Reception Rooms: 3
Charming and picturesque, Higher Stockbridge is a beautifully converted 4 bedroomed semi-detached barn conversion complete with a 1 acre paddock and detached office/ studio named The Stables. Dating back to 1766, the barns were converted in 2004 by the residing occupant at the Farmhouse and renowned Mason Gillibrand Architects of Caton. Throughout, oak beams and exposed stone walls create the charm that is expected in a barn conversion of this standard. Every detail has been seen to ensure that the abundance of original features merge seamlessly with the modern renovations. The current vendors have also remained true to this heritage by sympathetically upgrading the property throughout their 11 years of residence. Stunning views are enjoyed from every angle, whether it be from the ceiling to roof top windows in the living kitchen area, to the private balcony of the master bedroom.
The village of Tatham is a classic example of the English countryside community. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; The Forest of Bowland is a picture of rolling fields and hills. Nearby Bentham provides all the local necessities including shops, supermarket and post office. Higher Stockbridge also has the pick of two nearby train stations, one in Bentham and another in Wennington, just a short drive away. Those looking to work from home will be impressed to learn that Higher Stockbridge benefits from B4RN access. There are primary schools in the nearby villages of Wray and Lowgill, the very well respected Queen Elizabeth Secondary school in Kirkby Lonsdale is less than 8 miles away, with free bus pick-up available at the bottom of the drive. The property is also within the catchment area for the Lancaster Grammar Schools.
Accessed from a quiet country lane, a long sweeping driveway with paddocks to either side, leads up to the development. Enjoying an elevated position at the end of the drive, gates lead into the spacious gravelled parking areas and to the entrance of Higher Stockbridge at one side and The Stables to the other.
Flooded with natural light from the glazed walls and high ceilings, the entrance hall is a welcoming delight that provides all the comforts and necessities, including a storage cupboard currently utilised as a cloak room and access into the Jack ‘N’ Jill ensuite of the ground floor double bedroom, featuring a fully tiled, double walk-in rain shower. From the moment you enter the attention to detail is evident as you walk through the open doorway into the open plan living, dining and kitchen area. Designed to match with the original oak features, solid oak worktops encompass a range of complimentary gloss wall, drawer and base units and a recently installed Britannia range cooker with 6 ring gas hob and extractor hood. There is also an integrated dishwasher and a bespoke fit American style fridge freezer. Oak flooring proves both practical and aesthetically pleasing and continue into the handy separate utility room. A large and inviting log burner sits atop a slate hearth just off the kitchen area and provides extra warmth to the whole house throughout the winter months. There is plenty of space for a large family dining table and chairs, as well as occasional furniture, perfect for entertaining guests. Allowing the natural light to shine throughout the ground floor is the floor to roof top windows with tri-folding doors that lead out on the rear patio where you can begin to imagine the views from the mezzanine balcony above. For a cosy atmosphere, the sitting room is great living space that also enjoys a blissful working fire. The inset windows create an interesting, barn-like feature and along with the sash windows provide a lovely gleam of natural light without compromising the intimate and homely atmosphere.
Open to the living kitchen, the solid oak and glass balustrade staircase leads to the first floor and onto the cleverly designed mezzanine balcony. An ideal space for curling up with a book and enjoying the far reaching countryside views through windows that reach from the ground floor and across the roof. The Master bedroom is tucked away at the side of the house and enjoys lovely characterful traits such as exposed wooden beam and Velux window. A brilliant feature is the glazed patio doors that lead out onto a secluded private balcony area but it is the wardrobe which provides the greatest of surprises. Working with Sharps, the vendors have installed a walk-in wardrobe which provides all the necessary closet space and more, there is even a vanity table and stool. Further high quality Sharps fitted furniture can be found in the first floor single bedroom which capitalises on the available space to create a lovely room, again featuring a wooden beam. There is also a further double bedroom with a bright Velux window. The family bathroom is both contemporary and practical with tiling to the floor and dado and a large Jacuzzi bath.
A flagged patio at the rear, enclosed by a stone wall, creates the perfect area for outdoor dining and entertaining, easily accessed from both the living areas. Most inviting is the stone built fire pit which provides a cosy hub from which to enjoy the infamous Morecambe Bay sunsets. The neat lawn area is fully enclosed to create a safe space for children to enjoy and even includes a wooden play area and practical garden shed. To the front, the pebbled surround allows further space for garden furniture and there is also parking for several vehicles. Following the stepping stones across the pebbled gravel you come to;
The Stables Built from the foundations for the former stables in 2010, this fantastic detached space is currently utilised as a home office/ studio. Through the stable door, you walk into a welcoming room with exposed wooden beam infrastructure and flagged stone floors. The large wood burner has been carefully positioned so that it fills the space with warmth. Full length windows and patio doors run along one wall to provide a bright and stress-free environment, perfect if you wanted to work from home. There is also the added benefit of a modern bathroom with a fully tiled walk in shower and a kitchen which again features the fantastic, solid oak worktops, an integrated dishwasher, fridge freezer and 5 ring gas hob and oven. Practically, there is also access into a large, fully boarded loft space which is ideal for storage.
Flagged stones lead around the property to a private patio for The Stables, perfect for sitting around a table and enjoying the countryside views. From here, the approximate 1 acre paddock stretches around with numerous access points including a gate leading from the road. This would be ideal for those with equestrian interests or if not, the local farmer lends sheep to keep the field in order. Cordoned off from the paddock there is also a wonderful sized pond area that is ripe for development.