A beautiful Cumbrian farmhouse with extensive range of traditional outbuildings overlooking Brigglebeck Lake
Accommodation in Brief
Open Porch | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Kitchen | Conservatory | Larder | Rear Hall | Utility Room/WC | Drawing Room | Second Kitchen | Five Bedrooms | Study/Dressing Room | Two Bathrooms | WC
Courtyard Parking | Garage | Extensive Range of Traditional Outbuildings | Paddock | Lake | Garden and Grounds | Tennis Court
Linden Farm House is a traditional, detached Cumbrian farmhouse in a wonderfully peaceful and tranquil location. Dating back to the 1780s, the property sits amidst garden and grounds overlooking Brigglebeck Lake and is truly secluded yet accessible, within half a mile of the main road but completely hidden.
The property has been well maintained and extended over the years by the current owners and benefits from an extensive range of traditional outbuildings which offer enormous potential for conversion to create an independent dwelling or holiday accommodation subject to the necessary planning consents. Linden Farm House is situated in an idyllic and peaceful setting in The Eden Valley and the foothills of The Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, amidst approximately 9.47 acres of private gardens and grounds. The majority of the rooms in the house are located to fully benefit from the picturesque views to the front over the landscaped garden, lake and open countryside beyond. The property has been used as a house with independent cottage/annex in the past and Lowin Cottage is approved for full residential use.
An attractive open porch gives access to the half-glazed front door which opens into the sitting room. This everyday living room has characterful exposed beams, a wood-burning stove and is open to the dining room which offers a delightful formal entertaining space. The kitchen is fitted with a range of bespoke sycamore and painted units, including a large island unit, with complementary granite work surfaces, two-oven oil-fired AGA, separate electric double oven and gas hob, large stainless steel sink, is plumbed for a dishwasher and has space for a fridge/freezer. The kitchen has doors to the conservatory, dining room and rear hall. The conservatory offers a flexible space for everyday dining or an additional sitting room and permits the enjoyment of the garden and views at all times of the year. Off the rear hall there is a useful utility room, larder and a door out to the rear garden, which has productive fruit trees. The utility room is fitted with a range of units, sink and drainer, is plumbed for a washing machine, offers space for a tumble dryer, houses the calor gas boiler and has a WC. The generous, traditional larder retains the original sandstone slab and provides excellent cold storage. A door from the rear hall gives access to the fabulous triple-aspect drawing room which has glazed arched double doors out to the front garden, a wood-burning stove and stairs leading up to the first floor. There is a second kitchen which has proved useful when the property was divided to provide an annex; the annex could easily be re-instated if desired.
There are two staircases, one in the rear hall and the other in the drawing room, that lead up to the first floor bedroom and bathroom accommodation. All but one of the bedrooms enjoy elevated views over the garden and beyond. There is a study/dressing room with shower pod and separate WC off one of the main bedrooms. There are two further bedrooms accessed off this landing, one to the front and one to the rear. The bedroom to the front benefits from an extensive range of bespoke wardrobes, while the single bedroom to the rear has characterful beamed ceiling. It is from the double bedroom that the first floors could be linked. These bedrooms are served by a spacious bathroom that has a bath, wash hand basin and WC. The stairs from the drawing room lead up to a bright landing area that is flooded with light from an overhead Velux window. There are two further double bedrooms off this landing, both with vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and one of which has a wash hand basin set in a vanity unit. The bathroom is fitted with a roll top cast iron bath, separate shower and wash hand basin and there is an adjacent WC.
Linden Farm House is approached along a shared drive that leads to a private gated entrance and to the courtyard parking area. The large courtyard provides a parking and turning area and gives access to the house and the extensive range of outbuildings. The garden and grounds surround the house and amount to around 9.47 acres.
To the front of the house there is a large flagstone terrace which offers an area to sit and enjoy the fabulous setting and for outdoor entertaining. The front garden is mainly laid to lawn with mature boundary planting. The lawn leads to the par terre and down to Brigglebeck Lake which is a haven for wildlife, has an abundance of carp and various course fish and is fed from Briggle Beck. To the side of the house there is a gazebo and an all-weather tennis court. The garden is both private and secluded and offers the benefit of glorious views over the lake from a number of vantage points including the glass-fronted garden room and summer house. There is around 4 acres of semi-mature woodland on either side of Briggle Beck that runs through the grounds; part of this area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The house and buildings sit in an elevated position, and are therefore not concerned by any potential flooding from the beck.
A small paddock provides further potential, and would be ideal for a pony. An additional paddock may be available to rent by separate negotiation. There is an extensive range of single- and two-storey traditional outbuildings that form an attractive courtyard together with some stables. The outbuildings, which benefit from three-phase electricity supply, are currently used to provide workshops, storage and garaging. These buildings could be converted to a holiday cottages/separate dwelling subject to the necessary planning consents. Please note there will be a restrictive covenant in place to prohibit the placing of commercial caravans. However, the current owners have no objection to the conversion of outbuildings for residential or holiday let use.
Linden Farm House is situated in the popular and picturesque Eden Valley just outside the village of Langwathby which lies on the River Eden. Langwathby is a pretty village which has a traditional village green and offers everyday amenities including a village hall, village shop and post office, garage, pub and Langwathby Station, with its coffee shop and restaurant, is on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. The railway also links to Leeds providing onward links to the East Coast line. The surrounding area provides excellent local walks through nearby woodland and riverside paths along the River Eden and Langwathby is on the Coast to Coast cycle route. The thriving market town of Penrith provides further amenities and the regional capital, Carlisle, is within easy reach and offers a comprehensive range of social, leisure, retail and cultural opportunities and an attractive pedestrian area, along with an impressive cathedral and castle. The property is also well located for access to the Lake District National Park, only a short drive from Ullswater yet without the restrictions of living within a National Park.
There is a primary school in Langwathby, also Hunter Hall School in Penrith, which is a popular preparatory and pre-school for boys and girls aged 3 to 11 years, and independent while senior schooling is offered in Penrith at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School or Ullswater Community College. Penrith is also home to Newton Rigg College, one of the leading land-based colleges in the UK, which also offers general Further Education courses in a range of subjects.
For the commuter, the M6 is within easy reach for onward travel north and south. The Fellside bus service provides regular connections to Penrith and Carlisle. Main line rail services are available at Penrith which provides fast and frequent services to London in the south and to Glasgow in the north. The rail station at Carlisle provides regular connecting services east to Newcastle.
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