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Birket Houses

A Grade II Listed Building in Cartmel Fell, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.3293 / 54°19'45"N

Longitude: -2.9054 / 2°54'19"W

OS Eastings: 341217

OS Northings: 493016

OS Grid: SD412930

Mapcode National: GBR 8L4C.ST

Mapcode Global: WH82T.BFQX

Plus Code: 9C6V83HV+PR

Entry Name: Birket Houses

Listing Date: 12 December 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1266552

English Heritage Legacy ID: 421179

Location: Cartmel Fell, South Lakeland, Cumbria, LA23

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Cartmel Fell

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Cartmel Fell St Anthony

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Birket Houses

House, now hotel. 1909. By Dan Gibson. Roughcast stone with stone dressings
and slate roofs. L-plan with gabled cross wings to ends and single storey
ranges round kitchen court to east. South facade of 2 storeys with attic,
5 bays; the 1st bay projects under gable with recessed loggia, the 2nd bay forms
gabled re-entrant bay window, 4th bay projects as gabled 2-storey porch.
Ovolo-mullioned windows have label moulds, most with king mullions and transoms,
and leaded glazing with rectangular quarries. Verandah has dripcourse to
3 sides and 4 round piers, 2-light windows flank entrance with architrave, key
and half-glazed door; windows have decorative grilles in some panes. 2nd bay of
ground floor has 2+1+2-light window with 3 lights to return; 3rd bay has
2+2-light window as has 5th bay. 1st floor has 2+2-light window; 2nd bay has
2+1+2-light window with 3 lights to return; 3rd bay has 3+3-light window; 4th
bay has 2+1+2-light window with 2-light returns, 3-light attic window above has
label mould raised over armorial bearing (Birket); 5th bay has 2+2-light window;
only window to 1st bay has transom. Porch has false 4-centred arch and label
mould with stops inscribed: "MBH" and "1908". Inner 9-panel door with ornate
handle. Extruded stack with setoffs and rounded shafts in angle to left of
porch. Dated lead rainwater heads and downpipes, and wall gutter with
cresting. Small cross-axial stack. Left return of 4 bays; 2nd bay projects
under gable, 3rd bay breaks forward with lateral stack, setoffs and rounded
shaft to left. Windows as above; 2+2-light windows to 1st and 2nd bays,
2+1+2-light windows with 2-light returns to 2nd bay; 3-light window to 1st floor
of 4th bay; ground floor windows have transoms. North facade of 4 bays with
2-bay return to left. 1st, 2nd and 4th bays gabled, 1st, 3rd and 4th bays
project to differing degrees. Windows as above; ground-floor has 3:2+2:2
(2 transoms): 2+2-light windows; 1st floor has 2+3+2-light and 2+2-light
windows; 2- and 3-light windows to gables of 1st and 2nd bays and concealed
gable to right of 3rd bay. Re-entrant lean-to porch with stack above, rounded
shaft; large stack to valley between 3rd and 4th bays. Return has projecting
gabled 1st bay, swept down to right. Windows have dripstones and timber
mullioned and transomed windows; cross-axial stack with round shafts. East
facade of 4 gabled bays; 1st bay has 2+2-light stone mullioned windows, other
windows wood mullioned; re-entrant lean-to porch and low service ranges, wood
mullioned windows, one to end of north range has dated grille in one pane.
South range has wrestler slates, lean-to projection with garden seat and
flanking niches to south. Interior not inspected but said to have original
fittings eg. plasterwork, doors, light fittings, built-in furniture and integral
heating system; some panelling believed to be C16 from former house on site.
Garden designed by Thomas Mawson. See Country Life 13.4.1912.

Listing NGR: SD4121793016

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