Ellengrove House is an impressive Grade-II listed period property with great kerb appeal which has been beautifully restored and is set within 10 acres or so of grazing land.

It has bags of space and is a perfect family home with three reception rooms and five bedrooms set over three floors and boasting delightful character features.

The house, which also offers business potential with the opportunity to convert part into a holiday let, has been the happy family home of Franki Wilcock, her husband Dave and their two children for the past 19 years.

“We loved its location, surrounded by open countryside but close to Maryport for all local amenities,” she said. “We also liked the wealth of surviving original features and the space that the house offered our young family who loved outdoor living.”

At that stage, Ellengrove House needed a lot of love and hard work, which Franki and Dave duly supplied.

“We’ve repaired and renovated the entire property sympathetically to its age - circa 1750 - while improving it to suit a modern-day family’s needs.

“The kitchen is now everybody’s favourite room, warm and cosy, thanks to the Aga, and we love sitting outside taking in the amazing views of the 10 acres of grazing land with sheep and lambs almost on our doorstep.

“The River Ellen runs alongside the land and attracts loads of wildlife including otters, herons and kingfishers and Ashleigh and Jamie enjoyed all this freedom and space when they were younger.

“We used the paddock for their ponies and it was a safe and happy environment for our children and their friends when they were growing up.

“This unique house and the land offer a great lifestyle and opportunities for any family.

“There is so much we are going to miss but we just don’t need this amount of space any more.”

Ellengrove House, Ellen Grove, Maryport, is for sale at £495,000 from Cumbrian Properties, tel. 01946 313107.