The Old Vicarage, Witherslack, The Lake District, LA11 6RS
Pass through the gated entrance and beneath the cedar tree until you reach the original stone portico entrance. Ornate windows in the Arts and Crafts porch and a large inner door bring the daylight inside, highlighting the pretty tiled floor and brass bell push.
Step through into the reception hallway and note the classic high ceilings and generosity of space that come with such a grand Georgian home; each room is substantial, and there's room for everybody here.
Opposite the front door as you come in through the porch awaits an inviting study. Brimming with light from the original shuttered windows which feature throughout this home, and all of which have been renovated, soundproofed and restored, this is a cheerful room. Updated in the Victorian era, this home is an amalgamation of the finest in British architecture and design, as embodied in the beautiful cast iron fireplace. With views from the seated window overlooking the patio, gravelled paths and south facing garden, working from home will be a pleasure. A bank of fitted traditional library cupboards can easily house your tax returns, invoices and other paperwork.
Ahead of you to the left, a door leads to a characteristically Georgian drawing room. Glorious all year round, on crisp winter evenings curl up on the sofa in front of the crackle and snap of logs on the multi-fuel burner beneath the white marble fireplace. Enjoy sunny spring mornings with a book looking out onto the brilliant blossoms of the magnolia tree outside.
Cross the oak floor into the open plan central hall, currently functioning as a music room. The true hub of the home, with direct access through to the dining room, the cloakroom, the kitchen and sitting room this space is a natural entertaining space when party season hits.
Guests can leave their coats and shoes in the handy boot room, which also leads directly outdoors meaning kids and adults returning from a muddy bike ride to Bowland Bridge or an exhilarating hack in Witherslack can shed their mucky outerwear and scrub up in the downstairs WC before heading to the kitchen for an energy boost.
Through from the open plan music room is the dining room, once the original kitchen of The Old Vicarage, traces of its former incarnation remain to those with a keen eye for Georgian detail; note the traditional limestone fireplace. Where once it housed a Range cooker, an ambient log burner now resides. Perfect for those cosy winter evenings. Overlooking the church green, dotted with oak trees, this space is a real cracker when it comes to entertaining all the family at Christmas.
Retracing your footsteps, return to the open plan music room and across to the cosy snug. Centrally located close to the kitchen, this could make an ideal play room for the children. With its working fireplace and whimsical window seat, this pretty room is light, bright and welcoming.
Slip through now to the light and spacious kitchen and conservatory, exclusively designed by the prestigious Vale of Grantham. Step onto the limestone travertine flooring, which reflects the current of light flooding through from the open glass frontage of the house perfectly. With windows allowing air and light in from both ends, this is a lovely room from which to work. With views out onto the rear courtyard from the kitchen and out to the garden from the underfloor heated conservatory, cooking up a feast for the family is a task to be relished. And with a four oven AGA to help you out, cooking need not be a chore. Storage is plentiful in the form of oak cabinets and a central island leaving you plenty of surface space in the form of local Kirkstone Brathay slate work tops upon which you can slice, dice and prepare your ingredients. Indeed, it is the little touches that matter so much, like the attractive handmade splash tiles behind the AGA. Step into the protective glass bubble of the conservatory. Throw the doors open in the summer to take the party outside, and in the winter the light and warmth are retained courtesy of the argon filled double glazing.
Returning to the entrance hall, ascend the returning staircase, noting the elegance of the original mahogany curved Georgian handrail. Arriving at the large landing, take a peek into the spacious original linen cupboards, ideal for stowing all that bedding.
Have you ever seen a bedroom where the en-suite is as big as the bedroom? Cross the landing to discover your master suite. Repose in comfort in this grand bed chamber. Linger by the window enjoying the sound of birdsong amongst the cedar branches. Admire your original stone fireplace with its period Cornish mouldings. An original Georgian wardrobe, with room to hang a couple of suits is a quirky bonus, but for the real pièce de résistance, step through to the walk in wardrobe which leads on to the glamorous en-suite bathroom.
A walk in shower encased in glass and decorated in a natural stone colour tile, broken up with a band of pearly iridescence takes pride of place in the corner, while in front of the grand sash window, a decadent free-standing roll top bath invites you in for a relaxing soak. Hang a fluffy towel on the stylish black Ancona radiator, which finishes this luxurious bathing experience off with aplomb.
Down the hall a further family bathroom awaits, resplendent in oak flooring and housing yet another walk in shower and roll top bath. Break out the bubble bath and indulge in some relaxation time.
Facing the master suite you find the second of five impressive double bedrooms. Featuring an original fireplace and with picture postcard views out over the church green beyond, this spacious room even has space for a sofa.
Beyond the family bathroom lies another spacious bedroom with views overlooking the courtyard to the rear, and again featuring a traditional Georgian hanging wardrobe and an original servants bell - ideal for those lethargic teens! Down the corridor to you will discover your final two bedrooms at the front, the furthest of which is an idyllic guest suite with light flowing through from windows at either end and views out to Cartmel Fell. It even contains another en-suite bathroom and walk in wardrobe. Wonderful guest accommodation, and even better for sleepovers!
Follow us outside to the courtyard, we have a secret to share with you. Here, up a set of stone steps lies an adjoining three-storey cottage. Accessed from either the outside or through the kitchen, this clever space could make an ideal work-base, second lounge, holiday business or annexe for a dependent relative.
Step through onto the polished oak floor into your spacious living accommodation. From here, French doors lead out to the stone terrace of the front garden while a rear window looks out onto the courtyard. To the back of this room there is fully plumbed and wired space for a kitchen of your choice.
Discreetly tucked away is a downstairs utility space complete with polished floor and a WC. With a utility sink fitted amidst hardwood worktops, this functional space is aesthetically pleasing as well as practical.
Head upstairs to discover your large front bedroom overlooking the garden. Up here you will also find a pristine white bathroom with oak flooring and a comfortable single bedroom overlooking the courtyard.
Finally, explore with us your huge penthouse bedroom. This voluminous space is currently used as a workroom but has plumbing for an en-suite should you wish. With stunning views across the valley to the distant wooded slopes, this space could also make for a fantastic sitting room.
Outside, follow the gravelled pathways past the fruit trees to discover a delightful treehouse. Along a footpath to the side of the verdant lawn discover a secret walled garden that has excellent potential for an eco-friendly stumpery or fernery.
On the level green lawn, there is plenty of room for the children to burn out their energy playing football, cricket or even an old fashioned game of tig. For the grown-ups, there are delightful mature borders full of traditional English planting including a range of roses. A magnificent magnolia tree holds centre stage outside the drawing room while oak, ash and lilac trees provide fragrance and foliage.
Council Tax Band G
Mains Electricity and Water
Oil Central Heating
Private Septic Tank