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Ghyll Bank Bungalow

Staveley near Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 2027)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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67 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful Little Cottage/Bungalow."

    Ideal for exploring South Lakeland. Warm and Cosy (loved the log burning stove). Well appointed Kitchen, easy for self catering. Lovely owners, really helpful. Will definitely return next year.

    Reviewed by JanetDec 2021

  • "Some essential equipment missing in the kitchen, fridge old and not working properly, sofa grubby and bedrooms need refurbishing with unpleasant smell In main bedroom."

    Big house became a car park on change over day with 7 cars parked outside spoiling view from cottage. Fabulous views and quiet area attentive owners.

    Reviewed by JamesAug 2021

  • "Was not expecting to be so near to other properties."

    Maybe a different picture could be used. Saying that other properties were full and it was still peaceful.

    Reviewed by MartineAug 2021

  • "Needed handrails in the property"

    Reviewed by JuliaJul 2021

  • "The bungalow is situated amongst four other properties which were all fully booked, this did not change the tranquility at all."

    A beautiful setting in which you can relax. I particularly liked to watch the birds of prey soaring around the valley. The bungalow has everything you need for a break away. We slept really well after full days of visiting some fantastic areas of interest. The bungalow was spotlessly clean and the owners were very attentive. This is an ideal base for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2021

  • "Beautiful setting with fabulous views."

    Perfect size for family of three. Would definitely stay here again. Only small negativity would be that because the bungalow had been locked up over lockdown it was a bit musty to begin with; but nothing that a few good days with widows opened didn't fix. Met the owner who was lovely, ex dairy farmer and very friendly. Staveley itself has the Hawkshead Brewery which is definitely worth a visit. Would not hesitate to recommend!

    Reviewed by VictoriaMay 2021

  • "We loved our stay in this cosy bungalow, when we stayed we didn’t have any neighbours bar 2 people next door, there is potential for it to get busy however didn’t bother us."

    The hosts were very nice and accommodating, even tho we did lock ourselves out at 12pm!! We were back in the bungalow within 20 mins! Lovely walks on the doorstep, and Windermere not too far away.

    Reviewed by DanniMay 2021

  • "The cottage was warm and clean with the bonus of the wood burner on cold nights."

    It had everything we required for our relaxing holiday. Very handy being inbetween Kendal and Windermere plenty of places to eat and attractions for everyone. The only down side to the cottage is that it is very close to the large house which can occupy 2/3 families which on busy weekends and school holidays, this could make the cottage less private and peaceful.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2021

  • "This was our 3rd visit to Ghyll Bank Bungalow, we love the location it’s so peaceful with just the sounds of the sheep & the wind."

    It’s has everything you need, the log burner is a bonus. It’s just nice looking out of the window & admiring the view. If you want a quiet peaceful holiday this is a perfect location.

    Reviewed by EdSep 2020

  • "The property is shown entirely on its own and we booked it because of that as we wanted to be isolated."

    In fact there are 2 large properties adjacent and there were children running around and dogs, one of which barked a lot. This wasn't what we'd expected or what we wanted. There should be a different photo. The property is listed as having TV, however this did not work during the whole week. The picture was so pixelated that it was impossible to watch on any channel. We rang the owner who did come and have a look at it and re-tuned it (which I had done already) but the picture was just as bad. We were looking forward to relaxing evenings watching our favourite programmes but this was impossible and spoiled much of the holiday for us. We did tell the owner (by text) that the TV still didn't work but nothing more was done. Additionally we had taken some DVDs but were unable to watch these as, although it worked fine, there was no remote control and so it was impossible to use subtitles which we need as my husband is hearing impaired. On the day we left, we found the remote which had been put (by previous occupants?) in a corner of the main bedroom - we hardly thought to look there! Perhaps the cleaner could ensure that all remotes are in the right place. There were no instructions for TV or DVD which would have been useful. A small point - but there was no bath mat. This would be useful. There was no casserole type dish (apart from a really tiny one) which would also have been useful. The screen for the shower round the side of the bath didn't stay put very well - could that be looked at? There were many good points, however: excellent supply of hot water; comfy beds and good decoration throughout.

