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Balla Wray Cottage, High Wray, Ambleside, LA22 0JQ

3 BED 3 BATH £850,000

Balla Wray Cottage, High Wray, Ambleside, LA22 0JQ

  • Ref: 1000_RS0491
  • Type: Cottage
  • Availability: Sold
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Tenure: Leasehold
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Property Summary

Escape to the quieter side of Lake Windermere, in the comfort and warmth of Balla Wray Cottage, an archetypal Lakeland slate haven, nestled in the woodland above the lake shore.

Full Details

*       Built circa 1870
*       Council tax band 'G'
*       3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
*       Newly refurbished - new kitchen, utility, laundry room and decorated throughout
*       Single garage
*       Double glazed windows
*       Pretty Lakeland slate construction
*       Well-proportioned and manageable house/grounds
*       Quiet location, lots of walks and cycling paths close by     

*       For more information please contact the team
*       Septic tank (up to latest regulations)
*       Oil fired central heating
*       Mains water, and electricity
*       Boiler serviced June 2022
*       Good internet speed
Garden and location:
*       Easy maintenance garden
*       Parking outside the garage for 2 cars
*       Woodland views and lake view in Winter
*       Ambleside, Sawrey, Hawkshead all have great local eateries nearby
*       Focal points - Wray Castle, and Lake Windermere

Originally the gardener's cottage for the neighbouring Balla Wray, Balla Wray Cottage is accessed along its own separate driveway, with beautiful woodland views visible from all rooms.

Park up outside or in the integral garage and soak up the serenity of your surroundings. Ahead, the thick stone lintels and quoins and gabled slate porch with its gothic leaded windows evoke a traditional image of Lake District cottage comfort.

Make your way indoors, where the comfort of Balla Wray Cottage's robust stone walls is instantly palpable. Original red and black Victorian flooring is evocative of its 1870s vintage.

Turning left from the entrance hall, contemporary wallpaper borrows terracotta tones from the palette of the original tiles in the entrance hall for a modern take on cottage style. With a window to the front drawing in ample light, along with fitted shelving and storage, this study could also serve as a fourth bedroom. This room also has access to the downstairs cloakroom, furnished with wash basin and WC.

Next door on the left is the third bedroom, a bright room whose woodland views are reflected in the depictions of squirrels and birds in the soothing grey wallpaper, encompassing 'Hansel and Gretel' cosy-cottage-in-the-woods charm. This bedroom also has its own shower room ensuite with wash basin, WC and shower, with Amtico flooring underfoot.

From bedroom three, make your way back to the entrance hall, turning left into the dining room, carpeted in soft beige complimented with fresh tones of duck egg to the walls.There is a large original built-in storage cupboard to one side of an open fireplace. The latter emanating warmth and welcome, with its classic Lakeland slate surround and hearth. Ambiently lit by soft lamp light, this room, with its woodland views, has a cosy feel, perfect for magical dinner parties.

Continue through to the kitchen, where solid wood worktops and sage green cabinetry borrow inspiration from the natural surroundings of Balla Wray Cottage. Appliances include a brand-new induction hob, extractor, double oven, under counter fridge and dishwasher. Rinse the glasses in the undermounted sink looking out to the abundance of wildlife in the garden and woodland beyond.

Amtico flooring continues from the kitchen through to the large, walk-in pantry with shelving which provides excellent extra storage. Open the sliding door to the balcony, looking north-east in the direction of Lake Windermere, the perfect place for a morning coffee and possible sightings of the deer which pass through the woodland from time to time.

Continue through to the bar, a wonderful staging area for your evening's entertainment, furnished with a large Liebherr fridge-freezer and wine rack. Beyond, a door opens to a handy utility room, furnished with a double Belfast sink, plumbing for a washer-dryer. A fantastic space for mucky welly boots and muddy paws.

Follow the easy flow of the home through to the large living room, with plenty of space for sofas, alongside bespoke craftsman-made built-in library shelving. Contemporary recessed ceiling spotlighting coupled with adequate sockets for lamps, offer lighting scenarios to suit the mood. Snuggle up in front of the log-burning stove and drink in the beautiful view to the garden through the large picture window. Facing south, a sunny terrace outside, nestled between the house and the garden is the ideal sheltered spot in which to enjoy the sunshine for most of the day.

Returning to the entrance hall, take the stairs up to the first floor, where the master bedroom lies directly ahead. Pretty floral wallpaper continues the motif of nature, as a broad bay window frames woodland views to the front. Refresh in the spacious ensuite, furnished with bath containing overhead shower, wash basin, WC and extensive built-in wardrobe storage.

Bedroom two combines soft pink and beige tones creating a warm and relaxing ambiance. Drawing in the morning sun, a large window frames views out over the garden and woodland, with fitted storage and an ensuite with shower, wash basin and WC.

Outside, a pedestrian gate to the front leads to the large Lakeland slate patio, perfect for barbecue lunches or afternoon tea.

Below, the enclosed and private garden has been diligently planted with a variety of shrubs and perennials to provide low maintenance, year-round colour.

A haven for nature, one can enjoy sightings of deer which frequent the National Trust woodland behind and a wealth of birdlife.

Discover a spacious undercroft in the back garden, housing the oil boiler, a log store and ideal for keeping gardening equipment.

At Balla Wray Cottage, you are away from the rest of the world but only a stone's throw from the centre of it all.

Fall in love with the comfort and quintessential Lakeland charm of Balla Wray Cottage, a cosy haven on the quiet side of the lake, where you can be at one with nature and the plethora of walks and views at your fingertips. The ultimate Lake District retreat. Escape the madness of the world and forget the pressures of day-to-day life at Balla Wray Cottage.

** 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 (96 years)
Ground Rent: £12 per year


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