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Oak House is a beautifully finished, architect designed family home located three miles north of Kirkby Lonsdale in the highly sought after village of Barbon. The house is at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by fields, but close to the village centre. Originally built in 2006 and having since undergone further extension and remodelling, the property now offers flexible living accommodation. This includes a spacious living and garden room, dining room, snug, breakfast kitchen and adjoining utility rooms, and a large downstairs double bedroom en suite. Upstairs there is a galleried landing that leads to the master bedroom and bathroom, a double bedroom currently utilised as a study and a large studio that runs the width of the house, half of which is used as a further bedroom, with an adjoining bathroom and storage room. There are currently four double bedrooms in the property but there is potential for six should you choose to convert the snug and split the studio room into two double bedrooms which could each enjoy ensuites. This was how this area was originally planned however the current owners preferred to keep the wide open space in here for music-making. The private gardens surrounding the property are attractive and well maintained and will appeal to keen gardeners, with lawns, borders, specimen plants and trees, and an orchard with raised beds, soft fruit and compost bins. The garden is designed to attract wildlife. The driveway provides ample off road parking and there is an attached long single garage.
Those looking to work from home will be delighted with the B4RN hyper-fast broadband connectivity which reached the village in 2016 and is being connected to the house. Furthermore, there is the added benefit of installed solar panels that generate an income of approximately £1500 p.a.
Set within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and in the unspoilt Lune Valley, the village of Barbon is within easy reach of the Lake District. It is a popular and much sought after location, with Sedbergh 5 miles to the north, and for those who need to commute, the M6 J36 is just 9 miles away and the West Coast mainline station of Oxenholme an approximate twenty five minutes drive. Sedbergh, Casterton and Kirkby Lonsdale all have well-known and outstanding schooling choices. Far from a sleepy rural community, the village of Barbon enjoys an active village hall, local pub and church, and a popular shop and delicatessen called Churchmouse at Barbon. The village is a centre for walking, cycling and touring around this magnificent area with its surrounding fells. There are regular vintage car hill-climbing rallies in Barbon Manor Park and also an annual Shepherd’s Meet takes place there with sheepdog trials. Further amenities are located in the neighbouring bustling market town of Kirkby Lonsdale with shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and a supermarket. Doctors and dentist surgeries are there and there are numerous community activities.
The open galleried entrance hall provides an impressive welcome into this modern family home. All the downstairs accommodation leads from this central hub. Double doors open into the spacious living room which extends into the south-facing garden room. This provides a delightful place to sit and enjoy the lovely views of the garden from three different aspects, and French doors provide ready access to the exterior. In the living room, a wood-burning stove, inset into an impressive mantelshelf provides a centre piece for the room.
A second set of double doors open into the dining room which has views to the west over fields, and includes the very fine 250 year old oak tree from which the house has been named.
The large kitchen has plenty of room for dining table and chairs and is fitted with a quality range of Ashbourne oak cupboards, drawers and base units, and there is a large oak-surfaced island. The floor is tiled with Karndean, though the original black marble tiles remain intact underneath if that finish is preferred. High quality fitted appliances include a NEFF integrated dishwasher, microwave, double oven and warming drawer and a 5 ring induction hob with extractor over. The adjoining utility room is also spacious and can accommodate a washing machine, dryer, fridge and freezer, along with a further range of units. This leads into either the attached garage or to a practical rear porch which provides access to the garden and is handy for storing muddy boots and rain coats.
Back to the main hall, a cosy snug is situated next to the living room. This could be another bedroom, and beside it is a family bath and shower room. There is also a WC near the front door and an under-stairs cupboard within which is a fixed safe and useful storage space. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a large double bedroom which can be ideal for guests and has a stylish ensuite shower room.
The oak staircase leads impressively up from the entrance hall to the galleried landing. The very spacious master bedroom benefits from a full range of quality fitted wardrobes, drawers and a dresser, and there is a large walk-in wardrobe. French doors open onto a balcony, which is above the garden room. This gives magnificent views of the garden and surrounding countryside. There is a spacious ensuite bath and shower room.
Two other rooms open from the landing: a double bedroom which is currently utilised as a study, with a dormer window facing west. The large studio bedroom which runs the whole width of the house currently combines the roles of music room, study and sleeping accommodation, the latter by another dormer window. It is this room that the current owners chose to keep open. However the original plans were for it to be split to create two good sized bedrooms. The current bathroom and storage room could then be utilised as ensuites for each of the bedrooms. At present, the large bath and shower room completes this accommodation and there is extra space which is currently a ‘box’ room. Further storage is available in the boarded loft space accessed by a loft ladder. Off the landing is another under-eaves storage area that has been utilized as a linen cupboard.
The garden is beautifully landscaped to include lawns around the house and well stocked borders and specimen trees and shrubs. A curving yew hedge creates structure, and flagstones by the house offer seating areas. The entrance to the garden from the front is through a pergola thick with wisteria, clematis and roses. Beyond the lawns and the rose bed, there is a featured pond with brick surround and beyond is the orchard, raised vegetable beds, soft fruit and large compost bins. There are eleven productive fruit trees, including apples, pears, cherries, plums and a damson tree. The orchard area is left rough to encourage wildlife.
At the back is a box hedge featured bird feeding station, viewable from the kitchen, and beyond is a greenhouse and garden shed.
Directions Leave the M6 J36 and take the A65 to Kirkby Lonsdale. Remain on the A65, bypassing the town, and after crossing the river Lune, turn left on the A683 signed Sedbergh. Continue for 3 ½ miles. Take the third right signed road to Barbon (marked Main Road) and drive into the village. Leave the war memorial and the pub on your right, and just before the church, turn right into Barnrigg. Oak House is the last house on the right.