Highgate Close accommodation summary
Two king size bedrooms
Two twin bedrooms
Patio and grassed enclosed gardenOther Info
Towels will be provided
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
A high chair is available
The house is heated by electric heating
WiFi access is available at the property
2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge of £20.00 per dog
The cottage is non-smoking
Highgate Close is a traditional stone farmhouse built in 1857. It is surrounded by 120 acres of working farmland of high conservation value which is sensitively farmed to protect the traditional meadow grasses thriving on the unimproved pastures. The current owners farm cattle and sheep from their base in Glencoyne and the farm also has grazing rights up on Matterdale Common. In winter the cattle will be in the big barns by the farm entrance and in spring the sheep are lambed there, the rest of the year they can be seen in the fields around the farm. If you would like a closer look, the farmers will be on hand daily while there is stock in the barn to answer questions and to show you the lambs in spring.
The house has been brought right up to date and has excellent eco credentials, there are solar PV panels for generating some of the electricity the house uses and the heating is provided by a ground source heat pump. This runs the underfloor heating downstairs, radiators upstairs and provides hot water with a lower carbon footprint than a conventional oil or LPG system. The house has been comfortably but simply decorated and furnished for a calm and comfortable feel and all the rooms are large and light.
Entering the house from the cobbled farmyard you come through the front door into a tiled hallway with plenty of space to hang coats and a combined bench/boot store is handy for taking a seat to take boots on and off as you come and go.
Straight ahead is a doorway into the sitting room but turn left to go into the spacious dual aspect kitchen which is more than worthy of a former farmhouse. The large island has a breakfast bar at the back with 2 stools, perfect for a spot of socialising while cooking on the range cooker; with 5 ring gas hob, double oven and grill it offers plenty of scope for catering for extended family or friends. Alongside the cooker there is a microwave, 4 slice toaster, huge American style fridge freezer, cooker hood, griddle plate and dishwasher to cater perfectly for everything from a quick snack to full meals. Ample cupboards are filled with all you could need as well as providing lots of food storage space and the sink is positioned in front of the window so if there is some washing up to do, you can look out over the cobbled yard while you work. There is a useful washer dryer built into the kitchen and a washing line outside for fans of drying clothes in the fresh air; another way of keeping the carbon footprint of the house down too.
A doorway to the right of the kitchen leads straight through to the dining/living room with beautiful old stone flag floor which, thanks to the underfloor heating, will be cosy and warm. The dining table is closest to the kitchen and the long table easily seats 8 for sociable dining and creating lasting memories with friends and family. The windows look out over the garden and a lovely view of fields with Blencathra and the Newlands Fells behind. At the other end of the room is a comfortable carpeted sitting area with a 2-seat sofa and 2 armchairs gathered round a log burner and Freeview TV. A bookcase filled with books will tempt you to cosy evenings in front of the fire with a good read; a perfect escape from modern life.
To the left is a door out through a porch into the garden whilst to the right a doorway takes you into the second living area, this has a 3-4 seat sofa facing a large sandstone fireplace. More lovely old sandstone flags are softened by rugs and the bookshelf here has more books plus a good selection of games for all the family. There is also a Freeview TV and the window looks out onto the yard and stone barns.
The doorway to the right leads back into the porch to complete the circuit of the house, to the left are the stairs and beside the stairs is a huge downstairs toilet and shower room.
Halfway up the carpeted stairs a window offers extensive views across towards Souter Fell. At the top of the stairs the first bedroom on the left is a cosy twin with sloping ceiling and window looking towards Souter Fell. There is a chest of drawers for storage, hooks for hanging clothes and a bedside table between the two beds.
Next door is another twin, this time with a view over the yard: this spacious room has a chest of drawers with mirror over, wardrobe, dressing table with chair and a bedside table between the beds.
Straight ahead from the top of the stairs, centrally positioned for all the bedrooms, the family bathroom has a bath and separate shower so fans of either a quick wake up shower or a long, lazy evening soak are well catered for in this spacious and up to date room.
The next bedroom round to the right is a huge room with king size bed. The window looks towards Blencathra, a timeless and peaceful rural scene. Have a lie in one morning just to revel in the quiet with just the odd sheep to drown out the sound of birdsong and rustling of the wind in the trees. There is plenty of storage in this room with a wardrobe, chest of drawers (with mirror over), chair and two bedside tables.
Last but by no means least is another large bedroom with king size bed whose window also looks out on the view of Blencathra and the Newlands Fells - just beautiful. The furniture consists of wardrobe and dressing table with mirror, chest of drawers, bedside tables and a full length mirror on the wall.
The garden can be accessed from the dining/sitting room and the door out takes you out onto a large patio running along the back of the kitchen and dining area. This is a perfect spot for enjoying the beautiful views of the surrounding fells; a large table with seating for 8 offers the opportunity for summer meals al fresco or just take a seat with a glass of your favourite tipple and watch the sun set over the fells. The patio is west facing and looks right down to the western fells so is ideally located for both getting the best of the evening sun and great views of amazing sunsets. Blencathra, Souter Fell and Clough Head are the closer fells whilst Grisedale Pike, Causey Pike, Barrow, amongst others, crowd together in the distance. The remainder of the fenced garden is grass and continues round the back of the house with fields beyond.
This is a spacious house that will easily accommodate a large extended family, two families travelling together or a group of friends. Everything you could need has been provided in a cosy, relaxing and homey house in a quiet location which is not too remote and therefore within easy reach of all the local attractions.