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“Love this place”
Review of Allan Bank

Allan Bank
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Loughrigg
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Love this place”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

We were unsure whether to walk up to Allan Bank with our toddler in tow as there is sparse information about the property. Thank goodness we did as it has been a highlight of our holiday. The house is warm and welcoming. You can take a complimentary cup of tea or coffee with you into any room in the house. The views from the house are stunning. There is a wonderful play room for children with blackboards, a large toy box, dolls house, tables and chairs etc. The best bit is that you don't have to say no or don't touch - children are free to explore, run around and can't break anything! When we were there another visitor spontaneously starting playing the piano and to hear this beautiful sound throughout the house was absolutely lovely. I really hope the National Trust keeps the property like this. Visit soon in case they decide to change it!

Visited April 2013
Thank Louise G
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Unlike any other national trust property I have been to.............”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I made my first visit to Allan Bank this afternoon with family members covering 3 generations. Another member of the family has recently directed £100,000 left by his Aunt to be spent on the development of the site - I wanted to see what was so special about this property.....
My son did not get further than the first room where it is set up as an artists studio looking out at an amazing view over Grassmere Lake. You are provided with all different artist materials and once finished you can hang your picture in a frame on the wall.
The grounds are under development and the steep hills are worth tackling to see the veiws from the top.
My regret was that we were limited to a 2 hour visit because of our parking ticket but we will return.

Visited April 2013
Thank tremendoustrish
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Worcester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“What a fantastic empty house!!!”
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
1 Thank xraysteve
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Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Could just see myself living here in my dreams”
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
1 Thank Debbie H
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Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“A real national trust gem”
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
Thank soskin
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