5 Bedrooms £1,050,000

Glebe House, Askham, Penrith


This grand and spacious property has three reception rooms, an impressive new kitchen and five bedrooms with undeveloped attic and cellar rooms offering potential for further living space. A biomass heating system provides a substantial annual income of over £8000 until December 2021.

The residence was formerly the village vicarage and has a fascinating history with parts of the property believed to date back to the 17th Century. It overlooks the historical St Peter’s Church and grounds, on the site of which records show there has been a church since the 13th Century. Most of the property is thought to have been redeveloped around 1800 into a grand vicarage and it still retains many fine features synonymous with the Georgian era, including archways, decorative mouldings, sash windows and a sweeping staircase. The house has recently been sympathetically renovated with elegant and stylish interior decor and luxurious new kitchen and bathrooms.

The main entrance leads into a grand entrance hall with archways, curved wall, cloakroom and Georgian staircase. There are two spacious reception rooms on the East side of the house, both with marble fireplaces and wood burning stoves and wonderful bay windows with glazed doors opening out onto the garden. Off the entrance hall is a third reception room, which presently serves as a dining room and has a sandstone fireplace with wood burning stove.

At the rear of the ground floor is a magnificent contemporary entertaining kitchen, overlooking the terrace and into the garden, with bespoke solid wood painted cabinetry, granite worktop and high-end fitted Miele appliances, including steam oven and warming drawer. A large central island has a Belfast sink with boiling water tap and breakfast bar area with statement lighting above. This stylish south facing room is the heart of the home and has underfloor heating, pantry and door into the adjoining utility/boot room with external entrances. The utility leads into the substantial garage and separate biomass boiler room with a door from the kitchen leading down to the cellar, with a range of store rooms.

On the first floor there are five generous light filled bedrooms with four having dual aspect windows and all having wonderful views of the gardens and surrounding countryside. The master bedroom has beautiful parquet flooring, fitted wardrobes and an ensuite bathroom with large walk-in rain shower. The house bathroom has a luxurious roll top bath, large walk-in shower and vanity unit. A staircase leads to the attic, which was originally the servants quarters and offers further space for storage or could be developed into additional bedrooms or home work space.

Glebe House has superb enclosed gardens with electrically gated entrance, sweeping gravel driveway with beautiful mature trees, a substantial parking area and garaging. The house is surrounded by delightful gardens, which overlook the neighbouring church and attract wildlife, including red squirrels. On the South side of the property is a large paved patio and an elevated paved terrace off the house with raised ornamental pond, which is perfect for alfresco dining and entertaining. To the front is a wooded area with mature Copper Beech and Yew trees, with an additional gated ‘secret garden’ at the bottom of a large banked lawn. The garden has a stone outbuilding for storage and access into the neighbouring third of an acre paddock, which is presently rented by Glebe House.

The house is located on the edge of Askham, the picturesque north Lakeland conservation village in the beautiful Lowther Valley. This desirable village is elevated above the banks of the River Lowther at the foot of Askham Fell. The area offers an idyllic lifestyle with country pursuits on the doorstep, including walks and fishing by the river, with hiking, horse-riding and biking on Askham Fell. Lake Ullswater is a short drive away and can be accessed on foot over the fell. The village has excellent amenities including the church, two pubs, village store, outdoor swimming pool and the award winning Askham Hall country house hotel and restaurant, which lies opposite the property. The nearby A6 offers easy access to the Eden Valley town of Penrith with M6 junction and West Coast main line station taking you to London in around three hours.

Services: Mains water, electricity and drainage, biomass central heating, underfloor heating in kitchen, utility and cloakroom

Directions: From Penrith take the A6 south, turning right at the mini roundabout in Eamont Bridge. Follow the road and take the left hand turn for Askham after going over the Yanwath railway bridge. Follow this road for about two miles until you reach the village.  Turn left at the shop and head down the village.  Glebe House is the last house on the right before the church. 

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