ashmeadow house £1500000

This handsome Grade II Listed Georgian house has ... bowling clubs, churches and a village hall where there's plenty going on. .... Lancashire LA6 2HH. 015242 ...



The Promenade, Arnside, LA5 0AD An imposing property in an impressive position with inspiring views and incredible potential. This local landmark stands well at the head of the promenade with views across the viaduct and Kent Estuary towards the Lakeland Fells beyond. This handsome Grade II Listed Georgian house has been refurbished and extended. Well presented and currently offering 11 individual one bedroom apartments. Through the entrance a sweeping drive leads to a large parking area. Well maintained gardens frame this local landmark and extend to 2.45 acres (0.1 hectare). This is a great investor or developer opportunity.

Welcome to ASHMEADOW HOUSE The Promenade, Arnside, LA5 0AD Before we tell you about the history of this fine property just take a moment and look at the view. Stunning isn’t it? Overlooking the Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay, Ashmeadow House is an undeniably handsome Grade II Listed Georgian property. The owners have researched the history and tell us it was built for William Berry in 1818, a wealthy businessman, who had shipping interests in the estuary. Later, it was bought by John Barnes, who in 1900 had founded a preparatory boarding school for boys and in 1918 the property became an extension of Earnseat School for Boys. Mr Barnes modernised the house and over many years, the house and grounds were a place of learning for hundreds of boys. Earnseat closed in 1979 and John Barnes created a charitable trust, with the intention that Ashmeadow House and its grounds be put at the disposal of the trustees for the benefit of Arnside. However, over a number of years plans floundered and the house and gardens fell into disrepair until it was purchased in 2003 by the Crossfield Housing (Arnside) Society Ltd. who then embarked on an ambitious building and renovation programme. The rear (unlisted) section was demolished and a new wing added which along with the refurbished Georgian portion created 10 one bedroom apartments as well as a warden’s apartment, communal rooms and facilities. These newly created apartments were then let out to the “over 55’s” although this was not a planning stipulation. Many of the original period features remain in the Listed portion with decorative plaster cornices, panelled door reveals, deep skirting boards, French windows out to the verandah and sash windows with working shutters. The original and impressive staircase remains with oak handrail and ornate wrought iron balustrade and a splendid oval stained glass lantern skylight. Alongside the 10 apartments, there is the warden’s apartment with separate access, a residents' lounge and dining rooms, commercial kitchen, laundry room, lift, office, excellent cellar rooms and an attractive largely glazed light and airy entrance. Bringing us right up to date, the vendors have now decided to concentrate on the provision of other housing within the village and so a decision has been taken to sell Ashmeadow House. You’d need to take your own planning advice but there’s potential to reduce the number of apartments and make them larger or pursue a different use altogether. The property has been well maintained and so whilst there might be layout changes to consider and fittings to upgrade, it is not a complete refurbishment. An imposing property in an impressive position with inspiring views and incredible potential.


A highly desirable location Arnside is on the local tourist trail and for good reason. A former fishing port which enjoys stunning views across the estuary where the River Kent meets Morecambe Bay, Arnside is a popular and scenic village within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Local amenities are within the village - doctors' and dentists' surgeries, a primary school, post office, a selection of shops, mainly along the picturesque prom, as well as cafés, two good pubs and a well-renowned fish and chip shop (people travel far and wide!). There’s an active local community with tennis and bowling clubs, churches and a village hall where there's plenty going on. The outdoor type? If you walk, run or cycle there are plenty of routes straight from the door. The Promenade provides a beautifully scenic place to walk with panoramic views across the estuary towards Grange-over-Sands and the Lakeland Fells. Arnside Knott provides a striking village backdrop and if you are a bird and wildlife lover, there are nature reserves at Gait Barrows and RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss. Casting the net further afield brings in the bustling market town of Milnthorpe (3.5 miles) where there is a good range of amenities, a weekly Friday market, bank and Booths supermarket. In the opposite direction there’s Carnforth (8.7 miles) where you’ll find Tesco, Aldi and Booths supermarkets as well as many independent retailers. The City of Lancaster is 15.6 miles distant and offers a more comprehensive selection of facilities as well as Lancaster University, Lancaster & Morecambe College, Royal Lancaster Infirmary. A great place for guests to stay - If you are thinking of a future hospitality use for Ashmeadow then Arnside provides a great base for your guests from which to explore the nearby National Parks; the Lakes and the Dales as well as the undulating countryside of the Lune Valley and its charming market town of Kirkby Lonsdale (12.9 miles) known for its independent shops and plentiful and varied pubs and restaurants. An accessible location By car - Junction 35 of the M6 7.7 miles By train - Arnside has a railway station on the Northern line, which runs from Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster with services to Manchester Airport. The line is carried across the estuary by a viaduct (built originally in 1857 and rebuilt in 1915). Also on this line is the historic station of Carnforth. Lancaster is on the West Coast line with trains to Euston in approximately 2 hours, 35 mins. By air - airports at Leeds Bradford (63.7 miles), Liverpool (72.1 miles) and Manchester (74.5 miles). To find the property from Milnthorpe on the A6, head west along the B5282. After approximately 3.5 miles at the 'T' junction turn right onto Station Road signposted Arnside and proceed into the village. At the sharp left hand bend and before heading up the hill, turn right onto The Promenade and continue to the end. Proceed through the gate opening and up the sweeping drive.

Stay connected • Mains electricity, gas, drainage and metered water • There are currently separate gas and water meters installed • Gas central heating. All the apartments have individual combi boilers with a separate boiler for the communal areas • Phone entry system to individual apartments • Automatic lighting • Alarm and CCTV • Telephone connection subject to transfer regulations • Satellite television aerial within the grounds

Please note • All carpets, curtains, blinds, curtain poles, light fittings, fitted furniture and white goods are included in the sale • Items of furniture are available by separate negotiation • Tree Preservation Orders within the grounds • A right of way exists in favour of United Utilities, the Barnes Charitable Trust (pedestrian) and the Coastguard to the Life Boat Station to the south-west (vehicular and pedestrian)

Information Council tax The individual apartments are each banded A. Potential purchasers are advised to verify this information for themselves. Local and Planning Authority South Lakeland District Council, South Lakeland House, Lowther, Street, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7QU. T: 01539 733333

Money Laundering Prospective buyers should be aware that in the event that they make an offer for the property, they will be required to provide the agent with documents in relation to the Money Laundering Regulations; one being photographic ID, i.e. driving licence or passport and the other being a utility bill showing their address. These can be provided in the following ways: by calling into the agent's office with copies or by way of a certified copy provided via their solicitor. In addition prospective buyers will be required to provide information regarding the source of funding as part of the agent's offer procedure.

Lane House, Kendal Road Kirkby Lonsdale Carnforth Lancashire LA6 2HH

015242 74445 [email protected]

Boundary plan - not to scale For illustrative purposes only

IMPORTANT Davis & Bowring, for themselves and for the vendors or lessors of this property whose agents they are give notice that (i) these particulars are set out as a general outline only for guidance of intending purchasers or lessees, and do not constitute, nor constitute part of an offer or contract; (ii) all descriptions, photographs, measurements, areas, dimensions, references to condition and necessary permissions for use and occupation, and other details are given without responsibility and any intending purchasers or tenants should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them; (iii) no person in the employment of Davis & Bowring, has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatever in relation to this property nor have we carried out a detailed survey or tested the services, appliances or fittings in the property; (iv) all viewings are carried out at the sole risk of the viewer and neither the selling agent nor the vendor takes responsibility for any part of the property.

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