This incredible Victorian gentleman's residence lies in the heart of the Lake District in the town of Windermere and could not be more perfectly located to enjoy everything that the South Lakes has to offer without even having to get in your car. Oakburn boasts character and luxury throughout offering ten guests an unforgettable dwelling to enjoy whilst exploring the delights of Cumbria's national park, with superb features including beautiful bedrooms, exceptional social spaces, the traditional wood-burning stove, large bay windows and lofty, high ceilings.
Be welcomed into this exquisite property via the grand panelled hallway with its magnificent original staircase and make your way into the beautiful open-plan living space where you can look forward to relaxing and socialising with your loved ones. Be impressed by the array of quality appliances in the kitchen, with a two oven AGA range, electric double oven and five-ring induction hob, Quooker tap, two large fridge freezers and two dishwashers at your fingertips and an excellent array of cooking equipment, this is truly a "cooks kitchen". The rustic kitchen island presents the perfect spot at which to perch with a glass of wine while the cooking smells fill the room. Retreat to the window seat to soak in the view over the garden towards Claife Heights and the lake, or relax by watching the TV from one of the armchairs, before all are called to gather at the long wooden table in the elegant dining area.
Warm yourself up in the cooler months by settling in the snug where a wood-burning stove can provide the heat as you get lost in a good book, or watch a movie. When you want to bring everyone together for an evening of fun, head down to the sitting room on the lower ground floor where several sofas await you along with a TV, a snooker/pool table and table football, offering the perfect environment for making happy memories. Adjacent to the kitchen, the utility room is a lovely room featuring pale blue hues on the walls and cupboards, home to a washing machine and tumble dryer, large butler sink with Quooker tap, and lots of space for drying any damp clothes after a day on the fells. Enjoy spending time in the beautiful garden where two patio areas make excellent spots for alfresco dining, having a BBQ and soaking up the last of the evening sun.
End your day by heading up to one of the five comfortable and elegant bedrooms, each beautifully furnished and boasting plenty of storage for your belongings, as well as featuring lovely views to wake up to. Find three bedrooms on the first floor, including a king-size and a double, both enjoying en-suite shower rooms, and a further king-size served by the stunning family bathroom where a large feature bath provides a sumptuous spot to unwind. The second floor affords both a double room and a twin room with views over the lake and fells, with both served by a fabulous shower room with a large shower cubicle.
Arguably the most popular area in the whole of the Lake District, Windermere is truly the centre of the action, with the town centre just an easy 10 min walk away from Oakburn, you can stroll the quaint streets lined with local shops, indulge in trips to one of the lovely cafés, and find pubs and restaurants to suit every taste. There are several award winning and Michelin starred restaurants close by. A pretty 15 min walk will take you to the lake shore where you can sip wine and watch the sun set over the Langdales. Getting out on the lake is one of the best ways to enjoy this glorious area; try out a new watersport like paddle-boarding or sailing, Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre is a 20 min walk away and Bowness waterfront just a 15 min strole - cruising Lake Windermere is a leisurely and scenic way to get around too.
Plenty of beautiful walks can be enjoyed from the doorstep of Oakburn, with local peaks including Orrest Head, Schools Knott and Brant Fell, you can be up on the fells within 10 minutes of leaving the house and several excellent country pubs are less than 1 hours walk away. A scenic car journey or bike ride will get you to Grasmere, Hawkeshead, Ambleside or the Langdale valley in no time and ebikes can be hired in Windermere village.
Discover more to explore in the town of Bowness-on-Windermere (a 15 min walk), a delightful town boasting pretty streets, and another excellent selection of pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops. From there take a lake cruise down to Lakeside at the southern tip of Lake Windermere to visit the amazing Lakes Aquarium, home to the UK's largest collection of freshwater fish, and while you're in the area, hop on a vintage steam locomotive on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway to travel through stunning countryside along a three and a half mile track, an experience you won't forget. Choose from an array of activities to try at Brockhole on Windermere, with high ropes, watersports, archery, inside caving and laser clay all on offer. Make memories to last a lifetime at Oakburn in the Lake District.
About the location
Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 8.7 miles.
The twin towns of Bowness and Windermere are both vibrant, fun-filled places set within the splendid scenery of the Lake District. Both towns provide a range of amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes whilst Ambleside offers the additional attraction of a boat ride to Bowness, the Lakeside Aquarium and Beatrix Potter's 'Hill Top House' at Sawrey. Grizedale Forest Park is within easy driving distance and is home to a range of activities including many good walks, mountain biking and the 'Go Ape' adventure park. The region also boasts many National Trust properties as well as a variety of water sports for those who prefer a more adrenaline-fuelled trip. Children will enjoy a trip to the 'World of Beatrix Potter' in Bowness whilst the villages of Grasmere, Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains are all within easy reach.
Note: There is a good housekeeping bond of £500 for this property