4 Bedroom Detached House
Here in the heart of the true Lake District, a haven for keen walkers, mountain bikers and climbers who come to seek out the high peaks of Scafell Pike and Great Gable in Wasdale, discover the perfect blend of old and new at Kirk Stile in the village of Gosforth in the Lake District National Park.
Drive through the double gates and onto your private driveway and admire the sandstone building with its striking black and white timbered gables and steeply pitched slate roof – welcome to Kirk Stile.
A home with a rich and raucous heritage, it was, until 1884, the site of a hostelry which was demolished at the insistence of the local clergy due to excessive drinking and bawdy behaviour so close to the church! Rebuilt in 1888 to serve as the Headmasters house for the neighbouring school, the front of the house has a plaque dedicated to Anne Brocklebank, the wife of John Brocklebank who was a founding school governor.
There is plenty of parking here for at least four cars, so leave the transport behind and enter
the main living space of Kirk Stile. You immediately sense that this is a home that has retained the best of its original features, whilst weaving in essential contemporary elements in its kitchen extension without sacrificing on character.
This is a room that will adapt to your family needs over the years. A place where you can be engaged with each other while going about your own individual tasks and hobbies. While the teens sprawl out on the sofa, share stories of the day as you prepare dinner in your modern uber-stylish German designed Alno Sign kitchen with AEG hob and oven . Show off your culinary flair on the Corian work surfaces of your glossy red central island (plenty of electric points for all your whizzy gadgets) beneath the flow of light from the glazed atrium roof above. The clerestory windows in the atrium can be set to open and close automatically depending on temperature or rain, so you can happily leave for the day knowing that you will return to a temperate living area. Storage is covered with ample units. Although your dishwasher can handle the clear up, you also have the luxury of an inset Astracast 1.5 sink unit with flexi hose and shower spray. In the unlikely event you have anything left over from your culinary endeavour the separate AEG fridge and freezer can help out.
It is worth noting that the kitchen window is fitted with reflective privacy glass for total seclusion and outside there is located an electrical point allowing you the option for setting up an automatic opening system for the drive gates, should you so choose.
A modern party kitchen, invite family and friends over to toast those special occasions; there’s room for all here.
In the chillier months, step across the heated slate floor, before settling on the sofa near to the Rika Esprit 6kw log burner and watch the birds feeding on the nuts through the charming square mullioned windows.
Just behind the kitchen living space lies the slate floored dining area, perfect for entertaining dinner guests or simply for gathering in the evening to share a meal with a view of Gosforth Hall Inn which dates from 1673 through the mullioned window and the sandstone porch.
Follow us through an original wooden door (found throughout Kirk Stile) to your secluded study, ideal for when you need some quiet time to focus on work. The original built in cupboards can easily house your folders, bills and even homework files. Cosy and traditional with its reproduction Victorian fireplace against a backdrop of green and cream tiles, and broad four-pane mullion window, this room could make a romantic snug or even a music room. On hot summer days, escape to this room for some cool refuge, as the electric awning unfurls from the exterior wall, meaning the study remains shaded. From this window look down onto the tubs of summer flowers adding a splash of colour to the paving under the window
Next door discover your all-season sitting room. Cosy in winter with the blinds drawn, cuddle up with the family and watch television and plan the week ahead. Even in winter light pours into this room through the mullioned window on one side and the large bay window that overlooks the garden on the other. In the summer time enjoy stunning views of the garden from the corner of which Buckbarrow, one of the Wasdale fells, can be spied, From your perch on the cushioned bay window seat sip a cup of tea whilst reading a book or watch the chickens as they strut about the garden like miniature Victorian ladies in crinolines!
Leaving the sitting room, for now, we cross the slate floor to find another Victorian treat – a refreshing ground floor bathroom, which in fact used to be the Headmasters study and still has the original fireplace. You can step into the huge shower beneath the rainfall head for that straight-out-of-the-spa feeling. Tiled in creamy oatmeal, this room houses a bath big enough for a romantic bath a deux beneath the deep set original mullion windows.
Hidden away at the back of the house a utility area houses your home essentials and keeps the clutter away from the main living area. The boiler is also situated here making it a great place to dry shoes and coats after a walk in the rain.
Climb the stairs that tastefully showcase the original woodwork to the light and airy landing and step through into your master bedroom. Streaming with light from the double aspect windows with distant views of Whin Rigg, the ambience is completed with an original feature fireplace and built in storage cupboard. Along the way discover two more double bedrooms, both with feature fireplaces. Picturesque views of Gosforth church and its Viking cross await from one bedroom whilst from the other the fells of Blackcoombe can be seen. One more to go, come and see your fourth bedroom, currently used as a dressing room courtesy of the hand-built bespoke oak wardrobes carefully crafted by a local tradesman. Such a light and serene space, for what purpose will you use it?
Our final doorway opens out into a bright, light and ultra-contemporary shower room.
Take a look up into the loft…a huge boarded space almost entirely at standing height, that has the potential for conversion to make additional living space. Picture the views down to Scafell from here !
Time to take a turn around your grounds, enjoy hours of fun in the sunshine barbecuing on the patio, as the fragrant scent of your pretty white wisteria catches the breeze. You are private and sheltered here, so enjoy entertaining late into the evening as the sky melts from a candyfloss pink to an inky velvet.
Children will love the perfectly flat and easily maintained lawn area – ideal for badminton tournaments, boules, croquet or even a kickabout! It’s pet friendly being surrounded on all sides by a sandstone wall and hedge. There is always something coming into flower in this garden and it is all very low maintenance, perfect for busy people or families who appreciate a garden that isn’t another burden on their time.
Your automatic-doored double garage has electric sockets, plumbing for a washing machine, and a loft that is partially boarded for extra storage. A haven for gear-heads and gardeners alike! There are also double doors to the rear for access to the shed and a door to the side of the garage that leads directly into the garden
An additional boon to this practical property is its accessibility. The whole house is, subtly, wheelchair friendly courtesy of its wide external doors and sloped access from the front door to the gate. Perfect for those looking to the future for retirement, or perhaps those looking for comfortable accommodation when an older relative comes to stay at which time the cosy study could transform into a ground floor bedroom and the downstairs bathroom would afford easy access.
Council Tax Band E
Copeland Borough Council
Mains Water, Gas, Electric and Sewerage
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