A truly magnificent country house standing in a beautiful setting within the Lake District National Park
- Breathtaking Views
- High Specification
- Stunning Gardens
- Extensive Garaging
- Ancillary Accommodation
- In All Approximately 4.2 Acres
Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Vestibule | Reception Hall | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Dining Room | Morning Room | Drawing Room | Sitting Room | Study | Cloakroom/WC | Cellar | Master Bedroom Suite with Dressing Room and En-suite Bathroom | Guest Bedroom with En-suite Bathroom | Three Further Double Bedrooms | Family Bathroom
Extensive Garaging | Log Store | Gardens & Grounds | 2 Acre Paddock
In all approximately 4.2 acres
Mandalay was the vicarage to Bassenthwaite church before being painstakingly rebuilt and extended in 1997 by a renowned local builder. The result is an imposing late Victorian manor house in appearance, with the benefit of modern day construction. The high specification accommodation has been configured with 21st century living in mind, whilst retaining a wealth of charm and character throughout with solid wood doors, ornate cornicing, ceiling roses, stained glass windows and numerous Gothic arched doorways and windows. Externally, the materials used are a mix of limestone, sandstone, Lakeland slate and local roof slates, enhanced by top quality wooden sash windows.
An impressive hardwood arched door leads into the main entrance vestibule with decorative tiled floor which has part-glazed double doors leading into the impressive and welcoming reception hall. This grand room sets the scene for the house with its generous proportion and luxuriant features, particularly the handcrafted staircase. A guest cloakroom/WC is off the hall and contains contemporary wash basin mounted on vanity unit, WC and underfloor heating.
The fabulous kitchen/breakfast room has a bespoke range of hand painted units, granite surfaces, Belfast sink, Miele integral appliances including dishwasher, electric hob, central island with solid oak surface and integrated fridge. A cream four oven, oil-fired Aga is housed within a feature fire surround with mantle. High quality Jerusalem limestone flooring, imported from Israel, complements this wonderful room. The useful utility room has the continued theme of the kitchen with identical units, offering a vast amount of storage, Belfast sink, the same limestone flooring and Miele washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge freezer. There is also an additional walk-in storage cupboard.
A triple Gothic arch feature with ornate double doors and coordinating windows with decorative stained glass provide direct access from the kitchen to a separate formal dining room, the perfect layout for entertaining. This elegant room with feature marble fireplace and decorative surround enjoys views over the side garden and pond with Regency fountain. The principal rooms are situated to the front of the house and enjoy a high degree of natural light and offer breathtaking views over Bassenthwaite Lake, the Lakeland Fells and picturesque countryside.
The adjoining morning room is a later addition to the house, constructed around 2011 and benefitting from solid oak flooring with underfloor heating. As the name suggests, this reception room was built to capture the morning sun and provide additional views over the garden.
For formal entertaining, the exquisite drawing room has a Georgian style marble fireplace with open fire and dual aspect windows which offer views over the gardens and towards Bassenthwaite Lake. Also situated to the front of the house is a relaxed sitting room with bay window, a lovely place to sit and admire the uninterrupted views. The fifth reception room is a beautifully considered study, also with a bay window with magnificent outlook, Georgian style fireplace with intricate detailing and wood burning stove.
The first floor of the house is equally as appealing with a sizable landing and a thoughtfully designed layout to best take advantage of the superb aspect of the property. The high quality is continued with cornicing, ceiling roses and individually designed bathrooms.
The sumptuous master suite is undoubtedly befitting of a house of this calibre, occupying the majority of the front section of the first floor. The room is entered via the dressing room with a bespoke range of hand painted wardrobes which have been uniquely designed with a range of storage facilities within. The master bedroom area is flooded with natural light from the four windows and is arguably the best room in the house to enjoy the sensational views over Bassenthwaite Lake and the idyllic valley in which it sits. The master en-suite bathroom is well-appointed with contemporary sanitary ware which feels very current and tasteful. The suite comprises a free standing bath, twin wash basins, WC, heated towel rail and accompanying tiled floor with underfloor heating.
To the rear of the house is a guest bedroom with classic Victorian style bathroom, comprising bath, WC and wash basin on a built in vanity unit. There are three further double bedrooms, all with their own unique outlook; these are served by the particularly striking family bathroom. The ultra-modern suite comprises free standing bath, wash basin on glass vanity unit, WC, large walk-in shower, double heated towel rail and underfloor heating, all complemented by stunning tiling.
The fifth double bedroom has been fitted with bespoke cupboards and shelves in the Gothic arched style, and would equally make an excellent second large study.
Extensive cellarage is accessed from the reception hall and comprises two generous rooms which have been fully tanked, both with quarry tiled floors and currently providing an excellent wine store and gymnasium.
Mandalay has extensive stone walling to the boundary of the property and two gated entrances with impressive sandstone pillars. Wrought iron electrically operated gates open on to each driveway, the main entrance leading to the block paved parking area and to the garaging. The second gated entrance leads to a sweeping driveway which curves around the front of the house to the garage block.
Extensive gardens wrap around the property and are predominantly south facing, enjoying privacy and picturesque views. The gardens are beautifully manicured with large expanses of lawn, a wide variety of plants, shrubs and trees and a productive orchard hosting apple, pear and damson trees. There are several terraces around the gardens, each attracting the sunlight at different times of day.
The stone flagged main sun terrace is south facing, easily accessible from the house and overlooks the garden and lake beyond. A wooden summer house, curved walk-through pergola and small lake add interest to the grounds, with a variety of well stocked flower beds and borders to various areas. An attractive gazebo is also well placed to take in the breathtaking views. Impressive steps lead down to the lower garden with a small lake which sits within the lower lawn and is edged with limestone flags.
A small walled courtyard area which can be seen from the kitchen is paved in stone and has a stone built oil store and coal store with bin storage.
The substantial detached garage block has been constructed using identical materials to the main house. This useful building currently provides garaging for four cars, plus garden machinery storage and a gardener’s WC. A staircase leads to an open plan first floor, which could be divided into several rooms. There is potential to create substantial ancillary accommodation, subject to the necessary consents.
Below the gardens and grounds is an enclosed paddock which extends to approximately 2 acres. The land would be ideal for livestock or equestrian use. Alternatively, it could be made available for rental with a grazing agreement or left as a natural wildflower meadow. The existing polytunnel will be removed and returned to pasture.
Bassenthwaite is one of the most traditional Lake District villages, situated to the very north of the National Park. The village is nestled in a beautiful position between Bassenthwaite Lake and the Lakeland Fells and has a thriving community with primary school, church, local shop and public houses.
There are many facilities close by with a modern leisure complex, gymnasium and spa at Armathwaite Hall and many different country pursuits to take part in. From the property, there are many walks for all capabilities close by, with the Lakeland Fells and Bassenthwaite Lake literally on the doorstep.
Keswick is the closest town with a thriving community and a range of local amenities including a variety of shops, supermarkets, cafes and public houses, together with hotels, banks, garages, library, doctor and dentist surgeries and a market twice a week. The town has a noteworthy secondary school and transport is available from the village.
The regional centre of Carlisle is within easy reach and provides further comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.
For the commuter, the A66 is nearby and the M6 is within easy reach for onward travel north and south. Main line rail services are available at both Penrith and Carlisle which provide 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.
Keswick 5.6 miles | M6 J40 25 miles | Penrith 22.1 miles | Carlisle 25.7 miles
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