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Bank Foot

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "A very cosy, comfortable and clean cottage in a very good location."

    Would happily recommend to others for a lovely vacation.

    Reviewed by George5.0Jun 2024

  • "The only problem we had is the garage space which was very tight for our car."

    Otherwise we had a nice relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7May 2024

  • "Lovely property with an excellent location."

    The garden a real bonus when the weather is good

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2024

  • "We love staying at Bank Foot, the fact that this was our 6th stay is testament to this."

    Great location, so many fabulous walks from the door, being able to leave the car in the garage. Cottage really comfortable, nice to be able to access an enclosed garden through the patio doors.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your 6th stay at Bank Foot. We are glad that you enjoyed the location and the garden. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.4May 2024

  • "A thoughtfully presented property with everything you would need."

    Clean, comfortable and spacious. Beautiful little garden - lovely to sit in. Would certainly return.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2024

  • "Best place we have e stayed at."

    That's why it's our 7th visit

    Reviewed by Melvin5.0Mar 2024

  • "Love it all, fab cottage, shame about the weather."

    Would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by June5.0Feb 2024

  • "Bank Foot provides the perfect property for two people in Ambleside, with everything on the doorstep that you could need, including the comfort and positioning of the property!"

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Feb 2024

  • "We have regularly used this property over many years and are already booked to return in 2004"

    Reviewed by Owen5.0Nov 2023

  • "Bank Foot is the perfect place to stay in Ambleside."

    It is a beautifully presented cottage with everything you need - both in comfort and in practical terms. The views of the gorgeous garden from the living area are a wonderful bonus . It’s spotlessly clean and well maintained . We hope to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage is in a very good location, convenient for shops and a starting point for a number of walks."

    It was a weight off our minds, not having to worry about parking. Our car, a Honda Civic, fitted into the garage comfortably. The cottage is very well equipped and comfortable. The welcome goodies of wine and chocs were much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Oct 2023

  • "Ideal cottage for two, with secure private garden."

    We have stayed here on multiple occasions as the location is so handy for local shopping and walks as well as a comfortable base for planning journeys to the rest of the attractions in the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Mitch5.0Jul 2023

  • "Third time of staying at this cottage."

    Great location with Ambleside a short walk away. The cottage is well equipped with a really lovely garden.

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Jun 2023

  • "Loved the cottage."

    Garden is lovely I will be back

    Thank you for your very kind feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roy5.0May 2023

  • "I have been to Bank foot 3 times and I love it , it’s so nice at the cottage just love the little garden and it’s just a perfect location ."

    I be back again next year x

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your 3rd stay. We hope to welcome you back again for a 4th visit. We look forward to seeing you again, The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0May 2023

  • "Superb cottage in great location."

    Our 5th stay and our experience seems to improve each time. The only relatively small thing that impacted on our holiday was that the Gardeners arrived outside the patio doors just after 8am and worked for about 45 minutes which was a little intrusive. I appreciate the difficulties in arranging allotted times but wonder if it is possible to be forewarned of particular day, a.m. or p.m. for example?

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your 5th stay at Bank Foot. We take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Apr 2023

  • "Bank Foot is faultless."

    Already booked again for October.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back in October. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2023

  • "We have been to Bankfoot a few times and have booked for this October too."

    We cannot find any faults , the cottage is magnificent every you need is in the cottage. We parked the car in the garage on arrival and took it out when we were going home, lots of great walks , amazing restaurants, boat to Windermere, my wife didn't spend that much in Hayes garden center, so the best visit ever. Can't wait for October. . Jane & Ian Smith.(Edinburgh).

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back in Ocotber. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2023

  • "Fantastic place to stay."

    Great host. Great service from heart of the lakes

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melvin5.0Mar 2023

  • "Best place ever."

    Great host

    Thank you. It was great to have you both back at Bank Foot Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melvin5.0Dec 2022

  • "Great place to stay."

    We will be back in May.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Nov 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage in a quiet place with a lovely secluded garden, ideal to sit out in fine weather ."

    inside is all you need for a comfortable stay .

    Reviewed by D5.0Oct 2022

  • "Superb cottage and a great location to park the car and just walk the fells or stroll into Ambleside."

    Fourth time we`ve stayed so I guess that says it all!

    Reviewed by Ian4.1Jul 2022

  • "This is a great little cottage, with good amenities and privacy and right in the hub of the Lakes."

