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Hall Bank Cottage

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


(27 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Location of the cottage was excellent we have stayed in and around Ambleside over the years."

    The cottage is very easy to find and roughly only a twenty min walk into Ambleside. It is very spacious and the garden grounds were fairly private. The cottage has all the facilities you require although in the mornings and late evening it was cold we couldn’t get the radiators to function but there were two electric radiators available. The cottage is some what neglected. The cleanness of the cottage was not up to my standard especially if you are taking very young children, otherwise we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by DebraJun 2022

  • "A lovely location especially for swimmers & walkers."

    Beds & covers comfortable. Good separate games room The first impressions were of a dismal and a bit neglected property. Broken wooden pieces (?drying rack) on the floor of the Utility room, scattered hoovers - not a welcoming feel. Heating system needs attention. Individual radiator controls not working. Some impossible to turn off. Some not turning on. Heating control took a couple of cold days to work out (thermostat bears little relationship to air temperature). Kitchen equipment is not too good. The smaller frying pan is impossible to use as the base is not flat. The knives are impossible- if you provide blunt knives please provide a knife sharpener. Fortunately we brought basics and emptied our fridges. Really surprised at no basic provision of tea/milk/salt. Infuriatingly insufficient number of dishwasher tablets for 7days Lovely big garden table- a bbq would be lovely. Grandson age 8 complained there was no map of the area!

    Reviewed by DaphneJun 2022

  • "A beautiful home, had everything we needed, perfect location, it was well presented and very clean"

    Reviewed by JoApr 2022

  • "Lovely stay in a historic and fantastic cottage in a beautiful part of the world."

    We loved the space, open fire, comfy beds and proximity to lots of great walks, and tea rooms too.

    Reviewed by GavinFeb 2022

  • "Generally we really liked the property, we had plenty of space for the number of people that stayed."

    Really enjoyed using the fire on the cold evenings and found the place to be plenty warm enough throughout our stay. The location is fantastic and we saw red squirrels and a golden pheasant outside the window which made our stay. Only a short walk to ambleside too so imagine this would be fantastic in the summer months. However, the place could do with a deep clean as things had been missed, like wrappers/tissues left in some rooms, along with clumps of dog hair. Also a bit of attention should be paid to things like the bedside table lamps some didn't have bulbs in/didn't work at all oland others the lampshades had melted so weren't safe to use. Overall a great stay and good value for when we stayed/the property size but if paying the prices requested in the summer, would have expected better cleanliness and a bit of TLC.

    Reviewed by ElizabethFeb 2022

  • "Fantastic house."

    We loved our stay here. So warm and cosy and with loads of space for the eight of us. Superb location, quiet yet so many walks either from the house or a short drive and a decent choice of shops just 5 mins away. The house was well equipped, clean and the beds were super comfy. We cooked most nights and We had a hello fresh box sent to the house for the day of arrival and that worked really well. Kids loved the tv room, they hooked up their computer in there. We enjoyed many board games around the dinning table and just relaxing in front of the fire in the lounge, perfect! We hope we can use the house again in the future.

    Reviewed by JamieDec 2021

  • "Really lucky to have stumbled on Hall Bank Cottage."

    I would give Hall Bank Cottage 5 out of 5. In an excellent location, especially if you like walking, it's a nice cottage with a very good layout . It suited our group of 8 including the dog perfectly. Given some of the other comments, I was half-expecting it to be on the chilly side but it was well heated and comfortable, and a great place to come back to after a day on the fells or just a walk around the lake or to Ambleside. The "boot room" came in very handy. All the appliances worked (except that the service company would do well to make sure there are spare bulbs (plural) for every type of fitting - we had a number of lamps not working, but that was only a minor issue.) Yes some of the paintwork was chipped in places and the sofas might be said to be tired, but they were comfy and that just made it all the more welcoming and not an overly precious place to stay. Wouldn't want it any different. We'd also thoroughly recommend the Badger Bar just down the road, for food and atmosphere and good service. Definitely intend to go back.

