Fern Bank is a magnificent, detached Grade II listed property, ideally perched in the bustling market town of Penrith in Cumbria. Resting just a short distance from the scenic Lake District National Park, Fern Bank is a superb dwelling for a stylish getaway to the Lakes, boasting an elevated position and easy access to the sights of Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens and Carlisle Cathedral. Be welcomed into the vast hallway, where there is plenty of spaces for storing coats, shoes and bags, and be greeted by a sweeping staircase, marble floors and eye-catching feature lighting. Look forward to cooking up a storm in the well-equipped kitchen, with handy dishwasher and range cooker, before joining your guests at the dining table to sample the fruits of your labour as you toast to a wonderful holiday. For evening drinks, head to the seating area where you can soak up the warmth of the gas fire and enjoy a show on the Smart TV. After a day of exploring, take advantage of the convenient utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer, where you can put muddy clothes on a spin. Take your pick of relaxation areas on the ground-floor, where you can retreat to the spacious sitting room with its traditional woodburning stove and Smart TV, perfect for an evening spent cosying up, or the snug where you can put your feet up on the plush sofas and enjoy a film or delve into a book from the extensive bookcase. You and your guests will also benefit from the cloakroom, which is perfect for freshening up as well as having more storage space. As your eyes grow heavy, climb the beautiful staircase to the first floor where you will discover four exceptional bedrooms, each with their own en-suites, a super-king-size with a stunning free-standing bath and steam room with shower, a king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, a twin with zip/link with en-suite bathroom, and a twin with en-suite shower room, each one decorated to a high standard and perfect for a restful night. Wake-up with a refreshing shower, before pushing open the bi-fold doors to the expansive gardens and settling down to enjoy your morning coffee. Fern Bank is ideally located for exploring the Lakes and ensures a myriad of activity is available right on your doorstep. Head out for the day and enjoy a leisurely stroll to explore the 14th-century ruins of the former imposing Penrith Castle, where after you can settle down to enjoy a freshly prepared picnic on the surrounding grassy meadows of Castle Park. Nearby, you can delve into Penrith’s history at the Penrith and Eden Museum where you can expect small displays including fossils. Head to the outskirts of Penrith where you will find a historical hub just over the Eamont Bridge, here lies the Mayburgh Henge, the Eden Millennium Monument, the scenic site of King Arthur’s Round Table and the Brougham Hall Charitable Trust which houses a delightful range of shops and a café. Take a trip to the charming town of Keswick, home to the Keswick Museum where you can brush up on your local knowledge, the Derwent Pencil Museum which details the towns history of pencil manufacturing and the quirky Puzzling Place filled with artwork and optical illusions. Hop on a boat at the marina and sail to Derwent Island and House, where you will find the beautiful Italianate Grade II listed house which has stood on the island since the 18th century. Be sure to find time to visit the city of Carlisle, where you can immerse yourself in local life at the Carlisle Castle which houses a museum with displays of Roman history or make a stop at Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life which houses a plethora of military history. For memories that will last a lifetime, be sure to choose Fern Bank as your home-away-from home.
About the location
Keswick 17 miles; Carlisle 20 miles.
The bustling market town of Penrith, once the capital of Cumbria, enjoys a central position between the Lake District and North Pennines and is ideally placed for taking in all that the region has to offer. Renowned for its wealth of specialist shops, the sandstone buildings of Penrith hide intriguing yards, lanes and alleyways, with a myriad of attractive cottages, gardens and little shops. With a wide choice of excellent pubs, hotels, restaurants and entertainment, Penrith also offers a museum, and Millennium Trails round the historic city streets. Within easy reach of the town is Rheged – an innovative visitor centre with shops, restaurants, exhibitions and a giant cinema screen showing educational and informative films. Brougham Castle (The Windsor of the North), Long Meg and her daughters (the 3rd largest stone circle in England) and the historic city of Carlisle are all a short drive away, as is the stunning scenery of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.