Property Details


Newly converted and offering spacious two double bedroomed accommodation with private car parking in the very heart of beautiful Ambleside, this imaginative apartment enjoys lift access and includes a hall, living room, fitted kitchen, stylish shower room, 2 double bedrooms and a car parking space. Local Occupancy conditions apply.

Located on the lower floor of what was once The Smallwood Hotel, a handsome stone built property dating from 1879 this immaculate and newly converted self contained apartment will make the perfect first home, with space in which to work from home, or for those looking at retirement or down-sizing or simply investing in a property which would make an excellent long term let.

  • 2 double bedroomed self contained apartment
  • Village centre location with private car parking.
  • Newly converted and stylishly fitted.
  • Local Occupancy Conditions apply

Location Smallwood House is very conveniently placed in the centre of the village with a wide variety of shops, cafes, restaurants etc all within a short walk. The property is accessed via Compston Street.

On entering the one way system in Ambleside from the direction of Windermere ie from the south, follow the system into Compston Road and then take the turning on the right into "The Slack" which is almost opposite Zeffirelli’s Cinema. Take the first right again into Compston Street with car parking at the front of the building.

Description This splendidly appointed self contained apartment has been thoughtfully designed and created on the lower floor of what was once the distinctive Smallwood Hotel in the very heart of the beautiful Lakeland Village of Ambleside. The tasteful conversion works benefit from the reassurance of a Buildzone warranty. All storeys are served by a lift making access perfect for all ages and abilities and with private car parking provision immediately at the rear of the building what could be better than such a convenient and well thought out home.

Entered either via its own private lobby or from the communal entrance and lift above, this spacious, centrally heated apartment includes a lovely living room, a modern fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms (either of which could easily serve as a home office if desired) and a stylish shower room. There is car parking provision and no real gardening liability.

Simply perfect whether you are starting out with your first home or looking to down-size into something easily manageable with all which Ambleside has to offer being accessible virtually on the doorstep. Whilst the property must be occupied by someone with a local connection (see below) this does not prohibit investors from further afield acquiring the property and long term letting to those who meet the planning criteria.

Accommodation (with approximate dimensions)

Communal Entrance A bright communal hallway with carpeted floor and stair case leading up to the 1st and 2nd floor apartments within the building. The hallway is a welcoming entrance and has the lift which provides direct access to Apartment 1 on the lower ground floor.

Entrance Hall Light and welcoming, with plenty of space for the storage of coats and boots, and housing the lift which provides access to the communal entrance above, the Baxi boiler and having a radiator. Also with plumbing for an automatic washing machine. Only this apartment has access to utilise the lift between this and the floor above.

Kitchen 7′ 3" x 13′ 8" (2.21m x 4.19m) Having attractive contemporary wall and base units with stylish timber effect work surfaces, integrated appliances including a Bosch 4 ring induction hob with Lamona extractor fan over, a Neff oven, Bosch fridge freezer and Lamona microwave, a sink unit with mixer tap and drainer, and having plumbing for an automatic dishwasher. Also with downlights, a radiator and a telephone entry system.

Living Room 15′ 3" x 16′ 9" (4.65m x 5.13m) With two windows looking out onto a small recessed area ideal for placing some planted pots, or garden ornaments for added interest, and a recessed fireplace benefitting from having a lined chimney flue which is not currently in use and also having a radiator. A delightful room for gathering with friends and family.

Bedroom 1 16′ 4" x 9′ 9" (5m x 2.98m) A spacious double room, with generous television recess, and having downlights and a radiator.

Bedroom 2 14′ 2" x 12′ 9" (4.33m x 3.89m) A double room with downlights and a radiator.

Shower Room Having tiled walls and with stylish three piece suite comprising shower, wash hand basin and WC. With downlights, a radiator and benefitting from underfloor heating.

Outside With lights illuminating the steps leading to the entrance, and having a parking space at the main entrance to Smallwood House.

Tenure and Occupancy The property is understood to be leasehold for a term of 999 years with a nominal ground rent. Once all five of the apartments at Smallwood House have been sold a management company will be established with the owners of the individual apartments becoming the directors of that company. The service charge is estimated to amount to something in the region of £900 pa currently.

The property is subject to a local occupancy clause which states that it shall not be occupied otherwise than by a person with a local connection.
A "Person with a Local Connection" means an individual who before taking up occupation of the dwelling satisfies one of the following conditions;
1. The person has been in continuous employment in the Locality defined for at least 9 months and for a minimum of 16 hours per week immediately prior to occupation; or
2. The person needs to live in the Locality defined because they need substantial care from a relative who lives in the locality defined, or because they need to provide substantial care to a relative who lives in the Locality defined. Substantial care means that identified as required by a medical doctor or relevant statutory support agency; or
3.The person has been continuously resident in the locality defined for three years immediately prior to: a) Needing another dwelling resulting from changes to their household, including circumstances such as getting married, divorced, having children, or downsizing. b) Undertaking full-time post-secondary education or skills training and is returning to the locality defined within 12 months of its completion, or c) Being admitted to hospital, residential care or sentenced to prison, and are returning to the locality defined within 12 months of their discharge/release, or
4.The person is a person who a)Is a person who is serving in the regular forces or who has served in the regular forces within five years prior to occupation; b)Has recently ceased, or will cease to be entitled to reside in accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence following the death of that person’s spouse or civil partner.
‘Locality’ shall mean the administrative areas of the parishes of Broughton East; Cartmel Fell; Crook; Crosthwaite and Lyth; Helsington; Hugill; Kentmere; Lakes; Longsleddale; Nether Staveley; Over Staveley; Skelwith; Staveley in Cartmel; Underbarrow and Bradleyfield; Upper Allithwaite; Windermere; Witherslack; Meatop and Ulpha; and those parts of Fawcett Forest; Strickland Ketel; Strickland Roger and Whitwell and Selside with in the administrative area of the Lake District National Park.
An ‘Only or Principal Home’ is a dwelling house which is occupied continuously or for a minimum period of six months in every twelve month period. For the avoidance of doubt the dwelling shall not be occupied as a second home or for holiday letting accommodation.
The full terms and conditions are available from our Ambleside office or can be viewed on line on the Lake District National Park website planning reference number is 7/2016/5672.

Services The property is connected to mains water and drainage, electricity and gas.

Council Tax South Lakeland District Council – Band D

VIewing Strictly by appointment with Hackney & 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.

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Floorplan Apartment 1, Smallwood House, Compston Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9DP




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