3 Bedroom Semi-Detached Cottage
Escape for an afternoon to the picture perfect village of Applethwaite beneath the ‘rugged forehead’ of Skiddaw. Enjoying the same breathtaking panoramas from which Wordsworth, Southey and Coleridge drew their inspiration.
Stepping through the moss green front door you emerge in the dining room, a pleasant room with high ceilings, engineered oak flooring and furnished with traditional sideboards and tables offsetting the fresh neutral walls perfectly and befitting the antiquity of this home.
Slip through the whitewashed double doors at the top of the room to discover the Borrowdale slate flooring of the utility room. Here, next to the convenient gardener’s cloakroom, you can house your washing machine, tumble dryer, boiler and even an additional fridge. A few feet out of the rear entrance and you open the door to your freezer room – an ample storage space that includes but is by no means limited to a large fridge freezer. Look closer, and note the sizeable log store – enough to stock up for the frostiest of winters. There’s even space in here to store your bikes and trikes.
Head back through to the dining room and take the door on the left. Welcome to the coziest of sitting rooms. Settle down in front of the inviting log burner, housed in local Borrowdale slate, and curl up in the winter months with a favourite book and a smooth glass of velvety red.
In the summer months, sunlight saturates this room through the sash windows (a nod to its former incarnation as Gale Cottage’s kitchen in the 1800s when a dearth of electricity required kitchens to be as light as possible) the larger of which provides vistas out to the back lawn and its abounding wildlife, while the smaller window to the front offers tantalizing glimpses of Derwentwater.
The 21st century kitchen is found beyond. Encompassing all that is cherished of a traditional country kitchen, with the clean finish of modern living, this is a working kitchen to be loved and lived in. Recently completed, the sympathetic styling of this space is rustic rurality at its best. Cross the Spanish tiled floor and admire the wooden cupboards – plenty of space for all your pots and pans – and run your hand along the smooth stone of the Borrowdale slate work surface.
As we approach the turn of the staircase, take a moment to peek in on the abundant under stair storage offered by the cloakroom. A hidden gem of a space saver.
Ascend with us now as we climb to the first floor. Firstly, sneak a glimpse of your princely master bedroom. Whether sitting at your dressing table or waking in bed, your triple window means you can’t escape the panoramic views over to Keswick, the lake and into the jaws of Borrowdale.
Watch in awe the display of colours in front of you as the weather patterns roll in from Borrowdale. On special September mornings, open the curtains and look out to see the fell tops resplendent in the sunshine amidst crystal clear blue while the valley below is full of cloud, and watch it slowly rise.
From your liberally sized second double bedroom, enjoy more of the same divine lake and mountain views before slipping next door to discover your generous bathroom with its bespoke corner shower. Beneath your feet lies a quality grey wood effect vinyl, modestly complemented by the surrounding clean white tiles, finished off with a deep wooden window sill neatly framing your views out over the gardens.
Follow us as we climb to the uppermost reaches of Gale Cottage where a surprise awaits…
Emerging onto wood flooring, you find yourself gazing up at the high ceiling of the eaves, where rustic wooden beams criss-cross overhead, outlining an enormous Velux window through which light from the rear garden floods in. Currently utilised as a sitting room, this partially divided room leads on into bedroom where two comfortable three-foot beds sit side by side with a walkway in between. Another large Velux window frames inimitable views over the lush private grounds of Applethwaite Country House and out to Skiddaw Little Man, the peak before Skiddaw.
Beyond, lies another bathroom. In winter, when the crisp skies are at their blackest and clearest, draw a steaming bath and lie back with a glass of fizz and gaze up through the generous Velux window at the thousands of stars overhead.
Snugly set out here amongst the northern fells, practicality insists that children (and adults) visiting for tea should enjoy the hospitality of Gale Cottage and sleep over. As such, this converted attic space has hosted many parties and sleepovers and is perfectly set up as its own self-contained suite for just this purpose. For longer stays, there’s even a walk in wardrobe housing 12 feet of hanging space, with even more storage available under the eaves.
Tucked behind Gale Cottage you find the hidden gem in this treasure of a property. Norton, the original coach house of the building, dates back to 1881 and would have originally housed the pony and trap. Now, with planning permission and unrestricted occupancy it awaits your touch. A modest project, Norton has two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, lounge and there is also an additional shower room downstairs. With breathtaking front views out to Derwentwater and Borrowdale it even has its own private patio with delightful views out to the back lawn; its potential is self-evident.
What will you do with this enterprise? Perhaps it will become auxiliary accommodation for an older relative, or will you maximise its business potential by running your own B&B or self-catering cottage? Its outlook would make for an idyllic gallery or studio, or perhaps even a guest suite with offices?
No Local Occupancy Clauses
Council Tax Band C
Allerdale Borough Council
Mains Electricity, Drainage and Water
Leasehold – 999 years from 2002
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