Reception Rooms: 3
Occupying the most substantial part of the main building at this exclusive development. 4 Briery Close is steeped in history and enjoys an abundance of beautiful original features. This magnificent 4 bedroom home overlooks a private area of lawn and out across Lake Windermere to the mountains beyond. Situated in a wonderfully elevated position above the Eastern shores of the largest of the Lakes, this highly desirable property encapsulates the Lake District National Park and all its natural beauty, affording impressive panoramic vistas and encouraging a feeling of calm and serenity looking down on to the water.
Originally developed in 1912, the beautiful, ornate main mansion house and surrounding estate buildings were more latterly an Arabian Stud Farm. The exclusive estate of Briery Close as it is now, was developed around thirty years ago in to one of the most prestigious and highly regarded private residential developments of its type in the North of England. Each owner is a joint owner of the estate and therefore, enjoys the benefits of the splendid, historical gardens and grounds of the original mansion.
Only a few minutes by car to the centre of both Windermere and Ambleside , this enviable location provides the best of both worlds; the peace and tranquillity of a majestic setting in beautiful countryside, yet a whole host of amenities easily accessible. The highly regarded, independent Windermere School is just over 5 minutes away, and there are a number of good primary and secondary schooling options in the locality. Windermere town benefits from many independent shops and eateries, a theatre and also well known convenience stores. There are Lake steamers departing from the bay regularly enabling access to other parts of the Lakes without having to drive. Within a short distance are Windermere Golf Club, Royal Windermere Yacht Club, Windermere Marina and local amenities including doctors, dentists and a large supermarket. Transport links include the 15 minute connection to the west coast main line at Oxenholme, now only 2 hours and 40 minutes to London. Ambleside is a bustling town with many wonderful places to eat drink and shop. The superb scenery and outdoor activities that the Lake District offers are right on the doorstep of this truly special property.
Number 4 Briery Close provides an exciting and unique opportunity to acquire a very special home in the English Lake District. Approached via the rear of the main mansion house, the modest entrance is especially deceptive, as this striking home which is set out over two floors, affords spacious accommodation, incredible original features and is filled with natural light. To the ground floor, the principle reception room is a real joy to behold, distinctive and ornate plaster friezes feature cherubs and local trees and is complimented by remarkable oak panelling, an oak floor and spectacular Arts & Crafts fireplace. The views are quite simply breath taking. Adjacent, the sitting room is a further magnificent formal reception room with far reaching views via the impressive bay window that opens out on to a private area of lawn and continues on to the surrounding gardens. This room is documented as being the very spot where Charlotte Bronte was entertained to tea the day she met Elizabeth Gaskell during her visit to the main house in the early 20th century. On this level there is also a neatly presented, bright and contemporary kitchen with access to a small private courtyard and adjacent, spacious utility room and a separate dining room. The cellar space is well kept and provides plentiful storage and head height. From the open inner hall, the simply magnificent original staircase with ornate carvings is an impressive focal point and leads to a beautiful, bright landing area. There are four, spacious double bedrooms, three of which face the Lake and two of which are en-suite. There is an additional, large house bathroom. The space, light and unrivalled views within this fantastic property provide the new owners with so much opportunity to merge seamlessly the incredible historic features with more contemporary additions.
In addition to the private area of lawn to the front of Number 4, the wider gardens extend to around eleven acres and have been beautifully formed and extremely well managed. Residents also have the attraction and benefit of Lake access with approximately 130 foot of frontage to Lake Windermere (this is opposite the junction of Holbeck Lane and the A591 and separate to the property). The fully maintained common gardens and grounds have one of the most spectacular views of the Lake District looking across Windermere to the central Lakeland fells. There are also two hard tennis courts, a billiard room and a squash court within the grounds. 4 Briery Close also benefits from a separate, private double garage.
Services Mains Water & Electricity
Shared septic tank drainage
Mains Gas fired central heating
Council Tax Band H
Estate Management Charge -£3000 p.a. Leasehold – 999 year lease from 5th September 1980
*Each of the 13 properties on the estate has a share in the Management Company which owns the Freehold.
DIRECTIONS From M6 J36 follow the A591 toward Windermere and Ambleside. After passing Windermere Village continue along the A591 passing Brockhole Visitor Centre on the left. As the road begins to bend right look out for Briery Close Lodge House on the right, take the turning right here and continue up the private driveway. Keep left at the fork and follow the driveway round and through the prominent hedges until it opens out at a circle with a large Beech tree where you can park and see number 4 ahead.