5 Bedroom Detached House
Make your way along Church Lane to discover The Old Vicarage, a traditional late-Victorian property set in its own grounds and surrounded by the northern Lake District Fells and forests. Approach along the gated, in-and-out driveway, past the high beech hedging and the glorious copper beech.
You enter a quarry-tiled porch which opens out into a spacious entrance hall. To the right, the original, pitch pine staircase is a striking, dominant feature, with its galleried landing above.
Large windows invite the light in throughout this home, nowhere more so than in the sitting room on the left. The square, seated, bay window frames views of the fells, garden, countryside and distant mountains. Gracious, well-appointed rooms abound throughout The Old Vicarage. In here, feature coving skirts the ceilings, with an open fire seated beneath its original, now painted, wooden surround.
Next door, a spacious study looks to the west, a feature shared with the sitting room, allowing the sun to filter through the large windows into both rooms all afternoon. Servicing this home-office is an en-suite.
Across the way, enter the abundantly light and inviting dining room. Triple sash windows to the east bring the countryside inside, with clear views of Kirk Fell. Decorated in jade-coloured wallpaper beneath the original coving and picture rail, painted white above, this bright and welcoming dining room brims with original features. To the far wall, an original solid fire surround hosts a crackling multi-fuel stove. Opposite, a Victorian serving hatch links through to the neighbouring kitchen.
Back in the entrance hall, a lobby leads to the country-modern kitchen. Solid maple units meet with charcoal granite worktops, interspersed by stainless steel appliances. Encased in a stunning surround with blue-toned tiling, the Britannia Range cooker offers six burners’ a griddle and wok burner, in addition to double ovens, dual grill and extraction unit above. A substantial space, with cupboards aplenty for pots, pans and plates, to the left is a dedicated ‘washing up area’ complete with Miele dishwasher. Opposite the cooker, a food preparation sink separates dicing and slicing from sipping and munching at your curved breakfast bar. Currently concealed by AEG fridge and freezer, the Victorian hatch connects through to the dining room, beyond the impeccably designed Mark Wilkinson cabinetry.
Along the hallway, a laundry room with washer, dryer and central heating boiler sits alongside a boot room, conveniently positioned next to the back door.
Continuing along the hallway indoors, discover a ground floor bathroom to the left, featuring a shower, suitably located next door to the house gym. Train for the Bob Graham Round on the running machine in the most beautiful surroundings. Double doors open out onto the garden. Next door, enjoy a moment of mindfulness in the hobby room. Painting, embroidering, or crafting, most rooms in this home afford an inspirational view. Also located along the leisure-wing are the music room and a snug. Perhaps this will be the children’s games room and den, situated away from the main sitting room to afford peace and privacy for all!
Head upstairs to find a most versatile space serviced by its own staircase. Currently utilised for storage, this private room with its built-in storage and views of Fellbarrow and Low Fell could make a secluded guest suite.
Returning to the main entrance hall, ascend the returning, spindled staircase to reach the first floor. Here, the large landing, when it is not bathed in natural daylight through the
handsome triple window, is lit by an ornate chandelier.
Across the landing, a door leads to the master suite, light and bright courtesy of the dual-aspect windows, where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Kirk Fell from your large sitting area. Spacious and neutrally decorated in soft biscuit and cream tones, inset lighting aids the natural light flow. Attached, a spacious en-suite shower room with white tiling, is on hand.
Cheerful and fresh, the sunny-striped, Laura Ashley wallpaper of bedroom two next door matches the buttery tones in the pelmet-headed curtains. Large enough to fit a super-king-sized bed, enjoy morning cups of tea with views of the fells in the distance. In addition, is another white-tiled en-suite shower room.
The third bedroom is decorated in cream and red wallpaper, views of the garden and mature trees with the fells beyond greet you from the window. Attached, an en-suite bathroom dressed in Victorian-style checkerboard floor with white-tiled and crimson walls. Contemporary touches mingle with old-school splendour; note the traditionally-plumbed toilet and claw-footed slipper bath elevated on a plinth by the separate shower.
A fourth, spacious bedroom, with views over the manicured beech hedging lies next door. This bedroom too, enjoys its own private en-suite with shower.
Slip through the next door for a refreshing dose of colour in the family bathroom. Decorated in tropical William Morris wallpaper, with Karndean flooring, a freestanding, double-ended tub takes centre stage.
At the end of the hallway, a walk-in linen closet and reading room with a difference await. Cosy and spacious, at the far end of the house, this room offers sanctuary with garden, field and fell views. Furl your fists around a steaming hot chocolate and curl up with the latest page-turner. There is even a bathroom attached for your comfort.
The Coach House
In traditional style for a Victorian country residence, The Old Vicarage comes complete with its own Coach House.
Downstairs, in this bonus building, lies a wine store and utility space, handy for gardening equipment and more. Furthermore, an office and cloakroom are also located on this lower level, next to a well-kept garage-workshop.
A set of steps leads up the outside of the Coach House and indoors to a level of accommodation, where exposed stone walls creates a rustic, homely feel. To the right, a twin bedroom with original stone feature wall contains a dressing area. To the other side another double bedroom with a Velux window offers views to the countryside; both are serviced by pristine en-suite shower rooms.
Ideal guest accommodation for your visiting family and friends, with the potential for Airbnb rental. The Coach House is as versatile as it is captivating.
The house stands in the middle of approximately 1.5acres of wooded garden, laid mainly to lawn. With a variety of hedged, fenced and drystone wall boundaries.
* Victorian Vicarage
* 1.5-acre garden
* Council Tax band – G
* Mains water, electricity and drainage
* LPG gas central heating
* Detached Coach House with two en-suite guest rooms
* 20 minutes to Keswick
* 8 minutes to Cockermouth
* 10 minutes to the A66
* 45 minutes to the M6