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Underfield - Fine & Country

Underfield

Nr Bouth LA12 8HU


At A Glance

• Small Lakeland Estate

• Grade II Listed Country House

• 4 Reception Rooms and 6 Bedrooms

• 4 Bedroom Cottage

• Extensive Outbuildings

• 36 Acres of Gardens, Grounds and Woodlands

• Southerly Aspect and Estuary Views

• Close to Village Services and Country Pub

Underfield, Nr. Bouth, LA12 8HU

After being chosen by the current owners 10 years ago the Underfield Estate has gone through a significant and comprehensive refurbishment, not only in the

house and outbuildings but in the extensive gardens and grounds which have been returned to former glories. A stunning Grade II Listed country house is the

centrepiece of the estate together with a 17th Century cottage, extensive range of outbuildings and varied land and gardens which include formal areas,

productive kitchen garden, tennis court and acres of bluebell woods.

This is a family home on a small Lakeland estate that delivers on so many fronts and never fails to impress. The main house has been comprehensively

refurbished in recent years, sympathetically to it’s period but bringing in the highest quality fittings and finishes. The sensible proportions of the house create a

special feel and a wonderful home for entertaining with lovely reception rooms, excellent kitchen, 4 bedroom and 3 bathroom family accommodation on the

first floor and 2 bedroom guest suite with shower room on the upper floor.

The house also incorporates plenty of utility space, fabulous cinema room, snooker room and an extensive range of outbuildings for garaging, machinery

store, fuel store and the original stabling should anybody want to keep horses or ponies on the adjacent field. The 4 bedroom cottage is the oldest building

on the estate, dating from 1649 and provides a home of character for family, guests or a worthwhile letting income.

Underfield has almost 36 acres of gardens, grounds and woodland, including a grazing field of 8 acres, ideal for horses or ponies. The gardens to Underfield

are a stunning feature and their position just above the estuary with a wide sunny Southerly aspect, creating a mild microclimate that encourages an

impressive display of rhododendrons, azaleas and non native trees including a sweeping driveway lined by Chilean pines from South America, better known

as monkey puzzles. An award winning country pub is only a mile stroll away into pretty Bouth village and Greenodd village which is 5 minutes drive has a

butcher, baker, Post Office and doctor whilst the historic market town of Ulverston with an array of service shops and Booths supermarket is only 10

minutes drive. The A590 trunk road can take you straight to the M6 in a short time whilst a series of quiet B roads lead from the house right into the heart

of the Lake District National Park.

After being kept in the same military family ownership for several generations, this is only the second time Underfield has become available to purchase by

anyone seeking a fine, welcoming country home and estate.


GROUND FLOOR ACCOMMODATION

Front Entrance, Reception and Dining Hall

An elegant reception room with oak floor and period fire surround with

ornate open half hob basket. There are fitted alcoves, with shelving, drinks

cupboard and cutlery drawers. A shuttered double window looks out

over the gardens towards the estuary. Throughout the property sash

windows have been retained and fully refurbished by Ventrolla.

Inner Hall

The original staircase is a beautiful feature of the central hall, which is

finished with oak flooring and arch detailing.

Sitting Room

A comfortable, smaller living room at the front of the house overlooking

the gardens, with a shuttered double window, hand finished wall panelling

and built-in bookcase creating an inviting room with the feature of an

attractive scrolled fire surround with open grate.

Breakfast Room

A cosy room at the rear of the house overlooking a courtyard with

window seats and a splendid cast fire range, with coal effect gas fire inset.

A separate door to the boot room and rear entrance.

Breakfast Kitchen

Completely redesigned and refitted to be in keeping with the style of the

property by Mark Wilkinson. Every facility is catered for within the hand

painted kitchen, which is finished with quality granite worktops and

incorporates a dresser unit, plate rack, double Belfast sink, double stainless

steel sink with filter for drinking water, 5-burner Falcon gas stove,

dishwasher, Miele coffee machine and microwave, fridge, freezer and full

height double pantry cupboard.

Drawing Room

This is a superb Victorian room with windows on two sides providing plenty

of light across the French block oak floor. Carefully designed and illuminated

glazed display cabinet and a fine stone fire surround with fire basket.

