Victorian stone house 1.5 miles from Windermere on the A591. Parking available for two cars, public transport on the A591. All rooms have double glazing. Fenced garden for dogs. Local shop and petrol. Without transport, taxi or bus needed to go to Bowness.
Allan Bank's address has recently been changed by the post office because it is not located on Brook Street: Allan Bank, Troutbeck Bridge, LA23 1HL. Access: The right turn between two stone gateposts is tight. Overseas guests frequently hire very large 7 seat cars. It is possible to drive through, but some care is needed. Parking: See 2 spaces on the photo where a car is parked. The area near the back door can be used to turn the car around but not to park.
Another house rule is regarding the central heating: Please don't change the central heating remote and don't open the cupboard in the kitchen where main tank is located. DO NOT CHANGE the setting. If guests arrive after 11pm the heating is on a timer and cannot be overridden. If extra heating is needed there are free standing electric heaters.
There is a dishwasher; please use it.
The council does not provide free rubbish collection - the green wheelie bin is privately hired and provides recycling; please deposit everything in black bags into the bin on departure.
Dogs are allowed as long they are kept on leads once outside the garden gate or back door. The farmer has sheep in the field opposite the garden gate.
Smokers please use the garden.
Children do stay in the house, but it is impossible to fix a safety gate at the top of the stairs, and a large wooden coffee table in the sitting room could prove to be an obstacle course for crawling babies! As the house has 3 bedrooms it is suitable for 3 couples, but not big enough if all the couples want to bring children. The staircase has to be considered. More than two children would not be manageable.
Older guests do stay, but the staircase has a steep left hand bend - see a photo on the listing.
There isn't access for wheelchairs and the staircase is not suitable for a disabled person, but there is a comfy sofa bed and downstairs toilet.
Because Allan Bank is on an unnamed track (I have the right to use, and own the parking spaces) there isn't any street lighting except the light on the house - all guests are urged to bring a torch for use in the dark.
Luggage - overseas guests frequently bring very large suitcases and hand luggage. When the group is a party of six, the wear and tear on the staircase (narrow, steep and crooked) is very heavy. Most big luggage will need to stay in the porch, which is locked and safe.
Slippers are not provided unless requested.
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