Greta Hall is an impressive Grade 1 detatched country house situated in Keswick, the heart of the English Lake District, and is the former home of the Lake poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey between 1800-1843. With an internationally recognised literary history, Greta Hall is on sale for only the second time in 100 years.
Lovingly restored by the current owners who have made every effort to thoughtfully preserve the architectural and historical importance of this wonderful building. The original features carefully maintained include period fireplaces, cornice work, high ceilings, original pitch pine floor boards, doors, slate floors and sash-windows, creating a very special, beautifully presented and rarely available home in the Lake District National Park.
Greta Hall offers its new owners a truly rare opportunity: Stewardship of a magnificent eleven bedroomed, historic home in the heart of the English Lake District. Handsome, well-proportioned rooms throughout, original features and spectacular, elevated views over Keswick towards Catbells, Grisdale Pike, Walla Crag, Latrigg and Skiddaw combine to make this a truly unique detached Lake District home.
A little more about Greta Hall:
Approached from Main Street through double wrought-iron gates leading to a circular drive and parking area - suitable for 7+ cars - with garden and grounds to either side.
Slate plaques either side of the pillared double front door commemorate Greta Hall’s famous residents: Samuel Taylor Coleridge from 1800 to 1803 and Robert Southey from 1803 to 1843.
Entrance Hall - The impressive double front door opens onto a hallway with original Victorian encaustic tiles and arched cornicing, original doors on either side of the hallway open into two south-facing living rooms.
Sitting room - Coleridge’s Parlour
5.33m x 4.55m (17' 6" x 14' 11")
South-facing with deep window seats and shutters, high ceilings, inset bookcases, original pitch pine floorboards, simple cornicing and open fire.
Sitting Room - Southey’s Parlour
5.38m x 4.84m (17' 8" x 15' 11")
Triple Palladian windows face south and south-east and over look the garden with views to Walla Crag. High ceilings, corncing, deep window seats and an open fire with carved oak firesurround which was made in Keswick to a design by the poet’s wife, Edith Southey and based on the Lewis chess pieces; the fireplace is in the Historic England listing. Original pitch pine floor boards.
Inner hallway leads to dining room and kitchen, study, g/f annex and two flights of stairs to the first floor.
4.98m x 4.08m (16' 4" x 13' 5")
No doubt the heart of the home is the large traditional Cumbrian kitchen with views towards Latrigg, original local slate, flagstone floor and exposed beam.
A handmade ‘unfitted' kitchen crafted in solid American oak by Lakeland Kitchens of Kendal and slate workshops by Lakeland Slate. And access to a large cellar, dining room, smaller kicthen
From the kitchen a door leads through to the rear entrance hall and back door. Outside a gravel area makes the most of the morning sunshine. Adjacent are the utility room and g/f shower room.
Stairs from the kitchen lead down to large cellar
3.61m x 6.06m (11' 10" x 19' 11")
Utility room / boot room
2.51m x 2.58m (8' 3" x 8' 6")
Plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Useful storage area for vacuum cleaner etc. Wall-mounted coat racks.
Shower room / toilet
Walk-in shower, hand basin and toilet.
3.64m x 3.56m (11' 11" x 11' 8”)
An adjacent fully-fitted kitchen, features a wonderful curved perimeter with window seat and original shutters. This room also has access to the front of the property so would make an additional boot room or perhaps a home office with its own entrance.
5.21m x 5.57m (17' 1" x 18' 3")
Large enough to seat 20+ guests and featuring a late 1800’s Lakeland cast iron range and bread oven, original local slate flag flooring and access to a second large cellar and g/f Annex - The Old Wash House. The dining room also houses the large combi boiler in a purpose built cupboard.
6.78m x 6.11m (22' 3" x 20' 1") max
A substantial cellar with slate steps leading to a large cellar.
2.75m x 3.79m (9' x 12' 5")
A lovely study with curved wall, deep window seats, double sash windows with original shutters, curved hardwood curtain rail and stunning views to Walla Crag and the Borrowdale Valley.
