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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Kirkgate, Watermillock, Ullswater, CA11 0LR


Property Description

Key features

  • 6 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms and conservatory
  • Superb views over rolling countryside with a dramatic fell backdrop
  • Idyllic quiet yet convenient location
  • A home of genuine quality with that elusive welcoming feel

Full description

Location From Ambleside take the Kirkstone Road from the mini roundabout at the northern end of town and continue up the hill to the T junction opposite the Kirkstone Pass Inn. Turn left and continue down Kirkstone Pass towards Ullswater passing through the villages of Patterdale and Glenridding before turning left at the second turning which is signposted for Watermillock Church. Continue along this road until the T junction. Turn left signposted Penruddock and after a matter of yards you will see All Saints Church on the left hand side. Turn immediately left down the lane to the side of the church where you will come to Kirkgate.

Alternatively, from junction 40 of the M6, take the A66 signposted for Keswick, before turning left onto the A592 at Stainton. Follow this road along the lakeshore before taking the right hand turn for Watermillock Church (see above). 

Description There has, reportedly, been a property on this site since the early seventeenth century. This was probably a farmhouse and barn although in the eighteenth century the property is understood to have been occupied by the curate serving the nearby All Saints Church.

Following Wordsworth's popularisation of the Lake District and the prosperity which came to the region in the nineteenth century, the region grew to cater, in part, for the wealthy industrialists who came to make this most beautiful part of England their home. Around that time the church expanded and Kirkgate was extended and gentrified for the rector of Watermillock Parish.

The property remained in the ownership of the church until 1981 when it was acquired by the present owners and has been a much treasured and loved family home ever since.

The accommodation is well balanced, with space for all. The entrance vestibule leads you into a delightful family room or dining room which, along with the splendid sitting room and excellent drawing room, enjoys magnificent field and fell views. A conservatory has been added to the south western corner of the building in recent years to provide the perfect spot in which to sit and relax and absorb the view on a warm summers evening. There is also a family kitchen, a utility room, a large traditional farmhouse style larder and a boiler/boot room on the ground floor (all necessities for modern family life) and six well proportioned bedrooms on the first floor together with three bathrooms. There is a further large wc which could readily provide a fourth bathroom if desired and there is obvious en-suite potential in various areas.

There is an attached double garage as well as a large car port/ covered store and plenty of car parking on site. There are a couple of small outbuildings close to the dwelling and a detached stone built bothy set amongst the fields which has recently been re-roofed.

The gardens are a colourful and beautifully laid out delight, and include areas of natural woodland and Pencil Mill Beck which descends prettily across the south eastern corner. The area as a whole is a haven for wildlife and the grounds are frequently visited by red squirrels and wide variety of bird life.

Approximately seven acres of garden and woodland are included with the property, and a further 35 acres of adjoining land may be available by separate negotiation.This is a rare opportunity to acquire a splendid family home in a tranquil setting which enjoys superb views and should not be overlooked. 

Accommodation (with approximate dimensions)  

Entrance Lobby With stone mullioned window and a tiled floor. 

Dining Room/Family Room 26' 3" x 20' 4" (8m x 6.2m) A spacious room with two open fireplaces, one with a wood burning stove. There is a plate rack, 2 radiators, an exposed timber floor and a useful under stairs storage cupboard. 

Cloakroom With a wc, wash hand basin, a radiator and a cloaks storage area. 

Inner Hallway With an exposed timber floor and a radiator. 

Sitting Room 17' 8" x 14' 7" (5.38m x 4.44m) A lovely light room with stunning views of Barton Fell and Arthurs Pike from the large windows. There are two glazed wall display cupboards, flanking the oak fireplace, a useful storage cupboard, a television aerial point and a telephone point. 

Drawing Room 20' 11" x 20' 11" max (6.38m x 6.38m) A dual aspect, elegant and very spacious room with fitted bookcases, an open fireplace, a telephone point and a radiator and double opening patio doors leading to; 

Conservatory 14' 4" x 9' 6" (4.37m x 2.9m) With high windows and stunning views and having double opening doors to the patio and gardens. There is a radiator and an Expel Air ceiling fan and a quarry tiled floor. 

