Reception Rooms: 6
Set within the Lake District National Park and recently recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site and ideally located close to the ever popular Cartmel village, The Old Vicarage is a stunning country house which has been comprehensively and tastefully refurbished to create a very appealing 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom family home together with an adjoining 3 bedroom cottage on a generous garden plot of approximately 1 acre. With the sunny aspect on this quiet country lane it has a charming position overlooking the village green and church within this sought after south Lakeland village. The original Georgian Vicarage was added to by the Victorians and was recently enlarged with what now forms the versatile three bedroom cottage annexe. The present owners have brought back some of the original character of this classic country home with renovation of fine shuttered sash windows, oak flooring and high quality fittings to the splendid dining kitchen and spacious bathrooms. Its splendid recent additions being the beautiful conservatory which opens out from the dining kitchen and which has been bespoke designed by highly regarded Vale of Grantham. The well proportioned rooms flow around the central stairwell providing a very comfortable feel for this unique family home. The adjoining annexe presents excellent flexibility to further expand the accommodation, or have it as a three bedroom guest cottage for family or holiday home. The well tended family friendly gardens are mostly level with a wide sunny stone paved terrace, lawns, mature shrubs, and some fine established trees together with plenty of parking on gravelled driveways and a recently erected, good size, wooden storage building.
The Old Vicarage enjoys peace & privacy on the periphery of the picturesque hamlet of Witherslack, a highly regarded and sought after parish in the Winster Valley, and West of the busy market town of Kendal providing an excellent selection of everyday amenities. Witherslack has excellent transport links within easy reach, with good access to the A590 trunk road and connections to the M6. Train stations are present at both Oxenholme and Grange-over-Sands, giving a high speed connection to London Euston and is approximately 15-20 minutes drive. Witherslack village itself has an active community and there is a successful primary school and a highly regarded pub, The Derby Arms, a local convenience/grocers shop and established horse riding stables at Witherslack Hall as well as a pick up point for private schools in both Windermere and Sedbergh. The surrounding area is perfect for walking and exploring, including panoramic views of the Lake District from Whitbarrow Scar behind, Gummers Howe and Cartmel Fell with a selection of fine pubs and country Inns on the way and close by including The Masons Arms at Cartmel Fell, Punch Bowl at Crosthwaite and newly established Lyth Valley Hotel. Located just a few miles away is the medieval and picturesque village of Cartmel, famous for its agricultural shows and the Cartmel horse races and thus proves as a must-visit village with its abundance of local shops, cafes, pubs and famous Michelin star restaurant.
Accommodation The gated & gravelled driveway provides an impressive approach to the front entrance porch of The Old Vicarage which features a heavy entrance door into the generous vestibule.
Reception Hall An attractive reception area to the main house with the original staircase and under-stairs wine cellar.
14´0" x 13´11" (4.28m x 4.26m) The first reception room off the entrance hall, this makes a classic study with sash window and a full wall of fine glazed cabinets hand crafted by Colefax and Fowler. Log burning stove in detailed cast surround and alcove book shelving.
17´5" x 13´10" (5.32m x 4.24m) A well proportioned room with oak floor and pull high split shuttered windows looking out over the garden. The room features an attractive marble fire surround with log burning stove fitted.
19´0" x 13´11" (5.81m x 4.25m) This is an excellent bright space in the middle of the house which has an open arrangement to the Dining Room 15’7" x 14’9" (4.75m x 4.05m) This is another lovely reception room with heavy stone fire surround fitted with log burning stove.
13’9" x 10’1" (4.2m x 3.08m) Entering off the rear courtyard this is a very useful wet entrance with plenty of space for boots and coats. Off this space there is a ground floor cloak room fitted with pedestal wash basin, WC and a boiler room housing a modern old fired central heating boiler, pressurised hot water cylinder.
14´0" x 13´11" (4.28m x 4.25m) A comfortable and cosy reception room with shuttered window and seat over looking the terrace and gardens. Cast fire surround with fossilised marble inset and open grate. Built-in alcove cupboards and book shelving.
