Reception Rooms: 3
Pool Garth is a simply stunning package of a lovely period country home with outbuildings, garden and land all together in a fabulous position on Cartmel Fell, enjoying a sunny aspect and far reaching views across the valley and surrounding countryside. The house is thought to have its origins in the seventeenth century, being one of several farmsteads on the slopes of Cartmel Fell; it was later enlarged in the early Victorian period and underwent an award winning extension by the present owners in the late 1990’s. Plenty of character and well planned, quality accommodation brings Pool Garth together as a very appealing family home in a particularly peaceful and picturesque corner of the Lake District National Park. The house has 3 attractive and individual reception rooms, a study room, breakfast kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms; outside at Pool Garth there are delightful cottage gardens, two orchards, detached garage outbuilding with workshops, former hog house and approximately 7 acres of grazing land. Further land and studio barn with considerable hope value, known as Low Green, is available by separate negotiation and will be of particular interest to people looking for a lifestyle change, income potential or development.
For purchasers seeking a comfortable, country home in a quiet area with stunning, open views and good access into the honeypots of the National Park and toward Kendal and the A590 for travel on the M6 or West Coast rail line, Pool Garth is ideally positioned. Cartmel Fell is a rural community, once home to the author Arthur Ransome, with an interesting church built in 1504 to save the local farming community the seven mile walk to Cartmel Priory. There is a small village store in nearby Bowland Bridge together with a selection of award winning pubs within easy reach.
Directions Travelling from Bowness continue on the Lyth Valley road (A5074)through Winster towards Crosthwaite. After passing the Damson Dene Hotel on your left continue for around half a mile before taking the right hand turn signposted Bowland Bridge, follow this road known as Smithy Lane for 1 ½ miles before turning left signposted High Newton/Church Cartmel Fell. Pool Garth is not visible from the road but the driveway is approximately half a mile down this lane on the left over a cattle grid.
Travelling from J36 of the M6 follow the signs onto the A590 and exit onto the A5074 and turn left past the Gilpin Bridge pub. Follow this road past the Lyth Valley Hotel and continue along until reaching a sharp right hand bend, turn left here signposted Bowland Bridge. Follow this road known as Smithy Lane for 1 ½ miles before turning left signposted High Newton/Church Cartmel Fell. Pool Garth is not visible from the road but the driveway is approximately half a mile down this lane on the left over a cattle grid.
Accommodation Main entrance door with slate canopy porch which opens into a central reception hall, retaining original slate flagged floor.
Library 25’2" x 22’10" (7.67 x 6.96) A beautifully designed reception room which won a national Civic Award when it was developed by the present owners in 1997. Combining seamlessly with the much older property this room has a triple aspect and a high vaulted oak ceiling with fine oak beams and detailing throughout. Oak library book shelving is set around the room with a corner study area and a feature fire opening with stone surround, a hand crafted oak spiral staircase leads to the upper gallery and library area.
Sitting Room 16’9" x 15’11" (5.11 x 4.86) Within the oldest part of Pool Garth this is a room full of character with beamed ceiling and a slate flagged floor. There is a door into what was originally the front porch and entrance to the property together with a south facing window seat looking out over the gardens. Delightful working fire range with open grate by Henry Rishton of Kendal is set in a heavy stone fire surround. Built in alcove cupboards and shelving.
Study 12’2" x 9’5" (3.71 x 2.86) Stone steps lead down from the sitting room to this lower level Study off which is a separate under stairs store ideal for drinks or pantry items.
Dining Room 15’11" x 12’10 (4.85 x 3.92) Finished with a polished pine floor this room has a dual aspect and gives splendid views across the valley to the scar and beyond. Built in cupboards.
Store Room 12’9" x 12’6" (3.89 x 3.8) From the dining room stone steps lead down to this lower level laundry room from which there is an outside door to the front pathway. Gas fired central heating boiler, plumbing for washing machine and Belfast sink.
Kitchen 11’11" x 11’10" (3.62 x 3.60) Quarry tile floor finish, window seat looking out over the front garden, a range of fixture Pine cupboards and stainless steel sink unit. Plumbing for a dishwasher and electric cooker point. Gas fired central heating boiler serving the library extension.
First Floor From the sitting room a lovely old oak staircase leads to the bright first floor landing area with the main bathroom leading off a half landing.
House Bathroom Spacious facility fitted with a suite providing vanity wash basin, WC, bidet and spa bath with shower attachment. Part wall tiling and cylinder cupboard with linen shelving.
Guest Suite 11’1" x 10’6" (3.38 x 3.21) Part of the Victorian extension this is a generous fourth double bedroom which enjoys a fabulous far reaching view across the valley to distant fells. En-suite bathroom with a white suite of WC, pedestal wash basin and panel bath with shower attachment.
Bedroom 1 15’5" x 12’2" (4.71 x 3.71) An excellent double bedroom in the centre of the house with beamed ceiling and window seats looking out over the gardens and orchard.
Bedroom 2 12’10" x 12’9" (3.90 x 3.88) A comfortable double bedroom with beamed ceiling and window seat enjoying a sunny aspect. Twin corner built in book shelves.
Bedroom 3 11’9" x 11’8" (3.58 x 3.56) A pleasant double bedroom with window at the front of the property, with a vaulted roof line and beamed ceiling.
Outside Access off the lane that leads over the cattle grid and winds down to the front of Pool Garth passing one of the orchards on the left. There is parking to the side of the house and the driveway leads to the rear and the detached, stone, outbuilding. This is lovely vernacular building with the upper level providing garaging and general storage with two various under house stores providing space for logs, garden furniture and a workshop space. Off the front drive is an interesting hog house with two pigsties beneath and useful room over accessed by external stone steps; this is a room used in recent years as a children’s playroom. Around Pool Garth are very well stocked cottage gardens and productive orchards with apple, plum and damson. Outside of the garden areas the land extends to approximately 7 acres and offers gently rolling grazing land currently let on annual licences to a local farmer.
The purchaser of Pool Garth will have the option to purchase an additional building and parcel of land amounting to approximately 1 acre to the north of the driveway, known as Low Green, this is a single storey stone structure with connection to water supply and power and with current plans passed for use as a studio.