Prominently positioned in beautiful Ambleside in the very heart of the Lake District National Park this attractive 4 storey guesthouse includes 8 letting bedrooms plus 2 bedroomed owners accommodation and might just be the dream answer for anyone seeking a lifestyle change for the better.
What more could you ask for – set in a Unesco World Heritage Site, enjoying some splendid views and surrounded by stunning scenery this spacious stone and slate built property combines a splendid business opportunity with a wonderful place to live.
Location Norwood House is situated in the very heart of the Ambleside with all shops and amenities close at hand, and the local park and putting green just 100 yards away. Church Street is approached off Lake Road by turning right at Gregg’s Bakery. The property is situated on the right hand side at the bottom of the road close to the very heart of this lovely market town.
Description Fed up with the rat race? Maybe you just fancy trying something new and exciting? There is perhaps no better time to venture into the hospitality trade, particularly in one of Europes top tourist destinations, and Norwood House perfectly combines a great business opportunity with a wonderful place in which to live. Whatever your views on Brexit, it seems certain that more Brits will holiday in the UK in the coming years and more foreign visitors will no doubt venture here as well, particularly if their currency is strong against the pound. Combine that with the beautiful English Lake District National Park now enjoying the privilege of being a Unesco World Heritage Site and it soon becomes apparent that this is a great opportunity and not one to be missed.
Norwood House is more than just a great business proposition however, it is a business which can also allow you the time and space in which to also enjoy the wonderful surroundings, much as the present owners do. Currently closed, out of choice, for three months of the year, and not frightened to appoint managers to run the guesthouse whilst they are away at other times, the present owners have continued to enjoy everything about the Lake District which initially drew them here whilst earning a tidy living with a turnover in the region of £107,000 pa.
Ambleside is located at the northern tip of Lake Windermere and is perfectly placed to access the entire and endlessly beautiful National Park. You can step out of the door and hike the high fells which surround this popular market town, or simply stroll down the road for a drink or two, enjoy a meal in a highly regarded restaurant or even take in a film at one of the many local independent cinema screens. Virtually everything you and your guests might need is here on the doorstep.
The accommodation is arranged over four storeys and includes a guests dining room and eight letting bedrooms, which provide an adaptable array of single, double and family rooms. Six have en-suites and two share a shower room but have en-suite W.C facilities. The self contained owners accommodation includes a lovely living room, kitchen and a utility room, with two double bedrooms, a large store room and a bathroom on the lower floor. The present owners currently rent 8 car parking spaces nearby for the sum of £3,800 pa for use by their guests.
The Lake District is a great place to work, and an even better one to live in – why not take the opportunity to do both with one move? Come and be tempted.
Entrance Porch Light and welcoming with glazed external door. Perfect for the removal and storage of wet or muddy boots and coats.
Entrance Hall With lovely high ceiling and coving, and having a radiator.
Dining Room 20′ 3" x 15′ 10" (6.19m x 4.83m incl. bay) A bright room having a lovely large bay window, high ceiling with coving, a decorative fireplace and with a double radiator. The room comfortably provides 18 covers.
Self Contained Owners Accommodation
Owners Living Room 48′ 10" x 47′ 6" (14.9m x 14.5m max) A light and spacious room, perfect for relaxing when "off duty". Having a welcoming electric wood burning effect stove with a timber mantle, decorative brick hearth and surround, as well as a radiator for those cooler evenings. With a number of integrated cupboards, one of which houses a hot water cylinder, along side drawers and shelving, there is ample storage space. A window seat also provides a further seating option, and there is room to dine. The central cupboards once housed the "dumb waiter".
Kitchen 8′ 9" x 7′ 6" (2.69m x 2.30m) Having timber wall and base units with complimentary work surfaces, tiled walls and Franke sink and drainer with mixer tap. Featuring integrated Bosch appliances which include a 5 ring gas hob, electric double oven, microwave and extractor hood and fan. Also having a Victor plate warmer and Instanta water boiler.
A very useful designated office area is allocated just off the kitchen, helping to keep the "work" and "relaxation" areas independent.
Utility/ Laundry Room 9′ 1" x 8′ 6" (2.79m x 2.60m) Housing the Worcester combi boiler, and having plumbing for a washing machine, provision for a tumble dryer, and with useful shelving for storage as well as a radiator. Also having a rear external door and stairs leading to the lower ground floor.
Lower Ground Floor
Hallway With two integrated cupboards providing additional storage space, a radiator and an external door.
Owners Bedroom 1 13′ 1" x 11′ 5" (4.00m x 3.50m max) Having a UPVC double glazed window, this double room also has a large adjoining store room (the property is not short on storage facilities), a double radiator and down lights.
