Victorian School House & Garden

Victorian School House & Garden


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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
2 Bathrooms

About our home

School House has been our very happy family home since 1997. Mealbank is a countryside hamlet just two miles from the bustling market town of Kendal... a must see attraction for many visitors.
Following an extension in 2001 it has provided a roomy and modern home for our family of six. Downstairs is partly open plan and provides a farmhouse kitchen with large table that connects to a long dining room and TV sofa den that in turn opens out onto the balcony through French windows. Looking over the front garden through its double arched window is the main sitting room with large comfy settees and wood burning stove. From late Spring we like to take our breakfast outside in the front garden to enjoy the morning sun. The rear balcony is a wonderful sun trap and a great place to take in the setting sun. Sharing our meals at the large table in the rear garden under its umbrella will be one of the strongest memories for me of this house.
Upstairs there are four double bedrooms; with the master bedroom, including super kingsize bed, on the right hand side overlooking the front garden. A shower room sits right next to the master bedroom but available for other guests. On the right hand side of the house are three further double rooms with double beds and the large bathroom with free standing victorian style bath.
Oil fired central heating and the wood burning stove keeps the house cosy and warm in the colder months. The modern kitchen is perfect for entertaining and often where we choose to eat.
There are many many beautiful walks right from the doorstep of the house. It is close to the Cumbrian Way and sits above the River Mint. There are river walks, hill walks and woodland walks...walks through bluebells and walks past lone autumn oaks dressed in russet and gold. Please see our walks folder in the hall for ideas. For walks further afield; Mealbank sits close to the Eastern boundary of the Lake District National Park and just 15 minutes drive from the Howgills and the North Yorkshire Dales.
Nearby historic Kendal town boasts sights such as the castle, museums, stone bridges over the meandering River Kent and many fine restaurants There were 22 cafes at the last count! The Brewery Arts Centre organise various festivals throughout the year including the October Mountain Film Festival.
Mealbank is accessed readily by local taxi and is just 1.5miles away from three supermarkets on the northern edge of Kendal town.


More about us

  1. We love God and we love people. We are gregarious and there is nothing we like more than hosting family and friends and sharing time with others. We both read widely, mainly non-fiction, and particularly appreciate other people's recommendations.

  2. Sarah is currently a Head of two small rural primary schools. Tim is settling into 'Life after work' having retired as Headteacher to primary schools in Tebay, Manchester and Barrow in Furness.

  3. Sarah has a flair for cooking and our house reflects her good taste and the joy she gets from entertaining and being with family and friends. Tim enjoys Sarah's food :) but is also a volunteer plus an adventurer who loves skiing, walking, climbing and just being in the outdoors.

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Where is it?


We live in a secluded hamlet and overlook fields & countryside, although we are just a six minute taxi ride from Kendal.
Neighbours are very friendly, very practical and always helpful. Without exception they all love the outdoors, particularly cycling.
You can walk or cycle right from the house so no need for a car. You can walk up high on the hills or low down along the River Mint. The Cumbrian Way passes within a mile of the house. Mealbank is midway between the Lake District National Park and The Yorkshire Dales which are easily accessible by car or taxi then public transport.
The birdsong is delightful. The evening sky is full of skylarks, swifts and house martins. You'll see heron & buzzards and hear the local woodpecker. You'll spot deer before they leap away and you'll find otter sprint but be very very fortunate to see the otters themselves. You'll pass many cows and walk among numerous sheep. It's a little bit of paradise. In the late spring the bluebells, wild garlic and woodland anemones are just spectacular and come the autumn, the colours and sounds are so atmospheric. In the winter, the frosts produce a magical display on the trees and hedgerows and occasionally we get blanketed in snow. Once dark the night sky is wonderfully clear.

Buzzy restaurants
Gilpin Spice, 20 minutes drive away
Cool bars
The Slate or the Brewery Vats Bar both in Kendal
Cozy cafés
Brew Brothers in Kendal or Miller Ground in Windermere
Retail therapy
Jules B for both men and women in Kendal
Bit of culture
Holker Hall Gardens or The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness
Walks in the park
Abbot Hall for play park in Kendal or Levens Hall for country amble
Spot of exercise
Cycle over to Sedbergh or Kendal indoor climbing wall
Day tripping
Boat trip on Windermere or Ulswater

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