2 Bedroom Manor House
– Originally a manor house which was then converted to a hotel, then changed in to 5 homes
– Each house owns 20% of the freehold
– 999 year lease
– Pets allowed
– Fitted fridge and freezer
– Induction hob and electric oven
– New bathrooms (2018)
– Main electricity and water
– Oil heating (each house has its own oil tank)
– Septic tank
– Combi Boiler
– Council tax band E
– South Facing
– Lots of Owls and Red Squirrels in the grounds
– 2 ½ acres of communal grounds
– £500 per year management fee covers grounds maintenance and grounds insurance
– Each house has a designated parking space, plus there is additional visitor parking
– 10-15 minute walk to Keswick
– Footpath directly from the car park leading straight to Keswick
Tucked along a road signposted ‘Windebrowe and Brundholme’, Magnolia and neighbouring Scots Pine make up two-fifths of the prestigious residence formerly known (and currently, to locals!) as Old Windebrowe.
Prior to its conversion into five luxury houses, Old Windebrowe was most recently a hotel until the mid-1990s.
Formerly the family seat for the Spedding family, local Keswickian landowners, the manor house (and Magnolia) is steeped in history.
With a warm, welcoming feel, step inside and follow the footsteps of former illustrious guests including the Lakes’ poets Coleridge and Wordsworth.
Inside, like a Tardis, it opens up to reveal its true character.
Honister style tiling bedecks the hallway in greens, russets and greys, blending harmoniously with the surrounding environment.
Ideally positioned, the same robust flooring continues from the hallway into the utility room, ahead. Here, a Belfast sink makes short work of mucky boots.
Step through the left-hand door and into the spacious, main dining-living area.
Large, south-facing windows look out towards a grand copper beech tree, stunning throughout the seasons in a blaze of reds, purples and golds.
Traditional, single-glazed sash windows conjure a romantic chocolate-box look which simply cannot be replicated.
Modernity has its place at Magnolia; LED spotlights feature throughout the house, providing crisp, ambient and economical illumination.
Formerly the main kitchen of the manor house, relics of its former incarnation are evident in the enormous fireplace, which once housed the original range.
Within the original, blackened sandstone surround sits a powerful Jøtul wood burner, so cosy during the winter months.
Overhead, nostalgia emanates from the aesthetic, recreation beams. Laminate flooring underfoot is both practical and attractive.
At the bottom of the stairs, discover a hidden gem…a cosy study space.
Time to explore the delightfully practical kitchen. Biscuit, chocolate and cream-toned splashback tiles coat the wall behind the Siemens induction hob.
Beneath the handy central island, a Siemens oven is inset, with an integrated Siemens dishwasher and fridge-freezer also built in. A water filter is also currently plumbed in. Chill your favourite ‘chef’s tipple’ in the handy wine fridge.
Step out of the back door, where the passage of time is captured in the curved dip of the stone steps, worn smooth by the footprints of former residents, generations past. Outside, an enclosed, private, cobbled yard belonging to Magnolia and Scots Pine leads to a lollipop red gate and out to a large lawn.
Returning to the living room, to the far end of the light-filled room, discover a whimsical library, replete with built-in floor to ceiling shelves. A calm and secluded spot; glazed windows look through to the light-flooded garden room next door.
Old-school orangery glamour awaits within. Bright and beautiful, each window is original and single-glazed. So light is it in here that bespoke, custom-made blinds adorn each uniquely-shaped window.
Returning to the living room, climb the stairs and emerge onto a light-filled landing, running the entire length of the house. Turn right to sneak a peek at Magnolia’s ‘bonus’ room… Potentially a third single bedroom or quite simply a quirky space to turn to your own needs.
Spaciously-sized and accommodating a king-sized bed, bedroom two awaits. Fitted with mirrored wardrobes, light from the traditional sash window is reflected abundantly throughout. Another quirky feature within this bedroom is the original servants’ bell fittings, located above the door, a relic of days gone by.
Across the way lies the recently refurbished bathroom. Within the spacious Kudos shower cubicle, a Mira drencher shower features with a handheld attachment. Above the vanity unit, a demisting, LED touch-sensor mirror illuminates the scene whilst underfoot, luxury vinyl flooring extends.
Time to discover the master suite… From the window, gaze out over the grounds, or step out through the double glazed door past the bird feeder and enjoy your morning cuppa enveloped by nature as the mists rise.
Refresh and relax in the enormous en-suite, fitted with a Jack and Jill twin sink set in Honister slate, soft-closing toilet, bath, bidet and shower.
Tongue and groove panelling surrounds the walls as well as the sumptuous bath, with Amtico-style flooring underfoot.
Outside, step into Magnolia’s sunny, south-facing terrace. Set outside the garden room, this space is the ultimate sun trap. A wood shed, also belonging to Magnolia, creates a sheltered nook, drawing in all the heat and sun.
At the top of the impressive communal gardens, sit within the walled garden and soak up views of Latrigg, Grisedale Pike and the westerly fells.