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Ghyll Bank House

Staveley near Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 2026)


Very good

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  • Sleeps 18

  • Bedrooms 8

  • Bathrooms 5

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "Everything we needed and more."

    Perfect spot.

    Reviewed by CraigJun 2022

  • "Excellent location."

    Whilst it felt truly remote, Staveley was only 10 minutes in the car. Ample on site parking. Heating and hot water for such a large property were excellent. The children loved the lambs in the adjoining fields and the occasional sighting of a wild rabbit. Some lovely walks from the property. Sitting room and dining room were both good size and accommodated all of our group. We would certainly go back to this property again. As feedback only, the main cooker wasn’t the easiest to use as all the markings have worn off the controls - having the second oven in the utility room was great though, as was having 2 dishwashers. One or two of the mattresses gave rise to comment - the double + single with no en suite for example felt like a ‘water bed’. Mainly the beds were very comfy. There was only one tea towel provided - maybe we missed that on the details - had we known we would have brought our own, but not a problem they sell them in Kendal. We did have a small problem with the water but the owner was brilliant and came straight away and resolved it. We all had a very enjoyable week here.

    Reviewed by AnthonyApr 2022

  • "Great for a large group."

    Access to property up a steep country lane difficult in the dark and if the weather was icy. Two of the bedrooms are joined and really only suitable for a family unit which was a bit of a downside for our group. On the positives we really loved the large lounge and dining room spaces. And the great views across the valley. Walking was also superb and able to walk from the door both up the fells or into stavely which has a lot to offfer.

    Reviewed by MargaretFeb 2022

  • "Great for large family gathering, lots of space to eat in dining room and open to kitchen, so great for chatting while meal in prepared."

    Lounge is huge, great for playing board games. House is lovely, cosy and warm.

    Reviewed by LucyJan 2022

  • "House and location great, everything we expected."

    Rooms and facilities very good. All appliances worked perfectly. Wifi throughout house also very good, even good enough for streaming in the living room.

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2021

  • "Lovely place in a lovely location - even having “typical” Lakeland weather didn’t bring it down."

    House was well sized for a larger group and gave everyone a chance to mingle or find their own space, as required. Kitchen was a bit of a mixed bag of equipment - plenty of crockery and cutlery, but mixed styles with a few pans and trays which have seen better days. Fridge was a bit small, considering it’s meant for large groups, but that really means you need to be a bit more careful in not storing everything in there.

    Reviewed by GuyOct 2021

  • "1. I booked Ghyll Bank House as we needed disabled access for one of my nephews who is confined to a motorised wheelchair."

    The only external door with such access was round the back which, in itself, would be no problem. However, the doorway was quite narrow and the wheelchair had to turn at right-angles to get to the other rooms. This was only possible with the help of some strong young men in our party who were able to man-handle the chair into the correct position. This would have been impossible for my nephew to manage on his own (which he normally does). Also, he was unable to use the shower in the ground floor shower room as there was a raised ridge to get over to enter it. All in all, I would describe the property as not easily accessible for disabled people although it would be fine for people with limited mobility. 2. The mattress on the double bed in the ground floor bedroom was very uncomfortable (eg springs protruding) and needs to be replaced. 3. On the positive side, the catering facilities were excellent. It was particularly good to have two cookers and two dishwashers. 4. Overall it was an excellent venue for my long-delayed family celebrations for my 70th birthday. Our party's age range was 7 months to 73 years!

    Reviewed by BarbaraOct 2021

  • "There was 14 guests and this was the perfect place for us to have a fabulous time, we would definitely book this again."

    If there is one thing I would recommend is a hot tub to sit and enjoy the views

    Reviewed by AnthonySep 2021

  • "This is a wonderful place , the views are heavenly, the property met every need me and my 14 family members required ."

    I can’t recommend this place enough , the best ever in my 50 years of holidaying . Thank you ❤️

    Reviewed by SimonAug 2021

  • "Not very clean."

    Furniture and carpet had stains on them and interent didnt work in parts of the house

    Thank you very much for your comments and for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. Customer feedback is very important to help us continually improve our standards. We have spoken to the owner regarding your comments and he said it is a shame that you didn't mention anything during your stay as they would have done their best to assist you. Once again, we thank you for taking the time to give us your valuable feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RahimaAug 2021

  • "The location was wonderful."

