Enjoy the views straight out to the gardens with this ground floor apartment
Open-plan living space
Lounge area
Enjoy breakfast on the patio or an evening vino
Kitchen area
Part of a Georgian Manor
Relax and take in the view
Sleek and glossy kitchen
Breakfast bar
View towards the lounge area
Cook up a storm
Modern applicances
En-suite shower room
Finishing touches
King-size bedroom
Enjoy the views from the comfort of your bed
Ample storage
Bath or shower
View towards apartments
Stunning location
Shared entrance
Private patio
Beautiful surroundings
1 / 24  Enjoy the views straight out to the gardens with this ground floor apartment
2 / 24  Open-plan living space
3 / 24  Lounge area
4 / 24  Enjoy breakfast on the patio or an evening vino
5 / 24  Kitchen area
6 / 24  Part of a Georgian Manor
7 / 24  Relax and take in the view
8 / 24  Sleek and glossy kitchen
9 / 24  Breakfast bar
10 / 24  View towards the lounge area
11 / 24  Cook up a storm
12 / 24  Modern applicances
13 / 24  En-suite shower room
14 / 24  Finishing touches
15 / 24  King-size bedroom
16 / 24  Enjoy the views from the comfort of your bed
17 / 24  Ample storage
18 / 24  Bathroom
19 / 24  Bath or shower
20 / 24  View towards apartments
21 / 24  Stunning location
22 / 24  Shared entrance
23 / 24  Private patio
24 / 24  Beautiful surroundings

Summer Hill House - Garden Apartment - No 2

Spark Bridge, Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Internet access
Pub nearby
Towels included
6 more
Property code: LCC53


Dating back to the late 1700's, Summer Hill is a beautiful Grade II listed country house of classical Georgian design, set in extensive, landscaped gardens, with sweeping lawns and an ornamental fountain.

A private family home for over 200 years, it has undergone an exciting re-creation changing it into five super, privately owned apartments, retaining the grandness of the period architecture, but adding a contemporary modern twist to the project. No 2 Garden Apartment is beautifully and thoughtfully put together, merging contemporary with classical offering guests a chic easy living holiday base, where the quality will be reflected by the expected Visit England 4 Star Gold Award.

The house is tucked away on a gentle hill above Spark Bridge, just below Coniston Water. The location gives you easy access to the lakes and mountains lying to the north, along with the Grizedale Forest. To the south lies the Cartmel Peninsula with its pretty villages and rugged coastline of the Morecambe Bay, and west is Newby Bridge at the foot of Lake Windermere.

The house is bank built where Apartment 2 occupies part of the lower ground floor and where you enter the property, and part of the middle level which has most of the living spaces and bedroom and offers access out to the veranda and gardens.

The Living Spaces

The living space is one very large room, showcasing period architecture detail, with contemporary and vintage furnishings. To one end is a super modern fitted kitchen offering all you need to rustle up lazy lunches and tasty suppers. The business end of the kitchen is divided from the main area by a long island unit and breakfast bar, overhung by a drop ceiling with hidden lighting.

The remainder of the room is presented as a wonderfully spacious sitting room. Designed for easy living, a large contemporary modular L shaped sofa sits on a burnished parquet floor and faces the huge French doors. Offering views to the garden and letting a perfect light to flood in, they open out onto the veranda where you can sit and enjoy a morning coffee, or an evening glass of wine.

Bedroom and Bathrooms

The bedroom with king-size bed is also on the middle level. Simple but elegantly furnished with well chosen vintage pieces, it has delightful views out to the west gardens. Adjoining the bedroom is an en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC.
If you want a long soak no problem, as there is a further bathroom on the lower level with super bath, separate shower, basin and WC.

Grounds & Gardens

Outside each apartment has its own allocated private garden space, where the rest of the extensive grounds are there for all to enjoy, however No 2 benefits from having its own private space on the veranda, perfect for an evening drink with a beautiful backdrop of manicured lawns and mature shrubs and trees.

In Summation - Summer Hill will afford guests a perfect holiday base or a super romantic retreat for weekends, anniversaries and honeymoons, where the local area gives you much to see and do, along with ease of exploring the wider Lake District National Park and its sublime landscape.

Out & About

The landscape is the backdrop for Arthur Ransome's famous children's novels, the Swallows and Amazon adventures, and is perfect for walking and cycling.

