High Birks Farm, Crosthwaite, Kendal, LA8 8BX
High Birks Farm is a traditional period Lake District farmhouse surrounded by lawns and borders awash with colourful planting in a cottage garden style. Wrapped up in misty views, sienna sunsets and accompanied by a never-ending symphony of birdsong, High Birks Farm is nestled in the heart of the tranquil and unspoilt Winster Valley.
* Oil fired central heating
* Double skinned oil tank
* New water treatment plant/ septic tank for drainage
* Mains electric
* Private water (300 ft bore hole)
* Very good internet speeds
* Alarm system
Grounds and Gardens:
* 5 acres of grounds
* Extensive gardens
* South facing terrace * West-facing patio
* Vegetable garden
* Damson orchard
* Ample parking
Barns and Outbuildings:
* Two large barns - both grade II listed
* Hogg House - currently used as a studio
* 1 mile to The Masons Arms at Bowland Bridge
* 1 mile to Crosthwaite
* 3 miles to Gummers How
* 5 miles to Bowness-on-Windermere
* 8 miles to Kendal
High Birks Farm is a home brimming with surprises, spacious rooms, outbuilding opportunities and so much more.
Step into the hall, doubling as a convenient boot room. Lined in robust original slate flooring, sense the traditional welcome in its exposed dark-hued beams and the quiet sanctuary provided within the embrace of the farmhouse's thick stone walls.
Drawn to the views already visible ahead, without further ado continue on directly to the sitting room. Oak beams and original pitch pine floors signify the antiquity of this room, part of the original farmhouse. However, the true distinction of this sumptuous room is its stunning views over the gardens, orchard and across the Winster Valley.
Gravitate towards the country farmhouse kitchen; the true hub of the home. Surprisingly soft and warm underfoot, white limestone coats the floor, creating a light and buoyant feel. Nestled within the Corian worktops and bespoke Quebec pine units, a hearty burgundy oil-fired Aga packs out the heat.
Sneak a peek through to the modern extension, via an internal window...every room enjoys a unique view at High Birks Farm. For formal dining, take the hallway along to the old dairy, now a quiet and peaceful dining room fitted with a cosy log-burning stove set within the inglenook fireplace.
Returning out through the kitchen, move into the more modern, extended section of the home. Cheerful vermillion-toned Farrow & Ball 'Blazer' decorates this hallway, providing a warm welcome, with traditional slate flooring underfoot. Brimming with light from windows to the south and west, the living room in the newer half of the home provides excellent entertaining space for family and friends - and also a quiet bay window in which to relax with a book, or watch the plentiful and varied birdlife outside.
Follow the flow of the home through into the music room returning to the original farmhouse. Follow the pitch pine flooring back through and return to the main entrance, where an intricately carved period oak staircase leads up to the first floor.
Arriving on the first floor, sense the natural lilt of the ancient oak floorboards; character awaits behind every door... With five bedrooms available (potentially more depending on your preference and vision), three large double bedrooms lie on the original side of the home, with two extra bedrooms to be discovered at the top of the modern staircase on the other half.
Wake up to rolling mists, roaming deer and ever-changing views across the Winster Valley from the master bedroom. Decorated in warm, earthy tones, this double width bedroom spans the full scope of the home, with windows to both ends drawing in the orchard, fields and countryside. Take a second flight of stairs up to where a vaulted ceiling draws natural illumination in through skylights. Welcome to the snug. A flexible room that has served as a lounge, playroom, studio and study, its potential is endless.
Brimming with eaves storage, at one end there is an enormous full width space which could accommodate a bathroom, should you require a penthouse level, private suite. Returning downstairs, sneak a peek at the cellar; a large whitewashed space often used as a pantry due to its cool slate flooring and shelves. Perfectly dry, currently it hosts a chest freezer. Retrace your steps, via the kitchen, into the modern extension, where a cream, honeycomb carpeted staircase leads up to two more luxuriously-sized bedrooms.
History and Heritage:
Bought 25 years ago, extensive renovations have since taken place. Both barns, having been in a state of disrepair were reroofed and rewired, with floors, doors and windows replaced or restored as required.
The first of the two barns, quite possibly one of the oldest in the valley, dates back to 1695; note the stepped nature of the barn's stone walls. Utilised as a workshop, fodder store, wood shed and more, with such space and with the high level of renovation work carried out, there is endless scope for business use.
In a region with strong links to the South Lakeland linen industry, note the original linen press, formerly located on the top floor of the home, the original deeds to the home requires it to remain on site.
Built in 1853, the newer of the two Grade 11 listed barns has a selection of stables in excellent condition on the lower level, ideal for families looking to keep horses. With a paddock and endless lanes to explore, where better to enjoy all things equestrian?
An original hog house dating back to 1835, still with its hog yard, remains in situ. Repurposed, it now serves as an artist's studio; framing the perfect outlook over the Winster Valley and orchard, where inspiration rolls by as readily as the ever-changing weather patterns.
Gardens and Grounds:
Basking in five acres of land, while away the hours exploring the diverse and idyllic outdoor space at High Birks Farm. A traditional cottage garden bursting in colour frames the north entrance to the home; opposite, a sloping lawn with deep herbaceous borders leads to woodland rich with daffodils and bluebells in the spring.
An acre of damson orchard, ripe with blossoming trees in the spring and heavy with deep, purple fruit in the autumn, sits above a well drained paddock/meadow and alongside a naturalised wildlife haven with stream encouraging roe deer, foxes, badgers and birds.
Two further adjoining fields, one to the east of the orchard and another rising to the crest of the southerly nearby hill and exceeding ten acres with independent access from Tarnside Lane are also part of High Birks Farm's footprint and available by negotiation .
Facing due south, take breakfast out on the patio and simply stay there for the rest of the day soaking up the sunshine and the views. Adorning the farmhouse, fronds of wisteria wend their way up the walls to beneath the bedroom windows, dripping in blossoms and filling the rooms with fragrance as evening falls.
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