Reception Rooms: 4
Primely located in the heart of the Lake District National Park within private grounds of approximately 2.5 acres, this quaint detached cottage with its separate two bed annexe, dates back in parts to 1603 and is a quintessential example of the Jacobean era with a wealth of charming original features and uninterrupted views over the national park to Latterbarrow. The original cottage has been considerably extended over its time and now presents a wealth of spacious and versatile living spaces that, whilst in need of some modernisation, are well suited to modern family life. This includes a total of four reception rooms, kitchen, four bedrooms, two with dressing rooms and two bathrooms. There is a wealth of storage spaces across the property including a two room attic and externally there is also an undercroft with space for a home office, a potting shed, stores and a detached double garage located at the top of the private drive. ‘Pippins’, this separate two bedroom annexe, offers potential to create a lovely holiday let or is ideal for those with dependant relatives, at present it is in need of renovation. The extensive grounds combine a mix of natural rockery gardens and gently sloping lawns that surrounded a ‘tarn’ and smaller pond. The gardens continue into an orchard area, secret garden and finally, a paddock.
Set in a picturesque semi rural position offering both peace and tranquility with stunning panoramic fell and country views. The property is located in the beautiful hamlet of Outgate approximately 1 mile north of the very popular village of Hawkshead famous for its literary connections to William Wordsworth who attended school there and Beatrix Potter who had various properties in the vicinity and lived nearby. Whilst only being a short ten minute drive to the popular market town of Ambleside both having a wide range of amenities including shops and restaurants. There are excellent rail links from Windermere train station approximately 10 miles away it is and also well positioned for junction 36 of the M6, accessible within approximately ½ an hour drive. The Outgate Inn is only a stones throw away, whilst the famous Drunken Duck Inn is about ¾ of a mile away. There are endless fell and country walks and cycling routes from the doorstep.
Steps lead down from the driveway to the pretty entrance door of the cottage, opening into the welcoming entrance hall which has high ceilings afforded by the galleried landing above. Being a part of the original 17th century cottage, there are an abundance of charming features to enjoy as you enter into the open plan living and dining room including characterful exposed ceiling beams and a large open fireplace with a detailed heavy wooden mantle. The sitting room is located in the extension and offers a bright and sunny aspect looking out over the tarn and towards Latterbarrow. The open fireplace gives a cosy atmosphere that is ideal for the winter months and it is also open to the south facing orangery, allowing for further natural light to flow throughout. The orangery is a fantastic space to relax in and offers peaceful views over surrounding grounds and access on to a raised terrace, offering uninterrupted views towards Latterbarrow. The kitchen of orchard cottage would benefit from modernisation and comprises a selection of built in cupboards and units and tiled worktops that encompass a 2 door AGA, oven and there is space for a fridge and utilities. Directly adjoining the kitchen is the morning room, a light filled, homely space with a square bay window boasting a south facing aspect, directly looking out across to Latterbarrow. It also benefits from external access onto the driveway for an additional entrance.
The four bedrooms and two bathrooms on offer are set across the first floor with a split level landing accessed from the entrance hall. This includes a guest suite comprising of a spacious double bedroom with a further adjoining room that would make for a generous dressing room or nursery if required. The master bedroom boasts a dual aspect looking out across the rolling countryside to Latterbarrow. Adjoining this room there is again a sizeable dressing area. There is ample storage by way of built in cupboards across the first floor including a door concealing the staircase to the two attic rooms that are great for storage.
Pippins is a separate two bedroom annexe located across the drive from the main house with its own access, making it ideal for holiday letting. As previously mentioned the accommodation is in need of renovation and at present comprises an open plan living area with kitchenette, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Amounting to approximate 2.5 acres, Orchard Cottage is surrounded by private grounds that then adjoin onto national park land so there is certainly a sense of seclusion and tranquillity to enjoy. With a mix of informal and formal garden space including a large lawn, rockery areas stocked with colourful shrubs, an orchard, secret garden and the picturesque tarn, Orchard Cottage will certainly appeal to those with gardening interests. Furthermore, there is also an adjoining paddock that looks out over to Latterbarrow and the raised terrace in front of the orangery is the ideal spot from which to enjoy this breathtaking aspect and for entertaining alike. The private driveway affords ample parking and there is also the detached double garage that sits at the top of the drive.
DIRECTIONS From Ambleside head out on the A593 towards Langdale/Hawkshead, at Clappersgate turn left over the River Brathay signposted Hawkshead. Proceed for approximately 4miles until reaching the hamlet of Outgate. Turn immediately left prior to the Outgate Inn down the private drive.
SERVICES Mains Water
Gas Central Heating
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