Property Details


A truly wonderful property, Fir Bank quite simply has something which money cannot (usually) buy. Yes, you may need fairly deep pockets in order to update and upgrade to get the most from this beautiful 4 bedroomed semi detached Lakeland Cottage, but the rewards will far outstrip the effort and expense. With over 2 acres of private woodland, gardens, garage and views this delightful home is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Superbly placed just a few hundred yards from The Cuckoo Brow Inn and with a variety of beautiful walks accessible quite literally from the doorstep, this distinctive cottage will make the perfect family home, weekend retreat or holiday let.

  • 2.3 acres of gardens and woodland.
  • 4 bedrooms and three reception rooms
  • In need of updating and upgrading
  • Superb setting with lovely views.

Location Surrounded by lovely open countryside and enjoying superb fell views, Fir Bank is located just a few miles from the lake shore on the quieter western flank of Lake Windermere. The car ferry connects Far Sawrey with a point on the eastern shore just one mile south of Bowness and if approaching from the ferry the property is found in an elevated position after around a mile on the right hand side of the road. Alternatively, approaching from Ambleside take the A593 heading for Coniston, turning left onto the B5286 towards Hawkshead and follow the B5285 signposted for Sawrey, Windermere and the ferry. Fir Bank can be found on the left hand side immediately after the Cuckoo Brow Inn, just beyond the old BT telephone box which now serves as a defibrillator point.

Description Where does one start with a property like Fir Bank? Taking it from the very beginning, the origins remain a little vague. We would guess that the original little cottage may date from the late 1700’s or early 1800’s whilst the substantial extension was possibly added in early Victorian or even Georgian times, and it is the attractive slate clad gable of this extension which may have caught the eye of anyone travelling up from the direction of the ferry in the past. The house was once the home of the local school headmaster, and this may account for this slightly more grand addition to the original more humble cottage. Fir Bank remains a home absolutely full of character, being both welcoming and intriguing in equal measure. There are traditional stone flagged floors and attractive fireplaces aplenty – the cottage carries a really warm feeling of history about it (just take a look at the old water pump in the garden for example). The pretty gardens and grounds combine with the established private woodland known as "The Plantation" behind to extend to around 2.3 acres in total. The woodland makes up the bulk of the plot and attracts a wonderful array of wildlife and is a real haven for adventurers, young and old.

There are lovely views west and south to be enjoyed, which extend as far as Wetherlam in the Coniston mountain range. A superb variety of wonderful walks and cycle routes including those to Claife Heights and The Tarns are immediately accessible from the doorstep, not to mention a highly regarded Lakeland Inn just an easy stroll down the lane. Fir Bank is perfect whether you are seeking a welcoming family home (with home work space potential) a peaceful weekend retreat or a popular holiday let in Beatrix Potter country.

To simply list the accommodation as it is currently designed may not be as helpful as one might imagine. The original portion of the cottage includes a dining room and small kitchen and utility rooms, but all three are only separated by what appear to be lightweight partition walls which presumably could be easily removed to combine all three into one splendid family kitchen, if that is a design which you might consider more suited to 21st century requirements. There is a further lounge partitioned off from the internal hallway plus a lovely bright, triple aspect sitting room in the more "modern" extension. There is a also a large store/washroom and a cloak room at the rear. There are four first floor bedrooms, a bathroom (where one might be tempted to keep the large antique bath if little else) plus a separate WC. Outside is a stone built store and a detached block and slate garage. There may be considered the potential to create further car parking within the garden, subject to any required consents being obtained.

Yes, the fortunate new owner will need to invest in updating Fir Bank, even possibly re-designing some of it – but those who view will fall in love with it – so be warned. We nevertheless highly recommend that you take that risk – the rewards may be immeasurable.

Accommodation (with approximate dimensions)

Dining Room 16′ 9" x 10′ 2" (5.11m x 3.12m) Enjoying an inset wood burning stove (with water heating boiler), original slate flooring, two integrated storage cupboards, views over the garden and having a night storage heater.

Kitchen 10′ 0" x 5′ 10" (3.07m x 1.78m) With wall and base units and original slate floor. Leading to

WC With a WC, a skylight and original slate floor.

Utility 6′ 10" x 6′ 0" (2.09m x 1.83m) Having wall and base units and a Belfast sink.

Inner Hall Giving access to the lounge, stairway and store and having space for the storage of muddy boots and coats. The under stair cupboard is also accessed here.

Lounge 14′ 11" x 13′ 5" (4.55m x 4.09m) With lovely garden views and having a beautiful tiled open fire place, two built in storage cupboards, night storage heater, original slate floor and giving access into the garden from the front door.

Sitting Room 19′ 9" x 11′ 1" (6.02m x 3.4m) A bright and spacious room enjoying a triple aspect with garden and fell views, two of which have the original shutters still in place and one of which includes lovely stained glass. There is also an open fireplace with tiled surround and timber mantle, a night storage heater and a built in storage cupboard.

Store 21′ 9" x 6′ 0" (6.65m x 1.83m) With plumbing for an automatic washing machine, two skylights, light and power points, access to the garden and original slate floor.

A timber staircase from the inner hallway leads to

Landing Having a skylight, a night storage heater and two built in cupboards, one of which also houses the water cylinder.

Bedroom 1 18′ 11" x 10′ 7" (5.79m x 3.25m) A bright and spacious room with a dual aspect giving views to Wetherlam and over the gardens. Also having loft access.

Bedroom 2 15′ 5" x 9′ 3" (4.7m x 2.82m) A bright double room with views to Wetherlam.

Bedroom 3 13′ 5" x 10′ 0" (4.09m x 3.07m) A double room benefitting from a built in storage cupboard and having a window overlooking the gardens.

Bedroom 4 9′ 10" x 6′ 3" (3.02m x 1.93m) A single room with a window.

Bathroom With a Victorian style wash hand basin, a large freestanding bath and having a window, a skylight, a towel rail and decorative open fireplace.

WC Having a WC and a window.


Gardens and woodland To the front and side of the property there are pretty gardens laid to lawn with natural shrubbery, tree and hedged borders. The property also benefits from approximately 2.3 acres of wonderful private woodland on the sloping land at the rear, an absolute haven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. The woodland is quite steep in parts so anyone viewing is advised to wear appropriate footwear. The plot is bisected by a deer fence along the line of the more level pathway with a gate centrally linking the two portions.

Wood Store 5′ 6" x 3′ 3" (1.7m x 1m) Within the garden there is a stone and slate built wood store.

Garage 15′ 8" x 9′ 10" (4.8m x 3m) Block and slate built and having a light point, electricity supply and a window. It may be considered that the garden land provides the potential to create further car parking facilities subject to any necessary consents being obtained.

Services Connect to mains electricity, water and drainage.

Tenure Freehold.

Council Tax Band – G South Lakeland District Council.

Viewings Strictly by appointment with Hackney & Leigh Ambleside Office.

Energy Performance Certificate The full Energy Performance Certificate is available on our website and also at any of our offices.

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Floorplan Fir Bank, Far Sawrey, Cumbria LA22 0LQ




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