Silverholme Manor on the Graythwaite estate opens its doors after ten month makeover

PUBLISHED: 08:51 30 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:51 30 May 2013

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Mark Mercer UK 2012

A little known Georgian manor house - which was once the home of a pioneer seaplane builder who was immortalised in the Swallows and Amazons adventure books - is opening its doors as a luxury venue for large family holidays, house parties, weddings and corporate retreats.

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Built in 1820 with stunning views of England’s largest lake, Lake Windermere, Silverholme Manor was formerly home to Oscar Theodor Gnosspelius, who designed and flew one of the first planes to take off from a body of water in the UK - a feat he achieved on Windermere in February 1912. As a friend of the Arthur Ransome, Gnosspelius also advised the author on mining and prospecting for the plot of his sixth Swallows and Amazons book, Pigeon Post, and is widely believed to have been the inspiration for the character of Squashy Hat.

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Silverholme Manor is part of the private 5,000 acre Graythwaite estate, which is also renowned as one of William Wordsworth’s favourite walking spots. The Graythwaite estate is owned by one of the Lake District’s oldest families, The Sandys, and working alongside a local architect, Camilla Sandys, originally saw the ‘grand design’ for Silverholme come together in 2011. Building work started last year and it has taken just ten months to complete.

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Located on Windermere’s tranquil western shore, Silverholme has a private jetty and sleeps up to 18 people - 16 in eight individually-styled en-suite bedrooms, and another two in the original Coachman’s Cottage in the gardens.

Each room has its own original character, blending period character and modern comfort. As well as an abundance of reclaimed furniture, there are furnishings and fabrics from Pierre Frey, Robert Kime, Manuel Canovas and George Spencer.

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For more information about this elegant old house go to www.graythwaite.com

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