Reception Rooms: 4
Manor House Farm is a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian family home that is primly located in the heart of the picturesque village of Overton. A former farmstead to the adjoining expanse of rolling countryside, the farmhouse is the last of the buildings to be sold and converted by the vendors who have been in residence since the 1950s and includes an approximate 1.5 acre paddock and garage block that could be converted into stables for the with equestrian interests. Now presenting a unique opportunity for a discerning purchaser to restore this historic home to its former glory, the property is rich in fine period features with a well balanced exterior and original sash windows typical of Georgian architecture. There is an enclosed lawn area to the front and private driveway that leads to a courtyard and garage block, with ample private parking for several vehicles. It is from here the approximate 1.5 acre paddock can be accessed. (1/9/2018 – A separate visible parcel of land at the rear of the paddock is currently being applied for Planning Permission for one detached residential dwelling). Whilst the accommodation is in need of renovations and modernisation, the foundations are in place to create a stunning family home that is set out over three floors, with a potential of 6 bedrooms. Furthermore, there is a detached stone outbuilding at the front that is currently utilised as a useful store however could be converted for use of an annexe , subject to relevant planning consents.
Overton offers the community a quieter pace of life, surrounded by local countryside yet it does not comprise on accessibility to the nearby City of Lancaster or the M6, both within 5 miles of the village. The local primary school is well regarded and is a stones throw away from the doorstep of Manor House Farm. It is also within the catchment area for the renowned Lancaster Boys & Girls Grammar Schools. Overton also benefits from a church and village hall, whilst nearby Heysham provides a wealth of practical everyday amenities.
Wooden gates open onto the front lawn for pedestrian access to the original main entrance with what is believed to be the original door opening into the entrance hall which sets the tone for the rest of this charming property. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the grand carved wooden archway reminiscent of the bespoke work of the famous Gillows of Lancaster & London. The kitchen and dining room are located in an extension added at a later date to the original Georgian farmhouse. Both of these rooms are still abundant with character with exposed wooden beams and sash windows. The kitchen provides an additional entrance choice with access onto the driveway to the side of the property. Back to the original building and into the sitting room which features an exposed stone fire place, mullioned windows and a fine wooden drinks cabinet built into the wall. A stud wall separates two further reception rooms which could easily be opened back up into one to enjoy a dual aspect. From the back room, the foundations of a conservatory are in place which could be further developed to create a lovely sun room that enjoys views over the rear.
A beautiful carved wooden staircase with original wooden panelling to the dado leads up to the first floor. There are a total of four double bedrooms on this floor, each enjoying high ceilings and good proportions. Wooden panelling and pretty window seats set around the original sash windows are reminiscent of the period and the rooms are flooded with natural light. One of the bedrooms, located to the rear of the property, leads into a cylinder room. This is a large space that is part of the later dated extension, currently utilised for storage but would also work well as a large ensuite bathroom if required. There is also a good sized house bathroom and a hidden stair case leads up to the second floor. The three rooms on this floor are in need of repair and offer the basis for a further two double bedrooms and perhaps a shared bathroom.
The private driveway provides ample off road parking and also leads around to the courtyard at the rear of the property where there is a good sized garage block. Formerly a single garage and milking shed, this could now accommodate up to three vehicles if required or as presently utilised it is a single garage, store and workshop. Access from the courtyard can be found via a gate into the 1.5 acre paddock which would be ideal of keeping horses, in which case you could convert some of the garage block into stabling. For those who do not wish to take on the upkeep, an agreement could be made with a local farmer to graze the land. This space is perfect for young children to enjoy and a great addition of private outdoor space to the lawn at the front. The field backs onto an expanse of farmland that stretches as far as the eye can see. A final addition to this already fantastic and enticing package is the detached stone built building, located at the front named the Stick House, which provides intriguing scope for conversion into an annexe or even a home office, subject to relevant planning of course. If not required it makes for a great outdoor store room/ workshop.