Two original staircases at either end of the house lead to the 1st floor.
The main staircase features the original hardwood handrail and newel posts, and leads to a galleried landing via a half landing with views to Latrigg.
On this floor is the most impressive room in Greta Hall, Southey's Study 5.38m x 6.37m (17' 8" x 20' 11") .
With an extraordinarily high ceiling, original Victorian marble fireplace surround and almost floor to ceiling Palladian windows which flood the room with light and frame the continually changing, wonderful views of Clough Head, Walla Crag, Catbells and Grisdale Pike.
5.31m x 4.54m (17' 5" x 14' 11")
Located at the front of Greta Hall adjacent to Southey’s Study is the south facing Coleridge’s Study currently used as a double bedroom and featuring a Chinese opium bed. High ceilings, Adams style cast iron fireplace and a striking Palladian window frame the awe inspiring view of Skiddaw.
Aunt Lovell's Bedroom
5.02m x 4.07m (16' 6" x 13' 4")
Located at the rear of Greta Hall opposite Coleridge's Bedroom this lovely double bedroom has wonderful views of Latrigg which are even better in the winter. Sash window, Adams style cast iron fireplace.
3.62m x 3.79m (11' 11" x 12' 5")
Adjacent to Coleridge's Bedroom and currently a twin room with curved wall with original shutters and deep window seat.
5.83m x 3.97m (19' 2" x 13')
A strikingly large double bedroom with double aspect high windows offering wonderful views of Latrigg, window seat, Adams style cast iron fire place and original build-in Victorian cupboard.
Edith and Bertha's Bedroom
3.87m x 3.82m (12' 8" x 12' 6")
A mirror version of Jackson's Bedroom, this double bedroom has stunning all year round views from the bed of Walla Crag, Catbells and up the Borrowdale Valley towards Scarfell. High windows, a curved wall, working original shutters, Adams style cast iron fireplace and deep window seat; it is my favourite bedroom in the whole house!
Coleridge Wing bathroom
2.57m x 3.99m (8' 5" x 13' 1")
Part of the oldest part of Greta Hall, this bathroom features a walk-in shower, Slipper bath, sink and WC.
Adjacent to Coleridge's Bathroom is a little loo with original cast iron overhead cistern and hand basin
Southey Wing Bathroom
3.36m x 3.84m (11' x 12' 7")
A very generous family bathroom with cast iron freestanding double-ended bath, walk-in shower, wash handbasin and WC. This bathroom has wonderful views over the garden and Keswick towards Walla Crag.
Staircases at either end of the house lead up to the second floor.
The Second Floor
The Maid's Room
2.91m x 3.26m (9' 7" x 10' 8") max
Although the smallest double room this little double bedroom offers unrestricted incredible sunset views over Skiddaw and also has a perfect en-suite shower room.
En-suite shower room
Large shower, wash hand basin and WC. Original floor boards.
Large family shower room
2.13m x 3.30m (7' x 10' 10")
A lovely light filled shower room with original floor boards, walk-in shower, wash handbasin and loo
Kate and Isobel's Bedroom
4.84m x 3.19m (15' 11" x 10' 6")
A lovely double bedroom with dual aspect windows with window seats which offer far-reaching views of the sourrounding Fells to the South and East. Original pitch pine boards, wash-hand basin, original Victorian Adams style cast iron fire place and high built-in cupboard.
4.84m x 2.90m (15' 11" x 9' 6")
A double bedroom with uninterrupted views to Catbells and Grisdale Pike. Window seat, sink and Victorian Adams style cast iron fireplace.
The Apple Room
3.92m x 3.24m (12' 10" x 10' 8")
With huge a huge window this double bedroom offers incredible views of Latrigg and Skiddaw.
The Cottonian Library
4.84m x 4.54m (15' 11" x 14' 11")
Currently used as a large twin room, with duel aspect windows to the south and west this room offers incredible views of Skiddaw and Newlands Valley. Pitch pine floor boards, Adams style cast iron fireplace and a sink.
