Two Grade II Listed cottages, known locally as 'The Old Grammar School' and dating back to the late 1500's, are up for public auction in Kendal.

This renovation project is bursting with potential for buyers seeking to create an exceptional home or investment property enriched with character.

The Church Walk cottages are positioned within the charming market town of Kendal, just a stroll away from town amenities.

The property has renowned neighbours, the esteemed Abbot Hall Art Gallery, and the properties boast a picturesque view over the parish church towards the River Kent.

Both properties carry a unique and rich legacy.

They are thought to have functioned as a school until 1888 and have undergone a series of modifications until they assumed their current form by the late 1700's.

This history means that the properties offer a wealth of distinctive character features, but will need a full refurbishment to bring them back to life.

The first cottage, number 9 Church Walk, exudes charm, with diamond leaded and mullion windows, along with original fireplaces that could be lovingly restored as part of the renovation.

The current layout includes a side entrance hall, living room, dining room, and a kitchen on the ground floor.

The first floor contains three bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Outdoors, the property features a quaint cottage-style garden area enclosed within a stone wall.

Number 11 Church Walk connects on the first floor to the neighbouring Lakeland Museum, which is currently closed for redevelopment.

However, a planning application has been granted for the separation of the building.

The cottage includes three bedrooms, a storage area, and two reception rooms.

It was initially converted from school premises into a cottage in the late 1800s, and more recently has been utilised as museum premises as a part of Abbot Hall, occupied by Lakeland Arts.

Although the current use class of the old school premises remains unconfirmed, no issues were highlighted during pre-application discussions with the local authority about reinstating its former use as a residential property.

Parking for the properties will be available in the adjacent Peppercorn Lane or Parish Church car parks, subject to a permit from the Westmorland and Furness Council.

The guide price per property is between £175,000 and £195,000.

Interested parties should contact Armitstead Barnett on 01539 751 993 to register their interest before the public auction occurring on October 19 at 7pm at Abbot Hall, Kendal.