    Reviewed by TadeuszNov 2021

  • "No instructions for turning on central heating or how to use cooker hob, which would have been helpful."

    Also the fact that entry to property was not the door beside key safe - extra key would have been good too. Lovely property and excellent location enjoyed our visit.

    Reviewed by BrianAug 2021

  • "This was a very relaxing holiday cottage as it felt homely and not overly precious."

    It was perfect for us as the weather was amazing, so we were outside most of the time, but it’s situation being in the shade, it might feel dark in more gloomy weather. Situation in Rydal was perfect for walking in every direction.

    Reviewed by CatharineJun 2021

  • "Waiting for feedback after sending in a complaint about the cleanliness which was well below par and some elements of the overall maintenance of the cottage."

    Have been waiting over 2 weeks for a satisfactory reply.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2021

  • "A lovely location, plenty of room for a family and a well laid out cottage with everything we needed."

    Perfect for walks on the fells, paddling on Rydal Water and near enough to Ambleside and Grasmere for a walk in if that suits. So much to explore nearby and great that the cottage has parking right outside the door and an enclosed garden. Driveway is quite muddy and slippery in the wet autumn weather, especially near the back door-care needed. Warm and cosy once we’d worked out the heating and used the portable heaters in the rooms where the radiators aren’t effective. A very happy time and super place.

    Reviewed by ThomasinOct 2020

  • "Though the cottage had all the amenities I spent most of it being uncomfortable because of heating."

    Warmth is a basic human requirement and I think it was quite patronising for this basic requirement to be controlled. As explained this feature was controlled by the home owner who would not have known our temperature preferences. I think in future this should be explained to the customer. Another area to improve is the sign on the wall with the cottage name, the bins are covering the sign, too many times other people try to open the gate as they too think they are in a place they should be as the sign is hidden. When concerns are raised the customer should be kept updated, few times the heating problem was identified and was told that i would hear back and no further communication, when i called back the office was closed..

    We are pleased that the cottage had all the amenities you required and that it was clean and well located for the central Lake District. We quite agree that warmth is vital to a successful holiday in an autumnal Lake District and this is why the property has central heating, plenty of hot water and a large open fire. We provide a starter pack so that you can get a fire going on arrival if/when you need more logs these are available from various places locally, including the Petrol Station in Ambleside and most of the local grocers and supermarkets. As for the central heating, I am not sure who told you it was controlled remotely it is not. There is a thermostat on the ground and first floors and radiators in almost every space throughout the cottage. The system works like any other conventional heating system with a gas combi-boiler. We were notified that you were having issues with the heating, but I believe that Orion Property Services (who provide us with 24/7 call out which was available to you) came and assisted you. Had we known that you were still struggling to operate the system we would have come and provided further assistance. As for the bins, we agree that the sign should be visible. We try to encourage storing the bins on the down hill side of the drive so that the sign is visible. We make this clear to our cleaners. Clearly someone moved the bins perhaps when parking on Rydal Hill, and so we apologise that the sign was not clearly visible. Fortunately we provide photographs of the cottage, and the distinctive red doors of the property, and the instructions provided for finding the property all help to mitigate the risk of the bins being in the way in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by YOct 2020

  • "This was our 2nd time at Hill Bank Cottage Great central location, and varied local walk available,"

    Reviewed by StuartSep 2020

  • "The house was not clean."

    Various appliances broke during the stay. We had no kettle for 2 days. The WiFi broke on day 3 and was not fixed for the duration of the stay. No dishcloths so it was hard to clean also no kindling for the fire so we could not light it despite it being cold. The worst thing was the lack of cleanliness. Floors had not been moped for some time with dust in the corners and on skirting board. The grass was so long in the garden it was unusable. Overall very disappointing!

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2020

  • "Very well equipped spacious cottage."

