Reception Rooms: 7
Originally built in 1779 and later remodelled between 1831 and 1847 in the picturesque style as a larger mansion to create an imposing gentleman’s residence, Foxholes is a magnificent example of Georgian and Victorian architecture. Many original features remain including decorative oak panelling, staircase, feature marble fireplaces, antique chandeliers, parquet flooring and ornate plasterwork to the walls and ceilings.
The grounds extend to approx. 2.5 acres and feature a garden or "pleasure grounds" originally designed by the renowned landscape architect Thomas H.Mawson & Sons who became the pre-eminent firm in the late Victorian and early twentieth century, across the UK and abroad, taking on a broad range of commissions for local authorities, wealthy landowners and industrialists. Many original specimen trees and rhododendrons still remain and the vendors have painstakingly worked to reinstate these former gardens using original garden design plans that are held at the Kendal Museum archive.
Foxholes was the former seat of the Talbot family and after the First World War, valuable house contents were subject to a two day auction sale. In 1922 Foxholes was sold to a local doctor who used it as a home and surgery. In the 1950s it became "The Foxholes Hotel" and later a care home. After a number of years in decline, the property was purchased in 2006 by the current owners who have spent a great deal of time and effort to sympathetically restore its former glory and to enhance for modern living.
This grand stately home is impressive from the outset with a choice of two entrance gates leading onto the tarmac drive that affords ample secure parking. Stone steps leads up to the modern glazed entrance porch and further into the strikingly handsome dining hall. Setting the tone for this historic home, the dining hall is rich in impressive period features including wooden panelling to the walls, parquet flooring and detailed plasterwork to the walls and high ceilings. . Having a fireplace in every room was common to the era and amazingly, many of the original fireplaces at Foxholes have been retained and restored. Arguably the most impressive is that of the dining hall that is unified into the wooden panelling with a stone surround and hearth.
Leading on into the games room which features tall sash windows with pretty original shutters, intricate plasterwork and an imperial white marble fireplace. The conservatory that was added 8 years ago is fully glazed with attractive oak effect internal frames and a stunning garden outlook.
Part of the original Georgian build, the formal drawing room to the house enjoys grand proportions with high ceilings and rich ornate plasterwork. The tall bay windows look out over the landscaped rear garden and original period features include exposed wooden floorboards, beautiful chandeliers and a unique decorative painted wooden fireplace with pretty tiled surround and hearth. There is also a cosy snug, a more informal reception space with gas fire set within a restored slate and wooden surround. The large family kitchen is bright and spacious with classic handmade painted solid wood wall, drawer and base units. High quality fitted appliances include NEFF double oven with grills, warming drawer, coffee machine, microwave, induction hob and a 3 door AGA set within a tiled inglenook. The double belfast sink enjoys a lovely outlook over the rear lawn and there is a rear glazed porch that provides access onto the patio and is a lovely tranquil spot from which to enjoy a morning coffee whilst looking out over the manicured garden. Located just off the kitchen there is a useful utility room with space for a washing machine, dryer and American style fridge freezer. Steps also lead down into a breakfast room which affords space for occasional dining furniture. Further accommodation to the ground floor includes a home office, butler’s pantry, WC, controls room and a back entrance hall with fitted storage cupboards creating an ideal cloaks area with access onto the front drive.
The grand wooden staircase regally leads up from the dining hall to the spacious landing which is filled with light afforded via two stained glass and leaded sunlights. There are a total of five double bedrooms on this floor and fine period features are again a regular occurrence across with a selection of original fireplaces and intricate egg and dart plasterwork. The master suite enjoys a spacious and light filled dressing room and very generously sized ensuite which includes both an impressive freestanding oval bath and walk-in rain shower. The bedroom enjoys a beautiful garden aspect which can be enjoyed sat affront the large bay windows, with views continuing to stretch into the surrounding countryside. Two of the other bedrooms on this floor also benefit from ensuites and one from an adjoining dressing room. The family bathroom is sympathetically styled with green marble tiles and the landing also provides access into a linen cupboard and under stairs storage space.
An inner landing conceals the former servant’s staircase that begins on the ground floor and continues up to the second floor landing. This additional floor is ideal for larger families and boasts a further four bedrooms, three doubles and a single, and a family shower room. This is a fantastic and versatile space that could be used for a number of purposes, whether that is as bedrooms for older children, guests or even as home offices tucked away from the main hustle and bustle of the house.
ANNEXE Foxholes is also ideal for those with dependant relatives as there is a lovely annexe that benefits from its own external access or can be internally accessed via the back entrance hall. Accommodation includes an open plan living dining room, kitchen and a first floor master suite that includes a double bedroom, dressing room and a fully tiled ensuite shower room. Alternatively, the dressing room could also be used as a second double bedroom.
GROUNDS The surrounding grounds amount to approximately 2.5 acres and have been carefully restored by the current owners in conjunction to the original Mawson designs. They now present a wonder of visually attractive gardens and lawns that feature an array of vibrant plants, flowers and trees, including some of those originally planted specimen trees and rhododendrons. The raised patio overlooks the well kept lawn and adjoining rose garden and a path leads further into the wonder of the landscaped grounds with hidden pockets of tranquil seating areas amidst wrought iron atriums and flower gardens. To the end of the garden sits an orchard planted with fruit trees, productive vegetable plots, a well maintained tennis court and additional woodland area. Practically, there is ample space for parking on the driveway and an attached double garage at the front. Also within the grounds, there is also a further carport and garage block for up to four cars.