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For Sale

Roda House, Winster, The Lake District, LA23 3NL

£1,500,000 Guide Price
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  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Reception Rooms: 4
  • Tenure: Freehold
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Property Features

  • Secluded private estate on offer.
  • Located in the heart of the Lake District National Park
  • Offering two properties and 11 acres of land
  • Waterside - Four en-suite bedrooms
  • Tarn View -
  • Large collection of outbuildings
  • Five spring fed natural tarns
  • Informal gardens and woodland
  • Subject to Local Occupancy Restrictions
  • Unique package

Property Summary

A unique and rare opportunity, to purchase an entire secluded private estate, offering over 11 acres of private grounds. With two detached houses, five spring fed natural tarns, a large steel framed outbuilding, four bay poly tunnel and two static caravans all surrounded by informal gardens and woodland.

Full Details

A unique and rare opportunity, to purchase an entire secluded private estate, offering over 11 acres of private grounds. With two detached houses, five spring fed natural tarns, a large steel framed outbuilding, four bay poly tunnel and two static caravans all surrounded by informal gardens and woodland.

A unique and rare opportunity, to purchase an entire secluded private estate, offering over 11 acres of private grounds. With two detached houses, five spring fed natural tarns, a large steel framed outbuilding, four bay poly tunnel and two static caravans all surrounded by informal gardens and woodland.

Welcome to Roda House Estate, Winster, Windermere,

With no third party rights of way infringing on privacy, it collectively offers a rare degree of seclusion and privacy in the heart of the Lake District National Park.

Purchased by the present owners circa 2010, Roda House was the original name of the single dwelling which was within the grounds. This underwent a significant extension and remodeling and was then renamed Waterside to reflect upon the unique setting overlooking the tranquil tarn. Far enough away to maintain the element of privacy, Tarnview was then newly built circa 2014.

Both Tarnview and Waterside are currently operated as holiday letting properties. The terms of the section 106 unilateral planning undertaking are such that both have consent for short-term holiday letting accommodation whilst in the current ownership. Upon change of ownership, the properties would both attract local occupancy restrictions.

This unique package provides a plethora of possibilities with its versatility and will appeal to a variety of buyers.


The Winster Valley is a quiet and relatively hidden corner of the Lake District National Park, at its heart is the picturesque village of Winster. The Lyth Valley follows on to the south and includes the small and pretty villages of Bowland Bridge, Crosthwaite and Underbarrow, all being connected by a network of lanes and footpaths.

Together the Lyth and Winster Valleys form a landscape of unspoilt countryside celebrated for its damson trees which cluster in small orchards close to white-washed farmhouses and cottages. Woodlands with carpets of bluebells, green undulating pastures with rocky limestone outcrops and yellow gorse add pockets of colour to the surrounding countryside palette.

Winster is well placed for all that the Lake District has to offer with a good degree of accessibility for road and rail links and yet is sufficiently off the beaten track to maintain a quiet and secluded setting offering an enviable lifestyle; the best of both worlds.

The properties

Both properties have a similar feel, light and airy, with good natural light from the double glazed wooden framed picture windows, multiple sets of French windows and interiors reminiscent of a New England style thanks to the palette of neutral colours and pastel shades, modern oak internal doors, contemporary kitchen, bath and shower room fittings. Offering different accommodation, at Tarnview the living space is all on one level.

The respective garden areas are open to the wider grounds which ensure an uncluttered appearance and give a wonderful sense of openness and freedom.


The entrance is straight into the central dining hall, with wood strip flooring and an open riser staircase it is an attractive approach. The kitchen is open plan and separated from the dining hall by a high oak breakfast bar. Sleek and stylish, the cabinets are fitted with cream high gloss doors. Integral appliances comprise a Hotpoint electric oven under a Zanussi hob with extractor fan over, Kenwood fridge freezer, Whirlpool microwave and a freestanding Beko dishwasher. The utility room provides a useful back up and provides a wet weather entrance with a door in from the rear porch. A freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer (all Beko) are here as well as the Vaillant central heating boiler and hot water storage tank.

There are two reception rooms, a sitting room and a smaller snug, both are light rooms with glazed doors and picture windows enjoying good views towards the tarn, both have oak flooring. Paving (in places partially sheltered from the balconies above) runs around the house with access out from the sitting room, snug and master bedroom. All of these three rooms look out towards the tarn and surrounding landscaping.

Waterside offers the flexibility of a ground floor bedroom, the views maximized by French windows and side picture windows. Oak doors front a built in wardrobe and a three quarters height partition separates the bedroom from an ensuite where there is a double ended free standing bath, wash bowl on granite plinth, loo and chrome heated towel rail.

Rising to the first floor and you will find three further double bedrooms, all of them having well equipped ensuite shower rooms. Two have French windows leading out to a chrome and glass balcony to enjoy super views of the tarn and surrounding countryside. All three bedrooms have feature painted tongue and groove boarding.

