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Southwaite Hall, Southwaite, Carlisle, Cumbria

An imposing Grade II* Listed country house standing above the River Petteril, with stunning gardens and grounds

Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Hall | Kitchen | Breakfast Room | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Study | Cloakroom | Utility Room | Three Double Bedrooms | Shower Room | Bathroom | Attic Suite with Bedroom and Shower Room

Studio | Garden Room | Garage | Outhouses | Parking

Formal Garden | Vegetable Garden | Amenity Land

The Property
Southwaite Hall is a charming Grade II* Listed country house constructed from painted roughcast rubble walls, under a steeply pitched, graduated greenslate roof. The house dates back to 1628, as indicated by the inscription over the front door depicting the initials for Richard and Lettice Skelton, along with the Skelton coat of arms. Extensive restoration has taken place over the years with historic features, including a stone spiral staircase and original 1628 door, sympathetically blended with a modern touch to create a flexible layout for 21st century living. Exposed stone work, beams and wood panelling add to the character of the house, along with the leaded windows and stained glass roundels.

The solid wood front door leads into the main hallway, with access to the ground floor accommodation and generous cloakroom off. The study is situated off the inner hall, with views over the garden, an attractive feature fireplace and useful fitted workspaces. The dining room sits central to the property, overlooking the garden to the front, with a gas fire set on a tiled hearth and access to the garden. Character features including wood panelling and exposed stone work give an elegance to the room and offer a delightful entertaining space. The drawing room leads nicely off the dining room and continues the elegant style, with views over the garden and a stunning inglenook fireplace as the main focal point. A useful cupboard is situated to one side of the room, whilst a further wooden door conceals the spiral stair case.

The kitchen sits to the rear of the property, with a charming breakfast room to one side with terracotta tiles running through. The kitchen offers a wealth of solid beech units with a combination of wooden and local Brathay slate work surfaces. There is a ceramic double sink and space for a range style cooker, dishwasher and fridge. The utility room/boot room leads off the kitchen via a glazed wooden door, with plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. A solid wood external door provides access to the parking and would lend itself to the more convenient, everyday access to the property.

The stairs to the first floor have been cleverly designed with a useful storage area beneath. The first floor landing is enhanced by the open gallery effect from the second floor, bringing light and space. Three generous double bedrooms sit to the front of the property and have a stunning outlook over the gardens. The bedrooms are all naturally bright, have fitted cupboards and charming feature fireplaces. There is a shower room with shower, wash hand basin and WC and a separate bathroom with bath, wash hand basin and WC.

The second floor has been creatively designed to utilise the space as a fully functional part of the house. A wooden staircase leads onto the landing area which lends itself to a cosy sitting area. A double bedroom, featuring the original wooden partition wall, is located on one side with a cleverly designed shower room on the other. It should be noted that there is restricted head height to the second floor.

From the utility room, a door leads into a useful garden room with access to the formal garden at the front of the property. A stair case leads up to a spacious landing with generous studio room off. This excellent space, fitted with a sink, could be used as a home office, a workroom or artist’s studio, offering great flexibility and practicality.

The formal gardens sit to the front of the property and have been landscaped to create a variety of interesting areas. A small yard leads directly from the garden room, with the pleached Hornbeam border providing privacy, before leading through to the main garden. A generous patio area sits adjacent to the house and is south facing; a real sun trap and a stunning view point for the garden. A selection of paths meander through the grounds with a variety of well stocked beds and borders, a delightful summer house with decked area, wooden pergola, box hedging and bog garden. A more wild and natural garden sits between the formal garden and the River Petteril at the bottom, with various species of mature trees, shrubs and plants.

Southwaite Hall is entered via a five bar wooden gate which leads onto the private gravelled drive with parking for numerous vehicles. A workshop with two sets of double doors acts as a wood store and houses the oil tank.

Steps from the parking area lead up to a beautifully maintained vegetable garden with selection of raised beds, enclosed within stone walling with hand gate to two sides. An area laid to lawn leads off the vegetable garden, complete with greenhouse and orchard containing a plethora of apple trees to the side.

A separate area of amenity land is available which could be easily used to create a small holding.

Local Information
Southwaite is located between Penrith and Carlisle, both popular locations with a wide range of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, public houses and local amenities. Penrith, an attractive market town in the Eden Valley, is also a gateway to the beautiful Lake District National Park nearby. Carlisle is a popular city and a convenient location for commuting on to Scotland or travelling to the east of the country via the A69 or by train. The Midlands and South of the country can be accessed via Penrith or Carlisle railway stations.

For schooling, there is Ivegill C of E School (1.6 miles) and Armathwaite School (3.8 miles). Caldew School (5.9 miles) caters for ages 11-18 and there is an independent school, Lime House School, for ages 5-18 (4.6 miles).

For commuters, the M6 is close by providing easy access to Scotland in the North, the Midlands and the South of England. Newcastle International Airport is also very accessible. Newcastle and Durham offer main line rail services to major UK cities north and south.

Approximate Mileages
M6 0.25 miles | Penrith 12.2 miles | Carlisle 9 miles | Keswick 24.2 miles | Newcastle International Airport 62.6 miles

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