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Whinthwaite House, Brigsteer Road, Levens, Kendal, LA8 8NU

5 BED 4 BATH £2,000,000

Whinthwaite House, Brigsteer Road, Levens, Kendal, LA8 8NU

  • Ref: 1000_RS0492
  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: Sold
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Tenure: Freehold
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Property Features

  • Delightful year-round sun room overlooking the garden
  • Garage
  • Period Features

Property Summary

With its own woodland walks, varied views of fells and coastline and wraparound private gardens, Whinthwaite House in Levens has a location that is simply unparalleled.

Full Details

* Built in 1874 by David Henry Fenton
* 4 good size bedrooms, 3 en-suite and a family bathroom with an additional self contained studio above the newly built garage
* Full renovation of the house and grounds have be done by in the last 10 years
* Newly finished triple garage with one bedroom annexe above
* Windows were upgraded throughout in last renovation
* Original tiles in porch and wood floor in the drawing room
* Hallway, utility and W/C have Italian flooring
* Amazing basement cinema and music room
* Integrated Sonos sound system
* The original staircase was uncovered during the last renovations and restored
* Heritage Radiators of London throughout
* Approximately 2 acres of land
* You get the sun all day, wraps around the house
* Views from all rooms of pretty woodlands, Arnside or the Kentmere Horseshoe

* Mains gas, water and electricity
* Private septic tank
* Underfloor heating in the kitchen and utility downstairs
* All the rooms have been insulated, meaning it is really efficient and very warm in the winter
* Mains gas, water and electricity in the annexe above the garage, with underfloor heating
* New electric gates added with security entry system
* Internet speed is good with BT (B4RN superfast in the village already)

Lawns from an elevated perch, the understated glamour of Whinthwaite House as approached along its sweeping driveway (accessible from two entrances) is an instant draw.

Park up in the triple car garage, with double electric doors. Above the garage is a one-bedroom annexe, replete with fully fitted high specification kitchen. Ideal as independent accommodation for guests, visitors or relatives, this sumptuous space, warmed by underfloor heating could serve as guest accommodation, a home office or gym.

Whinthwaite House, however, is so much more than its imposing stonework; it is a home lovingly redesigned, restored and renovated from the tips of its re-pointed chimney stacks to the marbled tiling of its wet-room ensuite.

Dating back to 1874, understated glamour is evident in each room at Whinthwaite House and is lovingly teased out through the use of complementary and sympathetic décor; at once paying homage to the home's original features and heralding its arrival into the 21st century.

Sense this immediately upon arrival through the formal entrance, painted in timeless tones which allow the patterns of the original Victorian tiles underfoot to take centre stage. Overhead is the first of many, carefully chosen, recreation ceiling roses, which pay testament to the stature of this home. Already, the views to stunning scenery are framed in the windows.

Continue through into the grand reception hall; a room with which it is impossible not to fall in love instantly. Above, epitomising the Victorian grandeur of the home, a coffered ceiling is embellished by an ornate ceiling rose.

Also seen in the sconce lighting, reminiscent of old-fashioned servant's bells, modern lighting adds a contemporary counterbalance to the classic country features seen in the ornate mouldings, parquet oak flooring and cosy log-burner, set in its marble surround.

An impressive entrance for dinner party guests, or perhaps even a formal dining room; this is a versatile space. Note the original cast iron radiator, painstakingly hand-polished and restored to its brilliance. An example of the care and attention to detail that has overseen every aspect of Whinthwaite House's restoration.

Ahead, the staircase rises to the half landing, light flowing down from the large window, with additional plinth lighting offering an atmospheric subdued option for evenings.

Essentially four rooms in one, this free-flowing space extends the entire length of the home, transitioning seamlessly from breakfast-kitchen to chefs' zone, to casual dining, to formal dining to snug lounge to private alfresco dining terrace.

Settle down to breakfast beneath the bay window, watching the weather patterns move in over the stunning Lyth Valley. The sun rises from this Kentmere side, moving around the house, bathing the home and grounds in light all day long.

Make the first of two central islands your chef's home; functional, practical and stylish, every element of this high-quality kitchen has been designed from a chef's viewpoint.

For social dining, take a seat at one of the stylish stools at the second island, opening the hand-crafted and hidden cocktail bar, engraved with the name 'Whinthwaite House'. Classic, refined and hidden from view until opened, this oak masterpiece is a true feature.

