Reception Rooms: 4
Bela House is a lovely period property that sits within the vibrant village of Milnthorpe. With Dallam Deer Park, an AONB, in the background and the River Bela forming its western boundary the house is unique in providing a semi-rural setting, but with all local amenities within walking distance. Tastefully modernised, this four bedroomed home, which is not listed, has two main reception rooms, a wonderful large hand built kitchen with marble worktops, an impressive library, a beautiful conservatory plus a utility room and a well equipped office. The house is light and airy throughout, typical of the best Georgian properties. Manchester is an hour away on the M6 and boundary of the stunning Lake District National Park, a World Heritage Site, is only two miles to the north.
Milnthorpe will appeal to a range of buyers with its full complement of doctors, dentists, supermarkets, shops, restaurants, garages etc. The Friday Market is a feature. There is a well regarded secondary school within walking distance. The village affords convenient access to both the A6 and M6, and Kendal and Lancaster are only a few miles away.
The house has many period features including parquet flooring, period fireplaces with open fires and original sash windows. The house has been rewired in recent years, and the gas central heating system completely refurbished, yet retains elegance and charm while being very comfortable to live in. The gardens, grounds and river are a major feature. Professionally designed and constructed for ease of maintenance the main garden is enclosed by a lovely high wall with remote controlled wrought iron gates giving privacy and security to the front of the property.
Over a mill race, thirty foot below the main house, the river Bela forms a veritable nature reserve. Kingfishers and a variety of ducks, geese and moorhens are seen regularly as is the occasional otter. A specially constructed viewing area with wonderful views of the river and its abundance of wildlife sits on the bank. There is a quaint stone entertaining room alongside.
The River Bela is recognised as one of the best fishing rivers in Westmorland with salmon and sea trout present in season. Bela House has single bank fishing rights from the weir in its garden up past Bela Mill and beyond. It owns the small island in the river. It is a magical place.
Bela House has an impressive Georgian appearance with an attractive white painted stone front and typical nicely balanced sash windows. The front door with cantilever canopy leads into the front hall with marble flooring that sets the tone for the distinctive Georgian ambience of this wonderful home. With attractive pine skirting and dado panelling the hall leads to the main living room which enjoys good proportions with a Chippendale style fireplace and surround.
Beyond this room is the accoya wood conservatory with beautiful views over the garden with the river and Dallam Park in the background.
On the other side of the front hall is the large dining room with its dramatic original marble fireplace with a matching motif above the door pediment.
Off the side hall is the Library which is fully shelved with antique pine and matching cupboards below. The office with broadband hard wired around the house is accessed from the library.
The large dining kitchen has a picture window overlooking the side garden, greenhouse and river. The kitchen was hand built by Out of the Woods of Lancaster and has an excellent range of cupboards and marble topped working surfaces. A tiled hearth holds a three oven four door gas fired AGA. There is also a five ring gas hob and a Bosch electric oven with microwave and a Neff dishwasher. A separate walk in pantry leads to a rear outside door with a further external lockable large cupboard fitted with a floor to ceiling wine rack. A utility room with further fitted cupboards and plumbing for a washing machine completes the ground floor.
A beautiful antique pine spindled staircase leads past a classic Westmorland window in Venetian style with an airing room to one side. One the first floor there are four good sized bedrooms all with views of the river. One is effectively on suite with a bath and the main family bathroom has both a bath and a walk in shower. The largest bedroom has a fine range of antique pine wardrobes fully fitted out. The large landing gives the upstairs a feeling a space and good design.
Outside The house has gardens on three sides. Being a village house, there are neighbours, but Bela House is in a small exclusive group of houses with their own access from the A6. There is a second access road to the house via Mill Lane with additional parking. There is a double car port and planning permission for a double garage. A Robinson’s greenhouse and a garden shed are located to the west of the house. There are many mature trees including fig, apricot, apple, pear, damson and plum trees. The house has never flooded and a comprehensive flood risk assessment has been completed.
Directions Travelling from the M6 South, take junction 35, signposted for Carnforth, Morecambe. At the roundabout that the 2nd exit, onto the A6 heading towards Milnthorpe for approximately 6 miles. Coming into Milnthorpe on the A6 and entering the 30 mile per hour zone, take your first left and follow the lane down towards the river, Bela House can be found to the right.
Travelling from the North on the M6, take junction 36 signposted Kirkby Lonsdale, go left at the first roundabout and left again when the Crooklands Hotel is on yout right. Follow the road to Milnthorpe and turn left at the traffic lights towards Carnforth. Turn right immediately after the second traffic island and follow the lane down towards the River, Bela House can be found on the right. It is approximately 4 miles from junction 36
Services Mains services connected
Gas central heating