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 roughly 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.
The Living Spaces
The house is approached by a sweeping drive, where you enter The Mews from the private front entrance and small hall. The sitting room is a delight with peaceful fabrics, well-chosen furniture with a plump sofa set by a roaring log fire. By the window is your dining table where you have beautiful views down the valley to the distant tarn. The kitchen is small but well-furnished and equipped, with a door opening to the rear gardens.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
From the sitting room stairs lead up and open into the bedroom. Light floods in through double windows which are again filled with views of the valley. Beautifully furnished and with an excellent en-suite shower room, sweet dreams are assured.
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 our favourite properties, offering comfort, a warm welcome and true retreat to relax and revive.
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 track that leads 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.
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.