4.8★ Tourist Board rating Tourist Board ratings icon Tourist Board ratings icon Tourist Board ratings icon Tourist Board ratings icon 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Pets Yes Features Open fire Garden / Patio Cot available Highchair available Washing machine Dishwasher Broadband / WiFi Reviews & Ratings Accuracy of the listing Cleanliness Comfort Facilities and Maintenance Search All reviews garden (8) lovely (8) stay (7) dog (7) family (7) beautiful (6) 17 Customer Reviews "Just what we all needed." Facilities were great. Loved the relative remoteness . ( the road comes with the territiory).Fabulous place for our men folk to begin their cycle rides straight from the door. Not far to Hawkshead for essentials . Ate at the Manor and the Eagle - both provided more than acceptable menus. Lovely views with that gorgeous upstairs sitting room. Our labs loved the stream and the large lawned garden was a huge bonus. We sat out one evening. Instructions on how to find things and how they worked were exemplary. Thank you! We would highly recommend this property for a family and friends getaway. Neighbours were lovely and met the Emus in the paddock opposite! Struggling to put anything negative Reviewed by Gillian5.0★Oct 2023 "Excellent property ideal for the family and the 4 legged one too she loved the ..." Excellent property ideal for the family and the 4 legged one too she loved the garden and stream highly recommended this was our 2nd stay here and will be looking to come back Reviewed by Mark5.0★Sep 2023 "Great cottage with everything we needed for an active family of 6!" Garden fantastic with the stream an added bonus for the kids. Lovely quiet location but perfect for easy access to Grisedale forest and the mountains too. The cottage was cosy and homely. A fabulous ace to stay. Reviewed by Morag5.0★Aug 2023 "We all loved staying at bank barn the beds we super comfortable my daughter said she had the best sleep ever and wants a mattress topper the same as at bank barn,the only thing would be the wispy spiders we found all over the barn in every room in the corners but it wouldn’t stop us staying again views are amazing and thank you to the owners for making there property available for others to enjoy." Reviewed by Christine4.7★Jul 2023 "Thank you for allowing us to stay in your lovely home here in Icklethwaite, in such a lovely peaceful surroundings." A relaxing escape from the busyness of life, it has given us all time to reflect and recharge our batteries & for our dog Ralph - time to add more to her already charged batteries - she has had a lot of fun running around the garden & beautiful countryside around here. We look forward to returning. BelindaJan 2023 "Thank you so much for a wonderful week in this beautiful house." Hugely relaxing for everyone. The dog will be particularly sad to leave the doggy paradise that is the huge garden and personal stream. We are looking forward to returning! JayneDec 2022 "My Family and I have had an amazing holiday here at Bank Barn." It is a beautiful house and has a lovely garden. We loved the swing and paddling in the beck and so did our dog Henry the Cockerpoo! We particularly enjoyed our evening walk to see the Donkeys, Emus and Peackocks at the nearby farm. We also loved walking to the Manor for beautiful food. VioletNov 2022 "Kitchen surfaces/ oven and bathrooms very clean." Bathrooms lovely and very modern. Overall though, house is quite dusty in places, with a number of cobwebs throughout. They don’t bother us much, as we live in a rural area, but I can imagine would be off-putting to some guests. I did an online shop with Morrisons for when we arrived, but found I couldn’t use much of the cupboards or freezer when unpacking my shopping. Freezer is in desperate need of defrosting. Once I had removed all the ice trays and broken freezer doors that were stored inside it - I managed to use one of the shelves for my food. I’d say it’s currently around 50% ice - so needs attention. It’s definitely a “home away from home” as felt lived in and is lovely and warm. Everything you could need is in the kitchen - but it is bordering being cluttered. All of the cupboards and drawers in the kitchen are full. I unpacked/tidied one of the cupboards and moved items around, so that I could store my shopping. It would have been nice to have just one empty cupboard to unpack my shopping into. I understand it’s a dog friendly place, so again we can turn a blind eye, but there was dog poo around the front of the house and on the grass, which was nothing to do with our dogs. We removed what we saw so the kids could play outside. We are very vigilant with picking up after our dogs, but realise some people aren’t - so this is not the fault of the cleaners really, it’s just annoying. The furniture in the tv room is tired and somewhat uncomfortable, but the furniture in the second living space is lovely, with a lovely view. Finally, the lighting throughout is tricky. Only the kitchen and bathrooms have