A HISTORIC former gamekeeper's cottage has now come on the market in 'an idyllic rural setting.'

The Vineyard is a 'picturesque' Victorian cottage set in a secluded part of the south-west Lakes countryside, close to the Cumbrian coast. 

In a quote from 1836, someone said this about the house: "I never saw a lovelier spot… of all the places I ever saw, I think I should like to live there the best."

It is believed back to the 17th century, however, it was extended and updated as a gamekeeper’s cottage serving nearby Holmrook Hall in the 19th century.

The guide price for the house is £375,000. 

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Commenting on the sale, H&H Land & Estates branch manager Anya Caine said: “The cottage retains many of the period features it was given in its Victorian update, including the clay tiled exterior wall and the interior fireplaces, but it is the setting that makes The Vineyard so special.

"It is located at the end of a farm track which runs through woodland before crossing a bridge over the River Irt, which is fed by nearby Wastwater, and it offers spectacular views of the South Lakes fells.”

The property is said to offer a 'wonderful combination of character charm, location, and potential.'

Included with the house is a detached garage and workshop that could be converted to residential use with the necessary permissions.

It sits on the edge of the Lake District National Park and is surrounded by countryside. Another benefit is that it is within easy reach of coastal amenities. 

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Ms Caine added: "We can’t offer an actual vineyard in this sale, but the name must be linked to the old Holmrook Hall that used to stand close by.

"The Old Cumbria Gazetteer includes a map of the area published in 1774, with a rather matter-of-fact description of Holmrook as, 'a house with an avenue of trees and vineyard,’ and a later painting of Holmrook Hall dated 1816.

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"We think that The Vineyard will appeal to its next owner for all the same reasons."