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Bank Wood

nr Penrith, Cumbria

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Located in Acorn House, a Grade I listed mansion, this apartment is popular with those wanting to stay on a traditional estate in a glorious part of Britain. The approach to the apartment is through sweeping parkland which visitors can enjoy in peace and tranquillity when the house is closed to visitors.

Bank Wood is situated on the first floor, in the west wing. There are many historic features in this spacious and comfortable holiday home with sweeping views over the countryside. The apartment is an ideal base for walkers with easy access to the Lakes and Pennines.

The apartment has no private gardens but visitors can enjoy the woodland walk along Crowdundle Beck, which is full of wild flowers and beautiful trees, to the partially restored Acorn Bank watermill.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance hall, laundry room.
First floor
sitting/dining room, bathroom with shower over bath, kitchen, 1 double bedroom with 5' bed.
Visitor notes

***Please note that the interior decor and furnishings depicted in the photographs may differ from that which is currently present. New images will be added in the near future***

Wood pellet central heating included.

Parking: A designated parking space for one car in the car park near to the apartment.

Regrettably open fires are not allowed in the feature fireplaces.

The cot in this cottage is a travel cot.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 1
Cottage ref
Acorn rating What's this?
  • Dogs welcome
  • Pub nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

North West England
A view over Derwentwater in autumn, Lake District, Cumbria © Paul Harris

The North West of England is most famous for its beautiful Lake District, which has inspired so many poets and authors over the centuries. Spectacular scenery and a feast of local produce to try provides a wonderful way to enjoy a summer holiday, romantic break or family gathering. This is an area to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes and tarns, cycle or challenge yourself to a high rope walk. For the less energetic who, nevertheless want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, there are some fantastic pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy local, seasonal produce, such as Herdwick meat, Morecambe Bay shrimps, locally made cheese, Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding or a local beer - there are 13 micro breweries in Cumbria. The National Trust cares for a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. All of our cottages are set in beautiful Lake District countryside.

Lake District
Sailing on Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria. © Paul Harris

The spectacular Lake District is considered by many to be the jewel in England\'s crown, offering the country\'s highest mountains, most stunning scenery, and loveliest countryside. Above all, it is a place to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes. The National Trust protects about a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads, and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. Among the National Trust\'s historic properties are two houses of immense literary heritage. The Georgian Wordsworth House in Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, and Hill Top, a petite 17th-century house, in the hamlet of Near Sawrey, is where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children\'s stories.

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  • Shopping
  • Castles
  • Hillforts
  • Exhibitions in Penrith
  • Fishing
  • Pony Trekking
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill
Acorn Bank Delightful garden renowned for its herbs and old English fruit; with superb tea-room and woodland walks
Ullswater and Aira Force
Aira Force and Ullswater Beautiful lake winding through a glaciated valley, and an impressive waterfall
Townend 17th-century Lake District stone and slate house, former home of a wealthy farming family
Stagshaw Garden
Steep woodland garden, noted for its flowering shrubs
Windermere and Troutbeck
Fine walking country around the shores of Windermere, including Bridge House and the Footprint Building
Borrowdale Spectacular and varied landscape around Derwentwater

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Richard Seppings
    • January 2015
    • Norfolk

    Very clean, welcoming etc. a lovely cottage to stay in. Acorn Bank itself is a magical place. The cottage was lovely and homely. The woods were magical.

  • Timothy Johnson
    • January 2015
    • Staffordshire
    Excellent standard

    Standard of cleanliness was excellent and local staff were very helpful.

  • Morag Wright
    • January 2015
    • West Midlands
    Lovely place for New Year

    Bank Wood was a lovely place to stay for New year. everything I needed was provided. It was warm and very comfortable. Peaceful location. Lovely place to a high standard Location. Peaceful. Felt as if I was the only person living in a beautiful property. The walks around the wood and surrounding area were exactly what I was looking for. I think the provision of a bottle of prosecco for New Year added that extra special touch which made me smile when I arrived. The lights were all on and it felt like coming home. thank you.

  • Deborah Rodgers
    • December 2014
    • Northumberland
    Full of Character

    We especially enjoyed the feeling of space this apartment offered, the quality of the furnishings and the fact that it was an historical building which was full of character.

    • November 2014
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  • Muriel Naughton
    • November 2014
    • Cheshire
    Quiet and peaceful

    It was quiet, peaceful and relaxing. Just what we needed.

  • Patricia Paulson
    • October 2014
    • La Crosse, Wisconsin USA
    Peaceful location

    The peaceful location at Acorn Bank; the apartment was extremely roomy and comfortable. Fresh flowers in every room- wow!

  • The Lander Family
    • March 2013
    • UK
    Awash with snowdrops

    This was our 1st stay at an NT property & we couldn't have been more pleased. Bank Wood was perfect in all respects & we will not hesitate in returning and/or staying in other NT properties. We were extremely lucky on the weather front plus because of the time of year the grounds & area were awash with snowdrops.

  • Mr R Styles
    • December 2012
    • UK
    A magical spot

    Peaceful location - it's just a magical spot and the apartment is very spacious. We have stayed at Bank Wood several times previously. The upgrade/refurbishment is much appreciated. Pauline the caretaker obviously takes pride in maintaining the place and Sarah the property manager and the volunteers are really nice, friendly people to chat with.

  • Simmonds party
    • December 2012
    • Northumberland
    Delightful surroundings

    Delightful surroundings, flat immaculate and well furnished. After accidentally leaving some clothes behind on departure both the booking centre & Acorn Bank staff could not have been more helpful.

  • Dave and Alison
    • October 2012
    • Essex
    One of the finest and more relaxing places imaginable

    My Wife and I wanted to write and thank you for our recent stay at Acorn Bank in the new and beautifully renovated Bank Wood apartment and to bring to your attention the wonderful work of the staff and management at this fantastic National Trust property. We have stayed at Acorn Bank (and indeed, various other National Trust cottages) before and believe that it is one of the finest and more relaxing places imaginable. What made this holiday even better was the fact that Bank Wood has been sympathetically upgraded to provide excellent accommodation; none of the historic charm and elegance of the building and rooms have been sacrificed, but it is now so much more comfortable and modern and does make a perfect base for visiting the beautiful local area and the Lakes. What also made our stay this time so magical was the very kind and helpful presence of Sara, the custodian and her staff who were always on hand to provide advice, information and any assistance that might be needed. Once again, thank you for enabling us to stay at this lovely place and many thanks to the excellent staff there who helped make our stay so memorable. We will be back in the spring next year.

  • Jane Steventon
    A Lovely apartment

    A Lovely apartment in an unusual setting which really made a 2 day break very enjoyable.Lots of space and especially private and peaceful,have passed on our recommendations to friends! The grounds are lovely and there is a nice short walk by the river around Acorn Bank First visit to a nt cottage,felt they provided just that little bit more,everything in the cottage pristine and fresh ,loved the old furniture which suited the setting

  • Shirley & Howard
    Warm and welcoming

    Our first visit to an NT cottage. It was warm welcoming clean and very well equipped. we will definitely try other NT properties

  • Jennie & David
    Very well appointed

    Agree with the previous comment, very well appointed & clean & tidy. There was even a torch left for us, which was extermely handy on the walk to and from the kings arms in Temple Sowerby. When you are in Penrith, check out Rghed, a local exhibition centre; the alpace centre and the golf centre.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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