Fine and Country Lancaster
Fine & Country
19 Castle Hill
Newfields, Cockerham Road, Bay Horse, Lancaster LA2 0HG
- Detached Victorian Residence
- Five Reception Rooms
- Large Open Plan Kitchen
- Six Bedrooms
- Two Ensuite
- 1.6 Acres of Private Gardens
- Tennis Court
- Large Workshop
- 10 Minutes to Lancaster City
- Trough of Bowland Views
A grand detached Victorian residence that has been sympathetically updated throughout to present a show stopping and characterful six bed family home set within approximately 1.6 acres of private grounds. Originally built in 1871, with a large extension in 1914, the property was believed to have originally been built for the warden of the Sandeman's estate at Hay Carr. It has now been in the same ownership since 1999, in which time it has served as a much-cherished family home. The present owners linked the original house to the former stables and coach house, now converted into living space. The property stands at an impressive 5403 square feet and includes five reception rooms, a fantastic open plan kitchen, six bedrooms of which two are ensuite, a family bathroom and ground floor wet room. The grounds surround the property and offer an expanse of garden space that all the family can enjoy, including a full-size tennis court and large garden shed/ workshop. Newfields is situated in the conveniently located village of Bay Horse just off the A6. Bay Horse is a fantastic location just 10 minutes drive south of the historic city of Lancaster, boasting quick access to the M6 junction 33 whilst still enjoying an idyllic countryside location with the Forest of Bowland on your doorstep. The nearby villages of Galgate and Dolphinholme provide an abundance of local amenities including shops and great country pubs and there is the lovely market town of Garstang close by.
The vibrant city of Lancaster has so much to offer people of all ages including a range of high street and independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The train station provides access to the West Coast mainline with direct rail services to London and Glasgow (2½ hours) and Manchester with its international airport (50 -90 minutes)). There is also unrivalled health care and schooling in the area, including Dolphinholme primary school and the renowned Lancaster boys and girls Grammar schools and both the University of Cumbria and Lancaster University, just a 5-10 minute drive away. Most importantly - the property is also just a couple of minute's walk to the award winning pub and restaurant, the Bay Horse Inn! Those with sporting interests will be delighted with the location; there are an abundance of heavenly cycling routes frequented by the national teams who practice in the area and the tour of Britain that passes the coach house gate most years. There is game shooting and facilities in easy distance, fishing in the River Lune and excellent sea fishing nearby. For golfers there are excellent links and parkland golf courses with two championship courses less than an hour away.
Set within stone pillars, the gates of Newfields open onto the private composite drive of the property. There is a courtyard to the front or the drive wraps around to the side of the property to provide further parking. Originally the stable door entrance to the coach house, the current owners created this convenient access when converting the property in 2006. The entrance lobby is a lovely welcome into this special home, with the ceilings extending up the stairs to the mezzanine above, formerly the hayloft. The mezzanine now affords a versatile reception space that has a multitude of uses, whether you are looking for a quietly located home office, studio or hobby room. It features original beams complete with an inscribed date of 1871. From the entrance lobby there is access to a ground floor wet room created from the former coach house. It is well presented with a walk-in rain shower. It currently doubles as a utility room with space for a washing machine and dryer. Underfloor heating runs from the entrance lobby into the wet room and the show-stopping open plan kitchen. This grand extension was completed by the present owners and has created a large open space that is flooded with natural light thanks to the dual aspect and high angled ceilings.
The bespoke contemporary Mereway Monza kitchen includes a unique selection of sleek red gloss units finished with granite worktops. There is a large central island and breakfast bar that looks out over the reception area in front of the French doors, creating a fantastic social space that is not only great for entertaining but also for the whole family to gather around at the end of a busy day. Quality NEFF appliances include a double oven, induction hob with extractor over, integrated dishwasher, combination microwave and there is Miele integrated coffee machine and space and plumbing for an American style fridge freezer. There is a handy pantry adjoining with additional space for a fridge freezer and the French doors open onto a lovely terrace overlooking the formal side lawn.
An open archway leads into the formal dining room which again leads into the sitting room creating a further extension to this sociable and family friendly space. As you enter the original Victorian portion of the home you get to enjoy a wealth of period features, from deep coving to the unique panelling around the fireplace in the sitting room that bears the initials of former owners who extended the house in the early 1900s. These rooms are finished with quality and befitting parquet wooden flooring and characterful lintels and wooden pillars lead into what would have been the original entrance hall of the property but has now been opened up to create an easy flow through the accommodation. The original wide entrance door is still in place and there is a lovely original plate rail. Steps from the sitting room lead down into the extension comprising a study and a living room. This cosy space still enjoys generous proportions and a square bay of tall windows that provide a lovely garden aspect. There is also an open fire set within an Arts and Crafts style brick surround, perfect for creating a more intimate setting in the evenings. An additional reception room located to the front of the property is currently serves as a ground floor double bedroom, enjoying a lovely dual aspect. Finally, to complete the ground floor accommodation of this sizeable and extremely versatile home is a useful boot room that offers ample storage space and benefits from external access, ideal for knocking off muddy boots and rain coats after a walk across the surrounding countryside. There is also access to a one room cellar, perfect for storage or even as a wine cellar.
The unique handcrafted staircase with twisted wrought iron spindles leads up to the first floor via a striking led inlaid gallery window. As you open up to the spacious galleried landing you get to enjoy a further aspect over the side garden that extends out across to the Trough of Bowland. From here you have access into three generously proportioned double bedrooms, one of which benefits from an ensuite shower room. An inner hall takes you to the black and white styled family bathroom that includes a fitted bath with shower over and useful linen storage. To the end of the inner hall is the upper floor of the extension with two double bedrooms, each of which enjoys lovely views over the garden, stretching out to the countryside that makes up the Forest of Bowland and Bleasdale Fell. A staircase leads up to the second floor where you will find the impressive master bedroom. This fantastic space is set away from the rest of the bedroom accommodation to create a more exclusive and private master bedroom. The generous proportions of the bedroom allow for his and hers bespoke fit walk-in wardrobes and there are lovely views to be enjoyed out towards Bowland and Bleasdale Fell. Leading across the galleried landing is the beautifully presented ensuite bathroom complete with a freestanding claw foot roll top bath, separate shower and unique viewing window set within the trees and allowing for an elevated view over the front garden to the valley beyond.
The grounds of Newfields amount to approximately 1.6 acres and include a selection of formal lawns and a full-sized tennis court. The private composite drive affords ample parking. There is a lovely stone flagged patio area looking out over the gardens and the raised terrace also accessed from the open plan kitchen. The lawns wrap around the side of the house, protected by the tall trees and established hedge row that creates a private haven that the family can enjoy in safety. To the front of the property, a path leads from the lower terrace to the top lawns which face up to the original grand entrance of this impressive period home. The entrance is double fronted with tall stone casements to the window and magnificent entrance door. Steps lead down to the lower lawn, a further large expanse of well-maintained grass bounded by tall trees that include an ancient Ginkgo tree, Magnolia and Copper Beeches. On this level a large timber built shed benefits from power and light. A powered docking station is sited on the lower lawn for the robotic mower which serves the three main lawned areas.
Directions Travelling from the Lancaster direction along the A6, pass through Galgate village, continuing straight at the roundabout to J33 to remain on the A6/ Preston Lancaster Road. Turn right at the crossroads, opposite the sign saying welcome to Wyre, joining Cockerham Road. The entrance to Newfields is located slightly further along on your left hand side.
Mains water, electric and gas
Private septic tank drainage
Gas central heating
Council Tax - TBC
Tenure - Freehold