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Part of the highly sought after Narr Lodge Farm development in the village of Quernmore located amongst the rolling countryside found outside of Lancaster, Bowland House is a truly distinctive 3 or 4 bedroom character property. Overlooking the central courtyard of Narr Lodge, a group of eight individually different houses, Bowland House has magnificent views for several miles up the Quernmore Valley to the Vale of Lune. Originally dating back to the 1800s, the former farmstead and its outbuildings were sympathetically converted to become Narr Lodge in 2001. The authenticity and charm of Bowland House is abundant with wonderfully unique features, from shapely windows to exposed trusses. Entering the attractive stone-fronted porch introduces the expanse of space that is set out over three floors within. Included with the property there is also an attached 5 acre field, with its own half-acre, newly-planted small woodland area. The house and land are inside the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) of the Forest of Bowland and for those looking to work from home, there is currently good internet connectively available but also the potential to connect to hyper-fast B4RN broadband.
Quernmore is located 3 miles east of the historic city of Lancaster and is a very picturesque and quiet village with a Methodist chapel and a larger St Peters Church of England that is situated next to the popular Quernmore Primary School. Lancaster is a fantastic small city with an excellent cultural and historical scene, alongside two universities and many high street and independent shops and eateries. Bowland House is also within the catchment area for the renowned Lancaster Girls and Boys Grammar Schools. It is only a 250 yard stroll across the gorgeous Trough Brook down to Quernmore Recreation Club with its clubhouse, tennis and bowling green. There is good accessibility both locally, regionally and nationally via the M6, and Lancaster is only 2.5 hours away from London on the West Coast Main Line.
Entrance Hall From the stone flagged courtyard at the front, through the porch, a traditional glazed entrance door leads into the entrance hall that provides ample space for coats and boots after a day spent on one of the areas many popular walks.
WC A useful facility located just off the entrance hall comprising WC and wash hand basin.
Breakfast Kitchen 16’8 x 9’7 (5.08 x 2.93) This good sized family kitchen affords space for informal dining along with a traditional range of wall drawer and base units. Fitted appliances include a NEFF 5-ring gas hob, NEFF double-oven and grill, BOSCH dishwasher, integrated fridge freezer, a Hotpoint washing machine and Blanco sink with drainer overlooking the front courtyard. The kitchen houses a Vaillant boiler that is only 18 months old.
Living/ Dining Room 16’10 x 10’2 (5.14 x 3.09) Located at the rear of the property and with external access onto the patio and garden, this is an extremely versatile space that is currently utilised as a snug but would also make a great dining room if required. A multifuel wood burning stove sits upon a flagged hearth with an original wood lintel that makes for a charming feature and brings a cosy feel to this sizeable room. A further unique feature are two rectangle windows that overlook the expanse of green fields beyond.
First floor A staircase leads up to the first floor landing.
Lounge/ Bedroom 16’10 x 10’7 (5.14 x 3.12) Upon first walking into the further versatile space, your attention is captured by the unique circle window and low lying curvature of a second window, both allowing plenty of natural light to the room. Currently utilised as a formal sitting room, there is also the option to utilise this room as a fourth bedroom.
Bedroom 1 16’10 x 10’3 (5.14 x 3.12) A sizeable double bedroom that enjoys a far reaching outlook over the 5 acre field, hills beyond, church tower and out towards the Lune Valley. There is a full range of good quality fitted wardrobes that include plenty of storage and a dresser with illuminated mirror. There is also a back lit headboard and bedside cabinets. A low lying window, again with curve detail, makes for the perfect vantage point when lying in bed, enjoying a morning coffee whilst watching the local countryside come to life.
Bathroom With classic black and white tiled floors, claw-footed roll top bath, WC and pedestal wash hand basin.
Second Floor Continuing up the staircase onto the final floor with high vaulted ceilings and original exposed trusses that run throughout the rooms of this level.
Bedroom 2 16’10 x 10’8 (5.14 x 3.25) Again boasting those fantastic far reaching views, this large double bedroom also provides access into a useful storage area above the adjoining bathroom. This bedroom also includes a full run of Oak finish wardrobes.
Jack ´N´ Jill Shower Room Comprising shower cubicle with Triton electric shower, WC, wash hand basin and also benefiting from underfloor heating, finished with complimentary tiling to the dado.
Bedroom 3 16’10 x 10’7 (5.14 x 3.23) The final of a potential four generously sized double bedrooms, again with a built in wardrobe and freestanding suite available if wanted within the price.
Outside A pretty flagged patio area at the rear serves as a great suntrap for summer barbecuing and leads up to a small, well-kept lawn with raised flower beds and a Camelia bush. The garden is great for watching the beautiful sunsets or stargazing on a cloud free night. From here there is a great view of the 1,300 foot summit of Clougha Pike, the nearest of the fells of the Forest of Bowland (a very satisfying and relatively-easy local walk). This garden area has immediate access to your own 5 acre field: from here and the garden you can watch an abundance of wildlife as the seasons pass, including the occasional deer. To the front of the property there is a designated private parking space set alongside a Cherry Tree. Around the side further parking can be found in the communal and visitor parking area; which is where you will also find access into a single garage with remote control up and over doors, that benefits from power light and includes a range of worktops and storage units, thus making for a great workshop if required. There is further loft-style storage room in the roof area of this garage.
5 ACRE FIELD A wooden gate at the back leads out into the expanse of the 5 acre field that stretches out behind the property, protecting the wonderful views that Bowland House has to offer. On the western side, a half-acre of the field has been recently planted, with oaks, maples and alders, as the beginnings of a woodland area. All of the land is designated for agricultural use but still allows potential for freestanding structures such as greenhouses, poly-tunnels, or even a stable, subject to discussion with relevant authorities.. This is an ideal space for grazing ponies or horses, with a number of hacking adventures available right from your doorstep. Enclosed by its own hedges and drystone walls, the field has many uses. It can be used for growing vegetables and grazing animals; or planting more trees. If you were looking to keep chickens, there is even a small chicken pen ready in place, its a great space for walking the dogs or you can simply wander on this beautiful green space. The field even has its own hillock to the eastern side, offering even more splendid views of valleys, woods and distant hills. There is a current informal agreement with a local farmer that allows him to use the field for occasionally grazing some of his sheep, with lovely bouncing lambs just outside your garden gate in Spring time. The property is on the lower slopes of Clougha Pike so there is excellent drainage down to the Conder River basin and therefore never any flooding problems.
Directions From Lancaster town hall, head up towards the Boys Grammar School and Williamsons Park, as you get to the Grammar School, turn right onto Wyresdale Road and just after Williamsons Park, take your first left towards Quernmore. Follow this road along and over the bridge, then take the next left turn on to a private lane over the beck and turn left.