Fine and Country Lancaster
Fine & Country
19 Castle Hill
8 Castle Park, Lancaster LA1 1YQ
- Central Location
- Detached Double Garage
- Two Private Parking Spaces
- Large Sunny Garden
- Four Double Bedrooms
- Three Reception Rooms
- One Bedroom Annexe
- Full Of Character & Charm
- Views Of Lancaster Castle & Beyond
- Grade ll Listed
Set within the historic Lancaster Castle precinct opposite the Medieval castle, 8 Castle Park is one of the only fine Georgian town houses within this heritage area to have been in continuous residential occupancy since it was built in 1760.
When asked to sum up what best describes the environment of this unique home after 21 years of residency, the current owners described it as "church bells and bird song, country living within the heart of the City".
The tranquil hill top location is just a short stroll along the cobbled streets to all that this charming City has to offer. Beautifully preserved and sympathetically renovated, the property is host to a striking show of original features including a magnificent entrance hall, ornate plasterwork, marble fireplaces and original Waring & Gillow-style cabinets.
Part of a row of Georgian townhouses facing the castle, as you enter through a front door wide enough to accommodate sedan chairs and the ruffled skirts of the time, you will be immediately drawn in by the grand and well-proportioned family home that greets you, with high ceilings and a sweeping staircase that leads across the three floors.
There are a total of three reception rooms, a large dining kitchen and four double bedrooms but most surprising of all is the peaceful walled garden, the detached double-garage, and Mulberry Cottage - a fantastic and popular one bed annexe with letting potential.
8 Castle Park presents a rare opportunity for those looking for a generous family home offering easy walking access to city shops and Grammar schools, minutes from mainline station to Manchester and London, and simple motorway access. It is a great option for the working professionals of Lancaster looking for easy access to the hospital, universities or even the Heysham power station. Those looking to commute will be delighted with the short walk to Lancaster train station and access to the M6 just a 10-minute drive away.
The City of Lancaster has something to offer those of all ages with an ever growing cultural and music scene and a great choice of independent and high street shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. The Lancaster castle precinct is an immaculate and historic area dominated by the Medieval castle and the Lancaster Priory from where you can enjoy panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the distant mountains of the Lakes.
Lancaster is also a great base for easy days out in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, or Trough of Bowland - the latter, a little-known scenic valley and high pass in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and to where the young Royals are regular off-duty visitors.
This prestigious Georgian town house has a grand entrance hall with a wealth of original features including beautiful Minton floor tiles, ornate plasterwork in the arch leading into the property, and detailed ceiling roses. The grand mahogany staircase leads up to the first floor above and the high ceilings are befitting to a house of this era. From the entrance hall there is access into a useful storage cupboard, cloakroom with WC, and to the back of the hall by the doorway to the cellar, there is space for the storage of coats. The cellar is a fantastic bonus for storage, with two rooms featuring original stone flags and cold store tables.
The two separate reception rooms of the ground floor include the formal dining room and the morning room, as named on the original servant's bell system control box seen in the kitchen. The dining room sits at the front of the property enjoying a castle outlook. Built-in original cupboards of a Waring & Gillow design sit at either side of the tiled fireplace and there are working original shutters to the window and beautiful ornate plasterwork to enjoy. The morning room enjoys a bright and sunny aspect with a newly installed skylight and French doors leading out onto the walled garden, overlooking the pretty fish pond set with the stone flagged floor. An open fire is set within a grand marble surround and the room again features original built-in cupboards and detailed plasterwork.
The large dining kitchen once dominated by the servants of the home is now a bright and welcoming space that all the family can reconnect in at the end of a busy day. It features a range of solid wood units finished with a mix of oak and granite worktops that extend over the large central island come breakfast bar. There is also ample space for a more informal dining setting and set within a tiled inglenook there is a range cooker with gas hob. There is ample room for white goods and the large sash window and back door look out over the garden. Adjoining the kitchen is a great walk-in pantry/storage room that could be utilised as a utility room. It also gives secure access to the adjoining annexe of Mulberry Cottage.
Leading up the sweeping Mahogany staircase, you are treated to a beautiful show of ornate plasterwork to the ceiling of the first floor, a truly mesmerising original feature. Steps lead up to the final reception room of the main house, the sitting room. A grandly proportioned room with exceptionally high ceilings creates a regal impression, fitted with tall bookshelves and centred around the impressive marble surround that houses the log burning stove. Picture rails, deep coving and ceiling roses are a further testament to the heritage of the home and French doors open out onto the fantastic terrace. A turreted south facing terrace that enjoys captivating views over the roof tops of Lancaster City, stretching right out across to Morecambe Bay where you can even spot Blackpool Tower on a clear day.
The master bedroom also sits on the first floor, enjoying a front position with two tall sash windows looking out over the castle, complete with original working shutters. This spacious master bedroom includes a selection of fitted wardrobes and there is access into the Jack N Jill ensuite, also accessed from the 1st floor landing if required. The ensuite includes a fitted bath and separate shower and there is also a handy airing cupboard. To the second floor, there are a further three double bedrooms each offering good proportions and an outlook over the castle or the lovely view over the rear. These share use of a neatly presented shower room.
Mulberry Cottage is a fantastic annexe adjoining the property and comprises a kitchen, bathroom and open plan bedroom living space. Access is from the main house or independently through the garden. It has been run commercially for many years, providing accommodation for Lancaster visitors and frequently, professionals from the University or Royal Lancaster Infirmary. It is also ideal for those looking to work from home or could provide other family members with independent living.
The walled garden of 8 Castle Park is a true delight and such a hidden surprise, unexpected for such a central location. A tranquil haven dominated by the gentle buzz of the vendors' very own bees, and at the centre of the garden stands the ancient yet prolific black mulberry tree that is believed to date back to the 1600s and the garden is awash with vibrant flowers and plants. There is a selection of seating areas from which you can enjoy this lovely cottage style garden and two ponds. There is even space at the end of the garden for keeping chickens so you can truly enjoy a small slice of the countryside right in the heart of the City. Furthermore, the property boasts a detached double garage along with two private parking spaces. The stone-built garage features remote control up and over doors and is fantastic for those looking for additional storage and even a workshop area.
Mains Services: All mains services connected.
Central Heating: Gas fired.
EPC Rating: E