy day trip destinations along the picturesque coast. The 12th Century village of Cartmel, lies just over a mile away and boasts an additional four pubs, one of the country's best gastro restaurants and ancient cobbled streets.

For wildlife enthusiasts, nearby Morecambe Bay is a popular destination for birdwatchers.


Rates & Availability

Cark House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May half term
May 26 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
June and July
Jun 3 2017 - Jul 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer holidays
Jul 16 2017 - Jul 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid -Summer
Jul 28 2017 - Aug 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late summer holidays
Aug 18 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
October half term
Oct 13 2017 - Oct 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 29 2017
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $194.04

We also ask for a £100 housekeeping deposit in the form of a cheque or cash, which we will return to you following your departure. This will only be retained in the unlikely event of damage or extra cleaning being required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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