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Hall Bank Cottage

Rydal near Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 949037)

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  • Sleeps

    8

  • Bedrooms

    4

  • Bathrooms

    2

  • Pets

    Yes

Reviews

    • “Lovely spacious and homely cottage”
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    • “A lovely place to stay for a family getaway. Really relaxing, beautiful walks and pubs close by. Easy to get to places like Bowness or further into Grasmere. Cottage inside was really spacious and comfortable. Well maintained and clean. Good facilities provided with kitchen appliances etc including tonnes of cutlery and plates etc, tv with DVD player, pay phone, wifi access, bed linen and fresh towels provided. There were also lots of indoor activities such as games, dvds, books and jigsaws available to use- brilliant for rainy days. The log fire was nice and cosy on a colder night with wood provided. Gardens were big and ideal for outdoor games for kids or for eating. There is also parking available just outside the cottage secure inside gates. Scenery surrounding cottage and in Rydal beautiful especially near lake just five minutes walk away. Rydal hall is a lovely walk with a mini waterfall, forest, scenic gardens just two minutes away. The local church is just down the road which is open to see- again some lovely gardens round it and lovely inside too. This is a place where you can just relax and take life at a pace you desire. There are four bedrooms which means it easily caters for eight people- so much room available both up and down that you wouldn't stand on each other's toes. I have no hesitation in recommending this cottage and would come again.”

    Kristina D, Manchester, United Kingdom, June 2017

    • “Nearly met our expectations”
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    • “Well equipped and comfortable but there were some issues. I've reported to the agents a problem with the front gates. You need a lot of strength (which I haven't got at 78) to lift one of them off the cobblestones. So we left them open all week and sheep from Rydal Hall wandered in at least three times; it also meant that the garden wasn't enclosed for our dog. One of the first things my wife found was that the freezer was covered in frost on the outside and, as a result, the door couldn't be closed. She has fixed that for the time being. There were signs of a party having been held recently, with bits of glitter, etc on the floor of the dining room. Two dining chairs have been damaged, suggesting over-enthusiasm on the part of some guests. The only cooking we do is my boiling an egg. It took me 20 minutes to do this and, naturally, it was hard-boiled. This happened three times so I gave up. At home I turn on the hob, put on the saucepan with egg included and count three minutes once it's boiling. These new-fangled hobs fluctuate so that you can't tell when the water is actually boiling. Presumably the EU's intention is that we use less electricity but it had the opposite effect. The gardens are rather disappointing, partly because of their sloping nature. They're just coarse grass and weeds with some trees and shrubs. On the warm and sunny days I did find a couple of reasonably level areas for placing my picnic chair in the shade at the back. The front "lawn" is dominated by a tree with very low branches. However, the cottage is in a fine location. If you have the energy, Nab Scar and the Fairfield Horseshoe start immediately, as does the Coffin Road, and from the main road below the Rydal Hall drive there are higher and lower walks along Rydal Water, plus Loughrigg Terrace and part of Grasmere. The bus stop is just down the drive and provides excellent and frequent services, so you could spend the whole holiday without using the car. By the way, we have a return visit booked for next month. Any hope of fixing the gate?”

    Gllyn, Stourport, United Kingdom, June 2018

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    • “A beautiful cottage in a brilliant location!”

    Mr Briggs, Durham, July 2018

    • “Just had our second holiday this year at Hall Bank Cottage. Following my complaints after the first visit, we were glad to see that the gates are much easier to deal with. However, even when they're closed, it's still possible for sheep to get into the garden. The chef at Rydal Hall helped us to expel two ewes and four lambs; they had a left a lot of deposits. There must be a gap somewhere at the top of the rear garden. I found that, for sitting out, it was better to go to the Rydal Hall grounds which are opposite the cottage, although even in the enclosed Quiet Garden there, I met a ewe and lamb. Apart from this, the cottage is very good and well placed, as I said before.”

