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Dunnabeck is a charming detached Edwardian villa in a secluded position just outside Grasmere village with stunning views over Rydal Water and to Loughrigg and Wansfell beyond. The house was originally associated with the building of the Thirlmere pipeline and for many years belonged to Canon Rawnsley, co-founder of the National Trust. It was bought as a mountain retreat by the present owner's grandfather and retains its atmosphere as a family home with many personal touches and a comfortable relaxing feel. Guests are assured of a peaceful setting hard to come by in the heart of the National Park.
The setting is unique - there can be few properties in the whole of Lakeland which offer such delightful views whilst the two and a half acres of natural rocky woodland garden play host to many varieties of wildlife. Rhododendrons and azaleas create a riot of seasonal colour.
There are many walks from the door including the Fairfield Horseshoe, Alcock Tarn, Loughrigg and the Grasmere and Rydal Rounds. The old 'coffin road' path from Grasmere to Rydal passes the gate and links Wordsworth's homes, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount.
Accommodation: Reached up its own private drive Dunnabeck has a front door entrance leading into the hallway - plenty of space for walking gear. The accommodation is all on one level, ideal for anyone who does not want the use of stairs. The large sitting room to the front of the house has a wide bay window with panoramic lake and fell views (Sky TV with movie and sports channels, BT Sports,video, DVD, hi-fi with ipod/iphone dock and open fire). A spacious dining room (TV, DVD, Wi-Fi) to the rear of the house leads directly through to the kitchen and back door to rear courtyard.
There are four bedrooms. Situated at the front of the house with views of Rydal Water are a large double (5' bed) with en-suite shower, basin and wc, a smaller twin, and a bunk room (adult size bunks). The fourth bedroom is a twin with en-suite shower, basin and wc, ( the twin room will be a king room from November 2014) and views of fields and fellside. Further bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and wc).
Dunnabeck is a spacious property with a relaxing feel of peace and quiet. Furnishings are comfortable and the owners wish you to enjoy being in 'their home' - there are some attractive antiques, many pictures and personal items, fitted carpets throughout and oil central heating.
Outside: Extensive terraced grounds of over two acres mostly of natural rocky woodland with grand shrubs, trees and hidden pathways. We feel that this would be a fine place for older children to enjoy although rather too adventurous for little ones to be let loose without supervision. Sheltered terrace and front lawn offer a beautiful setting for outdoor relaxation even on colder days - garden furniture supplied. Ample parking.
Sorry no pets * non-smokers please * duvets/beds made up for arrival * towels provided * electric cooker * fridge/freezer * auto washer/dryer * microwave * dishwasher * three bathrooms (two en-suite) * telephone * all fuel included * travel cot and high chair available - please order * free Wi-Fi broadband * free logs and kindling supplied for open fire * shops, pubs, restaurants and village services in Grasmere 1 mile approximately and Ambleside 2 and half miles *
note: owner occasionally brings a cat to the cottage.
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