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Rydal Road, Ambleside

Sold by Us £1,300,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Offered by informal tender - closing date noon 9/12/16
  • Planning permission to create 6 wonderful two and three bedroomed homes
  • Simply perfect for holiday letting, weekend retreats or permanent homes
  • Wonderful setting with south westerly fell views

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Location From the centre of Ambleside head north on the A591 towards Grasmere but just 300 yards after passing the famous Bridge House on the left, turn right into the driveway of Lesketh How. 

Description Once the home of William Wordsworth's physician Dr John Davey, a fascinating character in his own right but also the brother of Sir Humphrey Davey the inventor of the miners safety lamp which bears his name, this impressive building is a fine example of mid-nineteenth century Westmorland architecture and retains such appealing features as traditional cylindrical chimney stacks and original window shutters and yet it remains one of Lakelands best kept secrets.

Sitting quietly in over two acres of grounds above Rydal Road which links Ambleside with Grasmere and yet screened by a variety of shrubs and trees, Lesketh How was built in 1844 and was acquired by Lake District Estates in the 1950's and divided into apartments but has not been offered to the market since.

With the granting of planning permission in 2016 the property now represents an extremely rare and exciting opportunity in a truly enviable location.

The planning permission allows for the building to be extended and adapted to create six wonderful two-storey homes in a combination of two and three bedroomed units each with two bathrooms. Such homes would be simply perfect for holiday letting, for use as family homes or as idyllic lock up and leave weekend retreats and would attract very strong demand once completed.

It is difficult to recall a similar opportunity in recent years and it is even harder to imagine another arising in the near future.

For some however, this may be viewed simply as an ideal chance to return Lesketh How to its former glory as a truly fine country home in an absolutely superb setting.

Located just 300 yards from the famous Bridge House in Ambleside where a superb selection of traditional Lakeland Inns, highly regarded shops and even a range of cinema screens attract visitors all year round, the property is superbly placed for ready access to the high fells which form the backdrop to this pretty Lake District market town and also to the shores of Lake Windermere. The popularity of the Lake District as a tourist destination would no doubt be further enhanced should its bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site prove successful in 2017.

The details of the planning permission can be obtained from our Ambleside office or by visiting the Lake District National Park Authority's website and utilising the planning applications search tool and the planning reference 7/2016/5236.

The property is offered to the market by formal tender with a guide price of £1,300,000 to £1,400,000 for the freehold and the tender document is attached to this brochure.  

Existing Accommodation (with approximate dimensions)  

FLAT 1  

Grand Stairway and Entrance Hall  

Spacious Landing  

Living Room 18' 4" x 18' 0" (5.6m x 5.5m max.)  

Kitchen 13' 8" x 8' 8" (4.19m x 2.66m max.)  

Bedroom 1 16' 11" x 16' 4" (5.16m x 5m max.)  

Bedrooom 2 16' 4" x 10' 5" (4.98m x 3.19m)  

Bedroom 3 16' 4" x 9' 3" (4.98m x 2.83m)  

Bedroom 4 10' 5" x 7' 7" (3.19m x 2.33m)  



Utility Room  

FLAT 2  

Entrance Hall and Stairway  

Living Room 10' 9" x 10' 5" (3.3m x 3.2m)  

Bedroom 1 12' 9" x 9' 10" (3.9m x 3m)  

Bedroom 2 10' 2" x 9' 10" (3.1m x 3m)  

Kitchen 14' 6" x 10' 2" (4.44m x 3.1m max.)  


Seperate WC  

Attic Room 1 14' 5" x 13' 5" (4.4m x 4.1m)  

Attic Room 2 13' 5" x 9' 10" (4.1m x 3m)  

Attic Room 3 13' 1" x 5' 6" (4m x 1.7m)  

FLAT 3  

Entrance Hall  

Living Room 18' 0" x 10' 9" (5.5m x 3.3m)  

Kitchen 10' 9" x 4' 11" (3.3m x 1.5m)  

Bedroom 14' 8" x 12' 1" (4.49m x 3.7m)  


Storage Cupboard  

FLAT 4  

Entrance hall  

Living Room 18' 0" x 10' 2" (5.5m x 3.1m)  

Kitchen 10' 6" x 5' 7" (3.22m x 1.72m max.)  

