Outstandingly well placed in gorgeous Little Langdale this wonderfully adaptable 18th Century home offers five or six bedrooms (depending on your preference) and truly exceptional views.
This welcoming stone built property began life as a Staging Inn and is now the perfect family home or idyllic holiday let with space for all. There are three or four reception rooms, three bathrooms, ready access to the surrounding fells (and the village pub) and is as full of character as you could wish for, so early viewing is highly recommended.
Location From Ambleside take the A593 over Rothay Bridge towards Coniston and Langdale. After crossing Skelwith Bridge, continue along the road coming to a long hill. After the crest, continue for approximately quarter of a mile taking the first turning on the right signposted Wrynose, Elterwater and the Langdales. Then take the next turning left signposted Little Langdale and Wrynose and continue along this road passing the Three Shires Inn on the right hand side. Birch House can be found on your left with parking for several cars immediately through the gated drive.
Description Steeped in history, Birch House dates back to the 18th Century when it was a Staging Inn and has even seen service as the village post office and store over the years. This attractive stone and slate built property is now a simply wonderful holiday let with Lakelovers (www.lakelovers.co.uk) and stands in truly wonderful surroundings.
Despite it’s age, the cottage is bright and spacious, yet it has retained much of it’s original appeal with oak floors, cottage style doors, beamed ceilings and even a lovely spice cupboard. The property has nevertheless been subtly brought into the 21st Century having been substantially re-roofed and re-designed to create wonderfully adaptable accommodation with a flexibility of design which will suit any number of needs. Virtually every room enjoys a superb view with windows on the south, west and eastern elevations.
The ground floor accommodation includes a lovely family kitchen supplemented by a large dining room, as well as a sitting room and a lounge with a further reception room, or entertainment room on this level which is currently utilised as a splendid quadruple bedroom. This is well served by the nearby shower room. The first floor is currently furnished to provide five further double bedrooms but as one of these is accessed via the master bedroom (with it’s en suite) it would make a wonderful bedroom/ dressing room/ bathroom suite. There is a further shower room on this level as well as a separate WC. Outside there are very pretty south and west facing gardens with plenty of car parking provision and of course wonderful views in all directions.
From the doorstep you can walk up onto the high fells, or simply enjoy the country lanes and footpaths of this beautiful valley. You may simply wish to take your relaxing stroll down to the highly regarded Three Shires pub, but whatever takes your fancy, Birch House has something for everyone.
Accomodation (with approximate dimensions)
Kitchen 21′ 1" x 10′ 4" (6.45m x 3.15m) Wonderfully light due to the triple aspect windows, all with views. Having a tiled floor, and wall and base units with complimentary work surfaces, a stainless steel bowl and a half double drainer with mixer tap, and also display shelving. Also having plumbing for a washing machine and dish washer. With a lovely Rangemaster double oven and overhead extractor fan, down lighters and exposed beams, and two radiators, this country kitchen will be a gathering point for friends and family.
There are half glazed double doors to the sitting room, and also an open archway of exposed slate leading to
Dining Room 21′ 6" x 8′ 9" (6.56m x 2.68m) A bright room thanks to the double aspect windows with lovely views, having an attractive tiled floor, exposed beams and a feature recessed old fireplace with it’s slate hearth, now no longer in use. With a radiator, down lights and wall light points this room is perfect for mealtimes with family and friends.
With small steps up to
Sitting Room 21′ 1" x 12′ 1" (6.44m x 3.69m) A cosy but well proportioned room for gathering around the striking large feature wood burning stove, with its exposed slate hearth and surround. Bright and light due to the dual aspect windows with wooden sills, and having wonderful views of the surrounding countryside both to the front and rear of the property.
With wood flooring, exposed beams, two radiators, TV point, and wall light points.
Door leading thorough to the
Lounge 18′ 4" x 11′ 11" (5.6m x 3.65m) A homely room, ideal for relaxing, with wood flooring, exposed beams, and benefitting from a door giving access to the garden. Having a spice cupboard, radiator, wall light points and small green stove (ornamental) on slate hearth.
With cupboard housing the Boulter boiler.
Entertainment Room (Bedroom 6) 21′ 5" x 8′ 10" (6.54m x 2.70m) Lovely and light benefitting from being dual aspect thanks to the large window to the front, and a part glazed wood door, and window to the rear of the property. Having a feature recess with exposed beam (with space beneath for a double bed), as well as being spacious enough for two further single beds. Having two radiators.
This room is currently utilised as a bedroom.
Shower Room With access from the lounge and having a recessed window overlooking the garden, tiled walls and flooring, a radiator and three piece suite comprising WC, pedestal basin with wall mirror, shaver point and light over, and a corner glazed shower unit.
Staircase with window to rear
Landing With radiator and access to the roof space, wall light points, and attractive timber bannister.
Bedroom 1(Cathedral) 11′ 11" x 10′ 11" (3.65m x 3.34m) A double room benefitting from lovely views across the countryside with exposed beam, and archway to
Dressing Room /Bedroom 5 14′ 0" x 9′ 2" (4.29m x 2.80m max) A lovely light room being double aspect, again with lovely views across the surrounding countryside. This room doubles as an occasional bedroom having two built in wardrobes, two radiators and an exposed beam.
With door leading to en suite bathroom.
En Suite Bathroom With tiled walls and flooring and having lovely views from the double aspect windows. Featuring a four piece suite comprising a corner spa style bath, large shower cubicle with Bristan raindrop shower, WC, pedestal wash hand basin, shaver / light point and glass wall mirror, and with radiator, down lighters and extractor fan.
Bedroom 2 (Langdale) 12′ 0" x 11′ 0" (3.67m x 3.37m) A bright double room with wonderful views, a radiator, and the ceiling having an exposed beam.
Bedroom 3 (Greenbank) 11′ 11" x 9′ 10" (3.65m x 3.00m max) A light and bright double room with lovely views across the stunning countryside, a radiator, two wall light points and the ceiling having an exposed beam.
Bedroom 4 (Wetherlam) 12′ 7" x 9′ 0" (3.84m x 2.75m) A lovely double bedroom with views across the rolling countryside, a beamed ceiling and radiator.
House Shower Room With lovely views and having tiled walls and flooring with a three piece suite incorporating Bristan raindrop shower, pedestal wash hand basin and WC, and shaver / light point and wall mirror. Also benefitting from down lighters, an extractor fan and useful linen cupboard.
Separate WC Having tiled flooring and walls, with wash hand basin and WC, an extractor fan and down lighters and views from the window.
Gardens With two south west facing patio areas directly outside the kitchen, and with wonderful views over the adjoining fields across to the surrounding fells. Bordered by mature shrubs and trees including rhododendron, azalea, and heathers and featuring gravel paths and colourful rock garden.
With outside lighting, having large bunded oil storage tank screened by timber fencing, and a stone and slate store, and also benefitting from a large parking area for several vehicles on the gated driveway.
Services The property is connected to mains electricity and water, and has oil fired central heating throughout. The property has a private drainage facility. As with many such installations, due to recent legislative changes the septic tank is not considered to now meet current standards and requires upgrading. A full report on the drainage installation is available from our Ambleside Office.
Business Rates The property has a rateable value of £10,000, with the actual amount payable for 2019/2020 currently being £4,660. The current vendor enjoys small business rate relief.
Viewings Strictly by appointment with Hackney & Leigh, Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9AW. Telephone 015394 32800.
Energy Performance Certificate The full Energy Performance Certificate is available to view on our website, and also at any of our offices.
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