Brantbeck, Windy Hall Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3HX
Private, serene and filled with character, surrounded by stunning gardens and a screen of woodland, Brantbeck is a spacious family home that must be viewed to be truly appreciated.
* Built by George Pattinson in 1930's
* 4/ 5 bedrooms (5th bedroom currently used as an office)
* Partial lake views
* Approximately 1-acre plot
* Singe garage, car port, additional double garage and workshop
* Himalayan woodland garden
* Garden stream and vegetable plot
* Oil fired central heating
* Septic tank
* Mains water and electricity
* Fibre broadband
* No restrictions
Extended and carefully renovated in 2006 with a full rewire and re-plastering work, Brantbeck's 1930s charm now sits alongside contemporary conveniences including new bathrooms, plumbing and oil-fired central heating system. So painstaking was the attention to detail in order to retain the Georgian feel of the Pattinson build, each panel in the replaced windows has been individually doubled glazed and set within its latticework.
Approach along the driveway, through an electric gated entrance and pull up in the integral garage and attached car port. Instantly sense the seclusion; with private woodland to one side and National Trust woodland to another, Brantbeck is totally screened from view.
Step inside the spacious entrance hallway, where a convenient cloakroom area to the right provides a place to remove outer garments and muddy boots. A practical home where rooms flow easily on to one another, there is also the option to arrive via the rear lobby into the kitchen, from the carport.
Sense the light and tranquillity in the music room, where windows to multiple walls frame views out over the woodland garden, cascading beck and to Lake Windermere. Pause in the box bay window and soak up the scene.
Lightly-toned hardwood flooring extends underfoot, with coving contrasting tastefully to the cream walls. Providing warmth in the winter months, a gas fire is set within a surround. Currently utilising bottled gas, there is the potential and precedent to connect to mains gas.
Opposite the music room, make your way through to the dining room, ideal for formal eating and also coated in Karndean flooring. Alcoves and archways infuse this room with character and presence, perfect for dinner parties. Set within the chimney breast is a gas fire.
Continue through into the sunny sitting room, where a wall of folding, sliding doors blurs the boundaries between the indoors and outside, opening out onto an awning-covered terrace and providing stunning views over the garden.
South-west facing, the solid Pattinson-built walls of this sitting room soak up the sunshine, retaining the warmth throughout the day. In winter, snuggle up in front of the multi-fuel stove and enjoy an evening in front of the television.
Follow the feeling of warmth through to the Shaker-style kitchen, where a cheerful red Aga, set within an inglenook, radiates comfort and a constant source of heat. Brazilian slate flooring complements the light wood units, topped in granite and built by Kirkdale Kitchens.
Returning to the entrance hallway, take the carpeted stairs up to the landing on the first floor and embrace the feeling of openness, as chandelier pendant lighting cascades down to the entrance hallway below. Turning left, step through into the guest bedroom, a bright and neutrally decorated double with plentiful storage within the walk-in wardrobe. Light suffuses the space through two large, deep windows, also framing views over the Lake and out to the fellside of Far Sawrey. When night falls, wall-mounted lighting illuminates your bedtime reading. Perfect for providing guests with privacy, and complement by an ensuite shower room with wash basin and WC.
Returning along the landing, turn left into the master bedroom, a beautiful room, dressed in soothing tones inviting views and light through its ample windows. Further storage is available to the right, within a walk-in wardrobe, next to which the white, tiled ensuite features a shower, wash basin with vanity unit storage and WC. The five-star feature of this master suite, however, is its stunning views; picture waking up to views of the sunrise over Lake Windermere every morning...
Enjoy leisurely mornings with a cuppa in bed, looking out over the lake and garden. Brimming with wildlife, this Himalayan garden is home to visiting deer, rabbits, ducks, pheasants and even a badgers from the sett in the neighbouring protected woodland, keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of interesting visitors.
Immediately opposite the master bedroom, sense the subtle change in ambience moving to the rear of the home. Cosy, yet with a high ceiling; eagle eyes may spy the break in pattern with a lack of coving in this double bedroom, denoting the room's original function as servants' quarters. This cottage-style bedroom is known informally as 'the maid's room' as designated in the original plants of the house and has plentiful wall to wall wardrobe storage.
Turning right from this third bedroom, continue beneath an archway, before turning left and arriving at a double bedroom, currently utilised as a study. Carpeted and comfortable, where better to work than with gorgeous lake views to inspire you? Also overlooking the garden, note how the Art Deco style railings framing the garden and festooned with wisteria are shaped in the form of a prow, evoking the nautical atmosphere of your surroundings.
Discover the fifth bedroom, a versatile space, up a quaint staircase. A vaulted ceiling sprinkled with spotlights creates a storybook atmosphere; the perfect play den for children. Ideal too as a snug lounge or office; there is ample storage within the eaves.
Predominantly a woodland garden, there is a Himalayan design that presides with neat gravel footpaths meandering over bridges across the beck, tumbling down the ravine central to the garden. The Herberts sculpted the waterfalls, ponds and paths, much of which still remain. A treasure trove of hidden pockets, rare plants, secret wood stores and sheds and so much wildlife, Brantbeck's gardens are a hidden delight.
The free-flowing stream enters from the woodland to the south, descending sharply to enter the National Trust woodland to the north, at the bottom of the garden. 'Steeped' in local history, the land was once home to a small quarry on the south side of the stream which provided material for the drystone walls which cover the surrounding fells.
Extending over three quarters of an acre, like many Pattinson gardens of the period it is planted with a variety of conifers and rhododendrons, many of which still flourish in the garden today, having been added to over the years. Azaleas, Magnolias, Camellias etc. all embellish the gardens, as does the under-planting of snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells and primroses. Ideal for any gardening aficionado, a full list of planting is available upon request.
To the bottom of the garden, discover a separate double garage, with its own access, this building conjures the prospect of development as independent accommodation, perhaps for a relative, should you desire. Ideal too for housing a boat, with the marina in such easy reach. In fact, the garden lends itself to sub-division if new development were to be considered desirable.
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