A quintessential country house set in a private location of mature grounds extending to approximately 5 acres, with Victorian stable courtyard and kennels. Acquired in 2001 by the current owner who has sensitively remodelled the property to provide exceptional family accommodation.
The former home of Lord and Lady Whitelaw (Deputy Prime Minister), Ennim was acquired in 2001, by the current vendor who undertook a comprehensive and sensitive renovation programme of the house and grounds including a complete rewire, plumbing and central heating throughout, completed in the same year. It is an excellent house for entertaining and the well-maintained gardens a bucolic delight, including a former grass tennis court.
The house now presents a beautifully appointed balance of modern living with traditional grandeur; 4 elegant reception rooms, a generous family dining kitchen, 5 spacious bedroom suites, along with 2 further bedrooms. There is the opportunity to easily create a self-contained ‘Granny’/ letting annexe.
A particular feature of the property is the Victorian stable courtyard, with original stalls and fitted tack room. Across the yard are stone built kennels with runs. Subject to planning, these could also be re developed.
This magnificent home has a wonderful sense of arrival with a tree lined carriage driveway which leads past the house through stone gate piers to the paved stable courtyard.
Blencow is situated just outside the northern reaches of the Lake District National Park within easy access to Ullswater, Bassenthwaite, the A66 and M6. Penrith and the regional city of Carlisle provide a broad range of educational, retailing and leisure facilities with the whole of the Lake District being on the doorstep. For the commuter the West Coast mainline railway located just 4 miles away in Penrith offers direct links to London Euston and International airports at Newcastle, Glasgow and Liverpool/Manchester, providing excellent communications throughout the country. The location is ideal for exploring Cumbria and the Eden Valley, but also the North Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Northumberland National Park and the Scottish Borders.
From Junction 40 of the M6 follow the A66 towards Keswick. Pass over the Rheged roundabout taking the next right, signposted Newbiggin. Follow this road through the village for until reaching the crossroads at the far end. Go straight over, following the sign for Blencow where the Ennim will be found on the left hand side after approximatly 1 mile.
Portico With Doric columns and pediment leading through to double opening doors into the stunning entrance hallway.
Entrance Hall With a Minster fireplace and china cabinet. Oak flooring throughout and stairs leading to the first floor.
Hall With wonderful views over the grounds and beyond.
Drawing Room With a decorative marble fireplace with a cast iron hob grate. Dado railing with panelling below and a canted bay window. A door leading out to the gardens.
Dining Room With a beautifully ornate mahogany chimney piece with brickette reveals and a square bay window to the gardens.
Side Hallway With doors leading off to the Cloak Room/ WC, butler's pantry and another giving access to the cellar. Mosaic tiled flooring.
Butler's Pantry With an original fitted dresser unit incorporating a porcelain sink and wooden draining board.
Kitchen With a range of maple-fronted units with granite and solid wood working surfaces incorporating a stainless steel sink unit. Plumbed Gaggenau refrigerator/freezer. A central island with an integrated Miele oven, ceramic hob, stainless steel extractor hood and preparation sink. Tiled flooring and double opening French doors leading out to the gardens. A broad opening leads through to the most delightful garden room.
Garden Room With glazed windows to give optimal views over the gardens. A hole-in the wall feature fire and French doors leading to a flagstone loggia.
Back Kitchen Adjoining the Garden room. With a four oven oil-fired Aga, pantry and scullery with original Belfast sinks and a wooden drainer.
Office Fitted out with Neville Johnson furniture and a corner fire with views over the gardens.
Rear Lobby With steps down to the boiler room.
1st Floor Landing A return staircase featuring carved bannisters and newel posts leading up to the first floor accommodation. Natural lighting is provided by the broad arched window.
Library With beautifully crafted bookshelving and a fluted chimney piece with an open grate and canopy featuring a carved oak mantel. Oak flooring and a canted bay window to the rear with vertical shutters. Connecting doors lead down steps to the covered veranda terrace to the rear of the property which enjoys delightful views over the gardens.
Master Bedroom Approached via an arched doorway from the main landing offering the master suite great privacy. The bedroom is dual aspect with wonderful views and there is an ornate marble fireplace. The dressing room has a full range of units and there is a vanity area with wash basin. A door leads to the master ensuite with separate bath and shower cubicle.
Bedroom 2 With an ensuite bathroom with separate bath and shower cubicle.
Bedroom 3 With an ensuite bathroom with separate bath and shower cubicle and a large dressing room.
Bedroom 4 A double bedroom with a Jack and Jill arrangement with the house bathroom.
Bedroom 5 A smaller double room.
Laundry & Utility Room
Bedroom 6 With an ensuite bathroom with separate bath and shower cubicle and a large dressing room.
Bedroom 7 A twin bedroom with a pedestal wash hand basin.
Outside The property is approached over a sweeping carriage driveway with a pillared entrance.
The driveway extends in front of the property and around into the courtyard. The stable block is a delightful building with impressive original loose boxes, fitted tack room and garaging with twin roller doors and a glazed entrance canopy. There is a hayloft over and separate stone-built kennels.
The wonderful parkland gardens contain a magnificent variety of specimen trees surrounding neatly manicured lawns and a former tennis court.
The gardens extend around to the rear of the property where there is an ornamental pond and well-stocked terraced borders, a flagstone patio area adjoining the garden room / kitchen and the veranda with access to the library.
Behind the property is a mature section of woodland, interspersed with pathways providing shelter, privacy and amenity.
Mains electricity and water are connected drainage is to a septic tank. Central heating is oil- fired.