Reception Rooms: 4
Sitting within the former realms of the Augustinian Priory, Priory Close House is a historic Grade II* listed home that has been painstakingly refurbished throughout to create a beautifully crafted, modern family home. Believed to date back in parts to the 14th century, with a Georgian extension in the 17th century, there is an eclectic mix of fine period features and modern day comforts. All of the renovations have been sympathetically carried out in accordance wit conservation guidance, retaining the synergy and authenticity of the medieval and Georgian charm that this property holds. The renovations undertaken were extensive and include modern heating systems, complete re plumbing, new floors, kitchen, bathrooms and all work of a decorative matter. Set out over three floors, the accommodation now flows beautifully throughout providing a total of three unique reception rooms and a bespoke kitchen with adjoining dining room. There are a total of seven double bedrooms on offer accompanied by two house bathrooms and ensuite to the Master. The property is a trove of hidden gems, including fine original marble fireplaces and stone mullioned windows, exposed wooden beams, hidden passages and many other original and well retained features.
Centured around the aforementioned 12th century Priory Church, Cartmel is a popular yet humble countryside village that is ideally located at the foot of The Lake District National Park. This destination is famous for its agricultural shows and the Cartmel horse races and thus proves as a must-visit village. There are an abundance of local shops, cafes, pubs and famous restaurants right on your doorstep, along with some fantastic countryside walks. There is an active community spirit for the locals of the village, with a well regarded primary school and also some great secondary schools nearby. Access to the M6 can be found approximately fifteen minutes drive away and train stations in the nearby villages of Cark-in-Cartmel and Grange-Over-Sands.
Entering along side the Priory Church via a private lane, a heavy Georgian door features the original 17th century door pull and opens out into a welcoming entrance hall. The entrance hall in itself is a glimpse of what to expect with high ceilings, cornice mouldings and quality Limestone tiled floors that benefit from underfloor heating, which in fact runs throughout the entirety of the ground floor. The style and quality of this home is further cemented when walking into the sitting room which is adorned with period style wood panelling to the dado and an original Limestone fireplace with Morso log burner set upon a flagged hearth. Views of the priory can be enjoyed from the window seat through the original sash window, as seen throughout the property. The adjacent drawing room enjoys similar views and restored original full oak panelling to the walls with integrated fireplace housing a Stovax log burner upon a slate hearth. Both the sitting room and drawing room also feature in keeping Oak engineered floors. There is a versatile third reception room currently utilised as a home office that enjoys a peaceful garden outlook and characterful ceiling beams. An original cast iron fireplace has been well retained along with an intriguing built in, Oak fronted cupboard.
Bespoke fit within the walls of this unique property is the wonderful Culshaw Bell kitchen. A range of painted cabinets and Oak central island with marble worktops encompass a selection of quality fitted appliances including a 3 door AGA set within a contemporary tiled nook, integrated Siemans dishwasher, concealed Caple microwave and large integrated fridge and freezer. The kitchen has a real period charm with wooden beams to the ceiling and the 14th century exposed stone archway believed to be the former Inglenook fireplace. Access can be found from here into the garden or on into the dining room again with external access and attractive period features that include the wooden beams of the former 14th century framework and an exposed stone fireplace. A useful utility room can be found tucked away at the rear of the property via the downstairs cloaks room with WC, allowing space and plumbing for a washing machine and dryer.
Access to the first floor can be found one of two ways, firstly via the grand 17th century Oak staircase that leads up passed an impressive gallery sash window, flooding the landing with natural light and providing a lovely garden aspect. Alternatively, a door leads to the nondescript ‘back stairway’, most likely used by the servants of the Priors Lodgings during the lavish soiree’s that were hosted here in the 17th and 18th century. On the first floor there are a total of four double bedrooms, each offering their own unique charm. Of these four, one is the Master bedroom which enjoys spacious proportions and natural light afforded by the two sash windows that overlook the Priory Church. A door leads into a walk in wardrobe and another deceptively into the large ensuite bathroom with luxury white porcelain sanitary ware and a large walk-in shower. The further three bedrooms are served by an equally beautiful and modern designed house bathroom. To the second floor, there are a further 3 double bedrooms on offer, all of which offer period charm with exposed wooden beams. This is a great guest area accompanied by a well planned modern shower room. This floor also provides a wealth of undereaves storage spaces in addition to the many built in cupboards found throughout the property.
The walled garden to the rear of the property is a peaceful sun trap within this central village location and the best position from which to appreciate the grand Priory Church. Truly serene are the surroundings and well kept lawn that is boarded by a selection of colourful plants, flowers and bushes. The flagged patio is a great space for alfresco dining, with direct access from the kitchen and dining room making it ideal for entertaining in the summer
months. The stone wall at the end of the property gives way to a secret entrance leading down to the banks of River Eea and there is also a practical stone built garden store. At the front of the property, the pebbled driveway affords parking
Mains water & electric
Gas fired central heating
Council Tax Band
DIRECTIONS To reach the property from either Grange or from the A590/ Newby Bridge approach, turn into Cartmel village and head for the Priory which is clearly visible from all angles. By the main gate into the churchyard, between the churchyard wall and Hales Sweet Shop is a cobbled private driveway. ‘Priory Close’ is the second house on the left beyond the gate with parking on the right hand side.