Reception Rooms: 3
This is an ideal opportunity to purchase a fine Lakeland home of immense Victorian character in a very enviable location but offers the opportunity to create an individual dream home as the property is currently in need of some upgrading. Wansfell Holme was constructed as a magnificent summer mansion in the early 19th century and a much later division created individual properties, number one is the main portion of the house retaining the original porch and entrance hall, splendid stone staircase and main reception rooms. The site for Wansfell Holme was carefully chosen for its open sunny aspect and panoramic south facing views over Lake Windermere with far reaching views into the mountains of the central Lakeland fells. This generously proportioned home exudes character, style and grandeur retaining many of the original features of its early Victorian past including tall shuttered windows, detailed cornice mouldings, Westmorland fireplace and elegant stone staircase. Located just to the south of the busy Lakeland town of Ambleside the property stands in approximately ¾ of an acre of private gardens and grounds with terraced lawns, some fine mature specimen trees and a gently sloping meadow which comes alive in the spring with wild daffodils and bluebells. Constructed as a summer home in 1830 for a Victorian gentleman, George Warden, this property could be used once more as a holiday home or equally be occupied as a very comfortable and well appointed family home as of present. Following Wardens ownership it passed to the hands of Reverend James Hornby, succeeding the owners in 1859 by well known Lancashire industrialist, Thomas Wrigley. It was later in the 20th century when the extensive Wansfell estate which included Wansfell Holme was sold and divided, passing through the national trust hands to well regarded local builders G. H Pattinson who converted Wansfell Holme into five private residences.
The impressive approach to the property is through a substantial sandstone porch of the original mansion house, through twin entrance doors into a grand reception hallway. This lovely open space has a tall vaulted ceiling with detailed mouldings and arches together with the original stone staircase finished with cast iron balustrade and polished mahogany handrail grandly leads up to the first floor. The hall is a bright reception area which would lend itself perfect to a family dining area with tall shuttered windows and a unique marble Westmorland style fireplace. The lounge is a large formal reception space with detailed cornice moulding to the ceiling and features impressive double French windows which open out into the garden room. The garden room opens onto the upper level terrace and lawn and enjoys a beautiful sunny south westerly aspect. A very well equipped kitchen with an ample range of floor and wall cabinets incorporating an electric hob, oven, microwave, integrated dishwasher, fridges and sink unit. Glazed doors from the kitchen also lead into the garden room and enjoy a splendid aspect over the gardens, lake and views beyond. A separate utility room accessed from the hallway is well equipped with a range of storage cupboards. A staircase leads down into a large basement area which is full head height and a stairwell to the front driveway therefore offers a versatile space suitable for a variety of uses. The property boasts four excellent double bedrooms all of which or of good proportions and all with views. The master bedroom is situated on the corner of the house which enjoys a dual aspect through shuttered windows of views over Lake Windermere to the front and garden and fell views from the side. The en-suite has a corner shower cubical with a multi jet system and is finished with floor and wall tiles. A large family bathroom which is a beautifully detailed facility with high quality fittings and finishes providing large walk in shower with multijet system, splendid Victorian style wash stand and spa bath, an attractive stained glass above to provide light.
The sweeping driveway approach to the house is lined with a bank of rhododendrons and azaleas and leads up to the impressive front original entrance porch for the property with an adjacent parking are for numerous vehicles The generous mature gardens and grounds of the property are a delightful feature with vibrant plants, Flowers and wildlife. The garden also boasts a wide range of mature colourful rhododendrons and azaleas. The lawn area which is accessed through the garden room is a perfect peaceful place to sit and absorb and appreciate the views of Lake Windermere. On from the lawned area is gently sloping meadow which is full of colourful wild flowers but could be used to extend the garden.
Private Water Supply
Gas Fired Central Heating
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DIRECTIONS Approaching from Windermere in the south, continue on the A591 past the Low Wood Hotel and its marina. The driveway to Wansfell Holme is on the right hand side after another 500 yards. This is set back with limestone gate pillars and white wrought iron railings. Continue to the head of the drive and parking for the property is on the right.