8 bedroom detached house for salePenrith, Cumbria
An elegant, spacious and well-loved Georgian country family home with a much sought after walled garden, situated within a charming village setting.
Temple Sowerby House is a Grade II Listed, eight bedroom property which also offers a four bedroom self-contained attached annexe and separate coach house, located close to the Lake District National Park and within Cumbria's Eden Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The property is set in almost 2 acres and offers a substantial family home, development potential, rental opportunities and scope for equestrian or home business use.
Situated in the centre of the attractive conservation village of Temple Sowerby, overlooking the village green and the Pennines beyond, the house is approximately 6 miles from both Penrith to the north-west and Appleby-in-Westmorland to the south-east. Penrith benefits from the West Coast mainline, just 3 hours from London and with direct connections to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester. There is also easy access to the major road network via the A66 and the M6 at Penrith.
The Northern Lakes (Ullswater being just 11 miles away), the Pennines, Hadrian's Wall and the Yorkshire Dales are all easily accessible, providing a variety of landscapes for sporting pursuits and leisure interests. Fishing is available on the River Eden which flows close to the village, as well as shooting on the nearby fells during the season.
There is an active local community centred around the village hall, local church and pub. There is also a doctors' surgery and primary school. Local amenities include a hospital, health club and spa as well as several golf clubs and a well respected theatre in Keswick.
Temple Sowerby House is set back from the village road, behind a sandstone wall with gateposts providing an 'in-and-out' entrance onto a gravelled driveway with parking.
The entrance porch leads into the Georgian hallway, with cantilevered staircase. Leading off the hallway is a formal dining room with decorative plaster display alcove and also a bright, elegant Georgian reception room with large bay window, both rooms have open working fires with feature fire surrounds. The hallway then leads on into the older part of the house, which dates from 1727 and into a paneled, beamed snug area with window seat and attractive sandstone fire surround.
Adjacent is a cosy room suitable for a variety of uses including a family dining room, study or library. This in turn leads into the Garden Room with direct access to the Walled Garden and Terrace via French doors. This large, bright room is ideal as an informal family room.
A large, contemporary conservatory, looking out over the croquet lawn and walled garden was added in 2006. With under-floor heating and direct access to the terrace and garden it's a lovely room to use all through the year.
Also on the ground floor is a large kitchen, ground floor cloakrooms and various storage areas. There are 2 cellar areas, one of which is used as a wine cellar and the other as a workshop which includes a boiler room and plenty of storage.
On the first floor there are 8 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms, each offering individual charm, from high Georgian ceilings to traditional oak beams. The bathrooms are all of contemporary design, four of which have aqua-spa baths and one has a hydro-therapy shower.
This attached property with its own entrance has four large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large dressing room/office, kitchen, lounge and small private garden. Ideal for extended family or used to generate an income, rented as a house or holiday let.
Also within the plot is a separate detached 4-bedroomed property, just a few metres from the main building, which could be easily converted to a self contained house for family, staff or guest use or as a source of further rental income.
The private, walled garden provides peaceful, intimate and sheltered surroundings, with landscaped mature gardens including a croquet lawn and herb garden. There is space for a vegetable garden and also a paddock area.
There are a number of external buildings to the rear of the property. A large outbuilding is currently used as garden storage whilst an empty outbuilding has unconditional planning permission to be redeveloped.
The house has been a family home for nearly 300 years and the current owners, who bought the property in 2000, have run it as a small country house hotel winning many accolades over the years. During this time the house has been refurbished while remaining sympathetic to the heritage of the property.
Very little immediate alterations are required to revert to its original role of a family home. All areas of the house are fully utilized and offer exceptionally versatile living space and scope to recreate a substantial family residence of some substance and style.
Note: all relevant alterations will require the necessary planning or Listed Building consents
Fixture and Fittings
Fixtures and fittings are owned outright and could be sold separately by negotiation.
All mains services are connected, with the exception of natural gas, which is not supplied to the village. Heating/hot water are serviced by modern condensing oil-fired boilers, whilst the kitchen is supplied by LPG. All areas have secure Wifi connection. PAT Testing is carried out annually, most recently July 2015. Electrical Circuit Testing is carried out every five years, most recently in November 2012
All viewings are strictly by appointment only with Fine and Country North Lakes and Eden Valley telephone 01768 869007. If you have specific requirements which are not covered in our sales details, please discuss them with a member of staff who has seen the property, before you travel to a viewing.
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