Fine and Country Garstang
Fine & Country
The Resource Centre
Board House, Reservoir Road, Barnacre, Preston PR3 1RP
- Matchless and unrepeatable
- Privacy and seclusion
- Stunning panoramic views
- In the Forest of Bowland AONB
- Beautifully presented, quality appointments
- Flexible layout, main house and annex
- Five receptions, five bedrooms
- Lovely, large gardens with hot tub
- Two extra garden parcels rented
- Quality property in an unrivalled setting
Purchased by the current owners in 2012, they set about a thorough programme of high quality refurbishment which included the conversion of an existing garage to a dining kitchen, new double glazed windows, oak internal doors with chrome handles, floor coverings (many are hardwearing and good looking Karndean), sanitary fittings (in all bath, shower and cloakrooms), oak radiator covers and brushed chrome sockets and switches in the primary living areas, an impressive oak open riser staircase and decoration from top to bottom. They added the Dunsley multifuel stove in the sitting room and relined the flue.
Externally works saw the construction of the various terraced seating areas along the rear elevation and complementary flagged area along the drive and the creation of the spa room.
The main house offers a sitting room, dining room, snug, dining kitchen, laundry room and cloakroom on the ground floor. The bedroom accommodation is over two levels and provides a main ensuite bedroom, two further double bedrooms, a fourth single and a house shower room. The annex provides a sitting room, dining kitchen and utility room, garden room, double bedroom, shower room and cloakroom. Gardens surround the house and provide lawns, seating terracing and off road parking. It’s a one off property in an unrivalled setting.
"Of all of the properties we’ve lived in, this has been the love of our lives.
We never tire of the view. It’s different season by season, day by day, hour by hour.
When we first saw the house, we knew it would work for our family. The annex has been invaluable. Initially it enabled multi generational living and for us to provide care for our elderly parents. More recently it’s come into its own again for when guests stay as they can do their own thing; come and go as they please and be as independent as they like. It’s a great arrangement that suits everyone.”
Ensconced in the stunning landscape of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with Board House you are buying privacy and seclusion but not isolation.
Garstang is good on a daily basis for everyday needs; there are branches of Booths, Sainsbury’s and Aldi supermarkets and a great weekly market. The town has an active local community and holds many events throughout the year such as the Legend Fires Car Rally, the Children’s Festival, the Scarecrow Festival as well as several special events at Christmas time.
If the bright lights beckon, then both Lancaster and Preston have much to offer all generations with an established cultural and music scene, bars and restaurants offering cuisines from around the world, an excellent range of high street and independent shops, a comprehensive offering of professional services, further education and good healthcare with both private and NHS hospitals.
Whether you need to travel for business or love to get out and about for pleasure, transport links are to hand with convenient access onto the M6 at J33 and there are train stations on the main West Coast line at both Lancaster and Preston. London and Edinburgh can easily be reached within 2.5 hours by train, while Manchester is under an hour, bringing travel for work and pleasure in easy reach.
“Before we retired we were commuting and we found the drive gave us the opportunity to decompress from work and be relaxed by the time we got home. We purposefully created a haven for ourselves that was our antidote to a busy life.
We love the privacy that the location brings. We never feel cut off, you can get milk and paper deliveries and of course the supermarkets all deliver.”
The solid oak front door opens to an entrance hall which has Karndean oak look flooring laid in a herringbone design with smart border detailing. The flooring continues into the three reception rooms; the sitting room is an impressive space with a vaulted ceiling and a whimsical minstrel’s gallery. The dining room is a through room and has a weathered red brick fire surround fitted with an electric stove, Victorian stripped pine alcove cupboard; off here is the snug, a cosy room for watching TV.
