Reception Rooms: 4
Set in the heart of the Lake District, just a 15 minute stroll to the centre of Ambleside Village, Willowbank is a unique 6 bed detached property that sits within a sizeable plot extending to approximately 1.3 acres. This versatile home will appeal to a range of buyers, not only for its fantastic location and stunning views of some of the Lakes most famous fells, but also for its flexibility to serve as either a large family home or as presently set up, a four bedroom home with two popular, one bed holiday lets. Originally built in the 1940s, this former traditional bungalow has been considerably extended and updated in 2011 and now stands as a stylish detached property, set across two floors. Using the accommodation as one family home, there are a total of four reception rooms, a kitchen with separate utility and six double bedrooms, three of which are ensuite. The immaculately maintained yet traditional interiors have been designed to capitalise on the stunning surrounding views, with each room offering a unique snap-shot of the fells, far reaching countryside and lovely mature gardens. They also enjoy modern connotations such as underfloor heating that runs throughout the majority of the property. Externally, the 1.3 acre plot offers a mix of mature gardens with large lawns, a vegetable garden, woodland area, a naturally sourced pond, and plentiful serene seating areas including a part covered glass balustrade balcony accessed from the dining room. The private gated driveway extends up into a generous parking area with plentiful space and planning permission for a large detached double garage with a room above that would be ideal for those looking to work from home.
Located on Seathwaite Lane, just off the Kirkstone Pass Road, Willowbank is well placed for countless adventures right from the doorstep. Ambleside is just over half a mile away, with its vibrant and thriving community centred around a superb selection of shops, eateries and excellent pubs, it’s a popular location for locals and tourists alike. General amenities such as doctors, dentists and a post office are available in Ambleside and also Windermere which is a 10 minute drive away. There is a good choice of primary and secondary schooling, both public and private, within the locality. The Windermere train station provides great commuting access, along with the J36 of the M6 which is about a 30 minute drive away. Willowbank enjoys the very best of the Lake District in terms of scenery, opportunity to explore and attractive, manageable property, yet allows the new owners the ease of being able to commute and travel is so required.
The private gated, gravelled driveway opens up to a large parking area at the front of the property. The stunning surrounds are evident from the outset with a view stretching out across to Loughrigg, the Langdale’s and Coniston Old Man. Wide slate steps lead up through sloped lawns dotted with colourful shrubs to make an attractive and welcoming entrance into this lovely home. The full length glass and timber entrance door opens into the entrance hall, from which you can access reception rooms to either side. Each of the reception rooms benefits from its own external access onto the covered slate finished patios to the front, as well as having their own kitchenettes. They also each lead into a double en-suite bedroom. Presently these are used as a independent holiday lets and enjoy cosy and neatly presented interiors. This floor of the property would be ideal for dependant relatives, guest suites, home offices or could easily be integrated into the main accommodation to provide two great reception rooms and further ensuite bedrooms for large families.
An inner lobby provides space for cloaks, with built in storage and a painted balustrade staircase that leads up to the first floor. The ceiling extends up to a large velux window which floods the space with natural light. The stunning sitting room is certainly set to impress guests. With tall windows across a corner of the room and a dual aspect, it perfectly captures the magnificent uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside and fells. Along with the views, the log burner set upon a granite hearth under a hefty feature oak beam lintel, creates an impressive feature as well as helping to creating a cosy atmosphere in the winter months. The traditional shaker style kitchen is accessed via a dining room, creating an easy flow that is great for both entertaining and modern family life. From the dining room, French doors open out onto the glass balustrade balcony where you can unwind with a glass of wine in the evening whilst enjoying the sunset over the fells. Within the kitchen, the painted units are finished with a mix of oak and granite worktops that extend around a Belfast sink, from which the beautiful fell views can be enjoyed, plus a Leisure rangemaster with a 5 ring gas hob and ceramic plate with extractor over. There is space for an American style fridge freezer and adjoining the kitchen is a fantastic utility room with further units, space for a washing machine and dryer, access to a WC and a brilliant walk in linen cupboard. There is also external access from the utility to a lovely patio in the rear garden.
From the inner hall off the kitchen there is a useful walk in pantry cupboard and a built in storage space. This hall leads to a further two double bedrooms, each offering unique green views of the fells and surrounding private garden. The family bathroom is neatly presented, fully tiled with a fitted bath with Mira electric shower over. The master bedroom is certainly enviable, offering generous proportions and peaceful garden views. There are two double built in wardrobes and an ensuite complete with a double walk in shower. The final bedroom is also of double proportions and benefits again from an ensuite shower room.
Willowbank sits within mature gardens of around 1.3 acres that are immaculately maintained by the present owners. The garden offers something for everyone, from the contemporary glass balustrade balcony, to secret seating areas, expansive lawns and a productive vegetable plot to excite those with green fingers. To the top of the garden there is even a hidden woodland garden with a summer house and naturally sourced pond. From the lawn you can enjoy views to Wansfell and the front garden is protected by established hedgerow boundaries that create a private and tranquil haven from which to enjoy your very own patch of The Lake District National Park. Practically, there is also a garden shed on the large gravelled driveway and planning permission for a large detached garage block with a room above.
Directions Travelling along the A591 towards Ambleside, follow the one way system to the top of Ambleside following signs for Grasmere. At the miniature roundabout by the ‘Bridge House’, take the second exit following the road know as Smithy Brow before turning left onto Kirkstone Road. Follow Kirkstone Road for 0.3 miles before turning right onto Seathwaite Lane. Willowbank is the first property on the left hand side.
Tenure Freehold Vacant possession on completion
Services Mains water & Electricity
Gas central heating
Council Tax Band E