Fine and Country Windermere
Fine & Country
The Toft, Troutbeck, Windermere
- Grade II Listed Former Farmhouse
- Stunning Troutbeck Valley Views
- Warm, Inviting Family Home
- Space for Visitors or Home Office, Separate to Main Home
- Easy Access to Windermere, Bowness & Ambleside
Set within the picture perfect Lake District village of Troutbeck, The Toft is the epitome of charm and wonder; offering a beautiful four bedroom family home with a separate annexe and garage building that is abundant with character. Dating back to the 17th century, this Grade 11 Listed former farmhouse underwent an extensive renovation 16 years ago, with great care taken to retain and accentuate the beautiful original features of the property. The result of which has created a homely and inviting property that is sure to win over the hearts of anyone who visits. Offering views over the Troutbeck valley and a quiet setting within a small cluster of properties, the property truly offers the best of both worlds as the seemingly remote location does not compromise on easy accessibility to the Lake District hotspots. This is a versatile package that would be suited to a range of buyers, those looking for an idyllic Lake District retreat or even families looking for that extra space for guests or utilising the studio annexe to create arguably one of the most picture perfect private home offices in the area.
The peaceful village of Troutbeck was once home to Beatrix Potter and it’s easy to see why you would fall in love with this location. The Troutbeck valley is a beautiful outlook offering scenic walks and bridleways right from your doorstep. Despite the seemingly remote location you are actually well positioned to enjoy the best of The Lake District National Park. Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside are all within a five to ten minute drive, offering a great range of amenities and activities for those of all ages. The A592 also runs along the bottom of the valley for convenient access to the A591 and M6.
A shared gravelled drive leads up to the front of the property from the lane, providing access to the two excellent single garages with parking available in front. The exposed Lakeland stone entrance porch contrasts beautifully with the whitewashed exterior of the farmhouse. You enter into a traditional entrance porch with stone flagged floors, ideal for knocking off muddy boots. The living room is a welcoming entrance to the home, centred around a hearty stone hearth housing a log burning stove, with a large exposed oak lintel above. Further original features include a 17th century spice cupboard, wooden paneling to the walls and exposed ceiling beams and lintels. The original stone flag floors have also be retained although currently covered with carpets, they are exposed again as you enter into the adjoining dining room. Again this room features a wood burning stove, further adding to the intimate and cosy atmosphere that can be felt throughout the property. There is space for formal dining furniture and again a show of original wood paneling, in parts concealing built in shelving.
The kitchen adjoins the dining room, creating an easy flow that is ideal for entertaining. A traditional kitchen space with a range of wood units finished with granite worktops, a Belfast sink and a 4 oven, electric AGA complete with hotplates and a ceramic hob. There is splash back tiling to compliment, a view over the rear courtyard and access to a compact utility room with space and plumbing for a washing machine. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a cosy reception space nestled to the rear of the property, offering access to the rear slate patio via a stable door. This versatile room is presently utilised as a more informal dining setting but would make for a lovely snug or seating area. There is also a useful walk in shelved storage room just off the living room.
The original staircase leads up to the first floor landing, passing by the beautifully retained exposed timber framework of the walls that extend up to the pitch of the roof. The family bathroom of the property is neatly presented with a sympathetic design of painted half wood paneling to the walls and includes a fitted bath. There are a total of four double bedrooms available, each of which offer their own unique original features, from the exposed beams, wooden wall panelling and views looking out over the Troutbeck valley. This view is truly mesmerising, with the elevated position best enjoyed for the master bedroom. This high ceilinged room is as charming as the Troutbeck Valley outlook. The wood paneling within the wall conceals the entrance into the adjoining ensuite that again features in keeping painted wood paneling, a walk in shower, antique style porcelain sink and Karndean wood effect flooring to finish. Finally there is a walk in airing cupboard from the ensuite and access on the landing to the fully boarded loft space.
To the immediate external area of the main house, there is the enclosed slate patio to the rear and a beautiful seating area out the front of the property. As you cross over the shared gravelled driveway, to the side of the Lakeland stone built detached garage building, a purposefully aged garden gate laced with climbing greenery leads you into the hidden garden to the rear of the annexe. This beautiful and private space is awash with a variety of colourful shrubs and plants, with steps leading throughout the tiered levels. To the top of the garden sits a patio covered by a beautiful timber framed pergola, a picture perfect spot to enjoy the breathtaking, uninterrupted view over the Troutbeck Valley. The lush green climbing ivy that laces up the rear of the property further adds to this picturesque setting and there is also a lovely little summerhouse benefitting from electric.
A door to the rear of the property opens into the back of the garages, with internal access to one of them. Steps lead up to the studio annexe above, a hidden surprise that once again has been finished to complete sympathy to the buildings heritage, retaining the exposed trusses and perfectly capturing the view over the valley. This is a fantastic space to offer guests, consisting of an open plan living and bedroom space with compact kitchenette facilities cleverly concealed within a tall cupboard. There is also an adjoining bathroom comprising a fitted bath with shower over. This space would also be ideal for those looking to work from home. The two single garages within the building can be accessed around the front of the building, from the shared gravelled drive.
Travelling along the A591 from Kendal, continue along the A591 passing by Windermere. Continue straight at the roundabout to continue on this road. Passing the petrol station on your right continue over the bridge and turn right onto Bridge Lane. Continue for approximately 0.7 miles and the entrance to the drive is located on your left hand side near the top of the lane.
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