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3 Falcon Crag, Cowan Head, Burneside, Kendal, LA8 9HL

£625,000 Guide Price
  • Ref: 0
  • Type: Apartment
  • Availability: Sold STC
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Reception Rooms: 1
  • Council Tax Band: G
  • Tenure: Leasehold
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Property Features

  • A Lake District development like no other
  • Popular as both primary and second homes
  • Set in 47 acres with private fishing on River Kent
  • 9 hole golf course and an indoor leisure suite
  • First floor with both stairs and lift access
  • Generous hall, sitting/dining room
  • Large covered balcony, well appointed kitchen
  • Three double bedrooms
  • Two stylish refitted shower rooms
  • Great views of river, weir and rockpools

Property Summary

A development like no other. Popular as both primary residences and as second homes, the apartments at Cowan Head are different to anything else available in the Lake District.

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A development like no other. Popular as both primary residences and as second homes, the apartments at Cowan Head are different to anything else available in the Lake District.

A development like no other. Popular as both primary residences and as second homes, the apartments at Cowan Head are different to anything else available in the Lake District.

Welcome to 3 Falcon Crag, Cowan Head, Burneside, L

This tranquil and secure residential community was created on the site of a former 18th century paper mill and has been meticulously designed and built in stages over the last twenty or so years to provide luxurious, riverside cottages, apartments and duplexes set within 47 acres and all having exclusive access to a private stretch of the River Kent with fishing rights, a 9 hole golf course and an indoor leisure suite with swimming pool, spa, sauna and steam room. Footpaths open up to a network of great local walks in the wider area. Rain or shine, there is something to do here.

This former show apartment was bought new from the developers in 1996 by the parents of the current owners initially as a second home which then, in time, became a permanent base in their retirement. It is well proportioned, spacious and attractively presented. On the first floor with both stairs and lift access it offers a generous hallway entrance, a combined sitting/dining room with large balcony, a well appointed kitchen, three double bedrooms, one of which is ensuite and a shower room. Both of the shower rooms have been kept up to date and refitted with stylish contemporary appointments in recent years.

There are superb views from the reception room, the kitchen, all three bedrooms and the super covered balcony. The views evolve room by room and take in the River Kent with its weir and rockpools, the golf course and as a general backdrop, the Kentmere fells lie beyond.

Tucked away in a peaceful setting Cowan Head is easy to reach off the main A591 which runs between Kendal and Windermere and is highly accessible from the M6. The privacy and exclusivity of owners residing at Cowan Head is maintained by a restriction against holiday letting throughout the site. Domestic animals are permitted on site.


The beauty of Cowan Head’s location is that it sits in a pocket of tranquillity but only a short drive brings you to the A591 and from there the whole of the Lake District opens up and is waiting to be explored and enjoyed. It is an excellent base.

On a practical level, the Cumbrian market town of Kendal and Lakeland town of Windermere both offer day to day amenities, supermarkets and services. Oxenholme station on the main West Coast line is 6 miles distant and there are branch line services to Burneside and Windermere.

Step inside

Take the lift, take the stairs, the choice is yours. Alighting at the first floor there is a door to No.3. Stepping inside, the first thing you’ll notice is the lovely big hallway, plenty of space for furniture, greeting guests and taking coats off without having to navigate a tight space. There are two good cupboards providing ample storage space.

Moving through to the main reception room and your eye is instantly drawn to the picture window, the generous covered balcony with glass balustrade and the view beyond. The glass enables an unobstructed view from the comfort of your armchair. Being covered the balcony has all year round potential and a couple of power points, sitting here (or indeed in the sitting room with sliding doors open) with the sound of the river as a backdrop is an absolutely delightful way to spend time. The kitchen is well fitted and appointed by Webbs (Kendal). Cabinets have Tuscan pear wood doors and there are black granite worktops. NEFF appliances comprise freezer, dishwasher, hob and extractor hood, oven an combination oven, the fridge is Liebherr. It’s a good specification with illuminated glazed display cupboards, under unit lighting, a built in wine rack, waste disposal unit and an Amtico floor. The main reception room offers space for formal dining whilst the kitchen provides room for breakfast and informal kitchen suppers.

There are three double bedrooms and two shower rooms, one of which is ensuite. The main bedroom is a suite with a bedroom having a range of fitted furniture, a dressing area and an ensuite shower room. It’s an attractive contemporary installation with a large shower cubicle with Pharo fittings including a rainfall head, floating vanity unit and toilet. Fully tiled, it has underfloor heating and a designer chrome heated towel rail.

The second and third double bedrooms are also fully fitted and along with the main bedroom enjoy river and country views. These two bedrooms have use of the apartment shower room. Refitted by Aqua Jade (Kirkby Lonsdale) this too is a sleek and stylish room, fully tiled with glass mosaic detailing, the quality appointments include a large shower cubicle with a rainfall head and a second handheld head and both the vanity unit and toilet are floating. Black ladder radiator.

Step outside into the grounds of this private estate

Privacy and security for all residents is a priority here at Cowan Head. Set in 47 acres, the extensive grounds are accessed by a secure entry system including a remote video link from the entrance hall to the main gates.

