5 bedroom detached house for sale

The Haven, The Green, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9AU

Sold STC £775,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Superb 5 bedroomed detached 17th century home.
  • A welcoming home of great character.
  • Superb location just a short stroll from central Ambleside.
  • Delightful westerly views of Loughrigg.

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Location The Green is conveniently located for all that central Ambleside has to offer. From Rydal Road heading towards Grasmere, bear right at the mini roundabout onto Smithy Brow then take the first left onto Nook Lane, before immediately bearing right. The Green can be found a short distance ahead. The property is situated a little way up on the left hand side just before reaching Mackereth Yard, which is a short and pretty cobbled cul-de-sac.  

Description Where does one start with a home as welcoming and full of character as this? The oldest part, being the former farmhouse portion at the rear, dates from the 17th century with carvings in the oak of the spice cupboard of 1652 and 1658 on the wonderful built-in court cupboard in the dining room. The initials T. D. M carved into these items refer to the original owners Tom and Dorothy Mackereth, and hark back to simpler times. This room almost certainly also once included a smoke hood, with the fire window and heck (a return wall designed to cut down on draughts) either side of the Inglenook supporting this theory. The original dwelling was substantially extended forwards in the early 19th century, creating a wonderful family home of space and light enjoying superb views looking west to Loughrigg. Those with an interest in historical features may wish to take note of the occasional pinker coloured stone in the original walling at the rear as this almost certainly would have had Roman origins, suggesting that perhaps Mr and Mrs Mackereth were not too choosy about where they sourced their building materials!

Entered via a sweet open porch, one has the choice of turning left from the hallway into the lovely bright lounge, or right into the equally sunny sitting room. Towards the rear is a small study, which may once have been the main entrance where an impressive rustic style original oak door remains, the wonderful dining room and beyond that the kitchen with fitted units. There is also a pantry and utility and cloak room on this level.

On the first floor are five bedrooms, all well proportioned, with the master bedroom having an en-suite four piece bathroom to supplement the house bathroom.

The gardens to the front and side come as a real surprise and are delightfully well stocked and enjoy further wonderful views. There are lawns, a kitchen/orchard garden area, a workshop/small barn at the rear of the building, a garden room, greenhouse and even what is affectionately known as the "former piggery" also built in stone and slate. Outside the back door, attached to the rear of the house is the former privy (outdoor toilet), now a useful garden store and a slated porch.

Although some may wish to now consider some thoughtful updating, true to its name The Haven is a unique home which is indeed a haven from the stresses of modern life with everything you could wish for in a Lakeland home virtually on your doorstep. You can stroll down the hill and within minutes you are in the heart of Ambleside or you may prefer to hike the surrounding high fells which are accessible on foot from the doorstep - perfect whether you are seeking a spacious family home, a stunning weekend retreat or a potentially highly successful holiday let. Come and see for yourself - we think that you will love everything about this delightful home. 

Front Porch Providing shelter over the timber and glazed front door, with overhead outside light and space to sit and put on boots before heading to the fells. 

Entrance Hall A light welcoming entrance, having a beautiful intricate rich-coloured mosaic tiled floor, with ample space for coats and boots. Having a Dimplex storage heater, and with oak stairs leading to the first floor. 

Lounge 14' 8" x 11' 8" (4.48m x 3.56m) Wonderfully light with a feeling of spaciousness thanks to the high ceiling and large window with window seat taking advantage of the view of the garden and beyond to the Church spire and Loughrigg fell. With a large wood burning stove set upon a slate hearth having an ornate tile surround, perfect for those cooler evenings. 

Sitting Room 15' 0" x 13' 9" (4.58m x 4.21m max) Lovely and light with garden views and beyond towards the Church and Loughrigg fell, and featuring an open fire place (not currently in use) with glazed ceramic tiled hearth and surround. With a number of integrated book cases this is an ideal room for sitting and relaxing perhaps whilst getting lost in a good book. 

Study 12' 7" x 5' 4" (3.86m x 1.64m max) A cosy room with its impressive timber door and having a flagged floor, quaint arched window, along with shelves for storage. 

Utility 7' 6" x 6' 1" (2.30m x 1.87m max) With stone flagged floor and plumbing for an automatic washing machine. Having space to deal with coats and boots. 

