Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria – UNDER OFFER
Stephen Sewellagency@waltongoodland.com 01228 514 199
EDGE OF LAKES FREEHOLD DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY
- GRADE II LISTED BUILDING IN ATTRACTIVE PRIME CENTRAL LOCATION WITHIN COUNCIL OWNERSHIP SINCE 1919
- CAR PARKING FOR UPTO 88 VEHICLES ACROSS THE FRONT AND REAR OF THE PROPERTY
- WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF CENTRAL PENRITH AMENITIES ALONG WITH WEST COAST MAINLINE RAILWAY STATION
- APPROX. 100M FROM M&S FOOD STORE
- PEACEFUL SURROUNDING CHURCH YARD WITH MIX OF RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL OCCUPIERS
- DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL FOR CONVERSION TO HOSPITALITY/HOTEL USE AND/OR RESIDENTIAL
- POTENTIAL FOR NEW MODERN EXTENSION ACROSS REAR CAR PARK TO INCREASE BUILDING FOOTPRINT
Mansion House is situated in an extremely attractive position at the very centre of Penrith within the shadows of the Grade I Listed St. Andrew’s Church being only a short distance from the Market Square and prime shopping/commercial areas. The property enjoys a unique aspect to the west across the attractive Church Yard grounds and towards the town centre with parking across the northern and southern boundaries to the front and rear of the building. The adjoining property to the east, Pele Court, has been developed my McCarthy and Stone for modern retirement living and comprises a mix of 47nr 1 & 2 bedroom apartments for the over 60s. The surrounding area otherwise comprises a mix of commercial and residential occupiers with an M&S Food Store approximately 100m away. Penrith is a market town situated in central eastern Cumbria at the crossroads of the M6 Motorway and A66 Trans Pennine arterial route. With a population of approximately 15,000 the town draws upon a much wider catchment being ideally situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its strategic location makes for a busy popular industrial, distribution and agricultural centre. The town is also well served by numerous supermarkets and commercial amenities along with Center Parcs at Whinfell. Penrith also benefits from a main line railway station being situated on the London – Glasgow – Edinburgh West Coast Mainline Railway.
One of Penrith’s finest and most recognisable buildings, Mansion House is a Grade II Listed property being constructed in circa. 1750 by John Welpdale. The property was purchased by Penrith District Council in 1919 and has remained within local government ownership ever since having been inherited by Eden District Council following local government reorganisation. The council have sympathetically restored the property over the course of the past 40 years and it remains in excellent condition and a fine specimen of 18th Century architecture.
The site itself is approximately 0.95 acres (0.38 hectares) allowing for scope to extend the existing buildings, subject to any necessary consents.
The main building is arranged as commercial offices over three floors and towers prominently over the adjoining accommodation and landscaped forecourt car park. The projecting east and west wings either side of the front forecourt currently provide additional office accommodation. The east wing is attached to the main building but could be self-contained. The west wing is entirely detached and enjoys sweeping views across St. Andrew’s Churchyard. To the rear of the main site the building drops in height linking to an attached two-storey building of traditional sandstone construction which in turn opens out onto a large walled rear car park. The culverted course of Thacka Beck runs across part of the rear car park and then adjacent to the eastern boundary of the site.
Mansion House is of traditional stone construction with timber single-glazed windows and feature coving. There are exposed ceilings and beams to the pitch of the roof across second floor level which provides for dramatic
space within the main building. The offices benefit from timber panelling to dado level and decorative plaster
moulding/cornices above and have been maintained to a good quality standard for their existing use.
A planning brief can be made available to interested parties by Eden District Council. The property is Grade II Listed and is situated within the Penrith Conservation Area. The building remains in use in parts as local authority offices. An opportunity now exits with the Council having acquired alternative headquarter premises which they will relocate to in 2021. Whilst any alternative use would need to be sensitive to the nature of the property and the area within which it sits, the local planning authority are favourable to an extension of the existing buildings along with modification and refurbishment to support alternative use potential. Of particular interest is the redevelopment of the property for hospitality/hotel purposes or conversion for residential use.
Please note that all planning enquiries should be directed to:
Head of Planning, Eden District Council
The property is available for sale freehold with vacant possession on completion.
MAIN HOUSE AND EAST WING
Basement 2,595 sq. ft. (241 sq. m.)
Ground Floor 4,442 s. ft. (413 sq. m.)
First Floor 4,442 sq. ft. (413 sq. m.)
Second Floor 1,311 sq. ft. (122 sq. m.)
Ground Floor 643 sq. ft. (60 sq. m.)
First Floor 647 sq. ft. (60 sq. m.)
Total Gross Internal Area
14,080 sq. ft. (1,308 sq. m.)
Total Site Area
0.95 acres (0.38 hectares)
Front Forecourt – Landscaped parking – 37 vehicles
Rear – Wall secure car park – 51 vehicles
The property is connected to all mains services, the main building being heated by 2nr Hamworthy gas boilers. The east wing is served by 2nr Ideal (Mexico) boilers. In addition to which there is an emergency back-up generator and modern coms and cabling fitted throughout. The buildings are also fitted with a door entry security system and fire safety system.
All enquiries and expressions of serious interest only to Walton Goodland.
The sale of Mansion House is not subject to VAT.
£52,500 (2017 listing)
£58,500 (2023 listing)
Interested parties are advised to make their own enquiries of the Valuation Office Agency at www.voa.gov.uk
- Penrith is prominently located at the crossroads of the M6 Motorway (Junction 40) and A66 Trans Pennine route.
- A66 leads to A1/M1 (Scotch Corner) in east.
- A66 (West) leads to Keswick, the adventure capital of the Lake District, and Ullswater, Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite.
- West Coast Mainline Station within easy access of all central Penrith amenities.
- Carlisle Airport – approx. 20 miles north.
Carlisle: 20 miles
Kendal: 30 miles
Glasgow/Edinburgh: 120 miles
Manchester: 100 miles
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