Stairs to the attic
Currently used for storage this main attic retains the original full staircase making access easy.
Annex - The Old Wash House
Originally called the 'Clog and mangle rooms' by Coleridge, The Old Wash House consists of:
Entrance hall / lobby 1.89m x 1.88m (6' 2" x 6' 2")
A slated entrance hall accessed via its own front door at the rear of the main house. Doors to shower room and living/kitchen/dining room. Plumbing for washing machine.
Shower cubicle, WC, wash hand basin and heated towel rail.
3.22m x 3.60m (10' 7" x 11' 10")
A galley kitchen, woodburner, window over garden. A door with internal access to the main house.
3.55m x 3.77m (11' 8" x 12' 4")
A lovely sized double bedroom with a southeast facing window with views to Walla Crag over the garden. An additional internal door accessing the main house.
The Old Wash House offers wonderful flexibility either as a totally separate one bedroom flat, an additional guest bedroom or a home office.
The south facing garden at Greta Hall is a true delight extending to approxinately .3 of an acre right in the centre of Keswick with almost 360º views of all the surrounding Fells. With unrivelled views to Walla Crag and up the Borrowdale Valley, a little woodland with a 'fairy circle, ' well established hedges, mature shrubs and trees offer a high level of privacy to the front and sides of the property. It is rare to find a home with so much garden within walking distance of the centre of Keswick.
Additionally there is a very useful, insulated workshop, a wood store and parking for 8+ cars.
To the rear of the house a newly established hedge will offer privacy from the neighbouring property. The gravelled area with wonderful views of the neighbouring woodland in the summer and Latrigg in the winter, catches the morning sun and would make a lovely terraced area.
Greta Hall has mains water, sewage, gas and electricity, a BT landline and superfast broadband.
Greta Hall as a business opportunity
For the past 16 years, Greta Hall has been run as a very successful self-catering holiday house with a large percentage of guests returning every year. The current owner lets Greta Hall for between 36-40 weeks/weekends of the year generating between £73,000 - £87,000 per annum.
Demand for self-catering accommdation in Keswick is strong enough to increase bookings and income. Greta Hall can be sold with all future bookings and 'goodwill' so is an ideal investment opportunity to either operate personally or via one of the many very experienced Keswick letting agencies.
Greta Hall is sited on a small hill in the Keswick valley yet only a 5 minute walk from Keswick Market Square and just a 10 minute walk to the bottom of Latrigg/Skiddaw and Derwentwater lake.
Keswick is a thriving market town with a really strong, welcoming international community who will make you feel very much at home.
We have a wonderful theatre, fabulous cinema, every outdoor equipment shop in the world, two bookshops, wonderful cafés and restaurants, Co-Op and Booths supermarkets, two museums, swimming pool with gym, yoga, line dancing, Salsa, adult and children's ballet lessons, cricket, football, rugby, tennis, bowls, climbing, rowing, Fell running, mtb, paddle boarding, lake swimming, golf...clubs. Thriving wi, amateur dramatics and operatic societies, youth clubs, churches of every denomination....in fact everything you would ever need or want in a town. Perfect!
The property is only 10 minutes walk from Keswick School, an outstanding co-educational 11–18 comprehensive with 1231 pupils on roll. There are 286 students in the sixth form and 50 boarders. The school has previously been recognised under a number of designations, including; training school, Leading Edge, Science Specialist, High Performance and Gifted and Talented ssat Consultant School. Keswick School retains a traditional atmosphere, with over 650 years of history.
St.Herbert's primary school is a 15 minute walk via Fitz Park. Within the catchment for Keswick School are four other highly respected primary schools, Braithwaite, Threlkeld, Bassenthwaite and Borrowdale.
Keswick is 2 hours by car from Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle and is well served by buses from Penrith. Penrith has direct train links to Manchester, Manchester airport, Glasgow, Edinburgh and is 3 hours by train to Euston, London.