Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

The former home of renowned Kendalian architect George Webster comes to the market

 

Eller How House, the home where one of the North of England’s finest architects of the 19th century, George Webster (1797 – 1864), lived and died, has recently come to the market at a price of £1,450,000.

 

For sale with the Kendal office of Carter Jonas, this Regency villa at Lindale, near Grange over Sands was built to Webster’s designs in 1827 and incorporates many elements of Italianate styling. The architect, who designed and remodeled at least thirteen churches and whose domestic works number Belsfield at Bowness-on Windermere, Broughton Hall in North Yorkshire and Underley Hall near Kirkby Lonsdale, made Eller How his home with his wife, Eleanor Lowrey, in the first year of their marriage.

 

Eller How House, Lindale, Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6NA
Eller How House, Lindale, Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6NA
Another view of this stunning Italianate style Regency villa
Another view of this stunning Italianate style Regency villa

The couple brought up their son and four daughters at this simple yet sophisticated property and in the ensuing years Webster was mayor of Kendal from 1829 to 1830 and spent much time pursuing his hobby of collecting Roman coins, medals and antiquities. He died at Eller How in 1864 and left an estate of “under £25,000” (the equivalent of approximately £1,840,000 today).

 

One of Eller How's many elegant reception rooms
One of Eller How’s many elegant reception rooms
The kitchen comes complete with an AGA
The kitchen comes complete with an AGA
The setting includes an ornamental lake
The setting includes an ornamental lake

Today, Eller House is divided into two wings and makes for a most manageable residence. The larger section includes 5 bedrooms and 3 reception rooms and the smaller features 3 bedroom suites and is used as a holiday let.

 

“Sympathetically restored and updated”, the whole property stands in some 12 acres of informal wooded gardens and grounds complete with a ruined folly and an ornamental lake. Mr Darcy would have felt very much at home.

 

 

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