Fine and Country Windermere
Fine & Country
Strawberry Bank, Skelghyll Lane, Ambleside, The Lake District
- Charming Detached Home
- 270 Degree Views of Lake Windermere
- Fell & Countryside Views Can Be Enjoyed From Every Window
- Sought After Location
- 15 Minute Walk Into Ambleside
- Fell Walks & Bridleways Available From Your Doorstep
- Situated On The Slopes Of Wansfell Pike
Believed to date back to the 18th century, this former cottage was extended in the Victorian era to create a spacious and versatile 4/5 bedroom home. The south facing aspect affords for a bright and airy home that is steeped in character and charm. A view of Lake Windermere or surrounding fells can be enjoyed from every window, looking out over some of the Lake’s most prominent backdrops to include Fairfield, Loughrigg and even Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam. The property also enjoys a private location with beautiful mature grounds and an additional 4.5 acres of encompassing land which may be available by separate negotiation. This is a true rarity for such a highly sought after location and the first time the property has been on the open market in over 30 years. It is just a 15 minute walk to Ambleside town and scenic fell walks and bridleways are available right from your doorstep.
One of the best bases for exploring the Lake District, the picturesque town of Ambleside is popular with both tourists and residents alike and marks the head of Lake Windermere. Ambleside has an active community and is a great place for families. The Ambleside Sports, held annually in July, is one of the most well known and well attended traditional countryside sports fairs in Cumbria. The bustling town centre offers something for those of all ages from independent shops to gastro dining and there is even a choice of three cinemas. Ambleside is also an excellent base for all outdoor activities.
A narrow lane heading up the side of Wansfell Pike brings you to the drive of Strawberry Bank. You reach the top where you will find private parking under the carport for several vehicles. You then walk up to this beautiful whitewashed period home with the dramatic fell backdrop and expansive views set out in front of you. The front entrance is approached along a path leading through the mature garden. It opens into the original portion of the property where there is a charming dining room set around a 2 door gas AGA within a tiled inglenook, creating a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. The characterful room has curved plasterwork on the walls, the thickness of which can be seen heading into the adjoining sitting room. A secure hatch within the wooden floors conceals an access point for the original spring water well seen out of the window. Also adjoining is the traditional kitchen which comprises a selection of painted shaker style units with a mix of poplar and Kirkstone green slate worktops. Appliances include an AGA module dual fuel cooker with a gas hob, under counter dishwasher and there is space for a fridge freezer. Lovely splashback tiling compliments the kitchen units and the Belfast sink enjoys a spectacular view out to Fairfield, whilst the South facing front aspect looks out across Lake Windermere.
As you enter the formal living room you are greeted by a flood of natural light afforded from the large square bay looking out over the front garden and spectacular view beyond which can be enjoyed from the pretty window seat. Timelessly presented, there are exposed beams and a large gas flame effect stove set upon a polished green slate hearth. Entering into the inner hall that runs along the back of the property, you can continue down to the neighbouring music room. A peaceful space that again affords a dual aspect to capture both the lake and fells. As this room sits within the Victorian extension it enjoys period features of the era with high ceilings and deep coving. Set above the marble fireplace is a picture window that offers a dramatic snapshot of Loughrigg. A gas stove sits within the marble fireplace upon a slate hearth. From the inner hall there is also access to a rear entrance lobby with space for cloaks and external access leading to an enclosed yard where there is an adjoining garden store and access to the lane behind. There is also a further front entrance option leading up from the driveway, entering into a pitched roof entrance porch; the perfect space for muddy boots and wet rain coats after adventuring across the local fells. Finally, an essential for any home, there is a neat utility room with a WC and space for white goods.
The staircase leads up from the end of the inner hall, opening onto a bright galleried landing. The first floor is essentially split into two wings, with the master bedroom sitting central within the home. Despite being in the original 18th century building, the ceilings in here were extended in the Victorian era. This, coupled with the large square bay window looking out over the south facing front aspect, floods the master bedroom with natural light. The uninterrupted view over Lake Windermere and the fells beyond is a stunning sight to wake up to, ever changing throughout the seasons. The east wing of the property provides potential for creating a master suite, with a selection of built in wardrobes, airing cupboard and the family bathroom which offers both a fitted bath and separate shower. Even the bathroom enjoys a private and beautiful view to Lake Windermere . The landing leads off to the West side of the property, opening into a lovely dual aspect home office. This space has been created by removing the stud wall of the inner landing that runs the length of the house. It has resulted in a bright and airy open place to study however could easily be reinstated as a fifth double bedroom. Adjoining, you enter into an inner lobby with space for occasional furniture and a window seat looking out over Fairfield. To the end of the hall you will find the remaining three double bedrooms and a shower room. Each of these rooms offer unique charm and stunning fell and lake views that you come to expect at every turn in this charming home.
The mature gardens of Strawberry Bank surround the property with the banks of Wansfell Pike extending behind. The elevated position affords not only privacy but the breathtaking uninterrupted views over the fells and Lake Windermere. This truly is your own private haven within the heart of the Lake District National Park. External access from the kitchen leads you out to a part covered patio, extending round to provide the perfect seating and alfresco dining area looking out over the front. There are also three large adjoining stores and a historic shed with a rich history. This large shed formerly served as the dark room for famous Ambleside photographer Herbert Bell in the 1890s. It has now been renovated by the present owners to create a fantastic recreational games room. However it could lend itself to a multitude of purposes, benefitting from amazing lake views, and has power and light. The gardens set to the front of the property offer a selection of lawns dotted with spring time wildflowers, mature shrubbery and tall ancient trees. To the south is the additional 4.5 acres of land that may be available by separate negotiation. This benefits from both vehicle access along the lane or pedestrian access from various points within the property’s boundary.
Skelghyll Lane can be accessed just off Old Lake Road which can easily be reached from the A591 running through Ambleside, through the Low Fold car park or from the town center. Continue up Skelghyll Lane and bear left at the first fork onto the drive of Strawberry Bank.
Mains water, gas and electric. Private septic tank. Gas central heating.
Council Tax Band
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