Town Head is a small rural estate located on the eastern shores of Lake Windermere in the Lake District, Cumbria. The property occupies an unrivalled position with views over the Windermere Lake and Lakeland Fells beyond.
Key features of the property are as follows:
Accommodation The main house is an impressive property which dates back to the 15th Century and was substantially remodelled in the Georgian era, during the very early 1800's. The house is arranged over three floors, with extensive cellars under the eastern part of the house. Three reception rooms are accessed from a central entrance hall; all of the reception rooms have extensive views west over the lake and the parkland. A large family kitchen is located in the other Georgian wing to the eastern part of the house and enjoys views south west over the lake and parkland.
There are nine bedrooms on the first floor, including one large room, formerly used as a billiard room. Two family bathrooms serve the bedrooms, and there is scope for incorporating extra en-suite bathrooms within the existing layout.
The second floor attic is home to a further three rooms and provides access to the roof. This space is prime for conversion into more accommodation, or to be used to house other spaces such as a home-cinema, plant room or more accommodation.
Part of the main house has been used as a show room for the current owner’s fine art business and as such is listed for business rates. These rooms are identified on the floor plans.
The main house is in immaculate condition, but is ostensibly Georgian/Victorian in its configuration and construction, having remained unchanged for several generations.
The property offers huge scope for reconfiguration and modernisation to suit the buyers own preference. The estate offers potential for some leisure-based development with the main house as the hub of a hotel or resort.
Town Head Cottage (Also known as the House Keeper's Cottage/the Annexe) The House Keeper’s Cottage lies at the southern end of the house and is arranged over two floors. On the ground floor is a kitchen and a sitting room, and on the first floor are two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Link doors on each floor allow the cottage to be used as part of the main house, or separately. The property has its own external ground-floor entrance with stone porch, and a small private garden area. The property has its own central heating system, hot water boiler and fuse board and is listed separately for council tax.
Town Head Boathouse/Wet Dock The Boathouse has a charming Victorian Gothic archway entrance to the front and a wet dock which can house two 16 -18ft boats. Adjacent is a stone quay and a lovely natural shingle beach. The whole boathouse area is enclosed by iron railings with a large gate to enable the launching of boats. There is a spacious day room upstairs with a balcony giving spectacular far reaching views across and up the lake to the Langdales.
Outbuildings The outbuildings at Town Head form a complex of barns, built in the traditional ‘bank-barn’ manner, which is common in Cumbria. These barns are built into the hillside, and have a lower ground floor, accessed from the bottom of the bank and an upper ground floor accessed from the top of the bank. The original stable block, with four stalls and a large loose-box and two large coach houses are accessed from the lower-ground level. Above the stables and coach houses are a network of other rooms with high ceilings, used for storage, which are accessed from the upper ground-floor level. In the past, one of these spaces has been used as an art gallery.
These buildings form part of the proposed BARN CONVERSION, for which PLANNING PERMISSION has been granted. See details under the heading ‘Planning Permissions’ below.
Grounds The grounds extend to 34 acres, the majority of which are traditional parkland. The parkland is bordered by 500 Metres of shoreline, which is the longest privately owned stretch of shoreline on the east of the lake. This area wraps around the house and is marked by a number of specimen parkland trees, including a number of large mature Oak and Beech trees. There is a large paddock to the north of the walled garden with a three bay lean-to building.
The main entrance to the property is along a Horse Chestnut tree lined tarmacadam gated driveway which sweeps through the property's own parkland in the front of the main house with views of the lake and the surrounding fells. There is a second driveway access to the North providing independent access to the outbuildings and cottages at the rear of the main house.
Formal gardens are located north and west of the house and include a large walled vegetable garden, ornamental flower and shrub gardens, as well as formal terraces and lawns. The lawns wrap around the house and border the gravel drive. A number of other buildings are included in the sale such as stone built potting sheds, a traditional large refurbished glass-house and two large store rooms adjacent to the house. The main drive from the A592 (Lake Road) is located South of the house. There is a second drive located North of the house which is available to purchase by separate negotiation.
ADDITIONAL PROPERTY In addition to the above, the vendor is willing to sell a further TWO RESIDENTIAL properties, with associated, garage, parking spaces and driveway. One is a barn conversion, arranged over three floors with three bedrooms on the ground floor, Kitchen and living space on the upper-ground/ first floor and games room on the second floor. The other property is a traditional three bedroom detached cottage, with kitchen and sitting room on the ground floor. Both properties are suitable for long-term residential letting or holiday accommodation use. Further stabling and barn storage space are available as well on the lower-ground floor level of the barn complex. Further details can be obtained from the selling agent. Planning Permissions.
In 2018 the property was granted planning permission for a large barn conversion, which would be formed of an extension of the existing barn conversion (listed above and available by separate negotiation) into the barns and stables (listed under ‘outbuildings’ and included in the main lot). Details of the permission can be found on the Lake District National Park Authority website (www.lakedistrict.gov.uk) under the reference 7/2018/5557, or directly from the selling agent.
