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

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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:
March 14, 2018

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
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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


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High calibre accommodation for 11 plus cot and futon in Southern Lakeland
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 18 reviews

Great location in the village and character

  • 5 of 5

Super place made better by super weather

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Owner's Response: I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for posting a review.
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A great base for exploring the Lake District

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Old Bank House. We comprised of three families including children aged 0-6. The house was huge and quirky and had everything and more than we needed for our stay. Once the children were in bed we lit the fire and it was so cosy sitting in the living room. The house is in the middle of two pubs - the Rose and crown and the engine inn - both of which were very local serving lovely food. We were only a short drive from Cartmel too. All in all it was a lovely stay and the house was plenty big enough for all 11 of us. The children loved all the toys too. Thank you x

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Slightly tired but comfortable accommoddation in great location

  • 3 of 5

The owner was immensely helpful and very quick in responding to requests. At first sight the interior of the property looks rather run down but further inspection revealed, though a little worn in places, it was extremely clean and largely comfortable. The items that made it less than perfect included:

The fact that the two bathrooms (shower and bath with shower) couldn't be used at the

same time because of water pressure problems. We were only 7 in number but it caused us

problems and it would obviously have been a greater problem had we been more.

The main 'lounge area' is quite small for the number of people who might be resident and

want to congregate together. The sofa and arm chair were extremely comfortable but the

other chairs didn't really offer the came ease, especially for slouching young people!.

The main dining room is very dark and uninviting and we didn't use it. We just about

managed to fit around the kitchen table which was fine but again there might be problems

when the numbers are more.

The twin beds in the top rooms didn't match the comfort of those on the first floor. Two of

our group used quilts from the spare rooms to cover what they felt were the feel of springs

coming through the mattresses.

We were slightly worried about references in the visitors book to badly repaired electrics

and indeed we were met with an iron displaying a faulty inspection sticker. The iron was

replaced immediately when the owner was notified so we have nothing to complain about

but it probably shouldn't have been there in the first place.

The yard, which appears to have unrestricted access onto the street could do with a clean

up and we had to clean out the barbecue grills before using them.

Having said all this, the property is well stocked with all the necessities including a great DVD library. It is a few steps away from two pubs/restaurants, a well equipped village shop and an artisan bakery that produces great bread etc. It was fine for us for a long weekend but I think probably a longer stay might have brought greater frustration with the deficiencies.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

This house had everything we needed and with lots of space. The village amenities are great for such a small place and its only a little way south of the Lake District national park so its not ridiculously expensive and the roads aren't full of tourists.

Helen was a great help to us and gave us all the information we needed. I can't recommend this house highly enough. If you do go for hill walks and get drenched there's a great drying room facility in this house and for 10 people it worked very well. I will be coming back here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. I am so glad you had a great time and enjoyed the house as much as we do!
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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: April 2017
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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
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $207.73

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.