    Plenty of kitchen equipment and fridge space for catering for 8 people. Very warm, in fact too warm at times, as we discovered the heating was on 'constant' which we changed so that we weren't sweltering overnight. Excellent location which meant we didn't use the car the whole week. Good base for walks up Fairfield and Loughrigg but also ideal for walking into Ambleside and Grasmere. Good beer in the Badger Bar round the corner.

    Reviewed by DianaDec 2019

  • "In general the cottage fit the bill, in terms of space, but it was lacking in certain areas."

    The lounge furniture has seen better days, there was a lack of general information (how the CH worked, bin collection day, local ammenities, etc) and a lack of basic items i.e loo rolls, dish washer tablets, light bulbs. Several of the lamps weren't working and replacement bulbs were not available. The end double bedroom did not have any hanging space, which was ridiculous (we had to share with one of the twin bedrooms) and the shower in the cubicle was just a trickle. The central heating only just managed to maintain a reasonable temperature when the boiler was at it's maximum. At night there was a continual draught coming down the staircase into the lounge (the cottage needs one or two more radiators or some replacing with larger ones (I don't know how you would manage when it was really cold). I certainly wouldn't stay there again, although it does have a nice sized garden and it is situated in a beautiful location.

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2019

  • "The covers on the sofas in the main lounge were grubby and need replacing."

    Be good to have a spare set. The cleaner had attempted to wash the arms of the sofas before our arrival, which meant the room felt very damp. I placed a bed spread and blanket over them during our stay. Hand basin hot water tap failed to work in the far shower room, but we managed okay. Place mats for dining table were tatty and wouldn't cost much to replace. Other than that, we had a lovely stay at the cottage. Beds were comfortable. Lovely large garden table and chairs for alfresco dining on the couple of days we didnt have rain. Well equipped kitchen. Plenty of logs for the burner. A nice, clean and comfortable tv room. Wonderful location.

    Thank you for your feedback and for your overall positive rating of 75%. Our aim is for Hall Bank to feel like a home from home and so it is a shame when specific items have a negative impact on our guests stay. We understand from our cleaners that they had noticed that the arms of the sofa needed cleaning as they were leaving the property and as such the arms did not have time to sufficiently dry before your arrival. We have made the cleaners aware of the comment. We apologise for the issue with the hot water tap, which you reported to us during your stay which has now been fixed. We do hope you will come and stay at Hall Bank again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CeriAug 2019

  • "Hallbank Cottage met our needs perfectly."

    We used it as a base for family members of three generations to come and spend time together when they were able: we were 7 adults when our maximum number was present, and there was plenty of room not to be on top of each other, while at the same time having big enough reception rooms for us all to sit and be cosy together. As a centuries old stone property with small windows, there were a couple of mornings when we felt the need for a boost to the heating, which was quick and effective. We thoroughly enjoyed the open fire on some evenings too; but by contrast the coolness of the thick stone walls when the weather was sweltering hot outside was as good as air conditioning! The luxury of a 'boot room' was much appreciated; and the kitchen was well equipped for those wanting to do more than boil an egg (!) with plenty of fridge/freezer space. The garden was beautiful - a proper Lakeland hill garden with lush shrubs, rocks and flowers, and a large table and chairs which offered a sunny spot to eat breakfast outside and a shady spot to eat our evening meal - when the weather permitted. Its location was perfect, just off the main road so traffic noise was inaudible, and there was plenty reachable on foot. As a previous reviewer said, it's a shame there isn't a visitors' book in the cottage, where hints of places to go and shops nearby etc can be shared, so here are some recommendations from our visit. * Nearby supermarkets: there's a large Booth's in Windermere, and small Co-op in Grasmere, which were enough between them for us. There is also a Tesco Extra in Ambleside. * Walks: there were walks of varying length and difficulty straight from the front door: from an early morning wander in the grounds of Rydal Hall, to a day's hike round the Fairfield Horseshoe. There are plenty of short walks around Rydal Water and Grasmere; and both Ambleside and Grasmere village are easily reachable on foot. * Pub: we highly recommend the Badger Bar 5 minutes walk away, where we enjoyed drinks after days of walking, and a couple of evening meals: the proper pies are delicious! * We were also fortunate enough to be there when the Ambleside Sports were taking place in a field in Rydal Park, 10-15 minutes away on foot. It was a privilege to go to such a wonderful community event. Thank you for providing the best base for our family holiday in the Lakes we could have hoped for.

