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4 bedroom cottage for sale

Bowmanstead Studio, Bowmanstead, Coniston, LA21 8HB

Sold by Us £615,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Spacious 4 bedroomed accommodation with superb potential
  • Beautiful gardens and a large detached barn
  • Grade 2 Listed Building full of character
  • Now in need of some updating

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Location Bowmanstead Studio is located in a pretty hamlet known as Bowmanstead just on the outskirts of Coniston Village. From the centre of Coniston village proceed south towards Torver passing Hill's petrol station on the left; continue along this road until you reach The Ship Inn on your right hand side. Turn right at the Inn into a courtyard area and Bowmanstead Studio is found on the left hand side. 

Description For those with an interest in Lakeland history, Bowmanstead Studio is well worth a look, and we believe that everyone who views will be entranced by this lovely home.

Reportedly having 16th Century origins as the Bowmans House - that is to stay the home of the Bowman employed by Coniston Hall all those years ago to put food on the table - the original portion of this delightful home is thought to be one of the oldest in the region and indeed gives the name to the hamlet of Bowmanstead itself, located on the outskirts of Coniston and close to Coniston Water.

Unrecognisable from those humble origins, and now arguably misleadingly named, Bowmanstead Studio incorporates what would have been a Smithy, a former Cow Byre and, perhaps more appropriately, an Artists Studio.

The accommodation is full of delightful features which include beamed ceilings, stone floors, quirky doors and staircases and beautiful fireplaces. "Rambling", in the very best sense of the word is a well suited term for this lovely home.

The property has been in the same family ownership for over 64 years and their names for the rooms, such as the "Piano Room" and the "Bowman's Room" are perhaps more romantic than those attributed to them here but the accommodation, which is spacious throughout, includes a hall, a cloaks room, a family kitchen, living room, dining room, sitting room, breakfast room, study, utility room and store on the ground floor, with 4 double bedrooms, an artists studio, workshop and 2 attic rooms above. The gardens are an absolute delight with lawns, cobbled patios, secret garden areas, fruit trees and a lovely stone built summerhouse alongside a superb 940 square foot (87.24 square metres) detached stone built barn - perfect for storage, hobbies, workspace or even development (subject to any necessary consents). There is also a garage and car parking provision with potential to create further parking facilities if desired and again subject to any necessary consents.

The property, not surprisingly is a Grade 2 Listed Building and is every inch as lovely as it sounds. Now in need of some updating Bowmanstead Studio is superbly placed for ready access to local traditional Lakeland inns, the village of Coniston, the lake shore or indeed the surrounding high fells which give the Lake District National Park its unique standing.

Viewing is essential to fully appreciate this outstanding home. 

Accommodation (with approximate dimensions)  

Canopy Porch With outside light point. 

Lobby With a stone flagged floor and beamed ceiling. 

Cloaks Room With a wash hand basin and W.C and having a heated towel rail. 

Living Room 28' 0" x 17' 10" (8.53m x 5.44m) Known as the Bowman's Room and being the oldest part of the house, this superb room has a beamed ceiling, timber floor and a beautiful feature fireplace with a carved timber surround and mantle (dating back to 1665) and a raised slate hearth. The fire also has a back boiler that heats the radiators. There are two radiators and a door to outside. 

Utility 19' 8" x 12' 1" (5.99m x 3.68m) With a beamed ceiling and having base units with complementary working surfaces, a stainless steel single drainer sink unit and a radiator. 

A staircase from the Utility leads up to two attic rooms above:  

Attic Room 1 12' 11" x 9' 10" (3.94m x 3m) With light point. 

Attic Room 2 9' 10" x 9' 2" (3m x 2.79m) With light point. 

Continuing on the ground floor there is;  

Dining Room 17' 9" x 16' 10" (5.41m x 5.13m) With a stone flagged and timber floor and having a beamed ceiling, built in timber storage cupboard, two radiators, a night storage heater and a door out to the garden. 

