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Unique opportunity to be part of the history of a Lake Windermere residence

Belle Grange

An opportunity has arisen to rent a unique National Trust property, in a secluded spot with views across Lake Windermere.

Belle Grange, a five bedroom period house, sits on the western shores of the lake in its own extensive grounds including a private wet boathouse and jetty. It is being marketed by Savills Carlisle.

Belle Grange occupies the site of an earlier holding known as Sandbeds. It has been interpreted to be a purpose-built rear range to a lakeside belvedere built by English MP and High Sheriff, John Christian Curwen in the 1780s shortly after his acquisition of Belle Isle. It is thought to have been occupied as a holiday home for the Curwens and their guests while staying at Belle Isle.

Belle Grange

In the early 19th Century, Belle Grange began to be occupied as a small villa in its own right and the house was altered and extended in 1897. The property then came to the National Trust in 1962 by gift from the Curwen family.

Jennifer Dixon, rural surveyor at Savills Carlisle, comments: “This presents a rare opportunity to rent a beautiful, history filled house with breath-taking views over Lake Windermere. It has been let by the National Trust since they acquired it in 1962, but it hasn’t been publicly marketed since 2000 when it was let by the most recent tenant who enjoyed living at Belle Grange for 18 years.

“The property retains many of its original features including a large inglenook fireplace and open beams, but it also benefits from a recently refurbished kitchen and bathroom. We consider Belle Grange to be a family home where many happy memories can be made.”

The detached period house also includes a garage, workshop, stables, surrounding gardens, two driveways to the front with ample car parking space and a separate one bedroom cottage.

It is available to let on an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, through a tenancy application process. Viewings are by prior arrangement through Savills Carlisle on 01228 527586. Following the closing date for tenancy applications, selection will be by interview at the National Trust’s regional office at The Hollens, Grasmere, Cumbria.

The property is available to let at £2,000pcm via Savills Carlisle. For further information, visit To view the drone footage, click here.

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