2 Bedroom Apartment
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Welcome to South Col, a Victorian abode that truly lives up to the grandeur of its name. Alongside its counterparts Mallory and Irvine, the apartments in this stately one-time gentleman’s residence were named in honour of Arthur Wakefield, a local GP famed for an early 1920’s route-finding expedition to Mount Everest.
Stand still a moment, and admire the view: far-reaching and uninterrupted. Take in the trees, muse over the majesty of the mountains, drink in Derwentwater in the distance. Everything the Lake District has to offer…in miniature.
As you approach the large Victorian door you may well find you have already fallen in love with the grand character of this building, set within a typical Lake District scene.
Time to launch your expedition…so put your best foot forward and follow us through into the entrance hall. Hang up your coat and your cares as you gaze about the voluminous hallway. Feeling taken aback? You will be in good company, as the current owners’ friends feel the size and space of this apartment are its real ‘wow’ factor. Ahead of you lie the stairs, and indeed the two levels enhance the ‘house’ feeling here at South Col.
Step through to the left and discover our favourite room at South Col, the kitchen. Awake on a frosty morning and brew up a pot of steaming coffee, take a seat at the table by the window and start your day in peace watching the woodpeckers, tits and finches as they join you for breakfast at the feeders. Paradise…
In addition to beauty, practicality is at hand, with a utility area and cloakroom discreetly tucked away.
Come on through to the sitting room, where the Victorian features abound from the skirting boards to the high ceilings. The gentleman’s residence ambience pervades in here, so pull up an armchair and soak up the views from the tall sash windows. Curl up in front of the fire with a good book and gaze out to Grizedale Pike and Coledale Horseshoe whilst staying toasty warm indoors. At Christmas time, be sure to put up your tree by the Lakeland-slate surrounded fireplace and admire the snow-covered tops in the mirror above, kissed by the fairy-light glow from your decorations. Bliss.
Sneak a peek into the garden room. In the summer months, breeze out through the patio doors and enjoy the bountiful garden beyond. You are gifted with the sun all day here, on the sunny side of the valley, so why not enjoy your breakfast outdoors early on before seeing out the rays with a crisp gin and tonic as the light sets.
Time for the main ascent, so retrace your steps through to the hall and climb to the next level. After a cheek-glowing day’s hike in the hills, ease into a steaming shower in one of your two gleaming en-suite bathrooms before slipping into your sumptuously comfy bed. Both bedrooms are so lavishly sized you could be forgiven for being unsure which is the master! Gaze out through your tall traditional windows over the pastoral idyll beyond, you can even see the awe-inspiring weather patterns sweeping in.
The adventure continues as we explore outdoors. Anyone for croquet? Your garden boasts a crisp croquet lawn, so in the summer months break out the cotton dresses and pour the Pimms. In amongst the mature trees there are seating areas dotted about and plenty of space for barbecues and all sorts of al fresco fun.
Leasehold: 999 years from November 2003
Annual service charge: Between £500 and £1000 pa
Council Tax Band F
NB – Sasha the Labrador not included