Set in approximately 1 acre of mature gardens, Alegria House is a Grade 2 listed Cumbrian Longhouse, built around 1658 with an attached coach house, which is also listed. It is believed that the original house was built with stone reclaimed from the nearby Holme Culture abbey, following the reformation.
The property is located in the historic hamlet of Kingside Hill, apparently so named as being the place that Charles I dug in his armies in 1307 to observe the marauding Scots! The elevated position still offers spectacular views of the Solway firth and South Dumfriesshire coast and hills.
The property and attached coach house form an imposing horseshoe at the centre of the private plot. Sympathetically modernised and extended in the early 1980's, the property now provides comfortable, family accommodation with four bedrooms.
The lounge is located in the oldest part of the main house and has period features such as original, exposed beams and inglenook with stonemason-built fireplace. The combination kitchen, dining room and conservatory provide a large space that is perfect for family meals and entertaining. The conservatory is of a bespoke, hardwood design and adds to the overall feeling of quality and permanence. An oil-fired range, located in the kitchen, provides central heating and hot water.
Upstairs, the beautiful master bedroom is full of character with vaulted ceilings and original exposed beams, while a large en-suite provides modern convenience. Three further bedrooms and a family bathroom complete the internal accommodation.
Externally, the rear courtyard links the main house to the coach house and provides a sheltered rear entrance to the property. The coach house and attached store have been utilised as storage space in recent years and offer further scope for conversion into additional living space or other use, such as a workshop or home business, subject to the necessary consents.
The extensive, mature gardens have been well maintained and offer space and tranquility that is very rarely found in more modern properties. Large lawns combine with mature trees, planted beds and the breath-taking views to provide a peaceful haven and interest throughout the year. A commercial-sized greenhouse and polytunnel provide further opportunities for keen gardeners.
In summary, a rare opportunity to acquire a historic country house, set in it's own private grounds with a substantial coach house attached. A family home full of character, intrigue and timeless elegance, that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Early viewing is highly recommended.