Reception Rooms: 4
Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park, just a short stroll from Windermere centre, this fantastic family home boasts a sizeable garden and is a true rarity for such a sought after location. Built by the renowned Lake District architect Abraham Pattinson in 1919 to his typical half Lakeland slate finish, this home is sure to prove popular with families. With a total of 5 double bedrooms on offer, four reception rooms, a dining kitchen and converted cellar offering versatile space for a snug, cinema room or gym – there is flexible and spacious accommodation suited to the largest of families. The garden is perfectly set for children with a large and neatly kept lawn bounded by tall trees for added privacy. Practically, there are two driveways on offer with plentiful parking and a single detached garage. There is also a great choice of local schooling right on your doorstep and activities and attractions a plenty to keep the whole family entertained, whether that be water sports on the lake or scenic walks throughout the fells of the National Park.
Located just on the outskirts of the main hustle and bustle of Windermere village, Ashdown House offers the best of both worlds. The private setting is just a short stroll to the plethora of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars of this popular destination. A short bus ride or manageable walk brings you to the waterfront and the Lake Districts ‘honeypot destination’, Bowness-On-Windermere. The A592 is only a 5 minute drive away so it’s a great area for those who are looking to commute or for an easily accessed holiday home.
The grand entrance doorway to the front of this impressive home opens in to the entrance porch, forming part of an extension added in the 1920s. This area affords ample space for coats and shoes as well as access to a neatly presented W.C. Leading into the entrance hall, the aesthetics in here really sets the tone for this period property with high ceilings, wooden floors and archways leading across the accommodation. The décor throughout has been updated to be in keeping with the Edwardian era, with rich coloured walls that accentuate the original features.
The first reception room is presently utilised as a music room however would also make for a great formal dining space. This large room offers a lovely bay window looking out over the garden, high ceilings, picture rail and a restored Victorian fireplace complete with original tiled inset and marble surround. Folding doors open up into the adjoining sitting room which is a fantastic feature for entertaining, creating a flowing social space. Also accessed from the dining room is a quietly located study featuring its own semi-circle bay window complete with window seats from which to enjoy the garden aspect.
The sitting room is another sizeable reception space and again features an array of period features to include the marble surround fireplace housing a quality multi-fuel stove and framed by arched windows to either side. The wooden floors in here extend into the open plan conservatory which boasts direct views over the garden and in turn floods both rooms with natural light. There is access here out onto the patio which is a great space for alfresco dining in the summer months.
The dining kitchen is perfect for families with space for a more informal dining setting and a large array of wooden units finished with granite worktops. The 3 oven gas AGA is a great addition, set within a tiled nook and the room even features the original Victorian bell system. There is also a Smeg electric oven with a two ring gas hob, integrated NEFF dishwasher and two integrated fridge/freezers. French doors open out onto the patio in the rear garden and the slate floor leads into the adjoining boot and utility room. There is a further selection of units in here along with space for a washing machine and dryer, access to the outdoor store and main driveway.
From the kitchen, stairs lead down to the cellar that offers a fantastic addition to this already generous home. The cellar offers two good sized store rooms and a versatile reception room presently utilised as a gym however it would make for a great cinema room or teenage hangout with wiring for Sky TV already in place.
The original staircase leads up past a beautiful feature stained glass window to the first floor landing. On this floor there are a total of three double bedrooms. This includes the impressive master suite complete with a walk-in dressing room/study and ensuite shower room finished with quality leathered granite effect bathroom tiles. The bedroom itself is bright and spacious with three tall windows giving views over the side and a further two built in storage cupboards. The other two double bedrooms both boast good proportions (one has a fitted cabin bed with storage above), garden views and ensuite shower rooms. There is also a modern family bathroom finished with a period feel, complete with a Victoria & Albert claw foot, roll top bath, double headed Grohe shower and underfloor heating. A staircase leads up to the second floor where you will find the remaining two double bedrooms and a compact W.C. The largest of these bedrooms, referred to as ‘The dormitory’ due to its sizeable proportions, is a versatile space that whilst is sure to be the competition for all the children, would also make for a great playroom or the whole floor could be utilised to create an additional, show stopping master suite.
Two driveways service the property, one to the front accessed via Lake Road and one to the rear of the garden accessed via Princes Road and leads to a detached single garage, so there is ample private parking available. Paths lead around either side of the property to the large, family friendly rear garden. A patio area sits at the top of the lawn, accessed from the kitchen and conservatory, which is a great sunny spot ideal for outdoor dining and occasional furniture. There is even an area for a BBQ and steps leading down onto the large, neatly kept lawn. The lawn is surrounded by tall trees and shrubs for added privacy and proves relatively low maintenance to suit those with busy family lives. Practically, there is also a garden store attached to the house, a shed and a covered courtyard area to the side and access into the utility/boot room.
Directions Pass through Windermere centre heading towards Bowness along New Road. After passing the Glenburn Hotel on your left, take the next left hand turn by the clock tower to join Lake Road , taking a sharp left bend to go back on yourself. The shared private drive to Ashdown House is located on your right hand side a little further along.
Services All mains connected
Gas central heating
Council Tax Band G