Reception Rooms: 4
Oakenclough House enjoys an elevated position in the Forest of Bowland, a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty, overlooking the approximately 33 acres of land, large pond and river frontage that enfold this prominent detached farmhouse. Formerly named Bog House Farm and run as a small holding until 1978, the property was bought nearly in ruin by the current vendors 28 years ago. It has since undergone a full renovation, which included the conversion of the attached barn 20 years ago, to form the conspicuous, 5 bed farmhouse that stands today. The main farmhouse dates back to the 1700s and the vendors have ensured that the authenticity and charming period features within have been sympathetically restored and maintained. A true rarity to the market, this versatile package offers the discerning purchaser the opportunity for a peaceful and true countryside lifestyle. Whether looking for a quieter pace of life or chance to ‘live off the land’, Oakenclough House will appeal to range of buyers. For those not looking to utilise the approximate 33 acres, the opportunity stands to rent it out to a local farmer for an approximate income of £1200 p/a and in turn the land will be sufficiently maintained throughout the year.
Situated in the small, countryside hamlet of Oakenclough on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, the panoramic views surrounding are a testament to why we have these protected areas. From the front door, looking down across the fields towards the large duck pond, is a true portrayal of classic English countryside. The small market town of Garstang is a short 10 minute drive away and provides a full range of amenities that include a large supermarket, doctors and medical centre, post office, pubs, restaurant and a selection of independent shops and casual eateries. There is also a sports and leisure centre that hosts a range of clubs and sporting activities for all ages. For those looking to commute, the property is ideally located for travel into both the cities of Lancaster and Preston with their west coast mainline train stations. Junction 33 of the M6 is also a mere 10-15 minutes drive away.
With humble and authentic farmhouse interiors, the purchaser of Oakenclough House may wish to modernise the property internally and there is also the added intrigue of granted planning permission for two extensions. Firstly, to the rear of the property to add an additional wing which could serve as one bedroom annexe or even a fantastic countryside holiday let (subject to relevant planning consents). Part of the foundations for this extension have already been laid so there would be no rush should the project be started at a later date as the planning permission will not lapse. And also, an extension to the front of the property which would also provide a separate entrance hall, WC and additional family room to the main house. Planning Ref: KL2325
The remote control electric gates off the lane provide access along the private driveway which winds its way through the land and towards the property. Walking into the grand entrance/ dining hall with mezzanine landing above and ceilings that stretch up to the roof with exposed wooden beam infrastructure, a welcoming yet fine reception into this deceptive farmhouse. Leading through to the heart of the home, the large family breakfast kitchen from which the newer barn conversion merges seamlessly into the older portion of the house. Whilst the kitchen may benefit from modernisation, the authenticity and welcoming atmosphere ring true to the traditional farmhouse lifestyle, with a 2 door AGA set within the original exposed fireplace, DeLonghi double oven, a Belfast sink overlooking the rolling countryside and quarry tiled flooring. Original features include the exposed wooden beams to the ceiling, a bespoke fitted wooden cabinet and porcelain sink with brick surround. Further original features are found within the snug, a humble room that again features the exposed wooden beams and a restored open fireplace. Nestled away at the back of the property there is also a home office ideal for those looking to work from home due to its quiet position. Back to the entrance hall and this time taking a left turn brings you into the formal sitting room. This room is a fantastic space for entertaining guests and enjoys a triple aspect of the surrounding land and a hearty exposed stone, open fireplace. Throughout the ground floor there is a wealth of fine light fittings that add to the grand yet authentic feel to the property and these will also remain for the new purchaser.
Upstairs, 3 double bedrooms and a large single bedroom, which would be ideal for a young child or as a nursery, are accompanied by a family bathroom which features the original cast iron freestanding bath. Crossing over the mezzanine balcony that overlooks the entrance/ dining hall, the master bedroom enjoys a private and quiet position. Angled ceilings and wonderful countryside views create a calming atmosphere and there is also an ensuite bathroom. This farmhouse is a true family home and has been well planned to offer spacious areas for all of the family to enjoy, whether that be together or for some solitary retreat.
To the front, the flagged patio area surrounding provides a fantastic space for outdoor dining and the outlook is a picture of classic English countryside. Beyond the lawn and across the fence, the fields stretch out as far as the eye can see and also towards the large picturesque duck pond. The approximate total of 33 acres includes fields of grazing land that run down to the river side and through the ancient Bog House wood and endless adventure trails. Along the river there are a great many places along the sand and grassy banking’s, which are ideal for family picnics and paddling in the summer time. The large pond, which was built by the current vendors, plays host to a number of domestic and wild ducks and is naturally sourced from a spring and field drains. As previously mentioned, for those who are not looking to work the land themselves, a current agreement could be kept with a local farmer for an annual income and in turn would relieve the responsibility of the maintenance. Around the back of the house there is a large tractor shed and further outbuildings that were once utilised for the livestock at the farm. There are ripe for development and would be easily converted into a stable block and stores, perfect for those with equestrian interests and there is ample space for trekking out through the open countryside of the Forest of Bowland.
Directions From Lancaster, take the A6 heading South passed the Lancaster University and into Galgate. At the crossroads, turn left onto Stoney Lane and continue for approximately 6.5 miles, passing through Dolphinholme and over the Moors. As you arrive into the hamlet of Oakenclough, after pass over a bridge and the entrance to Oakenclough House is the second on the right.