A house bought by the Queen Mother for stopovers on her way to holiday in Scotland has gone on sale for £3.75million.
The Old Vicarage in Winster near Lake Windermere, was reported to have been snapped up by the late Queen Elizabeth II‘s mother as a convenient place to stop during her annual visits to Balmoral and the Castle of Mey each summer.
However, despite owning the property in the Lake District, the royal never actually stayed there.
Her daughter Princess Margaret is said to have stayed there for one night during one of her frequent visits to the area.
The house dates back to the reign of King James I, built in 1623, and overlooks a lake, amidst rolling hills.
The Old Vicarage (pictured) is up for sale for the price of £3.75million
The Queen Mother never actually stayed in the country property, which was reportedly bought as a convenient layover for her trips to Scotland
It is thought to be the second oldest home in the village of Winster, near Lake Windermere
Views of a lake can be seen from three acres of land that surround the property
It has accommodation for several queens, with six bedrooms, three bathrooms and four reception rooms.
The property also comes with a home office, a one-bedroomed annexe and a large conservatory, as well as a wine cellar and outdoor kitchen.
It’s believed to be the second oldest home in the village of Winster, and was originally called Garnet House before it was given to the gardener at the local church, who changed its name to The Old Vicarage, despite it having no ecclesiastical connections.
The property is festooned with original features, including flagstones in the kitchen, wooden beams and panelled walls, shuttered windows and a carved, four-poster wooden bed.
Visitors are greeted by a panelled hallway and a formal drawing room which lead to a kitchen and eating area with an Aga and pantry, which in turn lead to a snug and parlour.
Off the kitchen is a cloakroom and the dining room, which is next to a laundry and plant room, a bedroom, bathroom and office.
The property’s new owner will enjoy views across open countryside as well as three acres of land, which includes an orchard, a kitchen garden and paddock
Fine & Country Windermere are handling the sale of the historic property
The house is situated in a ‘rural position with peace and tranquillity’ but also has ‘got good amenities within a short drive’
The property was previously called Garnet House before it was renamed by the resident gardener
Fine & Country director Matt Dixon said the property would ‘be an amazing place to raise children’
Upstairs, there are six bedrooms, including one with a carved wooden four-poster bed, as well as a dressing room and two bathrooms.
Outside, the new owner will enjoy views across open countryside as well as three acres of land, which includes an orchard, a kitchen garden and paddock.
Matt Dixon, director of Fine & Country Windermere, who is handling the property’s sale, said the house had been owned by a family who had bought it in 1987, adding the conservatory and altering the kitchen to create more space for entertaining, and converting a stable into an annexe.
He said: ‘It’s been a wonderful family home and I think that’s what it could be used for again, because it would be an amazing place to raise children.
‘It’s in a nice, rural position with peace and tranquillity but you’ve got good amenities within a short drive.
‘It would suit a newly retired couple, or a buyer who was keen on gardening and enjoying the countryside. It’s a house for living and embracing life.’