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Temple Sowerby House, Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Cumbria


Property Description

Key features

  • Outstanding Grade II Listed Georgian residence, currently utilised as a well renowned country house hotel with 12 individually designed en-suite letting bedrooms and a 24 cover restaur...
  • Planning application in progress for conversion to full residential usage
  • Principal Georgian house with eight en-suite bedrooms, an abundance of living space and substantial walled gardens. Ideally suited to those in need of a distinguished residence or as p...
  • Spacious 4/5 Bedroomed house (owners accommodation); a superb family home with much character
  • Detached coach house, currently housing four guest bedrooms but with plans to convert one bedroom to a kitchen/diner, whilst another will become the sitting room. An opportunity to acq...
  • Beautifully located in a quiet conservation village on the fringe of the Lake District National Park with convenient access to Junction 40 of the M6 (7 miles)
  • Private carriage driveway and extensive landscaped grounds including a superb walled garden
  • No forward chain

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Temple Sowerby House is a substantial, well maintained, Grade II Listed detached property, parts of which date back to approx. 1700 with later Georgian additions. The property is in excellent condition having been sympathetically and tastefully restored and refurbished over the years, yet retaining it’s unique charm and character and incorporating many original period features including cantilevered staircase, carved sandstone fireplace, Adam style fire surround and door surrounds.

The property is currently successfully operating as a country house hotel with twelve individually designed en-suite letting bedrooms and renowned twenty-four cover restaurant but is now being offered for sale either as a whole or as three separate sale negotiations. The principal house offers spacious, eight bedroomed accommodation with a comfortable ambience. There is an attached, well proportioned four bedroomed house and further detached coach house with plans to alter the rooms to create comfortable and stylish two bedroomed accommodation. The property is set within private, landscaped grounds including fully walled garden, terraced and seating areas, and herb and kitchen gardens. There are a number of external outbuildings to the rear, two of which have planning consent to be redeveloped as additional accommodation if required. A carriage driveway provides access to ample parking at the front of the house and additional parking in the rear courtyard for use by the Coach House residents/guests.

This is a unique opportunity to acquire an established business with the potential to pro-actively develop further commercial growth. Alternatively, (subject to consent) there is tremendous scope for a variety of other uses. The location is perfect for commercial usage and offers a rare opportunity to acquire a much sought after lifestyle business together with additional versatile, residential accommodation. However, planning application is currently in progress and it could easily be reconverted to an outstanding family residence set within private, well-proportioned grounds to provide a comfortable home with log fires, wine cellar and impressive contemporary conservatory overlooking the sheltered walled garden. The detached lodge could then afford the option as independent living accommodation for additional family members or, provide an income as an investment letting property. An adaptable combination of property in an outstanding community village location. An inspection is recommended.

Temple Sowerby House is well positioned in the centre of the village, overlooking the village green and the Pennines beyond, within the tranquil Eden Valley village of Temple Sowerby, approx. 7 miles equi-distant between the market towns of Penrith and Appleby-In-Westmorland. For those wishing to commute the M6 is easily accessible at Junction 40 and there is a main west coast railway station in Penrith (approx. 3.5 hours to London). The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, are also within easy reach.

Mains electricity, water & drainage; oil-fired central heating, telephone & broadband connections installed subject to BT regulations. Please note: The mention of any appliances/services within these particulars does not imply that they are in full and efficient working order.

From Penrith take the A66 eastward and after approx. 6 miles join the Temple Sowerby by-pass. Take the first turning off the dual-carriageway signposted for Culgaith and follow the signs to Temple Sowerby. In the village continue past the 'Kings Arms' public house and 'Temple Sowerby House' can be found a short distance along on the right.

Property ref: 121_2232_4389522

Reception Room 1 
Main reception room with double sash windows to the front and large bay window to the side, all with working window shutters. Open fire with decorative fire surround.

Reception Room 2 
A second, well-proportioned reception room, formally the dining room of the private house. Double sash windows to the front with working shutters. Painted Georgian-style walls with beading above dado and oak panelling below dado, decorative feature alcove incorporating original Gillows of Lancaster side- board, and working fire with Adam-style fire surround.

Reception Office 
Telephone points. A half glazed door provides external access to the side of the house.

Panelled Bar Area 
With original sandstone fireplace.

The Eden Room - Dining/Meeting Room 1 
A lovely beamed room with feature fireplace, alcove shelving, window to side aspect, and glazed external access door to side.

