A grand country house set in secluded private grounds, offering extensive family living with scope for significant alteration and extension, extending in all to about 80 acres (32ha). An additional 1,847 acres may be available by negotiation.
A substantial Victorian country house in a tremendous setting with about 80 acres (32 ha) of private grounds, gardens and parkland, set within the Lake District National Park.
Ground floor: Entrance hall, Reception hall, Drawing room, Morning room, Formal dining room, Kitchen, Study, Billiards and games room
Lower Ground floor: Butler’s pantry, Dairy, Drying room, Strong room, Boiler room, Former staff quarters, W.C.
First floor: Five bedrooms, one with en suite facilities, two family bathrooms, playroom, potential for two further bedrooms or a master suite with dressing room and bathroom.
Considerable further space suitable for accommodation subject to renovation, arranged over three floors
Detached two bedroom lodge house
Stables, Gig house (with further conversion potential) and outbuildings arranged around a traditional rear courtyard
Mature grounds with specimen trees, former kitchen garden, extensive lawned areas, ornamental lake and boathouse
Parkland, private drive and woodland plantations
In all about 80 acres (32 hectares)
Lowbridge House enjoys a dramatic and picturesque location within the Lake District National Park. The house benefits from a rare and distinct private setting, surrounded by wonderful mature specimen trees and features well-designed grounds, all accessed via a private, gated, sweeping driveway. The local market town of Kendal offers a range of shops and amenities in close proximity; with a multitude of other attractive Lakeland towns including Windermere, Ambleside, and Keswick all within a 35 mile radius.
There are ample opportunities for walking, cycling and sailing nearby. The area is noted for sporting activities, with deer stalking, pheasant and grouse shooting all available locally for the discerning sportsman.
Large conurbations such as Lancaster, Manchester and Carlisle, are within easy driving distance. The motorway network is accessed at junction 36 or junction 39 of the M6, being about 12 miles distant. The railway offers an efficient west coast mainline service from nearby Oxenholme, only six miles away, with a journey time to London of about 2 hours 40 minutes.
The property is approached though mature undulating parkland which leads to a private tree-lined driveway, opening out to reveal the house overlooking a pretty lake, surrounded by mature shrubs and an ornamental boathouse. Lowbridge House is a particularly impressive Victorian country house, designed and re-built in the fashionable Romantic ‘cottage ornée’ style between 1833 and 1837 by Richard Fothergill, ancestor of the present owners. At the same time, a lodge house and a new drive were constructed and woodland was planted around the house and the valley. In addition, a lake and boathouse were created in front of the house. In 1867 the house was further extended, with the addition of a billiards room, more bedrooms and the old bank barn was converted into a North wing, to provide extra accommodation for staff and guests, largely used for shooting parties. The property has never been on the open market and has been the much loved private family home of the Fothergill family since 1761.
From the veranda, the front door opens into the entrance and reception hall, with doors leading off to the morning room and drawing room to the left and right respectively. The entrance halls follow into an open hall with a carved oak staircase, leading to the modern kitchen, with bespoke fitted units. The ground floor is also home to the formal drawing and dining rooms, complete with original period features and impressive views of the lake. To the west of the property is the study with a handsome fireplace leading through to the original billiards room, with large bay windows on two sides.
A substantial and handsome second staircase leads to the first floor, with the master bedroom with lake views, plus four further bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom and two family bathrooms. Subject to further renovation, Lowbridge House offers the capacity to develop a self-contained master suite with dressing room, bathroom and views to three aspects.
The accommodation currently offers a distinctive blend of rooms for comfortable family living, together with impressive more formal rooms commensurate with a house of this size and character. These formal rooms retain their period detailing unaltered and preserved and offer a purchaser the opportunity to refurbish and re-model as they wish. The house includes a substantial area of former service quarters and guest accommodation which provide a multitude of opportunities for further accommodation, leisure or hospitality purposes.
Gardens and grounds
Approached through metal gates which open onto parkland with areas of mature woodland; the driveway continues to a second gateway within stone pillars and continues on to the house, leading to generous parking area and turning circle, within the rear courtyard of the property. Situated around the courtyard area is The Gig House and traditional stables, with a large stone barn in the style of a traditional 19th century Dutch barn.
Lowbridge House is set within private gardens, surrounded by mature shrubs and specimen trees. The woodland policies extend along the edge of Bannisdale Beck from the north of the property. The property has a former clay tennis court with tennis house and in addition a stone built folly to the south of the garden. The Lodge at the entrance to the parkland and adjacent to the drive, provides comfortable accommodation briefly comprising entrance hall, breakfast kitchen, sitting room, dining room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Situated at the entrance to the parkland and adjacent to the drive, the Lodge provides comfortable accommodation briefly comprising entrance hall, breakfast kitchen, sitting room, dining room, two bedrooms and a family bathroom.
General Remarks and Stipulations
Method of Sale: The property is offered for sale as a whole, by private treaty. An additional 1,900 acres (768) known as Dry Howe Farm and Bannisdale Head Farm may be available by separate negotiation.
Tenure: The property is for sale freehold, with vacant possession available for Lowbridge House. The Lodge is let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, and areas shaded light orange on the Sale Plan are subject to an Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancy. Further details are available from the selling agent.
Services: Lowbridge House: Mains electricity. Private water. Private drainage. Oil central heating.
The Lodge: Mains electricity. Private water. Private drainage. Log stove and electric heating.
Plans: The plans enclosed with these particulars are not to scale and are for identification purposes only. Any areas, measurements and distances are approximate.
Local authority: South Lakeland District Council (01539 733333). Council Tax and Energy Performance Certificate: Lowbridge House Council tax band F EPC rating E. The Lodge Council tax band D EPC rating F.
Wayleaves, easements and rights of way: The property is being sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way whether public or private, rights of light, support, drainage, water, electricity supplies and other rights, obligations, easements and quasi-easements and restrictive covenants and all existing and proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains, water and gas and other pipes whether referred to in these particulars or not.
Postcode: LA8 9LE
Directions: From Kendal head north on the A6 for approximately six miles. The driveway leading to Lowbridge House is identifiable by the white gates immediately adjacent to The Lodge on the left hand side of the A6. Health and safety: Given the potential hazards of a working farm we ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection for your own personal safety, particularly around the farm buildings and machinery. All inspections must be accompanied by the selling agent by prior arrangement.
Approximate Square Feet:
Lot Acres: 80