    We have been regular customers of not only this cottage in recent years but many other Heart of The Lakes cottages around the Lake District for 20 years! Our only concern is the recent huge increase in fees these last two years which may prompt us to look elsewhere.

    Reviewed by Mitch5.0Jul 2022

  • "Our second stay this year in this lovely, cosy cottage with a very nice garden, will definitely stay again."

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jul 2022

  • "Best and fantastic property."

    Clean tidy. Great garden and views. Kind owner

    Reviewed by Melvin5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was our third time staying in bank foot, we have always enjoyed our stays so much and the cottage is delightful."

    We returned home today and twice during the week I emailed heart of the lakes. Big stain on carpet. Bathroom door has big dent in, cobwebs in window behind cupboard in hall and the dining room chairs were thick with dust. Quite disappointed and sadly will not be returning again

    Reviewed by Mary4.1Jun 2022

  • "The design, construction, comfort, decor, equipment and facilities of Bank Foot are excellent and the location is so convenient."

    The garden was a delight and we were visited by over a dozen different species of birds, as well as the roe deer mentioned in the visitors book. The deer arrived on the evening of Easter Sunday and actually settled down for the night behind the pond! I have a photo of the deer should the owners like a copy. All in all, a wonderful week ~ even the weather was marvellous. Many thanks.

    Thank you for your kind comments. I am happy that you enjoyed your stay at Bank Foot and the wildlife in the garden in particular. The deer is rather partial to some of the garden plants but provides so much joy that I don’t mind at all. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2022

  • "Stayed in Bankfoot many times over the years and found it to be the most comfortable & ideally situated for our holiday needs within Ambleside."

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Apr 2022

  • "A very nice cottage in a central location with its own private parking and a very comfortable bed."

    Nothing at all to dislike.

    Thank you for your positive remarks about Bank Foot Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Apr 2022

  • "I think this was about our 5/6 stay at Bankfoot, and won't be our last ."

    It ideal for us, We are creatures of habit,

    Thank you so much for your continued support Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jan 2022

  • "Been here many times."

    Xmas was first time away from home. Best ever Xmas. Great property to stay. Can’t wait till next Xmas.

    It was lovely to be in touch over Christmas and I am delighted you had such a great time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melvin5.0Dec 2021

  • "Only reason not given a higher score is really because you have to follow government guidelines during this pandemic."

    Its the little finishing touches to the property that you have had to remove because of covid. But will be back again, as we have many times, an excellent base for exploring that area of the lake district..

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Oct 2021

  • "Stayed in Bank Foot on 3 occasions and love the cottage, location and the fact that we can leave the car in the garage."

    Although we reported on our first day the lounge blind sticking in a low position prohibiting light from entering the room, nothing was done about it. I also E-Mailed your Housekeeping Manager about the problem but did nt get a response. The fact that the price of a weeks stay at Bank Foot next August has increased by over £200 we will not be returning. I also expect nothing to be done about this feedback.

    Reviewed by Ian4.1Aug 2021

  • "Bank Foot was the perfect cottage to spend our week off in the Lakes."

    It had absolutely everything you could need & the garden was so perfect to sit out in the evening & have dinner. Location is great - just a 5 minute walk into Ambleside & 5 minutes to Lake Windemere. There are so many walks you can do from Bank Foot which made it so easy especially as it was quite busy in the car parks. Thank you so much & we can't wait to come back!

    Reviewed by Amelia5.0Jul 2021

  • "Our second visit to Bank Foot and for good reason - convenient location for Ambleside centre but far enough from through traffic and footfall to be quiet and restful!"

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jul 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage in a perfect location near the centre of Ambleside within 5 minutes walk of all amenities, shops, pubs and restaurants."

    It has a lovely garden which catches the sun most of the day and is well equipped. You can spend the whole week here without having to use your car as there are plenty of walks on the doorstep and a good bus service.

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Jun 2021

  • "Please could something be done with the garage / parking."

    I damaged my car getting it in the garage as there are no low height warning signs. Best option would be to take it down and just have as a parking space.

    Reviewed by Simon3.8May 2021

  • "Its is a pity that now that Sykes has taken over we cannot just ring up and speak to a person."

    The prices of all the cottages have gone up a lot more than just general inflation why.

    Reviewed by Roy3.8May 2021

  • "We think the explanation of the garage limitations should be made clearer."

    Luckily we managed to fit a VW Golf in the garage, but if we had brought the Golf Estate it would definitely not have fitted in as the extra lump of concrete on the back wall protrudes into the garage space but there is room underneath just about to fit in part of the front of the car. Otherwise everything was good including the lovely gesture of leaving us some chocolates upon arrival. Lovely large towel were appreciated.

