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£850,000

5 bedroom country house for sale

Waterbarrow, Cunsey, Ambleside, LA22 0LT

£850,000

5 bedroom country house for sale

Waterbarrow, Cunsey, Ambleside, LA22 0LT

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* Built in the 1800's
* 5 bedroom home
* Mains water and electricity
* Private septic tank
* Oil-fired and biomass heating
* Freehold
* Lake Windermere views
* Lakeland stone
* Triple car port
* 1 acre plot
* Attached cottage currently run as
holiday let
* Converted 4 years ago
* Could be incorporated back
into main house
* Hidden doorway through
bookshelf
* 2 bedrooms - both en-suite
* Balcony
* Surround sound speakers

Nestled in the hamlet of Cunsey; approach across the waters of Windermere on the car ferry or along the quiet country lanes from the south.

Park up, there is even more space at the top where a triple car port is available.

To the right, sneak a peek at the snug lounge. South-facing, the snug basks in light throughout the day. Take a pew at the window seat within the feature bay window and admire the stunning views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding countryside.

With one sitting room suited for snug relaxation, the second lounge is ideal for socialising and family time. Across the hall, the main family lounge enjoys the same idyllic views towards Lake Windermere; with a bonus view too...

One of only two homes in the Lake District to feature a window above the fireplace, the flue from the multi-fuel burner is cleverly fitted to provide two views in one.

In the winter months, curl up in front of the roaring fire whilst watching the snow drift past the window above. Utterly unique and so quirky, what could be cosier?

Returning to the entrance hall, note the 'everyday' entrance from the side porch and into the hall. From here, a set of steps leads down into the highly-practical and multi-functional basement.

A utility room with space for washer, dryer and traditional suspended clothes-airer also contains a large storage area for the hoover and ironing board. Further, functional rooms lead off from here.

Also located on this level are cupboards for personal items and a large hot water tank.

Returning to the ground floor, continue ahead from the hallway and into the kitchen-dining room.

Solid wood worktops coat the bespoke base units, whilst a hand-built custom wall cabinet provides additional storage. Inset LED spotlighting shines down illuminating the abundance of worktop space below.

To one side of the Range, integrated appliances include a fridge and freezer with copious storage and an inbuilt dishwasher. Delightful views out over the garden are framed in the window over the sink and also from the dining room.

Reflecting the yellow and red tones of these Japanese trees is a large mirror on one kitchen wall reflecting the Acers in the garden. Particularly striking in autumn, the mirror maximises the light flow through these rooms throughout the seasons.

For now, take the stairs to the first floor, where the original wooden flooring has been sanded and stained to a high and wholesome standard.stairs, landing and the bedrooms are carpeted.

Sneak a peek to the left, where bedroom three, a large twin room with an authentic cast iron fire place looks out over Lake Windermere. Pause a moment on the window seat, beneath the elegant blinds, and enjoy vistas of the lake and countryside beyond.

Sumptuously sized, with window-seat views from two directions out across both Lake Windermere and the fells and countryside surrounding Waterbarrow, the master bedroom is a show-stopping sanctuary.

The true piece de resistance is the three-piece en-suite bathroom, with its spacious double shower and prominent view of Lake Windermere.

Containing a luxurious free-standing bath with shower attachment, swan-neck tap, and separate, double shower; this bathroom is a true refuge of refreshment. Alongside the modern hand basin with storage compartment and WC, a heated rail is on hand for the towels.

Lakeland slate of a kaleidoscope of colours lines the floor and shower-back, whilst countryside views glimmer in the window behind the bath.

With enticing views of Lake Windermere on display in so many rooms at Waterbarrow, how better to bathe in them from the luxury of your own bedroom balcony?

A rival for the master bedroom, the spacious second bedroom offers access out via patio doors onto a balcony, where views of the woodland garden and Lake Windermere unfurl.

Annex-tra income
Whimsical for children and adults alike, slip through the Blyton-esque secret door, disguised glassware cabinet doorway from the dining room side. Leading to a sound-proofed fire-door and through to yet another door, this time masquerading as a bookcase; welcome to the hidden barn!

Currently employed as a holiday let, this barn annex also has its own separate entrance further along from the side porch.

Should you choose to entertain friends and family over the Christmas period, simply open the 'secret doors' and allow the home to flow through. Convenient too, for those with older, dependent relatives.

Containing a cloakroom with WC, sink and heated towel rail, there is also plumbing here for a washing machine.

The substantial open plan living room, kitchen and dining room contains a full height window, providing picturesque scenes over the garden.

With plenty of storage and preparation space available in the kitchen, integrated appliances include an electric hob and double oven, dishwasher, fridge and freezer.

Take the stairs to the first floor, where exposed beams and a Velux window embellish the ceiling.

Here, two large double bedrooms, both with separate en-suite facilities, share access to a peaceful balcony, accessed through full length sliding patio doors.

From here, guests can eat breakfast in the morning sun, with views over Lake Windermere as the stunning backdrop.

Such a versatile home, why not combine both areas to create a large five-bedroom family home? Or retain an Airbnb income whilst living in one side of the home?

Eco-friendly too, a wood-burning furnace heats the whole of the two houses, providing hot water too. Furthermore, this system generates an income from the government whilst also providing all the heating and hot water. A back up boiler with oil tank is also on hand.

Woodland adventures
Outside, surrounding Waterbarrow, an acre of low maintenance natural Lakeland garden awaits.

Brimming with a variety of flowers, shrubs and trees, wander the various, meandering woodland paths through the garden, chancing upon the numerous vantage points where views of Lake Windermere can be admired.

In summertime, soak up the sun in the south-facing garden or enjoy a picnic by the lake, roughly 100 steps away.

In the autumn, admire the russet hues of the spectacular Japanese acers outside the kitchen and second bedroom windows.

With two entrances available to Waterbarrow from both the gated, lockable, bottom drive with its turning circle to the electric-powered carport and also the top drive, there is ample space for visitors and guests to park.

A large shed is also on hand, at the top of the garden; handy for gardening equipment or patio furniture.

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