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Parkgate Cottage, The Square, Cartmel, The Lake District, LA11 6QB

£850,000 Guide Price
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  • Type: Cottage
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Reception Rooms: 2
  • Tenure: Freehold
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Property Features

  • An exceptional location
  • Unrivalled views of the racecourse
  • ‘Front row seats’ for all the action
  • Quaint 1800 sq ft period cottage
  • First floor sitting room with wall of windows
  • Garden room, dining kitchen and utility
  • Three ensuite bedrooms
  • Enclosed and very private courtyard garden
  • In the heart of this gastronomic destination village
  • Suitable as a main or second home or for letting

Property Summary

Unrivalled views of the racecourse from this unique position in the heart of the historic Conservation Area and gastronomic destination village of Cartmel. 

Full Details

Unrivalled views of the racecourse from this unique position in the heart of the historic Conservation Area and gastronomic destination village of Cartmel. 

Welcome to Parkgate Cottage, The Square, Cartmel, LA11 6QB

In a wonderful position in the heart of this historic Conservation Area village with unrivalled views of the racecourse and a very private walled courtyard garden, this surprising spacious and quaint 1800 sq ft period cottage offers characterful and utterly charming accommodation including three well sized bedrooms, all with ensuites and a stunning first floor sitting room with a wall of windows for year round, unimpeded views of the countryside and ‘front row seats’ for all the action; race weekends, Cartmel Country Show and the summer music concerts. It really is exceptional.

Originally part of the village Post Office and shop, the cottage has benefited from an impressive two storey extension designed to make the most of the unique setting. All together it now offers well proportioned, comfortable and flexible accommodation that would be perfect for full time living, as a super second home or as an investment opportunity targeting food lovers visiting this gastronomic destination.

Cross the threshold and step into the entrance hall, there’s a garden room leading out to the courtyard garden, a well equipped dining kitchen, utility room and cloakroom and a ground floor suite of bedroom, shower room and dressing room. The spacious and airy first floor landing has glazed double doors opening to the piece de resistance, a fabulous sitting room with triple aspect and racecourse views including the dramatic final straight. There are two further double bedrooms, both having en-suite shower rooms. The enclosed and private courtyard garden opens to the banks of Middlefield Beck and is an absolute delight. This is an excellent opportunity to live, holiday or invest in a property that is every bit as unique as the setting and village.


As a village, Cartmel takes its name from the Cartmel Peninsula, and was historically known as Kirkby in Cartmel. At the heart of the Conservation Area village is the 12th Century Priory (founded in 1190) which has been a destination for pilgrims and visitors long before the racecourse became an attraction in the mid 1800s and certainly centuries before the village became a food lover’s paradise. It is now home to a wide variety of traditional Lakeland inns, tea rooms and cutting edge gourmet restaurants with Simon Rogan’s various establishments (three Michelin starred fine dining at L’Enclume, Rogan & Co (one Michelin star) and Aulis at L’Enclume, his chef’s table and development kitchen, a great choice of characterful pubs and tea shops.

There is also Unsworth’s Yard which is home to a host of local artisan food and drink producers and retailers; Cartmel Cheeses, Cartmel Wine Shop and Wine Lounge, The Bread Shed (for the sale of traditional baked goods and also pizza evenings) and a microbrewery with tap bar and shop. It is the race meetings that see the population
of this humble Cumbrian village swell considerably. Parkgate Cottage gives you a front row seat for all the action be it the national hunt racing nine days a year (from Whit weekend through to the last meet over the August bank holiday weekend), the music concerts that are staged on the racecourse during the summer months or historic Cartmel’s Country Show, it’s been going since 1873. The village itself centers around a quaint square, with a market cross and water pump. Cartmel houses a variety of galleries and shops including the Village Shop, home of sticky toffee pudding where this delectable treat is sold by the basket load to national and international visitors and also shipped worldwide. The square is also the focal point of the village at Christmas for the big switch on of the Christmas tree lights and the traditional piping in of the New Year. Right in the heart of things,
Parkgate Cottage is located just off the square and attached to the rear of the village shop.

Other than the specialty shops there is a well-stocked Premier Shop for everyday essentials with the nearest supermarkets being regional favourite Booths in Windermere and Ulverston. These days supermarket deliveries are of course commonplace, but both Kendal and Ulverston have a wider selection if you prefer to shop in person.