There’s plenty of paved areas and space for outside dining and sofa sets. Surrounding the property are informal gardens and ample parking.

Tarn View

The front door is recessed providing a degree of shelter, the door opening to a hall of which is a passageway where you’ll find the bedroom accommodation. The open plan living kitchen is a lovely large room with picture windows to three sides giving good views of the garden and trees beyond. French windows open during warmer months to the paved seating areas and for the colder months there is a Morso Squirrel wood burning stove in a painted wooden surround. The oak fronted kitchen units echo the natural environment outside, there is a breakfast bar but also plenty of space for a table too. Internal appliances comprise an Indesit electric oven, a Schott Ceran hob, extractor fan, Beko dishwasher and Essentials fridge. The utility room houses a Zanussi washing machine as well as a freezer and second fridge and with a stable door to outside it makes a good place for coats and boots. Off here is a boiler room with a downstairs cloakroom too.

The bedroom wing offers a master bedroom with an ensuite shower room as well as two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Outside paved areas provide space for garden furniture with views to the main central tarn and beyond, limestone chippings are laid in the parking areas and the whole property is encircled by informal lawns with shrubs, trees and natural rocky outcrops.

Step outside

Beyond the immediate area of Waterside and Tarnview there are a collection of outbuildings comprising:

A detached single storey outbuilding, roughcast elevations under a slated roof, providing an outside WC and dedicated room for the water filtration system for the private supply.

There are four bay poly tunnels with power and water supply.

A substantial detached steel framed building with a concrete base and sheeted mono pitch roof. Used as a tool and wood store.

And finally, there are two static caravans on site which provide potential scope for possibly holiday letting.

Further info

On the road

Bowness on Windermere 2.8 miles

Windermere 4.1 miles

Ambleside 8.2 miles

Kendal 9.2 miles

Oxenholme 12.5 miles

Hawkshead 12.6 miles

Grasmere 12.7 miles

M6 J36 14.3 miles

Coniston 15.3 miles

Lancaster 28.6 miles

Manchester 81.5 miles

Manchester airport 88.6 miles

The above journey distances are for approximate guidance only and have been sourced from the fastest route on the AA website from the property postcode.



There are several in both Windermere and Kendal

Windermere School (independent school)

Sedbergh School (independent preparatory school at Casterton)


The Lakes School (Troutbeck Bridge)

The Queen Katherine School and Kirkie Kendal School (Kendal)

Windermere School (independent school)

Sedbergh School (independent school)

Rail journeys

Lancaster 13 minutes

Manchester (Piccadilly) 1 hour 14 minutes

London (Euston) 2 hours 47 minutes

Edinburgh 2 hours 4 minutes

Based on approximate direct train journey times from Oxenholme train station on the main West Coast line. Train service durations vary, please check for further details.

Things to do in the area

Local leisure activities

Blackwell – The Arts and Crafts house (Bowness on Windermere)

Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club

Royal Windermere Yacht Club

Windermere Golf Club, Kendal Golf Club and Carus Green Golf Club (also at Kendal)

Informal country pub dining

The Brown Horse (Winster) – an easy walk away

The Punch Bowl Inn (Crosthwaite)

The Black Labrador (Underbarrow)

Fine dining

Linthwaite House (Bowness on Windermere)

Gilpin Hotel and Lake House (Bowness on Windermere)

The Samling (Windermere)

Forest Side Hotel (Grasmere)

L’Enclume and Rogan & Co (both at Cartmel)

Great walks nearby

Within the Lake District there are 214 Wainwright fells to conquer, but if you fancy something possibly at a slightly lower level then there are a multitude of lanes, bridlepaths and footpaths to explore straight from the front door.


Mains electricity

• LPG Gas central Heating

• Private Water (Bore Hole)

• Private Drainage Treatment plant x1

Local Authority charges

Westmorland and Furness Council. Both properties are registered for Business Rates with Tarnview having a Rateable Value of £3750 and Waterside having a Rateable Value of £5000. The amount payable will be subject to the applicable multiplier.



Included in the sale

Both properties are for sale fully furnished.


Occupation at Waterside and Tarnview is subject to a planning obligation by way of unilateral undertaking under section 106 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990. This grants consent for short-term holiday letting accommodation. Upon sale, occupancy is restricted to a “Person with a Local Connection as his or her Only or Principal Home”. Further information is available from the Agents.


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Use Sat Nav LA23 3NL with reference to the directions below:

Approaching Winster from Bowness on Windemere on the A5074, as you reach the “Winster” village sign there are two turns immediately before, take the first. Continue along the single track lane and at the junction, bear right where the finger post indicates “Green Lane”. It’s the second drive on the left, as the tarmac ends. In total, from the drive entrance to the A5074, it’s 0.3 mile in total.