Reception Rooms: 4
Situated in an elevated position in one of the most sought after locations in Lancaster, The Hollies, constructed by the developer for his own use and appreciably bigger than any other house on the terrace, is a grand, late Victorian, double fronted, stone built town house of distinction. This ‘Gentleman’s Residence’ offers excellent family accommodation over four floors and extends to 8 bedrooms in all, two of which are currently utilised as a dressing room and library/study. The large windows flood the house with light and when taken with the scale of the rooms and the high ceilings, give a wonderful sense of airiness and space.
Further development potential exists – the detached stone built two story coach house, originally used as stabling and now as a two/three car garage had permission for a three bedroom dwelling. In addition, the cellar area was at one stage a self contained flat- Airbnb perhaps?
The beautiful period features have been meticulously maintained, with stone mullioned windows, grand marble fireplaces, pitch pine woodwork, picture and dado rails, ornate plaster mouldings, cornices and intricate roses. The modern renovations that have been undertaken are all sympathetic and in keeping with the period of the property such as the parquet flooring to the impressive entrance hall and the stripped pitch pine wooden floors. All the original sash windows remain intact and are a beautiful sight across the house with large bays, arched framework and an impressive stained glass gallery landing window. The Hollies presents a rare and exciting opportunity for the discerning purchaser to harness the authentic charm of this period home and create a truly exceptional, one of a kind family home in the heart of the City of Lancaster.
The historic City of Lancaster has so much to offer people of all ages with a growing cultural and music scene, excellent range of high street and independent shops, and an unrivalled choice of health care and local amenities. The purchaser of The Hollies will benefit from an exceptional choice of primary schools, the highly rated Boys and Girls Grammar Schools, and Ripley St Thomas which are all within walking distance. Both the Lancaster and Cumbria Universities are nearby and you are within walking distance to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. The train station, which provides a 2½ hour commute to the centre of London, is within a 15 minute walk and J33 and J34 of the M6 are a short drive away.
Purchased 27 years ago, the current vendors have sympathetically restored this prominent Victorian property to create a fantastic family home. Greeted by a traditional open south facing wood portico and leading into the impressive hallway of high ceilings with ornate plasterwork, original stained glass windows and parquet flooring, together with mat well in the original mosaic tiled entrance area. This theme continues throughout the ground floor, with a total of 3 reception rooms. The drawing room, the grandest of all the rooms in a Victorian Household, is perfect for entertaining with impressive bay window and beautiful crafted plaster mouldings and cornices. Central to the room is an original marble fireplace with cast iron inset and tiled hearth, versions of which can be found across the property in a number of rooms all of which have been equally well maintained to offer unique charm and grandeur. The sitting room and dining room are equally impressive in original features and enjoy lovely outlooks through the full length sash windows, across to the Lakeland Hills and Morecambe Bay. Both these rooms have striking marble fireplaces and log burning stoves. The classical breakfast kitchen includes a traditional bespoke range of pitch pine and elm wood wall, drawer and base units with Borrowdale Slate worktops encompassing a double belfast sink and 3 door AGA with exposed stone surround. The original quarry tiling has been well maintained and the kitchen is further supported by a separate utility room. This, along with a large, airy garden room and shower room with WC is part of a later extension at the rear of the property that provides access onto the rear courtyard and garden beyond. The central heated cellar consists of two large double glazed rooms, one utilised as a games room which is perfect for families and the other a workshop. There is also a smaller room which was formerly the coal chute and housing the meters, also perfect for a bike store, the development potential is obvious…
The grand staircase with original pitch pine bannister leads up from the hallway to the gallery landing featuring a full length stained and leaded glass window. The period features continue throughout the four large double and one single bedroom on this floor. This includes the master bedroom with original stripped floorboards, lovely sash window with garden outlook, marble fireplace and added benefit of a walk in wardrobe. Two of the other bedrooms have original marble fireplaces, one also with the benefit of vanity sink unit. There is a good sized family bathroom with shower and bath, along with a separate WC. The accommodation continues to a second floor, via an enclosed stairway, to a pitch pine gallery style balustrade with exposed beam. There are a further three double bedrooms, one of which is ensuite with exposed beam and a great range of undereaves and loft storage areas. This is a fantastic space for teenagers or guests, enjoying some of the most favourable views of all the rooms, stretching out over the rooftops of Lancaster City.
The front garden consists of a neat lawn, well stocked flowerbeds and a hedgerow boundary creating a sense of privacy. This is a great area from which to enjoy the grand and impressive exterior of the property with the beautiful windows and original cast iron pipework. At the rear, there is a good sized York stone flagged courtyard which is the ideal space for outdoor dining and entertaining and a good sized potting shed. The tiered and walled garden presents a wonder of space for family enjoyment and being full enclosed, is a safe haven for younger children to play. Flagged steps lead up through the lawn with well stocked borders and to the entrance of The Coach House. A detached two storey stone built structure that formerly held planning permission for a separate, 3 bed dwelling, now lapsed. This presents a unique opportunity for those perhaps looking for a home for a dependant relative or potential business venture, subject to relevant planning consents. However, as it stands The Coach House is currently utilised as a triple garage, with vehicle access obtainable via remote control up and over doors off Newsham Road. This is a great addition to an already appealing package that is so rarely found in a City centre location such as this.