Stepping Stones House is an elegant period residence, once owned by the son of William Wordsworth, that stands in a breath-taking location beside the River Rothay as it flows through the vale from Rydal Water and onward to Lake Windermere. Lovingly refurbished, the current owners have created a beautiful home, ideal for special occasions and holidays that memories are made of.
From the elegant drawing room, formal dining room, character kitchen, cosy snug, four welcoming bedrooms and additional child's attic bedroom, the attention to detail and high quality is evident throughout the house.
Throughout the year the breath-taking scenery of the Vale of Rydal is second to none and rises from the shores of Rydal Water to Loughrigg Fell to the west, Fairfield to the east and northwards to Grasmere and the central mountain ranges of the Langdale and Helvellyn. The village of Ambleside, or a little further Grasmere, are both within walking distance and offer a great choice of popular eateries, Lakeland pubs and local shops.
Offering great quality in an excellent location, Stepping Stones House, has all the ingredients you need for a memorable Lakeland holiday.
Accommodation in detail
The front porch welcomes you to Stepping Stones House. The elegance of the drawing room accentuated by the high ceilings, feature fire place and large picture windows beautifully frame the views across the river and to the patio and garden. The Harris Tweed sofas are arranged around the cosy log burning stove and the large screen Smart TV is just what you need for a relaxing evening with a good film. The high ceilings and elegant theme continue through to the beautifully furnished dining room with large family dining table, ideal for that special occasion.
To the rear of the house the character changes and the cottage style kitchen is warm and welcoming, with a large farmhouse breakfast table and range cooker, as well as being well equipped with dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer. The owner's attention to detail is again evident with everything you could need to serve up anything from a hearty breakfast to a special celebration dinner. Beyond the kitchen the snug is a more informal place to relax in the sumptuous leather sofas, and here can be found a second large screen TV and the upright piano. A patio door opens from here to the garden.
There are four master bedrooms to choose from, the “Brassica Room” is the largest and is located on the ground floor, with picture windows to the garden, feature fire place and king size bed it is complemented by the family shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC (please note that though the shower room is located on the ground floor there are two steps from the hallway to the bathroom).
On the first floor the further three bedrooms can be found; the “Blue Room” offers a king size feature bed, feature fireplace, views across the valley and an ensuite bathroom with roll top bath, basin and WC. The “Green Room” offers a king size feature bed, feature fire place, views to the garden and ensuite bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC. The “Red Room” is the owner's family favourite and the dual aspect windows take advantage of the views to the south across the whole of the vale. Offering a comfortable double bed this pretty bedroom is complemented by an ensuite bathroom with feature bath, basin and WC.
Reaching the very top of the house the owners have created a final bedroom for those with children. Cleverly incorporated into the attic and eves of the house this bedroom is just ideal for younger children with its nursery theme, pretty twin beds, toys, games and puzzles. The children will love the secret winding stair case, the characterful low ceiling and feature beams. Please note the owners suggest that this bedroom is suitable only for up to two children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old. Due to the layout it is considered unsuitable for younger children and is not suitable for use by teenagers or adults.
To the side of the property the south facing garden has been landscaped to create a formal garden complete with patio with bistro dining furniture – the ideal spot to relax over drinks on a summer's afternoon. From the sloping front lawns of the house the well planted trees and shrubs beautifully frame the views in every direction. Three private parking spaces are available on the shared driveway 50 yards from the front door.
Set in idyllic rural surroundings with a view that has hardly changed since the property was in the Wordsworth family, Stepping Stones is just minutes from Ambleside. Guests have a true getting away from it all experience in beautiful surroundings and surrounded by stunning scenery. There are many wonderful walks straight from the door, ranging from short walks to full day hikes.
Alternatively a few minutes in the car takes you to the village of Ambleside known by locals as the jewel in Lakelands crown. Ambleside offers a myriad of eateries and vibrant shopping surrounded by endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits.
Nearby too is Grasmere, a wonderful Lakeland village with views abound. Grasmere has drawn poets, artists and painters for centuries. Famously the home of William Wordsworth in Dove Cottage, from 1799-1808.
Bowness on Windermere is the most popular tourist destination in Cumbria; it is a hive of activity with plenty to see and do. Both young and old love to feed the ducks and swans at the water's edge and the many steamer cruises and boat hire are popular choices. There are cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes and shops to help you while away the hours. The famous Beatrix Potter museum is well worth a visit too.
Lakeland Country House
3 King size bedrooms
1 Double bedroom
1 Children's Twin bedroom
3 Ensuite bathrooms
1 Family shower room
Drawing Room with beautiful view
Log burning stove
Large screen Smart TV & DVD
Dining room with elegant family dining table
Separate snug/TV room
7 Ring gas hob
2 Gas ovens plus grill
Family breakfast table
Gas Central Heating
Patio with bistro furniture
Walks from the door
Two well behaved pets welcome
Private parking for three cars