Glen Bank is a traditional Cumbrian longhouse with a twist. With stunning views of the Pennines and just yards from a village pub once frequented by Oliver Cromwell, it’s the perfect luxury holiday accommodation for family and friends in Cumbria.
The property dates back to 1755 and has been lovingly restored to retain many original features while sensitively introducing every modern day comfort. A generous orangery with underfloor heating and woodburner sets the scene. There are two further woodburners and underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. Whether there is snow on the ground or the sun is shining, Glen Bank will meet your every need.
“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”
The 28ft reception room has many beautifully restored period features, including an original range, crooked beams and sandstone mantle piece with cosy wood burning stove.
The 3 large and luxurious sofas seat 10 people with ease and a smart TV and a games cupboard make it the ideal area to socialise and relax after a long walk on the fells.
“How often have the greatest thoughts and ideas come to light during conversations with the family over the evening dinner?”
― E.A. Bucchianeri
The stunning orangery with bespoke 12 seater larch dining table is flooded with light and is the perfect dining room for you and your guests.
Opening onto the central courtyard, it offers the flexibility of the wood burning stove and underfloor heating for cold winter days or just throw open the doors and flick on the ceiling fans to cool it down in those long summer days.
“The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table."
The spacious farmhouse kitchen has a large table with quirky bench seating for breakfast or casual dining.
It’s well equipped with induction hob, American style fridge and all the appliances you could need to cook up a storm with wonderful views onto the courtyard and garden.
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of a Library."
The Library is full of maps and books to suit all tastes.
Opening onto a private courtyard it also has an impressive chessboard and lots of comfy seating. So, if you need a bit of quiet time it’s a great hideaway!
First Floor & Bedrooms
“Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama
Our five bedrooms have been individually styled and named after Pennine landmarks. They have super-king or king sized beds – 3 have en-suites and a family bathroom serves the other two.
Two bedrooms can be presented as twin beds to give flexibility and the ground floor bedroom provides easy accessability with a private terrace that looks out across the garden.
High Cup Nick
“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” Greg Child
High Cup Nick is the double height Master Bedroom with original exposed beams and is equipped with a Superking bed & a beautiful en-suite that boasts a bath and large walk-in rainshower.
“Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.” Dag Hammarskjöld
Great Dun is a generous double bedroom on the ground floor with a super king sized bed that can be presented as two large single beds. The large en-suite bathroom features both a bath and large walk in rain shower with elegant chrome rails. Glazed double doors open onto a private terrace. Perfect for people with mobility or access challenges and equally suitable for couples who want a bit more privacy.
"After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value." G.M. Trevelyan
Croglin has stunning views of Dufton Pike and has a king sized bed with a unique metal bedsted.
The quirky en-suite shower room with its large walk in rainshower is flooded with light and comes as a lovely surprise!
“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” John Muir
Murton has a very crooked floor that has necessitated discreet extensions under the furniture to level it up!
It has a super king bed that can be split into 2 single beds and shares the same great views of Dufton Pike as Croglin.
“The best view comes after the hardest climb.” Anonymous
Dufton looks out onto the garden and the fells beyond, and has a king sized bed with elegant painted wooden bedstead.
Our bathrooms are uniquely & beautiful designed to make you feel right at home...
With 3 ensuite bathrooms, 1 family bathroom & a downstairs bathroom.
Designing the gardens and outdoor spaces has been a labour of love that was based on establishing a number of interesting spaces for large groups to socialise along with private areas for individuals or small groups to get some quiet time.
The result has been a bright central courtyard that is a sun trap for much of the day, surrounded by planting and equipped with a large table, chairs and benches. This leads up to the raised garden that features areas of local sandstone, slate and other decorative stone pebbles around beds with mature planting and topped off with a wild garden and wooded area.
The huge deck at the top of the garden has tables and chairs and gives amazing 360 views. A barbeque is tucked away on a separate terrace under a pergola. Finally the private Library courtyard is discreetly tucked away behind the orangery – the perfect place to sneak away for a snooze!
The Dog Shower
“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” – Christopher Morley
We all love our pooches and it’s great to let them frollick in the mud…..until you get them home! That’s why we designed our quirky covered Dog Shower with hot and cold water, lots of shampoo and towels.
So if your pet is a key decision maker in choosing it’s holiday in Cumbria show them the picture!! The garden is also dog proof too.
Secure Bike Store
“Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.” Chip Brown
Our secure Bike Store can accommodate 10 bikes and is fitted with external security lights for added protection.
The area is a mecca for keen cyclists with a huge number of exciting cycle routes to choose from.
Parking & Car Charging
"If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there." Lewis Carroll
Our drive is gated and can accommodate 5 cars. Our EV charging point is situated at the top of the drive with easy access.
The charging point is ultra-fast putting your mind at ease if you drive an electric car. Guests are welcome to use this facility at cost.
WiFi with boosters. There is a landline with an honesty box for emergencies
Smart television and Harman Kardon Bluetooth speaker
• Oil fired central heating with underfloor heating on ground floor
• Two wood burning stoves
• Convection hob double oven, microwave
• Two fridge freezers, dishwasher
• Washing machine and tumble dryer
• 44" Television
• Wireless portable speakers for iPhone, iPad or MP3s
• Travel cot, high chair and stairgate available upon request
• One set of rattan garden furniture at top of garden
• One set of teak garden furniture on courtyard
• Weber charcoal barbecue
• Land line telephone for emergency use
*Please note that internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only. Speed/service may vary which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, the owner will not be held responsible.