This very popular property is now even more luxurious with the addition of a grand, elegant sitting room for guests enjoyment.
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 waters 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 quite 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.
For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide
Dear Mr Serginson,
May I take this opportunity to say that whilst all the properties that we have stayed in via the LCC have been excellent, Pengennet was, in our opinion, the very best of them all.
We have previously stayed at the neighbouring ‘Mews’ and thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic location and the accommodation and at that time Pengennet had not ‘extended’ into the ground floor rooms. These rooms, together with the rest of the property make for absolutely delightful, top class, accommodation and we are looking forward to a return trip. Every room was well conceived for all home comforts. Lovely touches too, such as a lamp lit when we arrived, a warm welcoming kitchen (loved the Aga) and a log fire already made up in the grate, all added to a fantastic relaxing week. We have already sent a ‘thank you’ to Annis and Francesca, but we have no hesitation in recommending your company and especially Pengennett to our friends, although part of us think we should just keep it as our secret, or we will not be able to get a booking!
We enjoy perusing your selection of properties on your excellent website, so again many thanks,
Tanya and Bill Shaw
Annis, went way beyond her effeciency. She came most nights to make sure I
was ok (the oil was running out so she was checking) and taught me how to light
a fire!! As I was born and bred in London, I have never had working fires so to me
that was the best part of my stay. And even though I was alone the 6 days, I never
felt frightened at being in such a remote place.
Can you please pass my comments on to Annis please, I would love her to know
how much I enjoyed my stay there and valued her help.
I will definitely be coming back. Thank you again so much.
Kind regards - Joanna Sandford
Clare, Thanks for the tips. We loved the cottage and had a marvellous mellow time in the area. I am recomending the place to everyone I know!
Lakeland Extras - You Time
Holidays are are all about relaxing and reviving along with having fun. It should also be about your time, time for yourself, a little self indulgence. Adding some of these extras will enhance your holiday experience and give you that much deserved You Time.
My Personal Sanctuary
MPS is a luxurious and truly indulgent beauty therapy service delivering 5 star quality organic treatments carried out in the comfort of your cottage. Your treatments are carried out by carefully selected therapists, who ensure you are enveloped in calmness, serenity and relaxation from the moment you embark on your treatment journey. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enhance your stay and even better, when you book one of our lake district cottages you will recieve a 5% reduction from MPS on your chosen treatment.
Home Cooked Meals
A delicious home cooked meal delivered to you door will give you even more time to yourself. We have found a few companies that offer a tasty selection. Clare Boissier, a Prue Leith-trained chef with over 20 years experience and will work throughout the county, Lucy's of Ambleside, and in the north Lakes, Choice Catering run by Debbie Bainbridge.