3 Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0AD
3 Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0AD
This is a rare opportunity to purchase a freehold property in a prime main road retailing position in central Ambleside, in the English Lake District National Park which has UNESCO World Heritage Status. The attractive town of Ambleside, surrounded in a ‘horse shoe’ by Lakeland Fells, is situated at the northern end of Lake Windermere, 13 miles north west of Kendal and 20 miles from Junction 36 of the M6.
Ambleside has a resident population of 2,529 (2011 Census) and benefits from all year round trade due to its position. The National Park has a population of 41,831 and receives 40.7 million day visitors and 6.6 million overnight visitors, adding £2.9 billion to the region’s economy (Cumbria Tourism 2016), with tourism being the major industry (Lake District National Park Authority).
The freehold premises enjoys excellent footfall due to its prominent position in Ambleside on Lake Road (A591) the main thoroughfare. The local vicinity boasts leading high street retailers: Greggs, Fjall Raven, William Hill, The Cumberland Building Society and Tesco Express. The immediate area also has a number of quality independent retailers: The Bath House, Friars Confectioners, Huttons Chocolates, Old Court Gifts, F.W. Tyson Mountain Footwear, Mountain Factor, Thomas Bell Chemist (Est 1839) and the renowned restaurants, The Stamp House, Lake Road Kitchens and Doi Intanion.
Ambleside has a connection with Wordsworth, other Lakeland Poets, Beatrix Potter, Harriet Martineau and Charlotte Mason which attracts a large number of foreign visitors.
This superbly positioned imposing freehold four-storey building has been owned and run by the present owners since 1984 and who are now retiring. The building is of Lakeland stone construction with a pitched slate roof, dating back to the 1850’s. A rear extension was constructed in 1989 of reinforced concrete, rendered block walls with a flat roof. The property benefits from CCTV, an intruder alarm and breaking glass / fire alarms.
The property comprises a ground floor shop with first floor trading and storage space. On the upper floors there is a wonderfully large comfortable 3-bedroom maisonette with large windows and magnificent views of the Lakeland fells from the front of the property. There is a separate residential entrance to the rear of the property. This rare freehold opportunity offers a highly adaptable premises, with the maisonette being perfect for family living or holiday letting.
The ground floor shop is double fronted with laminated glass in aluminium frames and double doors that open into a shop that had been used for 34 years as a high quality china, crystal, tableware, jewellery and gift shop. The area provides useful open plan accommodation with Brinton carpet, bespoke high quality secure locked perimeter display cabinets with LED lighting and with adjustable glass shelving, suspended ceiling with tracked lighting and two recessed cooling/heating units. To one side of the shop is a secure locked glass fronted counter.
Brinton carpeted stairs lead from the ground floor to a first floor trading area which is carpeted, plastered ceiling, suspended LED ceiling track and bespoke perimeter display cabinets with glass shelving and lighting. A wall mounted air conditioning unit is situated above the door into the dedicated stockroom.
The entire stockroom has painted walls, and ceiling with strip fluorescent lighting and 2 secure skylights. The floor is part local flag stone flooring and part carpet on timber floor. The area is completely racked with steel shelving, at 4 levels. Adjacent to the main stockroom is a secure store, with stone flagged flooring and steel shelving at 4 levels and lit by a fluorescent light. A staff toilet comprises a WC and wash hand basin.
The three bedroom residential maisonette can be accessed internally from the first floor stockroom or via a dedicated door to the rear of the property.
Entrance Lobby – Carpeted floor, wallpapered walls, storage area, under stairs storage, door to stockroom and first floor shop, wall mounted radiator, built-in shelves, and wide staircase leading to second floor.
There is a half landing with large tilt & turn UPVC double glazed window having rear views over the back courtyard and terrace and also providing access on to a rear flat roof. The staircase leads to a door and a second lobby with doors off to the kitchen/dining room (morning room), large living room and stairs to the second floor.
Living Room incorporating a Dining Area (7.35m x 4.59m) – Carpeted flooring, wallpapered walls, coving, 2 chandelier light fittings, bespoke marble fireplace with coal effect gas fire, two satellite TV points, 2 telephone points, 3 wall mounted radiators and 2 large tilt & turn UPVC double glazed windows with panoramic views over Ambleside, to the Lakeland Fells and in part to the Fairfield Horseshoe.