ceiling lights. The rest of the rooms have just one or two lamps. This was ok for some of us, but my Mum, for example, struggled to read upstairs and opted to get ready in the bathroom due to the lighting in her bedroom. We therefore spent most of our family time in the kitchen, eating, chatting and playing games around the big table, which was great. I think overall, nice enough, but maybe a bit too expensive for what it is. We wouldn’t stay again. But have enjoyed our holiday away from it all. Thanks. Dear Stephanie, I am very sorry that you have experienced some problems at Bank Barn. With the property being let I have not had the availability to go and defrost the freezer, however I have arranged to go and defrost it next week so I apologise that it was frosted. We have been working with our cleaners for many years and I have always found their work to be of a very high standard when I have been to stay, nevertheless, I will pass on your feedback regarding the cobwebs. I will also ask them to check the cupboards to make sure that the kitchen equipment that I have provided is stored correctly. I can only apologise if the previous guests have not stored equipment away neatly. I provide a whole empty store cupboard to the right of the fridge which is large enough for 1 weeks food supplies, so I'm not sure why this was not adequate for you. With regards to the lighting, we have chosen a delicate lighting arrangement in keeping with an old Barn with all lamps being fitted with LED bulbs to ensure brightness and reliability. Replacement bulbs are stored in the utility room for guests use. All bathrooms, W/C, kitchen and Utility room are fitted with bright ceiling lights. All bedrooms have been equipped with at least 2 lamps with the brightness checked and the living areas have adequate lighting. I appreciate for reading a reading light would be useful in the living area so I will supply one of those. We have chosen our furniture very carefully to reflect the ambiance of the property and we are happy that you found it in general 'lovely'. With regards to the outside we have a regular gardener who visits Bank Barn every other week so I will ask him to be vigilant for dog waste, I have to say in all the times I have been this has never occurred before. As we are a dog friendly house we can only rely on the previous guests to ensure that they clear up their dogs waste before they leave. I hope I have answered your concerns and apologies once again. Kind regards, Diane Property Owner Reviewed by Stephanie3.4★Oct 2022 "Ideal Place to get away from it all, great Neighbours couple if Emu's and a few ..." Ideal Place to get away from it all, great Neighbours couple if Emu's and a few Peacocks definitely one to get off Grid Wi fi in Barn but outside no coverage for a good mile so ideal for those wanting to get away from it all Stunning views and a great place to explore the area very spacious and wonderful place to take the family including the dog :) who thoroughly enjoyed it too highly recommended Many thanks for your feedback. Property Owner Reviewed by Mark5.0★Aug 2022 "This is a wonderful place to stay." Peaceful, remote, comfy and clean. A stream at the bottom of the garden was a big hit with the dog and the kids. The accommodation is amazing. The kitchen is a bit basic compared to many air bnbs we’ve stayed in, but we made it work. The rest of the place more than makes up for it. And there’s a emu next door. What more could you ask for? Loved it and will certainly be going back. Thank you Property Owner Reviewed by Paul4.7★Aug 2022 "Lovely place to stay." Really comfortable with plenty of outdoor space for our dog to enjoy. Clean throughout house apart from inside the kitchen cupboards ( the only minor negative ! ) Thank you Thank you for your review , I have spoken to my cleaners. Many apologies. Property Owner Reviewed by Ingrid4.7★Jun 2022 "We had a lovely holiday." Beautiful property in beautiful location. We did have difficulties with the key box not opening. Luckily there was an extra box with keys for maintenance which we were able to access. Also when we did get in there was a key in the back of the main door so the key wouldn't have worked anyway. Because of the remote location we had to drive to get a phone signal in order to call the office. I am thankful there was a second key box they were able to tell us about otherwise it is likely we would have had to wait for upto an hour. With significant effort my partner was eventually able to open the box but it was not at all easy and other customers may experience similar issues. Thank you for your feedback after your recent stay at Bank Barn at Rusland. We are glad to hear you had a great holiday. We are sorry you had difficulty with the key safe box, sometimes these boxes can be temperamental and we have had a look at it since your departure and ensured it is working fine. Due to the location the reception can be slow however there is WIFI once you enter the property which is quite high speed. We