    Reviewed by SallyAug 2020

  • "The good bits!"

    Absolutely beautiful views, while the photos of Ghyll Bank are as has previously been stated misleading in that it’s very much sandwiched between two other large dwellings, nevertheless when we stayed we were not encroached by this with both properties being empty. With a full complement of guests present on site this would be far from isolated (I’d imagine) everything one would need is present though some attention to detail would help. It’s location offers easy access to a good proportion of beautiful lake land, without the need to travel vast distances & the local village of Staveley is well appointed with eating & shopping facilities. Ghyll Bank is certainly warm & dry & overall provides a lovely base. Not so good are the niggles. Attention to detail would have left us with the means to light the wood burner which, we felt we needed by the evening as the storage heat drops away a little by then & the electric bar fire is broken. The wood store leaks leaving a good proportion of wood soaking wet but there was enough dry to be able to cope. The shower screen is abysmal, it needs to be manually wedged in order to use it, but there is plenty of hot water. A drainer on the sink draining board would be useful too. Be warned clothes storage in the second bedroom is limited!

    Reviewed by MarkJan 2020

  • "Lovely quiet little cottage about 2km outside Staveley and a short taxi ride to Bowness."

    Easy enough to find as it’s just off the A road from the M6 to Bowness. The cottage is remote enough that you feel you’ve “got away from it all” but no so remote that it’s a bind getting to some sort of “civilisation” (aka, the pub). It is the smaller of the three cottages available, ideal for just a couple or a couple with a child. The facilities are very good, well laid out, very cosy and comfortable and well appointed. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by NickJan 2020

  • "We enjoyed Ghyll Bank Bungalow."

    Very quiet place with superb views.

    Reviewed by LoriNov 2019

  • "Great little bungalow, very cosy."

    Will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by TraceyNov 2019

  • "Can’t fault anything it was a lovely break and would come back"

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2019

  • "A fabulous home for our weekend away !"

    We loved the bungalow which was plenty spacious and very clean on arrival! A great base for our trip to the lakes as able to reach lots of lovely nearby areas. Had a walk out of the back of Ghyll Bank and instantly had phenomenal views and a great hike! Thank you to Mr and Mrs Beaty for our fantastic stay x

    Reviewed by AshleighOct 2019

  • "I raised a complaint the day arrived."

    We didn’t stay. The property has not recently received any investment from the owners, nor had it been cleaned. The photographic evidence speaks for itself. have called three times since and each time, I have had to call because the promised call from you has not been received. On this basis I would not recommend the property nor Sykes. I have also left the appropriate feedback via Trip Adviser.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2019

  • "This is a cosy, comfortable bungalow with stunning views."

    It was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed. It is a perfect location for access to Windermere which is a short drive away. It is situated between two larger properties, both of which were occupied but we did not find that intrusive at all We enjoyed sitting on the bench looking at the view. Two small suggestions - a welcome tray would be nice after a long journey and it would have been nice to have two toilet rolls rather than just one. We loved this place. Thank you.

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2019

  • "Lounge furniture was very uncomfortable and main bedroom smelled slightly damp."

    Bungalow was spotlessly clean ,very well equipped and owners were very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2019

  • "The images don’t reflect the fact that the cottage is actually in the middle of the car park between two larger properties ( within 50ft) The cottage has been renovated in bits bathroom is lovely but the rest of it has been given a cheap makeover."

    Has the feel of a 1960’s pontin chalet! Hot water is technical - is on a small immersion that you need to remember to boost on a regular basis especially if you want a bath or two showers in a row!! Couple who run it try really hard and are lovely they’re just not in touch with modern expectations, I suspect. We own a holiday cottage ourselves so we do understand the challenges- however they either need to upgrade or be more explicit in their marketing in order to manage people’s expectations.

    Reviewed by MarkMar 2019

  • "Ghyll Bank location perfect, fantastic views, the facilities of the bungalow were as described and perfect for the two of us plus one dog for a long weekend, but the whole site is superb."

    .. we will be going back and if there are more of us we will stay in one of the other units as they are amazing!!! The owners were lovely to deal with and so helpful .

