House in Kelleth, Penrith, Cumbria, England - Idyllic Secluded Rural Setting Within Easy Reach Of Lakes & Dales
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About Charlotte Fairbairn
Writer, mother, former dressage rider, interested in politics, the arts, journalism, books, people, music, antiques, ideas.
Charlotte Fairbairn purchased this Barn in 2010
Why Charlotte Fairbairn chose Penrith
Kelleth Old Hall had been on the market for several years before we bought it. I think the reason it had not sold was because the previous owner did not really wish to sell. He loved it too much. Happily we were lucky enough to arrive on the doorstep at a crucial moment. The house - the gatehouse is adjacent - sits facing south over the Howgills. If you know the M6, you will recognise these wonderful doughy hills that Wainwright described as 'sleeping elephants' which mark a watershed between south and north Cumbria. Here we are, among the elephants, in a location both remote and accessible. In rain or shine, our views are always stunning.
What makes this Barn unique
While Kelleth Old Hall is one of the quirkiest 18th century houses you could visit, the Gatehouse is a 21st century version of the same. It is designed principally for two - which means huge amounts of space and a real feeling of romance. The house is two-storey, the main living area largely open to the roof with a first-floor gallery at one end and a bathroom at the other. There are hundreds of books, a grand piano, a reclaimed Georgian staircase, a wall covered in corrugated tin, a woodburning stove decorated with winter moose scenes, some contemporary paintings, a sofa-bed plus fully-equipped kitchen. The feel is New York loft meets London studio - all in the heart of some of the country's most dramatic and unspoilt scenery.
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Morecambe Bay is approximately half an hour's drive from the Gatehouse. There are beaches at Ulverston.
15 miles from Oxenholme main line West Coast train station.
20 miles from Penrith main line West Coast train station.
8 miles from Kirkby Stephen train station, which gives access from Leeds, York and the east coast. Airports are Manchester (c 80 miles) and Leeds (ditto)
Penrith 20m north; Kendal 15m south; Ravenstonedale 5m east; Kirkby Stephen 8m east. Historic Appleby-in-Westmorland 10m north. Windermere and the South Lakes - around 30m south west. Keswick and the North Lakes - around 30m north. The Yorkshire Dales begin at Sedbergh, just 10m south east. Alston, the highest market town in England, 40m north east.
Kirkby Stephen has a market, a brilliant butcher's, a fabulous grocer's that also sells Thai ingredients, a baker's, some interesting antiques shops, a cafe or two and a handful of pubs. To the north, Penrith offers the famous John Norris Country Clothing shop, a range of small independent shops and a horrible number of enormous supermarkets. To the south, Kendal sits on the River Kent. Abbot Hall, now a Museum, was home to George Romney and has a very eclectic collection and range of exhibitions. Blackwell - at the south of Lake Windermere - is part of the Lakeland Arts Trust and is a wonderful Arts & Craft House restored to full glory.
If you are a happy driver, there are hundreds of wonderful journeys to be taken - up Kirkstone Pass, the Whinlatter Pass, Wrynose Bottom. If you are a walker, the Lakes hills offer all kinds of treasures from Helvellyn, Sca Fell to the Old Man of Coniston. The Coast to Coast Walk goes past our door as do hundreds of cyclists who enjoy the challenge and beauty of these quiet roads.
Eden Valley also boasts a heap of hidden treasures - stone circles, ruined castles, limestone pavements, abandoned viaducts.