Family Kitchen 15' 9" x 12' 10" (4.8m x 3.91m) With an oil fired Aga (which heats the hot water), a window seat, fitted cupboards, a radiator and a telephone point. 

Utility 11' 10" x 9' 1" (3.61m x 2.77m) A useful spacious room with plumbing for a washing machine and a dishwasher. There is a double bowl stainless steel sink unit with with two drainers, a radiator and a tiled floor. 

Boot/Boiler Room With a range of base and wall units and the two oil fired central heating boilers. 

There are two separate flights of stairs to the first floor, one of stone and the other of timber.  

First Floor  

Bathroom With a coloured bath and part tiling to walls and a good sized airing cupboard housing hot water cylinder and immersion heater. 

WC With a bidet, wash hand basin, wc and part tiling to walls. There is an exposed timber floor, an original fireplace, a radiator and a shaver socket and light point. 

Bedroom 4 15' 1" x 12' 10" (4.6m x 3.91m) With views overlooking the garden, and having an exposed timber floor, radiator and a Velux roof light. 

Main Landing With two radiators and two double fitted wardrobes and a Velux roof light. 

Bathroom With a coloured two piece suite comprising a bath and a wash hand basin. There is part tiling to the walls, a radiator and a shaver socket. 

WC With part tiled walls, wc and a radiator. 

Bathroom With a coloured three piece suite comprising a bath, wash hand basin and a wc. There is part tiling to walls, a radiator and a shaver socket and light point. 

Bedroom 3 14' 2" x 12' 1" (4.32m x 3.68m) With a traditional open fireplace and stunning views, dado rail two radiators and deep window sills. This spacious room also has a wash hand basin with a tiled splashback,a shaver socket and light point and an exposed timber floor. There is a connecting door to bedroom 2. 

Bedroom 2 15' 0" x 13' 11" (4.57m x 4.24m) Another spacious room with lovely views and an attractive tiled Victorian fireplace, radiator, dado rail and fitted wardrobes. There is a connecting door to bedroom 3 

Bedroom 1 18' 7" x 14' 9" (5.66m x 4.5m) The largest of the bedrooms and having simply stunning views, as well as a Victorian fireplace, fitted wardrobe, wall light point, a wash hand basin with part tiled walls and a heated towel rail. There is a telephone point and two radiators and a connecting door to Bedroom 6. 

Bedroom 6 13' 11" x 11' 10" (4.24m x 3.61m) With a fitted glazed shower cubicle and wash hand basin, lovely views, a Victorian fireplace and a radiator. 

Bedroom 5 14' 2" x 14' 1" (4.32m x 4.29m) There are delightful views, a Victorian fireplace, a radiator, a wash basin with part tiled walls, telephone point and a shaver socket and light point. 


Double Garage 23' 4" x 15' 9" (7.11m x 4.8m) A double garage with an electric up and over door and a power point. 

Car Port/Lean to 21' 8" x 21' 8" (6.6m x 6.6m) This is a generous sized lean to for dry storage in addition to two further outbuildings and log store. 

Gardens There are extensive mature gardens here, including a woodland garden with a vast variety of mature bushes and shrubs and including a winding footpath which takes you over Pencil Mill Beck and lovely walks.

The main garden leads down from the house to an orchard and further garden with mature shrubs and trees and further footpaths.There is a lawned garden and patio area as well as a 'wet garden' with a wide variety of plants. The gardens and grounds are a real delight and a superb haven for wildlife.

Seven acres of garden and woodland are included with an adjoining 35 further acres available by separate negotiation if desired.


Services There is mains electricity and water. Drainage is to a septic tank. There is oil fired central heating to radiators and double glazing to most rooms. 

Council Tax Band 'F' (Eden District Council)  

Tenure Freehold - Vacant possession upon completion 

Viewing Strictly by appointment with Hackney & Leigh, Ambleside. Telephone 015394 32800 

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25 August 2011


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