Beautifully hand crafted in the early 1900’s this wonderfully welcoming 5 bedroomed Arts and Crafts style home enjoys simply the most amazing uninterrupted 360 degree views incorporating everything from Lake Windermere in the south to The Fairfield Horseshoe in the north. Set in 1.7 acres of pure heaven and as peaceful, private and idyllic as you could wish for, yet surprisingly it is just a few minutes stroll away from central Ambleside.
With light and perfectly proportioned rooms, space to really relax and scope to extend this wonderful home offers something for everyone. We may have claimed that the location of a property is perfect before now, but having visited Littlerigg, we may have to re-think as this setting is beyond perfection.
Location From the centre of Ambleside head north towards Grasmere. At the first mini roundabout, take the sharp right hand turning up the hill onto Kirkstone Road and take the second left onto Sweden Bridge Lane. Proceed to the very end of this lane, towards the timber gate ahead, until quite close when the signed entrance gate to Littlerigg is found immediately on your left.
Description Littlerigg is truly something special. Unique, welcoming, beautiful even. No matter how you look at it, whether you take a broad brush view and concentrate on the dramatic sweep of that magnificent panorama or really focus in on the small details such as the door handles, finger plates or cylindrical chimney stacks, it would take a hard heart to find fault.
So, where to begin? They say that it is all about location at the end of the day, so lets start there. If you want the peace and quiet and the feeling that you are miles from the stresses of daily life without actually having any of the practical inconveniences which that might entail, then this setting is for you. All you hear is birdsong. All you see is some of the most dramatic scenery in the English Lake District. All you need to do to visit the centre of Ambleside however, is simply close the door and stroll down the lane. Sit anywhere at the property, choose a spot, indoors or out, and you will be hard pressed to believe that such an idyllic home can be so close to all which this popular Lakeland village has to offer, but it is. Access to a wonderful variety of wonderful walks from the doorstep is no more onerous, and those views! They are simply jaw droppingly stunning in every single direction. The house was thoughtfully orientated facing almost due south, so the principle rooms look down the valley to Lake Windermere. Pan west and your eye follows Loughrigg, even glimpsing the Coniston Mountain range and the peaks of the iconic Langdale Pikes, continuing right around to the beautiful Fairfield Horseshoe in the north, continuing east to include Wansfell. Three hundred and sixty degrees of uninterrupted gorgeousness.
So what next? Well it is a beautiful home. Built in the early 1900’s in locally sourced materials (the timber allegedly came from nearby Rydal Woods) in stone and slate for the local chemists Herbert Bell to a wonderful Arts and Crafts design, Littlerigg has kerb appeal (not that you can see it from any kerb) in abundance. Impressive without being at all ostentatious, leaning heavily towards the "welcoming" end of the spectrum, this is a home which will undoubtedly win the heart of anyone who visits. There is something just perfect about the balance of every room. Whether that is to do with the natural light or just that the proportions are simply spot on is hard to say, but if it was as simple and mathematical as that surely we would all live in such lovely homes? Maybe it is those finishing touches. For those with an eye for detail some of the joinery is exquisite. The brass finger plates and door handles, the copper canopy fireplace, the leaded light windows, the traditional Westmorland cylindrical chimney stacks, all have been crafted with love, care and skill. Everything about Littlerigg just feels so right. No wonder that it has been occupied by generations of the same family since 1948 (so take your chance now as you may have to wait some time for another opportunity). Whilst some may consider that the property would now stand a little updating in places, the inherent original character very much shines through.
What about the accommodation? Well you will fall in love with it as soon as you step over the threshold. The large entrance porch or lobby has ample space for coats and boots etc and gives way to the reception hall which leads on to two wonderful south facing, dual aspect, bay fronted reception rooms. There is both a kitchen and a "back kitchen" as it has been known for generations. Some may wish to consider conjoining the two to create one family kitchen in keeping with modern convention. The large larder includes authentic slate cold slabs and a traditional meat safe. The rear wing includes a utility room, a large fuel store and a wc, with a workshop with external access. This wing has potential for extending the main living space (subject to any necessary consents being obtained) if desired.
On the first floor are five excellent bedrooms. The two south facing front bedrooms jointly enjoy a delightful shaped balcony which runs the full width of the southern elevation of the building looking towards the lake. The bathroom includes the original claw footed bath, and need we mention again that every single room, including this one, enjoys a lovely view?
The gardens are a delight. The level south facing lawn is flanked on three sides by the hay meadow and the property enjoys high levels of privacy creating a wonderfully safe environment for children to play in and is a real haven for wildlife. There are both double and single car ports and further car parking provision.
A stylish, private and truly special home, absolutely unique in its design, its peaceful location and its unforgettable views. Do not miss out.
Accommodation (with approximate dimensions)
Entrance Porch 9′ 0" x 7′ 9" (2.76m x 2.38m) Spacious and light, with ample room for dealing with coats, boots and soggy dogs, having a tiled floor, the British Gas 330 boiler, and with a glazed and timber door leading to the hall. Also with integrated floor to ceiling cupboards providing excellent storage.
Reception Hall 16′ 0" x 10′ 7" (4.88m x 3.25m) Light and welcoming, with beautiful timber stairs leading to the first floor, having ample space whether greeting visitors, or sitting quietly. With a garden view, radiator and an integrated timber cupboard.
Dining Room 18′ 11" x 17′ 1" (5.78m x 5.23m max) Light and airy, and enjoying a lake view from the superb bay window with timber seat, making it an ideal spot for relaxing and reading. Having a timber parquet floor, and stunning Arts and Crafts style tiled fireplace with timber surround. Benefitting from two integrated book cases, and with plenty of space for family dining or entertaining guests. Also having two radiators.
