Reception Rooms: 3
Tucked away along a quiet country lane in the highly sought after hamlet of Aldcliffe, Ivy Cottage is a picture of countryside idyllic. Sympathetically updated over the vendors 37 years of ownership, the cottage dates back in parts to the 1800s and is believed to have originally belonged to the former Aldcliffe Hall estate. It is as charming and quaint as one would expect, enjoying lovely views over the surrounding countryside. Once you enter the boundary, you are transported into a peaceful haven of tranquillity, surrounded by the beautifully kept cottage garden which is abuzz with vibrant plants, flowers and wildlife. Set out over two floors, the original part of the cottage has been much extended and updated however still retains some lovely period features such as exposed wooden ceiling beams.
Conveniently located within walking distance of Lancaster City Centre, Aldcliffe offers discerning purchasers the best of both worlds; great accessibility to city amenities yet still enjoying a truly peaceful countryside ideal. For those looking to commute, M6 access is a mere 10 minute drive away and the Lancaster train station, which offers quick commutes across the country, is also within walking distance or a less than 5 minute drive. With the countryside right on your doorstep, there are some great walks including along the canal side. It is also well placed for local schooling, sitting within the primary catchment area for both the Lancaster Boys & Girls Grammar Schools along with many other well regarded secondary and primary schools.
An external door to the front leads into the entrance porch or for a more scenic entrance; access can be found into the cottage garden where there is an additional entrance opening into the hallway, with access to a WC and useful cloaks cupboard. All of the rooms offer unique proportions and interesting features; the living room looks out over the front and also enjoys access onto the rear patio, providing a lovely garden outlook. Adjoining here is the dining room, with original fireplace inset creating a unique feature.
The Siematic kitchen is well planned with a traditional range of wall, drawer and base units with Corian work surfaces and a matching freestanding breakfast table that seats up to six people. All available space has been well utilised to include a built in pantry cupboard, microwave and wine holder incorporated into the wall, that is pleasingly covered with an Italian marble splash back. Further fitted appliances include an integrated Bosch dishwasher, Fagor electric oven, 4 ring ceramic hob with integrated extractor over and an integrated fridge and freezer. There is also a Zanussi washing machine and practical and hardwearing Amtico flooring. French doors lead from the kitchen up into the beautiful conservatory that is surrounded by the vibrant garden and is a spectacular haven of peace and tranquillity to be enjoyed year round.
A secondary reception room can be found on the first floor which is a perfect additional space for families to enjoy. The high position gives the room a lovely outlook over the fields and towards the Lune estuary. A former stone mullioned window has been creatively transformed into a fire place with cast iron living flame gas fire and stone hearth in keeping with the period cottage charm. There are a total of three double bedrooms, all of which are ensuite, enjoying good proportions, fitted wardrobes and storage and uniquely beautiful outlooks. The master bedroom is quietly tucked away at the end of the property and along with the ensuite also enjoys a dressing area and balcony that looks out over the countryside and towards the Lune Estuary; an idyllic space from which to enjoy a morning coffee whilst taking in the lovely surroundings and wildlife.
It is the garden at Ivy Cottage that is sure to capture the hearts of discerning purchasers. A wonderful sanctuary of well kept lawn, abundant flower beds, bushes and features that include a small pond and relaxing seating areas ideal for watching the sunsets. To name just some of the plants that bring this stunning garden to life; oriental poppies, eucalyptus, walls of colourful rhododendron , ferns, hydrangeas, a flowering amalancia tree, roses, viburnum trees, lavender, rosemary and an array of clematis. As one can imagine, this garden is a dream for the aspiring gardener and is further supported by a garden shed and three compost bins under the covered carport. The single garage has vehicle access off the quiet lane to the front, along with a separate remote control up and over door that leads under the covered carport, altogether providing parking for up to 3 vehicles.