Cloakroom

A facility on the ground floor finished with a tile floor and providing

pedestal washbasin and WC.

Laundry and Utility Space

Two useful rooms with panelling to dado, fitted Belfast sink and plumbing

for washing machine.


Rear Annexe

To the rear of the house is an annexe of two rooms which has previously

been used as staff accommodation and is currently a hobby and games

area. There is also access to a useful cellar room. This annexe area is a

versatile free space, which could be used as an office or incorporated into

the main accommodation. There are also plans drawn and planning

consent obtained for conversion and enlargement of this area as an

indoor swimming pool.

Rear Entrance

This is an excellent wet entrance for dogs and boots, leading off the rear

courtyard and garaging with plenty of space for shoes, boots and coats.

FIRST FLOOR ACCOMMODATION

Landing

The landing on the first floor of Underfield is a delightful feature, with almost

a full width view of the house and a series of moulded arches. This first floor

offers 4 good family bedrooms, all on the same level with 3 full bathrooms.

Study

The landing opens into a study area which is neatly planned out and with

a series of bookcases to two walls, together with a window seat looking

out over the rear courtyard and parkland.

Master Bedroom Suite

The master suite in the Victorian section of the house is a lovely private

space enjoying some of the best views over the gardens towards the

estuary and with the luxury of a large bedroom, adjacent dressing room

and high quality bathroom. The bedroom has three good windows

looking out over the gardens and the adjacent dressing room is a

generous space to the rear. Adjoining the dressing room is a superb

master bathroom, completed with hand painted finishes and a luxurious

imported French suite, which comprises a large walk-in shower, high flush

WC, French style wash basin and a splendid steel enamel slipper bath.

Bedrooms 3 and 4

Two double family bedrooms at the front of the house each enjoying

South facing views of the gardens.


House Bathroom

A high quality bathroom suite with stylish decorative finishes, comprising a

roll-top bath with claw and ball feet, wide shower cabinet, WC and pedestal

wash basin.

Bedroom 2

A large double bedroom which enjoys a good view towards the estuary and

has a taller beamed ceiling and a generous en-suite facility. The adjacent

bathroom is finished with a wide walk-in shower area, WC, panelled bath and

contemporary glass wash basin.

SECOND FLOOR ACCOMMODATION

Landing

The second floor opens onto a spacious landing area with excellent built-in

storage cupboards and offers an excellent facility as a separate guest suite.

Bedrooms 5 and 6

Two adjacent double bedrooms each with gable windows looking out over

the gardens.

Guest Shower Room

A good sized facility adjacent to bedrooms 5 and 6, fitted out with WC, pedestal

washbasin, wide walk-in shower cabinet and a range of fixed cupboards.

Ante Room

A versatile space for a number of uses on the second floor, as a hobby room,

music room or a quiet area for homework.

Cinema Room

This is a wonderful modern facility fitted carefully into this beautiful period

building. It is an excellent facility for family, friends and relatives although the

space could also be utilised as a large open office or playroom if required.


THE COTTAGE

Underfield Cottage has a date stone of 1649 and exudes character with an

Inglenook fireplace, flagged floor, panel walling, mullioned windows and oak beams

and is an idea facility for those wanting family close by but with their own

accommodation or it currently receives a worthwhile income from holiday letting.

GROUND FLOOR ACCOMMODATION

Sitting Room

A room with plenty of character having a multi-fuel stove set in a deep Inglenook

fireplace with flagged floor, unusual high level original cupboards and window

seats add to the charm.

Dining Room

Separated from the sitting room with panelled walling, the dining room has oak

plank flooring and a beamed ceiling.

Breakfast Kitchen

This space is fitted out with a range of modern floor/wall cabinets and worktops

and with a good range of equipment including dishwasher, double oven, hob and

dresser and shelved larder. There is plenty of space for a breakfast table.

Utility Room

A generous space at the rear of the cottage also doubling as a very useful wet

entrance for pets and boots with a flagged floor, Belfast sink and an oil fired

central heating boiler.

