Reception Rooms: 3
Dating back to 1870, this deceptive and beautifully presented family home occupies a generous plot in a quiet residential area in the historic city of Lancaster. Believed to have been built by local timber merchant Richard Moser as a family home, the property was formed from 5 original plots, and as such boasts an incredible, private garden that is a rarity in such a convenient city centre location. Only sold three times in its history, Borrowdale House represents a unique opportunity to acquire a very special Victorian home that has been carefully restored and updated by the current vendors to enhance the stunning period features whilst providing for modern living. The accommodation is set out over two floors. On the ground floor there are three super, versatile reception rooms, and a beautiful English Hardwood breakfast kitchen that enjoys a breathtaking dual aspect. To the first floor, four double bedrooms, one of which is en-suite, and a family bathroom provide ample space for family and guests. The walled gardens are informally landscaped with mature trees, shrubs, bulbs, climbers and other perennials to provide interest throughout the year. Complementing the spacious period residence and its extensive gardens, off road parking and a large double garage formed from the former coach house make this superb home a very attractive package indeed.
Located close to the centre of this vibrant city, Borrowdale House is exceptional in combining a surprising amount of outside space with proximity to an excellent range of amenities. The historic city of Lancaster has so much to offer people of all ages with a growing cultural and music scene, excellent range of high street and independent shops, and an unrivalled choice of health care and local amenities. The purchaser of Borrowdale House will benefit from an exceptional choice of primary schooling within walking distance, and the highly rated Boys and Girls Grammar Schools, and Ripley St Thomas also within easy reach for those of secondary age. The train station, which provides a 2½ hour commute to the centre of London, is within a 15 minute walk and J34 of the M6 is less than two miles away.
Accommodation Access from Borrowdale Road is via a pedestrian gate or the vehicular gate. A paved pathway leads through a small shrubbery to the front entrance. The Victorian panelled door opens into a vestibule with original tiles to the floor and on into the;
Hall Setting the tone for the rest of this immaculately presented home, the hall demonstrates much of the character of the period and indeed the history of the house itself. Richard Moser was a timber merchant and included a stunning mahogany handrail to the staircase, other fine period features include original tiles to the floor, a dado rail and intricate plaster friezes.
Inner Hall Leading off the main hall through an arched entrance, an inner hall provides access to the cloakroom, utility room and kitchen.
Cellar 26’11 x 16’1 (8.21m x 4.89m) The cellar provides useful additional space with flagged floor and original stone table, also housing the manifolds for the solar PV panels, meters and fuse board. A useful coal chute and plentiful storage space.
Sitting Room 14’10 x 13’4 (4.52m x 4.06m) A beautifully presented principal reception room that is formed from an 1890 extension. The south-facing room is filled with light due to high ceilings and bay window. The focal point of the room is a faux-marble fireplace which encompasses an open fire. Picture rails, cornice mouldings and a gothic revival window overlooking the garden provide further interest.
Living Room 17’7 x 12’3 (5.37m x 3.73m) This beautiful west-facing room, with high ceilings and large bay window with stunning views across the garden and rooftops towards the Lakeland fells beyond, has been carefully restored by the vendors who also reinstated the white marble fireplace and cast iron insert found in the grounds to create a stunning surround for the gas fire. Intricate plaster friezes, alcove detailing, deep skirtings and high sash windows finish the room.
Breakfast Kitchen 24’0 x 12’10 (7.31m x 3.91m) Simply stunning, this wonderful space has been created to provide a perfect synergy of old and new. The kitchen area features a super range of wall and base units in solid tulip wood, hand crafted by English Hardwood, with a cream finish and topped with black and silver Silestone work surfaces. The high quality, integrated NEFF appliances comprise dishwasher, under counter fridge, 5 ring gas hob with extractor over, oven, combination oven/ microwave and warming drawer. A lovely island unit provides additional work space and storage. The flooring here is engineered bamboo, chosen for its environmental sustainability, durability and beauty, and the room benefits from underfloor heating. The breakfast area provides ample space for a dining table and features an inset flame effect electric fire and double glazed French doors to the garden. The surprisingly open dual aspect provides breathtaking views reaching as far as the Lakeland Fells on a clear day.
Utility 8’0 x 5’10 (2.43m x 1.78m) Formed from the original house keeper’s quarters, there is a solid range of wall cupboards, a counter top, plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer and additional space if required for freezer and the like.
Cloakroom This ground floor facility comprises WC with Saniflo unit and a wash hand basin.
Dining Room 16’10 x 13’5 (5.12m x 4.08m) A beautiful third reception room with high ceilings and many period features including a superb marble and cast iron fireplace, ornate cornice mouldings and picture rail. The original floorboards have been uncovered and restored, and two beautiful sash windows provide plenty of light.
Master Suite 15’7 x 12’8 (4.76m x 3.85m) Enjoying a delightful dual aspect and an elevated perspective with views over Morecambe Bay, this spacious double bedroom enjoys period features such as a picture rail and cornice moulding. There is an excellent walk-in wardrobe and lovely en suite with polished pine floor and full sized sash window, double corner shower cubicle by Kudos with Mira shower, pedestal wash hand basin and WC.
Bedroom 2 16’6 x 13’3 (5.03m x 4.05m) Presently utilised as a twin bedroom, this is a very well proportioned bedroom with two full sized sash windows, cornice mouldings and picture rail.
Bedroom 3 14’0 x 12’2 (4.26m x 3.72m) An attractive double bedroom enjoying a dual aspect, super views and good proportions. The original cast iron fireplace with tile and marble surround provides an interesting focal point.
Storage/Linen Room Even this very useful storage room complete with hanging rail and shelving enjoys spectacular views!
Bedroom 4 12’3 x 12’0 (3.73m x 3.65m) Currently utilised as a study, this excellent double bedroom again enjoys extensive views over the city and beyond and fine period features.
Bathroom This charming house bathroom, in harmony with the rest of the house, comprises; bath with Mira shower over, pedestal wash hand basin, bidet and WC. There is a generous airing cupboard with panelled pine doors and plenty of light via a Victorian roof light and newer sash window.
Outside A complete rarity in such a central location, the spacious grounds extending to nearly half an acre are as magnificent as the house itself. Within a fully walled and secure garden the vendors have carefully and creatively planted a rich variety of rare and interesting plants to create a beautiful haven. Informal and picturesque in style yet with plenty of definition and intrigue, the garden features a sweeping lawn, upper and lower patio seating areas, a separate trellis garden, fernery, camellia garden, informal terraces and an enclosed utility area for composting and the like. The garden is mainly on two levels linked by formal stone steps that were reclaimed from a notable local property plus several informal sets of stone steps. There are numerous ornamental trees and productive fruit trees including plums, apples and a cider apple. The gated private driveway leads off Borrowdale Road and provides ample parking for at least 4 cars. The stone-built former coach house has recently been re-roofed with Burlington Slate and is an excellent, versatile space offering a range of potential uses as garaging, storage or workshop.
Directions Exiting the M6 at Junction 34 continue down Caton Road towards Lancaster/ Morecambe. After approximately 1.4 miles, just before the traffic lights entering the city centre, make a slight left onto Bulk Road, then take your first left onto Ridge Lane. At the roundabout take the second exit onto Kentmere Road, then turn left onto Borrowdale Road and Borrowdale House (number 47) will be found to your left.