Reception Rooms: 5
A rare opportunity has arisen to acquire this traditional and substantial detached 5 bed home located in the highly sought after Aldcliffe village, on the very outskirts of Lancaster City. Dating back to 1892, Inglewood has been a well loved family home to the same owner for the past 23 years. The ideal location and classically planned accommodation are sure to prove popular amongst discerning purchasers looking for their forever family home.
Inglewood was originally built for the estate manager of the former Aldcliffe Hall, the stately home of Edward Dawson that stood from 1817 to 1960 and encompassed a total of 160 acres of reclaimed marshland. The house retains many original features that sing true to the era, such as the heavy duty safe, disguised within the study that would have once held the finances for the constable of Lancaster Castle. The original sash windows have also been kept across the house, supported by secondary glazing for modern day comfort. Externally, the date of the property is evident not only from the original date stone but from the typical mix of late Victorian and early Edwardian suburban architecture, with half timbered woodwork in a mock-Tudor style, ornate ridge tiles and decorative chimney pots.
Aldcliffe sits within a conservation area and offers home owners a unique countryside lifestyle on the very outskirts of the city, with canal side and countryside walks to be enjoyed from your doorstep. The area is highly regarded and sought after for its ease of access into Lancaster city centre and to the hospital, universities and renowned secondary schools. For those looking to commute further afield, Lancaster station provides direct rail links across the country and M6 junctions are a short 10-15 minute drive away.
In keeping with the Edwardian theme, the entrance porch gives way into the hallway with original floorboards and as expected high ceilings. There are two immediate reception rooms; a ‘morning room’ enjoying a sunny position and currently in use as a music room, and a formal sitting room. This cosy yet generously sized room features deep and intricate cornice mouldings and a working fire with decorative stone surround. The large dining room, traditionally the working hub of the home in its time, still features the original quarry tiles and provides ample space for a large Victorian work bench style dining table. This leads into the kitchen, that overlooks the rear garden, with a traditional range of wall, drawer and base units. There is also a large garden room that was added approximately 40 years ago, a downstairs shower and washroom, and a very useful utility and laundry room just off the hallway. Quietly tucked away from the main living quarters is a good sized study/ home office that features a working fire with a unique copper surround and the old inset from the safe.
The original wood panelled staircase with bespoke maple handrail conceals a handy under stairs storage area and leads up the landing above that is filled with natural light due to the high ceilings, gallery windows and skylight. The first floor is classically planned to include five good sized double bedrooms, one of which is ensuite and each with a lovely outlook over the gardens or Lune Estuary and countryside beyond. Serving the bedrooms is a good sized house bathroom, handy walk-in linen cupboard and the original built in cupboards on the landing.
The front and rear gardens surrounding this well positioned home provide a wealth of areas for both practical use and family enjoyment. An arrangement of mature trees are scattered across the borders and when in full bloom provide that much needed privacy for summer time entertainment. The original pedestrian access, as seen in historical photos, remains fully functional and leads through the well stocked flower beds and bushes. There is a greenhouse surrounded by an abundant herb garden which offers potential for further development for a productive fruit and veg patch. Practically, the private driveway leads to the double garage and provides ample off road parking for several vehicles. Stone steps lead down to a handy courtyard area with access into stone built outbuildings and log stores.
Directions From Lancaster follow signs to Aldcliffe Road, continue along this road for approx. 1 mile passing a B&Q store on your right, As you start to up the hill, Inglewood is the 2nd property on your right.
Council Tax G
Services All mains connected.
Gas central heating