Family-sized home with space and lovely gardens


With lots of space both inside and out, including huge gardens, two double garages, four bedrooms and three reception rooms, Quarry Bank would be ideal for a larger family.

It is in a pleasant setting, off a side lane yet convenient for all the amenities of Brampton town centre and commuter links.

Judy Brownlow moved to Quarry Bank more than 30 years ago with her husband Peter, who has passed on, and their two sons. The bungalow was then about 20 years old.

"When people hear the word bungalow, they think 'retirement' but this has been a family home, I wouldn't class it as a retirement home," Judy said.

"We moved from Yorkshire. Peter worked at Yorkshire Post Newspapers in finance and I was a secretary there.

"He got work at Border Television which is why we moved here. I think we were attracted to Brampton as we didn't want to get too rural.

"Before we moved, I put an advert in the Cumberland News saying what we were looking for and a lot of people got in touch but the properties were out in the sticks.

"That wasn't really quite what we wanted at that time so we had to abandon that idea. We kept coming up for weekends to look at areas and we liked Brampton."

Since then there has been a lot of improvements to Quarry Bank with new windows everywhere, an new extension built and, in the past two years, a new roof on the main property.

"It looks pretty smart now, I have to say!" Judy commented. She is well-know in Brampton for Eyecatchers, a ladies' fashions and gifts shop she ran with friend Viv Jefferson. It closed several years ago.

"People remember the shop and keep saying to us that they wish we were still open."

Quarry Bank has a wide entrance lobby leading into a large dining room with fitted cupboards and French doors into the courtyard. The fourth bedroom/study and good-sized breakfasting kitchen are accessed from the dining room and there is also a cosy snug.

On the other side of the entrance hall is a charming sitting room with feature fireplace, wide bay window and another set of French doors leading on to a patio and the garden.

A shower room and en-suite bedroom with three double wardrobes is next to the sitting room and two more double bedrooms with a shower room and bathroom are in the extension.

"The rooms are a good size which I think was the style in the time it was built," Judy said. "I'm in what we call the snug a lot now because the lounge is quite big and I feel a bit lost when I'm in there on my own."

Quarry Bank boasts views across to Castle Carrock fells and there are two entrances to the plot. The main entrance is to a parking area and integral double garage, the other to a detached double garage, workshop and store.

"The garden is half an acre and although there is a lot of grass, once that's cut it's relatively easy to look after," Judy said. "Outside it's almost half a football ground on what I call the rough grass and it's great for children hiding and stuff like that.

"It's physically just too big for me now though, which is one of the reasons I'm moving. But I like the area so much that I'm not moving that far away."

Quarry Bank, Capon Hill, Brampton, is for sale at £495,000 from Hayward Tod.

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