Guide Price £1,500,000
High Wray House, Ambleside LA22 0JQ
A rare opportunity to acquire a Grade ll listed traditional Lakes house with outstanding views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding countryside.
High Wray House, situated in the pretty hamlet of High Wray, presents a 4/5 bedroom home with ample living space and character arranged over 3 floors. Built in 1728 and extended in the 1900s, the house pairs modern interventions with original detailing, tactfully preserving the history of the building. The original part of the property was built in 1728 by the Wilson family who went on to develop the site over several generations before a Victorian extension in the late 19th century. Early in the 20th century the house was owned by a Captain Brooke, who served in the Royal Navy, and there are further links to major military figures including rumours of visits by Churchill.
The Lake District National Park became a Wolrd Heritage Site in 2018, under the cultural landscape category. The picturesque landscape is both captivating and inspirational, and a great draw. High Wray house occupies an elevated position in High Wray; a small Lakeland community on the western side of Lake Windermere between the village of Hawkshead and the busy market town of Ambleside. The location is something which is sought after by many buyers in the National Park, offering peace and tranquillity. There are public footpaths down to the Lake from High Wray and numerous view points and walks from the doorstep. Ryan and Craig Blackburn's Old Stamp House restuarant, The Samling and the renowned Drunken Duck Inn are nearby, and just a few of the area's excellent gastronomic offerings. The Lowood Hotel across the Lake has excellent spa and water sport facilities. Within the Lake District National Park, the town is within reach of all that the Lakes have to offer and can be reached by train from London via Oxenholme Train Station and a direct link from Manchester Airport. High Wray is located 23 miles from junction 36 of the M6.
On entering the house, the generous hallway leads to a kitchen/dining room with slate flagged floors and a custom built kitchen island. An electric aga and a log burning stove stand at opposite ends of the room. Sash windows with shutters and window seats frame views down to the leafy orchard and across to the Langdales. Adjacent to the kitchen, a back kitchen provides a prep area with additional cooking facilities and cupboard storage. This links to the pantry with a slate slab, and shelving, and also to a utility room. A separate snug is also located on the ground floor, a beautifully light tranquil space with a dual aspect, and a small log burning stove providing a focal point. A garden room at the end of the house provides an additional entrance and further storage.
From the hallway a staircase leads up to the Victorian part of the property with well proportioned sash windows, high ceilings and original floorboards. A ceiling lantern above the landing area floods this space with natural light and french doors lead out into the wild flower garden with its mown paths running through. The formal lounge has far reaching views across the lake and hills to the west, a grand room with tall shutters framing the windows and an open fire. Across from the lounge, the library also has a lake view and original stone fireplace. Three bedrooms and the family bathroom are positioned at the opposite end of this floor. There is a further shower room with a locally sourced green slate shower and original wood panelling. A winding staircase leads to the studio room on the upper level, a light filled flexible space with views from the roof light windows and exposed stone wall. It is rumoured that an old wooden chest inspired one of Beatrix Potters stories, whilst visiting the house.
The gardens which surround the house provide a lovely setting, verdant and rambling in parts with different areas. An orchard with old fruit trees leads down to a stream and long grass and wildflower areas create perfect natural habitats for wildlife. Old stone steps link different sections of the garden and dry stone walling adds to the feeling of originality. Across from the kitchen a tall stone wall is the backdrop for a green sanctuary, creating a sheltered haven for summertime lunches and warm evenings outdoors. Two driveways provide flexible access and generous car parking. An oak framed triple garage with one open bay and a workshop area is located at the far end of the garden.
Directions From Ambleside head out on the A593 Coniston/Hawkshead, turn left at Clappersgate over the river on to the B5286. The junction to Low Wray is 2 miles on the left, continue along the lane past the entrance to Wray Castle, continue for approximately half a mile to the hamlet of High Wray and turn left signed Lake and Ferry. Turn left after approximately 30 meters where the property can be found.
Services Mains water and electric.
Private shared septic tank.
Oil fired central heating.
Council Tax Band - G
- Grade ll listed traditional Lakes house
- 4/5 Bedroom home with ample living space and character
- Arranged over 3 floors
- Beautiful gardens providing a lovely setting
- Outstanding views of Lake Windermere
- Triple garage with one open bay and a workshop area