A country home in an unspoilt corner of southern Lakeland located on the fringe of the national park, north of the market town of Kendal – This rather special five-bedroom former gentleman’s Westmorland Farmhouse is set in just under one acre of gardens and paddocks, in an elevated location that gives the most delightful southerly views over the surrounding landscape that must be viewed to be appreciated.
The property offers privacy and yet with neighbours close by and is most conveniently situated for access to the market town of Kendal and the mainline railway station at Oxenholme (under 3 hours to London) just a short drive away. If you are seeking a private country home with space for the growing/extended family, or to work from or perhaps to run a small business, then come and see this special property. The accommodation is extensive and the stable block ideal for those with a pony or two.
- Five Bedroom Farmhouse
- Elevated Position with Stunning Views
- Beautiful Rural Setting
- Mature Gardens, Vegetable Beds and Greenhouse
- Stable Block and Paddocks
Description: A property that will appeal to a range of buyers, including those with equestrian interests or those just looking for that all important lifestyle change.
The vendors of this delightful detached country property have with care and attention to detail blended original period character from deep plaster cornicing’s and mellow pine to modern 21st century comforts. Built for a gentleman farmer in 1886 the property enjoys a flexible layout with interconnecting doors from the first floor. A home that is equally suited to a growing family or for those seeking independent living for family or guests. Those that view will be delighted by the generous living space on offer – from three good reception rooms, to a breakfast kitchen with adjoining pantry, to a second kitchen, former dairy and utility room – to the five double bedrooms and two bathrooms. From the moment you approach the house by following the drive up you will begin to understand why the present owners fell in love with it some forty years ago. There is not a room in the house that doesn’t enjoy an open view with the gardens and grounds bordering open fields and countryside. The splendid detached stables offers endless possibilities. There is to be no upward chain and with early possession available the next step is an appointment to view.
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Location: The property forms part of the attractive hamlet of Garth Row which is about two miles north of the market town of Kendal, just off the A6 Shap Road. Garth Row is surrounded by glorious countryside and is close to the beautiful valley of Longsleddale, which is within the Lake District National Park. There is a highly regarded primary school at nearby Selside and the historic market town of Kendal provides an excellent range of amenities. The location is rural with plenty of countryside walks on the doorstep, yet rail links are a just short drive away from Kendal and Oxenholme from where you can be in London in under three hours.
Kendal Town known as the ‘Gateway’ to the Lakes boasts a library, supermarkets, churches, banks and medical practices, as well as specialist artisan providers and independent traders. A leisure centre is located on the outskirts of the town, while a renowned venue for theatre, cinema, music and cultural events – The Brewery Arts Centre – is at the hub of Kendal’s arts scene.
From Kendal head north out of the town on the A6 Shap Road. After about three miles turn left into a country lane signposted to Garth Row. Follow the lane into Garth Row and at a crossroads continue straight across, the driveway for Thorneyslack House is then the first on your right. Follow the drive up and park in front of the house.
Accommodation with approximate dimensions:
Open Canopy Slated Porch with outside light and original timber door opening into the:
Vestibule warm and welcoming with original pine panelling, slate floor and radiator. Archway to:
Hallway with splendid pitch pine staircase to the first floor. Double glazed window with stunning southerly outlook and a feature arched high level window. Radiator.
Sitting Room/Music Room 15′ 8" x 14′ 10" (4.78m x 4.52m) a delightful dual aspect room south facing with views as far s the eye can see across the gardens, paddock and open countryside beyond. Three double glazed windows with pine panelled window seats, three radiators. Plaster cornicing and pine fitted cupboards and drawer fitments.
Living Room 18′ 0" x 16′ 0" (5.49m x 4.88m) a splendid room again enjoying the southerly aspect across the gardens and rolling countryside down the valley to Kendal and beyond. Two double glazed windows with pine panelled window seats and French doors opening to the garden. Splendid open fireplace with deep slate hearth and a Clear View wood burning stove. Plaster cornicing and fitted pine cupboards, three radiators. Attractive library corner with fitted book shelving.
Family Breakfast Kitchen 18′ 1" x 13′ 5" (5.51m x 4.09m) with two double glazed windows to the gardens – "the heart of the home kitchen" has a slate flagged floor, deep plaster cornicing and pine panelling with feature coloured leaded high level panes. Warmed by the oil fired Aga and fitted with pine base units and open display shelving and a ‘Shelia Maid’ above the Aga. Tiled work surfaces with inset double bowl stainless steel sink and drainer, co-ordinating part tiled walls. Complementing the Aga is a Britannia range oven with gas hob and stainless steel cooker hood and extractor, and a Siemens dishwasher.
Excellent Walk-In Pantry with slate flagged floor and original timber shelving. Light point.
Dining Room 15′ 7" x 13′ 3" (4.75m x 4.04m) with French doors to the garden. Plaster cornicing, radiator. Concealed staircase to cellar rooms.
Inner Hall slate flagged floor, radiator and inset shelved display niche with slate sill. Door to:
Rear Porch with part glazed door and matching side panel to the garden. Flagged floor and pine panelled vaulted ceiling.