    Reviewed by KayMar 2019

  • "Comfortable, warm cottage on a beautiful, well kept farm but poor communication regarding keys."

    Listing does not mention 2 large adjacent cottages which housed large groups of noisy guests. WiFi didn’t work. Facilities acceptable for self catering but no attempt to make it a memorable visit - a few teabags would go a long way. We’ve stayed self catering in the Lakes before and find the price of this cottage too steep for what you get.

    Reviewed by Jo-annNov 2018

  • "Delightful location and a great place from which to explore the valleys and ridges of Kentdale and Longsleddale on foot."

    There are some excellent walks on the doorstep. I could imagine for some the location might be considered somewhat isolated but if you want peace and quiet and superb tracks and bridleways then Ghyll Bank is perfect.

    Reviewed by PhilSep 2018

  • "A problem with electric sockets was dealt with promptly by Zoe at Sykes Cottages shop Windermere who contacted owners on our behalf ( no mob."

    signal on my phone) and dealt with by owners the same day. A few more microwaveable containers would be good but not a huge problem. Comfortable enough for two but think 3 people would find it a bit cramped. Over all nice place to stay lovely views little bit off beaten track

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2018

  • "The village of Staveley is very quaint."

    Post office sells the best pork pies we’ve ever tasted. Hawkshead brewery which is in the village serves superb real ales. Wilfs cafe renowned for their legendary breakfasts. The bungalow itself is lovely and has everything necessary for your stay , however could do with a couple of easy chairs in living room. The beauty of the local scenery and different walks from The bungalow are breathtaking.

    Reviewed by MariaJun 2018

  • "Absolutely loved it."

    Booked our return already!

    Reviewed by JannahMay 2018

  • "A beautiful setting overlooking the the valley down to the village."

    We had the large house and the bungalow and I wonder if the large group (18) of us may have rather over shadowed the people staying in the other cottages. You can walk out direct from the house but beware that there are a lot of sheep about. We had a well behaved young dog with us and we had to keep an eye on her the whole time. No exploring on her own. The village of Staveley, a 20 minute walk away is brilliant. Superb bakery, pub, cafes, brewery. Plus chemists, small shops et al. The owners of the house came by a few times and we usually had a chat and a cup of tea. Cuckoos calling and House Martins nesting under the eaves. As you can probably tell, we had a great time.

    Reviewed by RogerMay 2018

  • "The property was not over clean,we had to wipe all surfaces, the property smelt and was very damp we brought some fragrance spray and some glad Jels to try and make the place smell better."

    The bedding had hairs in it ,so we used our own.the dvd did not work and the bathroom heater did not stay on.The washing machine was caked up with old powder .which we had to scrub and clean before we could use it.over all the worst property we have ever stayed in.We shall not return.We left the property twice as clean as when we arrived.The owner emailed us to say we had left clothes behind,if he had checked the property before we had arrived he would have known the clothes had been left buy another renter before us,just shows he had not done the cleaning or inspected the condition of the property before we arrived.

    Reviewed by TrevorMar 2018

  • "The only reason we wouldn't re book this cottage is because we like to stay in different places each holiday."

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2016

  • "Ghyll Bank Bungalow is in a beautiful location, with a beautiful view."

    Reviewed by TraceyApr 2016

  • "We had a wonderful stay and were very pleased with the Bungalow, in particular the instructions as it was a very dark night when we arrived."

    We were pleasantly surprised with not only the layout but the facilities within. The grounds and gardens were beautiful and added to the views it was spectacular. We'll be back!

    Reviewed by RodOct 2015

  • "The cottage is a lovely warm country style venue which is situated in a lovely location with outstanding views from the living room and dining area."

    It is tucked away from the everyday comings and goings of city life and gives you time to relax and enjoy the countryside. There are lots of hills and fields to wander on public foot paths...Outstanding!!!

    Reviewed by NeilAug 2015

  • "The bungalow is ideal for a couple, very comfortable with a log burning fire set in a beautiful location."

    Everything you need is supplied & there is even a log store outside the kitchen door. The bungalow is on the fells above Staveley & is set in an ideal location for exploring the Lakes. We really enjoyed our Christmas break & will definitely be returning for another stay.

