A TRADITIONAL country house full of charm and character is our featured property this week.

Set above the village of Natland, five-bedroom Fisherflatt was built in the 1920s by a local firm and offers a warm, spacious and inviting family home.

This "truly elegant and sophisticated" property offers westerly views over open fields towards Scout Scar and Whitbarrow Scar, and is on the market with Fine & Country for a guide price of £875,000

The original oak front door opens into a welcoming hallway, leading to the stunning drawing room. This inviting space is flooded with natural light from traditional leaded-light windows. Fireside oak bookcases and a York stone fireplace with log-burning stove create a cosy focal point, and sliding doors lead into the formal dining room. Here, a large bay window with oak window seat overlooks the fells beyond. A stone fireplace and open fire continue the country-house feel.

At the heart of the home is a large family breakfast kitchen warmed by an oil-fired AGA and fitted with classic Shaker-style cream cupboards, black granite worktops and modern built-in appliances. An informal dining space makes the kitchen ideal for modern family living, and there is a neighbouring utility room with work space, fitted cupboards and cloaks cupboard.

An inner hallway with a Belfast sink and more fitted cupboards leads to a third reception room with another open fire. Beside this is a handy shower room, and the ground floor also offers a cloakroom cleverly designed to make use of space under the stairs.

From the hallway an original oak staircase leads up the landing, where there is access to the fully-boarded loft which is divided into rooms and could be used as extra living space.

Five well-proportioned double bedrooms feature built-in cupboards and lovely countryside views. The master suite has built-in wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom with hand-held shower.

The large, house bathroom, meanwhile, is fitted with a corner shower, double-ended bath, basin and toilet.

Outside, Fisherflatt's gated driveway provides parking for numerous cars, together with a detached double garage, greenhouses and delightful, well-tended formal and informal gardens.

Tucked behind the garage is a purpose-built log store, recently replaced oil tank and a compost heap. The drive is bordered by hedges, shrubbery and a small Lakeland stone wall.

All together, the grounds stretch to around 0.9 acres. The back garden has a neat lawn edged by well-stocked flower beds, and mgnificent tall trees, including an English and American oak, create dappled shade. There is a stone-built pond and space for outdoor dining on the large flagged terrace.

A small orchard is made up of five apple trees, two of which are cooking apples, plus a large variety of soft-fruit canes and a vegetable garden - a keen gardener's delight.

www.fineandcountry.com; tel 01539-733500.