Reception Rooms: 2
Tucked away along a private drive in the peaceful village of Forton, Holly Barn is a characterful barn conversion that was completed 30 years ago and has since been in the hands of one owner. Wooden beams, quaint insets, exposed stone walls and authentic cottage style doors pull together to create wonderful character and homely welcome into this well balanced home. With living accommodation of generous proportions and potential for a fantastic modern breakfast kitchen, this is the perfect home for those who like to entertain. The split level first floor provides two double bedrooms, a single bedroom, family bathroom and separate WC. Whilst the property would benefit from a degree of updating, it offers a wonderful opportunity for those looking for a charming countryside escape that is within easy access of the nearby cities of Lancaster and Preston. The well kept garden is found at the front of the property, with a neat lawn area and plenty of opportunity for those with gardening interests. The private gravelled drive also gives access into the detached garage and the separate 5/8 acre paddock which protects the front views from the property.
Forton is a quiet countryside village located just off the A6 that provides great access for those looking to commute, whether that be to Lancaster City Centre (15 minutes drive), Garstang (10 minutes drive), Preston City Centre (25 minutes drive) or further afield, with M6 access a mere 5 minutes drive away. With an abundance of local country and canal side walks right from your doorstep, Holly Barn truly offers an idyllic lifestyle that does not compromise on convenient amenities and commutes. Forton village has a well rated primary school and cricket and bowling club a short stroll away. The nearby market town, Garstang also provides a wealth of amenities including primary and secondary schooling, supermarkets, post office, shops, cafes, popular pubs and sporting facilities that include a public swimming pool and a range of sports and arts clubs.
Accommodation A flagged path from the driveway leads to a choice of two entrance doors, one into the entrance hall and the other into a porch.
Porch Perfect for coats and shoes with a tiled floor and glazed door leading into the kitchen.
Breakfast Kitchen 18’5 x 12’0 (5.61 x 3.66) This sizeable kitchen presents a wonderful opportunity to create a dream family breakfast kitchen. Currently there is a traditional range of wall, drawer and base units that whilst they may be in need of modernisation are in good condition and of good quality. The worktops extend into a neat breakfast bar and encompass an electric oven with induction hob and integrated extractor. Further integrated appliances include a dishwasher and freezer and there is also space for a fridge and further occasional furniture. A brilliant feature of the kitchen, alongside the exposed ceiling beams, are the exposed stone mullioned windows that give a glimpse to the outside or intriguingly into the entrance hall.
Entrance/ Dining Hall 14’1 x 12’9 (4.31 x 3.89) The second entrance option brings you into this characterful and welcoming entrance hall which also lends itself to be a dining room with ample space for dining furniture. The grand staircase leads up from the centre of the room and to either side, an exposed brick wall and traditional cottage style doors, one leading into a handy understairs storage cupboard and the other into an equally handy WC.
WC With pedestal wash hand basin.
Living Room 23’1 x 18’5 (7.03 x 5.61) A grand and impressive living room with an exposed stone wall reaching up to the vaulted ceiling and revealing the glazed mezzanine set within the exposed framework. Central to the stone wall, the chimney breast makes a great feature above the cast iron wood burner sitting on a tiled hearth and with an authentic beam mantel. The bold, characterful features of the room are highlighted via the wealth of natural light that flows through the room. The large timber and glazed barn style window stretches up to the room above, again adding to the authenticity of this conversion.
First Floor Grandly leading up from the entrance hall, the traditional spindled stair case splits off to two different levels to afford for and enhance the original beam frame. There is also access from the landing into the loft area.
Bedroom 1 18’4 x 10’5 (5.60 x 3.18) Taking the right hand staircase brings you to this spacious double bedroom which would make for a unique master bedroom. A dual aspect brings in the natural light and the glazed mezzanine that has been cleverly incorporated through the framing, proves as an intriguing feature that looks through to the rustic exposed stone wall and chimney breast of the living room. There is also a good sized under eaves cupboard which is great for additional storage.
Bathroom A well planned house bathroom with angled ceiling and Velux window giving great natural light. Tiled to the dado and currently comprising WC, pedestal wash hand basin, shower cubicle with Mira electric shower and panelled bath.
From this side of the landing there is also a useful airing cupboard, perfect for storing towels and bedding.
Bedroom 2 8’10 x 7’6 (2.63 x 2.28) Now taking the left hand staircase to the second landing and coming to this quaint single bedroom that enjoys lovely countryside views and would be ideal for a younger child.
WC A simple and handy addition to the second landing with a WC and pedestal wash hand basin.
Bedroom 3 18’4 x 12’1 (5.60 x 3.69) The largest of the bedrooms, quietly located at the end of the property, this would be a further option for a master bedroom due to its spacious proportions and triple aspect.
Outside The neatly maintained garden at Holly Barn is surrounded by the peaceful, rolling countryside and is a great outdoor haven to be enjoyed year round. A wonderful array of mature trees and bushes lay around the borders of the well kept lawn with a lovely stone bird bath feature to the centre. By the entrance to the private, pebbled driveway there is access into the detached stone built garage and also hard standing in place for use of storing a motorhome if needed. Flagged stones lead across the front of the property and also down the side to a wooden gate between the bushes that provides pedestrian access from the lane. Continuing past the coal store and through a large wooden gate brings you onto the patio at the rear, which can also be accessed internally via the living room. This additional outdoor area is fully flagged and enclosed, peacefully tucked away forming a tranquil spot to catch the late afternoon and evening sun. As previously mentioned, the driveway also gives access into the 5/8 acre paddock that protects the lovely agricultural views beyond.