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

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
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Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday home in Cark

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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Helen Rice-Birchall
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2016
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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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based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

High calibre accommodation for 11 plus cot and futon in Southern Lakeland
average rating of 4.888889 based on 10 reviews


  • 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.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2012
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Lancaster, UK

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
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Great for families and pets!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great home for two families with children aged 10 and up. Numerous bedrooms on two levels and two living rooms meant adults and kids could do their own thing. Was also very well set up for our Labroador - a 'doggy bedroom' with dog flap to patio area.

Location was great - outside the really busy areas but close enough to get to everything.

We had a great time!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
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Central Scotland

Old Bank House

  • 5 of 5

We booked this holiday home for a weekend in November to have a family celebration for our mum's 80th Birthday. There were 9 of us including two children and we found the house to be incredibly spacious. The bedrooms on all floors were well apppointed and my nephews seemed to love the attic.

The house has everything a family or group would need from plenty of space and rooms to explore to the modern well equipped kitchen. The real log fire in the sitting room is a great focal point with a huge adjoining dining room full of character. The fact there were logs and fuel provided was a really nice touch. Central heating is provided and was fairly easy to master quickly to make the whole house warm for all.

One slight drawback are the stairs and the various steps around the house, but once you know they are there just mind your step. The bathrooms are both on the second floor but there is also a wee cloakroom toilet just off the kitchen which proved very handy. We seemed to keep finding more and more nooks and crannies and additional features that we had not expected.

Loved the kitchen and its dining area too which was great for breakfasts.

The house and linen was really clean and it was great to arrive to beds all beautifully made up. I think the owners have thought of virtually everything. If you need something you forgot to take, you will probably find it in some drawer or cupboard!

This house was perfect for our weekend and is highly recommended. It'a position close to the south of the lakes makes attractions easy to reach by car.

Our thanks to the owners also for their excellent communication.

P.S. Tesco do a good home delivery service to the house :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2009
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Old Bank House - Aug 2009

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at Old Bank House (7th to 10th of August 2009) and the facilities were excellent. The house was lovely and clean, and there was plenty of room even for the 11 of us. The kitchen was well equipped and set up to cater for large groups if required, and the bedrooms were all really clean, comfortable and well decorated. The outside area and funiture was perfect for a barbeque too (we had a rare moment of English sunshine on the Saturday evening) so all in all we couldn't have asked for more. We'll definitely recommend it to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
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Family Holiday

  • 4 of 5

Family ranging from 2 years to 64 years enjoyed a long weekend in Old Bank House.

Playroom at the top of the house is great for the kids, two living rooms so the adults can watch tv while the teenagers play on the playstation. Bedrooms are comfortable. Nice garden area though watch the steep steps. Couple of nice pubs nearby.

Is on the corner of the main road through the village, not to noisy but be careful with younger children running into road. Could possibly do with a bit of decorating to get rid of the old fashioned busy wallpaper.

Overall, we had a good break and would consider using again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2009
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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cark, Lakes Peninsula

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cark in Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
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 Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , (Bunk beds)
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/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
  • Video Player
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis

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