6 Bedroom Detached House
Built by Staveley’s new vicar, Mr William Chaplin, in the 1850s, The Old Vicarage was home to the curate, his wife and children along with their two maids. Cutting quite the figure in local lore, Mr Chaplin made many reforms to community life and education during his 40-year tenure. The Vicarage was sold by the Church over 40 years ago and has been a private residence since then. Come take a look around…
Leave your coat and boots in the porch and immediately, a sense of the rich heritage of this former vicarage becomes apparent: the curve of the archway ahead, the narrow cast iron fireplace and the wide tread of the wooden staircase to your left.
Catching your eye to the left is a large green, baize door. Originally used to partition the servants’ quarters from the family, this door now leads to the downstairs WC.
Step through to the right where a robust cast iron fireplace and grate sit back in a soft green wall. Ribboning the room, a picture rail nods to the home’s 1800s origins. Drawing open the authentic shutters will reveal the idyllic views over the field and village below. Currently in use as a music room, could this cheerful south-east facing room be your new study?
Crackling away next door, the wood-burning stove takes pride of place in the living room, creating a natural focal point in this mellow, warm-terracotta-hued room. With space for two three-seater sofas and a couple of armchairs, feel the grand Victorian stature of this living room. There are views all the way down to Morecambe Bay from here.
Directly ahead leads to the dining room. Elegant and refined in true Victorian fashion, a chandelier illuminates the large dining table. The large shuttered sash-windows stream light through. The patterned fireplace now hosts a gas fire for cooler evenings. Beneath your feet, original floorboards – stripped, sanded and insulated – stretch the length of the room.
Step through the door to your left and into the scullery. The recently fitted pale sage units and cupboards create the perfect preparation zone for mealtimes; ample room for all your white goods here.
From here, take the door to the left. Here you will find the traditional kitchen. Decorated in buttery yellow hues with green slate flooring, this room is the hub of the home in true Victorian style.
A large pine dresser base, cupboards and even an authentic servant bell box are amongst the Victorian artefacts to be discovered. Newer, built-in units on the walls are also hewn from pine in a sympathetic nod to these archaic features.
In the winter months, the gas Rayburn provides heat and hot water to the home; supplemented by a standard gas cooker. Next door, a utility room houses the washing machine, tumble dryer and additional freezer.
Returning to the entrance hall, allow us to show you down the stairs.
The Old Vicarage even comes with its own authentic wine cellar! Three generously sized rooms open up in front of you.
Those keen on woodwork or any kind of crafting will be impressed by the spacious workshop. Hidden beneath the home yet so easy to access, it’s the perfect place for tinkering and creating. Completing the trio of cellar rooms is a traditional larder. Reminiscent of a time gone by, the slate shelving lining the walls is ready to take your surplus party food on those big occasions.
Climb the main staircase and arrive at the first floor. Pause a while at the window and admire the glorious views from here. Ahead is a family shower room.
Opposite, discover your study. Currently used as a guest bedroom, complete with a washbasin. The captivating views towards the Howgills may prove a distraction…
Further mesmerising views await next door, originally the master, this room has storage space to spare. Built into the thickness of the stone partition walls, are deep set cupboards; perfect for a teenage son or daughter with an eye for style. In this room there are also en-suite facilities.
Ahead, to the top right corner, is the modern-day master suite. Expansively sized and enjoying the same privileged views across the Staveley countryside as its neighbours, this bedroom is the place in which to retire and relax at the end of a long day.
Attached is a newly refurbished en-suite bathroom. Pale lemon décor marries with the recently fitted sunny shade of the carpets.
The more spacious of the two first-floor en-suites comes complete with a large walk-in shower and bath.
Next door, a second en-suite bedroom. A popular guest room, the private bathroom mirrors its neighbour.
Come up to the top floor now, to the versatile attic space. Two comfortable bedrooms bedecked with rustic beams and curved arch windows flank the floor, offering breath-taking views to the countryside beyond. Perfect for an influx of guests, this quirky attic accommodation is on hand for large family Christmas parties or summer soirées. Ample storage surrounds in the eaves.
There is even a handy shower room, complete with shower, basin and toilet, to save you the descent to the floor below.
Ahead, the third attic bedroom. Currently in use as a games room, this is the room the youngsters will flock to during gatherings, private and sequestered from the lower floors.
Council Tax Band G
Four outbuildings, including a two-story building and a garage
Built in 1856
Main Gas, Electricity and Water
Gas Central Heating
8 Minutes’ to Windermere
14 Minutes’ to Kendal
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