Gardens and grounds are well maintained by the gardening team and ensure that the estate looks its best year round. Wherever you are on the estate there are great views, taking in the surrounding vista of the naturally rolling landscape, the fells of the Kentmere Valley and the stunning River Kent which flows through with rock pools and the weir. Herons, ducks and kingfishers have been regularly spotted over the years, even salmon in the river – there are fishing rights included for all residents.

One of the main draws of the Cowan Head is the leisure facilities available exclusively for residents. There is an indoor swimming pool with surrounding seating terrace, spa, steam room and sauna.

There is also a 9 hole golf course within the grounds.

Two private parking spaces sit beneath the Falcon Crag building, in a communal area and there are additional, unassigned spaces available for visitors elsewhere on the estate. A useful, private store room can be found on the lower ground floor, ideal for golf clubs and outdoor equipment it has a light and is shelved.

Further info

On the road

Kendal 3.9 miles

Windermere 5.9 miles

Oxenholme (railway station) 5.9 miles

Ambleside 10.3 miles

M6 J36 11.9 miles

Grange over Sands 17.5 miles

Manchester 79.1 miles

Manchester airport 86.2 miles

Liverpool airport 91.8 miles

The above journey distances are for approximate guidance only and have been sourced from the fastest route on the AA website from the property postcode.



Staveley CoE Primary School

There is a choice in Kendal and Windermere


Queen Katherine School and Kirkbie Kendal (both in Kendal)

The Lakes School (Troutbeck Bridge)

Additionally, Windermere School is a co-educational private school (3 – 18 years) for boarding, weekly boarding and day pupils

Rail journeys

Lancaster 13 minutes

Manchester (Piccadilly) 1 hour 14 minutes

London (Euston) 2 hours 47 minutes

Edinburgh 2 hours 4 minutes

Based on approximate direct train journey times from Oxenholme train station on the main West Coast line. Train service durations vary, please check for further details.

Things to do in the area

Cowan Head has its own leisure suite and golf course, but if you feel the need to venture further afield then there is much on offer from this highly accessible location. Here are our highlights:

Local leisure activities

Walk, hike, climb, cycle on land

Wild swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing on water

Sail on Windermere and Ullswater

Motor boating on Windermere

Levens Hall and Holker Hall

National Trust properties - Sizergh Castle, Townend, Wordsworth House and garden, Allan Bank and Hill Top

Golf courses – Carus Green, Kendal and Windermere

Places to eat

A food lovers paradise, we were spoilt for choice and you will no doubt have your own favourites, but here is a selection

Informal dining, cafes and pubs

The Strickland Arms (country pub) and Sizergh Farm Barn (café and farm shop) are both at Sizergh

Hare and Hounds (Levens)

The Punch Bowl and The Black Labrador (both at Underbarrow)

The Plough (Lupton)

The Cavendish Arms (Cartmel)

Heft (High Newton)

Fine dining restaurants

The Samling, Linthwaite House and the Gilpin Hotel (all in Windermere), Forest Side Hotel (Grasmere), L’Enclume and Rogan & Co (at Cartmel)

Great walks nearby

Where do we start?

The Lake District enjoys a network of footpaths and routes, both low level around the lakes and tarns and then rising up to the very highest peaks. From the door you can walk through the woods to Staveley and enjoy a coffee and cake in one of the cafes in Staveley Mill Yard.

Close by is the Kentmere Horseshoe sometimes called the Kentmere Round, it is one of the longest walks in the Lake District traversing all the fells bounding the upper Kentmere valley and its reservoir.

If you like a challenge then there are 214 Wainwright fells to conquer as described in Alfred Wainwright's seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. They all lie within the boundary of the National Park and all but one (Castle Crag) are over 1,000 feet (304.8 m) in height.


Mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. Gas fired central heating.


Superfast speed 68 Mbps download and 16 Mbps upload.

Local Authority charges

Westmorland and Furness Council – Council Tax band G


Long leasehold for the balance of a 999 year lease which commenced in 1996. The freehold is vested in the Management Company, each resident being a shareholder in that company. An annual service charge of £5100 (2023/24 figure, payable quarterly in advance) covers full maintenance of the development including lifts, heating and cleaning of common parts, leisure facilities, gardens, ground keeping and buildings insurance. A further £1600 (2023/24 figure, also payable quarterly) is paid directly into the sinking fund each year.

Included in the sale

Fitted carpets, curtains, curtain poles, blinds, light fittings and integral kitchen appliances as described. All furniture (and the owners’ golf buggy!) is available for purchase.


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Use Sat Nav LA8 9HL with reference to the directions below:

From M6 J36 take the A591, north of Kendal at Plumgarths Roundabout take the second exit, following signs for Windermere. Continue and after the short stretch of dual carriageway and as the road drops down the hill pass the filling station on the right and take the first right signposted Burneside and Cowan Head. Follow the road for approx. 0.75 mile and turn left at the Cowan Head signpost. The gated site is accessed via secure key entry.