Wednesday 26 December 2018

Handsome cottage with grand ideas

There's something very grand about this pretty detached house; something decidedly reaching above its station.
Maybe it's the period details. The large fireplaces, the windows with their bold architrave and shutters, the extra-wide grey stone frontage. It's not the largest of houses, just three bedrooms, and the rooms aren't exactly ballroom-material, but those features act like they expected to find themselves in a big country manor house, not a Cumbrian cottage. However cute.

South View Cottage sits on a hill overlooking the lovely and lively market town of Kendal. That view, and its location in Kendal's conservation area, have not unexpectedly bumped up the price.
As well as those three bedrooms (one of which is accessed through the middle bedroom), South View has three reception rooms and a bathroom downstairs, and a lower ground floor kitchen.

It's not the best of layouts and some remodelling (as our cousins across the pond would call it) may be needed.
Rather more of a concern is the lack of vehicle access. South View Cottage is accessed by cobbled pathway - no road - and everything would have to be carried up or down that path.
On the plus side, that also means no cars belting past your front door and some quite stunning views from your garden. This house may have flaws, but that garden view makes up for an awful lot.

The gardens themselves are large and wrap around most sides of the house, and include a greenhouse and outbuildings.
On the market through Michael CL Hodgson at £299k. More here and here.