    Reviewed by Charles EdwardDec 2014

  • "Fantastic location and a beautiful bungalow in beautiful surroundings."

    Very peaceful and a short distance to local shops. Couldn't have asked for a better holiday location. I would highly recommend this as a fantastic place to stay. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by JozefNov 2014

  • "A great place to stay with fantastic views."

    Local to many surrounding areas, a few local shops, chippy and two pubs.

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2014

  • "Quiet, peaceful cottage and good for 2 people - lots of place nearby to visit."

    Reviewed by ElizabethMar 2014

  • "This is a fantastic place to stay."

    Hope to return soon with the whole family.

    Reviewed by JoDec 2013

  • "We found it a good base to stay and tour the lakes."

    Very quiet and tranquil area. The cottage very snug and cosy.

    Reviewed by LaurenceSep 2013

  • "The cottage was lovely and ideal for me my wife and 5 year old son, the views and surrounding area were beautiful."

    Reviewed by ElisabethMar 2013

  • "A little gem of a cottage with stunning views."

    Just a wonderful, peaceful haven. Compact but very well-equipped, very spacious for a small cottage. Good standard, very clean.

    Reviewed by JosephineNov 2012

  • "The remote location of the cottage, but still within walking distance of Stavely."

    We had a snow fall on the Saturday with icy roads and drive all week. The owners arranged for the drive to be cleared. The local farmers were helpful. The walks were great in the snow. Highly recommended.

    Mr JamesFeb 2012

  • "This is our second visit to this lovely little out of the way cottage."

    The views are just stunning. The owners are very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by VivienOct 2011

  • "The cottage is in an ideal location surrounded by countryside - great for walking and being at one with the great outdoors!"

    Reviewed by CarlAug 2011

  • "The view and situation was wonderful."

    We had 3 dogs, and it was an ideal venue for them plus a number of children. It is a lovely location and the owners have gone to a lot of trouble to make it comfortable.

    Mrs ThorneAug 2011

  • "The excellent weather helped us to have a very good holiday."

    We would book this property again. We met the owners who were very friendly. This was a very good base to visit the Eastern and Central Lakes. We used the dog-creche service of "Dog Tales" in Troutbeck to give ourselves a couple of dog-free days shopping with long pub lunches.

    Reviewed by A PJul 2011

  • "The views were very good, we had a great time!"

    We would go back to Ghyll Bank Cottage again.

    Reviewed by ValerieJul 2011

  • "The location, whilst remote, was very beautiful and quiet."

    There was plenty of parking space and the area around the cottage was very clean, neat and tidy. The cottage itself was well maintained and quite cosy.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2011

  • "Friendly owners who came on our evening of arrival to check everything was OK."

    Nice location, away from it all but only a couple of miles from a village and main towns.

    Reviewed by ElizabethMar 2011

  • "Lovely little cottage, well off the beaten track, with stunning views and peaceful location."

    Reviewed by VivienOct 2010

  • "It was so quiet, and the views were brilliant, so relaxing."

    We would love to come again.

    Reviewed by PaulineSep 2010

  • "Fabulous location, unspoilt area."

    Friendly locals, good amenities. Sheep are adorable!

    Mrs SpiersAug 2010

  • "From the moment we arrived at this beautiful cottage, we felt at home straight away."

    The surroundings and view were like a romantic painting, the hills and views were dreamscape-like and gorgeous. The cottage was impeccable and done in great taste, when one hit the pillow at night we slept wonderfully. to eat ones breakfast in the morning with a glorious view is all one could ask for. I and my friends will definitely book this cottage in the future because it had such an impact on all of us.

    Reviewed by WarrenMay 2010

  • "The peace and quiet of the location, whilst being close to local amenities and attractions."

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2010

  • "Lovely cute cottage."

    We enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by NaomiNov 2009

  • "Location was excellent."

    Great accommodation, well looked after.

    Reviewed by WillNov 2009

  • "The site is superb."

    Village amenities good and the local pub (Eagle and Child).Excellent walking from property.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2009

  • "The views from the cottage are out of this world!"