Large Breakfast Kitchen
19´3" x 15´0" (5.89m x 4.59m) This is a lovely bright and open space in the Victorian section of the house with a door leading from the courtyard and open arrangement into the Vale conservatory. The room is finished with a travertine limestone floor where there is good ceiling height with inset lighting, plenty of space for breakfast or dining table. The high quality kitchen is in keeping with the style of the property and plenty of oak cabinets, glazed wall cabinets and locally sourced Brathay black slate worktops from Kirkstone, modern, easily controlled, four oven electric AGA.
16´7" x 12´4" (5.07m x 3.76m) Exclusively designed conservatory addition adds another dimension to the living space within the property bringing the garden in to view. There is a side door onto the terrace, and double French doors leading out into the garden, under floor heating beneath the Limestone tiles and thermo- censored ventilations.
Landing A generous landing space with window looking out onto the lane and an excellent range of original fitted linen cupboards.
17´7" x 13´11" (5.36m x 4.26m) A large double bedroom suite with period stone fire surround and fire basket and original Cornish mouldings.
Ensuite dressing room & bathroom; this is a luxury facility to the master bedroom suite which can also be accessed off the landing with a range of fitted furniture and a period style suite which provides WC, wash hand basin, free standing roll top bath on claw and ball feet and an excellent walk in shower area with glass screen.
Guest bedroom 2
19´3" x 11´2" (5.89m x 3.42m) A spacious and bright double bedroom with windows to both front and rear. Deep walk in wardrobe and Ensuite shower room facility, attractively finished with tiling, towel radiator and the suite of WC, pedestal wash basin and tiled shower area.
15´8" x 14´0" (4.78m x 4.27m) A good size double bedroom to the rear of the house with a view onto the village green and period fire grate in surround.
13´11" x 13´10" (4.26m x 4.23m) An attractive double bedroom with shallow built in hanging space.
14´0" x 13´10" (4.28m x 4.22m) An excellent fifth double bedroom with period fire grate surround and view over the gardens.
Family bathroom A very well appointed house bathroom finished with an oak floor and inset ceiling lighting, designed in a period style with high quality fittings providing roll top bath with hand shower, bracket wash hand basin, WC and good size shower cabinets.
Annexe The adjoining cottage is set out on three floors and is accessed either from the dining kitchen of the main accommodation or its own separate entrance door from the courtyard. There by allowing separate uses if required. The cottage has been redesigned and recently completed following full renovation and refitting and offers versatile space to suit a variety of needs.
22´7" x 18´11" (6.9m x 5.78m) A good size living room with an oak floor and French doors leading out onto the stone terrace. This area is wired and plumbed to install a kitchen area at the rear if required.
Laundry room & Cloaks A facility for the main house at present with polished floor finish and quality fittings which include a double Villeroy and Boch utility sink, hard wood worktops and drainer, and a WC.
Bathroom A contemporary white suite with interesting detail, attractive tiling and oak floor providing a wash bowl, panelled bath with shower overhead and WC.
18´4" x 11´0" (5.61m x 3.36m) A large double bedroom overlooking the garden with inset ceiling lighting.
10´11" x 6´8" (3.33m x 2.05m) A comfortable single bedroom at the side of the house.
22´7" x 18´11 (6.9m x 5.79m) An open room off the upper staircase with interest ceiling lines and splendid views over the gardens and across the valley towards the wooded slopes in the distance. Windows on three sides. This could also make an excellent office room or play area and also has plumbing prepared and installed ready for provision of an Ensuite facility at this level.
Outside Approached by a gravelled driveway off the lane there is also a second gravelled driveway off the village green into a courtyard with plenty of parking. There is a small single story dormer which adjoins one wall of the cottage. The gardens and grounds are at the front of the house with a very sunny aspect and a wide recently laid stone terrace which takes full advantage of this aspect. There are mature trees and shrubs which screen the property and sit around the large level lawn. Gravelled pathways lead to the lower garden where there are fruit trees and an exciting tree house project.
DIRECTIONS From the A590 travelling west toward Grange-Over-Sands, at the second dual carriageway section of road take the first right sign posted ‘Witherslack’. Continue past the Derby Arms and over the rise and at the first junction turn left sign posted ‘Halecat’. Follow this lane and passing the Dean Barwick School on your left, continue until seeing the entrance to The Old Vicarage on the left.