Reception Rooms: 3
Meaning ‘Our home’ in Hindi and Urdu and so named by the former owner who served as a British army officer in India, Upna Ghur offers a very rare opportunity to acquire this grand example of the Victorian property era within the environs of the historic Lancaster Castle and within a stone’s throw of the city centre. Built of local, characteristic mellow stone in approximately 1872, this executive, semi-detached property was later home to the headmaster of the George Fox School. Steeped in original Victorian features and displaying its historic past, the property enjoys a wealth of original plasterwork, cornice mouldings, stonework and remarkable bespoke knotted pitch pine and mahogany woodwork throughout, designed and created by the famous furniture makers and craftsmen, Gillows of Lancaster & London.
Immaculately maintained by the current owner for the past 32 years, the well planned accommodation briefly comprises a spacious hall, kitchen with adjoining breakfast room, two elegant reception rooms and a handy cloak room. To the first floor, a magnificent master bedroom is further complimented by two double bedrooms, one of which benefits from a dressing room, and a generous house bathroom. Continuing to the second floor, there is a further large double bedroom with similar proportions to that of the master, two double bedrooms and another house bathroom. Outside, a true rarity for such a central city location, is the rear garden with large lawn area and plenty of space for outdoor entertaining with an abundance of mature plants, trees and flower beds.
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 train station, just a 1 minute stroll away, provides access to the West Coast Mainline with a 2½ hour commute to London and 1 hour to Manchester respectively. The Royal Lancaster Infirmary is within a 5 minute walk and just a 5/10 minute drive away; both the Lancaster and Cumbria Universities. For those looking to commute further afield the J34 of the M6 is approximately two miles away. Also, with the new Heysham Bypass link road nearing completion, access to the Heysham power station and motorway will soon be greatly improved. Upna Ghur will greatly appeal to those of larger families for its vast accommodation, fantastic outside space and as it also sits within the primary catchment area for the renowned Lancaster Boys & Girls Grammar Schools, along with other well regarded primary and secondary schools.
Approach The exterior sets the tone, exuding Victorian features that include classical lintels, sash and canted bay windows and exterior dentil mouldings. Entering through a wrought iron gate to the front, bounded by stone posts of the Victorian era that feature the engraving of ‘Upna Ghur’, a path leads up to the steps of the grand timber entrance door with classic stone arch framing.
Accommodation A practical entrance hall provides a useful space for cloaks and the like and also provides access into the fully tiled downstairs shower room. A handy facility that briefly comprises WC, pedestal wash hand basin and corner shower. A further magnificent pitch pine and glazed door, with fretwork detailing, leads into the;
Hall A magnificent welcome into this hearty home, from the outset it is clear to see the amazing craftsmanship of the pitch pine woodwork, from the deep and shapely skirting boards to the heavy and ornate doors and frames. Further reminiscent of the period is the local Nairn Williamson wallpaper and high ceilings featuring intricate ceiling roses.
Breakfast Room 15’3 x 13’7 (4.66 x 4.14) A bright and sunny room that is adjoining to the kitchen and makes for an excellent informal dining space and also provides scope to create a generous breakfast kitchen, if so required. As with most of the rooms, the original sash windows have been retained and allow of plenty of natural light and lovely views of the garden.
Kitchen 15’3 x 7’4 (4.64 x 2.23) With patio doors that lead out into the rear garden and a range of quality solid pitch pine wall, drawer and base units that encompass a sink and a half with drainer, induction cooker with copper extractor over, Bosch dishwasher and also space for a fridge/freezer.
Sitting Room 20’0 x 17’7 (6.10 x 5.36) This elegant primary reception room has plenty of natural light afforded by the large bay windows that enjoy views out to the rear garden. A real feature to the room is the fine marble fireplace, a rarity of its time for its pink hue and detailed tiled surround. Benefitting from a working gas fire, the design of the fireplace, along with others in the property, echoes the ornate woodwork detailing by Gillows of Lancaster found throughout. Other period features include dado rail, deep skirting boards, cornice mouldings and intricate ceiling rose.
Dining Room 14’8 x 14’2 (4.46 x 4.33) Another rare feature is the built in solid mahogany and glass fronted cabinet found within this opulent formal dining room; stamped ‘Gillows . Lancaster’, provenance of around 1850. Typical of the Victorians, this room also feature a grand, grey marble fireplace, picture rail, cornices and sash window surrounded by pitch pine woodwork and panelling.
