Bankfield House is an Edwardian House near Grange Over Sands built in 1902 as a residence for the grandson of the famous local industrialist John Wilkinson. You may have seen the monument to John Wilkinson in Lindale where he once lived, as you were driving to the house. John Wilkinson was the inventor of the world’s first iron boat. He is locally known as John “Iron Mad” Wilkinson.
Bankfield House is a statement that John Wilkinson would have been proud of. It’s capped in red sandstone from the local quarries at St Bees Head. This gives it a grand feel, unlike the slate and limestone cottages of the central lakes.
Bankfield House has retained most of its original features, but has been lovingly updated to provide all of today’s comforts. It even has its original servant/master bell system – so you can ring from your bed to the kitchen for that morning cup of tea ! As you would expect in a house of this calibre, the accommodation is substantial and very spacious, capable of sleeping 14. Outside there are large child friendly gardens with lawns and paddock. Stepping out of the Conservatory there is a large patio with tables and chairs and BBQ, enjoying panoramic views over Morecambe Bay – the ideal place to enjoy that pre- dinner drink or alfresco dining.