    Mr Llewellyn, Stourport-on-Severn, July 2018

    • “Yes, I would have said "Nearly met expectations", but there were some issues. I've reported a problem with the front gates. You need a lot of strength (which I haven't got at 78) to lift one of them off the cobblestones. So we left them open all week and sheep from Rydal Hall wandered in at least three times; it also meant that the garden wasn't enclosed for our dog. One of the first things my wife found was that the freezer was covered in frost on the outside and, as a result, the door couldn't be closed. She has fixed that for the time being. There were signs of a party having been held recently, with bits of glitter, etc on the floor of the dining room. Two dining chairs have been damaged, suggesting over-enthusiasm on the part of some guests. The only cooking we do is my boiling an egg. It took me 20 minutes to do this and, naturally, it was hard-boiled. This happened three times so I gave up. At home I turn on the hob, put on the saucepan with egg included and count three minutes once it's boiling. These new-fangled hobs fluctuate so that you can't tell when the water is actually boiling. Presumably the EU's intention is that we use less electricity but it had the opposite effect. The gardens are rather disappointing, partly because of their sloping nature. They're just coarse grass and weeds with some trees and shrubs. On the warm and sunny days I did find a couple of reasonably level areas for placing my picnic chair in the shade at the back. The front "lawn" is dominated by a tree with very low branches. However, the cottage is in a fine location. If you have the energy, Nab Scar and the Fairfield Horseshoe start immediately, as does the Coffin Road, and from the main road below the Rydal Hall drive there are higher and lower walks along Rydal Water, plus Loughrigg Terrace and part of Grasmere. The bus stop is just down the drive and provides excellent and frequent services, so you could spend the whole holiday without using the car. By the way, we have a return visit booked for next month. Any hope of fixing the gate?”

    Mr Llewellyn, Stourport-on-Severn, June 2018

    • “Well equipped but larger cafetiere good as house is for 8 people”

    Mr Parker, Beckenham, May 2018

    • “The cottage is well placed, in a central location, with nice walks in the area.”

    Gehring-decker, March 2018

    • “Leak from bathroom to living room meant we couldn’t use one of the bathrooms for 5 days. Washing machine had a fault that was fixed on day 6. Lots of large spiders occupied the house - understand that not a lot can be done about this but not helped by all the cobwebs and level of cleanliness. It would be helpful if there were instructions on how to operate the central heating. We had to turn all the radiators off at one point. Maintenance company were reactive and provided feedback. We did have a very enjoyable week and would return in future.”

    Mr Robinson, London, August 2018

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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The Property

Hall Bank Cottage is tucked away between Grasmere and Ambleside, in the Lake District village of Rydal. Dating back to the 17th century, displaying its original beams, an open log fire and warm, uplifting colour schemes, this charm-filled cottage offers the ideal getaway for families and friends. With a spacious interior and walks from the doorstep, enjoy a well-deserved break. Enter via the porch or the entrance lobby, kick off your walking boots and get ready to relax into the evening. Receive a warm welcome from the reading room, which occupies small woodburner wrapped in a wooden surround. The lounge offers a traditional feel with an open log fire adding warmth to the room, whilst the snug is bright and airy with a pretty window seat. Just off from the sitting room in the dining room, which features the original spice cupboard. Lastly, the ground floor plays host to a utility and a laundry room, whist upstairs are the bedrooms, followed by two family bathrooms. Outside is a large enclosed garden with lawns to the front and off-road parking for three cars. A short walk will bring you to Rydal Water, one of the smallest lakes in the area, yet one of the most popular due to its connections to Wordsworth. It has attracted artists and poets for centuries. There is a cosy pub nearby and a tea room within the grounds of Rydal Hall and many facilities at the pretty village of Grasmere. Attractions at Windermere include The World of Beatrix Potter and Bowness Bay, and you also have Wray Castle and Loughrigg Fell, with fantastic views form its summit. A wonderful choice for your next break to Cumbria.

Accommodation

Four bedrooms: 2 x double, 2 x twin. Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen leading to dining area. Sitting room with open fire. Utility with basin and WC. Snug. Reading area in lobby with woodburning stove.

Amenities

  • Central heating with open fire and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stoves inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Front enclosed lawned garden
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.2 miles, pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: Stairs become quite narrow at the top
  • Note: There are several internal steps on the ground and first floor
  • Note Cot & Highchair available on request from owner

Regional Information

RYDAL Ambleside 1.6 miles; Grasmere 2.7 miles. Lying to the north of Ambleside and Windermere, Rydal is a charming unspoilt village full of history and which has changed little in the last two hundred years. Rydal Water with its shoreline walks adds an extra tranquillity to the location, which is one of the central most points of the Lake District. Home to William Wordsworth for some years there are many walks spreading out from Rydal with spectacular views. Wander along hillside paths to Grasmere, or up the impressive Rydal Fell and Nab Scar with fantastic scenery spanning as far as the hills on the west coast on a clear day. Or stroll through Rydal Park with its ancient and magnificent trees, past the thunderous waterfalls, revered by Wordsworth, and on to Ambleside with its numerous shops, restaurants and pubs to suit all tastes. Only a short drive away is Windermere with its water sports and boat cruises on Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake.