Property Details

  • 4-5 Bedroomed detached rural bungalow
  • 3 Reception rooms and 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite)
  • Elevated location with far reaching views
  • Approximately 14 acres of woodland garden
  • Option to purchase an extra 45 acres of managed woodland
  • views across Cartmel Fell, Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay
  • Double garage and driveway parking
  • Rural location
  • Now in need of some modernisation
  • Broadband Available

Description: Thorphinsty Crag is situated in the picturesque area of Cartmel Fell sitting on a rocky outcrop giving far reaching views across the Winster valley towards the Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay. The house sits in approximately 14 acres of garden and woodland with meandering pathways, two small ponds (tarns) and a summer house to enjoy the tranquility of the land and surroundings. There is a large detached double garage, plenty of parking and an additional double timber garage/garden store.

The property has been well cared for but would benefit from some upgrading.

The accommodation comprises: entrance hall, large sitting room, dining kitchen with pantry, conservatory, dining room, utility room, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms with a family bathroom and a study/office which could be used as a fifth bedroom.

There is the option to purchase 45 acres of managed woodland which surrounds the property.

Location: Situated in The Lake District National Park the much sought after unspoilt rural location of Cartmel Fell surrounded by picturesque countryside with views over the Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay. A small cluster of properties in a secluded location yet convenient for the Southern Lakes being approximately 6 miles from Grange-over-Sands and 8 miles from Windermere.

From Bowness-on-Windermere proceed out on the A5074 Kendal Road and continue towards Winster, pass the Brown Horse Inn and continue for 2 miles passing the Damson Dene Hotel and take the next major turning right signposted for Bowland Bridge and Ulverston. Continue into Bowland Bridge passing the Hare and Hounds Inn and continue up the hill towards the Masons Arms turning left before reaching the inn, signposted Cartmel Fell. Continue along for approximately two miles, turning right at the T junction and the left through the stone gateposts up the lane until you reach a passing continue up the hill, through a wooded area for less that 1/4 mile and Thorphinsty Crag is on the left .

Alternatively to reach the property from the south and the A590 from the centre of Lindale. At the mini roundabout go straight ahead into Back O’ The Fell Road and follow the road for 2.1 miles to the crossroads. Go straight ahead and follow the road for 1.9 miles, bear left when you see a ‘cluster’ of properties and continue up the hill for a few hundred yards and Thorphinsty Crag can be found on the left .

Reception Hall Tiled floor.

Sitting Room 24′ 8" x 14′ 2" (7.52m x 4.32m) A good sized ‘L’ shaped room, with feature fireplace with wood burning stove, oak bookcase, and magnificent picture windows to the front with far reaching country views.

Kitchen/Morning Room 23′ 8" x 10′ 1" (7.21m x 3.07m) Extensive range of fitted wall and base units, tiled floor, corner sink, integrated fridge, dual Neff ovens, electric hob and extraction hood over, integrated Miele dishwasher.

Conservatory 21′ 1" x 11′ 5" (6.43m x 3.48m) Built in 2015, a fabulous bright triple aspect room with far reaching views, ‘the eyes of the house’. Electric blinds open onto a south facing patio to the side and electric retractable awning. Tiled floor with underfloor heating.

Dining Room 17′ 2" x 12′ 4" (5.23m x 3.76m) A dual aspect room with bay window. Wood effect laminate flooring.

Utility 12′ 10" x 7′ 7" (3.91m x 2.31m) A second oil central heating boiler for the west side of the house. Fitted worktop with stainless steel sink unit, plumbing for a Miele washing machine and dryer, tiled floor.

Rear and Side Hall Tiled floor, doors to outside and store cupboard. Separate WC with wash basin.

Large Office/Study or Bedroom 21′ 5" x 9′ (6.53m x 2.74m) An "L" shaped room with vaulted pine boarded ceiling, wood floor, 2 Velux windows.

Access from the lounge to:

Master Bedroom 1 14′ 2" x 14′ 1" (4.32m x 4.29m) Two good size windows with views across to Morecambe Bay.

Master En-suite A four piece white suite with bath, separate shower cubicle, vanity unit and WC. Tiled walls, wood floor, ladder towel rail and extractor fan.

Access from front entrance hall to bedroom wing.

Inner Hall Storage cupboard with pre-insulated water cylinder.

Bedroom 2 15′ 8" x 10′ 2" (4.78m x 3.1m) Vanity and three wall lights.

Bedroom 3 12′ 5" x 8′ 10" (3.78m x 2.69m) Fixed wardrobe and wall light.

Bedroom 4 12′ 5" x 8′ 11" (3.78m x 2.72m)

Bathroom A four piece white suite with bath, separate shower cubical, vanity unit and WC. Tiled walls, wood floor, ladder towel rail and extractor fan.

Outside: The gardens and surrounds are the real ‘jewel in the crown’ for this property. A gated driveway provides ample parking, detached double garage and additional timber garage/gardeners store. There are two ponds, one behind Thorphinsty Crag above the property and a second overlooked by the property with a summer house. The land which extends to approximately 14 acres comprises established and mature trees and shrubs with meandering pathways and providing perfect solitude.Field ideal for ponies with stone open stable/store.

