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Kendal, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041492)

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  • Mr Rhodes

    “Thank you for a pleasant stay and Happy New Year!”

    We found the setting beautiful and enjoyed the size of the bedrooms, especially the upper room, the setback location and the ease of walking out for a large number of local walks. However, there were some parts of the stay that were below our expectations. ...

    We found the setting beautiful and enjoyed the size of the bedrooms, especially the upper room, the setback location and the ease of walking out for a large number of local walks. However, there were some parts of the stay that were below our expectations. Firstly, upon arrival, we discovered the dining room was not a separate room as the photographs had made it appear. Instead, it was part of a larger communal area. As this is a Hall we did expect, as the photographs had eluded to, to have an oak-panelled room for our festive dining and games to bring in the New Year. This was rather disappointing as we selected the property in part for this reason. I would suggest, to avoid this for future guests, that some more photographs be included in the advert to illustrate this. Secondly, the overall finish of the property was frustrating. Advertised as a luxury stay we didn't expect the premises to not match the high-end quality of the description and photos. In several places, ceiling lights and chandeliers had been removed and instead, we saw lots of what we hoped would be temporary expanding foam in their place, the downstairs front room had a makeshift budget heater thrust into the centre, chairs at the dining table were either broken or roughly superglued together, the curtains in the common area had large chunks of material missing and were threadbare from frequent rough use, the floors were covered in dirty stains and the throws provided for guests were stained and fusty. It was rather underwhelming and again didn't match the standards depicted online, it felt rather miss-sold. I feel any guest would be disappointed with this standard, especially when all the photographs display a high-end stay. I appreciate that as a rental flat there is footfall and things get used and worn, and indeed some items are expensive to replace, but some of these things were either totally removed and not replaced ruining the aesthetic or well well well beyond a reasonable level of use or condition. Finally, although we were appreciative of the cleaning pack compromising of bin bags, a rag, a sponge and some dishwasher tablets, there was nothing else on-site to help with the general cleaning of a large flat. We had to go out to purchase hand soap (as none was present in two of the bathrooms), general fairy liquid washing up liquid, multipurpose surface cleaning spray, disinfectant wipes, kitchen roll and toilet roll. This was relatively inexpensive but again for somewhere showing a high level of service and luxury we felt let down. I would really expect some if not all of these things to be available to use. As guests are asked to clean before leaving, it begs to ask the question of what they were expected to use for this cleanup? Overall we had a memorable stay from what we made of it ourselves, but the premises just didn't add to that overall. One guest actually left early. It felt quite knocked about and used and the lack of basic cleaning items was the straw that broke the camels back. I don't know if the servicing, cleaning or managerial team are to blame here, but I will say it could be a wonderful place to stay if refreshed and better serviced. Certainly, for me, it was not worth the expense paid.

