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The Arbour, Briery Close, Windermere, LA23 1NB

4 BED 2 BATH £875,000

The Arbour, Briery Close, Windermere, LA23 1NB

  • Ref: 1000_RS0437
  • Type: Apartment
  • Availability: Sold STC
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Reception Rooms: 2
  • Tenure: Leasehold
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Property Summary

Wake up to watch the morning mist rise over Lake Windermere, before strolling down to the estates 130ft of lake frontage, in a home so cherished, it has remained in the same family for decades.

Full Details

* 3/4 bedroom apartment
* Leasehold
* Single garage
* Views from every window
* Lake and fell views
* Original ceiling cornices have all been reinstated
* Private garden

Here, at Briery Close, each resident is a joint owner of the estate and therefore, enjoys the benefits of the historic gardens and grounds of the original mansion, and as such you can enjoy eleven acres of immaculately maintained gardens without lifting a finger.

* 11 acres
* Managed by a full-time private gardener
* 130 ft of frontage of Lake Windermere private to the estate
* Two hard tennis courts
* Squash court
* Billiard room
* Rill (a small stream)

* Close to both Windermere and Ambleside
* 5 minutes from Windermere school

Overlooking the eastern shores of Lake Windermere, arrive at No. 7, Briery Close, the former servants' quarters to an imposing country mansion, and following that an Arabian stud farm - a title that belies the comfort and incredible views that await.

Purchased directly from the developers who converted this esteemed country manor into a handful of exclusive homes, No. 7, Briery Close has remained within the same family since its conversion over 40 years ago.

Park up in the official garage belonging to No. 7; there is, of course, always plenty of parking around the estate for visitors and guests.

Admire the panoramic views taking in the breathtakingly beautiful and immaculately manicured formal gardens, the arbour, festooned in blooming vines, and the sparkling lake, as you approach a gate which leads up through No. 7's own private area of lawned garden.

Dressed in typical Lakeland slate, there is no doubt as to the setting of these sublime surroundings, as you make your way up the stone steps to the front door of No. 7, Briery Close.

Welcome home. Step inside the entrance hallway, where the classic, neutral décor feels fresh and inviting with the likes of all the original ceiling cornices being reinstated in 2008.

On the right, a large, bright bathroom is tiled in marbled cream to the walls and underfoot, containing a wash basin with vanity unit storage, bath with overhead shower heated towel radiator and WC.

Turning right, arrive at the first spacious bedroom. Designed in an 'L-shape' with fitted wardrobes to one side, and currently housing two sets of bunkbeds, a sofa and futon. Tucked into the far wall, an elegant arched alcove hints at the heritage of this home. Fellside views are framed through a window.

Next door, on the right, the spacious and bright main bedroom with its convenient ensuite, both of which were renovated in 2008, has ample room for a king size bed with side tables, illuminated by sconce lighting to the walls which in turn accentuate the deep and elegant coving fringing the ceiling. Wake up to the glistening waters of Lake Windermere as seen through the wide window. Wiring is in situ for a pop-up television in the end of the bed. Fitted seven-door wardrobes provide plenty of storage.

Bathe in the privacy of your own ensuite, with large bath containing overhead shower. Fully tiled to walls and floor, and also furnished with wash basin and WC, a heated towel rail stands beside the large window, drawing in a constant stream of natural light.

Stepping out of the main bedroom, note the bright and airy feel of the broad hallway, where a utility closet provides plumbing for a washer-dryer and storage space for essentials as well as housing the boiler, with another linen closet also at hand.

Turning left, arrive at a third comfortably sized double bedroom, currently furnished with twin beds. Views extend from the window out over the garden and to the hills beyond. This bedroom also has its own sink and fitted wardrobe.

Above, a part boarded loft, accessible via drop down ladder and furnished with lighting, provides further storage.

Serving up verdant views of the garden, the kitchen is the next room on the left. Soft closing wooden cabinetry is in keeping with the country feel of this home, offering plenty of storage space. In the corner, a six-ring gas hob is set beneath a large extractor hood, with an integrated double oven, dishwasher and fridge-freezer. Tiled underfoot, there is a purpose-built dining corner, perfectly positioned to enjoy the impressive views out of the window, whilst a traditional hatch connects it to the versatile dining room or fourth bedroom beyond.

Relax and unwind in the lounge, located to the left of the kitchen. Cosy yet spacious, this warm and welcoming lounge, furnished with electric fire within a slate surround, soaks up views over the lake to the west, and formal gardens and tennis court to the south. Light and bright, the views are impressive whatever the time of day or season; watch the rain coming in over Scafell, knowing it will reach the lake in ten minutes' time.

Leading off from the lounge, the former dining room currently serves as a spacious double bedroom, framing formal garden views from a large window. Slide a clever picture frame over the hatch to retain privacy (though the hatch is handy for requesting your morning cup of tea whilst admiring the greenery).

Formal gardens
In addition to your own private plot of garden, maintained at an additional cost by the professional onsite gardener, the owner of No. 7, Briery Close retains access to the 11-acres of historic and award-winning gardens of the original mansion. Accreditations can be seen in the schoolhouse, a circular building where the Hedley family children were once taught by their governess.

The permanent gardener ensures the formal gardens retains their lush and manicured look throughout the seasons; with several areas to meander through and enjoy. To the rear, a traditional Victorian greenhouse leads on to a kitchen garden.

Neatly maintained lawn flows lead you down through the formal garden's boxed hedging and past the fountains of the formal lily pond. Further on, discover a natural lily pond, surrounded by a colourful display of Japanese acer trees.

Traditional Lakeland Rhododendrons are a key feature within the grounds - offering a haze of spring colour, sitting amidst more formal elements such as the parterre garden and turreted folly, accessible to residents seeking shelter and shade.

Leisure is in no short supply, with two tennis courts, a squash court and billiard room.

Follow Holbeck Lane down the hill to an access road leading to the shores of Lake Windermere where a 130-foot section of private lake frontage is perfect for sunny days and sailing trips.

Outstanding, unique and unrivalled in its location; No. 7, Briery Close is a home so inviting, you'll never want to leave.

** For more photos and information, download the brochure on desktop. For your own hard copy brochure, or to book a viewing please call the team **

Tenure: Leasehold


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