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Jackson Hill House, Ratcliffe Wharf Lane, Forton, Lancaster PR3 0AN
Guide Price £850,000 Fine & Country Property
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Type: Five Bedroom Family Home
Reception Rooms: 4

Property Details

Jackson Hill House presents an exciting opportunity to acquire an idyllically situated 5 bed family home set within ample private grounds that include formal gardens, an attached quadruple garage and home office, two separate detached workshops/ garaging and 3 acres of adjoining land. This unique package is set within the beautiful and peaceful countryside setting of Forton and will appeal to a range of buyers, from those looking to work from home to those with equestrian interests and larger families looking for that countryside ideal that doesn’t compromise on great accessibility to the M6 and into Lancaster City Centre. The original barn dates back to the 1800s and was converted by the sole owners in 1986. It now stands as a substantial and flexible family home that offers a wealth of characterful features expected from a quality barn conversion. The property is set over two floors and affords a total of four reception rooms, a breakfast kitchen with separate utility, five double bedrooms, of which the master is ensuite, and two bathrooms.

Forton is a quiet countryside village located just off the A6 that provides great access for those looking to commute, whether that be to Lancaster City Centre (15 minutes drive), Garstang (10 minutes drive), Preston City Centre (25 minutes drive) or further afield, with M6 access a mere 5 minutes drive away. With an abundance of local country and canal side walks right from your doorstep, Jackson Hill House truly offers an idyllic lifestyle that does not compromise on convenient amenities and commutes. Forton village has a well rated primary school and cricket and bowling club a short stroll away. The nearby market town, Garstang also provides a wealth of amenities including primary and secondary schooling, supermarkets, post office, shops, cafes, popular pubs and sporting facilities that include a public swimming pool and a range of sports and arts clubs.

The private drive sweeps through the immaculate grounds of the property leading around to the rear parking area where there is access to the quadruple garage. The driveway also splits off to continue up the detached workshop and garaging where there is a large hardstanding parking area and access to the adjoining 3 acres of land. Double glazed entrance doors opens into a useful entrance porch with practical stone flagged floors that continue into the entrance hall. The glazed entrance doors and high ceilings that extend up to the mezzanine of the first floor landing allow for plenty of natural light to flow throughout and the open space is full of character that sets the tone for what’s to come. Double doors open into the first reception room, a double ended sitting room boasting a dual aspect to include sliding patio doors opening onto the formal gardens to the front. A Jetmaster open fire is set within an exposed stone wall with a hearty stone flagged hearth and the deeps sills of the windows and exposed stone inglenook add to the character. From here there is also access into a snug which features a multifuel stove set within a brick surround, great for creating a cosy atmosphere in the winter months.

An inner hall leads along to the formal dining room and into the morning room for a more relaxed dining setting and lounge area set around a multi-fuel stove with a characterful brick surround. Pretty window seats are the ideal spot from which to relax and take in the beautiful views over the front, looking out across the garden that extends into rolling countryside. Adjoining the morning room is the hearty breakfast kitchen. A great sized kitchen, offers great potential for modernisation and to create a wonderful family hub. At present, it comprises a selection of wood units and a large central island with breakfast bar. From the kitchen there is a large utility room that would be perfect for opening up into the kitchen to create a light filled open plan kitchen dining room, subject to relevant consents. At present it offers a further range of units with space for a fridge freezer, washing machine and dryer and there is also access into the rear entrance porch that leads out into the garden.

The inner hall also leads down to a versatile ground floor double bedroom that could be utilised as an additional reception room if required. The bedroom is supported by an adjacent, neatly presented shower room. The staircase leads up from the entrance hall to the open mezzanine landing with steps leading up to each of the four double bedrooms on offer. The impressive master bedroom boasts a dual aspect with stunning views over the surrounding rolling countryside, a suite of fitted wardrobes and storage and part exposed ceiling trusses. The sizeable ensuite comprises a bath and his and hers sinks, finished with beautiful traditional tiling. The remaining bedrooms all offer good proportions and each has unique views over the surrounding grounds and far reaching countryside. The family bathroom was updated around 3 years ago and is finished with contemporary tiling, offering a bath with Mira electric power shower over.

In terms of outbuildings, Jackson Hill House has a plethora of spaces that cover the whole family’s needs. The integral quadruple garage can be accessed internally from the inner hall on the ground floor. This large garage also provides ample work space, two up and over doors leading onto the rear drive, access into a good sized office, a hidden away garden room and finally, a great versatile space on the first floor which could be used as an additional office or hang out for the kids. Across the driveway there is a detached outbuilding presently utilised as a garden store with a coal and log store within. This is again a sizeable space that could also be used a workshop. The driveway splits off before the house to also lead to the large hardstanding parking area in front of the final detached workshop building. This was formerly used for the storage and restoration of classic cars and even boasts central heating and a separate work room. It could also be converted into stabling, with the hardstanding parking area making for a great yard with direct access into the adjoining 3 acres of grazing land. For those not wishing to utilise the land, there is presently an informal agreement in place with a local farmer who grazes the land so you can enjoy the benefit of the added privacy without the upkeep.

The formal gardens are immaculate, offering an open lawn and a mix of shrubbery borders with a selection of trees to include a very productive apple tree and a beautiful Silver Birch. The flagged patio extends around the front of the property creating great spaces for seating areas and alfresco dining, set in front of the large feature pond. This area of the garden is flanked by tall hedges creating a private haven from which to take in the beautiful and peaceful surrounds.

Travelling along the A6 from Lancaster/ M6 J33, after passing The Holly pub take the next right hand turn down Ratcliffe Wharf Lane. Continue for approx. ½ mile and once you have passed over the canal bridge, the driveway entrance to the property is second on the right.

Mains water. Private septic tank drainage. Oil fired central heating


Council Tax Band

Fine & Country Lancaster Office
Fine & Country Lancaster
Fine & Country Lancaster Office
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