8 bedroom detached house for saleConiston, Cumbria
Under Offer £800,000
4 Recreation Rooms | Kitchen | Ancillary Rooms | Disabled Accommodation | 8 First Floor Bedrooms | Ensuire Facilities | Cellar with Extensive Storage | Laundry Facilities
2 Reception Rooms | Kitchen | 3 Bedrooms |
Bathroom | Extensive Storage | Garage
Multi Purpose Building | Boathouse | Grounds
Lanehead is believed to have been built in 1870 and is steeped in history including providing the base and inspiration for Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons. Bought by Cleveland County Council in 1967 it was then converted into an outdoor education centre. In 2005 the building was refurbished at a cost of approx £1.3m with grant assistance from the Lottery Fund. This included updating all of the facilities and an increase in capacity so that the centre now boasts ensuite facilities for up to 40 people in high quality accommodation, in 8 first floor bedrooms.
There is also ensuite accommodation for up to two disabled people with adjacent carer facilities. The ground floor contains 4 principal reception rooms all of which have stunning views across the lake to The Old Man of Coniston. The cellar houses a large efficient drying room, kit stores, and further toilet
with showering facilities. In addition the new multi purpose outbuilding has been used for teaching, conferences, recreation and as a group activity room.
In addition there is a 3 bedroomed attached cottage. The Boat House is situated on the shores of Coniston and is a short walk from the centre. There is ample parking for a number of vehicles within the grounds.
The propety lies within the Lake District National Park. The Statutory Development Plan guiding
planning policy is the Lake District National Park Core Strategy adopted October 2010. Under the plan the property is currently undesignated, and the property is believed to have an established use as an Outdoor Education Centre.
Under the policies of the Core Strategy the conversion of the premises to a residential property is restricted, for example, for residential use, the current policy states
that all new dwellings must meet the identified local need or local affordable needs of the locality. The principle of this policy is that the building could only be occupied by persons in affordable housing need or local need. Due to the nature and size of Lanehead it is unlikely that it would fulfil the requirements of providing affordable housing unless converted into smaller units/apartments.
The criteria for occupying local needs housing is that the household must have been continously resident within the Parish of Coniston and surrounding parishes for 3 years, or permanently employed in the locality, or taking
up employment in the locality. This policy means that Lanehead cannot be occuipied as a holiday let, second home or retirement property
The Planning Authority have also indicated that if they were to receive a proposal for change of use to Hotel such a use would not be supported within their existing policy.
If prospective purchasers are considering the property for alternative uses they should make their own checks with the relevant Planning Authorities with regard to the suitability of any proposals they may have.
Take the M6 to Junction 36 and follow the A591 to Ambleside via Kendal and Windermere. From Ambleside follow the A593 to Coniston and in the centre of the village turn left onto the B5285 signposted Hawkshead.
At the head of the Lake take a right turn towards Brantwood. The centre is approximately 3/4 mile on the right hand side.
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