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Red Gables, Beckside, Pennington, Ulverston, LA12 7NX

£850,000 Guide Price
  • Ref: 826288
  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Reception Rooms: 3
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Property Features

  • Impressive former vicarage (1853)
  • Rich with period details
  • Two reception rooms, sociable kitchen
  • Five double bedrooms
  • Two bathrooms, shower room
  • Detached annexe for letting/guests
  • Easy to reach rural setting
  • Established beckside gardens
  • Good outbuildings and excellent parking
  • A wonderful country home

Property Summary

An impressive former vicarage dating back to 1853, offering extensive accommodation in good order rich with period details.

Full Details

An impressive former vicarage dating back to 1853, offering extensive accommodation in good order rich with period details.

Welcome to Red Gables, Beckside, Pennington, Ulverston, LA12 7NX

An impressive former vicarage dating back to 1853, offering extensive accommodation in good order rich with period details. Benefitting from the flexibility of a detached annexe, Beck Cottage, which would suit guests, a dependent family member or offer commercial letting potential. Easy to reach from Ulverston and enjoying a quiet and peaceful rural location with attractive and established gardens bordering the delightful beck. 

Red Gables extends a warm and friendly welcome and is quite simply, an absolutely charming family home. Tastefully presented it has been updated over the last 30 years of the current family’s custodianship and offers accommodation that is ready to move into with quality fittings and décor respectful of the period of the property. 

In through the entrance vestibule to a striking and unusual central staircase hall which opens into a study and then through to a conservatory. There are two reception rooms and a sociable dining kitchen. As well as a shower room, completing the picture on the ground floor are a series of ancillary domestic offices to enable the better performance of this country home – utility, boiler and boot rooms. The staircase has a real ‘wow’ factor and alights at a delightful gallery first floor landing. The principal bedroom has a dressing room and ensuite bathroom. There are four further double bedrooms and a house bathroom. Two of the doubles are connected by a nursery, but it would be equally suited to a hobbies or dressing room. 

Beck Cottage offers open plan ground floor living with space to cook, eat and relax. There’s a ground floor bathroom and spacious first floor bedroom. 

The gardens are mainly situated to the south of Red Gables and feature a seating terrace, well maintained garden and quaint summer house. There is a garage, two car ports and several useful outhouses too as well as extensive parking availability. 

Rurally situated but not in the least isolated, the village has a pub and a primary school within walking distance.  Ulverston is less than three miles away for your day to day needs. 

For those looking to escape the rat race and built up areas, live a quiet and nurturing rural lifestyle with super local services close at hand, great access to the countryside and the option of a second income from the property, Red Gables is a great choice. 


Pennington is a small village lying just under three miles to the west of the Cumbrian town of Ulverston. The village has a primary school, children’s play area, pub with microbrewery, church and a vehicle repair/MOT garage. 

Red Gables is off the beaten track but it's certainly not hard to reach and is surrounded by unspoilt countryside. Just outside of the Lake District National Park, it’s a desirable location if you love exploring the great outdoors and all that Cumbria has to offer; whether it’s rambling or hiking, running, cycling, climbing, sailing or off-roading, you really couldn’t find a better place.

In terms of general amenities Ulverston offers a great selection of independent retailers and supermarkets (Booths, M&S Food and Aldi) and from a cultural point of view hosts a full calendar of events throughout the year with festivals (music, Dickensian, Buddhist, walking, lantern, beer, scarecrow, printing and Finefest…) and many celebrations as well (the summer fair, Ulverston and North Lonsdale country show and the St George’s Day Pageant to name but a few). Surrounding Ulverston is the gently rolling farmland of the Furness Peninsula with coastal villages to explore (Bardsea, Baycliff, Aldingham and Newbiggin) all enjoying stunning views over impressive Morecambe Bay.

