Reception Rooms: 3
Barley Bank is a particularly intriguing package that revolves around a sympathetically restored, 4 bed 18th century stone built farmhouse in the heart of the parish of Tatham. A refurbished 2 bedroomed cottage, six-bay barn, The Granary- a two storey building with home office below and potential for a 1 bedroom flat above, The Shippon- a large open plan workshop and three Stables, all share a stone built courtyard and offer an abundance of opportunity for the discerning purchaser. Encircling the entirety are a combination of manicured lawns, vegetable plots, woodland areas, campfire spots, patios, stone built stores and follies that finally stretch out into an approximate 20 acres of adjoining agricultural land. The 20 acres of fields were originally purchased along with the house and multiple outbuildings by the current owners 31 years ago, with an idea to protect the privacy of the estate and the beautiful surrounding views. Therefore, an agreement with a local farmer has been maintained to rent the land out in return for the upkeep, meaning there are options for those who do not wish to take on the responsibility of working the land but do like the idea of protecting the outlook and privacy. Barley Bank would also serve as a self-sufficient countryside dream and make for a wonderful small holding. For investors and developers, this package is bound to ruffle feathers. The outbuildings have boundless potential (subject to relevant planning approval) to create say a courtyard development or a collection of holiday lets that are sure to be desirable in the peaceful yet conveniently located setting.
Equidistant between Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale, Tatham is a popular choice for those seeking a beautiful country location for their second home or a superb base from which to travel for work around the North West. There are primary schools in the nearby villages of Wray, Bentham and Lowgill, the very well respected Queen Elizabeth Secondary school in Kirkby Lonsdale is less than 8 miles away and the property is within the catchment area for the Lancaster Grammar Schools. Nearby Bentham is a vibrant and active town with a wonderful community spirit and range of amenities including a doctors, local shops, pubs and fabulous recreational facilities with sports teams of all age groups and a picturesque 18 hole Golf Course and Club House.
The original Farmhouse dates back to 1787 when it was run as a smallholding, an extension in 1911 meant that the property was the first in the area to have an indoor bathroom. Over the past 30 years of ownership, the current vendors have meticulously updated the property with great respect for the original features and characteristics of the traditional farmhouse. Exposed wooden beams, stone flagged floors, original solid wood doors, sash windows, stained glass windows and even the original high flush, 1900’s toilet have been upheld. Whilst additions such as rich wood panelling, bespoke woodwork and furniture, parquet flooring, authentic cast iron log burners, salvaged and restored fireplaces and interiors inspired by the luxurious Victorian era, add to the true essence of a period farmhouse.
Entering the property the hearty entrance hall, with the original stone and cast iron fireplace, sets the tone as a warm and welcoming home. Leading through into the grand dining room with a cast iron wood burning stove set around an impressive wall of bespoke wood panelling, restored sash windows and exposed beams reminiscent of the era. Tiled slate floors that begin in the dining room continue into the authentic farmhouse kitchen, a homely hub of the house filled with warmth from the 3-door AGA. A peaceful conservatory enjoys a tranquil setting overlooking the garden, whilst a wood panelled library and study is ideal for private study or working from home. The cosy sitting room enjoys a lovely garden outlook and the cast iron multi fuel wood burner, with restored stone surround, is ideal for settling down on winter evenings. On the first floor, 4 double bedrooms are accompanied by a classic, Victorian styled house bathroom. The converted attic above provides a further spacious double bedroom or in fact, makes for a great children’s playroom or hobby room.
Barley Bank Cottage Recently refurbished, this beautifully restored home is everything you would imagine of a classic countryside cottage. Previously The Coach House to the main farmhouse, there are two reception rooms to enjoy; the snug that features an exposed stone wall and restored Victorian fireplace and the living room that enjoys high ceilings with a mezzanine study area above. There is also a Morso log burner with exposed flue and patio doors leading out onto a private lawned garden behind. The traditional cottage style kitchen includes a Rangemaster cooker with 5 ring gas hob set in a bespoke sandstone surround. On the first floor, there are two good sized double bedrooms and a modern house bathroom with parquet flooring. This Quintessential country cottage has great potential for a successful holiday let, with its own private entrance and undoubtable desirability.
The Granary Adjoining the courtyard, this stone built detached building houses, on the ground floor, a large store room, tool room, utility room with plumbing for washing machine and dryer, WC and a sizeable home office. The first floor of this building has potential to be converted into a 1 bedroom flat which would provide further scope for holiday rental. There are rooms for a kitchen with a large living area featuring exposed trusses and a cast iron fire that was an original salvaged from the farmhouse, a double bedroom and bathroom, subject to relevant planning.
The Shippon This former cattle shed has been transformed into a large, open plan workshop which would be great for those looking to set up a business to run from home. Alternatively, this great space could be converted into either a single dwelling or several holiday lets, subject to relevant planning. There is also a large stable and store with access into;
The Barn The six-bay barn currently houses an integral stable block with three boxes, although there is plenty of space for many more if required, with an adjoining tack room and hay loft above. Furthermore there is also a further separate stable with courtyard access and a large garden store. This space and the surrounding 20 acres of land would be ideal for those looking for an equestrian business. Alternatively, it would be another potential for conversion into holidays lets or homes, thus completing the proposed courtyard development.
Barley Bank benefits from a choice of 3 entrances all leading off Rantreefold Road. The first; a former horse and coach entrance that leads to the side of the main houses. The second is the main entrance to the main house, a pebbled driveway providing ample parking and leading up to the front entrance door. Finally, one that leads around the back of the courtyard and to a triple garage at the back of the barn and into the courtyard. It is here you can also find access into the 20 acres of agricultural land and there is plenty of space for large farming vehicles if required. The formal gardens of Barley Bank encompasses the entirety and are made up of manicured lawns, vibrant flower beds, ancient trees and plants, patios, secret gardens and follies, productive vegetable plots and fruit orchards and even a private area for family campfires in the summer evenings.
Directions From Lancaster, head through Caton and follow signs to Wray village. Upon entering Wray, turn right down Main Street. Continue along this road for approximately 2.6 miles and then take a right to join Fairheath Road, heading towards Tatham. Keep right and continue onto Spen Brow for a further approximate 1 mile. Then there will be a left turning, follow sign to Slaidburn, joining High Road. Continue along this road which continues onto Rantreefold Road and the entrance to Barley Bank will be found on your right hand side.