A distinctive building in the centre of Windermere village is up for sale for £750,000.

Ashleigh, in its own grounds, was built in 1890 as a home for a Victorian family.

The Lakeland stone home was bought in 2006 by Bob and Pat Wallace, who restored the building.

Mr Wallace is a marketeer who enjoyed senior positions in retail and the hospitality sector and has 35 years of experience as marketing director of two advertising and marketing agencies, while Mrs Wallace is a creative design director with a background in print and publishing media, who has been instrumental in the guidance and career development of numerous senior designers in the graphic design profession.

They founded Nicepond, a marketing agency with a team of 15 that operated from Ashleigh’s graphic design and photographic studios.

It has since relocated to Staveley following a management buyout.

Mr Wallace said: “We have loved our time at Ashleigh and are now particularly keen to see it continue as a vibrant, thriving, creative space.

"We implemented a five-year restoration programme and the result is a spectacular building with vast rooms, high ceilings and huge windows, with its original features beautifully preserved.

“It would be an inspiring place for anyone to live or work in and we are excited to see what it will play home to next.

"It could be a family home, a boutique hotel, a creative workspace…who knows!”