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Claybottom Farm, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton, Cumbria

A traditional Cumbrian longhouse with charming garden and grounds of almost 12 acres in a stunning position within the Lake District National Park

Accommodation in Brief
Porch | Hall | Kitchen | Dining Room | Sitting Room | Garden Room | Inner Hall | Utility Room | Study/Bedroom | Cloakroom/WC | Master Bedroom Suite | Two Further Bedrooms | Shower Room

Garage/Workshop with Loft | Store | Greenhouse | Detached Two-Storey Barn | Garden | Paddocks | Tractor Shed/Stable | Around 11.9 Acres

The Property

Claybottom Farm is a delightful, traditional Cumbrian longhouse which dates back to the 17th century and is situated in an idyllic position within the Lake District National Park. Internally the property has been sympathetically upgraded in keeping with the period charm of the property, retains a wealth of original features including exposed beams, stonework and sandstone stairs, which are now combined with high-quality, classic fixtures and fittings and under-floor heating to most of the ground floor. The house is generously proportioned and offers versatile accommodation, perfect for modern-day living. The property further benefits from a detached two-storey barn and stables which has potential for development subject to the necessary planning consents. Claybottom Farm is set in a glorious, peaceful setting with uninterrupted views over stunning open countryside and the Lakeland fells. It offers a lifestyle property in a rural yet convenient location.

A glazed porch gives access to an entrance hall which has the original characterful sandstone stairs to the first floor and doors to the kitchen and sitting room. The kitchen is fitted with a range of bespoke oak units, including a large island, Belfast sink, oil-fired Rayburn, induction hob, integrated oven, microwave and dishwasher. The kitchen has windows to the front, one of which has oak shutters and is fitted with a window seat while the other is fitted with stained glass, and benefits from a useful pantry cupboard under the stairs and attractive stone flooring with under-floor heating. Off the kitchen there is a dining room, located to the rear of the house, which has glazing to two sides to fully appreciate the glorious views over the cottage garden and fells beyond. The dining room has a contemporary wood-burning stove and offers ample space for a large table and chairs and has a door out to the garden. A small hallway links the dining room to the stunning garden room which provides a delightful everyday sitting room with French doors out to the terrace, and offers space to enjoy the garden and views at all times of the year. The more formal sitting room offers a cosy entertaining space, retains the original sandstone flooring and inglenook fireplace with salt and spice drying alcoves, and is fitted with a wood-burning stove. Also on the ground floor is a generous, dual-aspect study which can be used as an additional bedroom, a utility room fitted with a range of units and shelves, single sink and drainer and plumbed for a washing machine, and a downstairs cloakroom with wash hand basin set in an oak unit and WC.

The stone stairs with wrought iron hand rail lead up to the bright first floor landing which has solid oak flooring, attractive exposed beams and gives access to the bedroom and bathroom accommodation. The master bedroom suite has a window to the rear of the property and benefits from a luxurious en-suite fitted with double-ended cast iron bath with maple panels, large limestone shower, wash hand basin set in a bespoke maple vanity unit with limestone surface, WC and under-floor heating together with a dressing room with shelving and hanging rails. There are two further double bedrooms on this floor, one of which has a window on the gable end of the house offering breathtaking, far-reaching views of Caldbeck Fells. These bedrooms are served by a fully-tiled shower room fitted with a walk-in shower, wash hand basin set on a vanity unit and a WC. Off the landing there is a shelved linen cupboard and separate large airing cupboard.


Claybottom Farm is approached along a drive that leads to a parking area beside the detached barn opposite the house. Attached to the house there is a double garage with up-and-over door which is currently used as a workshop. The workshop, that enjoys fabulous views to the rear over the garden and open countryside beyond, is fitted with a wood-burning stove, and has a door to the garden and into an adjacent store which houses the water holding tank and filtration system. Stairs from the workshop lead up to a large storage loft. Adjacent to the garage there is a large store, which can be accessed from the drive and the garage. At the end of the house there is a gate that leads to a large gravelled parking area and the large craftsman-built, hardwood double-glazed greenhouse, which is south facing and supplied with water and electricity.

The gardens have been designed with numerous areas to sit and enjoy the beautifully peaceful surroundings and glorious views at various times of the day. The largely south-facing gardens include a generous Indian sandstone terrace beside the house, lawned areas, rose garden with path and seating area, stunning cottage garden with paths running through and an enclosed productive vegetable garden with wildlife pond and charming stone tool store. A small orchard includes a variety of apple, cherry and plum trees.

In addition to the gardens there is paddock land to the front and rear of the house. The paddock to the rear of the barn includes a field shelter/tractor shed and benefits from a water trough. The paddock to the front is naturally watered from a stream. The large detached stone barn includes a central barn with storage lofts and two stables/stores. In all the gardens and grounds amount to around 11.9 acres.

Note: The Cumbria Way footpath runs along the driveway; this is a 70-mile footpath linking Ulverston and Carlisle.

Local Information

Claybottom Farm is located close to the North Lakes village of Caldbeck and is within the Lake District National Park. Caldbeck is a traditional fell village which boasts some outstanding scenery and some of the best, less-frequented walking in the Lake District. The village has an active community and a good range of everyday facilities including a village shop/Post Office (which also sells petrol and diesel), a doctors’ surgery and pharmacy, hairdresser, two tearooms with gift shops, café, public house, various sports clubs and a village hall. The neighbouring village of Hesket Newmarket, centred around a well-kept village green has a brewery, famous for unique real ales, and a traditional pub (The Old Crown). Carlisle is within easy reach and offers a comprehensive range of social, leisure and retail opportunities and an attractive pedestrian area, an impressive cathedral and castle. The property is also well-located for access to Ullswater and Keswick, with Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere also being very accessible. Keswick offers a diverse range of shops and the magical Theatre by the Lake.

For schooling, Fellview Primary School in Caldbeck is just a short distance away and for senior schooling there are high-regarded schools in Wigton, Cockermouth, Penrith and Keswick.

For the commuter the A595 is nearby and provides excellent access to Carlisle and the property is also within easy commuting distance of many busy centres. The M6 is within easy reach and can be accessed at several junctions depending on the onward journey north or south. Main line rail services are available at both Penrith and Carlisle which provide fast and frequent services to London in the south and Glasgow in the north. The rail station at Carlisle also provides regular connecting services east to Newcastle.

Approximate Mileages

Caldbeck 1.6 miles | Hesket Newmarket 1.9 miles | M6 J41 12.5 miles| Carlisle City Centre 14.7 miles | Penrith 16.0 miles



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