Sedgwick House is a striking Grade II-listed property that blends attractive period architecture with contemporary details.

It has a place in local history, being built in 1868 by renowned Lancaster architects Paley and Austin in a Gothic Revival style for entrepreneur William Henry Wakefield as a family home sitting in acres of delightful parkland on the fringe of the Lake District National Park.

The substantial original house has been converted into 19 luxury apartments of which one, a superb first and second-floor duplex home, is now on the market.

It is at the front of the house and is reached by way of the original covered entrance close to the grand hallway with its magnificent carved staircase and intricately vaulted ceiling.

Apartment 11 has original character aligned with modern additions and is a well-proportioned and spacious home with spectacular views towards the Lake District mountains.

Its private entrance hallway is used as a second lounge overlooking the inner courtyard while the main sitting room has delightful period features and a living flame gas fire in a focal fireplace.

Two large windows provide glorious views.

The hand-crafted kitchen is stunning, boasting fitted Fischer and Paykel appliances including a fridge-freezer and double dishwasher.

An AEG electric oven is finished with a five-ring gas hob and a range of fitted cupboards and display cabinets complete the space, which is large enough for a sizeable dining table.

A useful utility room has a Belfast-style sink and a wc.

Upstairs, on the second floor of the main building, the apartment’s landing has been transformed into a study area from where doors lead to the bedrooms and bathroom.

The master bedroom has a lovely view and an en-suite shower room while the second bedroom is also a double with views.

The sumptuous bathroom is a joy, light and bright and a contemporary suite contains a spa bath.

The apartment has the use of leisure facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna, gym, solarium and tennis court, along with fishing rights on the nearby River Kent.

The landscaped gardens and grounds stretch to about seven acres and include large areas of lawn with steps and gravelled paths.

Apartment 11, Sedgwick House, Sedgwick, near Kendal, is for sale at £350,000 from Armitstead Barnett, tel. 01539 751993.