From this rural bolthole you’ll have a whole host of walks at your fingertips, including a stunning nature reserve and dramatic fells. Pull on your walking boots and be inspired to get outdoors.
If you're after views, then look no further than this apartment in Kirkby-in-Furness. This property profits from its elevated position overlooking the Duddon Estuary and the Lakeland Fells, and is a bright and cheerful place perfect for relaxing after a lovely walk. Surrounded by a delightful mature garden with apple trees, wild borders and relaxed seating, this apartment evolves throughout the year to offer something different each season. The open-plan living space has a dual aspect, with patio doors opening onto a raised veranda flooding the property with natural light.
The views stretch out in all directions, with open moorland to one side, estuary to the other and the various fells of the Lakeland District just waiting to be recognised from the lounge area. It would be easy to whittle away an afternoon watching the ever-changing landscape and identifying some of the Lake District's better-known fells such as Coniston Old Man and even Scafell Pike on a clear day. Outside, there is plenty to discover too. Kirkby-in-Furness is one of the Furness Penninsula's largest villages and is well-positioned for exploring. Walks are possible from the doorstep, with the popular Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve offering an excellent 1.5-hour one-way walk to Foxfield. Then enjoy the short train ride back to the village on the Cumbrian Coast Line.
Kirkby in Furness is well situated for exploring Cumbria's west coast and the western Lakeland District while also offering easy access to the central and southern parts of the Lake District National Park. Heading north up the west coast, Eskdale, Wast Water, Ennerdale Water and further afield Buttermere, offer excellent walks and sightseeing opportunities and are an easy day trip from the property. Whilst the train journey from Kirkby-in-Furness to Whitehaven offers views along the coast. A 30-minute spectacular drive inland takes you into the heart of the Lake District National Park to the picture-perfect Lakeland village of Coniston. The village is home to the Ruskin Museum, the Consiton Steam Yacht Gondola and Coniston Brewing Company which serves the famous Bluebird Bitter. A little further along the Furness Peninsula is the large ship-building town of Barrow-in-Furness which has a number of visitor attractions and museums worth a visit. The smaller market town of Ulverston, only a 20-minute drive from the property, is a lively community with a great selection of independent shops and eateries, as well as a packed annual calendar of events. Whichever direction you head in from this lovely apartment, you're sure to find plenty to explore and do.
A gated entrance offers access to an off-road gravel parking space before taking a winding path up the gentle slope through the garden towards the property. Ensure that the gates are fully open. If arriving in the dark, the garden light switch is situated on the left hand gate post (this is a dual switch, the other being situated inside). A torch may be useful as there are no street lights - only stars!
Steps lead up the veranda to the front door of this elevated property. The veranda has wooden railings around and benefits from dining furniture and bird feeders to create a lovely place to sit and enjoy the wildlife. The outdoor seating can be accessed from the front door, or the sliding french doors directly from the lounge area of the property.
Inside the main entrance, you're met with a bright open living space. To your right, a leather three-piece suite (including sofa bed) offers a comfortable place to relax in front of the triple panelled floor length glazed doors which slide open to provide access to the veranda beyond. A flat-screen TV, DVD player and sound system are provided for guests to enjoy.
On the far side of the room, under a window overlooking the estuary is a large dining table which comfortably seats four adults. The full length of the back wall is dedicated to a great selection of books, puzzles, maps and guides which the owners have gathered over the years. The vast collection of well-organised visitor guides would rival anything a tourist information could provide and allows guests to get the most out of their stay.
Towards the back of the property, an open-plan kitchen looks over the rear garden towards the moorlands beyond. Although modest in size, it is well equipped with a fan oven and grill, under-counter fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, and all the cooking and dining supplies you would expect. There isn't a washing machine in the property, but the nearby caravan park has an excellent laundry facility and welcomes non-residents.
Left of the front door is a delightful twin bedroom which overlooks the garden. Traditional, elegant decor provides a relaxed and homely feel, while the ornate furniture offers plenty of storage for clothes and belonging. The shower room is accessed from the bedroom and has a full-sized gas powered shower, toilet and wash basin. It is heated by a good-sized radiator which is fuelled from the combination boiler, also housed in this room.
Back outside, a hanging area behind the property offers somewhere to dry clothes and the sheltered open area below the veranda is perfect for parking bikes in bad weather.
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.