Bedroom 18' 0" x 7' 6" (5.5m x 2.3m)  

Shower Room  

FLAT 5  


Living Room 16' 11" x 16' 4" (5.17m x 5m)  

Kitchen 12' 9" x 10' 2" (3.9m x 3.1m)  

Bedroom 18' 0" x 9' 1" (5.5m x 2.77m)  


FLAT 6  

Living Room / Kitchen 19' 4" x 14' 2" (5.9m x 4.33m)  

Bedroom 11' 0" x 10' 2" (3.37m x 3.11m max.)  



CELLAR The property benefits from a large cellar divided into four main sections. 

Cellar Room 1 11' 5" x 9' 10" (3.5m x 3m)  

Cellar Room 2 10' 9" x 9' 10" (3.3m x 3m)  

Cellar Room 3 11' 3" x 7' 10" (3.45m x 2.4m)  

Cellar Room 4 11' 1" x 7' 10" (3.4m x 2.4m)  

Garden The property benefits from an expanse of communal gardens extending to approximately 2 acres incorporating a range of lawned areas, shrubbery and wild woodland, most of which enjoy lovely views to Loughrigg. To the rear of the garden there is also a secluded lawn area that enjoys truly stunning views deep into the valley of the Fairfield Horseshoe. There is also an external store, ideal for the storage of gardening equipment.

In addition, the proposed plans also allow each of the cottages its own private patio garden.

PROPOSED ACCOMMODATION The planning permission allows for the creation of six wonderful freehold two-storey properties. 

Number 1 141 sq. m. End of terrace with living room, kitchen, study, cloakroom, 3 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. 

Number 2 158sq.m. Inner terraced with living room / kitchen, stud, cloakroom, 3 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. 

Number 3 95sq.m. Inner terraced with living room / kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a cloakroom. 

Number 4 83 sq.m. Inner terraced with living room / kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a cloakroom. 

Number 5 146 sq.m Corner terraced with living room / kitchen, utility, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a cloakroom. 

Number 6 128 sq.m. End of terrace with living room / kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, utility and cloakroom. 

Parking The property has 3 garages and plenty of off road car parking provision. 

Cellar Rooms The cellars may be divided between the properties as desired. 

Services The property is connected to mains gas, electricity, water and drainage. 

Tenure Freehold. 

Council Tax The current council tax bands range from B - D - South Lakeland District Council. 

Viewings Strictly by appointment with Hackney & Leigh Ambleside Office. 

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

NOTE The plans have been prepared by Tony Hills of Damson, Chartered Architects 015395 617 63. 

Ideal Holiday Letting Opportunity Lesketh How offers magnificent investment opportunities for individuals acquiring any one of these dwellings and Lakelovers are convinced each of the six properties will become holiday letting success stories;

The location combined with the spectacular building, views, grounds and accessibility will combine providing every known ingredient necessary for success in Lake District self-catering.

Each dwelling has its very own uniqueness and individuality and Lakelovers believe units 3, 4 and 6 will attract the two couples sharing market segment during holiday letting and would easily create huge demand and maximum occupancy, therefore priced as we would envisage, these three properties would be expected to gross between £25,000 to £28,000 in year one of operation, once completed.

Units 1, 2 and 5 provide three bedrooms with two bathroom facilities and would again attract a similar holiday letting audients to the other units but with more space and potential to accommodate families and other segment audiences; again we believe once completed to a high standard, each dwelling will achieve very high occupancy and, with the pricing structure we would suggest inside year one of operation, we can see each unit realising a gross income of between £28,000 to £33,000.

Once the renovation is completed it will be far easier to suggest more exact pricing structures for each dwelling and to determine unique features to establish individuality. These pricing guides are based on similar located properties and with current demand and success achieved and Lakelovers believe these estimates to be accurate yet each property would build on this success in the future attracting increased rents and occupancy levels.

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07 October 2016

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