Reception Rooms: 5
Applethwaite Hill offers a rare and exciting opportunity to purchase a most spectacular five bedroom family home which has been meticulously and sympathetically renovated by the present owners, whilst retaining many of the original Arts & Crafts features from its original build in 1908 by the renowned GH Pattinson Builders. The property occupies a most splendid, elevated position and has been compassionately upgraded and extended throughout to take full advantage of the stunning unrivalled lake views and the sunny south westerly aspect, with the fells on the horizon in the backdrop.
Conveniently located for walking distance into Windermere but set back away from the hustle and bustle, the property stands in approximately an acre of private gardens and grounds with an impressive elevated woodland area to the rear, lawn and patio area to the front with some fine mature specimen trees and an array of sloped paths that surround the gardens and grounds, which comes alive in the spring with daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells. Every aspect of the garden takes in the most magnificent views of Lake Windermere towards the fells and there is a substantial patio area perfect for al fresco dining, to take in the breath taking view. The private sweeping driveway approach to the house is lined with a bank of well established shrubs and leads up to the impressive front entrance porch with an adjacent substantial parking and turning area.
Accommodation Accessed through the main front door into the porch area with original tiling, this in turn leads into the main entrance hall which is spacious and bright whilst instantly demonstrating that many original features have been retained, brought back to life and enhanced with tasteful additions and decoration, much of which follows the Arts and Crafts styling of the period; the stained glass entrance door being a favourite! The house itself is particularly well planned and flows around the central elegant stairwell providing a very comfortable feel for this family home with all of the principal reception rooms enjoying unique views from each window. Throughout the property there are some interesting features which have been retained including arched features, picture rails and servant bells – typical of the period.
Off the main entrance hall there is an excellent bright reception room currently used as a study/music room with dual aspect overlooking the gardens, containing a lovely original fire surround with interesting detail and an electric fire and one wall lined with bookshelves fitted by Neville Johnson. The spacious sitting room enjoys a southerly aspect and forms the centre of the house. It has a window seat and boasts an attractive Arts and Crafts fire surround with gas fire.
The bespoke kitchen by English Hardwood Designs is both practical and attractive, a spacious area and certainly the heart of the home with a central island unit and an extensive range of fitted cabinets, with granite worktops.
A range of integrated appliances include fridge and freezers, 3 oven AGA, larder unit, Neff combination microwave and dishwasher just to name a few. Open from the kitchen, the exclusively designed and tastefully finished garden room addition adds another dimension to the living space within the property bringing the unrivalled garden, lake & fells in to view. There is access onto the patio seating area, perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining in the summer months. Off the kitchen there is a versatile open area currently used by the present owners as a small study which has access to the rear garden and is the perfect office space.The utility area is spacious and bright, with a full range of attractive wall and base units, Belfast sink, ceiling mounted laundry airer and plumbing in place for washing machine and tumble dryer. This useful room also houses the immersion heater, the electrics and the COMS cupboard. Practically, there is a downstairs WC and wash hand basin to the ground floor. An addition in 2014 to this spectacular home is an additional reception room, a very versatile and grand space which is currently utilised as a games room but could make the perfect home office or gym if required or could be converted into a studio apartment. Extremely impressive, this stunning room has dual aspect views and an integrated fridge with fitted storage and drawers.
The stairway leading to the first floor opens onto a wide airy landing, which houses the first three bedrooms. The master suite is large and spacious, with a dual aspect enjoying lovely open views towards the lake with the backdrop of fells, fitted with quality wardrobes and shelving with a built in integrated wardrobe. Ensuite bathroom fitted with a quality four piece suite comprising inset bath, double vanity wash basins, walk in shower and a most spectacular loo with a view! There are two further double bedrooms to the first floor each with unique features, both of which containing original fires and idyllic views. The extremely attractive house bathroom comprises a three piece suite consisting of a bath, large shower cubicle and a wash hand basin. There is a practical airing cupboard with fitted shelving and a WC with wash hand basin to complete the first floor. The 2nd floor has been transformed by the current vendors providing two further double bedrooms and a family shower room with underfloor heating, comprising shower cubicle, WC and wash hand basin. Both bedrooms to the 2nd floor are exceptionally spacious and the bedroom to the front provides the most impressive and idyllic views out of a large bay window towards Lake Windermere.
Outside The gardens are a particular feature of Applethwaite Hill and are well tended amounting to approximately 1 acre, having been developed over the years by the present owners. The driveway and front landscaped garden offer a display of specimen shrubs and bushes, spring flowers and a burst of colour through the spring and summer months. To the rear, the extensive and elevated woodland area has been carefully designed and maintained to incorporate ample seating areas from which to enjoy the tremendous views. Practically, to the rear of the woodland, there is a private gate which provides a pleasant footpath from your very front door leading to Orrest Head and into the village. At the bottom of the drive, there are two further parking spaces, one of which is an Oak framed carport with a slate roof which the current vendors have created to provide further parking in all weathers.
Directions From Windermere village head north on Ambleside Road, continue past St Marys Church and pass Mountain Ash Apartments on the left. The Hoo Lane is situated on the right. Continue along this private road and as it forks take the right fork and immediately the entrance to Applethwaite Hill is on the right. There are two parking spaces at the end of the drive, one of which is under the slate roofed carport. The driveway rises up to a level parking and turning area in front of Applethwaite Hill.
Services Mains Services connected.
Gas Central Heating.
Council Tax Band G