Bank End Lodge
Kendal, Cumbria & The Lake District
- “Lovely Property”
- “My sister booked this property. For 3 nights there were 7 adults, 1 teenager and 4 dogs (2 of which were small dogs), and for the remaining 2 nights there were 6 adults, 1 teenager, a baby and 4 dogs (the smallest dog had gone home along with 3 adults due to work committments and were replaced by 2 other adults, a baby and another dog),
The Lodge is a lovely property and very spacious and is in reach of many places (mostly by car).
The only criticism I have is that you are only left 3 dishwasher tablets, 3 days worth of washing up liquid and 1 toilet roll per toilet (so you need to take extra of these with you). Housekeeping could do with being picked up on slightly - One or two of the bedrooms had dust webs hanging from ceilings and on the walls behind beds, only spotted the ones under the beds when reaching to get something from underneath (also saw one or two webs on / around wooden furniture, which can be off-putting for some). The shelves in the fridge door are on the verge of falling out and the fridge door didn't always close (so double check when using the fridge). We found the hot water went off on an evening in the kitchen and upstairs (downstairs seemed to be fine) and we found out that by putting the emersion switch on upstairs that helped.
If you take dogs ensure you do not leave them unattended in the play area. This area does have fencing around, but there are sheep in the adjoining fields. We also saw a couple of ducks in/around the pond area where you can enjoy a picnic.
The Hot Tub is amazing (the light switch just to the left of the back door prior to exiting into the garden area). Fab way to relax at the end of the day. Someone comes in between 8.00 am and 9.00 am to check the hot tub so do not let dogs out during this time.
Best place we found for mobile phone signal - kitchen window behind the kitchen table.
The Greyhound Pub in the village (5 mins walk away). Very welcoming, dogs welcome and food was excellent when we ate there.
We went to the coast and a local resident gave us names of places of interest that we visited, including Kadampa Buddhist Temple (dogs allowed in the grounds), There is also a gift shop and cafe there and a wood walk, Coniston - found we could get supplies here from a local Village Co-Op Store and the Spar on the garage forecourt (a decent sized shop), Ambleside, Cartmel, Lake Windermere (free ferry crossing for blue badge holders), Hawkshead (Hill Top House - Beatrix Potter's house - dogs not allowed in, someone would need to stay outside with them). You can do the walk to the lake that Beatrix and William undertook, but if rained / is raining expect to get rather muddy - no cost to do this walk and it is a lovely walk (slightly up hill) and you can get a map from where you buy tickets to enter the house.
We stopped off in Morecombe on our way home (not so dog friendly) so if the weather is bad there didn't seem to be anywhere to go with dogs other than to stand under canapy's that only a few shops had in situ. Lovely cafe on the pier, but dogs not allowed in, and we sat outside - they have a nice menu to cater for most people.
We also went up onto the top of the mountains after leaving Ambleside (very narrow roads, some very, very steep (personally I would not recommend if you have a long vehicle as some of the bends are very tight and on one or two you need to go part way round then reverse back slightly to get round. Beautiful scenary once you get to the top.
Overall - great stay and would stay at Bank End Lodge again (especially if there are a few of us going). You gain access at 3.00pm on day of arrival and have to leave by 10.00 am on day of departure. They provide bedding and towels so you do not need to take these. First time of visiting the Lake District, but will definitely be going again and exploring further afield, just wish we had found the time to start going years ago.”
- “Excellent, spacious cottage fitting 8 adults / 1 child and 3 dogs comfortably. Also with parking large enough for 4 Land Rovers!
Hot Tube made an excellent addition to the weekend to relax in on the Saturday night.
Great location with easy access from the M6 and only a short drive up into the Lake District.”
Off road parking
Garden / Patio
Bank End Lodge is a characterful barn conversion which has been converted to a high standard. Sleeping 10 it is sure to appeal to groups of friends or families wishing to holiday together. The property has a HOT TUB which is ideal to relax in after a days climbing or sightseeing.
Grizebeck sits on the road from Newby Bridge to the Duddon Estuary and is located 6 miles south of Coniston Water and within a 15 minute drive of Lake Windermere, Grange Over Sands, Cartmel and Morecambe Bay. The South Lakes Animal Park, Holker Hall, Levens Hall and Lakeside, where you can enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere getting off at many popular villages along the way, are all close by to entertain the family.
Bank End Lodge has been converted to a high standard, with an enclosed garden, screened by Lakeland stone walling but open to provide a superb view across the garden to Kirkby fells beyond.
The lodge is heated by night storage heaters and panel heaters in the bedrooms and comprises:
Lounge with beamed ceiling and superb views to the Kirkby Fells, fireplace with electric coal effect fire, 4 leather sofas, plasma TV, DVD player, selection of DVDs and Micro Hi-Fi iPod dock with USB port and CD player.
L-shaped dining/kitchen with double cooker and halogen hob, American style fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and dining table seating 10.
Stairs lead to the lower ground floor: Double bedroom with king size bed, TV and DVD player, beamed ceiling and sofa with views to the Kirkby fells.
Double bedroom with beamed ceilings.
Bathroom with large shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.
Door leading to the garden with bespoke slate seating area with views to the fells.
The Lodge has a private enclosed garden, and a further shared fenced garden with the next door cottage, for games and access to pond area beyond.
Accommodation over three floors. Five bedrooms: 2 x king size doubles, 1 x double, 2 x twin, (1 of which can be made into a king size upon request). 3 x bathrooms: Upper floor: 1 x bathtub, hand basin, WC. 1 x shower room with separate basin and WC. Lower Ground Floor 1 x shower, hand basin and WC. Lower ground floor utility. Ground floor kitchen/diner and living room.
Night storage and panel heaters, electric coal effect fire
Range cooker and halogen hob, American style fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
Plasma TVs and DVD players with selection of DVDs, Micro Hi-Fi iPod dock with USB port and CD player
Bed linen and towels provided
2 cots, 2 highchairs and stair gates available on request
Off-road parking for 5 cars
Enclosed garden with feature slate seating area and hot tub with views to the fells
Further shared fenced garden with the next door cottage, for games and access to pond area beyond
Pub within walking distance
Countryside walks in the area
Basic welcome pack provided including tea, coffee and sugar, one toilet roll per toilet, hand soap per toilet, two dishing washing tablets and washing up liquid, two tea towels and two hand towels for the kitchen
Coniston and Windermere 15 minutes.
Windermere 8 miles. A historic market town with a fine reputation for shopping, Kendal nestles on the banks of the River Kent and is known as the Southern Gateway to the Lakes. Its old cobbled lanes and byways branch off the attractive main street, and the stone ruins of 12th century Kendal Castle sit perched on a hill with views over the town. Visit The Abbot Hall Art Gallery, its regular collection holding portraits by Kendal born George Romney and works by Turner and Ruskin, with other exhibitions through its links with the Tate. Both Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall with its superb Topiary Garden are nearby, as are limestone escarpments for easy walking, offering thrilling views of the Lakeland Mountains, the Howgills and Morecambe Bay. Kendal itself is ideally placed for exploring South Lakeland, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond. With other attractions such as Kendal Museum and the Museum of Lakeland Life, the fascinating Quaker Tapestry, Lake Windermere and the wider National Park within easy reach, Kendal provides a superb base for a relaxing break.
This property offers the following short breaks:
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