This beautiful, traditional Lakeland country house is set against a backdrop of high fell at the far head of the Kentmere Valley. Running north from the village of Staveley, parallel to the Troutbeck valley, it is a most protected and unspoiled area of natural beauty and, though popular with true walkers, remains peaceful.
The setting is idyllic, with views down the valley that hold your gaze, and gardens that meander, exploding with colour during spring and summer. It is easy to see why many guests refuse to venture out, but simply stay and relax in and around the house.
Capplerigg has been divided into two separate accommodations, with some areas left for the owners private use, and offers its guests a choice between The Mews and Pengennett, each a perfect and quiet retreat for couples, and with the new additions made to Pengennett in 2013 makes it possibly one the finest properties for two in the Lake District, well deserving of the Visit England highest award of 5 Star Gold.
The Living Spaces
The house is approached by a sweeping drive, where you enter Pengennett from the south wing private entrance. You step into a large lobby, off which is the old dairy with original slate shelving and stone floors, perfect for storing all your provisions, boots and bits.
From here you enter the kitchen. A delightful room there is comfy sofa and a dining table along with an eclectic mix of ornament and soft lighting and at the heart the AGA cooker. With views out to the garden and valley, the combination makes this room perfect to cook and dine.
From the kitchen you pass through to the grand hall and stairway across to the sitting room, a new and simply fabulous addition to this already super property.
The images say far more than words about this beautiful, elegant room where you will be able to relax in great comfort, cuddle up on the huge sofa, take in a movie on the wide screen TV, watch the flicker of flames from the two fires, write your post cards at the handsome desk, and a enjoy a spectacular valley view.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
From the hall the stairway leads upstairs to a beautiful landing, off which is the large and beautifully furnished double bedroom with views out to the valley. Fine furniture and a huge king sized brass bed, along with delightful decor will ensure the sweetest of dreams.
The bathroom is pure luxury. Large, spacious and beautifully fitted and furnished, you can truly relax and soak in a bubble heaven after a day on the fells. Adjoining the main bathroom is a separate shower room, so no need for a queue!
The grounds are extensive and quite stunning with plenty to share, where you can dine on the terrace overlooking the valley or wander off on to grassy banks and find a shady spot to relax.
Both The Mews and Pengennett are two of my favourite properties, each offering a warm welcome and true retreat to relax and revive. However, Pengennett offers that extra level of comfort, furnishing and space, making it a very special place indeed especially ideal for romantic breaks and honeymoons.
Out & About
The Kentmere valley runs north from the village of Staveley, parallel to the Troutbeck valley. It is a most protected and unspoiled area of natural beauty, and though popular with true walkers, remains peaceful. The River Kent flows through the valley floor with fells rising up from either side. At the head of the valley is the hamlet of Kentmere with tracks that lead to a splendid collection of mountain tops including Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, High Street, Mardale Ill Bell and Harter Fell and form the Kentmere Horseshoe. For the very hardy you can walk all the way to Hawswater, one of the most remote lakes.
At the mouth of the valley, about three miles from the cottage is the village of Staveley. The houses and buildings are typical Lakeland stone built and are nestled between the Rivers Kent and Gowan. At the heart of the village is St James church built in 1865 and shows off a stained glass east window designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and made by William Morris and Co. The original church was St Margaret's, built in 1388 where today only the tower remains.
There are plenty of shops and a few inns, the best The Eagle and Child, serving decent food and beer. At The Mill Yard you will find a host of retail shops and businesses. Here there is Wheelbase a huge cycle company for top end bikes and hire bikes. Artesian shops include More Bakery, The Hawskhead Brewery, Starlys Spice Company and Fairground Coffee. Hawkshead Brewery have a super modern Beer Hall where you can relax and sample their excellent beers along with a plate of tapas. Wilf's Cafe is an old and popular favourite where you will find good food, along with art exhibitions. Mainly a day time affair, Wilf's do have specialty evenings and well worth checking out their notice board or website.
From Staveley you head on into the lakes where a three mile drive brings you to the linked towns of Bowness and Windermere set on the east shore of Lake Windermere, where Bowness is at the water's edge, with the town of Windermere set about a half mile away above the lake.
Each is a busy community of shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions, serving both the local community and our visitors to the Lake District. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the bay at Bowness, a sweeping crescent of waterfront and adjoining parkland, where you can enjoy a walk by the shore or find a quiet place to picnic. At the bay you will find the piers and the famous Windermere steamers, which offer boat trips up and down the ten mile reach of the lake. Here you can also hire rowing boats and motor powered boats, which can be taken by the hour to explore the lake and its islands for yourself.
From Windermere the road leads on into the heart of South Lakes where you have Ambleside at the northern head of the lake, Rydal Water a little further on, and to the west Coniston Water, perhaps the most friendly of the large lakes.
Last but not least head east a few miles to Kendal, south lakes main town, offering a variety of good shopping with stores, supermarkets and farmers markets, along with dining and a good cultural scene with art galleries, theatre and cinema all adding up for a good day out.
Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.