Sitting Room 25′ 1" x 19′ 3" (7.66m x 5.89m max) This bright double bayed room also benefits from having a glazed external door leading out to the covered seating area. A wonderful light welcoming room enjoying fabulous lake and fell views of The Langdale Pikes, with window seat (complete with hidden storage) and characterful open fireplace with a beautiful copper hood and russet tiles all set within unique timber handcrafted surrounds which include integrated bookcases. Perfect for quiet relaxation this lovely room is spacious enough for all, yet maintains that ‘cosy’ feeling for relaxing with friends and family. Having three radiators for cooler evenings.
Kitchen 15′ 7" x 12′ 0" (4.75m x 3.66m max) Having fell views and a window seat from which to enjoy them, and with a cosy Rayburn complete with hot plate and double oven, Sheila’s Maid and excellent integrated storage cupboards. Also featuring original bell call panel harking back to by-gone days (no longer connected).
Back Kitchen 15′ 7" x 10′ 8" (4.75m x 3.26m max) With tiled floor and walls and having wall and base units with complementary work surfaces, an integrated stainless steel sink and a half with drainer and mixer tap, and appliances including a Stoves four ring gas hob, a separate Stoves electric double oven, and a Hotpoint dishwasher. With room to hang coats and having original meat hooks in the ceiling.
Pantry 9′ 1" x 5′ 5" (2.78m x 1.67m) A high ceilinged room with a wealth of storage provided by numerous shelves and including original cold slate slabs, meat hooks, and an integrated meat safe. With a tiled floor continuing from the kitchen.
Rear Porch A practical room for dealing with wet or dirty boots, children and dogs, with glazed patio doors providing garden access.
Utility 9′ 10" x 7′ 6" (3.00m x 2.30m) With plumbing for an automatic washing machine, and with original enamel sink.
Fuel Store 9′ 6" x 6′ 6" (2.90m x 2.00m) A large store, currently used for coal.
WC With WC and a radiator.
Landing With open timber bannister and airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder and with shelves for linen storage. Having an additional storage cupboard and a radiator.
Bedroom 1 19′ 5" x 13′ 11" (5.94m x 4.25m) A large and fabulously light and airy double aspect room with high ceiling and facing almost due south with glazed timber door flanked by windows on either side leading to a beautiful timber decked balcony, linked to that of bedroom 2 with a semi-circular central point, and enjoying simply breath-taking garden, lake and fell views which include Lake Windermere, Wetherlam, Todd Crag, The Langdale Pikes and Harrison Stickle. With original cast iron open fire place (ornamental) with tiled and timber surround, wash hand basin and two radiators.
Bedroom 2 17′ 0" x 13′ 11" (5.20m x 4.26m) Another large double room, wonderfully light thanks to its high ceiling and being double aspect, and again with a window flanked glazed door which leads to the balcony with those mesmerising views. Having original cast iron fireplace with tile and timber surround (ornamental), a wash hand basin and two radiators.
Bedroom 3 15′ 2" x 14′ 5" (4.63m x 4.41m max) A light and airy dual aspect double room enjoying stunning views of garden, fell and meadow. With a gas fire and two radiators for those cooler evenings.
Bedroom 4 15′ 7" x 11′ 1" (4.75m x 3.39m max) A good sized double room with views of garden, fell and the meadow, and featuring original cast iron fireplace (no longer in use), and with high ceiling, picture rail and having built in wardrobe and a radiator.
Bedroom 5 15′ 7" x 7′ 10" (4.76m x 2.40m max) A generous single room with integrated wardrobe with shelf and rail, and having cast iron fireplace (ornamental), a radiator and loft access.
Bathroom With timber flooring and part tiled walls and with three piece suite featuring an original claw footed enamel bath with Mira shower over, wash hand basin and WC. With two radiators and a sky light.
Parking Enjoying its own private driveway where there is ample car parking for a number of vehicles. In addition there is a single timber car port (2.87m x 6.3m) and a double car port of block and stone construction (5.7m x 3.5m) with a timber and slate roof. This also has two windows, power and light.
Garden The enchanting gardens are vast and set in the most beautiful location, enjoying breathtaking views to the lake and surrounding fells. There are well stocked mature borders with secluded areas of lawn providing ample vantage points in which to sit and enjoy a morning coffee, or perhaps a glass of something cool at the end of the day. Featuring its own meadow with a profusion of wild flowers, this is a true haven for wildlife.
An integrated workshop (3.4m x 1.66m) at the rear of the dwelling has power, light and a radiator. There is also a useful timber store and greenhouse.
Services This property is connected to mains electricity, gas, water and drainage.
Please note that we understand that the hay meadow is let on an annual licence (£100 pa) to a local farmer for grazing sheep and the production of hay.
Council Tax South Lakeland District Council – Band H
Viewings Strictly by appointment with Hackney and Leigh, Ambleside Office
Energy Performance Certificate The full Energy Performance Certificate is available to view on our website and also at any of our offices.
Ideal Holiday Letting Opportunity Lakelovers (www.lakelovers.co.uk) suggest
"Littlerigg offers considerable scope to be successfully developed into a superb holiday rental property with a first class location, being just a few minutes walk from the popular town of Ambleside and all the village amenities. Littlerigg offers the opportunity to be presented as a high quality property, offering luxurious accommodation for eight people once developed to offer four spacious kings size bedrooms, four luxurious bathrooms, plenty of social space, ideal for guests ranging from family celebrations to small groups of friends wanting to holiday together. Properties presented in such a manner are highly desirable and in great demand in destinations such as Ambleside and as such Littlerigg could achieve higher than average occupancy and weekly rental rates. In our view the property would target a gross income of approximately £70,000 with the opportunity to exceed this based on repeat bookings and recommendation."