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Field Head House, Outgate, Ambleside, The Lake District

£2,500,000 Guide Price
  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Reception Rooms: 5
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Property Features

  • Private 6 Acre Plot With Elegant Stately Home
  • Rich In History & Original Features
  • Annexe, Outbuildings & Separate 2 Bedroom Cottage
  • Country Views & South Facing
  • Exclusive Location, Not Far From Hawkshead Village
  • Suited To A Range Of Buyers - Viewing Is A Must

Property Summary

Set at the top of a private 6 acre plot, Field Head House is a grand and elegantly designed south facing stately home situated in the peaceful hamlet of Outgate, just outside of Hawkshead village, enjoying beautiful far reaching country views towards Latterbarrow in the East.

Full Details

Set at the top of a private 6 acre plot, Field Head House is a grand and elegantly designed south facing stately home situated in the peaceful hamlet of Outgate, just outside of Hawkshead village, enjoying beautiful far reaching country views towards Latterbarrow in the East.

Dating back in parts to the 17th century, the main property was constructed in the 18th century when it was residence to the Duke of Buccleuch. It was later extended circa 1810-20 and now stands as a vast property presenting a plethora of opportunities that will suit a range of buyers. Whilst in need of modernisation, the rich history and fine original features of the home are breathtaking. High ceilings, intricate plasterwork and original marble fireplaces are found across the property. In brief, the main property comprises of four grandly proportioned reception rooms, a breakfast kitchen and a total of six double bedrooms and six bathrooms. In addition to this, there is also an interconnecting annexe that benefits from private external access and offers two reception rooms, a modern galley kitchen, two double bedrooms and a bathroom. The beautiful grounds surrounding the property are a testament to the home, offering vast space for immaculately maintained lawns, shrubs and tall trees that create a private haven yet offer open views to the fells. There are also a selection of outbuildings and finally a separate two bedroom cottage, converted from the original stables, and available to let out (although currently vacant). All in all, this is a unique and exciting opportunity that is rare to come by in such an exclusive location in the Lake District National Park.

Set in a picturesque rural position with delightful fell and country walks from the door-step including the highly popular Tarn Hows. The property is approximately 1 mile north of Hawkshead and only a 10 minute drive to the popular market town of Ambleside which has a wide range of amenities including shops and restaurants etc. The Outgate Inn is only a ten -minute walk away and one of the Lake District’s premier gastro pubs, The Drunken Duck is just a short distance away too.

The sweeping tarmac drive is lined with vibrant shrubbery and tall trees leading up to and opening out onto a slate graveled parking area to the front of this grand stately home. The covered veranda that wraps around the front and side of the property creates a charming first impression and offers a beautiful spot from which to look out over the garden to the fells beyond. The drive leads on to the left of the property to a further parking area, carport and access to both the integral annexe and the separate two bedroom cottage.

The grand original entrance door opens into the entrance hall that is befitting to the era as an impressive welcome for guests, with high ceiling, deep coving and an intricate ceiling rose. The space is finished with timely William Morris wallpaper and the wide staircase leads up in front of you. Folding wooden doors to the left open into the study, offering a front aspect through the tall sash windows complete with original wooden shutters. There is a beautiful brass and tiled decorative fireplace, a wood paneled curved enclave and beautiful plasterwork to be enjoyed in this formal and private space. Leading off to the right of the entrance hall you are welcomed into the grand sitting room. Essentially offering two reception areas with an open plan design, the large proportions of the dual aspect room, high ceilings and tall sash windows flood the space with natural light. The room again features a beautiful show of original plaster and wood work, window shutters and a grand marble open fireplace. Leading into an inner lobby you will find the entrance to the impressive formal dining room. It is easy to see how this space would have hosted many a fine dinner party for the elite of the area. There is space for dining on a large scale and a wealth of original features to behold, including a further grand marble fireplace, framed to either side by low set original built in cupboards. There is also external access to the veranda creating an easy flow for alfresco entertaining in the summer time and a serving hatch into the kitchen. An extension to the kitchen has created a sunny breakfast area set under a glazed roof with external access to the rear courtyard where you will find a selection of kitchen units. The kitchen is in need of modernisation yet offers fitted appliances to include a 2 door AGA, separate oven, dishwasher and fridge freezer. Across the rear hall adjoining to the kitchen you will find a separate pantry and a cloaks room with WC. The hall extends along the rear of the house, finished with beautifully retained original parquet flooring and cast iron grilles. This connects back to the entrance hall where you will find access to the wine cellar under the stairs, to a large utility/boot room offering external access to the carport and into the integral annexe.

The original wide staircase leads up to the split level landing of the first floor. Continuing up to the galleried landing, this sizeable area affords space for occasional furniture set in front of a tall window looking out over the fells. There are two generously proportioned double bedrooms here, both of which is ensuite and allows access to the family bathroom and also to the Jack ‘N’ Jill style ensuite of the principal bedroom. This impressive room boasts a dual aspect to include the fells through large sash windows. The accommodation wraps around the landing and thus an inner hall provides access to the final bedroom that against offers sizeable double proportions along with a selection of fitted wardrobes and an ensuite bathroom. Access to the first floor of the integral annexe can also be gained from this level. Finally to the main house, a staircase continues to lead up to the second floor of this vast property where you will find a further two double bedrooms, both with en suites.

As mentioned, the integral annexe to the property can be accessed from the main house both on the ground and first floor so it can easily be incorporated into the accommodation if required. For independent use, there is external access through its own garden and front door/portico to the side of the property that opens into an entrance hall where there is a cloaks room with WC. There are two large reception rooms to the ground floor, both of which match the character of the main house with large original stone fireplaces. The rear courtyard and log stores/sheds can be accessed from the rearmost reception room. The galley style kitchen has been recently updated with a modern range of units and appliances to include an oven with gas hob, integrated dishwasher and fridge freezer. Outside of the kitchen, the annexe is in need of modernisation. To the first floor there are two double bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The private sweeping drive affords ample parking to the front, side (car port) and rear including a single detached garage. Whilst to the rear of the property you will also find an additional separate two bedroom cottage, which was developed from part of an old stable block, of which some is still currently used for storage.

The gardens of Fieldhead House are abundant with a wide variety of plants, shrubbery and tall trees including many large and colorful rhododendrons, azaleas and Acers. The vast open spaces of lawn are immaculately maintained and there is wonder and intrigue at every turn. Your own little private haven in the heart of the National Park, the property enjoys lovely south facing far reaching views over the adjacent countryside towards Grizedale and Esthwaite. Climbing roses and clematis lace around the external walls of the property, coming to life in the spring time to create a picture perfect image of this stately home, set within its lush pristine grounds. There is also a substantial stone built Lakeland potting shed at top of the garden.

From Ambleside proceed towards Hawkshead on the B5286 continue through Outgate passing the Outgate Inn on the left hand side and continue for approximately ¼ mile. Turn first right signposted to Fieldhead and Knipefold and continue down the lane for approximately 1/2 mile take the second drive on the right hand side.

Mains electricity and water. Oil fired central heating. Private drainage.

Freehold. Vacant possession on completion.

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