Monday 20 August 2018

Two cottages and a country manor to renovate

A little while ago, I wrote about a gorgeous, off-grid Cumbria farmhouse but also confessed that I'm not Cumbria's biggest fan. I mentioned the lack of sunshine. 
Anyway, the gorgeous farmhouse sold (hurrah!) and I got lots of emails from readers telling me that yes, the sun did shine on Cumbria and was in fact beaming down that very day.
To be fair, this was in the middle of June's heatwave so pretty much everywhere was sunny. But OK, I accept; the sun does also shine on Cumbria.
Anyway, just to show that as a Yorkshire lass, I do very much appreciate God's other county, here are three more Cumbria beauties to share with you.
The first two are around the old market town of Sedbergh. Which I've never visited but given that it describes itself as England's "book town", I'll definitely be planning a trip there soon.
Hubby and I are the sort of people who have books in every room, and I'm that annoying person who gets excited about re-categorising them every couple of years. This year, I've done the spine colour thing and, aside from the prettiness, I like the juxaposition factor.

Back to Sedbergh. My favourite of this week's picks is the very lovely end of terrace above and below.

Stunning views from every door and window, in the middle of countryside in the tiny village of Millthrop, a couple of miles outside Sedbergh.

Lounge, dining room, kitchen and pantry downstairs; three bedrooms and wet room upstairs. Pretty gardens front and back, detached garage and parking. Sweet, compact and pretty damn near perfect.

On the market through Milne Moser with a guide price of £200k. More here and here.
In Sedbergh itself, is the cute terraced house, below.
Now we all know I don't generally feature terraces, but this one is right in the middle of arts and crafts and books central, positioned on Sedbergh's historic Main Street.

Bit dark and unappealing inside, but nothing a lot of white paint and a sensitive refurb couldn't deal with.

Three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, two large rooms downstairs, including kitchen. A bit of a higgledy-piggedly arrangement and shape to it, but that adds character as well as challenge.
Rather like this rowing machine in the middle of the bedroom...

Outside is this sweet little yard.

All in all lots of potential, particularly if you're looking for holiday home/let in an increasingly popular area.
On the market through Cobble Country at offers over £125k, by Friday, September 21st. More here and here.
And finally, if those two are rather more cute than challenging for you, Michael CL Hodgson has Darfield House, below, up for auction on September 21st.

The three storey, five-bedroom country home is in lovely countryside three miles outside Kendal, at Selside.

An abandoned wreck, it's the neatly stacked albums in the living room that got to me.

Lovely big space, lots of period details, and surrounded by large - overgrown - gardens.
The barn is being sold separately, which is a pity, and none of the services to the house are currently working.
Beautiful space though and really needs someone to take on its restoration, back to something akin to its past loveliness:

Up for auction with a guide price of £220k. Details and more pictures here and here. PDF brochure here.