    As a big family party with a wide range of ages, the freedom for the grandchildren was great, and the views of the wonderful countryside outstanding. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by AliceJul 2021

  • "The location is stunning."

    A lot of the decor is very dated and for the money we paid was disappointing.

    Reviewed by JoannaAug 2020

  • "The cottage met our requirements however for the amount we paid for the week I would expect it to be of higher standard."

    Parts of the house are very tired and old. The entire house needs to be decorated and cleaned up. The bathrooms were very clean and nice. The living room and dining room need a makeover.

    Reviewed by WendyJul 2020

  • "I've just written at length about this and my beastly new laptop has played up and swallowed it and I simply don't have time to do it all again."

    We had a ball! Thankyou -

    Reviewed by YvesMar 2020

  • "All the party, 21 of us, contracted a sickness virus late Saturday evening, Sunday and Monday, with some people still off work and school today."

    Not sure if this was from the house or a person who brought the bug with them.

    Reviewed by LeeJan 2020

  • "This is a beautiful property in a fantastic setting and on the large side sleeping 18, although the bedroom/bathroom configuration is not the best and would not suit everyone."

    But there is always a premium to pay for large party properties and small things seem to become very important. A little more attention to detail and putting things right has to be paramount. We had in one bathroom no hot water for a week, the basin tap and loo seat where extremely loose.☹️ Large cobwebs on the dining room ceiling and drawing pins stuck in around the table top. Cupboards and drawers where littered with odds and ends. Some of the bedding left a lot to be desired. Would we go back? Yes. But I would love to think that some money was being ploughed back into the property so that facilities and comfort as well as cleanliness was as good in late season, as they where in early and peak season. I’m aware November is late in the season and a few knocks and scrapes are expected. You do need to keep your eye on the ball. Paul Blagden

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2019

  • "Lovely isolated location, however, beware meeting locals on the single track road going down the hill, they don't like having to reverse for holiday makers!"

    Even it is only a few metres! On several occasions, myself and our friends were met with foul language and insults which soured our enjoyment of our holiday somewhat.

    Reviewed by GeorgeSep 2019

  • "An excellent house and location for a family group."

    Large lounge and dining room. More fridge space would have been useful for a large group but we managed. Some of the mattresses are very much in need of replacement. But overall I would recommend this property for a large group.

    Reviewed by NormanAug 2019

  • "Wonderful location with spectacular view."

    easily accommodated our extended family of 17 aged from 2-69! Plenty of room for us all. WiFi and phone signals intermittent but good in the village. Our stay was enjoyed by us all. Owners extremely responsive to all our reeds.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2019

  • "The house is set in a beautiful position the views are spectacular."

    There were 8 adults and 9 children in our party and the occomodation suited our every need Plenty of space for the children to play inside and outside . We would like to return one day. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2019

  • "I and my 13 strong family party have just returned from Ghyllbank House set high on a hill above Staveley, and affording wonderful views over the countryside and in the distance, Morecambe Bay."

    The house itself is lovely. Plenty space for everyone, and very importantly- toastie warm ! It is well equipped although there are a few things that would have improved our holiday. Only two dish towels were provided ( I bought 6 for £5 in Kendal market) Of the four bathrooms only one had a hand towel, and some of the beds require toppers, as the springs poke through making them extremely uncomfortable. But having said that , we had a great holiday and hope to return.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2019

  • "Everything about the house and setting was so lovely we’ve booked to come back in November."

    Our only regret is the weekend went too quickly.

    Reviewed by MerylMar 2019

  • "Had a wonderful time at Ghyll Bank with our family of 18."

    ..varying in ages from grandparents to teens and small children. Stunning location and a very comfortable house. We would love to go back.

    Reviewed by LesleyFeb 2019

  • "Well equipped property which was ideal for a big group."

    Only suggestion would be that a drying room would be handy (it was very wet outside when we walked the Kentmere round on the Saturday!). Location is fantastic. Staveley (Hawkshead Brewery and Eagle & Child) only a 20-25 minute walk downhill (but feels like a lot longer on the return!)