    Reviewed by SusannaJul 2019

  • "The cottage felt extremely damp."

    We had to shut one room downstairs altogether as 2 of our group are asthmatic and found this room particularly unpleasant to be in. Because of the damp, storage heaters are left on permanently and so the bedrooms are too hot at night. The lighting throughout is very dull with the exception of the kitchen. This was so bad that playing games or reading was difficult. Such an easy thing to fix with brighter light bulbs!!! Several very large house spiders are in residence in the beams downstairs evidenced initially by the large cobwebs which clearly have not been cleared away for some while. The garden is overgrown and the lawn has not been cut for a while so that sitting around the table wasn’t very nice. The sink in the main bathroom has virtually no water pressure so that the hot tap doesn’t work at all and the cold is very slow. There is no helpful information about local facilities- nearest supermarket, bin collection etc that we could find. And interestingly, this is the only cottage we can remember being in which does not have a visitor’s book. I wonder why? All in all this we felt that this was a very overpriced cottage.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are saddened to learn that your stay at Hall Bank was not a positive one. We have informed our cleaners about the cobwebs inside the beams and spiders and our gardeners about the lawn. The lawn is mown every two weeks May-October, but occasionally, (as was the case during your stay) the ground is too wet to use the lawn mower and so the gardeners wait until the ground is dry. We apologise if this impacted on your use of the garden. We have chosen lightbulbs that we feel work with the decor of the rooms in the cottage, with too bright a bulbs often looking vert stark in an old cottage. We are confident that with all the lamps on, there should be adequate light for reading and playing games. Our cleaners check before each booking to ensure all bulbs are working. Spare bulbs are provided should any bulbs die during your stay. The night storage heaters are by their very nature on at night, heating up, and then off in the day radiating heat. The water pressure is not as good as one might find in a modern house owing to the quirky layout of the cottage, however everything should work properly. Following your feedback we have re-vamped our visitor information pack which includes recommendation of local restaurants. Thanks again and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SallyJul 2019

  • "+ve - we had no issue with sheep in the garden, good location -ve - stair rail became detached, wifi slow at times and limited coverage in the house, some ceilings / light fittings low (I am only 5'11'), no view."

    Reviewed by StuartJun 2019

  • "Just a couple of things – 1) the Wi-Fi is only in a certain area which was inconvenient for us."

    2) When we arrived, there was a sheep and lamb in the garden. Your representative did sort this out eventually but the owners response was “ You are in the country.” Not helpful when you have a dog and you specially get somewhere with an enclosed garden for the dog and so that you can all be in the garden. This was like paying for a house with a garden and only getting the house. Thankfully your managing agent was more sympathetic and efficient than the owner and got this sorted out for us. The house itself and the location are ideal – we have even talked about going again. We saw a red squirrel in the garden!

    Reviewed by JackieJun 2019

  • "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.

    Reviewed by TomAug 2018

  • "A beautiful cottage in a brilliant location!"

    Reviewed by MelodyJul 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.

    Reviewed by GrahamJul 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?

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2018

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

    Reviewed by ChristopherMay 2018

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

    Reviewed by MelanieMar 2018

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  • 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.
  • 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

The property

Ambleside 2.2 miles.

Set between Grasmere and Ambleside in the village of Rydal, Hall Bank Cottage is a charming period cottage dating back to at least 1670 and featuring original exposed beams, open log fire and a woodburning stove.

This delightful cottage provides an ideal retreat...

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About the location


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.

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