    ! Difficult to find any better I should think!

    Reviewed by AustinJun 2009

  • "The very nice views from the cottage and very quiet."

    Also the beds were very comfortable to sleep on.

    Reviewed by ErikMay 2009

  • "It was the perfect location for what we wanted."

    A peaceful quiet break and ease of travel to other locations.

    Reviewed by Robert & BrendaMay 2009

  • "It was idyllic."

    The cottage was spotless.

    Reviewed by BrianApr 2009

  • "The peaceful location was excellent for a "getting away from it all" break."

    The views were fantastic.

    Reviewed by ChristineApr 2009

  • "Nice quiet location with beautiful views."

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2008

  • "Very quiet, relaxing and beautiful scenery."

    Beautiful location.

    Reviewed by ColinJul 2008

  • "Quality cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Very fine area of the country to visit.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2008

  • "Its location is second to none with wonderful views, The owners were very nice people."

    Reviewed by AnthonyMar 2008

  • "A very nice, clean and tidy bungalow in peaceful part of the lakes."

    Excellent views and a very nice walks straight from the door!

    Reviewed by SteveAug 2007

  • "A good area to relax and very quiet."

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2007

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Ghyll Bank

Staveley 1.5 miles. Originally a traditional Lakeland farm, Ghyll Bank is located in beautiful countryside, with Lake Windermere less than 5 miles away, and breathtaking views across the Lake District Fells including the unspoilt Kentmere Valley. Ghyll Bank offers two attractive buildings; a wonderful large house and a cosy single-storey cottage. These rural Lake District cottages offer charming holiday accommodation with beautiful walks from the door along ancient bridleways to Brunt Knott, Craggy Wood, Reston Scarr and, for the more experienced walkers, the Kentmere Horseshoe. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a number of activities within easy reach of these Lake District holiday cottages including sailing on Lake Windermere, cycling and fishing, or simply enjoy a relaxing holiday in your rural Lake District retreat. All the village amenities are on hand including shops, a pub, Post Office, chemist and doctor’s surgery, along with a children’s playground. The converted mill yard is home to the renowned Wilf’s Cafe, a cookery school and Hawkshead Brewery, along with Wheelbase Cycle Hire. These great properties are ideal for a rural cottage holiday in the Lake District.

The property

A lovingly renovated, single-storey, stone-built detached cottage, situated in the grounds of Ghyll Bank House.

Your Lake District cottage accommodation boasts an open plan living area with woodburner and two separate bedrooms.

With use of a patio with garden furniture and barbecue, Ghyll Bank Bungalow provides an ideal base for a country holiday in the Lake District.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 2026 to sleep 21 people.


  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Utility room
  • Note: Bedrooms and bathroom accessed via one small step.
  • Electric heaters and radiators with woodburner in sitting area
  • Double electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD
  • High speed, super fast broadband
  • Electricity and fuel for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Patio with garden furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: No fireworks due to the proximity of animals

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About the location


Windermere 5 miles; Kendal 5 miles.

The thriving Lakeland village of Staveley is situated on the eastern fringes of the Lake District National Park and offers superb access to the whole region. The beautiful Kentmere Valley is just a short walk away and with the River Kent tumbling its way through the valley to Staveley, it is very popular with mountain bikers and walkers alike. Staveley Mill Yard is a former wood turning mill at the heart of the village, which is now a thriving tourist attraction with cycle hire and outdoor shops, artisan bakery, brewery and the renowned Wilf's Cafe. This complements the excellent range of amenities in the village, which include a variety of shops, two village pubs, craft shops, a children's playground, a regular bus service and a railway station. Close by, the bustling towns of Kendal, Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside are popular with visitors, providing a range of amenities to suit all tastes. Lake Windermere offers boat trips, including a ferry to the Lakeside Aquarium and Grizedale Forest Park. The 'Windermere Steamboat Museum' displays a fascinating collection of boats whilst children will enjoy the 'World of Beatrix Potter' in Bowness, where technology brings her characters to life. Within easy reach of Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains, Staveley is ideally situated for exploring all that the region has to offer.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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