Reception Rooms: 3
Bowerham House is a stunning Grade II listed Georgian residence that is located a short stroll away from Lancaster city centre, nestled within walled grounds that amount to approximately half an acre. Built in 1828 by the Barrow family who had a drapers in the town and ran a shipping business with trade to the West Indies. The Barrow’s daughter, Candia married John Cadbury and their sons who eventually developed Cadbury’s used to visit and climb the tower that was built in the garden, to see their grandfather’s ships on Lancaster quay side. The residence now presents truly stunning accommodation that has been sympathetically updated to enhance the rich period features whilst providing for modern living. To the ground floor there are two principal reception rooms, the living and dining, along with a morning room, a traditional dining kitchen, a scullery / cooking kitchen and a separate utility and WC/Cloakroom. On the first floor the principal bedroom enjoys a luxury en-suite and option to utilise one of the other bedrooms as an adjoining dressing room to create a fitting master suite. There are a further four double bedrooms, of which one is en-suite and thus ideal for guests and a family shower room. The second floor has also been converted for use of two home offices and there is an abundance of storage found across this spacious home before taking into account the 4 room cellar. The private, walled grounds surrounding the property are a true rarity for such a convenient city centre location. The private driveway provides secure parking for several vehicles along with a detached garage that was formerly the stables to the residence, thus completing this very appealing home.
Located close to the centre of this vibrant city, Bowerham House is within close proximity of 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 Bowerham 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. Lancaster is also home to two universities, one of which ranks in the top 10 in the UK. The train station, which provides a 2½ hour commute to the centre of London and easy access to other major centres such as Edinburgh and Manchester, is within a 15 minute walk. J34 of the M6 is less than two miles away, providing ready access to outstanding countryside such as the Lake District and the Forest of Bowland.
Accessed via a private residential road, The Grove, private gates open out onto the driveway which provides ample secure parking and access to the detached stone built garage. There are a total of four entrance doors into the property; into the scullery kitchen, utility room, inner hall or most prominently, what is believed to be the original entrance door with impressive stone surround and vestibule. This opens out into the grand entrance hall with high ceiling stretching up to the gallery landing above and original tiled floors. The traditional wood panelled stair case with mahogany hand rail grandly leads up to the first floor and there is also a useful cloaks cupboard with original doors. The lounge features an impressive dual aspect over the lush surrounding gardens via a large bay window. The original sash windows and pretty wooden shutters have been well maintained and the open fire with marble surround serves as an impressive period feature to this formal reception space. Other period features include dado rail and decorative cornicing. The dining room is equally rich in fine features with a decorative alcove plasterwork and architraves, open fire with marble surround, original drinks cupboard, and garden views afforded via the original sash window. This homely room is filled with warmth from the 2 oven AGA set within a stone surround with tiled splash back. The former counters of a chemist believed to have been in Wiltshire have been salvaged to create unique worktops and there is space for a dining table and chairs for a more informal dining setting with the family. In addition to this, there is also a scullery kitchen accessed via an adjoining inner lobby which in itself is a good sized room with external access onto the drive. The scullery kitchen forms part of the original Coach House and even features the original stone built baking oven. For modern day cooking, there is a Rangemaster cooker, along with a good range of wall, drawer and base units, space and plumbing for a dishwasher, and double sink. Steps lead down into a large utility room with space and plumbing for a washing machine, together with considerable storage space and access to the garden. A downstairs cloaks room with WC and wash hand basin can also be found off the inner hall and a morning room that enjoys a sunny aspect and marble fireplace completes the ground floor accommodation.
The original staircase curves up to the first floor gallery landing with beautiful painted ceilings and lovely views over the garden that affords a glimpse of the city through the trees. There are a total of five double bedrooms however as presently utilised, one of those bedrooms serves as an adjoining dressing room to the master bedroom which also enjoys a beautiful en-suite bathroom with tessellate floor tiles benefitting from under-floor heating, freestanding roll top bath and rain shower. Perfect for guests, the double bedroom located to the rear of the property, which forms the first floor of the former Coach House, also benefits from an en-suite bathroom. All of the bedrooms offer unique period features including original fireplaces and beautiful sash windows. There is also a well planned shower room which serves the first floor and plenty of storage cupboards throughout. The loft space on the second floor has been cleverly converted into two office spaces which are ideal for those looking to work from home. A further addition to the already spacious and flexible accommodation is the 4 roomed cellar. At present one of the rooms is utilised as a good sized gym and is perfect for such with ventilation for hot summer days and heat afforded from the boiler for the winter. There is also a wine cellar, again which enjoys the perfect environment for such and the final rooms are utilised as storage space and a workshop.
The high walled gardens surrounding Bowerham have been informally landscaped to create a beautiful private space which is ideal for family enjoyment and a complete rarity for such a central city location. Amounting to approximately ½ an acre, the gardens are mainly Informal and picturesque in style yet with plenty of definition and intrigue for the keen gardener. There are a number of mature trees spotted across the garden that further add to the sense of privacy and seclusion. A flagged patio affords space for outdoor dining furniture and is the ideal place from which to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and a small decorative pond adds interest. Steps lead down to a secret planted area complete with a herb garden and seating area which enjoys the sun throughout the day. The front lawn is symmetrically planted with neat box hedges and leads into a further private patio area and courtyard to the stone built old stables which is now utilised as a good sized single garage. The driveway also provides ample parking for several vehicles.
Directions From Lancaster, continue through the one way system as if heading to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. At pointer roundabout take the first exit and take the second left hand turning immediately after Bay Vets onto The Grove. Bowerham House can be found at the end.