4 bedroom country house for sale

The, Library, Thurland Castle, Tunstall LA6 2QR

Guide Price £1,275,000

Property Description

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Tenure: Share of Freehold

'His mind was indeed my library, and whenever it was opened to me, I entered bliss'(Charlotte Bronte). Indeed it is true, entering this restored 4 bedroomed Library suite at Thurland Castle is bliss. Follow in the footsteps of the Bronte sisters who walked through the grounds on their way to church.

A truly magnificent Grade 2 listed property set in the picturesque Lune valley and is steeped in history covering many centuries and events. Built in the 11th Century and recently restored, this property lies between the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Evidence of the influence of John Ruskin, the art critic and philosopher who was a regular visitor with the Bronte sisters, can be seen in the upgrade that occurred during the industrial revolution.
This property is one of seven suites within the castle itself and has sumptuous interiors complete with the highest quality fixtures and fittings. The accommodation covers 5,400 square feet and is spread over two floors. The castle is surrounded by a moat and some 10 acres of well maintained rolling grounds and woodland that also accommodate a full sized tennis court.

Access to the castle and its grounds from the main road is via secure electric gates only.

The residents and owners of the properties are all shareholders of the estate, each with an equal share of the 999 year original lease. There are individual quarterly service charges that cover aspects of the estates maintenance, ground maintenance, water charges, buildings insurance and external electricity and is currently set at £1600 per qtr for this particular property.

The castle is located close to the popular market town of Kirkby Lonsdale with its excellent shops, cafes, restaurants and amenities. Closer by, the village of Tunstall offers two gastro pubs.
Junction 34 off the M6 motorway is just a 15 minute drive away.


The library suite has so many breathtaking rooms that one can be forgiven for running out of superlatives when describing them all. Not only has the property been restored to the highest of standards with quality fittings, but it retains many original features that provide a real air of mystery that you almost come to expect with castles. For example, the secret spiral staircase that runs from the dining room to the library and the original silver store room hidden away on the ground floor behind a cast iron door. The suite also has a very expansive private terrace that can be accessed via french windows. The terrace folds around two sides of the castle and the views are literally breathtaking. A great space to enjoy with friends and family and it provides an opportunity for outside dining should one wish to do so.

There is a moat and footpath that encircle the castle and one can enjoy a lovely walk whilst taking in views of the castle from every aspect.

The dining room, with its splendid decorative ceiling and fireplace, is truly exquisite.
A grand staircase leads you up to the library where gothic architecture in the form of an archway leads you from the library area, with its floor to ceiling bookcases, through to a spacious and welcoming drawing room.


This home includes:

  • Kitchen

    5.23m x 4.32m (22.5 sqm) - 17' 1" x 14' 2" (243 sqft)

    A very well fitted kitchen comprising of cream wood panelled wall and base units with granite work tops and ceramic sinks. The integral appliances include a Falcon 5 ring gas range with double oven, Kupperbusch refrigerator, dishwasher and a microwave. The floor is covered with Amtico tiles and the stone mulled windows with leaded glass overlook the terrace area with wonderful views of the parkland.

  • Morning Room

    7.42m x 6.58m (48.8 sqm) - 24' 4" x 21' 7" (525 sqft)

    A warm and welcoming room thanks to the original fireplace with ornate fire surround and a tiled hearth. there is a lovely window seating area and also a door that leads you out to the terrace. At the rear there is a door leading to another solid door that would have been used as a silver store and all very intriguing.

  • Dining Room

    9.91m x 6.58m (65.2 sqm) - 32' 6" x 21' 7" (701 sqft)

    You will have no shortage of people wanting to dine with you in this room thats for sure. A truly magnificent room to entertain your guests and talk endlessly about the many historic tales the castle holds whilst admiring the wonderful decor including the decorative ceiling and not forgetting the secret staircase that leads up to the library. Mullion windows to the side and rear provide plenty of light and great views across the parkland and terrace. A marble fireplace at the top of the room with a slate hearth adds to both the splendour and warmth.

  • Utility Room

    2.97m x 2.06m (6.1 sqm) - 9' 8" x 6' 9" (65 sqft)

    There is a very handy utility room on the ground floor situated just off the kitchen area and provides room for appliances such as a washing machine and dryer. There is also additional storage cupboards available.

  • Bedroom

    4.65m x 3.96m (18.4 sqm) - 15' 3" x 12' 11" (198 sqft)

    A very spacious ground floor double bedroom that overlooks the courtyard and comes complete with part panelled walls and a washroom.

  • Cloakroom

    A very luxurious ground floor cloakroom with Amico tiled flooring, two piece white suite , shower cubicle and ladder style chrome towel rail.

  • Landing

    Having climbed the grand staircase you arrive on the landing area with part oak panelled walls.

  • Library

    11.53m x 10.44m (120.3 sqm) - 37' 9" x 34' 3" (1295 sqft)

    This is a really amazing room and is of considerable size. A gothic archway provides a great talking point but also leads you through to the drawing room. Floor to ceiling bookcases and stained heraldic glass windows add to the splendour. In additIon, there are Arts and craft chandeliers, a carved sandstone fireplace and two large bay windows with magnificent views of the parkland and moat.

  • Master Bedroom with Ensuite

    5.41m x 4.38m (23.7 sqm) - 17' 8" x 14' 4" (255 sqft)

    Complete with fitted built in wardrobes and cupboard space, oak fireplace with a marble inset, and tiled hearth. Mullion windows provide excellent views of the parkland. The ensuite bathroom has a five piece white suite comprising of bath with shower attachment, tiled cubicle with spar shower, hand pedestal, W.C and bidet.

  • Bedroom 2

    5.44m x 3.1m (16.8 sqm) - 17' 10" x 10' 2" (181 sqft)

    A nice room that has mullion windows that overlook the courtyard. it has an oak fireplace with tiled hearth and a gas fire.

  • Bedroom 3

    6.58m x 2.97m (19.5 sqm) - 21' 7" x 9' 8" (210 sqft)

    Another double with a lovely seated area under the window where you can admire the moat and vast parkland. Fitted double wardrobes and an oak fire place with marble inset make up the rest of the room.

  • Bathroom

    The house bathroom is extremely elegant with its free standing cast iron bath complete with shower attachment and claw feet, wall lights, part leaded stone mullion windows with views of the moat and parkland, panelled walls and a heated towel rail.

  • Shower Room

    With tiled shower cubicle, circular glass basin of a contemporary style that is set on a marble top, W.C nd a ladder style chrome towel rail.

  • Garage (Double)

    The garage is located in the grounds close to the main entrance to the courtyard. In addition, the property has two allocated car parking spaces immediately outside the front door.

  • Please note, all dimensions are approximate / maximums and should not be relied upon for the purposes of floor coverings.

Additional Information:

  • Council Tax:

    Band H

  • Service Charge:

    £1600 Every 3 Months

  • Service Included:

    Grounds maintenance, water, building insurance, tennis court maintenance, external electricity and use of the grounds.
'A mans home is his castle' so the saying goes and this grand property provides you with the opportunity to live in a real 11th century castle. Whether it be a full time home or a second home, you will be able to relax and unwind in the spacious accommodation and the 10 acres of well maintained grounds. Being a part of the estate management team, as all owners are, will allow you to have a say regarding the future of the castle and its grounds. Properties like this are far and few between and rarely come to the market. Book a viewing now to avoid disappointment and be prepared to fall in love with this truly unique home.

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Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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