7 bedroom detached house for saleSelside, Kendal, Cumbria
Offers in Excess of £3,250,000
Lowbridge House extends to approximately 17,750 sq ft and is approached though mature parkland via a private tree-lined driveway, which opens to reveal the house overlooking a pretty lake, with mature shrubs and an ornamental boathouse.
The house sits at the southern edge of the Estate, with Bannisdale rising behind it. The property has never been on the open market and has been the home of the Fothergill family since 1761. Between 1833 and 1837 Richard Fothergill designed and rebuilt Lowbridge House in the fashionable Romantic 'cottage ornéé' style. A lodge house and a new drive were constructed and woodland was planted around the house and valley.
In addition, a lake and boathouse were created in
front of the house. In 1867 the house was further extended with the addition of a billiards room, more bedrooms and at the same time the old bank barn was converted into a North wing, to provide more accommodation for staff and guests, largely used for shooting parties.
In 1884, to celebrate his wedding anniversary,
Richard Fothergill built a 'tennis house' and clay court. The tennis house, with commemorative heraldic features remains and has been renovated.
Dry Howe and Bannisdale Head farms were purchased in 1845 and a road connecting them to Lowbridge was built, thus forming the now Lowbridge Estate.
The accommodation currently provides for very comfortable family living with a distinctive blend of rooms providing for modern living, together with impressive more formal rooms commensurate with a house of this size and character. These rooms retain their period detailing unaltered and preserved.
There are 7 bedrooms in the main house but the uninhabited North wing provides very significant scope for further living accommodation to be brought back into use.
Dry Howe Farm
Extending to about 1,888 acres, Dry Howe farm is let subject to a first succession Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancy with the rent currently payable being £12,500 per annum. A notice has
been served allowing the rent to be reviewed with effect May 2016.
Dry Howe farmstead is situated in the heart of Bannisdale with good quality grassland surrounding the farmhouse and yard. The rest of the land rises, steeply in places, to the fell above.
The farm is ring-fenced and comprises largely the South Western side of Bannisdale, opening out at
the Northern end to include most of Bannisdale Fell.
Sporting rights are included in the sale. It is felt that the grouse moor could be rejuvenated, the heather regenerated and an improved habitat for grouse created. The Estate benefits from a red deer population which has been carefully stalked within the North Lakes Red Deer Group management plan. The stalking is currently let on licence and in 2015 6 hinds and 4 stags were shot.
Situated at the entrance to the parkland and adjacent to the drive, the Lodge provides comfortable accommodation briefly comprising
entrance hall, breakfast kitchen, sitting room, dining room, 2 bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The property is currently let on an AST for £475 PCM.
Lowbridge is located in a wonderfully private and secluded position within the beautiful Lake District National Park. Nearby Kendal provides a range of shops and amenities, with other Lakeland towns including Windermere, Ambleside, and Keswick and all within 35 miles. The other main regional centres include Lancaster, Penrith, Carlisle, all of which are within daily driving distance.
Communications are excellent, with junction 36 of the M6 being about 12 miles. The nearest west coast mainline station at Oxenholme is 6 miles, with a journey time to London about 2 hours 40 minutes. Independent schools in the area include
Sedbergh and Windermere.
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