May, 2015

£1.695m property for sale

News Release: Cumbrian business woman puts £1.695m property, and former home to Viscount William Whitelaw of Penrith, up for sale

Ennim, on the market at £1.695 million (1)

A property which was for 43 years the home of Margaret Thatcher’s right-hand man, Viscount William Whitelaw of Penrith, is up for sale.

Its current owner, business woman Mrs Eileen Ainscough, bought ‘Ennim’ shortly after the politician’s death in 2000.

Agent’s Carter Jonas are selling the seven bed mansion outside the north eastern fringe of the Lake District National Park complete with its own gate lodge at the guide price of £1.695 million.

Eileen Ainscough says she fell instantly in love with ‘Ennim’ purchasing it from Lady Celia, Viscountess Whitelaw within 12 days of viewing it. She said:

“I adore Ennim, as do all my friends who come and stay here. It has been my home for nearly 14 years and I have loved every minute spent here. It is a uniquely calm and tranquil place. I think it’s always provided a happy home for the many generations who’ve lived here.”

Mrs Ainscough spent two years refurbishing and modernising the property. No stranger to large renovation projects, she was staggered by the level of security measures she found in place. They included wiring, bullet proof glass and bolts; just some of the steps taken to ensure Ennim was a safe place for William Whitelaw and his family.

A staunch Conservative, Eileen has hosted events for local MP Rory Stewart and says the house is perfect for everyday living and entertaining at all levels.

“Features like the elegant reception rooms and library all with working fires, statement fireplaces, the shutters in the library, the sweeping stairs, five en-suite bedrooms , large period panel doors, tall windows and generously proportioned rooms all add to Ennim’s understated charm” added Mrs Ainscough.

Many of the rooms have views of the garden which Eileen describes as being dotted with spring flowers and complete with herbaceous borders and specimen trees. Eileen has inherited an identification schedule of the trees in the grounds drawn up by Lady Whitelaw. Today tulip and handkerchief trees, as well as an apple arch, are proof enough that this is no ordinary garden.

With a business to run in the south of the county, another property to do up and eight grandchildren to make the most of, Eileen says she will be extremely sad to leave Ennim. But she admits that her life will work better if she can be based in Windermere where her property project and business is.

Stephen Holland from Carter Jonas expects there to be a lot of interest in the property given its history and quiet grandeur. He said:

“Ennim sits in the aptly named Eden Valley. The pretty villages, fells and wild heathland tend to get overlooked by visitors who make a beeline for the honeypot destinations of the Lake District. This property offers the best of both worlds – stunning surroundings and good access to major cities via the motorway or West Coast mainline.”


Notes to editors:
The house is just five miles from the M6 near Penrith. The popular Lake District town of Keswick is 20 miles away and Lake Ullswater is six miles away. Good shopping, particularly for food, can be found at the nearest town of Penrith. It boasts ‘Cranstons’ and Booths among the larger shops.

Ennim lies about half a mile south of the village of Blencow (four miles west of Penrith). Its name is said to derive from ‘innam’, meaning a piece of land which was enclosed or taken in, or ‘springs’.

It is thought to have been the original residence of the Blencow family before they moved to Blencow Hall and later, much later, was the home of Margaret Thatcher’s right-hand man Viscount William Whitelaw of Penrith where he lived from 1956 until his death in 1999.

Firm celebrates graduates’ success

News Release: Firm celebrates graduates’ success and looks for a new recruit

Rachel Watson Fergus Russell

A Kendal firm is celebrating the strengthening of its seven strong team of surveyors after two of its graduates passed their final assessments first time.

Rachel Watson and Fergus Russell are now members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) after passing their Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

The pair, both in their twenties and who live in the Kendal area, joined national property consultancy Carter Jonas early in 2013.

Now a fully-fledged rural surveyor, Fergus explained the attraction of the profession: “Work is varied and very rewarding. I deal with people from all walks of life and often in pressurised situations. You need to be good at problem solving, be organised and quick thinking. My advice to graduates is to work hard on achieving good qualifications and work experience. Do not limit yourself with geographical ties, be willing to commit to a new area. Have professional people look at your CV and provide feedback.”

Rachel, who is originally from the Scottish Borders and helps out on the family farm in Dumfries and Galloway at weekends, works in Carter Jonas’ rural division. Rachel also cited the variety of work as being one of the reasons why she enjoys her job which involves her in the daily management of estates. Rachel added that once you become chartered the doors open up to a much wider variety of work and opportunities.

Describing their achievements as a major career milestone, partner Oliver Bateman said:
“Becoming a chartered surveyor isn’t easy. Whilst finishing a degree puts you on the first rung of the ladder there is still a hard-won ascent to charter-ship. The RICS’ APC is renowned as one of the toughest you can take. In recent years the Kendal office has supported three graduates through the selection process with a 100% success rate, this compares to an average UK pass rate of 70%.

“The APC takes a minimum of two years to complete. The final months are all about cramming in preparation for an hour-long interview by an expert panel. They need to make sure each graduate has sound experience and knowledge of the eight areas they have chosen to specialise in.

“Now, more than ever, clients are looking for greater certainty around professional standards and ethics. They also want the very best technical advice and guidance, and advisers who can think laterally and have the skills to solve problems.

“Rachel and Fergus have risen very ably to the challenge of working for a range of clients and giving professional advice. They’ve dealt with subjects as varied as valuing a 2,500 acre Scottish estate with large house and grouse moor to planning new woodland in the Yorkshire Dales and re-letting a substantial mixed farm in Lancashire.

The Kendal office of Carter Jonas is now recruiting for a new graduate who will join the firm at a time of exponential growth. A series of mergers and acquisitions has seen Carter Jonas expand the breadth of its operations across its planning and development, commercial, residential and rural teams. The firm now has over 700 people working from 35 offices nationwide. Its partners elected a new chairman, Simon Pallett, who took up his post on the 1 May.

Carter Jonas LLP is a leading UK property consultancy. With a network of 35 offices across England and Wales, it employs more than 700 partners and staff, with 28 equity partners. The firm, which has had a Kendal base since it acquired Fisher Hoggarth in 1997, helps its clients sell, let, manage and add value to their properties, whether they be residential homes, farms and estates, development land, offices, industrial or retail buildings.