    - Mr Rhodes, December 2021


The property

Located on the south east corner of the Lake District national park, just a ten minute drive from Windermere, five minutes from the market town of Kendal and less than half an hour from the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond is the eastern wing of the magnificent Bannel Head House, a stunning Victorian country residence built in 1900. The duplex apartment is made up of the largest part of this well-proportioned and luxurious property and includes the original drawing room with fine oak panelling and doors, deep skirtings, ornate mouldings and cornices, a beautiful feature fire place, Arts and Crafts finishes and a spectacular oak staircase. Richmond is a fantastic property for friends and family to gather and to celebrate in spectacular surrounding or to simply relax and unwind all within easy reach of beautiful villages, popular traditional country pubs, fantastic walks for all and a wealth of Lakeland attractions all awaiting to be discovered. The market town of Kendal offers great shopping, a great choice of restaurants and bistros and the popular Brewery Art Centre with a packed programme offering something for everyone. Crossing the valley to the east of the River Kent and the scenery starts to change and you will find yourself quickly in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales all waiting to be explored. == Accommodation In Detail Entering through the original front door to Bannel Head House at the rear of the property, you will already be in awe of this spectacular property but step inside and you will immediate see what makes this property special. The lounge is simply breath-taking with so many original features to draw the eye and a great feeling of space with light flooding into the room through the large leaded windows overlooking the garden, exquisite panelling, original feature fireplace and stunning oaks staircase. The lounge is furnished with comfortable sofas and a large family dining table, ideal for a celebration dinner. In contrast to the lounge, the kitchen is cool and contemporary with integrated appliances including fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and complemented by an electric hob and double oven. Also included is handy breakfast table for slightly less formal dining! Richmond offers three bedrooms. The luxurious master bedroom is on the ground floor and overlooks the garden. Finished in white with antique French furniture, this room is bright and airy and is certainly spacious and offers a beautiful haven at the end of the day. Also on the ground floor is a second kingsize bedroom, again with garden view. Both bedrooms are served by a luxurious family bathroom, with feature bath, shower cubicle with massage shower, basin and wc. This bathroom is “Jack and Jill” style and has two doors, one to the second bedroom and one to access the rest of the ground floor. Climbing the imposing staircase to the first floor, there is a third bedroom; a king size with beautiful views across the surrounding countryside, a walk in wardrobe and luxurious ensuite shower room. Accessed from the driveway, Richmond, offers a small garden/sun room; the idea spot to enjoy a good book or the morning paper. The property is set in four acres of shared, mature formal gardens and includes a patio area adjacent to the sun room with patio furniture overlooking the gardens. Richmond offers quality accommodation, beautiful surrounding and is simply a stunning Victorian property with all the features to offer a memorable holiday, whatever the occasion. Location For a truly relaxing holiday in the Lake District, this self-catering property on the edge of the Lyth Valley is ideal. Only 10 minutes from Windermere and Bowness, 5 minutes from Kendal and twenty minutes from the Yorkshire Dales you'll find something for everyone. The Gateway Inn and the Plumgarths food centre with farm shop, bakery and popular café are an easy five-minute walk away. The Lyth Valley is located to the east of Lake Windermere, overlooked by the famous Lake District walks on Scout Scar and Whitbarrow Scar. The sheltered valley is famous for its damson orchards, which give rise to gorgeous white blossom in spring. The landscapes are scattered with country homes and rural Lake District cottages, as well as a choice of several acclaimed Lake District country pubs, such as The Punch Bowl at Crosthwaite and the Mason's Arms at Strawberry Bank. A romantic walk nearby is the ascent of Gummers How, which offers simply wonderful views of Lake Windermere from the top. The Cartmel Fell tarns walk is also a lovely afternoon's worth, starting at Bowland Bridge's historic church. The popular foodie villages of Cartmel and Kirkby Lonsdale are both within easy reach offering fine local artisan foods and award winning restaurants. Cross the valley and you are into the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennines with beautiful villages, rolling moors and cascading waterfalls.


  • Over 2 floors, 3 x bedrooms; 2 x king size, 1 x king size with en suite, family bathroom, large lounge / dining room, modern kitchen, garden / sun room, gardens, furnished patio and private parking.
  • The east wing of a stunning Lakeland residence, Beautiful countryside views, Large Sofas, Feature working fireplace, Large flat screen TV, Large antique oak dining table, Feature oak staircase, Beautiful traditional oak panelling, Contemporary kitchen, Electric hob, Electric double oven, Microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, Dishwasher, Fridge/freezer, Washing machine, Breakfast table, Garden room, Gas central heating, Garden with patio area, Outdoor furniture, Parking for 2/3 cars, Sorry no pets, Wifi, Sonos stereo system, Bed linen and towels provided.

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

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About the location


Windermere 8 miles.

A historic market town with a fine reputation for shopping, Kendal nestles on the banks of the River Kent and is known as the Southern Gateway to the Lakes. Its old cobbled lanes and byways branch off the attractive main street, and the stone ruins of 12th century Kendal Castle sit perched on a hill with views over the town. Visit The Abbot Hall Art Gallery, its regular collection holding portraits by Kendal born George Romney and works by Turner and Ruskin, with other exhibitions through its links with the Tate. Both Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall with its superb Topiary Garden are nearby, as are limestone escarpments for easy walking, offering thrilling views of the Lakeland Mountains, the Howgills and Morecambe Bay. Kendal itself is ideally placed for exploring South Lakeland, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond. With other attractions such as Kendal Museum and the Museum of Lakeland Life, the fascinating Quaker Tapestry, Lake Windermere and the wider National Park within easy reach, Kendal provides a superb base for a relaxing break.

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