Workshop 16′ 5" x 14′ 0" (5m x 4.27m) formerly the dairy but in recent years the owners workshop – Splendid stone keep shelves and table. Window to the side, power and light.
Utility/Cloak Room 8′ 8" x 6′ 11" (2.64m x 2.11m) with quarry tiled floor, original beam, pine panelled ceiling. Fitted with a range of base units and open shelving. Worksurface with white butlers sink and hot and cold water taps, tiled splash back. Plumbing for washing machine and space and vent for tumble dryer. Radiator and WC. Inset shelved cupboard.
Lower Ground Floor
A flight of stone steps lead down to:
Cellar/Wine Store 14′ 8" x 7′ 7" (4.47m x 2.31m) with door to:
Boiler Room 14′ 8" x 11′ 9" (4.47m x 3.58m) housing a Eurostar oil central heating boiler and two modern plastic twin oil tanks. Window to the front elevation.
Spacious Landing with feature archways and original fitted pine linen cupboards and drawers. Radiator, access to loft space.
Bedroom 1 (front) 14′ 9" x 12′ 1" (4.5m x 3.68m) enjoying the southerly aspect and the open views. Double glazed window with timber shutters. Fitted hanging rails and shelving and dressing table. Radiator.
Bedroom 2 (front) 17′ x 11′ 5" (5.18m x 3.48m) currently used as a study with the splendid southerly aspect. Cornicing to ceiling, radiator and double glazed window.
Bedroom 3 (rear) 11′ 5" x 11′ 3" (3.48m x 3.43m) again in use as a study with aspect to the rear garden and open fields. Double glazed window, radiator and plaster cornicing.
Bedroom 4 (rear) 11′ 6" x 10′ 0" (3.51m x 3.05m) overlooking the rear garden with double glazed window, radiator.
Excellent Bathroom with double glazed window to the garden. A four piece suite comprises; large walk in tiled shower cubicle with Aqualisa power shower and light, deep enamelled bath, large vanity unit with tiled top and inset wash hand basin, WC. Extensive fitted display shelving and storage cupboards, radiator and large shelved linen cupboard with hot water cylinder and storage over.
Inner Hallway accessed from the landing.
Sitting Room 15′ 1" x 11′ 11" (4.6m x 3.63m) with open staircase to a ground floor kitchen. Double glazed window to the rear garden and open fields. Pine fire surround with tiled inset and electric fire. Storage heater, cornicing to ceiling and fitted book shelves.
Bedroom 5 (front) 14′ 11" x 10′ 11" (4.55m x 3.33m) a large double enjoying the south facing aspect as far as the eye can see. Storage heater, double glazed window and fitted wardrobe with cupboard over.
Bathroom a large bathroom with open aspect, double glazed window and storage heater. A three piece suite comprises; bath with tiled surround, glazed screen and Aqualisa power shower, vanity unit with tiled top and inset wash hand basin, WC.
Breakfast Kitchen 15′ 0" x 7′ 5" (4.57m x 2.26m) part glazed door with window above opening to the side. Fitted pine base units and open shelving, complementary work surfaces with inset single drainer stainless steel sink and part tiled walls. Pine panelled ceiling, storage heater and deep shelved pantry/store cupboard.
The Stable Block stone and slate with power and light. Divided into four individual stables currently used for storage.
Stable 1 – 12′ 7" x 9′ 2" (3.84m x 2.79m)
Stable 2 – 14′ 7" x 11′ 8" (4.44m x 3.56m)
Stable 3 – 12′ 8" x 8′ 3" (3.86m x 2.51m)
Stable 4 – 14′ 8" x 11′ 7" (4.47m x 3.53m)
Located to the rear of the stables via a short flight of steps is a large bespoke hardwood framed greenhouse 13′ 3" x 7′ 5" (4.04m x 2.26m)that overlooks open fields, with exposed stone wall, paved floor and power.
Gardens, Grounds & Paddocks The property stands on a large plot with plenty of off road parking and turning on the gravel driveway to the front of the property. The mature and productive gardens wrap round the whole of the house and have been created by the vendors who have lovingly tended and maintained them for over forty years. To the rear are a series of raised beds used for growing vegetables, soft fruits and flowers. There is a rose garden to enjoy the southerly views, lawns and several sheltered sitting put areas with three small ponds and a natural spring. There are trees, shrubs, perennials in abundance including camellias, rhododendrons, magnolia, clematis’s and hibiscuses. There is a walled paddock to the front of the of the house, small orchard and a further enclosure next to the stable block.
Services: mains electricity. Oil central heating. LPG gas for the hob in the kitchen. Shared private water with UV filter. Private drainage to septic tank.
Note: The vendors have instructed a local firm to apply for planning permission for the installation of a new sewage treatment plant.
If any purchaser would like to carry out the works themselves then an allowance of £14,700 including VAT can be made. The survey report for the septic tank is available from the Kendal office.
Council Tax: South Lakeland District Council – Band G
Viewing: Strictly by appointment with Hackney & Leigh – Kendal office.