With underfloor heating extending throughout the Italian ceramic tiling of the kitchen (and out into the utility room, boot room and WC), this kitchen is fitted with an array of top-quality fittings and appliances including: a large larder cupboard, two dishwashers, two fridges, freezer, wine cooler, instant hot water tap, Neff electric oven (including microwave oven), Britannia double oven with six-hob burner and griddle plate and Belgian-sinks with easy-clean stainless-steel insert.

Formal dining leads on to a panelled seating area, with access out to the patio and views across the rolling lawns through the high security, precision-guidance slide and open glass doors. Glide them open to bring the outdoors in and to access the sunbathing patio.

Beyond the kitchen, a practical element to Whinthwaite House can be found in its every-day entrance and boot room - ideal for dog owners - and storage-laden utility room, with plumbing for a washer and dryer, double sink, easy clean units and elegant metro splashback tiles.

Grandeur and comfort combine in this regal space, where the light simply streams in through vast windows elegantly dressed in French linen drapes. Original hardwood floor underfoot adds rusticity whilst the striking chandelier and wall sconces, adds warmth and spectacle. A true winter sitting room, huddle up with the family in front of the Clearview log burner. One of only a handful of Lake District homes to feature a window above the fireplace, watch as the snow coats the distant fells above a roaring Christmas fire.

More than just a living room, this is a lifestyle; the Apple television in its gilded appears nothing more than a mirror throughout the daytime, until the blind is lowered. A sound system is built into the ceiling linking to Sonos allowing full control of entertainment.

Take a peep down the mood-lit oak staircase and emerge into a cinema room evocative of a chic urban bar, with exposed brick-effect walls interspersed with industrial style sconce lighting. Fully-tanked and certified, light enters this cinema room through a hardwood double glazed window hatch to the side. A further music room can be found down here, doubling as a chill out room or simply a spill over from the cinema room.

Tall ceilings are not coincidental, the ceiling in here has been elevated and reroofed. Storage can be found by the door, a shallow cupboard ideal for towels and bedding. Warmth pervades courtesy of the miniature cast iron radiator.

Refresh your senses in the dreamy ensuite where candelabra sconces by the sink continue the motif from the guest bedroom. In the walk-in shower, textured tiling coats the walls and floor; each shower in this home is wet-room style and all ensuites are warmed by underfloor heating.

The third of four double bedrooms is next to explore. Step inside a soothing bedroom, light and spacious, with limed-oak-effect flooring, fresh wood panelling to the walls and far reaching views to the estuary at Sandside.

Serving this bedroom is the family bathroom, a simply breathtaking room oozing Victorian character with a contemporary slant.

Moroccan-style tiles underfoot meet with white Victorian-replica tiles, slightly smaller than the metro tiles so often seen for a true period feel. Enjoy a soak in the cast iron, claw-footed slipper bath, with shower head attachment, where views of Arnside and Whitbarrow Scar can be spied through the window.

In the spacious master bedroom, large windows, drawn in light and views from the direction of Kentmere, Sandside and Arnside.

Storage in here is maximised yet so unobtrusive, as demonstrated in the dressing room, where the fitted, mirrored wardrobes have built-in lighting and offer such an array of space for all your coats, shoes, dresses and more. Cast iron radiators tie in beautifully with the room.

Slip through to the ensuite where a copper bath with polished outer and nickel interior stands invitingly, alongside a wet-room shower with ceramic floor. A partially obscured window retains the view whilst maintains privacy.

Such a versatile home, ideal for a young family or an older couple with visiting relatives; each bedroom is self-contained with an ensuite or access to the family bathroom.

The secret garden
At Whinthwaite House, the garden is so well concealed from all sides, enjoy total privacy for you and your family.

Mature trees to the front mark one side of the boundary, with two acres of forest trails to discover to the rear. Discover the Woodkeeper's Cottage, built in the same stone as the house and with a little chimney - a real life Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. Create Easter egg hunts for the kids and showcase the most imaginative Halloween parties for family and friends.

With no tree preservation orders, consider the potential of building glamping pods for an additional source of revenue. There is plenty of space here...and lots of potential. Follow the terrace round to discover the traditional stone walled garden at the rear, with more seating and a barbecue area filled with the aroma of herb planters; a real Mediterranean oasis. Swathed in slopes of green lawn surrounding Whinthwaite House, the grounds are simply evocative of every child's dream haven. There even is a playground; located to the right of the path.

** For more photos and information, download the brochure on desktop. For your own hard copy brochure, or to book a viewing please call the team on 015394 88811**

Tenure: Freehold


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