Peasecroft - the 1/2 million pound shed with views over Coniston

PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 August 2015



Lucy Barden

A stunning luxury love-nest in a converted garage is on the market in Coniston, writes Roger Borrell. Pictures by Lucy Barden

‘You could say this is the most expensive shed in the world,’ laughs Fay Gorman Hext. But, as you can see from the pictures on these pages, while Peasecroft may be made of timber, it is no ordinary hut.

That’s why it is currently on the market for £495,000 – that, and the fact that it is in one of the country’s most glorious locations with breathtaking views over Coniston Water and the village cricket pitch. It also comes with 6.5 acres of woods, gardens and lush, wildflower meadowland.

Fay and her husband Antony, who have considerable experience in the world of fashion and interior design, were working on a project to turn cottages at nearby Silverbank into upmarket holiday homes.

‘We used to wander over to the fence by Peasecroft and chat about what we could do with it,’ says Fay. ‘It had been a coach house, built in the 1880s, but it needed saving. It had been used to house carriages and, later on, my husband’s grandfather stored his Daimler there. We decided to have a go, expecting some challenges with the planners, but they were very supportive.’

They inherited Peasecroft when Antony’s father passed away. It held particular memories for the family, who used to picnic near Peasecroft which is near what was the family home of Holywath, Coniston. ‘It’s a magical spot and the building is charming. We wanted to create something simple but beautiful but we got a bit carried away! We didn’t want it to be predictable,’ adds Fay.

The building was suffering from rot and while the moss-covered roof and frame are original much of the remaining woodwork has been replaced.

Inside, Fay and Antony turned Peasecroft into a little palace in subtle shades with sumptuous furnishings to create a cosy yet luxurious love-nest. A large enclosed veranda, perfect for outdoor dining, leads to the open plan downstairs living area with whitewashed timber clad walls and oak beams and floors. There is a dining area and to the rear of the living space there is a well equipped kitchen with bespoke oak-lined cabinets, Corian worktops and a range of Smeg appliances. There is a stylish shower room offering all modern comforts and a ladder staircase goes to the snug mezzanine sleeping area.

The asking price includes the contents which means you would buy it fully equipped with top-of-the-range brands including Bose, Nespresso, Dualit, Sophie Conran, Original BTC, Jim Lawrence, Hypnos and The White Company. It is on the market with Carter Jonas.

Planning restrictions mean the owners can only live there for eight weeks a year so it is used as a holiday let with a potential income in the region of £45,000 a year. It has already become one of The Times top 50 holiday lets and is recommended by Alistair Sawday.

‘It’s such a romantic setting,’ says Fay. ‘There is no television but there is wi-fi and a Samsung computer. It’s perfect for people who want to escape from the world and it just hits the mark for a romantic holiday. It has been booked several times for marriage proposals.’

While it does offer an opportunity for peace and quiet, it is only a five minute walk down the hill into Coniston. ‘We decided to sell it because we now live on a mountain in North Wales but we’d definitely hire it from the new owners for our own family holidays.’

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