Sitting Room 15' 1" x 11' 3" (4.6m x 3.43m) With a beamed ceiling and views out over the lovely garden. There is a slate fireplace with slate mantle, a radiator and a night storage heater. 

Kitchen 16' 2" x 8' 9" (4.93m x 2.67m) With wall and base units and complementary working surfaces incorporating a stainless steel single drainer sink unit, electric cooker point and plumbing for an automatic washing machine. There is a built in cupboard and an oil Rayburn Royal range that also heats the water and towel rail in the bathroom. 

Breakfast Room 17' 9" x 17' 9" (5.41m x 5.41m) With lovely views out over the garden and having a beamed ceiling and a timber floor. 

Study 16' 9" x 9' 10" (5.11m x 3m) A dual aspect room with a beamed ceiling and timber floor. 

A Staircase from the Study leads up to  

Studio 17' 4" x 10' 2" (5.28m x 3.1m) With a loft hatch. 

Workshop 17' 2" x 9' 10" (5.23m x 3m) With a trap door and stairs leading down to the store room (see below) 

First Floor  

Landing With a skylight, built in cupboards and a radiator. 

Bedroom 1 20' 3" x 11' 11" (6.17m x 3.63m) A superb bright and airy dual aspect room with winter views of Coniston Water and having an exposed truss to one wall and two radiators. 

Landing With a very useful large eaves storage area and a night storage heater. 

Bedroom 2 14' 5" x 9' 2" (4.39m x 2.79m) With a built in wardrobe and having a beamed ceiling and a radiator. 

Bedroom 3 13' 2" x 9' 2" (4.01m x 2.79m) Again with a built in wardrobe, beamed ceiling and a radiator. 

Bedroom 4 13' 1" x 9' 0" (3.99m x 2.74m) With a stone fireplace with timber mantle and slate hearth and having lovely garden views and a radiator. 

Bathroom With a 4 piece suite comprising a bath with a Red Ring shower over, wash hand basin, W.C and bidet. There is a built in cupboard housing the hot water cylinder, a shaver point, heated towel rail, dimplex electric heater and a Greenwood Airvac extractor fan. 


Store Room 16' 9" x 10' 2" (5.11m x 3.1m) With a stone flagged floor and having a light point.

The store room has internal access from the workshop above and an external door. 

Oil Storage Room Housing the Harlequin oil storage tank. 

Garage 15' 9" x 8' 6" (4.8m x 2.59m) Stone construction with an up and over metal door. 

Detached Barn 50' 4" x 18' 7" (15.36m x 5.68m) A stone and slate barn being a superb single room of splendid proportions with stone cobbled flooring and a light point. Perfect for hobbies, storage, workspace etc with obvious potential (subject to consents).

Please note that the barn is the substantial detached building in the main garden area, not the smaller barn in the forecourt area. 

Garden On one side of the property is an easily maintained garden with tiered flower borders and a gravel pathway.

The main garden is a beautiful and south facing with a variety of patio areas, gravel pathways, lawn areas and secret hideaways. There are flower borders planted with mature shrubs and trees, a lovely stone built summer house, fruit and veg plot area, a small tinkling beck and a greenhouse with power and light points.

NOTE A small area of Japanese Knotweed has been identified at the far southern boundary of the garden. One course of treatment has been applied and further treatment is planned. 

Parking The property has parking provision for up to two vehicles in addition to the garage with potential to create further off road parking if desired, subject to any necessary consents being obtained. 

Services Mains electricity, water and drainage are all connected. The property has oil fired central heating. 

Council Tax Band F- South Lakeland District Council. 

Tenure Freehold 

Viewings Strictly by appointment only with Hackney & Leigh, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Telephone 015394 32800. 

Energy Performance Certificate The full Energy Performance Certificate is available on our website and also at any of our offices.  

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
29 September 2014


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