5 Bedroom Detached House
Welcome to The Syke. A rare opportunity to own your dream: a traditional Cumbrian longhouse in a quiet area of the Lake District National Park – the beautiful Rusland Valley.
Discover The Syke in the peaceful village of Rusland – only three miles from the A590 and its easy links to the nearby market town of Ulverston and the M6. A rare breed; this traditional Cumbrian longhouse, dating back to 1565, has a few tricks up its sleeve. Come inside to learn more.
Welcome home. Park up easily alongside the stable block, before admiring the traditional whitewashed frontage of The Syke. Longhouse by name…long house by nature. With its myriad peeping windows, pastel-painted woodwork and lollypop-red postboxes inlaid into its front stone-wall, The Syke might well have hopped directly off the page of a Beatrix Potter bestseller.
Push open the traditional wooden gate and enter through the egg-shell blue stable door, handcrafted in Cartmel, for a truly warm welcome.
Lovingly refurbished to high sustainability standards throughout, it’s always warm at The Syke. No hopping about on cold stone floors in this country home. Underfloor heating on all three levels toasts your toes even on the coldest days, thanks to your air source heat pump which is handily housed in an outbuilding. Eco-friendliness and low-cost living go hand in hand here.
Pull off your wellies and leave them in the handy boot store as you walk through, an ideal place for mucky paws to boot! Beneath your feet, slate selected from Lord Cavendish’s Burlington Slate Quarry on Kirkby Moor near Ulverston allows you to really feel the local history of the Lakes with each step you take.
The wood-fired blue Rayburn fills the kitchen with a nostalgic homely aroma whilst keeping the kitchen so cosy as it heats the water and contributes to the underfloor heating. With your Rayburn on and producing heat, the air source heat pump doesn’t need to.
You can store reams of fruity chutneys and preserves here in your useful pantry, housed behind a traditional latched wooden door.
The final door to your right leads you to your downstairs shower and utility room, fully plumbed for your washing machine and sink. Click down the latched door handle to the left and emerge into your cosy sitting room.
Thick walls wrap around you, keeping you well protected from the elements outside. Original beams, tenderly treated and restored, span the ceiling for that authentic cottage feel. Slip through into your secluded snug.
William Morris wallpaper wows as you enter; the perfect companion for the heavy drapery on the windows and doors. This rustic refuge oozes cheerful charm, so settle on the authentic window seat and watch the weather patterns as they roll in up the valley.
Take comfort by the crackling wood burner at the end of a cheek-rosying day’s hack along the old packhorse routes. This is the life.
Ascending the stairs, admire the ‘brushed and burnt’ sustainably sourced broadoak timber. Finished in a 16th century style, no corners were cut in producing the authentic look of the wood here in The Syke. Smashed and bashed with chains until the perfect ancient effect was achieved, you could be stepping back in time.
Here on the first floor of The Syke, discover your master bedroom to the left. Uninterrupted views unfurl beyond your window, down the Rusland Valley.
Explore the additional two bedrooms on this floor, so much versatile living space on offer. This front bedroom could even become your study.
With so much more to explore, slink up the final set of stairs to the attic level. Two further bedrooms complete the sleeping quarters here at The Syke. Brightly decorated, more timber beams and secreted storage help provide stylish accommodation for youngsters and guests alike.
Wake up, pull your wellies on and get outside! Kids’ dreams come to life with games amidst the Italianate garden. With its two circles of boxed hedging and maze-like paths to scurry along, it’s a race to discover the bench and old standing stone in the centre.
With the freedom to roam about 2.5 acres of wild-flower strewn land, children can camp out in the fields for a true Swallows and Amazons existence.
Adjoining the gardens and two fields, discover natural woodland which comes to life during the autumn. Writer Jessica Lofthouse once famously said of the area, “Rusland in autumn is a dale to set the seal on beauty”. One walk beneath the burnished canopy of the beech trees in September and you will smile and nod in knowing accord.
The Syke Barn
Another feather in the cap of The Syke is The Barn, a two-bedroomed annexe to the main house itself.
Converted from the original hayloft, step onto the same sustainably sourced broadoak timber that coats the floor of The Syke, only this time finished in a lighter more contemporary style.
Ideal for one-level retirement living, could this mellow and modern conversion be the perfect pad you’ve been searching for?
For more information on The Barn, download the brochure on desktop or call the office for your own hard copy.
Ever dream of running your own pony trekking business from home?
The Syke has the rare distinction of having permission for its stables to be used for fell pony trekking – a highly exceptional occurrence for a home in a designated ‘quiet area’ of the Lake District such as the Rusland Valley.
In addition to the detached stable, there is an array of outbuildings ripe for exploration and conversion.To the front, an amply sized store room houses all your winter logs on the one side and muddy trail bikes in the other.
Planning permission was also previously granted to renovate and transform another building into a stable or dairy.
If you love peace, tranquility and history, then why not book a viewing to learn more about The Syke?
Council Tax Band E (The Barn: A)
2.5 Acres of Land
Mains electricity, private water supply and septic tank
Air source heat pump for heating & water
Various planning in place for further developments (outbuildings and trekking business)
The Barn could be used as a business or convert back into the main house
Windermere 7-mile drive
Ulverston 9-mile drive