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8 bedroom country house for sale

St Mark’s, Cautley, Sedbergh, Cumbria

Sold STC £635,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Detached Country House
  • Stunning Picturesque Setting
  • Rural yet Accessible Location
  • Mature Garden
  • Potential Business Opportunity

Full description

Accommodation in Brief
Reception Hall | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Office | Cloakroom/WC | Kitchen | Breakfast Room | Utility Room | Stores | Gardener's WC | Sitting Room | Studio/Games Room | Lobby | Cellar | Six Bedrooms with En-Suites | Two Further Bedrooms | Bathroom

Garage | Parking | Garden

The Property
St Mark's is a substantial Victorian former vicarage which dates back to 1872 and stands in generous grounds amidst the beautiful Howgill Fells and in an elevated position overlooking the River Rawthey. The property sits in open countryside yet is only a few miles from the market town of Sedbergh - known as England's book town. St Mark's retains a host of period features, including open fireplaces, cornicing and panelled doors, and offers generously-proportioned accommodation that is flooded with natural light from large windows; there are breathtaking views from all aspects. If desired St Mark's could offer a tremendous business opportunity as a guest house or for residential courses using the existing studio space.

The original gothic front door opens into a welcoming reception hall which has pitch pine flooring and stair case. Off the hall there is a useful downstairs cloakroom/WC. To one side of the house there are two stunning, dual-aspect formal receptions rooms: the drawing room has a large bay window overlooking the side garden and further window to the front while the dining room has windows to the side and rear together with glazed French doors leading out to the terrace and garden. Both rooms offer generous entertaining areas and have feature open fireplaces. To the other side of the hall there is an everyday sitting room which has two sash windows to the front and marble fireplace with cast iron insert. The kitchen is located to the rear of the house and enjoys far-reaching views over the garden and beyond. The kitchen is fitted with a range of units and island with breakfast bar, double sink and drainer, wash hand basin, LPG-fired two-oven AGA, is plumbed for a dishwasher and has a larder created from the old back staircase. A useful study area has been created between the kitchen and formal dining room which offers a delightful place to work; this space could equally be used as a butler's pantry. Off the kitchen there is charming breakfast room which also enjoys stunning views over the garden, river and beyond and has a wood-burning stove set on a stone hearth. A door from the breakfast room leads to the rear utility room, various stores and a gardener's WC. A large studio/games room, accessed from the sitting room and the utility room, is fitted with work benches and single sink and drainer, and has three large windows to the front aspect. A door from the studio leads to a rear lobby which has doors to outside, the integral garage and also to a large store room above. The studio offers a large flexible space and could be used to run courses, or could be converted to form an annex if combined with the rear lobby and store room above the garage subject to the necessary planning consents.

The fabulous period staircase leads up to the bright and spacious galleried landing which is bathed with light from a large window on the half-landing. To the first floor there are four double bedrooms all of which benefit from en-suite facilities. Three of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, one has a shower room while the fifth has a shower and wash hand basin in the bedroom with separate, adjacent WC access from the landing. A further staircase leads up to the second floor where there is a bedroom with en-suite shower room and two further bedrooms which are served by a bathroom with bath, wash hand basin and WC.

Externally there is a gravelled parking and turning area to the side of the house, with further parking to the front. The integral garage has double timber doors and benefits from power and light.

The house stands in generous, mature gardens which lie mainly to the south and west. There is a west-facing low-maintenance gravelled terrace which offers an ideal area for outdoor entertaining or just to enjoy the rural setting and stunning views over the garden and beyond. Further lawned areas, planted annuals, perennials, spring and summer meadows, extend down to the boundary. To the southern boundary there is a picturesque woodland walk with a selection of spring bulbs and rhododendrons. The garden offers a number of areas to sit and enjoy the surrounding country and river views at certain times of the year. The mature garden has established planting and a variety of trees which offer shelter and privacy.

Local Information
St Mark's is located a few miles from Sedbergh which offers a good range of everyday local amenities with a variety of shops including a supermarket, traditional grocer, butcher, baker and hardware store, post office, cafés, several pubs, mobile bank, garages, health centre and chemist. The property lies within the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park and the area is a haven for wildlife, much of which can be enjoyed from the garden. The surrounding countryside also offers excellent walks and cycling with the Howgill Fells and Cautley Spout, the tallest waterfall in England, just a short distance away. Also for the outdoor enthusiasts there are a number of golf courses within easy reach, including Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale, fishing on the River Rawthey, the Lune and nearby Killington Lake; the latter also offers sailing and canoeing. Further services are available in Kirkby Lonsdale, Kirkby Stephen, Kendal and Penrith, while Carlisle is also within easy reach and offers excellent social, leisure and retail opportunities, an attractive pedestrian area, along with an impressive cathedral and castle.

For schooling, there are primary and secondary schools in Sedbergh. In addition the prestigious Sedbergh School provides private schooling from nursery to 18 years.

For the commuter, the property is situated in a convenient location for the M6 which provides excellent access to regional centres north and south. The rail station at Oxenholme (Kendal) offers fast main line services; with some trains to London Euston in under 3 hours. Manchester International and Leeds Bradford Airports are both within easy reach.

Approximate Mileages
Sedbergh 2.6 miles | M6 (J37) 7.6 miles | Kirkby Stephen 11.0 miles | Oxenholme Station 13.7 miles | Kendal 14.4 miles | Lancaster 29.4 miles | Penrith 33.9 miles | Manchester Airport 88.0 miles

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12 October 2016

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