hope we can welcome you again in the future. Property Owner Reviewed by Anya5.0★Sep 2021 "Location was quite, just what we needed, walks from the door, which was a bonus." The Let and the garden were superb. We had a problem with the water ( brown tinge). The Visitor book does mention the water and says that it’s safe to drink. Apart from that,fantastic holiday. Thank you for your feedback and we are glad to hear you had a great stay. The water for Bank Barn is on a private water supply and for this reason is regularly checked to ensure it is safe to drink. We hope we can welcome you back in the future. Property Owner Reviewed by Carol5.0★May 2021 "A beautiful property, well presented, comfortable and equipped with everything you could ever require for a holiday in the Lake District." Reviewed by Jenette5.0★May 2021 "Lovely house, very comfortable and great views!" Good walks from the house into Grizedale forest and access to Blencathra. Visited Coniston and Hawkshead and did some walking around there. Great weather with plenty of Sunshine was a real bonus! Len & PatApr 2021 "Many thanks for a wonderful stay at Bank Barn." A wonderful location to explore from, with stunning views. We have had a brilliant long weekend full of walks, sights, relaxed meals and lots of laughter. Toasting marshmallows on the fire pit and watching the sunsets was the 'best bit' according to the children. A perfect end to the longest and strangest of times! Tasmin & DuncanAug 2020 "Beautiful, comfortable family home, we had a fantastic week exploring area ." Would return and recommend. Ms HopkinsJul 2019 There are no reviews featuring this term Show all reviews Show more This property is part of the Lakelovers collection. We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs. Summary Over 2 floors 3 x bedrooms; 1 x double with en suite, 2 x double, Bathroom Kitchen Pantry / boot room Lounge and dining area Second sitting room 2 Well behaved dogs welcome Exceptional Lakeland Barn conversion Private gated and secured grounds Peaceful location Incredible views Sun trap patio with furniture Bed linen and towels provided Private Parking Property on Private Water Supply The property Bank Barn at Rusland is an outstanding holiday cottage. A generously spaced traditional home with lovely views over the Rusland Valley, particularly from the dual aspect first floor living rooms. This property is perfect for families and friends who are looking to explore the heart of the Lake District. Take in the surrounding hills and bridleways on foot or by bike - Grizedale Forest is nearby and represents just one of the great outdoor experiences for you to cherish. Bank Barn at Rusland is a great base for all manner of outdoor activities and is exceptionally maintained throughout. Set in it’s own private grounds and looking out to the Rusland Valley, the impressive gated driveway leads to the house and straight into the kitchen with a separate pantry / utility room with a washing machine, fridge freezer and storage for walking gear. There are three delightful double bedrooms on the ground floor, one with en suite facilities, plus a house bathroom with shower to service the other bedrooms. A large lounge, on the first floor and dining space with an open fire and comfy sofas are complimented by a second lounge with floor to ceiling glass across the whole room making for an incredible room to take in the view. Finally, Bank Barn at Rusland is wrapped by a large furnished patio, ideal for Al fresco dining. The garden has manicured lawns, a pond and is enclosed - so no need to worry about dogs or children. Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200. View on map About the location GRIZEDALE Grizedale is a quiet hamlet that lies just 8-miles outside of the bustle of Ambleside. It is the forest cycling trails, treetop adventures and famous artist sculptures of Grizedale Forest that gives the area its greatest prominence. Grizedale also benefits from being flanked on either side by two of the Lake District’s most magnificent bodies of water, Windermere and Coniston Water. Both lakes offer one of the most extraordinary ways to experience the Lake District – from on the water, either on a traditional steam cruise, adventurous Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) or on a private yacht, you’ll feel a million miles away from anywhere. Grizedale is packed with things to do and see yet still benefits from being quiet as it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle. In Grizedale, you’ll find stunning scenery and views that stretch right across the Lake District’s famous mountain ranges, lots of outdoor activities as well as top-notch eateries and great local pubs. Forestry England maintain the magnificent Grizedale Forest, with miles of paths to explore that weave at different gradients in and around the peak of Carron Crag. Grizedale offers a enjoy a relaxing break in one of England’s top mountain forests. Please note this property on is a Private Water Supply.