Whilst itself just outside of the Lake District National Park, Cartmel is the perfect location for those looking to walk the fells and hills of Lakes, living at Parkgate Cottage offers the opportunity for exploration, as well as some great walks straight from the door. The Lake District must surely be the ultimate adventure playground for those keen on an outdoor life – whether you like to hike or walk, ramble or run, cycle, sail or embrace a spot of wild swimming. For children of school age there are primary and secondary schools in the village, for sixth form, students move on to schools in either Ulverston, Windermere or Kendal. 

Step inside 

Parkgate Cottage has a unique layout which has been designed to fully embrace and maximise enjoyment of the extra special views and also offer flexibility with regard to sleeping arrangements. The cottage has the majority of the living accommodation on the ground floor with the primary reception room on the first floor; overlooking the racecourse, the wonderfully light and westerly facing sitting room is exceptionally special, not only does it have unrivalled views of the final straight which immediately draw you forward upon entering the room, but the ceiling dramatically rises up to the roof apex and there are exposed timbers and a welcoming gas stove. Trust us, invitations will be greatly sought by your family and friends to visit, especially on race days – you’ve front row seats of all the action from this elevated position! The view also takes in the delightful Middlefield Beck, a popular dip for muddy dogs returning from the woods after a walk before getting in their cars for home.The views over the racecourse are very special whatever the day or weather, but during the autumn months they are exceptional when the trees beyond the course display a spectrum of golden and copper tones. Also facing due west, the second reception room is the garden room – a lovely day room which has French windows opening to the courtyard garden. Enjoying the evening sun, by lowering the wall of the garden you’d be able to enjoy an aspect to the racecourse, but the privacy is also really rather nice, especially on a busy day in the village. The dining kitchen is a sociable space with plenty of room for a table and with a sizeable window onto the lane it makes the most wonderful place to sit and watch the world go by. The kitchen has an extensive range of cabinets painted in a sunny buttermilk cream with black granite worktops. Well equipped, there is a four ring gas hob, double oven with grill, fridge, freezer and dishwasher. The light utility room has great storage, a door to outside, a sink unit for messy jobs, washing machine and tumble drier (vented externally). Storage space in cottages is often tight, but here an internal passageway has a wall of excellent cupboards as well as a downstairs cloakroom. There are three double bedrooms, all of which have their own private shower rooms. Giving the option for single level living is the ground floor suite where a double bedroom is linked to a shower room with a dressing room. The remaining two bedrooms are both on the first floor and have ceilings rising to the roof apex with exposed characterful timbers. Both have ensuite shower rooms. 

Step outside

The walled courtyard has been laid with Indian sandstone flags to reduce upkeep to a minimum. It has just the right amount of space to accommodate an outside dining set as well as some more relaxed seating or a bench under the slight roof overhang of the garden room. A short flight of steps lead down to a tall wooden gate which opens to the grass on the side of the beck – an alternative vantage point for cheering on the racing action. A second tall wooden gate provides pedestrian access onto the lane and is handy if you are
bringing in garden supplies or returning home with bikes, a pram, muddy boots or dogs. 

Round the side of the cottage enroute to the utility room is an area tucked away out of sight that makes the ideal position for bins and the shed. 

Mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. Gas fired central heating from a boiler in the kitchen. 

Superfast speed available from Openreach of 80 Mbps download and for uploading 20 Mbps. 

Indoor: Three, O2 and Vodaphone for both Voice and Data. EE offers Voice coverage only. 

Outdoor: EE, Three, O2 and Vodaphone for Voice, Data and Enhanced Data

Broadband and mobile information provided by Ofcom.

Local Authority charges
Westmorland and Furness Council – Council Tax band E


Included in the sale
Fitted carpets, curtains, curtain poles, blinds, light fittings, shed, integral kitchen appliances and free-standing washer and drier are included in the sale. Many items of furniture are available to purchase, please ask the Agent. 

Please note
Whilst Parkgate Cottage isn’t listed on Historic England’s website, it is attached to a Grade II Listed building. 

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Use Sat Nav LA11 6QB with reference to the directions below:

In the centre of the village, locate the Village Shop and take the road to the left towards the main car park and entrance to the race course. Parkgate Cottage is the last property on the right. For convenience when viewing the property we recommend you use the Pay and Display car park or you may find an on street space around the village.