Step inside 

From the moment you open the arched studded door, cross the stone steps into the vestibule and pass through into the large, impressive hall, you simply know that Red Gables is something special. The inspiring period house permeates a warmth thanks to the abundance of architectural features, some original, others reclaimed. If you appreciate the heritage of domestic architecture, you’ll love the details here; stained and coloured glass windows and panels, Lincrusta wall covering in the hall, landing and staircase, fitted cupboards and shelved recesses galore, window seats and French windows, brass light switches on wooden plinths, dado rails and plate racks, exposed floorboards and roof timbers, original panel doors and in the sitting room, a bespoke fitted bookcase and cabinet which spans an entire wall and a beautiful St Bees sandstone fireplace – it’s an absolute gem of a room. 

The sitting room is perfect for family time, the snug is enjoyed for television viewing and the conservatory affords restful views to the fields across from the beck where sheep happily graze. The dining kitchen is the hub of this family home and enjoys the morning sun over breakfast time. The centrally positioned blue four oven Aga is electric and programable to aid efficiency without compromising on the benefits be it to cook, air clothes or warm cold hands.  Timeless panel fronted cabinets in a soft grey provide excellent storage and there’s a shelved pantry too. We love the range of useful additional rooms too – the back door opens into a passageway which is handy for coat and boot storage, there’s a boiler room, utility area and shower room. 

A wonderful feature, the wrap around gallery landing has a useful cupboard for bedding, there are five double bedrooms, each offering their own character and charm. Between two of the rooms is a nursery but it would make a bright study, sewing room or potentially a Jack and Jill style ensuite. The family bathroom, ensuite bathroom and ground floor shower room all give a  nod to the period of the house with heritage style fittings. 

Beck Cottage

Behind Red Gables is the detached self-contained cottage – a super and very versatile characterful conversion of an old barn. Whether you’re looking for a suite for visiting guests, seeking a letting income or wanting to provide a full-time residence for a dependent family member, Beck Cottage is perfect. To the ground floor there is a seating area open to the light filled living kitchen which has a wood burning stove. The bathroom is on the ground floor leaving room for a large bedroom on the first floor which has room for a separate seating or office area. Immediately outside the front door is a seating area screened by the weeping birch tree. It’s currently let for holidays and has proved a popular getaway with couples looking to explore the Lakes or attend nearby family events. 

Step outside

The front garden is screened from the road and as a result is lovely and private. South facing it enjoys the best of the sun and also has an exceptionally pleasing symmetry. Leading down from the large flagged seating terrace, which features a giant bench, is a central set of steps which open to a rectangular lawn with planting either side, a surrounding path and along the western boundary, Pennington Beck. At the head of the lawn is a whimsical and thoroughly charming summer house which has a covered verandah at the front and makes a wonderful place to sit with a drink, read a book or plug in your laptop and answer emails, the view back to the house is extra special and the sound of the passing water in the beck very relaxing. 

In spring there is a succession of spring bulbs; crocuses, daffodils, snake's head fritillary and then bluebells. Also bringing springtime colour are flowering shrubs; camelias, magnolias, forsythia and flowering currant. 

There are two vehicular accesses, the first is before the house as you approach from the village and is to be found tucked behind the summer house. It would be ideal location for a boat or camper van. The main parking area is generous and lies between Red Gables and Beck Cottage enhancing the privacy for both properties. 

There is covered parking for three vehicles with a garage and two car ports, all three being covered with a Solway turf roof to establish Red Gable’s green credentials alongside the solar and PV panels.  There’s a practical workshop and useful bike store. 


Mains electricity and water. Oil fired central heating from a Grant boiler. The Aga is electric. Private drainage to three tanks located within the boundaries. There are three solar thermal panels and twelve PV panels. Beck Cottage has thermostatically controlled electric heaters.  


Superfast speed available from Openreach of 61 Mbps download and for uploading 14 Mbps. 


Indoor: O2 for Voice 

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 G



Included in the sale 

Fitted carpets, curtains, curtain poles, blinds, light fittings and integral kitchen appliances. Free standing kitchen appliances and all contents in Beck Cottage are available by way of further negotiation. 


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Use Sat Nav LA12 7NX with reference to the directions below:

From Ulverston head towards Barrow on the A590 through Swarthmoor. Turn right at the roundabout, continue on this lane  passing the primary school and the church both on your left, as you drop down after the church take the first right and Red Gables is visible further along on the left, pass the house and pull into the driveway.