The sociable dining kitchen has a WOW factor, along the far wall are bi-folding doors which capture the reservoir and fell views and open to a seating terrace. Cabinets are fronted in a combination of oak and cream painted doors and there are stunning ‘cosmic black’ granite worktops. The island unit extends to a dining table which seats four or five, set at a slightly lower level here diners can not only eat, but also watch the pop up TV screen. In terms of appliances there are two fridge freezers (a Siemens and a Bosch), a pair of Siemens electric ovens, a separate Siemens combination microwave/oven, a fitted Siemens coffee machine, a Bosch dishwasher, Capel wine cabinet, an instant hot water Quooker tap and a Siemens induction hob over which is an elegant curved Britannia circulation fan. Under unit and kickboard level lighting add atmosphere after dark and there’s a Karndean light oak look herringbone floor. The laundry room is fitted with a wall of tall cupboards which when open reveal a Hotpoint washing machine and Grundig tumble drier. The cloakroom has a two piece suite.
The main bedroom enjoys a private balcony through the French windows and a view from the bed of the reservoir and fells; how wonderful to have this sight first thing in the morning as you rise. A double wardrobe is set into the eaves to make the maximize space. The bedroom enjoys a large ensuite bathroom with a contemporary double ended bath, separate shower cubicle with Grohe rainfall shower, vanity unit, loo and bidet.
There are three further bedrooms; two doubles both of which enjoy the same cracking views. The fourth single bedroom has a Karndean floor and is currently used as an office with a tall shelved store cupboard. The house shower room serves these three rooms and has a cubicle with a Grohe rainfall shower, vanity unit and loo.
The annex is on the ground and lower ground floors. It is approached either off the main entrance hall or externally enabling it to be self contained. Karndean herringbone styled flooring continues through into the hall and sitting room for a seamless look. With plenty of windows, the sitting room is light and airy with a cracking view of the reservoir and a private balcony with glass and chrome balustrade. From here a set of stairs with an oak balustrade lead down to the dining kitchen.
Also on the ground floor and enjoying the view is a double bedroom. The shower room has a shower, vanity unit and loo.
On the lower ground floor it’s all about the view in the dining kitchen too as one wall is filled with bi-folding doors which command an excellent outlook across the garden to the Bowland Fells and open to the flagged seating terrace. The kitchen has solid oak fronted cabinets and grey, cream and tan granite work tops. Appliance wise there is a Rangemaster electric range cooker with Rangemaster circulator hood over, American style Daewoo fridge freezer and a dishwasher. The flooring is Karndean which then extends through a wide square opening into the garden room which enjoys a lovely aspect out to the garden and has a glazed lantern incorporated into the roof design so you can gaze up and watch the clouds drift by overhead.
The annex has a laundry room with a Hotpoint washing machine, White Knight tumble drier and under counter freezer. There’s a cloakroom with two piece suite and access from here into the undercroft storage space.
Gardens are mainly to the west and north of the house and include large areas of lawn (the owners have invested in a pair of robotic mowers so they can have all of the enjoyment and satisfaction of neatly kept lawns, without any of the work) and a small copse of silver birch trees.
There are a series of flagged terraces along the rear elevation offering a choice of seating areas. The views extend across the garden and reservoir to the mighty Bowland Fells.
Providing a lifestyle that promotes rest and relaxation is the spa room which houses a six seater hot tub. Bi-folding doors open to the garden so you can enjoy a soak whatever the weather. For convenience, there’s a cloakroom and changing area. Across the lawn is a hexagonal wooden summer house, the view from here is equally impressive and there’s temporary power and light for use when hosting events.
Along the side of the drive is a flagged area, edged with stone setts. Here you’ll find the untethered EV charging point.
Around the property there are two external carriage lamp posts (not connected) and PIR solar lights. There is a screened area along the westerly elevation that houses a fuel store and boiler house. A second screened area to the east conceals the heating oil tank and waste bins. There is a total of 3 water taps for external use.