Kitchen/Dining (Morning Room) (5.00m x 4.76m) – Part carpeted/wood effect flooring, wallpapered walls and lit via a chandelier and tracked LED spotlights. There are two satellite TV points, telephone point, wall mounted radiator and large tilt & turn UPVC double glazed windows with rear views over the courtyard and terrace. The kitchen incorporates modern wall units with underside LED lights and floor base units, integral Bosch electric oven and grill, seperate Bosch induction hob with extractor above, sink and drainer with mixer tap, integral Bosch microwave, Bosch dishwasher, and separate island unit with integral Bosch fridge and freezer.
A carpeted staircase leads up to a half landing and laundry room fitted with cushion vinyl flooring, rendered painted walls and ceiling, Velux double glazed skylight, large cupboard, wall mounted radiator, WC, stainless steel sink and drainer, gas central heating boiler, and plumbing for a washing machine and space for a dryer.
The staircase continues to a third floor carpeted landing with 2 Velux double glazed skylights, above stairs storage cupboard, radiator and doors off to a bathroom and three bedrooms.
The Master Bedroom (3.61m x 3.49m) – A double with carpeted floor, wallpapered walls, exposed ceiling timber beam, telephone point, wall mounted radiator and large tilt & turn UPVC double glazed window with panoramic views over the roofs of Ambleside to the Lakeland Fells and the Fairfield Horseshoe.
Bedroom 2 (3.62m x 3.48m) – A double with carpeted flooring, wallpapered walls, exposed ceiling timber beam, wall mounted radiator and large tilt & turn UPVC double glazed window also with panoramic views over the roofs of Ambleside to the Lakeland Fells and the Fairfield Horseshoe.
Bedroom 3 (3.15m x 2.54m and 0.94m x 1.90m) – A double with carpeted flooring, wallpapered walls, strip LED lighting, wall mounted radiator, under-eaves storage cupboard, tilt & turn UPVC double glazed window with views out to the rear terrace.
Bathroom (3.04m x 2.48m) – Carpeted flooring, wallpapered walls, bath with tile surround, wash hand basin, WC, medicine cupboard, extractor fan, tilt & turn UPVC double glazed window with opaque panes, under-eaves storage and a linen cupboard with hot water tank.
Externally, there are two stone stores and a stone terrace with a stone outbuilding and shared areas.
The property provides the approximate floor areas:
Ground Floor 86.68 sq m. (933 sq ft)
First Floor 59.02 sq m. (635 sq ft)
Total approximate Net Internal Area 145.70 sq m. (1,568 sq ft)
First Floor 16.05 sq m. (173sq ft)
Second Floor 68.77 sq m. (740 sq ft)
Third Floor 60.50 sq m. (651 sq ft)
Total Approximate Gross Internal Area 145.32 sq m. (1,565 sq ft)
The property is connected to mains electricity, gas, water and the mains drainage/sewage system.
The flat is heated by a floor mounted cylinder boiler that supplies hot water and panel radiators.
Prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries as to the services for future use.
The property is available at a guide price of £875,000 exclusive for the freehold.
All enquiries to sole agents Edwin Thompson.
All figures quoted are exclusive of VAT where applicable.
It is understood from the VOA website that the premises has a Rateable Value of £23,500
The current Uniform Business Rate is 50.4p in the pound for the year 2019/2020.
3 Lake Road is assessed for Council Tax purposes within Band D.
ENERGY PREFORMANCE CERTIFICATE
It is understood that the property has an Energy Performance Asset Rating of D86 and a copy is available on request.
Each party is to bear their own legal costs in the preparation and settlement of the sale documentation together with any VAT thereon.
The property is available to view by prior appointment with the Windermere Office of Edwin Thompson LLP. Contact:-
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A rare opportunity to acquire a freehold property occupying a prime main road retailing location within the popular Lake District tourist town of Ambleside.
A Ground Floor and First Floor Retail Shop with a well-proportioned upper floor 3-bedroom maisonette.
Net Internal Area of the Ground and First Floor Shop – approximately 1,568 sq ft.
Nearby occupiers include: Greggs, Fjall Raven, William Hill, The Cumberland Building Society, Tesco Express and a range of independent retailers and award winning restaurants.
Purchase Price £875,000, exclusive.