Ref: KS0077 There are so many reasons why Syke End is a terrific value that its difficult to know where to begin. It is, first and foremost, an absolutely charming and cozy classic Cumbrian cottage. Dating to the 17th Century, it is deceptively spacious inside and retains much of its original character with attractive exposed beams, deep window sills, a large cast iron woodburner in the living room and a smaller cast iron woodburner in the slate floored study each helping to cheer and warm the home on cold winter days. Also helping to warm the home is an Aga in the open plan kitchen and dining room benefitting from the mains gas central heating system. The kitchen/dining room is the entry point for the home and upon entering it is immediately evident that this is an inviting space for happy and memorable gatherings of family and friends. On sunnier days the conservatory, which adjoins the kitchen and living room with a door into the living room, is a perfect place to relax with a good book, catch up with friends on social media or just enjoy a peaceful cup of tea. Comes in handy too if one has a pet that needs cleaning up before coming into the home.
Before touring the rest of the home, it must be noted that one of the most attractive features of Syke End is the town in which it?s located. Broughton-in-Furness is a lovely market town nestled in a valley within the boundaries of the Lake District National Park. It?s in the quieter part of the Lake District but within easy access of Windermere, Ambleside, the market town of Ulverston and the commercial center of Barrow-in-Furness. It?s truly a great stepping off point for everything the Lake District has to offer. Reminiscent of the village of Brigadoon from the famous play of the same name, Broughton-in-Furness is a friendly town with a pleasing character. At the center of the town is a lovely square modeled after London?s elegant Georgian squares and just steps from Syke End are three excellent public houses, a café, butchers, green grocers, bakers, dentist and post office. Towards the other end of the town are public allotments and wonderful walking trails leading to large open green spaces next to magnificent Broughton Tower perfect for picnics, exercising with the dog or just soaking up a bit of sun on a nice summer day. Of course, one may want to spend more time at Syke End enjoying summer refreshments in the private attractive gardens, patio or large timbered summer house, but the location within the town certainly offers many attractive choices for the homeowner.
And speaking of choices, adjoining Syke End and part of the property is the Washer Woman?s Cottage which has two floors that are both empty shells awaiting development. With planning permission already granted, the Washer Woman?s Cottage presents a blank canvas upon which many ideas can be imprinted. Each floor has its own entrance so each could become separate flats for parents or in-laws, holiday lets, a business office, artist studio, pottery studio or any number of income producing or non-income producing uses. Having this substantial unfinished building really adds to the value of Syke End and presents a rare opportunity within a town like Broughton-in-Furness that must be seized or lost to another buyer.
While sometimes listed as a three bedroom home, it?s probably more accurate to describe Syke End as having four bedrooms. Among some of its slightly quirky features is a large first floor room accessed via its own stairs. It has no windows but is brightly lit by three skylights. The seclusion and privacy of this room make it ideal as a fourth bedroom for older children, a quiet room to read or engage in a favourite craft, a game room, or a room to exercise or practice yoga. Again, the choices are numerous. At the bottom of the stairs is a convenient WC and a room presently used as a workshop (but could be put to whatever use desired).
The remaining three bedrooms are accessed via separate stairs naturally lit by a large skylight and leading to a spacious landing and hallway. The largest of these is the master bedroom with en suite and views to the back garden and the adjoining parking area that can easily accommodate multiple vehicles . The two remaining bedrooms are also well proportioned and benefit from wonderful natural light flooding through the windows. Above these bedrooms is a substantial attic with pull down stairs ideal for storing seasonal items, mementos, items not used regularly or any number of things one wishes to store. Once again, the deceptively spacious interior of this home affords one choices that are not available in many homes in this price range in this area. A terrific value in a terrific location with income producing possibilities, Syke End should be on your short list and we?ll be more than happy to show you around what could be your next fabulous home.