Store Room 13′ 1" x 7′ 10" (4.00m x 2.40m) A useful room for extra storage, with down lights. This room could provide a child’s playroom or "den" and has seen service as an occasional bedroom in the past, although it has no external window.
Owners Bedroom 2 14′ 7" x 8′ 2" (4.46m x 2.50m) A double room with window, double radiator and having down lights.
Store Having an internal cupboard, a radiator and down lights.
Owners Bathroom With tiled walls and having a four piece suite comprising a bath, WC, wash hand basin set within a vanity style unit, and a shower in a corner cubicle. Also having a heated ladder style radiator/ towel rail, extractor fan, down lights and under floor heating.
First Floor With access from the staircase off the main hallway.
Bedroom 1 10′ 5" x 7′ 10" (3.19m x 2.39m max) A lovely light and airy single room which enjoys a view of the Church spire. Having a wash hand basin and a radiator.
WC With tiled walls a WC and a Sector extractor fan.
Main Landing With a radiator.
Bedroom 2 15′ 4" x 11′ 1" (4.69m x 3.40m max) A spacious high ceilinged family room accommodating both a double and single bed, with glimpses of Loughrigg. Having an integrated wardrobe with rail and shelf, a radiator and two wall light points.
En Suite With tiled walls and having a three piece suite comprising a Mira shower within a corner glazed cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin with mirror and light/ shaver point over, and WC. Also having an extractor fan.
Bedroom 3 16′ 4" x 13′ 9" (5.00m x 4.20m max) A bright and airy family room with both a double and single bed. With high ceiling and coving adding to the feeling of spaciousness, and featuring a lovely bay window with view of Wansfell, and space to sit and relax. Having a radiator, two wall light points and a useful integrated wardrobe.
En Suite With tiled walls and having a three piece suite comprising a Mira shower within a corner cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin with mirror and light/ shaver point over, and WC. Also having a Sector extractor fan.
Shower Room Having a Mira shower and Sector extractor fan. This room is currently allocated for use by guests staying in Bedrooms 1 and 5.
Bedroom 4 16′ 2" x 8′ 2" (4.93m x 2.50m max) A light and airy double room, having a high ceiling with feature coving adding to the feeling of spaciousness. Having an integrated wardrobe, a radiator and two wall light points
En Suite With tiled walls and having a three piece suite comprising a Mira shower, WC, and a pedestal wash hand basin with mirror and light/ shaver point over. Also with extractor fan and down lights.
Bedroom 5 10′ 9" x 8′ 1" (3.30m x 2.48m max) A double room having a view of the Church spire and having a radiator and loft access.
WC With tiled walls, a wash hand basin with light/ shaver point and Expelair extractor fan.
Bedroom 6 12′ 0" x 10′ 9" (3.68m x 3.30m max) A double room enjoying a view of Wansfell, with integrated wardrobe, a radiator and two wall light points.
En Suite Having a three piece suite comprising a Mira shower, WC, and a pedestal wash hand basin with mirror and light/ shaver point over. With tiled walls and an extractor fan.
Bedroom 7 12′ 4" x 10′ 9" (3.76m x 3.30m) A double room enjoying a view of Wansfell, with integrated wardrobe with rail and shelving, a radiator and two wall light points.
En Suite Having a three piece suite comprising a Mira shower, WC, and a pedestal wash hand basin with mirror and light/ shaver point over. With tiled walls a radiator, spotlights and an extractor fan.
Bedroom 8 12′ 5" x 10′ 9" (3.80m x 3.30m max) A double room enjoying fell views with integrated wardrobe and a radiator.
En Suite Having a three piece suite comprising a corner bath, WC, and pedestal wash hand basin with light and shaver point over. Also having a Velux window and heated towel rail.
Airing Cupboard Housing a hot water cylinder and with shelving for extra storage.
Outside With a flagged patio area edged with small shrubs to the front and also having an area of decking and patio to the rear for owners use only, making it ideal for a quiet morning coffee or evening glass of something cooler.
Shed 8′ 10" x 4′ 3" (2.70m x 1.30m) An excellent additional storage area, with light point, power and a WC.
Parking The owners currently rent 8 car parking spaces nearby for the sum of £3,800 pa for guests to use. There are a number of public car parks in and around Ambleside for which annual permits can also be acquired for use by guests.
Note Some of the owners accommodation has a slightly restricted head height.
Services The property is connected to mains electricity, gas, water and drainage.
Council Tax and Business Rates Owners accommodation – Band A – South Lakeland District Council.
Business Rates – The remainder of the property has a rateable value of £10,000 with the amount payable for 2018/19 being £4,660. Small business rate relief may be available.
Viewings Strictly by appointment with Hackney & Leigh Ambleside Office. 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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