Swarthfield, located at the foot of Barton Fell occupies an elevated position that takes full advantage of the stunning outlook over Ullswater and enjoys an intimacy with the lake and fells, beyond the comparison of many other houses.
It is a property truly at one with its surroundings, occupying one of the finest locations in the area, yet is conveniently placed for all local amenities and transport links.
Set within about three acres of beautiful grounds and enjoying over 300m of lake frontage, the property comprises Swarthfield, a house of extraordinary presence, the Lakeside Cottage with its leisure complex and opulent additional accommodation, and the Boathouse, a classic hideaway or inspirational retreat. This is a rarely available opportunity that will suit the most discerning of buyers. The property caters for those looking for a large family home with ancillary accommodation, and provides for multi-generational living. Privacy is a key attribute. The superb location, leisure facilities and proximity to local amenities and outdoor activities, creates immense rental income potential as a relaxing holiday destination for ultra and high net worth individuals.
Dating back to the 1800s and constructed of stone, Swarthfield is a highly appealing Lakeland house, positioned to take full advantage of the ever-changing views over the beautiful gardens and spectacular scenery beyond. Internally, the accommodation enjoys a sense of light and space and original features are complemented by well-considered modern additions that blend to create a mix of elegance and style. The property benefits from two entrances, one of which opens into a hallway with a glass ceiling that saturates the room with natural light. Three generously proportioned reception rooms all showcase the property’s charming features, including fireplaces, wood panelled walls, a striking coffered ceiling and wonderful views. The spacious kitchen/dining room is comprehensively fitted with an excellent range of units, granite worksurfaces, a Rayburn stove and integral appliances; there is ample space for a breakfast table, perfect for informal dining whilst enjoying the views.
The remainder of the ground floor hosts a utility room and a useful cloakroom.
On the first floor, the accommodation is equally as well planned and is arranged to provide a master bedroom with a well-fitted en-suite dressing room and a shower room, three further bedrooms, a family bathroom and a separate W.C.
Formerly a coach house, the cottage has been imaginatively enlarged and transformed to make the most of its setting. The use of glass not only floods the house with natural light but also
exploits the panoramic view.
This immaculately presented accommodation is arranged over two floors and of particular note is the spacious multifunctional sitting/dining room with a vaulted ceiling, solid hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows with sliding doors opening out to a terrace overlooking Ullswater.
The family room, also with solid hardwood flooring, features a fireplace and is split-level, providing a choice of cosy relaxation areas. Conveniently placed adjoining both of these rooms is a fully fitted kitchen.
Stairs descend from the sitting room to the lower level where there are two en suite bedrooms. Also located on this level and undoubtedly a ‘wow’ factor, is the leisure complex, the star of which is the 62ft swimming pool with an automated pool cover, created by an award winning pool designer. Sliding doors open this room out to the barbecue terrace, thereby providing superb entertaining and relaxation space. There is also a gymnasium, along with changing and shower facilities.
A charming boathouse that contains a ‘studio’ room, ideal for a variety of uses/hobbies, or for simply relaxing and taking in the view over the lake towards Hallin Fell and Martindale Hawes. There is also a delightful terrace, perfect for relaxing during the warm summer months.
Swarthfield presents a rare opportunity for those seeking a substantial property in a peaceful and tranquil location on the shores of Ullswater, arguably one of the most beautiful lakes in England. Located close to the eastern shore at the ‘elbow’ of Ullswater, Swarthfield nestles on the lower slopes of Arthur’s Pike and looks out over Ullswater to the fells beyond. To the west, the views to Hallin Fell and Steel Knots are exceptional and there is direct access to the surrounding fells quite literally from the doorstep.
A diverse range of activities is available in the immediate area including sailing, diving, swimming, fishing, boating, horse riding, cycling, rock climbing and walking. For sailing enthusiasts, The Ullswater Yacht Club is located about a mile from Swarthfield. The lake road provides access to the nearby villages of Pooley Bridge and Glenridding and the A66, A6 and M6 are all within easy reach. The market town of Penrith boasts the West Coast mainline station, offering direct rail links to Manchester Airport, London, Manchester and other major cities.
Pooley Bridge is a picturesque village which has a good selection of shops, along with traditional inns and tea rooms, and there are a number of lakeside hotels for dining and leisure facilities, including the nearby Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel with an almost equally stunning outlook over Ullswater. There are also a number of villages and hamlets in the surrounding area that offer additional shopping, dining and leisure facilities.
The lake road provides access to the nearby villages of Pooley Bridge and Glenridding and the A66, A6 and M6 are all within easy reach. The market town of Penrith boasts the West Coast mainline station, offering direct rail links to Manchester Airport, London, Manchester and other major cities.
The property is approached via double gates opening onto a driveway that sweeps around to the house entrance and on towards Lakeside Cottage and the double underground garage. Extending to about three acres, the gardens are an enchanting foil for the house and importantly, include in excess of 300 metres of Ullswater frontage. They enjoy a high degree of seclusion and privacy and have been creatively designed to provide year-round colour and interest, combining manicured lawns, formal planting, herbaceous borders, a wide variety of mature and specimen trees, streams and a waterfall. The gardens are undoubtedly an outstanding attribute and offer plenty of opportunities for seasonal outdoor entertaining and relaxation. Red squirrels are regularly seen in the garden.