The Garden Room - Dining/Meeting Room 2 
With two double patio doors opening onto terrace.

Built in 2006 in a conservatory style incorporating local sandstone pillars and enjoying extensive views over the walled garden and croquet lawn. Underfloor heating and direct access to the terrace and garden.

Ancillary Areas 
Trade kitchen; wine and storage cellar; large workshop cellar (including boiler room); public WC's; storage cupboards.

First Floor 

Temple Sowerby village is commonly referred to as the “Queen of Westmorland” villages and offers an excellent range of facilities including primary school, doctors’ surgery, village hall, hotel and public house, church, garage, secondary school bus services and play swings on the traditional green.

The Eden Valley is a beautiful, unspoilt and tranquil area, an idyllic triangle of countryside stretching between the Pennines to the east and the Lake District Fells to the west. No matter what the season the backdrops are spectacular. To the north, the Valley is broad and the hills flanking it are generally low, giving a sense of wide open spaces. The countryside is predominantly farmland, with open fields edged by hedgerows and drystone walls, criss-crossed with footpaths for gentle country strolls. For hill-walkers there are a range of fells, including Cross Fell, the highest part of the Pennine chain which dominates the Eden skyline offer...



Entrance Vestibule 

Entrance Hallway 
A spacious and bright Georgian hallway with cantilevered staircase and two reception rooms leading off.

Dating to the late 17th century and featuring original beams throughout. Currently housing four guest bedrooms; there are plans to convert one bedroom to a kitchen/diner, whilst another will become the sitting room. Therefore, upon completion, the accommodation will comprise kitchen/diner, living room with cloakroom off, and two double bedrooms (both en-suite). It will incorporate oil-fired central heating/hot water supply and there is a small courtyard and parking to the rear. This could be a lovely home for extended/dependent family, holiday home or investment to let property.


Carriage Driveway & Parking 
Original sandstone gateposts at the entrance provide access via a carriage driveway leading to ample parking at the front of the house.

Landscaped Gardens 
The property has beautifully landscaped grounds incorporating mature shrubs and trees, and including a fully walled garden with established flower borders, terraces and seating areas. Kitchen and herb gardens.

There are a number of substantial external outbuildings to the rear, offering potential for a variety of uses. Two of these currently have planning consent to be redeveloped as additional accommodation if required.

Bedroom 8 
Another large bedroom having window with window seat offering views over the walled garden.

En-Suite Bathroom 8 
With air-spa bath.

Storage Cupboards & Linen Store 
There are various storage cupboards including linen store.

A second staircase at the rear of the building leads down to the ground floor (between the snug and the conservatory).

ATTACHED HOUSE - Currently used as owners accommodation 
A characterful Grade II Listed semi detached house dating to approx. 1700, with independent external access via separate private gated entrance. The property also benefits from oil fired central heating/hot water supply, and a private garden. Accommodation comprises fully fitted kitchen, large sitting/dining room with two pairs of French windows opening onto terrace and garden, second reception room, four double bedrooms, dressing room/study, and two bathrooms.

Bedroom 4 

En-Suite Bathroom 4 

Bedroom 5 

En-Suite Bathroom 5 

Bedroom 6 

En-Suite Bathroom 6 

Bedroom 7 
A light, airy and spacious room with dressing room off leading into:-

En-Suite Bathroom 7 
With air-spa bath and separate shower.

Half Landing & Spacious Main Landing 
Half landing with feature arch-shaped window. Spacious main landing having window to the front aspect with window seat offering spectacular views across the village green to the Pennines beyond. This landing also has a large, feature, arch-shaped, bookcase.

There are eight en-suite double bedrooms, individually designed and each with their own ambience as you would expect of a house of this age and character. Bedrooms 1,2 & 3 are in the Georgian wing, all with high ceilings, Georgian-style windows, and lovely outlooks over the fells. Bedrooms 4, 5 & 6 are in the older part of the house and are traditional beamed rooms well appointed with modern, en-suite bathrooms (incorporating shower over the bath). A hallway leads to Bedrooms 7 & 8 which are large, en- suite rooms, one also having a dressing room. All bathrooms are equipped with a modern, stylish suite and quality fittings.

Bedroom 1 
A dual aspect room.

En-Suite Bathroom 1 
With air-spa bath.

Bedroom 2 

En-Suite Bathroom 2 
With hydro-therapy drenching shower with body jets.

Bedroom 3 

En-Suite Bathroom 3 
With air-spa bath.

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29 March 2017


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