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Yew Bank

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Standing in almost 2 acres of grounds with superb views, this property is a quarter of a mile from Hawkshead.

Delightfully situated in secluded and peaceful surroundings, just a quarter of a mile from the heart of Hawkshead village, Yew Bank stands in almost 2 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland with superb views over Esthwaite Water towards Claife Heights, Latterbarrow and Kirkstone Pass. Dating from 1880 and adjoining another cottage, this stylish and spacious Lakeland residence has double glazing and is well furnished and equipped to provide very comfortable accommodation.
The house has associations with Beatrix Potter, who lived in nearby Sawrey, and is well known for her children’s books featuring Peter Rabbit and his friends, but less well known as a successful Lakeland farmer and breeder of Herdwick sheep. The garden, enclosed by stone walling, has a patio, generous lawns and shrubs and a little bridge over a stream, making this a quiet retreat in a truly majestic location.
In nearby Hawkshead, one of the Lake District’s most attractive villages, there are narrow streets, whitewashed cottages and little alleyways and courtyards, as well as an excellent selection of shops, inns and restaurants. The old grammar school, famous for its former pupil William Wordsworth, is now a museum, and the Beatrix Potter Gallery (NT) can also be found here. On the doorstep is some of the Lake District’s finest scenery.
Windermere is the largest lake in England, best appreciated by taking a boat trip from Bowness to Ambleside. Also within easy reach is beautiful Coniston Water with the village of Coniston (5 miles) nestling beneath the fells, and The Old Man of Coniston, rising majestically above. Overlooking the lake is the former home of another of Lakeland’s famous inhabitants, the influential artist and writer, John Ruskin, which is now a museum commemorating his work. Shops and pub ½ mile.

Living room with large picture windows and elec ‘living-flame’ fire in antique surround. Dining room. Small sitting-room. Modern fitted kitchen with breakfast bar. Pitch pine stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with Lakeland views. Two twin bedrooms with views to the fells. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Lower ground floor: Two bedrooms, each with large picture windows and views of garden; one double and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Utility.

  • Electricity ‘living-flame’ fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two cots
  • High chair
  • Two TVs (one Satellite - card supplied)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Payphone
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Grounds and woods of 1½ acres
  • Parking
  • NB: Stream in garden

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  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 05/08/2016
    Yew Bank is in a wonderful location with access to lots of places and activities for all ages. The house has stunning views over the Lake District. We appreciated the space and equipment the house offered. It was good to have lots of bathrooms and the new one is luxurious, with underfloor heating. We felt some of the other rooms, especially the basement needed freshening up. Inside the safety features were excellent for young children and the young children in our party loved the garden but they could not play out unsupervised.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2016
    Thought the house was lovely. The showers upstairs and the one downstairs were adequate / poor. The one on the ground floor was excellent. Lovely rooms - size + great views. Kitchen a bit small but ok. Position was fantastic, high up and nice walk across footpath to the village. Was very good for a group of 10 adults who were out walking each day.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 08/04/2016
    Glorious setting in the Lakes, reasonable accomodation however some of the furnishings are a little worn. Kitchen could do with a deep spring clean

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2015

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 31/10/2015
    Yew bank was a lovely place to stay and ideal for our holiday for the extended family. The house was warm and well equipped. The location and the garden were wonderful. We would certainly stay again. The value for money would have been better but for the school half term effect on the price.

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8.4 out of 10 – based on 14 reviews collected by Reevoo
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