Reception Rooms: 8
This stunning, much extended and upgraded Grade II listed former gentleman’s residence presents a seamless hybrid of character and contemporary. The very private, secure setting that is not overlooked, just outside Kirkby Lonsdale is both highly sought after and wonderfully accessible. Six bedrooms, five reception rooms and incredible grounds of approximately 2.5 acres nestled between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks make Leck Hill House one of the most desirable, landmark homes in the area. The attention to detail and incredible finish throughout this wonderful family home is both tasteful and functional. Underfloor heating, integrated Bang Olufsen entertainment systems and mood lighting systems have been included wherever possible alongside additional, superior quality fitments. There is opportunity for the whole family to live, work and play harmoniously in this extremely well planned home.
Leck is a small hamlet located to the East of Kirkby Lonsdale a half a mile off the A65, a small village store, within walking distance is the closest amenity and ideal for popping in for a pint of milk and the papers on a leisurely Sunday morning. Kirkby Lonsdale itself is a superb, historic market town; filled with a vast array of independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants; there is an excellent atmosphere throughout the year in this popular little town. Practically, there is also a post office, doctors, dentists and a supermarket. Leck Hill House is also well placed for travel and commuting; with Lancaster being 16 miles, M6 J36 8 miles and the west coast mainline at Oxenholme within 13 miles.
Believed to date back, in parts to the 17th Century, Leck Hill House was further developed during the Victorian era before being creatively modernised, extended and fully refurbished by the current owners in 2009. Perhaps the most impressive feature of this breath taking home is the spacious and simply incredible living – dining – kitchen that serves not only to connect the old with the new but provides the most enviable space in which to enjoy family life and entertaining whilst also benefiting from an impressive wine cellar.
The bespoke, hand built kitchen by Dovetail Designs benefits from a wall of glass enjoying extensive views over the expansive patio area. This, coupled with the glazed roof, creates light and space throughout. The beautiful black walnut units with unique black Marinace granite work surfaces encompass the 4 door gas fired Aga and further two oven electric Aga module which in turn are complemented by a vast array of integrated Miele appliances and an outstanding Sub Zero fridge, freezer and wine cooler. The full length island unit with breakfast bars at each end is truly remarkable and a real focal point of the room; it will serve undoubtedly as the heart of this very special home.
Practically, the ‘new’ wing also includes a spacious entrance hall accessed from the car port, utility, pantry and cloakroom with WC. The kitchen itself opens out into a wonderful dining area and on, in an L shape into the impressive, informal living area with four full length sash windows, beautiful integrated entertainment unit with surround sound capability and fine sandstone fireplace and open fire.
Within the older part of the house, 3 lovely , formal reception spaces are presently utilised as a snug and offices respectively and boast an intriguing array of fine period features including cast iron fireplaces, sash windows, and plaster work details. The hobby room has a wood burning stove and tiled floor and is ideal for those with creative interests. Two Orangery style conservatories provide connectivity with the charming outside space.
The first floor accommodation is split into two parts; in the original house the spectacular master suite complete with limestone bathroom suite dressing room with separate ground floor access, is further complemented by three excellent double bedrooms, one of which is ensuite and an incredible mosaic tiled bathroom. In the guest wing created above the formal dining space in the newer part of the property, two beautiful double bedrooms and a well appointed green slate bathroom are ideal for guests or teenagers.
Outside space at Leck Hill House is as appealing, functional and alluring as the inside. Delightful gardens surround the property with an established vegetable garden with greenhouse and garden shed and there are two driveways; the first, to the front of the house is formal in nature and winds through the beautiful, gated entrance, between the well tended lawns to the original entrance to the property. The second driveway is situated to the side of the building and leads down to the superb car port with space for four cars and incorporating, dog kennels and two stores/workshops. Immediately adjacent to the kitchen is a huge patio area enjoying truly magnificent views that has been finished with antique flagstones and a stone built, impressive BBQ area; just perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining.
Adjacent to the house and leading into the secret garden is a super shippon and former piggery with a number of separate storage areas of varying sizes ideal for garden machinery, logs, tools and the like.
The secret garden, hidden behind a tall stone wall provides the opportune planting area complete with its own Green House. There is an abundance of lawn areas, a pond and wild meadow with the secure grounds amounting in total to approximately 2.5 acres.
In a field adjacent to the grounds of the property is a lovely stone built barn that is suitable for and has plans passed for conversion to a three bedroom dwelling which could be available by separate negotiation. The plans can be found with Lancaster City Council planning ref number: 15/00267/PAA or for further information please contact the office.
Directions From the M6 exit at J36 and proceed East towards and past Kirkby Lonsdale. When you reach the next village, Cowan Bridge, turn left after the shop and continue straight ahead as the road bears to the right. The gated entrance for Leck Hill House will be seen ahead.