Cellar 7’9 x 6’7 (2.35 x 2.0) & 13’7 x 13’3 (4.14 x 4.03) & 18’10 x 17’2 (5.73 x 5.22) From the hall, stone steps lead to an additional external door which provides access to the driveway, and further down into the cellar which boasts three great sized rooms. The first has been utilised as a laundry room with space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. Next to that, the vendor has optimised on the ideal cool temperatures to create a perfect wine cellar which could lend itself to further development if so required. The final room enjoys large proportions and a metal barred window allowing extra light. The original features even continue in the cellar with a large original slate table which would have once been used as the cold store. This great additional space provides plenty of opportunity for development, subject to relevant planning, or as presently utilised, additional storage space.
First floor The traditional, pitched pine spindled staircase benefits from sash windows affording light across the 3 levels and original wooden carpet runner rods. The wide landing continues with the exposed original pitch pine floorboards and classic carpet runner.
Master Bedroom 18’10 x 17’7 (5.75 x 5.36) A bright and generous bedroom that boasts an enviable setting with large bay windows enjoying views out into the garden and across the trees, with a tease of the Lakeland Hills in the distance. Again, the original features are in abundance with detailed cornice mouldings and a distinctive ‘pot rail’, similar to a picture rail but with more depth allowing for the display of the Asian pots that were once collected by the former British army officer.
Bedroom 2 14’1 x 13’6 (4.29 x 4.12) & 8’4 x 7’10 (2.54 x 2.38) Featuring double sash windows, cornice mouldings and a marble and cast iron fireplace, this great sized double also benefits from a shallow built-in storage cupboard, ideal for cloaks and the like. Intriguingly another grand Gillows pitch pine door leads through into a further space, which is also accessed off the landing and could lend itself to a number of uses; nursery, dressing room or even potential for an ensuite bathroom with the second floor bathroom being directly above and therefor potentially allowing for easy plumbing.
Bedroom 3 13’7 x 13’3 (4.14 x 4.03) Another sizeable double bedroom with original features mirroring that of the other rooms, including an original sash window that looks out across the rooftops.
Bathroom Tiled to the dado, this generous family bathroom is filled with light afforded from the dual aspect sash windows. Facilities include a modern Jacuzzi bath, vanity wash hand basin with complimentary splash back tiling, WC and shower. Practically there is also a large airing cupboard with built in shelves.
Second Floor The grand, pitch pine staircase continues up to the second floor landing, again with a large sash window and intriguingly an internal window from the bathroom which supplies the room with extra natural light.
Bedroom 4 19’0 x 17’8 (5.78 x 5.39) Of a similar footprint to the first floor master bedroom, this very generous double bedroom would also serve as a great master bedroom, especially due to its bay windows that enjoy simply breathtaking views over the district and to the Western Lakes and Lakeland Hills and the renowned Morecambe Bay sunsets. True to the Victorian era, this room again features a beautiful cast iron and marble fireplace and also benefits from a shallow built in storage cupboard.
Bedroom 5 14’2 x 13’6 (4.31 x 4.11) Situated to the front of the property and enjoying double sash windows, this double bedroom is filled with natural light and, as with all the rooms, enjoys generous proportions and high ceilings.
Bedroom 6 13’8 x 13’4 (4.16 x 4.06) The final bedroom of this grand family home enjoys rooftop views and a cast iron fireplace.
Bathroom Fully tiled to compliment, this neatly presented second house bathroom includes a bath, WC and a pedestal wash hand basin. As well as the previously mentioned internal window, there is also a large Velux window.
Outside Upna Ghur enjoys a large yet easily maintained garden to the rear which is laid mainly to lawn and is flanked by mature trees and well stocked, colourful beds. Enjoying a sunny, south-westerly situation, there is ample potential for outdoor entertaining and for those with green fingers. A perfect garden for enjoying the wonderful surroundings and abundant wildlife. To the front, the property benefits from a private driveway which allows parking for two vehicles and the residents’ parking scheme provides further opportunity for 2 parking permits and additional visitors parking, located right outside the property.
DIRECTIONS Entering into Lancaster, continue around the one way system, heading towards the Lancaster train station. Turn right at the traffic lights to join Meeting House Lane, continue passed the train station and take your second left onto Fairfield Road and Upna Ghur can be found further down on your left hand side.