Reception Rooms: 4
Believed to date back to the 17th century, High Barn is a grand and unique barn conversion situated in the popular riverside village of Hornby. The conversion began in 2000 as a labour of passion for the current owners residing in the neighbouring house and has thus been carefully planned and completed to the highest of standards. From the accommodation, original features, modern fittings and even to the services, nothing has been overlooked. All has been designed within the comforts of modern day living and not compromising on the truly impressive original features that the barn has to offer, meaning modern and authentic marry together to create a beautiful synergy throughout this lofty home. The conversion was completed in 2005 and has yet to house any residents. On the market for the first time since its transformation, High Barn presents a truly rare opportunity for the discerning family, especially those looking for a central hub to commute across the country or even to work from home with the hyper-fast B4RN connectivity and ideal home office space.
The picturesque village of Hornby, notable for the Hornby Castle that overlooks the parish, is nestled between the River Wenning and River Lune and is surrounded by the rolling countryside. Despite the idyllic setting, Hornby presents itself as ideally located for those who are in need of travelling further afield. Access to the M6 is a mere 7.5 miles away and 8.5 to the City of Lancaster where you will find the mainline train station, Lancaster and Cumbria Universities and Royal Lancaster Infirmary. With a vibrant village centre, quality local amenities are available just a short stroll away including a local shop, post office, tearoom, pub and a well-regarded primary school. Being fully encircled by the local countryside makes Hornby ideal for those who enjoy the great outdoors, with a plethora of walks to be enjoyed right from your doorstep.
The private driveway is accessed off a quiet lane just on the periphery of Hornby and sweeps through the gardens of High Barn, bringing you right to the doorstep and garage entrance. From here, access can be found onto the Lower Ground Floor which proves to be a versatile space that could be utilised in a number of ways. As it is currently, a large and bright games room houses the pool table and makes for a great entertaining space, there is also a Utility room with a Miele washing machine and dryer, a modern shower room and a further reception or guest room with external access out into a small courtyard. The separate access and full facilities on this floor mean it could be adapted for separate accommodation for a dependant relative if required. Similarly, it could be further developed into a self-catering holiday let which would surely prove popular in such a beautiful and well connected area. Despite the lower ground location, the space is airy and bright throughout with plenty of natural light afforded through the many windows.
Taking the first flight of bespoke locally made Oak stairs to the ground floor, it is here that you begin to appreciate the vast space and beauty of the unique original barn features. The high ceilings extend up to reveal the original structural beams of the barn and the mezzanine landings above. The main room is open plan, bar an impressive cast iron wood burner with a rich sandstone surround that warms the living area. Beautifully crafted inset windows with deep oak sills and exposed beam lintels, flood the room with natural light from all angles as the natural solid French Oak floors lead around into a dining area, affording plenty of space for a large formal dining table and chairs as well as further occasional furniture. A traditional and in keeping shaker style kitchen, bespoke designed by renowned Martin Moore, sits just off the open plan living area and enjoys external access onto a private patio area with stepping stones leading to the driveway, a handy entrance for quick stop offs and great area for alfresco dining. The classic range of units include a large central island with double Belfast sink and a built in French style dresser providing further storage and adding to the authentic aesthetics of this lovely family kitchen. High quality integrated appliances include a Miele dishwasher and Lancanche dual fuel Range Cooker with 5 ring gas hob and extractor over.
The first of four double bedrooms is located on the ground floor and as with all the double bedrooms, it offers generous proportions and a modern ensuite with high quality sanitary ware and complimentary tiling. The Master bedroom is quietly positioned on the first floor, across the mezzanine landing passing between the two large barn style windows to either side that begin below and provide beautiful views of the local country. This large space with endless ceilings, feature oval window depicting a countryside portrait and array of exposed beam infrastructure, certainly makes for a mesmerising and unique master suite. The modern ensuite includes both a walk in rain shower and freestanding bath. The final two double bedrooms with ensuites are also found across the split level mezzanines of the first floor and a charming single bedroom that would be a great room for a child. Above, the loft space has also been fully converted to an impeccable standard and is filled with natural light. This would lend itself as a great hobbies room or there is even scope for further development into a bedroom and ensuite with plumbing already in place, subject to relevant access requirements and planning of course.
Externally, the private driveway leads through the large enclosed garden that is laid mainly to lawn and would thus prove easy to maintain. Separate to that, there is also a further fenced grass area with the beginnings of a small orchard, ripe for development. Located around the property, there are a number of patios that would be great for outdoor entertaining, in particular the patio just off the kitchen. The driveway provides ample off road parking for several vehicles and there is also planning in place to extend the current garage into a sizeable double. The surrounding countryside is a visual dream of peace and tranquillity and can be enjoyed from every angle, whether inside the property or out.
Directions From Lancaster, take to A6 from Caton Road. Continue through the village of Caton and then through Claughton, after which there is a right hand turn to take, following signs to Wray/Wennington. Reaching the village of Holme, continue through and after leaving the central village, at the cross roads, take a right hand turn signposted Roeburndale and then the second driveway to the right belongs to High Barn.