Cloakroom Having a WC and pedestal wash hand basin. 

Dining Room 17' 8" x 14' 9" (5.40m x 4.50m) A wonderful warm and welcoming room thanks to the Jøtel gas coal-effect stove set within an Inglenook fireplace, a real focal point for family gatherings, with ample space to gather with friends and family. Bursting with history, and full of character, this is the oldest part of the property and features an original spice cupboard having the year 1652 carved upon it, and 1658 on the wonderful built in oak bread cupboard in the dining room. Having a useful under stair cupboard for extra storage, and with stone steps leading down to the pantry/former dairy. 

Pantry/Former Dairy Having slate steps, characterful timber walls and beam, and with a traditional cold slate slab for food storage. 

Kitchen 10' 9" x 7' 0" (3.28m x 2.15m) With part tiled walls, wall and base units with complementary work surfaces and having an integrated Zanussi four ring gas hob, Neff electric oven, and an integrated Neff fridge. With a glazed external door to the rear. Some may wish to consider relocating the kitchen into what is now the dining room, but there are endless options available. 

First Floor  

Half Landing Lovely timber stairs and having a window, looking out onto the garden. 

Landing With a timber floor and having loft access. 

Bedroom 1 17' 8" x 14' 8" (5.40m x 4.48m) A wonderfully light and airy large double bedroom featuring an Arts and Crafts style open fire place (not in use) with a tiled hearth. With characterful beamed ceiling and benefitting from an integrated walk-in wardrobe with rail and shelf, as well as a further built-in wardrobe. 

En Suite for Bedroom 1 With light streaming in from the Velux, and having part tiled walls and a four-piece suite comprising a pedestal wash hand basin, a panel bath, Sanitan WC, and a Mira shower within a glazed cubicle. Also with a heated towel rail and an integrated airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder. 

Bedroom 2 14' 9" x 11' 1" (4.50m x 3.38m) A double room with oak flooring and enjoying a window seat, just perfect for sitting and enjoying the view to the town and fells beyond. Featuring an open fireplace with ornate tile surround (not currently in use) and having a Dimplex storage heater. 

Bedroom 3 12' 7" x 10' 9" (3.84m x 3.30m max) A light and airy double, currently in use as a twin, with timber flooring, open cast iron fire place and a view to the garden. 

Bedroom 4 13' 5" x 9' 9" (4.10m x 2.98m max) Currently utilized as a study, this is a lovely light room, also having oak flooring. 

Bedroom 5 11' 1" x 8' 4" (3.40m x 2.55m max) A single room full of character with restricted head height in places, with a cast iron open fire place (not in use). 

Family Bathroom With part tiled walls and a three-piece suite comprising a panel bath with Redring Digitemp shower over, WC, and wash hand basin. Also having a heated towel rail. 

Outside  

Workshop 11' 5" x 9' 10" (3.50m x 3.00m max) Built in stone and slate and situated at the rear of the original part of the house, having a side and rear door and with both power and light. 

Sun/ Garden Room 11' 5" x 5' 10" (3.50m x 1.80m) An ideal space for sowing seeds, and potting up plants, having a sink as well as power and light. The room may also provide a lovely spot in which to sit and admire the garden and the view when the weather is less warm. 

Former Pig Sty 5' 10" x 4' 7" (1.80m x 1.40m) Located at the bottom of the garden, this is now a useful store. 

Gardens With a more formal lawn to the front and a well stocked vegetable and fruit kitchen garden to the side, as well as a pond with water feature and pump to circulate the water, bordered with established shrubs this really is a garden for all to enjoy. A patio area provides space to sit and enjoy the joys of the garden, perhaps with a glass of something cool at the end of the day, whilst the established shrubs and beds provide a haven for butterflies and bees alike and with a path leading around to the front door via stone steps. There is a separate garden gate exit from the garden with steps down into Nook Lane. There is also a greenhouse and very useful log store. There are lovely views to be enjoyed wherever you are in the garden.

It may be considered that the gardens also provide the option for creating off road car parking provision for several cars subject to any necessary consents being obtained. The current owners currently rent car parking space nearby at a monthly rental of £35. 

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

Tenure Freehold. 

Council Tax South Lakeland district Council - Band G 

Viewings Strictly by appointment with Hackney and Leigh, Ambleside Office. Telephone 0 

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


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