Oozing contemporary minimalist design; a fusion of wood, glass and slate combine at this luxury self-catering hideaway evoking a rustic Lakeland's shepherd's bothy. Amidst a secluded private 17th century estate, circumscribed by landscaped informal gardens leading to an arboretum and tarn at the foot of the Kentmere valley lies this dynamic and unique architect-designed luxury cottage.
If searching for sublime relaxation and escapism on the doorstep of ever popular Windermere, look no further? the haute design and sophisticated interior would not look out of place in any other trendy purlieus and the beguiling opulence of this sleek contemporary pad combined with the outstanding surroundings brings about a luxury residence into this stunning location quite unlike any other. The summer room with wall of glass provides ever changing pictures, complementing the natural surroundings and the designer's theatrical approach to space and light welcomes the outside in so that you needn't miss a moment of the majestic setting.
From the ashes of an old substantial barn is a private spa facility a few yards from your doorstep, for the exclusive use of this cottage and four other secluded hideaways, bliss. Highlights include the fantastic 16 metre indoor pool with wrap-around walls of bi-folding glass doors opening onto the glorious gardens / steam room / sauna and gym. Also you can book ? the Treatment room for massage and beauty treatments.
Accommodation in detail:
Aptly named this romantic bolt-hole has a real sense of romantic warmth. Park outside your cottage and wander over the private patio area which is thoughtfully partially covered so even when occasionally raining, you may sit out and listen to the owls! This cottage is set over two floors and entered via a superb patio and welcoming sun room, complete with love seat! Then into the open plan living space, sumptuously furnished by the warming wood burner, exposed slate wall and on this level is a slate monsoon wet room. A unique characterful staircase takes you upstairs to the bedroom suite complete with en-suite bathroom and access to the under eaves infinity balcony, bliss.
It's hard to describe the magic of this location; at the foot of Kentmere approached by a maze of picturesque lanes. Even when explored by car, this area is one of the Lake District's most beautiful with Lake Windermere and the village of Windermere only 15 minutes away... and from your classy pad you'll enjoy beautiful views throughout your stay.
The nearest village is Staveley, which places you at the heart of a real Lakeland community. The pretty village lies at the gateway to the Kentmere Valley, in a convenient location between Kendal and Windermere.
Staveley is alive with artisan crafts and art galleries, but it's also an absolute treat for foodies. In the Staveley Mill Yard, you'll find the famous More Artisan Bakery, the popular walkers' cafe 'Wilf's Cafe' and also the award-winning Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall (selling 'beer tapas' bar food.) You'll have to try them all! The perfect Lake District pub is the Eagle & Child - one of the most highly-regarded pubs in the area and a perfect choice for a bar meal out.To stock up your kitchen and explore further afield, you only need drive a few miles on the A591 to Windermere village. There, you'll find a high class Booths supermarket and many other useful shops. From Windermere village, the A591 provides your main route into the heart of the Lakes, making this cottage's setting a very convenient Lake District holiday base.
Only 15 minutes from Windermere and Bowness, 15 minutes from Kendal and twenty minutes from the Yorkshire Dales you'll find something for everyone. The Gateway Inn and the Plumgarths food centre with farm shop, bakery and popular cafe are a short distance away.
About the location
Windermere 8 miles.
A historic market town with a fine reputation for shopping, Kendal nestles on the banks of the River Kent and is known as the Southern Gateway to the Lakes. Its old cobbled lanes and byways branch off the attractive main street, and the stone ruins of 12th century Kendal Castle sit perched on a hill with views over the town. Visit The Abbot Hall Art Gallery, its regular collection holding portraits by Kendal born George Romney and works by Turner and Ruskin, with other exhibitions through its links with the Tate. Both Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall with its superb Topiary Garden are nearby, as are limestone escarpments for easy walking, offering thrilling views of the Lakeland Mountains, the Howgills and Morecambe Bay. Kendal itself is ideally placed for exploring South Lakeland, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond. With other attractions such as Kendal Museum and the Museum of Lakeland Life, the fascinating Quaker Tapestry, Lake Windermere and the wider National Park within easy reach, Kendal provides a superb base for a relaxing break.