There are two small parcels of land that are rented from United Utilities. The first is opposite the house and is referred to as “The Children’s Garden” as it has made a great pitch for ballgames when the grandchildren come to visit. The second lies to the west and includes the “Cottage Garden” and “The Field”. The Cottage Garden is through a stone arch and is where the owners have created their kitchen garden. The poly tunnel (7m x 4.2m) is home to a thriving grape vine and within a rabbit proof fence are raised beds and a greenhouse. Separately fenced off is a wildlife pond with small jetty, all the better for observing the fish, dragon flies, ducks and swallows who nest in the row of former wooden stables which now provide good storage and a workshop, here there is power and light supplied. Beyond this is The Field, it provides a second lawn, caravan hookup point for power and caravan parking bay (covered by the CCTV). The current rental agreement doesn’t allow for grazing animals or for any buildings requiring footings or slab concrete bases but otherwise, it would be up to you how you used this land, or indeed if you wished to continue with the arrangement. Further details available from the Agent.
“The wildlife in the garden has been wonderful, we get visiting roe deer, hares and rabbits and any number of garden birds. We’ve seen ospreys on the reservoir. In springtime we hear the lambs across the field.
We’ve loved growing our own fruit and veg in the kitchen garden. The grape vine is very productive, we end up giving big bunches of red grapes away.
We love sitting on the balcony in the evening – the view, the stillness and the wildlife are all magical.
We’ve had some great parties here; for our son’s 30th birthday we placed a marquee on the front lawn; and have had it on the back lawn for a different occasion. Inside and out, it’s a great house for entertaining.”
For navigation purposes only, we recommend you use the postcode PR3 1UJ, this will take you to Calderside Farm. With the farm on your right, drive past the farm for approx. 200 meters and look out on the left for the Barnacre & Grizedale Reservoir sign. Turn left here go over the cattle grid and follow the drive along the side of the reservoir to the house at the end on the right, this is Board House. It’s worth looking right at this point as the view over the reservoir to the Morecambe Bay and then the Lakeland fells beyond is particularly stunning. If you are coming from Lancaster over Harris End Fell the reservoir turning will be on your right just before you get to the farm.
Mains electricity and water (not metered). Private drainage to a series of two tanks, located within the boundary.
On the road
On the road
Garstang 5.1 miles
Scorton 4.6 miles
M6 J33 7.5 miles
Lancaster 11.5 miles
Preston 12.4 miles
Manchester 47 miles
Manchester airport 54 miles
Liverpool airport 60 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.
Council Tax Band
Wyre Council – Council Tax band G
Calder Vale St John’s CoE Primary School
Garstang High School
Royal Lancaster Grammar School and Ripley St Thomas Academy
Places to eat
The Fleece Inn, Dolphinholme
Pipers Restaurant, Garstang
Bay Horse Inn, Bay Horse
The Barn, Apple Store and Daisy Clough, all at Scorton
Billy Bob’s American Parlour, Myerscough
The Inn at Whitewell, Forest of Bowland
Local leisure activities
Trout fishing on Grizedale Lea through membership of the Prince Albert Angling Society
Barton Grange Garden Centre - café and restaurant, farm shop, cook shop, cinema, bowling, curling, crazy golf and marina
Beacon Fell Country Park and the Bowland Visitor Centre
Golf clubs at Lancaster and Garstang
Great walks nearby
There are acres of open access land nearby ensuring you can walk for miles hardly ever seeing anyone
Nicky Nook - a small fell (214 metres) on the very western edge of the Forest of Bowland
Harris End Fell and Grizedale Head - a local circular trail
United Utilities own the drive subject to a right of way in favour of Board House.
The trout fishing on the first reservoir, Grizedale Lea, is let to the Prince Albert Angling Society and only members are allowed to fish. No fishing at all is permitted in the second reservoir, Barnacre.
Included in the sale
Included in the sale
Fitted carpets, blinds, light fittings and kitchen appliances as described. A marquee (just so that you too can be ready for a party in the garden!) would be additionally available by way of further negotiation as would the two robotic Stihl mowers and some items of furniture, please ask the Agents about any pieces that catch your eye.