Reception Rooms: 4
Bela House is a beautifully restored Georgian property that sits within the vibrant village of Milnthorpe. Set alongside the River Bela, the property has never been affected by flooding (full flood risk report available). With the AONB and Dallam Deer Park beyond, the property enjoys a lovely semi-rural setting that doesn’t compromise on great accessibility and local amenities. Believed to have been built around 1740 for the owner of the neighbouring Mill, the property has since undergone several sympathetic extensions and full renovations to create the superb family home that now affords flexible living accommodation suited to the modern family, yet is typical of the Georgian era with high ceilings and a light and airy feel.
There are four reception rooms, a large dining kitchen, utility, office and spacious downstairs cloakroom. On the half landing the gas boiler is alongside an airing cupboard and a linen cupboard with an overhead drying rack. There are four double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bela House has many original features including parquet flooring, fireplaces and sash windows. The surrounding grounds include landscaped lawns and flagged stone patios that lead across the Mill race to the river side, with single bank fishing rights extending to approximately 300 meters adding further appeal. The private driveway affords ample parking and access to a covered carport that also has planning permission for conversion to a double garage if required.
The semi-rural setting of Milnthorpe will appeal to a range of buyers and affords convenient access to both the A6 and M6. The village itself boasts a friendly community set around the square of shops and cafes. There is also a well regarded secondary school, supermarket, doctors and dentists within walking distance, offering a full range of local amenities. The nearby town of Kendal offers a plethora of high street shops. The stunning Lake District National Park, a world Heritage site, is only 3½ miles away. This has great appeal for those who love to enjoy the outdoors, though the adjoining Dallam Deer Park behind Bela House affords ample wildlife attraction and gentle walks in the open countryside right on your doorstep.
The house is approached through remote control wrought iron gates. The attractive white painted stone front of Bela House is impressive from the outset with the typical Georgian symmetricity created by the original sash windows. The Georgian front door frame with cantilever canopy leads into the front hall which sets the tone for the distinctive Georgian ambience ofthis wonderful home. This is where you first glimpsethe grand, intricately carved woodwork, some believed to have been sourced from Kimbolton Castle that has been well incorporated across many of the rooms. There is also attractive pine skirting and dado paneling. The living room enjoys good proportions and an original fire surround with acanthus leaves and festoons in the Chippendale style, a theme that is repeated on the door pediment. There is a beautifully decorated fitted corner display unit. This room leads into the new addition of the accoya wood orangery with self cleaning glass which was added in 2015 and enjoys a stunning aspect over the gardens and across the river to Dallam Deer Park. In the dining room there is a dramatic original marble fireplace decorated with veined marble slips and Adam style urns to frieze, again the motif is repeated on the door pediment. From the back hall, there is access into the library withfitted bookcases and further into a modern home office.
The large dining kitchen is easily the heart of this family home with ample space for a large dining table and chairs. The units, originally fitted by Out of the Woods of Lancaster, have recently been refurbished by them and are topped with marble worktops. A tiled hearth holds a 3 oven, 4 door AGA and there is also a five ring gas hob and a Bosch electric oven with microwave and Neff dishwasher. There are lovely views out towards the river, a separate walk in pantry with champagne chiller and added benefit of a large separate utility room with space for additional fridge/ freezer and plumbing for a washing machine.
A beautiful antique pine spindled staircase leads up past the full length Venetian gallery window, finished with wooden pillars, a stunning feature that also enjoys lovely views. On the first floor there are a total of four double bedrooms, each of which enjoy river views. The master bedroom is full of natural light and includes a run of fitted antique pine wardrobes. Two bathrooms support the four bedrooms offering baths in each and a shower in one. The grounds of Bela House extend to approximately an acre, largely south facing, and include almost 300 metres of the River Bela complete with single bank fishing rights. There are usually trout and salmon when in season and the Bela is known as one of the best fishing rivers in Westmorland. The gardens have been landscaped for easy maintenance. There are mature trees and shrubs around the neatly kept lawn areas which attract an array of wildlife including kingfishers and herons. Those with green fingers will be delighted with the Robinsons green house and selection of productive raised vegetable beds and fruit trees. There is a practical stone built shed along the river banks with a flagged terrace and viewing area making the ideal spot to sit, looking down the river and over to Dallam Deer Park. The driveway affords ample private parking and as previously mentioned the current 2-car carport has planning permission in place for a full garage if required.
Directions Travelling from the M6 South, take junction 35, signposted for Carnforth, Morecambe. At the roundabout that the 2nd exit, onto the A6 heading towards Milnthorpe for approximately 6 miles. Coming into Milnthorpe on the A6 and entering the 30 mile per hour zone, take your first left and follow the lane down towards the river, Bela House can be found to the right.
Travelling from the North on the M6, take junction 36 signposted Kirkby Lonsdale, go left at the first roundabout and left again when the Crooklands Hotel is on yout right. Follow the road to Milnthorpe and turn left at the traffic lights towards Carnforth. Turn right immediately after the second traffic island and follow the lane down towards the River, Bela House can be found on the right. It is approximately 4 miles from junction 36
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