4 Bedroom Detached Cottage
– Council tax band G
– South Lakeland District Council
– Mains water, electricity and gas
– Private septic tank
– Originally The Coach House for Highfield House
– 5 miles to Ambleside
– 9 miles to Windermere
– 1/2 a mile walk to Hawkshead
– Holiday let potential
Elevated above Hawkshead, take in the unfettered 270degree views of the Central Lakeland fells before approaching the striking lattice porch.
Spy the initials and names of the Heelis family children who grew up at Highfield House, relations of Beatrix Potter through marriage, etched into the stones of the walls.
Inside, the red and black quarry tiled entrance hall gives an immediate sense of the history of this Victorian home. Tradition is balanced with the 21st century as the candelabra chandelier overhead reflects light off the Farrow and Ball painted walls, trimmed with bone skirtings.
Once the coach room, the drawing room lies beyond the door on the left, with two large windows affording a constant connection with the countryside beyond. One of these windows once formed the doorway of the old coach house, such is the rich heritage of Hilltop; original elements can be discovered in every room, connecting the past with the present.
High ceilings are a striking element to this practically perfectly proportioned room; another being the cosy wood burner, sitting within a reclaimed, handmade Cheshire brick reveal. Surrounded by a jet-black Victorian cast iron mantlepiece, it is set amidst white Italian Statuario marble from the mountain quarries of Carrara which form the hearth and shelf.
Returning to the hallway, take a right into the country house kitchen, where another door at the far end leads almost directly through into the dining room.
Solid oak floors lie beneath a black Aga set into a harlequin-pattern black and cream tiled reveal, with mantelpiece surround; the focal point of this room. Along the walls, timber painted cabinets, crafted by Main Pine from Green Hammerton near York, are topped with solid teak worksurfaces, containing an inset Rangemaster ceramic sink.
Take the far door out of the kitchen and emerge into the dining room, which lies at the end of the entrance hall.
Engineered oak covers the underheated floor in this open-plan space and continues through into the snug lounge to the left, where French Windows open out onto the rear garden terrace.
Overhead, a speaker system is set into the ceiling of the dining room. In the snug there is a pitched roof sloping down to the French windows, listen to your favourite playlist, or the sounds of nature outdoors, where a lion’s head fountain feeds through from a natural spring.
From the dining room slip through to the right to discover the utility room, a space which works in synergy with the dining room. Housing the dishwasher and laundry equipment, keep the kitchen clutter free for the chef at the end of the first course by sweeping the dishes away into the utility room next door.
Access outdoors is found through the useful boot room, laid in quarry tiles with underfloor heating to comfort those post-walk soles. A handy loo in the cloakroom saves traipsing through the house and there is also access from here into the garage. A very well designed ‘practical’ corner to the home.
An open staircase rising from the snug passes a tall window with views of a magnolia tree – resplendent in springtime – and leads up to the first floor, where a left turn leads to the master suite, elegantly decorated in grey florals. Relaxing and welcoming, with space for all your necessary furnishings, yet the pièce de résistance is the views.
Wake up to views of the mountains from the comfort of your own bed. Step out through the double French windows and onto the roof terrace. Look down over the tiered gardens and sit back with a croissant as the sun rises and casts its light on the fells. Whether enjoying the first drink of the day or an aperitif before dinner, where better to capture the glory of the Lakeland fells?
Picturesque views continue to captivate in the en-suite, with Fairfield Horseshoe captured in the large mirror as you brush your teeth, snow covered in the winter like a scene from the Swiss alps.
After a bracing day on the fells, step into the large walk-in Grohe shower, fitted with a locally made Kudos glass screen, running the full length of the wall. Travertine covers the walls for an easy-clean finish, complemented by Duravit wall hung basin and WC, set beneath a marble shelf. Warm the hand towels on the nearby heated rail.
On the landing, step to the left from the crest of the stairs and into bedroom two, where built-in wardrobes run the full width of one wall. To another, three windows look out over the fells and bluebell copse across from the driveway, filled with seasonal wildflowers throughout the year.
Sit up in bed and, at the right time of year, watch the hedge twitching below as the deer enjoy their breakfast. Exposed beams at either end of the pitched roof add rustic charm, whilst views from the window reveal glimpses of the iconic Quaker Meeting House at Colthouse.
A linen cupboard provides storage for towels and bedding, before another door leads to a further small double bedroom, with textured walls and overlooking the orchard garden next door.
Next door, a cosy study is currently utilised for storage; so many versatile spaces are there here.
Serving the three family bedrooms is the classically-styled house bathroom. Fitted with a crisp, white three-piece-suite by Heritage with gold plated taps, the bath is encased in half-height panelling painted in Dulux Heritage Vicarage Green.
At Hilltop, the garden has been designed to be an extension of the house itself.
Spend sunny afternoons on the large stone paved terrace outside the snug, as the sausages sizzle on the barbecue, and listen to the water flowing through the lead lion’s head fountain whilst enjoying the company of family and friends.
Explore the four other seating areas, all of which enjoy vistas of the surrounding countryside.
Throughout the four seasons, the unique qualities and colours of Hilltop’s garden shine through, as the gardens connect seamlessly with the surrounding fells.
From the waving fronds of the weeping willow to the traffic light display of the acers throughout spring, summer and autumn, colour is to be found throughout the year.