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Summer Hill Country House, Hawskhead Hill, LA22 0PP

£995,000 Guide Price
  • Ref: 10863
  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: Sold STC
  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Bathrooms: 8
  • Reception Rooms: 3
  • Tenure: Freehold
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Property Features

  • Detached Stone Built Lakeland Country Home
  • Currently Let With Five En-Suite Letting Bedrooms
  • Separate Owners Accommodation
  • Lovely Gardens With South Facing Aspect

Property Summary

Summer Hill is a substantial traditional stone built period Lakeland country house which has been extended over the years. Currently operating as a characterful country guesthouse with five double/twin en-suite letting bedrooms.

Full Details

Summer Hill is a substantial traditional stone built period Lakeland country house which has been extended over the years. Currently operating as a characterful country guesthouse with five double/twin en-suite letting bedrooms. Additionally there is potential for a further two letting bedrooms if required. The house has superb separate private owners accommodation with independent entrance, currently with one private bedroom although there is a second which could be incorporated if required. The property has been modernised in recent years by the current owners to a good standard, combined with some attractive original features, improvements include full double glazing, new kitchen, majority of bathrooms and refurbishment. The majority of the rooms enjoy a sunny south facing aspect over the surrounding countryside.

The property holds vast scope and potential as a business and is being sold due to retirement.

Occupying an enviable position, within an attractive plot extending to approximately half an acre with attractive yet manageable grounds, excellent parking and a useful array of outbuildings. Being gently elevated close to the picturesque beauty spot of Tarn Hows and midway between the popular Lakeland villages of Coniston and Hawkshead (approx. 2 miles) and the busy market town of Ambleside with a wide range of shops, amenities and restaurants. Close to Coniston Water and Grizedale Forest with endless fell and country walks from the door step.

Directions From Ambleside take the A592 towards Coniston/Hawkshead turning left at Clappersgate following the signpost for Hawkshead. Follow this road to the right hand turn signed Tarn Hows and Coniston. Take this turn and continue for 2.6 miles (passing the Drunken Duck Inn) and Summer Hill is on the right.

Accommodation Open front porch with front door leading into:

Hallway Attractive wide hallway with flagged floor and replica beams. Leading to:

Guest Living Room 19'8 x 13'3 (6.00m x 4.05) An attractive and well proportioned triple aspect room with attractive country views and feature slate window sills. Gas effect stove on a slate hearth and stone surround with replica beams, slate sills and (wheelchair) lift.

Office With telephone point and internet networking hub providing superfast broadband.

Internal glazed inner door leading to further hallway with attractive original 1860's bannister rail and replica beams. Leading to:

Cloakroom Spacious for accessible access with designer wash hand basin and WC. Part wall tiled with original flagged floor, extractor and concealed fuse box and electric meters.

Guest Dining Room 24'6 x 14'11 (7.47m x 4.54m) Superb and attractive room with exposed polished floorboards and feature exposed stone wall with open fire and slate hearth. An attractive bay window with delightful south facing country views over the gardens with additional patio doors and replica beams.

The Business Summer Hill House has five impressive ensuite letting bedrooms along with a box room which could be utilized as a sixth bedroom with private house bathroom. The property has the unique facility of an internal lift directly into one of the bedrooms catering for clients who require accessibility, whilst externally is has ramped access.

The majority of rooms have an attractive south facing sunny aspect towards the surrounding countryside and Latterbarrow. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and HD TV's. All attractively presented, well planned and proportioned.

On the second floor there is a further double en-suite bedroom which could be used either as an additional letting room or private owner accommodation.

Adjoining Owners Accommodation Separate private glazed front door leading into:

Kitchen/Diner 21'0 x 12'9 (4.21m x 3.71m) Attractive dual aspect room with stone bespoke fitted wall and base units with pippy oak units and granite worktops and up stands. Double Belfast sink with mixer tap and additional wash hand basin. Appliances include feature gas AGA, double gas oven with electric hob. Integrated appliances include twin dishwasher, fridge and freezer. Part wall tiled with original slate flagged floor. Larder cupboard and south facing patio doors. Door leading to half landing with rear door.

Lounge 13'10 x 12'2 (4.21m x 3.71m) Attractive dual aspect room with country views towards Latterbarrow and original exposed oak beams. TV point. From the lounge there is a highly useful store/pantry with concealed consumer unit.

Off the kitchen/diner there is a rear hall providing ideal cloaks area with rear door. Steps leading up to utility room with plumbing for washing machine and flagged floor.

First Floor Half landing with rear glazed door.

Owners Bedroom 13'5 x 10'10 (4.09m x 3.30m) A spacious double dual aspect room with comprehensive selection of fitted wardrobes. TV point. Attractive country views towards Wansfell Pike and Latterbarrow.

Shower Room Attractive white three piece suite comprising of corner shower, pedestal wash hand basin and WC. Fully travertine tiled walls and with Karndean floor and extractor.

Second Floor Accessed from the guest house leading to:

Bedroom 17'11 x 13'0 (5.45m x 3.97m) Private double room with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. Large Velux window. TV point.

En-Suite Three piece white suite comprising of shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC. Illuminated mirror with extractor. Part wall tiled and exposed beams.


Studio/Stable 17'8 x 11'4 (5.39m x 3.45m) 11'4 x 9'7 (3.45m x 2.91m)

Highly useful former stable which is currently used as a hobby room with principle room having electric and water. Double glazed with east facing views. Separate WC currently out of service. The second room is an ideal hobby room with electric.

Summerhouse An interesting feature of the property is the old summerhouse set within the gardens which was a gift to a previous owner of the house from John Ruskin who made his home at Brantwood on the eastern shores of Coniston Water. The summerhouse has attractive stained glass and allows for panoramic views towards Latterbarrow and Hawkshead. There is also a wooden scupture, Cloak of Seasons, by renowned artist Walter Bailey.

Services Mains water, electric and gas. Private septic tank. Oil fired central heating. Gas fired AGA.

Tenure Freehold

Rateable Value £8,300.00. Actual amount payable £3,867.80. This could be reduced to ZERO if the purchaser is entitled to Small Business Rates Relief. More details can be obtained from the Local Authority South Lakeland District Council 01539 733333.