The Gate House, believed to date back to the 17th century, is a substantial and well proportioned four bedroomed traditional Grade II* listed Lakeland house with three reception rooms. It has a wealth of surprises and original features including exposed stone flags and exposed beams and floorboards. The spice cupboard in the living room dates from 1680 and a concealed priest hole in the wall between the kitchen and the dining room. The house is reputed to have been part of the dowry to Catherine of Braganza for her marriage to King Charles II.
This characterful property is in a fantastic location just a 10 minute walk to popular Ambleside with its variety of amenities: independent shops, cafes, pubs, supermarkets, restaurants, churches, library and three cinemas.
It sleeps eight people in three double bedrooms. The en-suite master has a double and a single bed making this a family room and an additional seating area, two double bedrooms and a single room. There is a large family bathroom on the first floor, and a separate WC on the ground floor.
The generous kitchen makes it a sociable space with ample seating for family meals but there is also a separate dining room for more formal meals with a serving hatch from the kitchen.
There are a few seating areas in the house for everyone to spread out and relax – the main sitting room, another snug at the back of the house and a sitting area in the master bedroom.
A variety of fine country walks can be accessed from the doorstep, including Loughrigg via a hidden path right at the top of the huge enclosed garden. The views from the back of the house looking across Windermere are stunning. The garden also has an outside seating area, gas BBQ and traditional planting to provide colour all year round.
There is ample parking for three vehicles at the front plus off road parking to the side of the house.