Fine and Country Lancaster
Fine & Country
19 Castle Hill
Lower Stockbridge, Tatham, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 8PT
- Stunning and luxurious 3 bed family home
- With an adjoining one bedroom self contained annexe
- Versatile layout
- Exceptional standard of the finishes
- Under floor heating throughout
- Set within a completely private plot of just under 1 acre
- Detached double garage
- Two bay mobile stable with access to a paddock
- B4RN hyper-fast internet connectivity
The exceptional standard of the finishes within this conversion, along with a great eye for detail, has resulted in a perfect synergy between old and new. It offers a sympathetic yet contemporary finish complete with all the modern connotations to include under floor heating throughout and B4RN hyper-fast internet connectivity. Furthermore the property sits within a completely private plot of just under 1 acre that includes private terraces for the main house and the annexe, a private drive with ample parking, detached double garage and a two bay mobile stable with access to a paddock. The property presents a versatile layout that could easily be utilised as one large family home or is perfect for those with dependant relatives looking to enjoy this stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The village of Tatham is a classic example of the English countryside community. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; The Forest of Bowland is a picture of rolling fields and hills. Nearby Bentham provides all the local necessities including shops, supermarket and post office. Lower Stockbridge also has the pick of two nearby train stations, one in Bentham and another in Wennington, just a short drive away. There are primary schools in the nearby villages of Wray and Lowgill, the very well respected Queen Elizabeth Secondary school in Kirkby Lonsdale is less than 8 miles away, with free bus pick-up available at the bottom of the drive. The property is also within the catchment area for the Lancaster Grammar Schools.
The private gravelled driveway leads up along side the paddock and this beautiful stone built 17th century barn. The front elevation of the property was retained and painstakingly restored so the property blends in seamlessly with the surrounding countryside. Completed just two years ago and designed in conjunction with local architect Mike Harrison, the rest of the property essentially was started again from foundations, extending the original footings to create a spacious and flexible family home to suit the needs of multi generational living. As you approach the entrance of the property, you can enjoy stunning panoramic views over the surrounding countryside that makes up the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This truly is your own private haven with the views even stretching as far as the Lake District Fells on a clear day.
In the main house, you enter into a charming entrance hall via a practical entrance porch. With exposed stone wall detailing and the original stone mullioned window salvaged to serve as a striking feature, the entrance hall alone sets the tone for what is to come. Underfloor heating runs throughout the ground floor that is finished with rich porcelain tiling. From the entrance hall there is access into a cloaks room with WC and a utility room. The hall leads around, first coming to a cosy snug that would also make for a great home office, tucked away from the rest of the accommodation and enjoying tranquil views over the field behind. The semi-open plan accommodation of the living, kitchen and dining area afford families the best of both worlds, with open connecting archways that still give each room their own sense of privacy but allow for an easy flow ideal for entertaining and keeping the family together at the end of a busy day. The bespoke handcrafted kitchen by Eadonstone Kitchens of Cambridge is the perfect choice for this sympathetic conversion, offering a selection of painted wooden units that have been finished with a striking mix of marble and granite worktops. The marble sits upon the large central island and breakfast bar, whilst the granite runs along the outer edges of the units, encompassing a new 3 door dual fuel AGA with electric hot plates. There is also an integrated Siemans dishwasher and space for an American style fridge freezer. Views can be enjoyed from the kitchen directly over the front to the stables and paddock.
The living room adjoining the kitchen is a beautiful space created within an extension to the former barn yet still incorporating its rich history with a part vaulted ceiling and stone window sills. There is a matching bespoke storage and shelving unit to that of the kitchen and French doors that open out onto the enclosed patio to the side of the property. The dining room is also adjoining the kitchen and enjoys an intimate setting and again benefitting from French doors opening out to the side of the property where there is a private alfresco seating area.
The bespoke oak and glass balustrade staircase leads up from the entrance hall to the first floor that is finished with luxury wood effect porcelain tiling throughout, again benefitting from underfloor heating. There are two double bedrooms of exacting standards that enjoy peaceful views over the surrounding fields and angled ceilings that allow the natural light to bounce throughout. The family Lusso bathroom suite is beautifully finished again with contrasting textured porcelain tiling and quality fittings to include a freestanding stone resin bath, walk in rain shower with Hansgrohe fittings and vanity sink with an LED display mirror. The exposed wooden trusses again bring a sense of the barns heritage to an otherwise modern space. Finally we complete the main house accommodation with the principal bedroom. Offering good proportions and low set windows to create a private setting that still benefits from the striking views over the Forest of Bowland countryside stretching out beyond the boundary. The ensuite is again finished to an impeccable standard with a walk in rain shower and access to a loft storage space.
The annexe to the property benefits from its own private external access from the gravelled driveway. Entering into a landscaped garden finished with a mix of stone flags and gravelled patio areas enclosed with timber panelling. A glazed door opens into the entrance hall from which you can access a cloaks room with WC as well as an open utility/ back kitchen complete with German Hacker units, space for white goods and a Siemans induction hob and integrated dishwasher. The entrance hall leads into the open plan kitchen which benefits from Rotpunkt units finished with silestone worktops. Filling this open space with a homely warmth is the 3 door oil fired AGA and further appliances include an AEG oven, microwave, integrated fridge and a fantastic filter and sparkling water tap to the sink. The breakfast bar is finished in a contrasting wood to that of the silestone, creating a lovely feature as you enter into the dining room. A great space for formal dining with the open plan set up affording a triple aspect that looks right through the living room french doors, with panoramic views stretching right out to the Lake District Fells. The living room is a characterful space with high valuated ceilings and part exposed stone wall detailing. The French doors open onto a glass balustrade terrace that allow for an uninterrupted view over the surrounding countryside and distant hills.
The principal suite is located on the first floor accessed from the bespoke oak and glass balustrade staircase in the entrance hall. It opens onto a mezzanine landing space with a cleverly utilised office area set under the velux window. The show stopping bedroom enjoys arguably some of the best elevated views that the property has to offer and from which you can watch the weather roll in over the fields from the feature circle window or the picture perfect window seat. There is also a walk in wardrobe and a tastefully finished ensuite complete with a freestanding stone bath and separate walk in rain shower.
Lower Stockbridge is set within just under an acre of private grounds that backs onto the surrounding fields and countryside to create a completely private and tranquil haven. The private gravelled drive has a solar panel in place for gated access if required and not only affords ample parking for both the house and annexe but also leads to the detached stone built double garage. Each of the single garages in the building benefit from remote control up and over doors and second floor storage that could also be utilised as workshop space. Adjoining this is a mobile two bay stables that opens directly onto the paddock with a separate fenced area for chickens and raised vegetable plots. Lower Stockbridge really does offer the self sufficiency dream whilst not compromising on great accessibility to local amenities and commuting access.
Go through Wray village, turn right into Main Street. Continue for approx. 1.8 miles and then turn right onto Fairheath Road. After approx. 1.4 miles, Lower Stockbridge can be found on your left hand side as you go down the hill towards Lowgill Village.
Private Sewerage Treatment Plan
LPG Central Heating
Council Tax – E
Tenure - Freehold