Fine and Country Lancaster
Fine & Country
19 Castle Hill
Blue Hills, Spring Bank, Silverdale, LA5 0TE
- Period cottage property
- Secluded and private setting
- Thoughtfully remodeled and refurnished
- Great Village location
- Two double bedrooms
- Open plan living
- Private parking
- Beautiful gardens
Blue Hills enjoys a setting that is secluded and private, tucked away and yet remaining very accessible for village amenities. It is located in the popular and sought after AONB village of Silverdale with some great coastal walks on offer.
The accommodation offers a ground floor that is largely open plan, a through reception room with seating and dining areas that is then open to the stylish and attractively fitted kitchen with a separate breakfast area and a matching laundry room. On top of this there is an entrance hall with a cloakroom. On the first floor are two lovely double bedrooms, one of which has an ensuite wet room, a family bathroom and an occasional single bedroom that could be used as a study, dressing or hobbies room. The décor is a harmonious and calming palette of neutrals, the finished look reminiscent of traditional New England properties.
If you value your privacy then the back garden is going to really appeal – it is a generous size and offers a large seating terrace with an impressive gazebo as well as a level lawn. Planting in soft and gentle complementary shades is well established.
To the front is private parking provision and a further garden area.
Perfect for two or a small family, either as a main residence or holiday retreat, the layout and flow between cottage and garden works really well and lends itself to having friends and family over.
"After many years of visiting and holidaying in the area we were looking for a cottage, after a long search, we finally found Blue Hills. We’ll miss the peace and quiet, the neighbours and the fact that from here it’s an easy and quick walk into the village.”
Situated within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Silverdale is a charming village offering sheltered walks over limestone pavements, cliff top paths and natural woodland leading to panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Fells. The area is renowned for its flora and fauna, historic buildings and interesting geological features.
This well regarded and popular village has a railway station, hotel and pub, a small Co-op supermarket, post office, pharmacy, church, independent butchers, antique shop, Indian restaurant and a couple of cafés.
The nearby towns of Milnthorpe and Carnforth offer a wider selection of shops and services , including supermarkets Booths, Aldi and Tesco.
Silverdale offers good road and rail accessibility. If travelling by road then you’ve a choice of J35 or J36 on the M6 depending on the direction of travel and there are local stations on the main west coast railway line at either Lancaster or Oxenholme ensuring that whether travelling for business or pleasure you’ve good access to the network.
"We chose Silverdale because it’s an area of natural beauty and there are some great walks straight from the door, plus it’s easy to dip into the Lake District from here if we want the hills but we get to enjoy a quieter village life than if we’d lived in Bowness or Windermere. We really enjoy the relaxed feeling."
Blue Hills was built 1908 and was extended before the current owners bought it in 2020, they however have transformed it. If you are looking for a property that’s ready to go without you having to lift a finger, then Blue Hills should be on your viewing list. In their time at Blue Hills the owners have successfully remodelled and refurbished the property. The extensive work has included rewiring (including all low energy LED lighting), replumbing, a new central heating boiler and system, new uPVC windows to the ground floor and new front and back solid accoya wood doors. They fitted new light pine four panels internal doors (with contemporary chrome handles) and replaced skirting boards and architraves which have been painted in classic white. The kitchen and laundry/utility room fittings were replaced as were all of the sanitary fittings; those in the bathroom, wet room and cloakroom. In the sitting room, a new wood burning stove was installed and the flue lined. Oak look Berry Alloc Spirit pure rigid vinyl plank flooring was fitted in the hall, cloakroom, open plan living kitchen, breakfast area and laundry/utility room (insulated underneath for additional comfort, the hard wearing flooring comes with the balance of the 25 year guarantee). Carpets were replaced (a lovely deep pile carpet that’s a treat for bare feet), the floors/walls in the bathroom and wet room were tiled (porcelain tiles), plantation shutters were fitted to all windows and the entire property was decorated
from top to bottom. The end result is absolutely delightful. It’s ready to move straight into and start enjoying.
The front door is sheltered with a porch, stepping inside and the entrance hall has the staircase rising and a cloaks cupboard. The open plan living space is light, tranquil and has an airy and calm feel. With views to both front and rear gardens there are French windows leading out to the back garden. For chilly days there’s a wood burning stove set onto a slated hearth with an oak mantle. The dining area has an original built in alcove cupboard which has been painted white to complement the new paintwork throughout. The kitchen cabinet’s solid wooden doors have been painted in ‘bone’ and sit under artic white granite worktops with a matching island unit. In terms of appliances you’ll find a NEFF induction hob and circulator hood set into a newly constructed and characterful mantelpiece. NEFF oven and second combination microwave and oven, tall freezer, NEFF larder fridge, Bosch dishwasher and a ProBoil 2X instant hot water tap. Other thoughtful features include a broom cupboard, deep pan drawers, a corner carousel unit, skirting lighting and a concealed bin. The kitchen extends round the corner into a breakfast area with a second set of French windows out to the back garden which is then open to the smartly finished laundry area where the unit doors and worktops match the kitchen for a continuous look. Cabinets conceal a Hotpoint washing machine and a Hoover tumble drier and a door leads out to the parking area so it’s a handy route in with your groceries.
