Reception Rooms: 3
The Old Vicarage is a stunning country house built in 1874, in an idyllic setting, within the Lake District National Park. The property has been comprehensively and tastefully refurbished to create a very appealing 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home on a generous garden plot of approximately 1 acre, which was originally donated by local farmers to build the new Vicarage. The house has been the venue for many annual church fetes until recent years. This excellent property is located in a sought-after position and small settlement of Colton, a traditional farming area, offering peace and tranquillity with numerous walks straight from the doorstep. The house is packed full of original features including fireplaces, cornicing and mouldings and the property benefits from having a sunny aspect on a quiet country lane, in a charming position overlooking the Colton valley. There is a large lawned area to the front of the property with gravel paths and, to the rear, a cottage garden with a summer house and a small orchard to the side, all enclosed within a traditional Lakeland stone wall. The property is located in the picturesque Colton valley, which is located south of the popular Lakeland village of Hawkshead on the edge of Grizedale Forest in between both Lake Windermere and Coniston, yet only 25 minutes drive to the M6.
The property is entered at the front, through a traditional porch, which has an original Victorian encaustic tile floor and a glass door, and into to a large hallway with very decorative original cornice mouldings and deep skirting boards. The kitchen is large family space fitted out by a local company, Colwith Kitchens, with wooden cupboards, some of which are glass fronted. There is an Aga, which is situated in the tiled recess of the original stone range, and is the main focal point in the room. There is a large picture window with wooden slat shutters and a window seat, over-looking the rear courtyard. A large handy utility area sits at the side of the kitchen. The lounge, which was originally two rooms, offers a luxurious area for combined relaxing and formal dining, with a West Cumbrian red sandstone fire surround and log burner. The wooden floor in this room has been beautifully restored from reclaimed wood of old French railway carriages. A glass door leads out of the lounge into a garden room, which was added to the property in 2004, and which has become an asset to the property, with large glass windows, a tiled floor and double doors out on the terrace. This is the perfect place to sit and relax and enjoy the stunning views over the valley and beyond towards the Coniston range of fells. A stunning second reception room also has many original features, including an 1870s fire and surround, beautiful detailed moulded coving and deep skirting boards. This room has a large bay window overlooking the garden and a beautiful beech wooden floor, and it benefits from under floor heating. The staircase, with the original oak banister, leads up and out of the hallway towards a large window on the turn of the stairs, which allows the light to flood in. There are four large double bedrooms, one of which is currently used as a study, all of good proportions including a master bedroom with an en-suite shower room. All of these rooms retain many original features including reclaimed radiators, deep skirting boards, cornices, architraves, fireplaces and picture rails. There is also a large family bathroom with a freestanding roll top bath and a large walk-in shower unit. Leading up a staircase to the second floor is a further large double bedroom with fitted wardrobes. There is another double-sized room off this bedroom, which offers potential to become an extra bedroom or indeed to make a master suite with a dressing room.
The private driveway provides ample off road parking and also leads around to the courtyard at the rear of the property where there are good sized outbuildings. There are gravel paths meandering through a lawned area and into beautiful gardens with a stunning rose collection. A gateway leading into an orchard of fruit trees and beautiful Lakeland stone walls that encompass the garden. A summer house on a terraced area is situated perfectly to make the most of the long sunny days and the outstanding views of the garden and valley and Lakeland fells beyond.
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DIRECTIONS From Greenodd, just off the A590. Head north on the A5092, before leaving Greenodd village take the right hand turn signposted Penny Bridge, follow the road travelling over the River Crake for approximately 2 miles passing through the cross roads at Tottlebank and onwards to Colton. Entering the small hamlet of Colton, pass the junction with the village board and The Old Vicarage drive can be found immediately on the right hand side with stone pillars at the head of the drive.