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The Moorings, Waterhead, Ambleside, The Lake District, LA22 0DT

£2,750,000 Guide Price
  • Ref: 18170
  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: Sold
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Reception Rooms: 3
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Property Features

  • Breathtaking Detached Property
  • Panoramic Views Over Lake Windermere & Surrounding Fells
  • Offering Four/Five Bedrooms
  • One Bedroom Self Contained Annexe
  • Done To A High Standard
  • Offering Privacy With Electric Gates
  • Off Road Parking & Double Garage

Property Summary

Located on the edge of Ambleside, enjoying an elevated and private west facing position that allows for magnificent panoramic views over Waterhead Bay, Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells, The Moorings is a simply breathtaking four/ five bed detached property with a self contained one bed annexe that has been finished to the highest of specifications.

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Located on the edge of Ambleside, enjoying an elevated and private west facing position that allows for magnificent panoramic views over Waterhead Bay, Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells, The Moorings is a simply breathtaking four/ five bed detached property with a self contained one bed annexe that has been finished to the highest of specifications.

Located on the edge of Ambleside, enjoying an elevated and private west facing position that allows for magnificent panoramic views over Waterhead Bay, Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells, The Moorings is a simply breathtaking four/ five bed detached property with a self contained one bed annexe that has been finished to the highest of specifications. Formerly set within this private 2.6 acre plot was a run down 1960s bungalow. The present owners acquired the property and extensive grounds in 2002 and began creating a truly imaginative, architecturally designed home that accentuates the stunning views but also the surroundings, built with the Lake District in mind to mimic a local barn conversion yet within a contemporary and high-tec building. The result is truly impressive, creating a home that is magnificent yet functional and homely, ideal for entertaining and family life alike. The landscaped grounds are a further testament to the respect for the National Park, offering formal landscaping in amongst carefully planted shrubbery and trees that create a colourful outlook year round and a wildflower bank to attract the local wildlife. No expense has been spared with the finishes of the property, working together with local craftsmen and innovative technological brands to create a smart home that can be controlled at the touch of the button, from zoned heating to the integrated surround sound, lights, blinds, mechanical ventilation system, wet underfloor heating, gates and alarm. The finishes are tasteful and contemporary, with the highest quality kitchen and bathroom fittings but ultimately, the view alone that boasts twenty of the Wainwrights and the impressive Lake Windermere, makes this home truly captivating. It is also uniquely private, enjoying close access to the bustling amenities of Ambleside yet offering a secure and secluded location with ample private parking and a detached generous double garage.

One of the best bases for exploring the Lake District, the picturesque town of Ambleside is popular with both tourist and residents alike and marks the head of Lake Windermere. Ambleside has an active community and is a great place for families. Every year it celebrates its Rushbearing Festival, a custom that dates back to the days when the earthen floor of the church was strewn with rushes for warmth and cleanliness. The Ambleside Sports, held every July, is one of the most well known and well attended traditional countryside sports fairs in Cumbria. It is one of the few places to view the famous Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. 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.

The Moorings is approached via private electric gates which lead onto the drive before opening out onto a spacious parking area at the front of this show stopping home. The property is finished in a mix of timber cladding, local slate and white rendering often seen throughout the Lake District. The contrast of the large aluminum windows gives it a contemporary twist to offer a perfect synergy between old and new. The entrance to the property is befittingly grand, with floor to ceiling windows and wide heavy doors opening into the entrance hall. The high ceilings that extend up to the first floor and glass panelling of the bespoke staircase set the tone and even the partial glass floor shows how well thought out this property is. There is an immaculately presented cloaks room with WC just off the entrance hall and a feature circle window that gives a glimpse through the lounge and out across to Lake Windermere. The lounge is a showstopping space in itself, as you enter your attention is immediately drawn to the full length windows that cover the entirety of the west aspect. A sliding door opens onto the decked balcony that wraps around the west and south of the property, with the glass balustrade allowing for stunning uninterrupted views over the Lake and surrounding fells including Coniston Old Man, Black Fell, Wetherlam, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell to name a few that can be seen. But that is not all this room has to offer, with grand proportions, high ceilings and a bright and airy feel, the floating log burner with exposed flue helps create a more intimate and cosy atmosphere in the winter months. You can also enjoy a view up to the mezzanine landing above and the integrated surround sound is ideal for entertaining and movie nights alike.

