Cinder Hill Estate, Rusland, The Lake District, LA12 8JS
Small Country Estate with a stunning family home, 56 acres of land, other buildings and sporting rights.
Dates back to 1600s
Attached double garage
Completely modernised in 1995
Formerly the Dower House to Rusland Hall
6 bedrooms, of which 3 are ensuite
Not listed, no restrictions, no covenants (this includes the Coach House)
Oil-fired central heating
Grounds and Gardens:
Formal gardens, pond, vegetable plot, greenhouse, potting sheds
3 miles to the A590
Ulverston (Market town) 8 miles away
20 minutes to Oxenholme station with direct links to London and Glasgow
The area is well known for its stunning scenery and wildlife
There are a number of outdoor activities, such as sailing, golf and horse riding, close by
Welcome to Paradise
As the arterial roads capillary off into peaceful country lanes, arrive in the pretty hamlet of Rusland where the Cinder Hill Estate is tucked away beyond a sweeping driveway.
Nestled snugly between Coniston Water and Windermere, on the southern fringe of the Lake District National Park; enjoy the best of both worlds, away from it all yet within easy reach of roads and transport links when duty calls.
The security of being a landowner allows you peace of mind that your patch of paradise will never be devalued, its views never sullied by development or construction.
Park to the front, opposite the paddock or continue along to the double garage, where there is direct everyday access via the utility room into the kitchen.
Make your way to the stone-built storm porch, a recent and utterly in keeping addition to the home, completed alongside a series of other renovations undertaken by the current owner in 1995 to add practical comforts to the home whilst retaining its character and feel.
Shake off the dew from your boots before making your way into the lobby, where traditional black and red tiling stretches out underfoot. Freshen up in the cloakroom to the left, with wash basin and WC, before making your way through.
Steeped in history, Cinder Hill was originally the Dower House to Rusland Hall, the magnificent Georgian mansion next door, then during the Second World War it was occupied by Naval officers overseeing the ship building in Barrow, before being returned to the family in 1946.
High ceilings instantly elevate this period home, where regal-toned red carpets welcome you. Entering on the mezzanine level, some might say half landing, stairs lead up ahead and down. Descend to the ground floor level
Updated from its ancient origins (the home probably dates back to as early as the 1600s), traits of its antiquity can be seen throughout, with modern perks introduced by the current owner including a full re-wire, plumbing and the introduction of mains water. Facing South and standing proud in an elevated position, the house enjoys sunshine from dawn till dusk and there is hardly a corner of the house that does not benefit.
Drawing Room Views
Turning left upon arrival to the lower level, seek sanctuary in the serene drawing room, a formal space where light streams in through the large sash windows overlooking the parterre and ornamental goldfish pond. The ultimate entertaining space, impress friends and acquaintances in this large, light room, where an open fire crackles within its ornately carved surround. Pour a drink from the built-in cocktail cabinet and step outside through what was once the original entrance to the home, now leading out on to the South terrace.
Dine in Style
Continuing through, step into the sitting room, the oldest part of the house. The heavy oak beams are indicative of its antiquity and an ancient treacle-toned door opens to the wood store, where logs for the room's inglenook-encased stove arrive via a chute from the driveway above. A sociable everyday sitting room, it forms the hub of the home, providing direct access to the main entertaining and eating rooms which peel off from it.
Feast in formality and style in the gilded dining room to the left. Scarlet walls are bedecked in golden coving, with carpet underfoot. Spacious and with views out over the garden, this room is particularly festive at Christmastime with a fire lit for added ambience.
Turn off along a hallway, where original black and red tiling extends underfoot.
Work from home in the study, tucked peacefully off to the left and dressed in striped blazer style wallpaper for a formal feel. Light and quiet, stoke the fire as you complete your work, with pretty views out over the herbaceous borders and croquet lawn.
Just before the study a latched door with an antiquated lock and key provides access down to the wine cellar, with original stone slabs. Opposite is a tastefully decorated downstairs WC and wash basin.
Most impressive of all, escape to your own taste of the Algarve; a stunning conservatory where the grape vine grows above delicate blossoms of bougainvillea above Indian stone paving.
Pluck a white seedless grape from the cascading vine, as you soak up stunning sunsets to the west; the far-reaching unspoiled views of the estate seem to unfurl forever over the idyllic Rusland Valley, barn owls hunting up and down and deer grazing in the meadows. To the left, your own vegetable garden sits beside the impeccably styled croquet lawn. Inspirational viewing, whatever time of the day.
Feast your Eyes
Returning along through the central sitting room, turn off into the large farmhouse style kitchen. Warm, inviting and traditional in style, this recent addition to the home stands in place of what was once the coal store; note the original flagstone flooring, painstakingly removed for restorative damp-proof works before being re-laid for total authenticity.
Solid wood units provide plentiful storage, with an electric hob inset within the worktops beneath a built-in extractor hood. Windows to two sides provide passing views over the estate, drawing daylight through. A royal blue oil-fire Aga is the perfect place to cook up a traditional Sunday roast, with plenty of space for all the family around the large refectory table.
Slip through to the utility room, spacious with boiler, sink, and space for washer and dryer with additional cupboards. Beyond, step into the double garage, an ideal entrance on rainy days when returning home with the shopping.
Returning to the main staircase ascend to the upper floor.
Immediately to the right, refresh and revive in the family bathroom, where a large Velux showers light down over the tub. Part tiled to the walls and dressed in rosy tones above, there is also a wash basin and WC beneath the exposed beams.
Leaving the bathroom, directly ahead is the first of the five guest bedrooms, spacious and bright with cream tones to the walls and carpet underfoot. A deep sash window frames far reaching views out over the valley.
Freshen up in the en suite, with peacock blue carpet underfoot harmonizing with the Mediterranean feel ribbon of tiles which frames the white tiles beneath. Spacious enough for a corner bath, there is additional room for a separate shower
Room for All
Feel the gentle lilt and tangible antiquity of the original floorboards beneath your feet as you turn out to the landing, turning right and immediately left into another large guest bedroom. Currently accommodating twins, this super-king-size bedroom offers exposed floorboards to balance the beams overhead, with an original fireplace adding further warmth. Pause by the large sash window and catch sight of the ancient yew trees by the Coach House. Peep through to the convenient en suite replete with shower, WC and wash basin.
Next door, a double guest bedroom is dressed in wholesome apple tones for a soothing feel, perfectly matched by its idyllic views out over the parterre below.
Turn left along the picture gallery, dressed in scenes painted by Lakeland artists of local pleasure spots, before arriving at a fourth double bedroom, light and bright and featuring unusual vertical exposed timbers in its left-hand wall.
Soak up the Views
Continue along, stepping up to the fifth bedroom, a sumptuous space with dual aspect windows soaking up views of the croquet lawn to one side and over to the distant fells from the other.
Slip through to the en suite, fitted with a bath and over-bath shower, wash basin and WC.
Returning along the gallery, turn left through to the master bedroom, which could easily be closed off from the main floor with the addition of a door. Here, a spacious landing area could serve as a dressing room. To the right, step beneath a lintel into a laundry room which could serve as your en suite.
Continue into the master bedroom, spanning the width of the house and admire the spectacular views over the northern part of the estate. Secluded and serene, where better to survey your kingdom from than your own private keep?
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