Location, Location, Location!! A quaint and well established Restaurant/Guest House right in the square of the famous, sought after and picturesque village of Cartmel. With original floors, exposed beams and stonework and even a mullion window this charming and historical property offers many possibilities for the future. Comprising charming cobbled frontage, Dining Room, Lounge, commercial Kitchen, 6 Bedrooms (4 en-suite) Bathroom, WC, Laundry and Yard.


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Property Details

Location/Description:- If you are looking for a well established, delightful, well equipped Guest House/Licensed Restaurant with oodles of olde worlde charm and historical interest (believed to date back to the mid-17th Century with earlier origins) in possibly one of the best positions (the heart of the square) in the famous and picturesque village of Cartmel then look no further as this will certainly not hang around!!!

Lovingly owned by the current owners for the past 28 years, (reputed to have always been an Ale House or Inn) Market Cross Cottage is adored by regular and new customers alike for its charming and historical features, location, friendly welcome and excellent food. In recent years the vendors have gently reduced their work rate and have ceased making evening meals but the potential for adding to and growing this business are clear. Or perhaps somebody would just like to turn it back to a private home? (Subject to relevant planning).

This super Grade II listed property is brimming with history, from the Victorian ‘encaustic’ flooring in the Dining Room/’Hall’, Mullion window in the lounge, low door ways, sash windows, endless exposed beams and feature stone it is impossible to not feel as if you have been transported back in time.

The picturesque medieval village of Cartmel lies some 2½ miles from the coastal resort of Grange-over-Sands on the shores of Morecambe Bay and about 3½ miles South of the foot of Windermere (England’s longest lake) at Newby Bridge. The Lake District National Park boundary is about a mile distant with all the amenities of this beautiful area ‘on the doorstep’. Transport links are excellent, with railway stations at Cark-in-Cartmel or Grange-Over-Sands and the A590 and M6 only a few minutes drive away.

Cartmel itself is renowned for its 12th century Priory Church, one of the best local Agricultural shows and the famous steeple-chase meetings, both held at Cartmel Park. More recent acclaim has come from the famous Cartmel ‘Sticky Toffee Pudding’ and the culinary success of ‘L’Enclume’ restaurant. The Village also boasts 4 pubs, both Primary and Secondary Schools, Post Office, General Stores, a number of cafes, visitor-oriented shops, village hall and an active community spirit.

To reach the property from either Grange or from the A590/North approach, turn into the village and head for the Priory which is clearly visible from all angles, follow the road round, over the bridge into the square. Market Cross Cottage can be found on the right hand side, opposite the Sticky Toffee Pudding shop.

Accommodation (with approximate measurements)

The beautiful cobbled frontage is simply a joy. With ample space between the colourful planted pots for a couple of bistro tables, a prime position to enjoy this sunny spot and people watch across the village square! A stone step leads up to the original wooden front door with panelled reveals and mullioned cornice and opens to:-

Vestibule with original ‘encaustic’ tile flooring and low half glazed wooden door into:-

Dining Room 18′ 1" x 16′ 4" (5.51m x 4.99m) with a part continuation of the traditional flooring this is a large and welcoming space with exposed ceiling beams and feature stone wall with charming wood burning stove set into inglenook. Twin sash windows to front overlooking the village square. Currently offering 22/24 covers. This room lends itself to and indeed serves passing trade for tea and cakes as well as a traditional roast on Sundays! Stairs to First Floor and low doorways to Kitchen and:-

Lounge 16′ 1" x 11′ 10" (4.91m x 3.61m) a relaxing space with dual aspect. Twin sash windows overlooking the village square and impressive mullion window with exposed beam over to rear. Picture rail. Stone fireplace housing the open fire.

Kitchen 18′ 1" x 16′ 7" (5.53m x 5.05m) max a spacious ‘L’ shaped Kitchen furnished with stainless steel work surface and double sink unit. Catering stainless steel dishwasher and large gas oven, grill and 8 burner hob. Traditional red/black floor tiles. Recessed shelved cupboard and larger under stairs storage. Window and door to Rear Yard. Exposed ceiling beam and alcove. Trap door to small cellar.

