Stunning family house with gardens and parking

Set in Ambleside in a conservation area and the oldest part of the village, How Bank is situated in an enviable position directly beside the tumbling Stock Ghyll river, at the top of the affectionately known ‘Peggy Hill’ and enjoys fine views of Loughrigg Fell from all the windows. Tucked away from any passing traffic or pedestrians, and with two gated entrances, one for cars and another for those on foot, How Bank offers a peaceful, private retreat for those looking for a traditional, quality home in a truly unique Lakeland setting.


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The village centre is a stone’s throw away, brimming with interesting galleries, outdoor shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to tempt you throughout the day and into the evening. Wonderful walking and cycling can be enjoyed from the doorstep and the shores of Windermere and a host of water based activities are a gentle, 15 minute stroll away.

How Bank is a detached property that is delightfully spacious and provides superb facilities for a self catering break, whatever time of year you choose to visit.

The ground floor

The ground floor layout offers space and flexibility for a family gathering ensuring everyone can enjoy a good degree of privacy during their stay, the snug come games room sure to be well used by the younger members in your party.

With beautifully manicured gardens filled with mature trees and shrubs and awash with colour throughout the year – do help yourself to the apples as they fall from the trees! A cleverly designed metal walkway links the front of the house to the rear allowing you to follow the sun around, sit in the perfectly positioned seating areas and while away a couple of hours with your newest novel whilst listening to the sound of the water cascading down Stock Ghyll.

Enter How Bank through the garden from the private parking at the back of the house that is sufficient for up to 3 cars and into a welcoming hallway with large cloakroom, plenty of hanging space for coats and a place for your shoes and boots. The spacious and very comfortable lounge provides deep cushioned seating arranged around the warming gas fireplace, the room having full height windows allowing for plenty of light and French doors leading directly to the garden.

The kitchen dining room has hand-built oak kitchen units, a granite worktop and large oak dining table and chairs. It is a super space for all the family to gather and share a hand in preparing a special dinner. Extremely well equipped, the amateur chef among you will delight in the thoughtfully provided gadgets and stylish accessories including a selection from Joseph Joseph.

The front hallway leads to the cosy snug with two further sofas, PS4 and Nintendo WIIU with a selection of video and board games and DVDs.

The first floor

The first floor comprises two Super-king or twin bedrooms, one of which is en-suite, a third bedroom furnished with a modern-day bunk bed to accommodate two adults or three children as the bottom bunk is a small double and the large family bathroom. All beds have quality mattresses dressed in fine linens and bespoke furniture to compliment these lovely, light rooms. Bath robes are provided including a child size so do request kid’s dressing gowns at the time of booking if required. The house bathroom offers a bath, a corner shower cubicle, twin hand basins and WC.

PLEASE NOTE:  A £200 refundable Good Housekeeping Deposit is required for all bookings to be paid 8 weeks prior to your holiday.


  • Entrance from the garden into large hallway with cloakroom, handbasin and WC
  • Spacious lounge with full height windows and patio doors to the outside, gas fired woodburning effect stove, TV with Netflix (own account details required) iPlayer, DVD and BlueRay player
  • Snug room with comfy seating, large TV for the PS4 and Nintendo WIIU – several games and library of DVDs provided
  • Spacious dining kitchen with double oven, gas hob, washing machine, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso coffee maker, food processor, Bluetooth speaker/CD player


  • Bedroom 1: Superking zip and link (please ask for this to be made up as twins) with en-suite shower room with shower cubicle, handbasin and saniflow WC
  • Bedroom 2: Superking zip and link (please ask for this to be made up as twins)
  • Bedroom 3: Modern day bunk room with step access to the top single with a double bed at the bottom – N.B. the house is available to groups of up to 6 adults or 4 adults and 3 children
  • House bathroom with shower cubicle, bath, twin sinks and WC


  • Private parking for up to 3 cars
  • Large garden with lawned and planted areas with bramley apple trees and a number of patio areas directly next to Stock Ghyll river
  • Large outdoor dining table and smaller table provided
  • Please note: There are some very low boundary walls to the river and unfenced drops in the garden – do take care, particularly with children


  • Storage area/cellar built into the hill with a door and window onto the lower patio and gardens. This can be used as storage for bikes, and canoes, etc.


  • No pets allowed (owners have a dog)
  • £200 refundable Good Housekeeping Deposit required with balance payment
  • Travel cot, playpen and high chair available
  • All electric, bed linen, towels and dressing gowns are included – please advise if you require children’s dressing gowns
  • Superfast Broadband/WiFi
  • Gas fired central heating


  • 3 Bedroom
  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Bike Storage
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Superking Bed
  • Friday Changeover
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • DVD Player
  • Freeview
  • Baby Cot Available
  • High Chair Available
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Parking for 3 Cars
  • Pet Free
  • Family Friendly
  • Sleeps 6

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  • Kay says:

    Brilliant weekend stay. How Bank is in a superb central location, equipped with everything you need for an excellent stay. Accommodation beautifully presented and spotless. It was an absolute pleasure to call it home for a few days.

  • Rebekah says:

    I had such a lovely stay at How Bank, there were so many nice touches throughout the house. The garden is absolutely beautiful and perfectly located in Ambleside. The house was also very clean throughout, I would definitely visit again.

  • Andy says:

    Spacious and comfortable place to stay for 6 people. The location is perfect for walks near Ambleside and has a couple of a great pubs close by. Michelle was really helpful with some recommendations as well. Thanks a lot!

  • Philip says:

    This is a tastefully furnished and superbly equipped cottage in a prime location in the heart of Ambleside. It comfortably sleeps 6 and has acres of space to move around in. Well worth a stay!”

  • Vic Bellas says:

    Just back from a wonderful weeks holiday at How Bank. The house had everything you could imagine you would need…..and more!
    Ambleside, along with everywhere else within the Lake District was overflowing with people! However How Bank gave us that feeling of seclusion. Located just behind the main streets, it was a peaceful position next to the Stockghyll waterfalls. The garden was used to the max, with a number of alfresco meals on the patio and morning coffees on the lawn to maximise the early sun.
    Inside, the kitchen had everything, the lounge was relaxing, the games room kept the kids occupied and the bedrooms gave us good nights sleeps following days on the fells.
    Don’t often leave reviews, but it would be wrong not to sing the praises of How Bank, and we can only hope to get this booked next time we holiday in the Lakes.

  • Chandni says:

    We had a lovely stay at the cottage. Very nice touches around the house to appeal to all ages and tastes – books, games, well stocked kitchen. Great outdoor space too. Would definitely visit again. Very clean as well and good COVID precautions as well.

  • Colin says:

    Secluded property in its own well kept mature garden; beside Stock Ghyll Beck. The house is beautifully appointed throughout. There are delightful well thought out features at every turn. Parking in the garden for three cars comfortably.

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