THIS week’s featured property is a smart and spacious three-bedroom apartment in the heart of Kendal, yet privately tucked away in a characterful yard.

Located at 52 Stramongate, number 3 is set over the second and third floors of an attractive mews development close to the town centre.

The estate agents, Humberts, describe it as an “ideal investment property” or a lock-up-and-leave second home, and it has an all-important private parking space.

This lovely, bright, duplex apartment is on the market for a guide price of £275,000.

Number 3 features three good-sized bedrooms and two bathrooms, and is presented in good order throughout.

The approach is through a stone archway off Stramongate, beside the Aga shop, to College Mews, a group of mews buildings.

Number 3 has an entry phone system and stairs up to the second-floor entrance.

The door opens into an attractive open-plan living space featuring a lounge, kitchen and relaxed dining area.

Large, elegant sash windows look out onto great views of Kendal and let plenty of daylight flood in. There is a feature fireplace and recessed ceiling lights.

The kitchen is fitted with crisp, contemporary base and wall units and display shelves, a stainless steel oven, gas hob with splashback, and extractor hood.

An inner hallway leads to two of the apartment's three bedrooms.

Both are doubles and they share the apartment’s large shower room, with its spacious walk-in shower, attractive tiling, wall-mounted basin and toilet, and lovely big sash window.

The third bedroom is approached up a hidden staircase off the hallway.

This fantastic space on the top floor is given the feel of loft-style living by its dramatic sloping ceiling, exposed beams and skylight windows.

There are fine views of Kendal Castle, a private seating area and a super en-suite bathroom with bath and shower over, pedestal basin, toilet and plenty of storage under the eaves.

College Mews is close to Kendal's many shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as schools such as Stramongate Primary School and Queen Katherine School.

Picturesque riverside walks can be enjoyed along the Kent at nearby Gooseholme or New Road.

Kendal railway station is just a short walk away for trains to Windermere or Oxenholme, where travellers can join the West Coast Main Line.

Apartment number 3 is for sale leasehold - remaining term 999 years - and there is a service/maintenance charge of £395 payable to College Mews Management Company Ltd.

The property has mains water, gas, drainage and electricity, and gas-fired central heating.; tel 015394-82692.