Reception Rooms: 4
Watermead is a fine example of a true detached Lakeland country residence built by the renowned local builders G.H. Pattinson. Dating back to the early 1900’s and providing four fantastic double bedrooms, four reception rooms with two bathrooms, including one ensuite. The property is set in just under an acre of manageable grounds and enjoys a fantastic location in a prestigious private address, on the edge of Windermere. The ground floor enjoys attractive seasonal Lake views from numerous rooms, whilst the first floor benefits from all year round Lake views. An immaculate property, Watermead has been extended over the years and sympathetically modernised by the present owners. The generously proportioned accommodation is set out over two floors with the south facing aspect enhancing the light and airy atmosphere, further assisted by high ceilings Watermead has retained many original features and has been carefully updated and maintained to an exceptionally high standard, ensuring a very well presented and desirable home which will attract a range of buyers including families, couples who enjoy entertaining and those looking for a second home in the heart of the Lake District. The original Pattinson Lakeland stone built property was constructed around 1926, subsequently extended over the years yet it still allows additional scope and space for further development if required making this an ideal opportunity to purchase a fabulous property. Natural gardens surround the house and provide lovely areas from which to enjoy the beautiful scenery; including private Lake frontage and access.
Nestled close the eastern shores of Lake Windermere down a peaceful private lane, the property is set behind private electric gates. Watermead is a 20 minute stroll from Windermere village with its wide range of amenities, shops, cafes, restaurants and a choice of both private and state schools close by. It is also well placed between the bays of Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside with access to marina facilities, The Motorboat Racing Club, Royal Windermere Yacht Club and Windermere Golf Club. Conveniently positioned, there is good road access to the M6 and Windermere railway station, with its connections to the West Coast Mainline and links to Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London, just a 5 minute drive away.
Approaching the property via the sweeping private gated drive, with parking and turning available for numerous vehicles, in front of the detached double garage. The main entrance to Watermead is through a heavy studded oak front door leading into a traditional vestibule. A large welcoming feature hallway sets the standard for this period home. A comfortable and much used reception space in the centre of the house, with original York stone fireplace with inset log burner. Off the hall is a useful cloaks area with WC. The living and sitting rooms reside on opposite sides of the entrance hall and both offer generous proportions, original features including picture rails, deep skirtings and large windows that provide stunning views over the gardens towards Lake Windermere. Despite the high ceilings, large windows and bright outlook, each room also creates a cosy atmosphere with multi-fuel log burners. An additional reception room to the ground floor currently utilised as a study, has a pleasant view over the garden and is well fitted with a series of book cases and display shelving. The bespoke breakfast kitchen is truly the hub of the home, it has been designed in a traditional style and has been well thought out to provide a well used and sociable entertaining area. With a comprehensive selection of shelving and units topped with beautiful granite and slate work surfaces that encompass a Belfast sink, integrated dishwasher and AGA with companion gas hob and electric ovens, set within an attractive inglenook. There is a useful pantry off the kitchen providing superb shelving and storage. The kitchen leads into the adjoining dining room; a versatile informal reception space which is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the views towards the Lake and also offers external access onto the front garden through double French doors; perfect for alfresco dining during the warmer months. Completing the ground floor, there is rear access off the kitchen to the rear porch area, which subsequently leads into a highly useful utility room with sink, storage, plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer and a separate WC.
The garden is a delightful feature of Watermead extending to approximately 0.85 acres. They have been landscaped to take full advantage of the setting with Lakeland stone paths, limestone rockeries, lawns and terracing. There is a wide variety of established trees, bushes, shrubs and flowering plants with a choice of seating areas around the gardens and an impressive vantage point that is positioned to maximise the breathtaking south facing Lake and country views, as well as the sunny aspect throughout the day. In addition to the detached double garage there is plenty of parking and turning areas. The lake frontage is reached by a private gate, a short stroll from the property. This provides pedestrian access to the shore of Lake Windermere, where Watermead owns approximately 12 feet of Lake Frontage, enjoying a double mooring facility; the annual rent payable to South Lakeland District Council.
Directions Proceed out of Windermere along the A591 heading towards Ambleside. Go straight across the mini roundabout, take the first turning left into Old Hall Road. Proceed down the private road for approximately ½ mile (passing over four speed bumps), before turning right at the list of properties, in which Watermead is the second property on the right.