Beech Garth, Field Broughton, Cartmel, The Lake District, LA11 6HW
Pull through the secure wooden gates and into your ample driveway. Ahead of you, extending up like a Nordic ski lodge, is the Canadian Red Cedar cladding and gleaming glasswork of Beech Garth, designed by award-winning architect Ben Cunliffe Ltd and his team. The carefully selected cedar is already silvering to seamlessly match the grey Lakeland slate and stonework of the building. A grand entrance to behold, park in your double 'and then some' garage, which is fully equipped with electronically operated doors and external automatic lighting to the front. With room enough for a boat in here, and Lake Windermere within 10 minutes' drive, perhaps now is the time to embrace your inner skipper?
Also neatly housed within the garage is your MVHR plant, a system that circulates air in Beech Garth, making it practically a passive home (subject to an air tightness test). This ventilation system supplies and extracts air throughout the house, reusing up to 95% of heat that would have otherwise escaped, making Beech Garth a truly energy efficient, comfortable and ecologically friendly home. Beech Garth, a fully insulated SIP home, also uses an Air Source Heat Pump system, with underfloor heating fitted throughout the entirety of the downstairs, helping to minimise its carbon footprint.
Stepping through the grand glass doors, emerge into the entrance hall, a light and bright space from where the bespoke oak staircase leads temptingly upward, lined with a sleek glass balustrade. To the right sneak a peek at your pristine downstairs WC, finished in gleaming Porcelanosa tiles. Also secreted here is a handy cloakroom and your all-important communications room, in which your CCTV is housed.
Take the door to your left along with a deep intake of breath as you greet your ultra-modern open plan living space. Suffused in light from floor to ceiling windows which comprise two sides of the space (and which slide open allowing you direct access out onto the garden), it becomes immediately clear that this home is at one with nature. Light is refracted from the glass onto the European oak floor, highlighting the slivers of silver running throughout and combining the inside of the home effortlessly with its external woodwork. Beech Garth is a home where no design feature is by chance and each feature melds symbiotically with its counterpart. Such a sociable space, on warm summer mornings step outside to steal glimpses of Coniston Old Man, while on cold winter evenings cosy up in front of the multi-fuel burner beneath its Italian stone mantel, sourced locally in the Lake District.
Slip to your immediate right and explore your sleek, handleless kitchen, an innovation in contemporary design by the renowned Hatt Kitchens Ltd of Hartlebury, Kidderminster. With up to four tiers of seamlessly built-in cabinets to your right, this kitchen is a lucid dream of storage space; not a millimetre is left idle. Plenty of space for pots and pans, this kitchen is every would-be chef's fantasy. With a place for everything, you can retire from the kitchen at the end of the evening knowing everything is in its place.
Also built in to this modern design is a bespoke dry storage pantry, pull out spice racks, two ovens, a microwave, an inbuilt coffee machine, an inbuilt dishwasher, two warming drawers and an induction hob. The latter is located on the central island unit, topped in faultlessly fused Colombian granite with glints of glitter highlighted beneath the glow of the three-drop pendant lighting above, and making its British debut here in quaint little Cartmel. Pay close attention as the pattern runs concurrently throughout the edges and turns of this splendid stonework.
Beneath the glossy white units, note the firefly blue glow of LED lighting in the plinths while spotlighting from above casts illumination on the vast Franke sink, fitted with instant boiling tap and waste disposal unit.
On the other side of the island to the left stands your large fridge, freezer and restaurant quality wine cooler (which also includes a warming level), all colluding to make this the ultimate entertaining kitchen.
Continue from here to the right, along an airy corridor where two large storage units are on hand for all your additional clutter. Just along the way, discover your comprehensive utility room. Replete again in storage cupboard, washer, dryer and drawer space, another deep and broad Franke sink in white granite is on hand for all your cleaning needs. From here, an external door leads you out to a canopied area, perfect for a patio set and barbecue. Here you can sit with the newspaper and freshly brewed coffee enjoying the early morning sun.