In addition to this, the Vendor has been given a formal letter by the local planning authority (Lake District National Park Authority), which confirms they would support an application for a 30 bedroom extension and to convert the whole of the main house into a small boutique hotel. Whilst this does not in any way guarantee that planning permission for such an extension would be granted, it is indicative of the authority’s views on the matter in 2017, when the idea was suggested. Further details can be obtained from the selling agent.
Accessibility The property is located at the southern end of Windermere, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from J36 on the M6. The west-coast mainline (operated by Virgin) is the main arterial rail link to the south and offers regular (once every hour) services to London Euston in approximately 2.40 hours. Manchester International Airport is located 1.30 hours away. Windermere and Bowness on Windermere are located north, approximately 15 minutes’ drive away and offer many services and amenities.
Cultural Interest The Lake District National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is hugely popular with visitors and holiday makers. Town Head enjoys being close to the main tourist hubs of Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside, but is not reliant on these villages for either access or services. Locally, there are a plethora of opportunities for fine dining and entertaining, including Cartmel’s iconic two-Michelin-Star restaurant L’Enclume. Also located in Cartmel, a 10 minute drive from Town Head, is the famous Cartmel Racecourse which hosts four or five meetings annually. The property itself has a number of cultural links, including having played host to notable writers including Arthur Ransome, Beatrix Potter, Edward Lear and John Ruskin.
Both Lake Windermere and the surrounding area have a large selection of leisure amenities and facilities. Sailing and fishing are hugely popular on the lake as well as open-water swimming and the surrounding fells and dales provide numerous opportunities for activities such as cycling, shooting, walking and golf.
There are many local Golf Clubs including Windermere, Kendal, Grange over Sands, Ulverston, Grange Fell above Cartmel village. The selling agent will be more than happy to discuss the process for managing boats on Windermere and access to local sporting facilities.
Please contact Robert Bowyer or Julian Lambton at Carter Jonas in Kendal for more information or to arrange a viewing.
The next steps...
How will you fund the purchase?
Before making an offer on a property you will want to consider your financial situation, your income and outgoings.
Will you finance the purchase of your next property from the sale of an existing property which can put you in a chain, arrange a mortgage through your bank or buy the property outright.
To help you finance your next property purchase, we have a long established relationship with an independent mortgage broker who can discuss your situation with you.
They do all the legwork for you, working on your behalf with the lender
They compare wholesale mortgage rates from a large number of banks and lenders all at once
Wholesale interest rates can be lower than retail (bank branch) interest rates
You get more loan options because they work with numerous banks and lenders
Brokers can finance tricky deals because of their knowledge and various lending partners
Are typically easier to get in contact with, less bureaucratic.
However with your bank maybe able to:
Build off existing relationship (discounts if you have a checking/saving account)
You may already know the banker who will handle your mortgage
Perhaps more trustworthy, more accountable than a smaller shop
Lower interest rates in some cases
Ability to add mortgage to existing banking profile and make automatic payments from linked account.
Making an offer
online with Carter Jonas.
When it comes to making an offer on a property a bit of negotiation is to be expected, however don't offer so little that you end up in a lengthy negotiation process, as you might lose the property altogether if someone else makes a higher bid.
If other offers have been made on a property we aren't legally able to tell you what they are, but we may indicate if they were close to the asking price.
We want to make the offer process as simple as possible and by registering with an account with Carter Jonas today, you can make offers on any of our properties online and at your convenience. Just register with us online and click the 'make an offer' button on any of our properties.
Need to sell a property
or thinking of renting?
If you have a property to sell, why not see how we can help you. Did you know we can offer all our residential clients a login that will allow them to track their property sale online.
Our offices are also open longer during the week and weekends and we can take calls from potential buyers 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
We can even take the stress out of managing your rental, our award winning lettings team offer a service that can be tailored to your needs.
Combined with over 150 years of experience and one of the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry, Carter Jonas is the perfect property partner.
Whether you are looking for office or house, a farm or estate the UK property market is notoriously fast moving.
So if you want to be at the front of the property queue, ensure you are signed up to receive daily property alerts and gain instant access to your saved properties and frequent searches.
Also by registering with us online you will receive select research and relevant publications before anybody else and gain access to helpful guides, which will aid you with your property purchase.
Don't forget to use our innovative and unique property wizard to help you find properties you would may not have initially considered, and remember that by registering an account you can make an offer online on your dream home 24/7.
Receive email alerts
Fast access to your recent searches
Publication before anyone else
Helpful guides to aid you in your property search
Make offers on property online.
Found a property, interested?
Arrange a viewing today.
Viewing a house or flat can be an exciting time, but remember to register with you local office of Carter Jonas first.
This could give you access to confidential sales (properties we are requested not to advertise) which you will never see online.
It's also worth registering with us online, here you can setup email alerts which will be sent daily, updating you on the latest properties that match your requirements.
When you see a property you are interested in on our website, call us 24/7 to arrange a viewing. Or if you prefer, get in touch via our website and we will call you back to find a time to view the property that suits you.