This picture perfect cottage is situated in the peaceful village of Staveley–In–Cartmel, in the south of the Lake District National Park. Surrounded by lush countryside, this sought after area enjoys the best of both worlds, offering the countryside ideal at the foot of Lake Windermere, whilst still being conveniently located just ½ mile to the A592 leading to the heart of The Lakes. The current owners have lovingly brought the property back to life, so now the 400 year old, four bed cottage has been transformed into a stunning, characterful home that offers a mix of traditional interiors and modern comforts to include new windows throughout. Sitting within a large plot extending to over 1 acre, the property boasts a private setting, stunning, newly landscaped gardens, four separate driveways and a carport. The final string to the bow is the attached shippon and large barn, which at present is a great area for storage and a workshop however it could be converted into a holiday let or an extension of the house, subject to relevant planning consents.
Situated close to the South Eastern shore of Lake Windermere, and within a short drive from the bustling town of Bowness on Windermere which has an excellent choice of shops, restaurants and everyday amenities; Windermere Marina, The Motorboat Racing Club, Royal Windermere Yacht Club, Fell Foot and the Golf club are also within easy reach. In the immediate area there are a choice of pubs and The Swan at Newby Bridge boasts not only a super dining but also a spa, gym and swimming pool. Sandfold Farm has all the Lake District National Park has to offer on its doorstep and the popular market towns of Kendal and Ulverston are also within a twenty minute drive; its proximity to the A590 also means that J36 of the M6 is around 15 minutes away and access to the West Coast Mainline at Oxenholme and Grange train station 5 miles away, is both easy and convenient for connectivity to Glasgow, London and Manchester. There are a number of primary schools within a short drive and most have transport services and for those looking for independent schools, Sedbergh and Windermere Schools both have pick ups nearby.
The property offers a choice of four entrances with ample parking available. The flagged patio to the rear looks out over the large lawn, landscaped with colourful plants and flowers for a lovely outlook on approach to the entrance. The entrance porch with slate pitched roof creates a pretty and practical entrance into this charming home, with a slate seat and space for storing muddy boots. There are alternative entrances into the property however this one leads directly into the heart of the home – the open plan kitchen and living area. This homely space has a welcoming feel from the outset and the attention to detail in ensuring the integrity of this unique home has been retained is also evident. Restored stone flagged floors run throughout the space and the traditional painted units of the kitchen are finished with Burlington slate worktops, including a large central island. A Rangemaster cooker is set within a tiled inglenook with exposed beam lintel tying in with the exposed beams on the ceiling and over the doors and windows. The living area is set around the multi fuel stove, creating a cosy atmosphere much enjoyed in the winter months. The kitchen is supported by the newly converted cold store which now serves as a sizeable pantry and prep kitchen, offering a further range of units with the original restored stone worktops, flagged floors and exposed wooden beams.
Adjoining the kitchen is the former entrance hall, now utilised as a dining area with an external door leading out onto one of the drives to the front. There is access from here to the WC and into the cosy yet bright living room. French doors lead out into the cottage garden to the side of the property, creating a lovely outlook. However the most striking feature of the room is the large fireplace with an impressive sandstone surround and unique decorative tiled inset that houses the Stovax multi fuel stove.
Stairs from the open plan living space lead up to the first floor landing, full of character with curved plasterwork to the walls and exposed ceiling beams. There are a total of four double bedrooms on offer, each offer unique views, plenty of character and high vaulted ceilings with exposed ceiling beams. They have all been tastefully decorated in keeping with the quaint aesthetics of the home and offer good proportions. The master bedroom also boasts a beautifully finished ensuite shower room featuring Burlington sanitaryware and slate tiling to finish. The modern family bathroom also has a period feel with the use of traditional fixtures and a striking freestanding, claw foot bath.
The extensive outbuildings present scope for further development, subject to relevant planning consents. Consisting of an attached shippon, a large barn with vehicle access from the lane and a smaller attached barn, there is potential to convert into a holiday let or even extend the cottage into the large barn. At present they are fantastic for storage and the shippon is a great workshop. There are also two external former pigsty's which are great garden and log stores or could be used as kennels. The bottom driveway leads to a stone built two bay carport with a slate roof, this also makes for a fantastic shaded seating area from which to enjoy the lovely outlook over the garden. The current vendors have lovingly redesigned the sizeable gardens of the cottage, with patio areas for alfresco dining and relaxing, overlooking the lawn that extends down to a trickling stream. The garden is a testament to their hard work and passion and is awash with colour and wildlife. The borders have been thoughtfully stocked with vibrant rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and perennials for an effective bloom year after year. The well kept lawn also boasts an open apple orchard and further plum and olive trees, gooseberries, blackcurrants and rhubarb can be found across the garden. Even the enclosed boundary, whether it be fences, stone walls or natural sloping rockery, have been planted with eye catching flowers and plants such as a climbing roses. A slate chipped pathway leads up through the borders, with gradual steps leading around the property to a beautiful cottage garden filled with an array of colourful flowers, plants and shrubs. This area can also be accessed from the French doors of the living room, leading to a seating area set under a wooden pergola.
Directions From M6 J36 follow the A590 taking the first exit signposted 'Barrow' and continue for approximately 3.5 miles then follow the A590 slip road signposted Milnthorpe/Barrow . At the roundabout take the first exit onto the A590 and continue for approximately 11 miles. Take a right hand turn signposted Staveley-In-Cartmel, continue for approximately 1 mile, turning left at the junction and the property is located on your left hand side.
Services Mains water
Private septic tank drainage
Oil central heating
Council Tax Band F