Music Before 1800 – mb1800-11
Auction Ends: May 14, 2019 09:00 PM EDT


1 Week in House in England's Lake District through end of 2020

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$2,100 USD
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A week's stay for two couples at Bank House, Monica Huggett's residence in the UK.  Built in 1862, it was originally the village bank in Kirkby-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The village is on the Duddon Estuary, on the west coast of England, approximately half-way between Liverpool and the southern border of Scotland. The trains to/from London and Scotland stop across the street from Bank House. The local market town is Ulverston, also reached by train, with markets on Thursdays and Saturdays. 

The part of Bank House for donation is two queen bedrooms in a ground-floor apartment, sharing a bathroom.  Also included are a huge music room, a large kitchen with a four-oven AGA stove, a laundry room with washer/dryer, and the sunny salon/dining room with French doors opening onto the gardens.  The gardens are massive, with dry-stone walls, winding paths, four ponds, and a waterfall.

The house is suitable for two couples - bearing in mind that there is only one bathroom.  Because the ponds and waterfall are exposed, Bank House is not suitable for a child younger than six years.

The house is completely furnished with cookware, dishes, and bed and bath linens. There are no supermarkets in Kirkby-in-Furness, so the house will be stocked with enough food for a week's stay.

The nearest airport is Manchester UK; the train to our village takes about two hours and leaves from the train station at Manchester Airport.  Coming from London, the train journey takes about four and a half hours.

This is a fabulous place for peace and quiet - and is also a great taking-off point by train for beautiful day trips for boating, fishing, hiking, or journeys to Scotland by the coastal train.   

Guests will be met by the house manager who lives nearby Bank House. 

Here are the comments of a MB1800 board member who stayed there:  "An idyllic setting, across from the estuary where the Irish seas flows in and out with the tides.  Only steps away from the station where you can flag down the local train and from the local pub, too!  The house itself is very comfortable with spectacular terraced gardens in the back.  A fabulous base for exploring this lovely part of England."

Stays are booked from Saturdays to Saturdays.

This offer is available through the end of 2020.  Exact dates to be arranged. To arrange the time for your stay, please e-mail Monica's partner Roxanne at 

Donated By:

Monica Huggett and Roxanne Cumming