A short flight of 5 steps lead up to the doorway to small half landing where further short flights of steps lead left and ahead. Left to:-

Landing with alcove recess and doors to:-

Bedroom 1 16′ 3" x 9′ 8" (4.96m x 2.96m) a Double Bedroom with twin sash windows with deep display sill and pleasing outlook over the village square. TV point and door to:-

En-suite Shower Room white suite comprising low flush WC, wall mounted wash hand basin and corner shower enclosure. Heated towel rail.

Bedroom 2 11′ 11" x 7′ 11" (3.64m x 2.42m) a Double Bedroom with window to front with views over village square and window seat. TV point.

Bedroom 3 16′ 1" x 10′ 9" (4.91m x 3.28m) a Double Bedroom again with twin sash windows to front and similar pleasing view of square. Picture rail, TV point and door to:-

En-Suite Shower Room white suite comprising low flush WC, pedestal wash hand basin and corner shower enclosure. Heated towel rail.

From the first Landing the short flight of stairs ahead rise to

Landing a spacious ‘L’ shaped landing with skylight providing good natural light. Good sized storage cupboard and recessed wall cupboard. Fire escape door and internal doors to:-

Bedroom 4 10′ 6" x 8′ 8" (3.2m x 2.66m) currently utilised as office but easily a snug Double Bedroom with charming high set leaded corner window with ‘original’ glass and further skylight. Wash hand basin.

WC with white low flush WC and wall mounted wash hand basin.

Bathroom with attractive exposed ceiling beam and window to rear. White suite comprising low flush WC, pedestal wash hand basin and bath.

A longer flight of stairs lead up to the Second Floor landing with loft hatch, large storage cupboard and doors to:-

Bedroom 5 15′ 11" x 9′ 10" (4.87m x 3.01m) currently arranged as a twin, this is a further Double Bedroom with arched sash window to front to enjoy more village square views. Exposed beam. TV point and door to:-

En-Suite Shower Room with white suite comprising low flush WC, pedestal wash hand basin, corner shower enclosure and heated towel rail.

Bedroom 6 17′ 2" x 10′ 3" (5.25m x 3.14m) the largest of the six bedrooms and currently utilised as owners bedroom. A generous double with two arched sash windows to front. Alcove recess and central exposed beam. TV point and door to:-

En-Suite Shower Room a good sized en-suite with white suite comprising low flush WC, pedestal wash hand basin and corner shower enclosure. Shaver point. Access door to landing.


To the front of the property is a picture perfect cobbled forecourt front which catches the sun for much of the day. An ideal spot for a couple of tables and chairs for customers or owners to sit at watch the world go by in this popular and beautiful little village.
To the rear of the property is a private enclosed yard (pedestrian access for one other property) with covered walkway (shared with The National Trust) providing access to Cavendish Street. Access to Laundry, WC, Coal House and Fire Escape.

Laundry a useful space with plumbing for automatic washing machine and space for tumble drier and additional freezer etc if required.

WC with high flush WC

Coal House as it sounds!

Services: Mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. Gas central heating to radiators.

Tenure: Freehold. Vacant possession upon completion.

Council Tax: Managers Accommodation Council Tax Band A. South Lakeland District Council.

Uniform Business Rate: R.V. £6,800. Nil payable due to small business relief.

The Business This beautiful period property has been run successfully by the present owners for 27 years as a busy licensed guest house with team room/restaurant in one of the most attractive locations in the district. Managed in recent years without staff, the owners re looking forward to retirement and have gradually reduced their workload. As a consequence there is tremendous potential to develop the business further and increase the current £24,000 turnover (2018). Audited accounts are available to genuinely interested parties only.

Viewings: Strictly by appointment with Hackney & Leigh Grange Office.

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

Floor Plan

Floorplan Market Cross Cottage, The Square, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6QB



Contact the Grange-Over-Sands Office or call on: 015395 32301
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