Fine and Country Lancaster
Fine & Country
19 Castle Hill
Lane House, Cow Brow, Lupton, Near Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 1PG
This deceptively grand, stone built property, commonly referred to as the 'Chocolate Box House', is believed to date back to the 1640's. In present day, it is abundant with original period features that have been sympathetically restored during a extensive renovation, merging seamlessly with modern connotations to provide a stunning and elegant family home. Set across three floors, each room offers unique views to include uninterrupted rolling countryside and the nearby Farleton Knott through large windows and beautifully retained original features such as cornicing, picture rails, wooden panelling and the stone flagged floors of the beautiful English Hardwood kitchen and utility. A total of four reception rooms to the ground fl oor make this the ideal home for entertaining, most impressive of which is the drawing room with double doors opening into an elegant conservatory. There a total of five double bedrooms set across the first and second floor, all of which benefit from ensuite facilities. One of the bedrooms sits within the former staff quarters, benefitting from a kitchenette to create fantastic secondary accommodation fit for dependent relatives or guests alike. Lane House sits within an approximate 1 acre plot with beautifully kept formal and informal gardens that include neat lawns, a secret wildlife garden and enclosed duck pond. Outbuildings include a selection of stores and interestingly there is also the original stone built chapel; this is a fabulous space with so much scope and potential and would lend itself perfectly as a home office. The private gravelled 'In-Out' driveway leads around the property, giving access to a detached double garage and affording plentiful parking. Those looking to work from home will be delighted with the B4RN hyper-fast broadband connectivity.
Located in the quiet countryside village of Lupton that offers discerning purchasers the best of both worlds with a lovely rural setting conveniently positioned just a 5 minute drive from M6 access. Commuters will also benefit from the Oxenholme train station which is an approximately 15 minute drive away. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic walks across the fields to Farleton Knott, Lupton Fell, Scout Cragg and the canal all available from your doorstep. You are also situated just a 20 minute drive away to the tourist hot spot that is The Lake District National Park, with its breathtaking scenery and endless activities for all the family, from walks through the fells to sailing on Lake Windermere. The popular Plough Inn is also within walking distance. Practically, a full range of amenities are available in the picturesque town of Kirkby Lonsdale, a highly desirable location just approximately 4.5 miles away. Families will be delighted with the excellent choice of local schooling which includes the Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale, Casterton Sedbergh prep school, Sedbergh secondary and Giggleswick all close by.
Stone steps from the gravelled driveway lead up to the heady entrance door, attractively framed by stone pillars for a grand entrance to this impressive home. The original pull door bells are also in working order, opening into an inner porch and further into the entrance hall featuring high ceilings and original cornicing and woodwork. Across the property, the original wooden doors have been retained adding to the characterful aesthetics. Equally, each room is adorned with period features whether it be the plaster work, picture rails, original built in cupboards or sash and stained glass windows. There is also a wealth of storage by way of original built in storage cupboards in most rooms. The entrance hall leads into a generously sized cloak room with a wrought iron sink basin and adjoining WC.
There are a total of four reception rooms on the ground floor. First and foremost is the sitting room. Tastefully finished with engineered antique wooden floors, and with windows that give way to arguably one of the best views in the property, looking out across the rolling countryside towards the nearby Farleton Knott. The working fireplace is fitted with a Victorian cast iron and tiled surround. Ideal for the winter months, it is flanked to either side by built in alcove storage units and shelving typical of the era.
The drawing room is an impressively grand room, flooded with natural light due to the triple sash windows and glazed double doors that open into the elegantly designed conservatory. This room also benefits from a working fire with an impressive stone surround. The adjoining conservatory makes this a fantastic space to open out for entertaining year round. The final reception room to this floor is the dining room which features a historic cupboard dated 1676, an original built in drinks cupboard and a cast iron fireplace with stone hearth. The floors are again finished with engineered antique wooden floors that are in keeping to the era. This leads into what is easily the heart of this historic home - the stunning dining kitchen designed by the renowned English Hardwood. This large space is filled with a range of solid wood units and a central island topped with granite worktops that encompass a 2 door electric AGA, a NEFF coffee machine, combination microwave, 4 ring induction hob, integrated fridge and Fisher & Paykel dish drawers. There is space for a dining table and chairs affront the large windows and the heavy original door leads out to the side and to the stone built chapel. The ceiling is adorned with exposed beams and the original meat hooks that create a striking feature. The restored original stone flagged floors have also been retained, extending into the adjoining scullery kitchen/utility room, both of which benefit from underfloor heating. This is a great additional space with matching range of solid wood units and granite worktops. There is also a decommissioned 2 door electric AGA and space for a washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. An inner hall from the kitchen gives access to the butler stairs to the first floor and steps lead down into the cool cellar currently utilised and perfect as a wine cellar. There is also an additional cellar space accessed from the entrance hall where the original oak spindled staircase leads up to the first floor landing via a beautiful stained glass window.
As previously mentioned there are a total of five double bedrooms, all with ensuite facilities. The master bedroom is tastefully decorated with exposed wooden ceiling beams and looks out over to Farleton Knott. The large ensuite bathroom includes Duravit sanitary ware, Corian his and hers sinks, an impressive Phillip and Stark contemporary bath and an adjoining wet room with a rain shower, finished in black Lakeland slate. There are a further two good sized double bedrooms with modern ensuites before leading into the former staff quarters, also accessed via the butlers staircase. This space has been cleverly transformed into a guest suite to provide independent secondary accommodation that would also be ideal for dependent relatives. Benefitting from its own external access from the drive, it includes an open plan kitchenette and living room with a matching range of English Hardwood units, granite worktops, a 2 ring NEFF induction hob, combination microwave oven and integrated fridge. Characterful features continue with exposed ceiling beams and what is believed to be the oldest working fire in the property. Adjoining there is a good sized double bedroom and an ensuite shower room. Finally, steps lead up to the second floor and to the large open plan room that is presently utilised as a games and music room. Set within the exposed wooden trusses, this would make a great option for a master suite as there is also a double bedroom adjoining that could be utilised as a very spacious dressing room and there is an ensuite bathroom.
Lane House sits within a plot of approximately 1 acres, boasting a tranquil setting and lovely views of the surrounding countryside towards Farleton Knott. This includes the 'In-Out' gravelled driveway, detached double garage, log and coal store, garden store, outside WC, the stone built chapel which has so much scope and potential and would lend itself perfectly to a home office and mature formal and informal gardens with private lawns, an enclosed duck pond, secret wildflower garden and an expansive array of plants, shrubs and trees. This is a garden full of diversity and interest, wrapping itself around the house allowing for privacy but without compromising on the rural views.
Directions Leaving the M6 at J36, at the roundabout take the third exit onto the A65. At the next roundabout take the second exit, staying on the A65, after around 0.2 miles take the left hand turn where Lane House can be found
Services Mains water
Council tax - H
B4RN hyperfast broadband