Cloakroom

Pedestal washbasin and WC.

FIRST FLOOR ACCOMMODATION

Landing

The old oak doors have been retained and many of the rooms have the original

mullioned windows.

Bedroom 1

A double bedroom with oak walling.

Bedroom 2

A large South facing double bedroom with a large stone fire opening.

Bedroom 3

A smaller double bedroom in the centre of the cottage, also enjoying a Southerly aspect.

Bedroom 4

A good sized single bedroom with views over pastureland.

Bathroom

Fitted with a 3-piece white suite WC, pedestal wash basin and panelled bath with

shower over.


OUTBUILDINGS

The outbuildings to Underfield are an important factor in the enjoyment and use

of the house to its fullest. Some out buildings link Underfield with the Cottage

and were formerly farm buildings and stables and there is a further coach house

and garage block to the rear courtyard.

Workshop and Log Store

A very useful space with access from the rear courtyard and the front garden

and parking area. Currently partitioned for a log area, this is a very versatile space

for a number of uses.

Snooker Room

This wonderful facility has been created within the loft area above the workshop

and is accessed from a fixed staircase. It is an enjoyable peaceful space away

from the main accommodation.

Main Garage

This is accessed through double doors from the driveway and parking area and

also has the facility of a loft space above.

Former Stables

Currently used as an extensive wood store, the original stables are still in place

with brick-set floor and this area has a loft room above. This remains an excellent

facility for anybody wishing to keep horses or ponies on the adjacent 8 acre field.

Coach House

This detached stone built block is to the rear of the house and approached by

the secondary driveway. The building is currently utilised as a generous sized

double garage and workshop, loft space, machinery and tractor store, with

adjoining gardeners room.

The property is approached by a main and secondary driveway and with

separate parking and car port at the rear of the cottage, not intruding on the

main house.


Gardens and Grounds

These are an outstanding feature of Underfield, providing a setting of privacy, a sense of peace and great natural beauty.

The gardens are well noted in the locality and comprise of a very wide range of specimen Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Maples and Acers. Often referred to as having its own microclimate with warmth from the Gulf Stream and shelter of the

wooded setting, the gardens flourish through spring and summer. Exotic specimens and non-native trees sit alongside natural features.

There is a delightful stream which flows through the garden in a series of falls, into a large pond. Beneath the main lawn area is a very sheltered and productive kitchen garden which includes fruit trees, vegetable beds, soft fruit bushes and a fig

tree. An unusual and original Victorian sunken greenhouse houses a productive vine and lemon tree.

A tennis court has been developed just off the rear driveway, screened from the house but making an excellent facility for all ages.

The gardens and grounds of Underfield extend to almost 36 acres in total and outside the formal garden areas there is some fine mixed woodland, established for many years with a spring carpet of bluebells and mature birch, oak, beech and

sycamore trees. The woodland is home to a host of wildlife and birdlife in and amongst the series of clearings and small meadows.

The parkland grazing field lies between the second driveway and the minor road to Tottlebank and extends to some 7.90 acres and offers an excellent opportunity of those wanting to keep a selection of animals or ideal for horse or pony.


Whilst every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the floor plans contained here, measurements of doors, windows and rooms are approximate and no responsibility is taken for any error, omission or mis-statement. These plans are for representation purposes only as defined by RICS Code of Measuring

Practice and should be used as such by any prospective purchaser. The services, systems and appliances listed in this specification have not been tested by Fine & Country and no guarantee as to their operating ability or their efficiency can be given.


Directions

Travelling on the A590 West from Newby Bridge towards

Ulverston. Continue through two sections of dual carriage way

and past the Rusland Pool Hotel on your right. Towards the end

of the straight, turn right onto the lane signposted Bouth. Follow

the lane around to the left and the main driveway to Underfield is

the first opening on the left, approached through an electronically

operated gate onto the sweeping tree lined driveway.

Tenure: Freehold

Vacant possession on completion

Services

Mains electricity. Private drainage. Private water from a spring fed

source and a borehole system. Oil fired central heating with

separate systems for both main house and cottage. Bottled gas

supply for cooking and breakfast room fire.

House

Cottage

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