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“What a fantastic empty house!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Allan Bank

Allan Bank
High Close, Loughrigg LA22 9HH, England
01539 446027
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Loughrigg
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“What a fantastic empty house!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We had seen the signs for Allan Bank the week before when we met some friends to go walking from Grasmere. It is only a little way out of Grasmere and is a magical place to walk into.

It has been in the hands of the National Trust for long time but only since a fire last year (I think) has it been open to the public. There is a lot of empty space, there are a few boards telling you who has lived there (including Wordsworth and the founder of the NT) and some fantastic views. They have a place to sit and read, coffee (free for members) and cake to buy with papers and books to read. There are jigsaws, chess board and lots other things to do for both young and old or the space to just relax and pass some time. There is a lot of space both inside and out and red squirrels in the garden.

The black boards on the walls for peoples suggestions are great and it is amazing how many people have said do nothing, leave it as it is. Our vote was for that.

Visited October 2012
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“Could just see myself living here in my dreams”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

The staff, the views everything about it was lovely. The views are to die for... Hope they get the money that they need to get this place back to how it was. There is a lovely walk round the grounds which is lovely and peaceful. Need to visit it to understand the beauty.

Visited September 2012
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Derbyshire
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“A real national trust gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

This is a really wonderful property that is a must to visit if you are visiting the area of grassmere. We only discovered it when after poping into the national trust info shop in grassmere village. We took at stroll up the lane expecting no very much when we got to the house. How wrong we were. On the approach we thought not much to look at. At the entrance to the house a notice says no need to knock please enter. When we went in told free coffee and tea in kitchen help yourself. Have a cupp and are it round with you if you wish. This is a property that was rescued and is in process of being renovated after a terrible fire almost demolished it. The staff in the house are very helpful and are full of stories about the house and history. It is. Blank canvas. In each room they ask for ideas of how to help with renovation. No notices saying do not touch, in fact quite the opposite you ar encouraged to write your thoughts about what you think shroud happen to the house everywhere. Wonderful for the kids, they have a free hand . A really wonderful plac. My first thoughts were it is like. Giant dols house ready to decorate. Nat trust you are doing a fantastic job in a way would be a shame to change it but when it is done I am sure it will look fantastic.

Visited August 2012
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Lancashire England
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“Keep it up”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

So good to find a National Trust place that is alive and real. Some of the writings on the walls are far more relevant than the 'aclaimed poets' who visited before. Please NT change nothing! Keep it as it is ! continue to welcome the views and contributions of the people of Today....some of the written views are very deep and in my opinion better than those of the celebrated authors that have gone before!

Visited August 2012
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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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“I want to live here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We were recommended a visit to Allan Bank by the manager of YHA Grasmere, and what an excellent recommendation it was. Firstly there is no car access or parking at the proeprty so you do need to park in Grasmere itself and walk up the road and then the track to the house. We were already parked in the YHA car park so fortunately not a problem.

The approach to the property is unassuming, up a side road in Grasmere and then through some unobtrusive gates and through some parkland to the house itself.

Allan Bank has belonged to the Trust for many years, bequeathed by a founder member, but until recently was tenanted. Then, just after it passed back into their hands there was an electrical fire which destroyed the interior.

Now it has the air of a hidden gem. You enter, as instructed through the front door and your first impression is of space and light. The National Trust staff here are friendly and chatty, visitors are welcome to play on the piano in the impressive stairwell and you are warmly invited to make yourself a cup of complimentary tea or coffee and take a stroll round. Like others I took my cup and sat in one of the large windows, absorbing the views over the lake and valley below. Although children are welcome to run about, make a noise and even a mess the house feels quiet and peaceful. The front lounge is full of comfortable chairs and books, even the local paper. Another room contains a long table with paints and paper so that you can sit and paint a view or whatever you like. The girls spent an hour here. There are rough but interesting displays about Heaton Cooper (a local artist) and also about the property's history - Wordsworth once lived here!

The walls are unfinished - containing remnants of previous decoration and there are large blackboards and pens /chalk all round for you to write down your ideas and comments. There isnt any furniture to speak of and certainly no oil paintings but it has to be one of the most informal and interesting Trust properties that we have ever visited.

The toilets are up a grand staircase - and there is only one of each. I did not notice disabled facilities although there may be some. Cake and biscuit refreshments are available along with the complimentary tea or coffee, paid for at reception.

Outside the small garden is currently being salvaged but is still of interest and there are a couple of woodland walks you can take, one of which leads you to a viewing tunnel. There is a rope swing and a neglected old chapel.

All in all it was an absolutely fascinating visit and I urge you to go before it is refurbished and looses some of its easy charm!

An hours visit turned into a whole morning and would have been longer had we not been heading home. Highly Recommended

Visited July 2012
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