Rising to the first floor and the lovely bright stairwell has two windows bringing in natural light. The main bedroom has a very pleasing view out to the back garden and added character with exposed stripped pine roof timbers. The ensuite wet room has contemporary fittings including a square cut wash basin set above a vanity unit with an illuminated mirror above. The look is all very streamlined with clean lines. Tiled walls have illuminated recesses for display and toiletries and there’s a chrome heated towel rail.
The second double bedroom is at the front of the cottage and overlooks nothing but trees. The third room is currently an occasional single bedroom with borrowed light from the landing, but it would make a good dressing room, hobbies space or office.
The family bathroom has an indulgent double ended bath set against a backdrop of grey slate tiling with inset illuminated recesses. There’s a shower area, a vanity wash basin and a toilet with a concealed cistern with gives a streamlined finish. Here too you’ll find an illuminated mirror and a chrome heated towel rail.
There’s good storage on offer with a pull down ladder providing access to the fully boarded loft which has good head height.
"It’s been a great property for entertaining, with the French windows open in warmer weather, there’s a great flow from house to garden.”
The back garden is an absolute joy. Leading out from the cottage is an extensive flagged seating area which is partially covered by a Yardistry cedar wood gazebo which has a central suspended heater to extend usability whatever the weather. There’s a second covered seating area, an absolute sun trap, here stone pillars support a wooden roofing structure covered with transparent sheeted roofing panels.
A deep planted bed edges the flagged area and leads to a path which surrounds the limestone edged level lawn. The planting scheme majors on soft shades of pink and purple and includes cottage garden favourites such as alliums, irises, foxgloves, hostas and buddleia.
A spruce tree with a circular Victorian style metal seating is under planted with shade loving plants conceals a tucked away garden storage shed. There’s a bench at the far end of the lawn that faces back towards the cottage. There are power points and carriage style lights on the cottage itself as well as low energy LED feature lights dotted around the garden which put on a magical show after dark.
At the side of the cottage double full height solid accoya gates lead to the parking area and there’s an area covered with transparent sheeted roofing panels which provide excellent dry outdoor storage for bins, bikes, log store and the like.
The front garden is bordered by a low limestone wall and includes large sections of limestone which creates a rockery, planted with heathers and fragrant lavenders. Gravel keeps it low maintenance and there is feature low level lighting. The parking area is also laid with gravel.
"Each season brings something new in the garden. This was planted and landscaped by a professional gardener, especially when it came to choosing plants and flowers that were resistant to deer as we have a visiting family of roe deer; mum and dad and a fawn who was born in the garden! They are absolutely magical to watch. The wildlife in the garden is a joy. Other than the deer we get hedgehogs and many breeds of birds including tawny owls, woodpeckers and nuthatches."
Carnforth 4.9 miles
Milnthorpe 5.3 miles
M6 J35 5.8 miles
M6 J36 7.7 miles
Lancaster 12.8 miles
Oxenholme (railway station) 12.8 miles
Kendal 13.3 miles
Windermere 20.8 miles
Manchester 67.1 miles
Manchester airport 73.7 miles
Liverpool airport 77.8 miles
The above journey distances are for approximate guidance only and have been sourced from the fastest route on the AA website from the property postcode.
Use Sat Nav LA5 0TE with reference to the directions below:
There are various routes into Silverdale, depending on the direction of your approach. Our directions are written as if travelling from Carnforth/J35 of the M6 in a northerly direction. Once on the A6, turn left onto Nineteen Acre Lane, signposted for Silverdale/ Yealand Redmayne (Holgates/Leighton Moss). Proceed into Yealand and turn right at the T junction following signs for Silverdale, passing RSPB Leighton Moss and arriving at a T junction opposite Silverdale’s golf course. Turn left onto Slackwood Lane which then becomes Stankelt Road which leads straight into the village. The turning for Spring Bank (a cul-de-sac) is on the right between impressive stone pillars which are slightly set back. Drive to the very end, there are three properties, a pair of semi detached cottages on the left and a detached house. Blue Hills is the second semi detached cottage. Parking is to the side.
Mains electricity, gas and water.
Drainage to a private septic tank. Gas fired central heating from a boiler in the kitchen.
Security alarm as well as CCTV and motion detectors connected to RING via a phone app. It’s currently a monitored system which videos and records (subject to subscription).
The septic tank is in the garden of neighbouring Dovedale. The septic tank of adjoining Firview is in the garden of Blue Hills. The access is private, from the public highway it is shared between all users on Spring Bank. The final section is shared between the last three properties.
Lancaster City Council
Council Tax Band D
Superfast speed of 67 Mbps download and for uploading 15 Mbps.
Included in the sale
Fitted carpets, plantation shutters, light fittings and kitchen appliances as listed.