Back in the 1980's we almost bought this house, attracted by its character and views, but decided it was too much of a project. Fortunately, someone else took it on and provided the TLC it desperately needed, and last week we were able to enjoy the results of their hard work.
We were welcomed on a cold, gloomy November afternoon with coffee and cake in front of an open fire, watching the light fade over the valleys of Newlands and Borrowdale. We walked round the garden before it became too dark, wrestled from nature on the lower slopes of Skiddaw. We were pleased to see that the summerhouse used by the writer Graham Sutton in the 1950's is still there, and the beck still dances by.
Breakfast was very good, served in a slate-flagged dining room (looking out on that view again) with an excellent selection of fruits, yoghurts, cereals and juices to whet the appetite for the grill, which included eggs from the hens in the garden.
It was a house we never bought, and a view we never had. But last week we just had a glimpse of what we missed.More
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