Opposite, a door leads to an impressively unique room, a sliding door disappears to open the space out and flow into the living area, allowing you to separate the room into a private dining space, snug or even play room for the children.
Progressing along the hallway, on your right a wooden door leads through to your spotless downstairs bathroom. Bedecked in Porcelanosa tiles and featuring a high-spec Lusso stone wash basin, this immaculate washroom is perfectly positioned opposite another exceptionally versatile room. Plushly carpeted in that silver birch grey that is thematic throughout Beech Garth, sliding windows on one entire corner of this room take you outdoors whatever the weather. Looking out into the lush green of your garden, will this be your sunny summer sitting room? The perfect space to sit with a book in seclusion from the rest of the family? Beech Garth is such a tempting blank canvas of a home, what picture will you choose to paint upon these versatile walls?
As you reach the last door to your right you uncover more storage in your plant room.
Returning to the entrance hall, climb the bespoke oak staircase up to the large landing, so spacious it could easily be a bedroom in its own right. Overarched by glulam laminated beams, why not add a bookcase and chaise longue to create your own reading room right here on this light and roomy landing?
Ever heard of a home with two master bedrooms? Follow us left to discover the first of Beech Garth's two superior suites.
Beginning with your luscious master bathroom tiled in Porcelanosa Colosseum tiles, this is a room of ultimate relaxation. Whether you choose to sink into fragrant bubbles in your freestanding tub, or step into your huge spa standard walk in Matki shower with its inbuilt towel store, savour some pampering you time in this luxurious space. More beams extend above, whilst light flows in through the Velux windows overhead. Storage, as in all your bathrooms, is amply provided, while your twin sinks are surmounted by sensor lit mirrors above and LED lighting from beneath.
Beyond, a 'his and hers' walk in wardrobe leads you through to your breathtaking bedroom where you can enjoy stunning glimpses out to the Lake District in the distance. Or simply lay in bed and enjoy the vast space and ceiling height that this room offers you in abundance.
In the opposite 'wing' another ample master suite awaits. Your bathroom, decorated so elegantly in silver streaked Porcelenosa Aluminio tiles, again features a double sink and freestanding bathtub for your enjoyment, while another indulgent Matki thermostatic deluge shower awaits you.
Step over to your full length sliding Velfac windows, cleverly designed to combine the durability of aluminium externals with the warmth of natural timber inside, and enjoy breathtaking views out to the Coniston range, while closer to home you spy a homely church spire. Best of all, you are within the Lake District National Park - so bask in these panoramas, safe in the knowledge that they will never change.
Two more walk-in wardrobes, linked but also with separate access should you choose, await you here. Heaven!
Continue on to discover two more amply sized bedrooms, in addition to a grand family bathroom. Those with a keen eye will note that while the same top of the range fittings feature throughout all the bathrooms in Beech Garth, individual details differ, giving each space a unique and welcoming feel. Each sink is a different shape! Tiling is tailored to that room's particular 'feel'.
Open the door to your third bedroom (all the doors here are firedoors) to discover a light and friendly space. Close to the second master bedroom, could this be a nursery for your youngest?
The fourth double, en-suite, bedroom here at Beech Garth is private and tucked at the far end of the home, will this be your secluded guest suite? Fitted with inbuilt phone charger points, like all the bedrooms here, and stunning views out over the countryside, give your friends and family the 5-star hotel experience. Note in the en-suite bathroom the textured tiling on the wall - each tile matches up intricately with its neighbour, the detail is truly impressive.
Step outside to discover your early days of Eden garden. A blank canvas awaiting your green fingered touch. Will you keep things simple and leave the lawn as it is or will you Ground Force your way to decked patios, water features and flower-covered pergolas? A perfect size with plenty of space to make your mark, this is a plot waiting to be personalised. Take a turn around the walkway that encircles the house planning out your perfect paradise. And while you're at it, why not admire that locally sourced Burlington slate roof...always a wow factor.
Local Authority - SLDC
Private Drainage System
Air Source Heat Pump
2 miles from Cartmel
10 miles from Bowness-on-Windermere