    Reviewed by Czesiawa3.4Apr 2021

  • "The location of the cottage was great, an easy walk into the centre of Ambleside."

    The cottage had everything we required and the garden area was a bonus especially with the wonderful weather we had. The only issue could be the parking as the garage is compact and with a tight shared access with two other properties on a slope it was tricky to say the least however it didn't spoil our stay. Overall a great cottage and a fantastic break

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Apr 2021

  • "A really comfortable well fitted out cottage, located in an excellent position with everything we could have needed."

    Shaun BakerDec 2019

  • "Absolutely amazing stay - loved the cottage and really appreciated all the little extra details."

    Only a 2 minute walk into town!

    AnonymousDec 2019

  • "Such a beautiful cottage."

    Everything catered for to such a high standard. Garden was a great added bonus.

    MoffatDec 2019

  • "We all ways have cottage holidays, and I can honestly say this is one of the best properties we have stayed in."

    Mr SmithDec 2019

  • "We have stopped at this property many times and also used Heart of The Lakes for booking properties many times."

    I think that tells its own story as to why we pick these holidays. :-)

    Mr GraystonDec 2019

  • "Best experience"

    Mr DuckerDec 2019

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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.


  • All-ground-floor
  • One king-size bedroom with TV
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with gas fire
  • Gas central heating and gas fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Freesat TV, Blu Ray/DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Garage parking for one car (L4.7m, W 2.3m, H1.8m narrowing to 1m) and additional roadside parking on a first-come, first-served basis
  • South-facing garden with patio, lawn and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Sorry, no children or babies

The property

A charming single-storey stone cottage, Bank Foot lies in a quiet residential area mid-way between the traditional Lakeland town of Ambleside and picturesque Waterhead on Lake Windermere.

Home to a beautifully appointed interior and one bedroom, Bank Foot is ideal for a couple’s romantic retreat, with its own south-facing patio within the exquisite private garden.

After parking your car safely in the garage, take three steps down to enter the cottage to be welcomed into the entrance hall where you can leave your outdoor gear before stepping into the spacious and bright living/dining room.

Relax in here after an adventurous day outdoors, settling on the pretty, floral sofa beneath the traditional exposed A-frame beams above, watching a film on the TV, or simply enjoying the company of your loved one.

Dine together at the charming dining table and chairs in here, set near to the large patio doors overlooking the pretty garden.

Discover the beautiful, fitted kitchen with stylish cream units and local Kirkstone flooring, home to all the appliances you need for a self-catered stay, along with a handy washer/dryer.

Wind down in the attractive bedroom, admire the wide deep-set window and roomy king-size bed, served by the lovely bathroom, fully tiled and complete with a bath and an overhead shower.

At the end of your busy day, sit within the peaceful garden with your favourite drink and watch the sun go down, with the patio being perfect for alfresco dining and drinks.

Choose one of the many spectacular walks that are available right from your doorstep to experience some of the most idyllic walks in the Lake District.

Tour the area by car or by bus, with excellent local transport links, you’ll be passing by sparkling lakes and driving through dramatic valleys as you discover the National Park’s towns and villages, each with its own unique character.

Make the ten-minute walk to Waterhead to enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Lake Windermere or hire your own boat to explore the lake’s secluded bays and dramatic islands.

In the opposite direction, you’ll find Ambleside’s bustling town centre where you can browse the shops, enjoy a meal at one of the excellent restaurants, or indulge in an afternoon treat at a café or tearoom before continuing your exploring.

From Ambleside, follow the river up to the amazing Stock Ghyll Force, a 70-foot waterfall with a fantastic viewing bridge, continuing for a more energetic ramble up Wansfell Pike for more breath-taking views.

The lovely Stagshaw Garden is worth a visit for its beautiful woodland garden with walking paths through the trees, shrubs and flowers, whilst some amazing history is to be discovered at Ambleside Roman Fort, with ruins dating back to the 2nd century.

The Lakes cruises can be caught from Waterhead, taking you to all the popular lakes destinations like Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere and Lakeside, with a host of attractions scattered throughout each place.

Spend a wonderful break with your loved one at the tranquil Bank Foot.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Grasmere 4.4 miles; Windermere 4.7 miles; Keswick 16.7 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

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Note: Sorry, this property does not accept children or babies