Old Gale Farm, Lower Gale, Ambleside, Lake District, LA22 0BD
- Original Three Bedroom 17th Century Farmhouse
- Renovated In 2014 By John Cowards Architects
- Views Towards Loughrigg Fell, Black Fell, Wetherlam & Coniston Old Man
- Spacious Garage & Parking For Four Vehicles
- A Stones Throw From Centre Of Ambleside
Located in the heart of one of the Lakes most popular towns, this unique and historic 3 bed property has undergone an award winning renovation. An original 17th century farmhouse, Old Gale Farm has stood for generations but has been in the same ownership for 30 years. In 2014 the owners instructed the help of John Cowards Architects and with a brief to restore the striking historic elements of the home whilst creating a modern and comfortable space, they, along with local craftsmen and suppliers, created a unique and quality home that celebrates the history and firmly secured the Alan King award for excellence in architectural technology - awarded by CIAT (the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists). Also a key element in the design was to further elevate the stunning front views that stretch out over the rooftops to the Lakeland Fells that include Loughrigg, Black Fell, Wetherlam and Coniston Old Man. The garden was re-landscaped with a series of terraces to maximise the available space. Set at the top of the landscaped garden sits a fantastic pavilion that creates an amazing outside living space that looks out over the fells. At the top of the plot there is a spacious garage and the property affords private parking for up to four vehicles. Within, Neilson Home Interior Designers have created 'a Lakeland-inspired scheme topped with a hint of Scandinavian style that omits tranquillity and calm throughout, is reflective of the surrounding landscape and sympathetic to the property's heritage'.
Old Gale Farm is located just a short stroll away from Ambleside town centre, elevated upon a quiet residential cul-de-sac. The popular town of Ambleside offers a plethora of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and there are even three cinemas. As it sits at the head of Lake Windermere it offers a popular base for those looking to enjoy all the Lake District National Park has to offer, whether that be one of the many walks across the fells, tourist attractions or choice of watersports on the lakes. It is also conveniently located along the A591 that directly links to the M6 and is just a 10 minute drive to the Windermere train station.
The driveway to Old Gale Farm is located to the side of the property with double gates opening onto the parking area. The original entrance sits at the front of this traditional Lakeland home with a colourful flowering shrubbery garden that creates a lovely first approach and stretches along the side of the property. This opens into a small entrance porch and further into the open plan living room. This space was designed to create a cosy atmosphere that still felt light and airy with the use of whitewashed walls. A pretty window seat to the front aspect enjoys a beautiful view over the fells and throughout there is a wealth of original features from exposed ceilings beams, lintels, slate sills and even the original floorboards that were found with newspaper clippings from the early 1800s fused to the wood, now sitting within a frame on the wall for a unique, conversation starting feature. The original stone flags were lifted and painstakingly reinstated to allow for underfloor heating throughout the house. Within this open plan reception space there is room for a generous dining table and a living area set around the open fire set upon a rich stone flagged hearth with copper hood detailing. There is also a controls cupboard that houses the equipment for the integrated surround sound system and HIVE central heating. Leading up into the kitchen, this space offers a perfect synergy between old and new with contemporary matt kitchen units and a stainless steel central island and induction hob also creating a chef-style space ideal for enthusiastic foodies. Quality appliances include the Siemen's induction hob, double oven, combination microwave and there is an integrated slim wine cooler, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. Adjoining the kitchen there is a useful utility and boot room with space for an integrated washing machine and dryer along with external access onto the drive and landscaped garden beyond.
The original slate flagged staircase winds around to open up on the first floor that enjoys surprisingly tall ceilings and a wash of natural light afforded from the velux window. This is also a great area to appreciate the attention to details with the authentic curved plasterwork, original reclaimed wooden floorboards. and the original tea cupboard door has also been framed and displayed on the landing, a 'beautifully aesthetic piece symbolising the building's history'.The glass balustrade to the top of the stairs adds a contemporary mix to the period features. There are a total of three double bedrooms on offer within this charming home along with a beautifully presented family shower room and separate WC. The master bedroom enjoys a lovely rear aspect with characterful exposed ceilings beams and fitted wardrobes. The remaining two bedrooms also offer good double proportions and look out over the fells. The beautifully appointed shower room is bright and airy due to a velux, with unique wood effect tiling to floors and walls. It comprises a walk in rain shower, inset shelf and feature travertine sink.
The garden of Old Gale Farm previously did not utilise the available space or make the most of the fantastic views over the Lake District Fells beyond Ambleside. The ingenious new design of the landscaping has created different terraces to enjoy but overall creates a social outdoor living space. From the private drive, slate flagged steps lead up to a neat lawn and up again to the patio that enjoys an integrated stainless steel barbeque with a striking green slate worktop and prep sink. This, along with the integrated seating area that looks out over the fells and the garden pavilion, creates the perfect spot for alfresco entertaining throughout the seasons, a certain showstopper for guests. The pavilion has been designed to minimise interruption to the front aspect and thus provides full length glazing and bi-fold doors. Within, this heated room features a floating log burner and space for occasional furniture. Within the detached single garage behind there is also a separate WC. The garage benefits from a remote control up and over door and also affords a single space for parking in front, as well as the two spaces on the lower drive.
Services All mains services; Gas Central heating (underfloor wet)
Council Tax Band; E
Directions Heading into Ambleside along the A591 from Windermere along Lake Road, turn right onto Old Lake Road opposite Adventure Peaks, then turn left onto Low Gale. Continue up and Low Gale Farm is located on the right on the bend of the road.