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8.55 acres, The Laithes, Penrith, CA11, Cumbria
Under Offer - Guide Price £1,250,000

  • The Laithes, an exceptional principal house requiring full renovation
  • Three further cottages
  • Superb courtyard with stables, garaging, workshops and stores
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Parkland and mature woodlands
  • In all about 8.55 acres (3.46 hectares)

Superb residential estate with enormous potential.


The Laithes location is the perfect balance of picturesque rural Cumbria and excellent connectivity. Situated close to a small hamlet, which carries the same name, The Laithes Estate sits in a sheltered position, set back from the road, with magnificent, uninterrupted views over surround farmland, towards the Lake District National Park to the south.

The immediate surroundings are typical for the area and comprise traditional livestock farms and undulating grassland falling away to the river Petteril, interspersed with attractive woodlands rising towards spectacular fells.

Transport connections are excellent being only 3 miles to junction 41 of the M6 and only 6 miles from Penrith, the M6/ A66 junction and the West Coast mainline, with regular train services to London Euston in little over 3 hours.

The Laithes is an excellent example of a small private residential estate. The imposing and grand principal property requires renovation, however could be remodeled and extended to incorporate the adjacent cottage and create a beautiful home with outstanding period features, grounds and gardens.

In addition, the property includes a large courtyard with a further two residential properties and range of additional buildings, including coach house, stables, workshops and stores.

In all, the estate extends to approximately 8.55 acres, approached via a private drive or along a sweeping route through parkland with stunning mature trees to a carriage sweep south of the house, framed by mature woodlands.

The original property has been significantly remodeled in the mid-19th Century, which created the imposing façade and grand proportions. The property is built in sandstone with a slate roof and part rendered with a wealth of internal and external period features, such as stone flag floors, exposed beams, shutters, traditional fireplaces and service bells. Now requiring a significant program of renovations, there is potential to create an exquisite modern family living space with an abundance of natural light.

Internally extending to over 6,600 sq ft. the ground floor accommodation includes; entrance hall with oak door and stone flag floor, fireplace and unique art deco staircase. Located off the entrance hall, is the kitchen with a range of fitted units, pantry with original stone shelves, dining room, drawing room, library with parquet floor and doors to the garden room / conservatory, cloakroom and WC. The principal rooms are well-proportioned and full of historic features. The first floor extends to three large bedrooms, dressing room, hat room, WC and bathroom with wash basin and WC. There is a further galleried landing area which could be utilised as a study or additional bedroom. The second floor is currently accessed via a ladder, but does include two rooms complete with fireplaces and a central landing, which currently provides extensive storage space and could be developed into additional living space. There is a significant cellar divided into four rooms, including stores, potting area and wine cellar, with stone shelves and vaulted ceiling. The oil central heating boiler is also located in this area.

The southern elevation of the property has a gravel area and carriage sweep, which surrounds a significant lawn area, with shrubbery, rhododendron and specimen trees, sheltering and framing the property. The gardens are bound by a mixture of walls and estate style steel railings. The north of the property opens into a small courtyard with a range of stone built single story stores, beyond which is a further gravel parking area and the larger courtyard and cottages. The cottages share the cobbled courtyard area and numbers 1 & 2 have modest lawn gardens facing west over the grassland.

The estate includes three further cottages, all traditional sandstone and slate buildings currently let under Assured Shorthold Tenancies (further details available on request). No. 3 Laithes Cottages is attached to the principal house and appears to have been historically sub-divided from the property creating a modest two bedroom property. The property has a small courtyard garden, parking area and use of some adjacent outbuildings. This could be reincorporated into the principal house in a remodeling exercise or remain a separate property. No. 1 & 2 Laithes Cottages are located in the courtyard west of the principal house, nestled between the coach house, stables and barns. These cottages are three and two bedroom respectively and make for attractive homes, in what would have formerly been staff or groom accommodation. The cottages all use back boilers and electric storage heaters. There is the potential to extend the cottages or create additional units in the adjacent traditional buildings.

The principal buildings are arranged around a traditional cobbled courtyard, which has an 1841 date stone above the arched entrance. 1 and 2 Laithes Cottages also sit within this area. The buildings are predominantly double height traditional sandstone barns with slate roofs and many traditional features
remain including, cobbled and stone flag floors, traditional stables with wooden stalls and hay racks, a tack room with fireplace and hayloft above. There is a substantial undercroft with dog kennels created from former piggeries located to the northern section and further stone built stores. There is enormous potential for further development or residential property, holiday lets or office space (subject to consents).

The farmland gently undulates and surrounds The Laithes, extending to around 5.05 acres of parkland and mature mixed woodland. The remaining 3.5 acres comprises properties, grounds and gardens. The land to the south of The Laithes is arranged as parkland with some stunning mature trees and a sweeping driveway which could be reinstated. The remaining land is predominantly mature woodlands, all which makes for a very attractive, private and protected setting.

Acreage: 8.55 Acres


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