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Fine & Country
Ellerthwaite Square
LA23 1DU

01539 733500


For Sale

Stevney, Outgate, Ambleside, The Lake District, LA22 0NH

£1,250,000 Guide Price
  • Type: House
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Reception Rooms: 3
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Property Features

  • Semi Rural Property offering Panoramic Fell and Country Views
  • Abundant with Character and Charm
  • 7 Acre Field Available by Separate Negotiation
  • Shared Private Drive
  • Ten Minute Drive to Local Amenities

Property Summary

Nestled within the heart of the Lake District National Park in the peaceful hamlet of Outgate near Ambleside,
this extended 18th Century cottage just about sums up the quintessential charm of a period Lake District

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Nestled within the heart of the Lake District National Park in the peaceful hamlet of Outgate near Ambleside,
this extended 18th Century cottage just about sums up the quintessential charm of a period Lake District

Originally this humble abode would have been a simple one up, one down cottage with an adjoining barn. It was acquired by local developers Huddlestones in 1916 at which point its transformation begun. The property has now been in the same family for over 75 years with the present owners undertaking a further extension and sympathetic renovation that was completed in 2006. It now stands as a sizeable three bed family home with an offer of three reception rooms, a charming breakfast kitchen, three double bedrooms to include the impressive master suite and a family bathroom. Furthermore, the property sits within just under an acre of mature gardens and includes a converted double garage with a fantastic studio bedroom above, ideal for guests. The detached workshop and store along with the orchard, greenhouse and separate kitchen garden are an added bonus for those with gardening interests. The property enjoys spectacular uninterrupted views that stretch out across the surrounding fields to Latterbarrow to the South and the Windermere valley to East. There is also an adjoining 7 acre field of rough grazing land available by separate negotiation.

Set in a picturesque semi rural position offering both peace and tranquillity 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. The property is 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 and also well positioned for junction 36 of the M6, accessible within approximately 40 minutes 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.

The shared private drive leads down to the property, where the gated entrance opens onto a gravelled driveway that affords ample parking to the front of the property. Stevney is a picture perfect cottage with cream washed stone walls and
a Virginia Creeper climbing along one side, creating an attractive show of colour through the summer and autumn months. An open entrance porch doubles as a handy log store, opening into a useful entrance porch with plentiful coats storage. As you enter within the property, you are immediately welcomed into the entrance lobby of the original 18th century cottage. It is therefore abundant with character and charm, with a show of original features to include the exposed ceiling beams, pipe cupboard and mullioned windows finished with pretty window seats. The solid wood parquet flooring is believed to have been reclaimed from local period homes in the area and the split staircase and door frames have been handmade to fit seamlessly with the original woodwork using locally sourced wood from the estate. From here there is access into a modern cloaks room with further built in cloaks storage space and a WC.

Entering into what would have once been the adjoining barn of the cottage and in present day serves as a formal yet cosy sitting room set around a multi-fuel stove within an exposed stone surround. Steps lead down to the lower garden room, with a mezzanine from the sitting room looking out to create an open flow of reception space. The garden room is mesmerising for its beautiful and private views that can be enjoyed from the French doors, full length windows and two picture windows, all affording a triple aspect over the surrounding garden and field beyond that is available by separate negotiation.

From the upper sitting room you also lead into the dining room that in the early 1900s, following the first conversion, served as the original kitchen to the cottage. It is now a fantastic reception space with room for formal dining on a large scale. The original stone hearth has been retained as a charming feature and an open arch connects the space to the kitchen, again creating an effortless flow of accommodation that is great for both entertaining and modern family life. There is also access from here into a useful laundry room with a sink and space/plumbing for a washing machine and dryer. The kitchen was added on by the owners in 2006 and is the perfect addition to this quaint home. It is filled with natural light and finished with a range of traditional cream shaker style units by Atlantis Kitchens, with oak worktops, matching handles and complimentary splash back tiling. The 2 door gas AGA fills the kitchen with warmth, creating a homely atmosphere. Further appliances include an integrated dishwasher, Samsung American fridge freezer and an integrated Bosch microwave and double oven. Adjoining the kitchen is a useful boot room benefitting from its own external access to the front, a great space for knocking of muddy boots and wet rain coats after enjoying one of the many scenic walks nearby.

From the entrance lobby, the sympathetically handcrafted staircase splits off in two directions however the entirety of the first floor is connected. The landing first leads you into the impressive master suite, again part of the 2006 extension. This vast space is flooded with natural light that bounces across the high vaulted ceilings, finished with in keeping exposed ceiling beams. You first enter into a mezzanine dressing area with bespoke built in wardrobes, before stepping down into the tranquil master bedroom that enjoys a triple aspect making the most of the uninterrupted views to both Latterbarrow and the Windermere valley. On a clear winter day you can even spot the snowy peaks of Fairfield in the distance. From the dressing area you lead into a beautifully presented and large ensuite shower room that again benefits from high ceilings and matching his and hers vanity sinks.

The second bedroom sits within the 18th century portion of the cottage and offers generous double proportions. It is here where the second staircase leads into and the room enjoys peaceful garden views and original exposed beams. Outside the door, an interesting feature has been retained from the original drip-slates of the cottage roof, a testament of how the history of this cottage has been at the forefront of the renovation. Finally the landing leads to a family bathroom offering a bath with shower over and the final double bedroom where you can also access a fully boarded attic space.

The former detached barn of the Stevney has been converted into a double garage to the ground floor benefitting from power, light and water and to the first floor; the loft has been converted into a fantastic studio bedroom with an ensuite shower room and underfloor heating. This is a versatile space that is a great addition to this already abundant home. Whether you are looking to work from home, the property also has fibre broadband, or simply have family or guests staying regularly, this is a great space to offer. There is also potential to convert the entirety of the former barn into self contained further family accommodation, subject to relevant planning consents. There is also a large adjoining green house and set behind the barn, you will find the detached timber built workshop with an adjoining garden store and two separate log stores.

Stevney is set within just under an acre of charming cottage style gardens, backing onto the rolling countryside and the field beyond. The private graveled drive affords ample parking and there is also ample external storage and an outside WC with power and light. Leading around the front of the property there are a selection of raised beds before the mature garden opens out into a large and well kept lawn. A beck runs along side the garden, creating a tranquil soundtrack befitting to this beautiful and natural area of the National Park. The flagged patio accessed from the French doors of the garden room is perfect for alfresco dining and enjoying the view. From the driveway you can also access a tiered rockery garden that comes to life in the spring time with vibrant azaleas. Finally, completing the immediate package to the property is the kitchen garden. The perfect place for those with green fingers to enjoy and create the ultimate self sufficiency dream in tandem with the fruit trees in the main garden. Whilst this space is in need of some TLC there is a great selection of beds to tend to. The approximate 7 acres of adjoining rough grazing land, available by separate negotiation, can be accessed by vehicles from the private drive.

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. Around 10 metres before you reach the Outgate Inn, the shared private drive to Stevney is located on your left hand side. Continue down the gated entrance of the property.

All mains connected
Gas central heating
Fibre Broadband
Council Tax –G
Tenure – Freehold