Reception Rooms: 4
Situated within the picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park, Westby House is a unique and impressive package, which will appeal to a wide range of buyers whether that be as a family home or a holiday let, with the option to utilise the property as one large house or to separate into two completely self-contained units. Westby House is in total a five-bedroom detached home full of character and charm. Originally converted from the former Sedbergh train station in the 1960’s. it is now fully modernised throughout, the property is extremely versatile and unique, enjoying outstanding far reaching views of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Lune Valley whilst also being only 20km from the Lake District National Park. Full of history, the property’s external buildings are virtually unchanged from when it was built in 1865. Internally it retains many original features including stone walls. The surrounding countryside is a haven for wildlife and with a number of superb walks right from the doorstep; Westby House is ideal for those who love the outdoors. The extensive South West facing gardens provide the sunshine all day long in the summer months with the rolling hills in the background. Benefitting from a rural location and hidden at the top of a private sweeping drive, it is only a few minutes from the centre of Sedbergh village which enjoys an active community with excellent amenities including a large convenience store, a GP and nurse practice, Dentist, Greengrocer, a number of village pubs and an array of independent shops. The property is well located for easy access, being only around 4 miles from M6 J37 and only 15 minutes’ drive from Oxenholme mainline Train Station (London less than 3 hours). There are a number of highly regarded primary and secondary schools in the area and the well-known, independent Sedbergh School is only half a mile away.
Westby House has been recently modernised and benefits from five generous size bedrooms in total, with three reception rooms along with a large open plan kitchen/diner and a smaller second kitchen. To the ground floor, the property is accessed through the main front door that opens into the bright hallway, you are immediately greeted by the floor to ceiling windows of the conservatory overlooking the gardens and the Lune Valley beyond. Currently used as a dining room, this was once the outside waiting room of the station and still has the original stone walls and Victorian paint traces. This sets the tone of what is to be expected within this hidden gem. Entering into the large recently refitted kitchen/diner, certainly the heart of the home and the perfect open space for entertaining with ample space for seating, island unit and laminate worktops. The kitchen includes an array of integral appliances comprising a classic red electric range cooker with induction hood, Bosch integrated dishwasher and under counter fridge. There is a door leading from here into the utility room. This is a great space with its own external door, having plumbing for a washer and dryer together with a variety of cupboards and shelving that are ideal for storing coats and muddy boots! The utility room leads in turn into the cottage which retains many of its historical and original features. This is a great feature to the package of Westby House and could be a used as a separate self-contained annexe for a dependant relative or teenager if required, or even let out as a separate holiday let. Alternatively, it can be utilised as one beautiful family home.
The Cottage can be accessed either through the main house or the private entrance from the patio. Upon entering into the open plan living area; the kitchen has an array of quality fitments arranged with plenty of storage cabinets and featuring a built-in hob and oven, under counter fridge, Bosch dishwasher, sink and laminate worktops. Exposed stone wall detailing, built using bricks from the original railway bridge, divides the space between the living room and the bedrooms and dining area with a beautiful archway. Full height glazed doors flood the room with natural light, with windows looking onto the garden and patio area. There are two generous size double bedrooms, each overlooking the gardens to the front and rear. The bathroom briefly comprises a three piece suite including bath with Mira shower over, wash hand basin and WC. A hidden doorway behind the bookcase in the sitting room leads back into the main kitchen/diner.
The formal conservatory dining room is full of character with exposed granite stone walling and mullioned door openings. Full width floor to ceiling windows flood the whole room with light and provide external access onto the patio area. The stunning views from the spacious sitting room extend down the Lune Valley with dual aspect windows with wooden shutters; the open brick fireplace with multi-fuel stove is a real feature to this room making it extremely cosy in the colder months. Located by the front door, there is a twin bedroom to the ground floor, which could be utilised as a study if required. To the first floor, there is a deep airing cupboard to the landing area which houses the hot water cylinder, heated by the eco friendly pellet boiler. The family bathroom is spacious and modern with Amtico flooring and Schreiber built in cupboards; comprising a freestanding bath, built in WC, wash hand basin, built in vanity cupboard and separate shower cubicle with Mira eco power shower. There are two further generous size bedrooms to complete this floor, the first of which is located to the rear with built in wardrobes and has breath-taking views of the Lune Valley and Howgills, the second is situated to the front with built in wardrobes and views over the gardens and Winder Fell
Approached by the private 150 yard sweeping drive boarded by shrubs and rockery, Westby House is unseen from the road and is the perfect private escape; set within 2 and a half acres of south west facing gardens, with beautiful sunsets to enjoy all year round. A large vegetable garden is situated off the sweeping drive and a mixture of well stocked borders and rockery areas surround the property with ample stone flagged seating areas. Now used as a patio. The former old platform runs the length of the house and is perfect for al fresco dining to enjoy the views of the National Park and rolling hills. There is a large detached block built garage, with light and power, which is stone faced with a slate roof, ideal for storage with workshop space. Next to the cottage is an outhouse which houses the Grant Biomass wood pellet boiler with additional storage space for pellets.
Directions From junction 37 on the M6 proceed along A684 towards Sedbergh. Before entering the edge of Sedbergh pass ‘W Dawson & Son Ltd’ and continue round the corner. There is a signpost on the bend on the left hand side marking the entry to Westby House & Old Station Cottage down the private lane. This is before the sign for Sedbergh Village. Do not follow satnav.
Services Mains water and electric, private septic tank.
Biomass wood pellet boiler.
Council Tax Band – G
Tenure – Freehold