The combination of this private reception space with the adjacent open plan living dining kitchen gives families the best of both worlds. Equally as impressive in terms of the expanse of windows, light and of course the views, the open plan reception space is perfect for modern family life, creating an open space that all the family can connect within at the end of a busy day. The wow factor must be the feature corner window with sliding doors that open up onto the balcony, perfect for creating a social space that can extend to the outside in the summer time. There is ample space in here for both a generous sized reception space and formal dining. The quality kitchen was designed by the German brand Bulthaup and includes a timeless yet contemporary range of steel effect units with a contrasting large central island and breakfast bar, finished with rich Zodiac worktops. The kitchen is host to a range of top quality appliances to include an integrated fridge freezer, dishwasher and steam oven. There is also a 3 door AGA that again allows for a lovely mix of old and new. Just off this open plan space is a back kitchen area with matching units that conceal an integrated fridge freezer and additional storage space before opening out into the fantastic utility and boot room. This room can also be accessed from the driveway or provides access into the garden. It is finished with a range of contemporary parapan gloss units with an integrated washing machine, dryer and ample storage space. This is the perfect space for knocking off muddy boots and hanging rainy coats after enjoying one of the many rambles this UNESCO world heritage site offers.

Also to this floor you will find an impressive master suite, set away from the rest of the accommodation for a peaceful and private setting. This suite includes a sizeable double bedroom that boasts views over the Lake and fells, with a corner window creating the perfect nook from which to enjoy the special outlook. There is also a generous walk in wardrobe, fully fitted with sensor lighting and a beautifully appointed ensuite bathroom finished with limestone tiling and featuring a walk in shower, his and hers sinks and a sunken bath. Even from within the bath you can enjoy a stunning outlook over the grounds thanks to the picture window set within a glass block surround.

From the entrance hall you descend to the lower ground floor, with the glass panelling of the staircase continuing in one fluid panel to reach the floor below. Along the hallway there is deep built in and shelved storage hidden behind bespoke sliding doors. You can also find access into a large boiler and controls room, ideal for additional storage and the perfect drying space. In addition to the annexe there is potential for three double bedrooms on this floor, one of which is ensuite. However, it is presently set up as two double bedrooms and a home office, the latter providing an ideal work space thanks to the French doors that open out onto the patio although you might find the beautiful Lake view too much of a distraction. There is also a lovely family bathroom with a large walk in shower and fitted bath. Each of the bedrooms benefit from an outlook over the fells and Lake to offer unique and equally mesmerising spaces. At this level it is almost as if the Lake is on the same level as the landscaped grounds beyond creating an infinity effect and the garden drops off over the wildflower banking. Each of the bedrooms also benefit from bespoke fitted wardrobes with quality hardwood inners and sliding doors.

The annexe can also be accessed from the lower ground floor to be used in a continuation to the accommodation of the main house or there is separate external access for more independent living. This great additional space would be ideal for dependent relatives or equally can just provide additional accommodation in the main property. It offers a reception space enjoying the lake and fell view, a modern kitchen with a full suite of NEFF appliances, double bedroom and a bathroom.

The bespoke oak staircase with the striking glass panelling finally extends up to the first floor of the property, opening onto the mezzanine landing that overlooks the lounge. Even this space creates a tranquil haven, the perfect peaceful spot for a reading nook complete with fitted bookshelves. To one side of the landing there is a large reception space presently utilised as a games room. It could however also be easily transformed into an impressive bedroom with an ensuite as there is plumbing already in place. With angled ceilings and velux windows, this unique space is further accentuated by the horizontal diamond windows, with a south facing aspect affording a view over Latterbarrow and the Lake. To the other side of the landing you find a beautifully appointed bedroom suite that would also make a good choice for a master bedroom. It again features the unique diamond shaped windows and offers a walk in wardrobe and tasteful ensuite bathroom.

The grounds of The Moorings work in perfect synergy with this unique home and offer approximately 2.6 acres of pristine garden that are a mix of manicured lawns and professionally landscaped shrubbery that allows for a vibrant outlook year round. There is also space for wildlife to flourish amongst the wildflower banking that runs down to the lower lawn dotted with trees, a small orchard and a tree lined boundary that create complete privacy. The landscaping includes beautiful feature areas, with a serene water feature, pond, striking slate sphere patio with a quote from Poet William Blake inlaid into the paving "To see the world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands and eternity in an hour", and seating areas elevated on the edges of the boundary to offer the perfect vantage points for looking out over Lake Windermere and the Fells of the National Park. Not to mention the raised decked balcony that wraps around the west and south of the property and lower patios that are perfect for alfresco dining. The outside space also offers all the practical areas to include hidden bin storage, compost bins, play area and of course the private drive and parking area that leads into the generous detached double garage block, with two remote control accessed doors. Within this large garage there is the benefit of power, light and water to include a WC and hand basin as well as a large overhead loft for storage space.

Proceed from our office to Lake Road, continue past the last entrance of Hayes Garden Centre on the right, passing McIver Lane on the right and turn next left turn up a private drive to The Moorings.

Mains electric, gas and water. Gas central heating. Mechanical ventilate and heat recovery system throughout and solar water heating. LED Lighting. Private bio-digester. Alarmed.


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