7 Bedroom Detached House
– Built in 1563
– Grade II listed
– Bay views
– 7 bedrooms
– 6 bathrooms
– 5 reception rooms
– Parking for at least 8 cars
– Gas central heating
– Mains water, electricity and drainage
– Vaillant condensing boilers
– 3/4 acre of enclosed garden
– Central location for all amenities
– 15 minute drive to the M6
– 30 minute drive to Windermere
– 6 minute drive to Cartmel
Whilst Hardcragg Hall makes for a spacious yet cosy family home, the business potential of the spectacular Grade II listed Elizabethan manor house cannot go without a mention.
Currently let out as self-catered holiday accommodation, Hardcragg Hall enjoys a 70% occupancy rate and is booked out every weekend of the year.
With an annual turnover of £112,000, the earning potential of this venture is definitely food for thought.
Built in 1563, Hardcragg Hall has the distinction of being the oldest home in Grange over Sands. Keep your eyes peeled for carvings, dates and initials, all attesting to the rich past of the property.
Peacefully set amidst its own three-quarters of an acre of lawns and ornamental shrubbery, it is plain to see why Hardcragg Hall has provided a sanctuary of solace for its many residents and guests over the centuries.
With parking available for at least eight vehicles, head on foot to the stone porch, built by former proprietor William Marshal Townley (his initials are set into the lintel over the door and on the hopper head to the side). Cast one last glance towards the spectacular views of the estuary before heading inside.
Ahead, the entrance hall opens up to reveal solid oak panelling, exposed beams and a robust wood-burning stove, merrily crackling away. A chandelier overhead captures the antiquity of the room, adding illumination to the natural light which filters in through the leaded-lights of the solid-oak mullion windows.
Step to the right, through the robust wooden door bedecked in wrought ironwork, and into the snug area and bar.
This beautiful double aspect room is a warm and welcoming space full of history. There is a working fireplace inscribed with the initials ‘TDM’ and date ‘1666’ which creates a cosy focal point. On the adjacent wall, an original spice cupboard is dated 1685.
To the right, the Townley family crest is set into the stained-glass window featuring three pierced mullets with a red rose and crest, a falcon with bell and jesses and the motto in Norman French, ‘Tenez le Vraye’, which translates as ‘Hold onto the truth’. Make sure you see the intricate carvings below the window, which are hidden by the chair. Below the second window is an inset seat which opens to reveal a secret wooden chest.
Cleverly crafted, panelled, bi-fold oak doors concertina back to reveal the grand and spacious drawing room.
A set of double, panelled doors open out into the inner hall, which itself opens into the main entrance hall, creating a central flow and natural gathering point.
Step up into a glazed library area. Once an office, this light, modern space is quiet and set back from the main circuit of the house, making for a peaceful retreat. A door leads outside to a rear terrace, which catches the sun later on.
From the inner hall, a handy downstairs WC is conveniently positioned close to the kitchen and entrance hall, whilst a second door leads to a set of stairs down to the cellar.
Continuing ahead from the inner hall, enter the oldest part of the house; the traditional country kitchen. Neutrally-toned floor tiles find their counterparts in the clotted cream hues of the units and latte shades of the splashback tiles behind the robust 4 oven gas Aga.
Other appliances include an electric Belling double oven, microwave, large larder fridge and dishwasher.
Atmospheric hooks remain in-situ in the ceiling, whilst an utterly unique central island holds court. Trace the patterns and skilfully crafted figures in the carvings on this antique, former jewellery cabinet. Whilst the countertop once containing rings is now sealed shut, to make way for a solid worktop and gas hob. On its far side, a drawer still opens to reveal the original jewellery cabinet till! Surprisingly contemporary in design for a vintage home.
Doors open out into the inner hall, dining room and utility, creating a kitchen that is as open-plan as you want it to be.
From the kitchen a door ahead leads to the capacious utility, home to a further fridge freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and Belfast sink. Shelved and spacious, this pantry area is an excellent addition to the main kitchen.
Leading into the dining hall from the kitchen, the thickness of the manor house walls truly reveals itself in the exposed stone to either side of the doors. Accessed by the entrance hall, kitchen and neighbouring snooker room, the dining hall at Hardcragg immediately piques the senses and conjures images of Shakespearean banquets.
Tea green lime-wash finish enhances the oak panelled walls cleverly melding into the doors on all three sides, creating a congruous flow. Overhanging the lengthy dining table which can seat 14, the candelabra chandelier adds a sense of ceremony.
The fifth of Hardcragg Hall’s working fireplaces is set into the far wall of the snooker room, embellished with ornate carvings and surmounted by an elaborately carved mantelpiece. A relaxing haven, sun floods in all afternoon, in the summer months, through the leaded French doors which lead out to the bay-facing terrace.
Returning to the entrance hall, take the Tudor-esque staircase, noting the breadth of the steps as they follow the splat balusters (typical of the late seventeenth century) up to the first floor.
Come through door number one, a king-sized comfortable bedroom with LED inset spotlights and views out over the garden set through leaded-light casement windows. Attached, a white-tiled en-suite contains a corner shower, sink and toilet.
Across the corridor, through a heavy oak door with studded metalwork, into bedroom two. Traditional latticework windows once more frame timeless scenes of the estuary and garden.
Inscribed into the Grade II listing is the linen-press directly ahead, the initials of newly-weds, married in 1715 and immortalised in the oak at Hardcragg Hall. Deep shelves are found within, as useful today as they were 300 years ago. Light funnels down from above via the Velux windows and sun tubes along the corridor to the right, where bedrooms three to five are located.
Beyond the oak door furthest to the right, discover bedroom three, currently utilised as the master suite. Built-in mirrored wardrobes offer storage solutions. With windows on reciprocal walls, this spacious bedroom shimmers with light. Sit in the window seat and savour the fantastic views across the bay. An en-suite offers a bath with overhead shower and sink encased in a wooden vanity unit, handy for storage.
Bedroom number four is the true master suite, with its regal four-poster bed and candelabra light fitting. Plenty of space for wardrobe and dressing table in here, and again those stunning bay views. Sneak a passing peek at the spotless en-suite shower room.
On to bedroom five, another spacious double with a very large shower room attached. Set to the rear of Hardcragg Hall, this quiet setting looks out over Hampsfell, views that can be enjoyed from the deep window seat. Taller, more modern casement windows open out from here too. In the shower room, note the high ceilings, inset with a Velux window to maximise natural illumination.
Bedroom six, once an office, is a large room, peacefully located to the far end of the home. Windows to right angles channel light through the space.
A further bedroom, number seven, lies to the front of the home, capturing glimpses of the sea from the corner and enjoying glorious garden vistas for the main part. This room also has a feature fireplace. Whilst bedrooms six and seven do not have their own en-suite facilities, this one does have a sink in the corner and both share a luxurious family bathroom.
Open the door to the family bathroom, at the head of the hallway. A deep tub is inset into a panelled and mirrored surround, for decadent bathing experiences. Separately, a large shower stands to the far end, with a sink and toilet also fitted.
Take a look at bedroom eight, once the bedroom of the cook at Hardcragg Hall. Currently used for general storage, this secluded spot is spacious enough to house a double bed.