    Reviewed by RogerJan 2019

  • "What a perfect property for adults/children/dogs to spend New Year, everything was catered for in the house, and the stunning location made it even better."

    Close to Staveley's pubs and Hawkshead brewery, and a short drive to windermere and some amazing walks!

    Reviewed by JonnyDec 2018

  • "Just the check out was a bit rushed"

    Reviewed by MichelleNov 2018

  • "A great house for large gatherings, we were able to sit 16 people around the dining table in one room (usually a challenge) the kitchen was well equiped, with a good amount of crockery, glasses etc."

    The house was clean and tidy, the sofas comfortable and the views are stunning. The main dishwasher did not clean very well (most things had deposits on them coming out of the unit) but the second worked very well, so just used that one instead. The wifi was very unreliable, but was also nice to get away from technology. Ample parking, and was easy to find, good space for kids to run around, BBQ and sit outside (again enjoying the marvelous view). We stayed for 1 week October 2018.

    Reviewed by AlexOct 2018

  • "We visited ghyll bank for a family weekend with young children and their great ..."

    We visited ghyll bank for a family weekend with young children and their great grandparent we were delighted with our stay the cottage provided a perfect setting for us to be together thank you

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2018

  • "Great location with lovely owners."

    Would definitely stay again. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by WilliamOct 2018

  • "This was a wonderful holiday for 15 members of my family to celebrate my ‘big’ birthday!"

    The house accommodated us beautifully with plenty of room, comfort and was lovely and clean. So lovely to wake up to the stunning views and the situation was ideal with easy access to nearby towns and lakes. A golden find as my husband put it.

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2018

  • "17 of us stayed at the house for a very special 70 th Birthday."

    Accommodation excellent. Facilities very good. Good position for travelling to various attractions. Ages ranged from 72 down to 5 years old....all had a very good time!

    Reviewed by ChristineMay 2018

  • "See my review under Ghyll Bank Bungalow that we also occupied."

    Reviewed by RogerMay 2018

  • "We found the decor in side the property not as illustrated on your website." is bit misleading.

    Reviewed by SatnamApr 2018

  • "For information only there was a drainy smell in the dining area which we could not discover or prevent but we have advised the owners."

    apart from that we had no complaints and had a very enjoyable stay thank you.

    Reviewed by CDec 2017

  • "Ditto for the bungalow."

    Reviewed by PatsyApr 2017

  • "Beautiful big house in such a wonderful location,owners very helpful and friendly."

    More than what you would expect in a large kitchen.

    Reviewed by ShirleyMar 2017

  • "The. owners of the property visited us one morning."

    The lady walked into the house without knocking. We thought this was a little rude.

    Reviewed by LesleyOct 2016

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  • Eight bedrooms: 1 x first floor double with en-suite bath, basin & WC – also accessed via landing, 1 x first floor double, 2 x first floor family rooms with 1 double & 1 single (one with en-suite bath, basin & WC), 1 x first floor twin, 1 x first floor bunks, 1 x ground floor double leading to 1 x twin with adjacent shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • First floor shower room with shower, basin & WC
  • First floor shower room with shower only
  • Ground floor WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Dining room with TV & woodburner
  • Utility
  • Large sitting room with TV and open fire
  • Hall with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with open fires & woodburner
  • Electric range cooker with ceramic hob, microwave, American style fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, 2 x dishwashers, 2 x TV with Freeview, video, DVD
  • High speed, super fast broadband
  • Oil, electricity & starter pack of fuel for open fires & woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 2 x cot & highchair (please bring own cot bedding)
  • Ample off road parking
  • Spacious, shared grounds
  • Private patio, garden furniture & BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop & pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: No fireworks due to the proximity of animals
  • Note: The en-suite to one of the first floor doubles can also be accessed via the landing.

The property

Set in a wonderful hillside position, this magnificent house offers spacious accommodation throughout, ideal for family and friends.

This large Lake District cottage boasts a wonderful sitting room which has a TV and open fire, a superb fitted kitchen with adjoining dining room and the flexibility of eight bedrooms.

The large gardens and patio are ideal for sitting out, enjoying the views and watching the wildlife.

Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside are a short drive away.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 2027 to sleep 21 people.

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.

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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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