Reception Rooms: 4
Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park, in a quiet rural location nestled between the popular conservation village of Hawkshead and vibrant Ambleside town, Wykefield is a prominent detached home offering luxury and spacious accommodation perfectly designed for modern family life. The property has undergone a sympathetic refurbishment and modernisation in recent years and offers well proportioned accommodation to include a show stopping open plan kitchen, dining and living area complete with a bespoke handmade Chalon kitchen. In addition to this there is a separate pantry, utility, a further three separate reception rooms on offer along with a ground floor guest suite presently utilised as two studies. To the first floor, the split level design creates a mezzanine games social area. There are four double bedrooms, of which three are ensuite and the fourth has use of a dedicated shower room. The master suite is an impressive room with high vaulted ceilings, a concealed dressing room and beautifully presented ensuite. The property has been finished to an exceptional standard, with quality fittings and luxury brands throughout. There is also an integrated SONOS sound system to the ground floor, CCTV, remote control video accessed entry and underfloor heating to the open plan kitchen and bathrooms. Furthermore, the property also has a large cellar that would be ideal for converting into a cinema and entertainment space. The grounds of Wykefield amount to approximately 3 acres, encircling the property to offer a private and natural surrounding that can be enjoyed year round. The gardens are a mix of lawns, patios, natural shrubbery, wild flower planting and a productive kitchen garden with its own private orchard. There are a large array of outbuildings to include a garage and workshop block converted from the former stables, a separate garage workshop and storage house, whilst the private tarmac drive affords ample parking.
The enviable location within the quiet and peaceful hamlet of Pull Woods lies just on the outskirts of the popular Lake District hotspots, so you really do get the best of both worlds. An abundance of local walks across the National Park land can be enjoyed right from your doorstep. Access to the A591 and the bustling Ambleside town centre is just 2 miles away where there are a great selection of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to enjoy. Wykefield is also only ¾ of a mile from the renowned Drunken Duck Inn. For those travelling from further afield the Windermere train station is approximately 6 miles away and A591 provides an easy route to Kendal town and connection to the M6.
Private wireless video controlled gates open on to the private drive that sweeps down through the grounds, bounded by lawns to either side, leading up to the parking area in front of this impressive and attractive home. The drive also splits off to lead up to the detached garage and workshop block. The property was originally built in 1890 but has since undergone extensive remodelling during its history. When the present owners acquired the property 10 years ago they began a journey to try and restore some of the properties heritage and have achieved a perfect balance between old and new that blends in perfectly with the typical Lake District properties, with attractive Lakeland stone fronting and Bronze casement windows. Now, a large glass entrance door opens into the entrance hall that sets the tone for this impressive home, boasting modern yet in keeping traditional and tasteful interiors throughout. Rich Canadian Oak floors run throughout the reception rooms, which include a dining room, open plan living and sitting room, two separate study’s and a snug. A beautiful stained glass door and surround leads into the first of these, the dining room. Essentially made up for two rooms, this is a great space for formal entertaining with French doors leading out onto the flagged patio, offering lovely countryside views.
The open plan living and sitting room is again made up from two rooms, opened up to create one flowing space that is flooded with natural light thanks to the triple aspect and large bay windows to either side, offering French doors opening into the surrounding gardens and patios. A large mahogany fireplace housing a gas fire helps create a cosy atmosphere in the winter months and you can easily get lost in the peaceful countryside views enjoyed across the aspects. In addition to these reception spaces there is also the cosy yet still sizeable snug featuring decorative slate open fire and again, French doors onto the garden patio.
Prior to the recent renovation part of the ground floor was utilised as an annexe which has now been converted to create two versatile rooms presently used as study’s, ideal for those looking to work from home. The larger of these rooms would also make a fantastic ground floor guest double bedroom and is served by a ground floor shower room, meaning the space could be converted back to an annexe if required. It is accessed via an inner hall with external access from one of the study rooms. There is also a cloaks room for guests and under stairs storage cupboard accessed from the entrance hall.
Certainly the heart of the home and most impressive is the stunning open plan kitchen. A large space with room for dining and occasional furniture, it’s easy to see how this would become the main hub for any family. An inner hall from the entrance leads via a useful storage area where slate floors benefiting from underfloor heating extend into the open space. The handmade bespoke Chalon kitchen is both modern and traditional, with the solid wooden units topped with granite worktops and a large central Victorian style island with a walnut worktop. Quality appliances include a Britannia Rangemaster with an 8 ring gas hob, 2 Fisher & Paykel dish drawers, Quooker hot water tap and an integrated American style fridge freezer. Full length windows offer lovely views over the front whilst also flooding this fantastic space with plenty of natural light. Furthermore, adjoining there is also a large pantry with a 3 door dual control AGA and French doors leading out onto the flagged patio, perfect for barbecuing in the summer time. Accessed from here is a useful utility room with an integrated Hoover washing machine and Bosch dryer. There is also external access and a separate boot room perfect for storing muddy boots after enjoying one of the many local walks across the National Park. A secret door within the kitchen floor also leads down to the extensive cellars, which runs across the majority of the ground floor with high ceilings. At present this a fantastic space for storage however it is ideal for conversion and would make for an impressive entertainment suite and wine cellar.
The traditional staircase leads up from the entrance to the split level mezzanine landing that affords a fantastic open space ideal for a games area, currently housing a pool table in front of French doors that lead out onto a private glass balustrade balcony. There are a total of four double bedrooms on offer here that have each been tastefully updated. Three of these boast contemporary ensuites and the fourth has access to the dedicated shower room, whilst each offer a unique aspect over the countryside that surrounds this prestigious home. The enviable master suite is located along an inner landing. This fantastic space offers a large room with high angled ceilings and velux windows for plenty of natural light. A false wall disguises access to a ‘his and hers’ dressing area and fitted walk in wardrobes. The ensuite bathroom is beautifully finished with ‘his and hers’ sinks set upon a wooden unit, large walk in rain shower and freestanding contemporary bath. There is ample storage spaces found across the first floor with two walk in linen cupboards and large storage rooms in two of the bedrooms.
Just over 3 acres of private grounds surround Wykefield to create a secure and private haven from which to watch the local wildlife and enjoy the stunning surrounding national park views. The gardens have been extensively landscaped by the current owners, in order to create a large but manageable Lakeland garden. Steps connect the different areas of the garden from flagged patios perfect for alfresco dining and entertaining to the gently sloping lawns that offer elevated views across the local national park countryside. Families and those with green fingers will be delighted with the large walled orchard complete with an array of organised vegetable plots and soft fruit. This area is a gardeners dream and is fantastic for self sufficiency, currently growing potatoes, peppers, beetroots, pumpkins and asparagus to name a few, the orchard also boasts a selection of apples, damson and pear trees. From here you can also access the additional 10 acres of grazing land which is available by separate negotiation.
In terms of outbuildings, Wykefield has everything you could be looking for with a converted stables block now offering plenty of garages, workshop, storage space and even a ‘man cave’. There is also a separate newly constructed car workshop with a double height roller door and car lift, all accessed from a driveway branching off from the main drive leading to the house.
Directions Leave Ambleside on the A593 heading towards Coniston, turning left over the river Brathay onto the B5286 signposted for Hawkshead. After approximately 1 mile the gated driveway entrance can be found on the right hand side.
Services Private Borehole Water
Mains Gas, Electric
Gas Central Heating
Private Septic Tank Drainage
Council tax band – H
Tenure – Freehold