Keswick: 1 mile, M6 Junction 40: 17 miles, Cockermouth:13 miles, Ambleside: 18.5 miles,
Penrith: 18.5 miles (London Euston from 3hrs 6mins, Manchester 1hr 35mins) Kendal: 32 miles, Leeds: 115 miles, Manchester: 119 miles, Liverpool: 120 miles
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Skiddaw mountain range, Ormathwaite Hall sits between Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater with spectacular views of the northern Lakeland Fells, Catbells and the Borrowdale Valley, about a mile to the north of the market town of Keswick.
Keswick is a historic market town on the northern banks of Derwentwater and is one of the main outdoor leisure centres of the Lake District National Park. Recently designated a unesco World Heritage Site, the Lake District has a well deserved reputation of being one of the most beautiful locations in the United Kingdom.
Local primary schools are rated as good and the Keswick School as outstanding whilst Sedbergh and Windermere schools are within reach and offer day and boarding places. The area abounds with leisure facilities, especially for outdoor pursuits and there are many golf courses, livery and sailing facilities throughout The Lakes area. Shopping facilities in the town, about 1 mile away, include the market, a good Booths supermarket and a plethora of local specialist shops and restaurants.
Only 17 miles from the M6 at junction 40, the North’s commercial centres are within reach and for those seeking a second home or holiday/business premises Penrith station places London about 3 hours away and Manchester in about 1.5 hours on the fast west coast line.
This fine Georgian Grade II listed house is a remarkable family home with typically well proportioned rooms and is surprisingly appropriate for modern living styles. The main entrance is now alongside the walled gardens adjoining a beech wood and follows the path of delightful Burr Gill stream down to the main house and parking/turning areas.
The second, original entrance passes through the former estate farm and leads to the carriage driveway around the lawn to the front with dedicated parking area for the coach house.
The main house is entered through a grand doorway with Doric pillars and a stone pediment and leads via double doors into a wonderful reception hall with a lovely stone fireplace housing a brass canopy. A wide, low tread carved oak staircase leads off to the rear with a half landing. A rear hall with an outside door lies to the rear of the reception hall with a cloakroom and w.c. In gorgeous art deco tiling.
From the main reception hall the drawing room lies off to the left, a dual aspect room with shuttered windows, window seats and a features a large carved fireplace with a tiled inner and a wood burning stove. The dining room is especially impressive, again with a dual aspect but extending into a bay with wonderful views towards Borrowdale. The windows are shuttered and this room has ample space for seating 12 diners. A wood-burning stove stands within a stone fireplace.
The working wing of the house lies off an inner hall and includes, to the right, a study with a fireplace and a pair of shuttered windows. The service staircase leads up to the first floor with the former maid’s bedroom and a walk in store/pantry with stone shelves lies alongside the study.
The family kitchen has delightful period cupboards, timber surfaces and a large island with drawers under. There are both a double aga and space for a conventional oven, tiled floor and a dining area with a dual aspect and an adjoining rear internal porch with an outside door.
The cellars are arranged in two chambers, one providing a wine store and the larger housing the bio-mass pellet boiler and hopper.
The first floor includes six double bedrooms, three of which have en suite bathrooms although one has Jack and Jill access creating two house bathrooms for the remaining three bedrooms. The main house bathroom, like the ground floor cloakroom features vibrant art-deco tiling which remains extraordinarily beautiful. An adjoining separate w.c. Features a ‘The Chatham’ suite including a mahogany cistern. The bedrooms have shuttered windows and lovely fireplaces whilst the two westerly facing bedrooms look towards Derwentwater and the fells beyond.
The Coach House
This is another impressive Georgian property and has been superbly converted to create comfortable three double bedroomed accommodation arranged over two floors and successfully let out on holiday lets in the past, but equally suited for extended family, guest accommodation or as offices for those who run a business from home.
The ground floor entrance opens into a superb vaulted and galleried dining kitchen with an aga and oak cupboards matching the oak staircase and balustrade. The stone flagged floor has underfloor heating. A door leads through to a long hall off which there are three double bedroom suites. On the first floor is a fantastic open plan living/dining room with gorgeous exposed timbers in the vaulted roof. At the rear, the gardens are at first floor level and a decked bridge leads across to a the private gardens. There is an internal porch at this level, a garden kitchen and a cloaks/shower room with a w.c. And wash hand basin. A separate dedicated patio garden area lies by the ground floor entrance and is hidden from the main house.
To the side of the main house and adjoining the coach house there is a range of outbuildings which include a laundry room with cupboards and plumbing for washing machines. Alongside a former grooms cottage has been converted to a characterful bar with an original range, perfect for entertaining away from the main house. A courtyard is surrounded by further covered storage areas for garden equipment, fuel/log storage etc.
Gardens and Grounds
The grounds extend to about 3.2 acres and include the gated main drive with an upper parking area and a beech wood. The driveway leads between the walled gardens and Burr Gill, a delightful stream. There are lawned gardens to the front, rear and side with mature shrubs and bushes, a towering magnolia and a well maintained hedge forming the westerly boundary. The walled gardens are spectacular and include a kitchen garden a stone garden. A second walled garden lies beyond with stocked borders and orchard area.