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7 Most expensive houses in the Lake District

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Are you like me, you’re on holiday in the Lake District and looking at all the mansions on the shores of Lake Windermere and wondering: What is the most expensive house in the Lake District?

I’ve gone through the real estate listings and delved into the land registry to find the answers. If you’ve got a few million pounds to spare then you can buy a lakeside mansion – or you can invest £3m in an established holiday lettings business.

My everlasting memory of the Lake District is being cold, wet and eating picnics in the car because the rain wouldn’t stop. Oh, and Keswick Pencil Museum – who thought that would be a good idea?! That was when I was 8 years old though, so maybe things have changed since then? After a recent trip to the Lakes I can confidently say: No, nothing has changed, still cold, still wet, and Keswick Pencil Museum still has the world’s largest pencil.

This list of the most expensive houses in the Lake District covers all the big towns: Windermere, Keswick, Coniston, and Kendal. I haven’t included the big farms that have sold or the holiday letting businesses.

1. Deer Close, East of Lake, Coniston – £3,500,000

The most expensive house in the Lake District is £3,500,000 – or at least that’s how much the owners hope it’s worth because that’s how much they’ve put it up for sale for. Located on the shores of Coniston Water, it has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms covering 3,100 square feet. It’s not the biggest house in the Lake District but it does have its own fresh water supply via a natural spring on the 6 acre grounds. Inside the mansion is super-modern and if you like rain then this would be the perfect house for you.

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2. Merethwaite, Old Hall Road, Troutbeck Bridge, Windermere – £3,300,000

I can’t believe that this little house on the shores of Lake Windermere is one of the most expensive houses in the Lake District! Sure, it comes with 300ft of shoreline on the most famous lake in the Lake District, but is that really worth so much? Would you pay £3.3 million for a 4 bed and 1 bathroom house that needs extensive renovation and redecorating?

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3. Iving Howe, Little Langdale, Ambleside – £3,250,000

The story behind this expensive house in Ambleside is more impressive than the actual property. It was bought by William Wordsworth (he of Daffodils fame) as part of a scheme to garner more votes for an upcoming election. Inside, the house is every bit as cozy and traditional as you would expect from an old, large cottage in the Lake District.

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More details: Ashdown Jones

4. Calm Waters, Newby Bridge Road, Windermere – £3,050,000

The biggest house in the Lake District is Calm Waters with 6,850 square feet of living space that includes an indoor swimming pool and home gym. It comes with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and private access to Lake Windermere along with a private boat house. Inside the home looks quite cozy albeit decorated in a style that my mother would appreciate more than me.

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5. Dome House, Brantfell Road, Bowness-on-Windermere – £3,000,000

This modern, architect-designed mansion in Windermere is huge with over 6,600 square feet of living space which includes 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. You even get a bathtub in the middle of the master bedroom, which is a choice. There is also an indoor swimming pool and a massive family room on the top floor.

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More details: Ashdown Jones

6. Pine Ridge, Storrs Park, Bowness On Windermere – £2,855,000

This modern mansion in Windermere looks like it would be the perfect family home for families that like rain and pencil museums. It comes with private access to Lake Windermere along with a private boat house. Each of the five bedrooms has its own en-suite bathroom and the master bedroom is quite epic with incredible views and a bathroom bigger than most bedrooms!

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7. Waterbeck, Thornbarrow Road, Windermere – £2,350,000

This isn’t actually one of the most expensive houses in the Lake District – sure it is £2.35 million, but that’s about the price range for big mansions in Windermere. I included it in this list because I love the interior. Apparently the style is called Arts & Crafts from the early 20th century. This is the house I would buy if I liked rain and pencils and wanted to make sure I never had to have visitors again (my family all live in the south).

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More details: Ashdown Jones

Which most expensive house in the Lake District do you want to live in?

This was just a small selection of the most expensive houses in the Lake District. Most big mansions in Windermere and other towns are between £1-£2 million. You can buy entire farms with hundreds of acres of land for £3-£4 million or established holiday letting businesses for £2-£3 million.

Would you happily move to the Lake District or would it be a place to buy a fancy holiday home? Let me know in the comments below!

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