Undercroft/Cellar 24′ 8" x 5′ 7" (7.52m x 1.7m) Oil fired warm air boiler that serves the east side of the property. Water pressure tank, pot sink, filter and UV system. Limited head height to part.

Double Garage 21′ 3" x 19′ 8" (6.48m x 5.99m) Detached block built garage finished externally in local stone with a pitched slate roof. The garage has light, power and an electric remote controlled door.

Services: Oil fired central heating, A warm air oil fired boiler serves the east side of the house and a second oil boiler to radiators and underfloor piping serves the west side. Mains electricity, private water with recently installed bore hole. Private drainage to septic tank. Please note that due to updated regulations for septic tanks and private drainage facilities, interested parties may wish to seek independent advice on the installation. We can recommend several local firms who may be able to assist. Good internet available through the combination of fibre and a microwave dish.

Tenure: Freehold. Vacant possession upon completion.

Council Tax: South Lakeland District Council – Band G.

Viewings: Strictly by appointment with Hackney & Leigh Windermere Sales Office.

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

45 Acres of Managed Woodland ** There is an option for the purchaser of Thorphinsty Crag to buy the adjacent and surrounding woodland. **

Mixed commercial and amenity woodland

The varied topography of the land complemented by the flowing waters of Way Beck, smaller streams and a pond have created a diverse woodland habitat abundant in natural history. Multiple access points and internal tracks will allow the owner to enjoy the significant amenity value to its fullest extent as well as receiving income from commercial timber.

Tilhill (Kirkby Lonsdale office) are the woodland managers for the property and have provided the following details of the existing timber and future opportunities.


The Thorphinsty Woodland comprises Thorphinsty New Plantation and Crag Wood and is a U-shaped mixed commercial woodland surrounding Thorphinsty Crag. The property covers 18.4 hectares (45.4 acres). The woodland enjoys some shelter, having an easterly aspect with views towards the Whitbarrow National Nature reserve and Morecambe Bay.


The main commercial species are Sitka spruce (5.2 hectares / 12.8 acres) and oak (7.7 hectares / 19 acres). Sitka spruce is the primary commercial timber species in the UK. The remaining 5.5 hectares / 13.6 acres are a mix of native species, predominantly broadleaves.

The spruce crop was planted in 1999 and is growing well at an estimated yield class of 24 and was thinned in 2018. A final thinning in the coming years would be beneficial and provide some near-term income, with a view to clear-felling in the mid-2030s. The property is close to a range of sawmills and other timber processors in Cumbria. The block of Sitka spruce benefits from existing deer fencing, which will reduce the costs of future replanting.

There are some good specimens of oak, though widely interspersed with a range of other species, predominantly native broadleaves with a small number of native conifers. The oaks are recorded as being planted in 1910 and value would be maximised by allowing them to continue to grow rather than harvesting in the near term. The majority of this area is recorded as ancient semi-natural woodland.

The mix of native broadleaves have mostly amenity value but with potential for firewood, particularly from Ash, which although in good health now will likely need to be felled and replanted in time. There is also evidence of prior coppicing of hazel. An area where larch was previously felled has been replanted with a mix of native species that are now well above the height of the tubes they were planted in. The height of the remaining larch and the ornamental conifers near Thorphinsty Crag are a testament to the capacity of this land to grow trees, partly due to the ideal freely draining loamy soils.


The woodland is bounded to the west and east by public roads. Height Road to the west provides sufficient access to the Sitka spruce block to allow harvesting and timber stacking without the need for any forest road construction within the site. The boundary to the south is made up of a mixture of Way Beck, walls to the south of the beck and a small un-marked section in the south-east corner. To the north the boundary is the house, the public road and a neighbouring property in the north-east corner.


There is a small area of open space and sparse mixed broadleaves in the Sitka spruce that includes a good-sized, modern timber framed shed on a concrete base with a plastic roof next to a pond. The shed includes a small, east facing sunroom.


Gated access is possible from multiple points A, B and C. Quad bike tracks run from point A to the shed at point D, and from point C across most of the south of the site. These tracks would be passable by 4×4 in the summer months. A lesser track runs from point B in a loop towards the house. A public footpath runs east-west through the south of the property, and another path connects this path to the northeast corner. A powerline runs from the house along the north and east boundaries before briefly crossing the property in the south-east corner.

Opportunities and shooting rights

Shooting rights are owned and included in the sale.
In the future an owner may wish to improve the woodland through deer control to encourage natural regeneration of native species, and removal of rhododendron before it becomes an invasive issue. Subject to approval, grant funding is available through the Countryside Stewardship scheme towards the cost of: putting a management plan in place (Woodland Management Planning Grant), and improving biodiversity and climate resilience (Woodland Improvement Grant).

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Floorplan Thorphinsty Crag, Cartmel Fell, Cumbria, LA11 6NF




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