The beauty of a country estate is something that isn’t easily disputed. Often nestled in an expanse of the luscious British countryside, the country house stands tall; with architecture typically hundreds of years old. The interiors lavishly decorated with rich fabrics and handcrafted bespoke furniture.
A country estate is the epitome of opulence and affluence, often being associated with gentry—therefore owning such a property is often a dream for many. The country estate is the perfect place to escape to from the rapid pace of city life, so whether wanting to own or simply rent for a short break, they’re the ideal candidate for some much-needed respite.
In the heart of the Lake District, standing aloft on a small hill, sits one of many extravagant Lake District cottages from Lakelovers, Bristowe. Bristowe Hill is a breath-taking Edwardian mansion located just five minutes from Keswick town centre. The property itself takes its place in a valley, surrounded by craggy mountain ranges and majestic lakes.
Making your way up its winding, tree-lined driveway you are met by the sight of an elegant four-storey Edwardian home. The architecture is something to truly marvel at. In keeping with the Edwardian design there are large sash windows scattered all over the property; along with an attention-demanding turret, which immediately catches the eye looming above. With grounds consisting of never-ending expanses of greenery and beautifully manicured lawns, Bristowe feels like a place you could easily get lost in.
Entering through the stained-glass front door you’ll find yourself heading into a panelled hallway. The original oak staircase is striking, and truly the first glance of the grandeur that lies within. Enter the cosy but luxurious family room, where welcoming sofas lay arranged around a large fireplace. In the corner of the room, window seats line the turret offering views across the spectacular valley beneath.
The main living room is probably one of the most standout rooms decoration-wise within the house. The traditional oak wood panelling ties the brown leather sofas in perfectly and, though the house is completely refurbished, the furniture and décor is still very much in keeping with the Edwardian style of its exterior. The classical cornicing and mouldings remind you of the history this home holds, whilst the modern but sleek furniture adds an air of luxury that perhaps would have been somewhat lacking in the original design.
Bristowe boasts two extensive kitchens, ideal for catering for large groups. The first kitchen has a Rangemaster cooker, with the second acting as the perfect place for food preparation. Both spaces feature exquisite beech and granite worktops, adding further emphasis to the quality of the build. The dining room is home to a grand oak dining table, which can seat up to eighteen people at one time, the ideal location for a feast or banquet. And if you’re a paying guest at Bristowe, catering options are available; with an option to sit back as the in-house waitresses provide table service whilst local chefs prepare a meal fit for a property of this ilk.
After a tiring day of taking in everything the Lake District has to offer, you can retire to one of the ten bedrooms on site. Bristowe Hill can sleep up to 20 people, and each of the ten bedrooms are not only hugely spacious but also exquisitely decorated.
There’s a real sense of mixing the old with the new here with, with a combination of everything from the more classic checked carpets to the outright wacky parrot adorned bathroom. The addition of a selection of roll-top baths and walk-in showers makes the whole place scream luxury living; and the playful concept adds a new dimension to an otherwise traditional property.