Spark Bridge lies west of Lake Windermere in the Crake Valley. To the north you have the Furness Fells which encompass the mighty Grizedale Forest with its many trails and forest art, along with Coniston Water, one of my favourite lakes, and the Coniston mountain range, dominated by the mighty Old Man overshadowing Coniston's village at the head of the lake.

A short walk from the apartment brings you to the Farmers Arms at Spark Bridge, a great old pub with friendly staff, or the Royal Oak for local ales and food. For variety, the Red Lion Inn lies a little further away at Lowick Bridge, again serving good local ales and hearty pub food, and visitors are welcome to join in the pubs events such as the weekly quiz nights - all great fun.

South you have the Cartmel Peninsula and the Morecambe Bay. As grand as any of the lakes, the bay offers walks out along the shoreline, giving you miles of silver sands, rocky bays to explore, and the wonder of the tidal bore, which rushes in twice daily.

On the peninsular are two delightful villages. Grange over Sands overlooks the bay and offers plenty of good local shops. Over the fell lies Cartmel, one of the prettiest villages in the lakes. A huge priory sits at is centre, where little streets radiate off the village square. As well as being famed for its architecture, the village has become a haven for great cuisine, with four pubs, and Simon Rogan's two establishments, Rogan & Company, an easy bistro style venue, and his world famous L'Enclume with its Michelin Star and voted the Good Food Guides number one restaurant for 2015.

To the west lies Ulverston, on the Furness peninsula. A pretty town with a maze of cobbled streets, alleys and ginnels it offers plenty of shops and cafes along with excellent pubs and restaurants and, on the edge of town, is Booths supermarket.

The town is most famous as the birthplace of Stan Laurel, but also for its festivals. There are festivals for walking, music, egg rolling, flag day and, perhaps most spectacular, the Lantern Festival to list but a few and it is worth checking what's on and when with the Tourist Information Centre. Along with the festivals the arts play a big part in the life of Ulverston, where there is a good cinema and the ‘Coronation Hall’, a fine theatre, offering plays, music and opera.

Just east is Newby Bridge at the foot of Windermere. Some excellent inns are to be found along with the Steamboat terminal at Lakeside offering trips up and down the lake.

Just above Newby Bridge, at Finsthwaite, is a fairly little know walk around the two waters of High and Low Dam. Easy to access they make for a perfect easy short walk, with time for a leisurely picnic by the water's edge.

North and to the Coniston fells. Bethacar Moor is crisscrossed with tracks and pathways, rewarding you with bracing walks and fine views. At the foot of Coniston you can explore the shoreline with its little bays, and running west from the lake lies the Grizedale Forest.

Coniston village sits at the head of the lake, sheltered in the lea of the Coniston mountain range. Radiating from the stone bridge, spanning Church Beck, the four main streets are a bustling community with a fine church, shops, a post office, cafes, a local brewery, and five good pubs. This is a village with much to do, the location perfect for outdoor pursuits. Climbing, walking, cycling and water sport holidays are just some of the activities on offer. On all points of the compass there are trails, leafy forest paths, tracks and lake shores to explore, and you need travel very little to find a new and exciting landscape.

Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower and WC
  • En-suite shower room with shower and WC
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, and washer/dryer
  • Bed linen, towels, electric and heating included
  • Babes in arms welcome, regret no children under 14
  • Regret no pets
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Pub 1 mile
  • £200 refundable security deposit payable prior to arrival

This property is personally managed by Anthony.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Alison 13th September 2019

The accommodation and location were beautiful and exactly as the photographs. Well maintained, good linen and bathrobes were nice. Well appointed bathrooms and good kitchen. Wifi was variable at best, but it is a rural occasion so that's understandable. No toilet rolls, dishwasher tablets, milk, soap per bathroom as you might expect from other holiRead moreday lets so suggest taking these. Not the end of the world and still had a fabulous time, but these simple things would help. Hide

Reviewed by John 14th June 2019

Fantastic place

Enjoy the views straight out to the gardens with this ground floor apartment
Open-plan living space
Lounge area
Enjoy breakfast on the patio or an evening vino
Kitchen area
Part of a Georgian Manor
Relax and take in the view
Sleek and glossy kitchen
Breakfast bar
View towards the lounge area
Cook up a storm
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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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