Reception Rooms: 4
Located in the heart of the sought after village of Tunstall, the Old Vicarage is a grand Grade II listed detached residence that dates back in parts to 1680. This elegant family home has been sympathetically extended and updated over time, most recently with a modern extension and conversion of the outhouses by the present owners. This has created a spacious and versatile home that flows effortlessly throughout and is fitting to modern family life. Set across four floors, there are a total of four reception rooms, a traditional family kitchen, two utility rooms, a two chamber cellar, family bathroom, shower room, 4/5 double bedrooms and a master suite complete with a large dressing room and modern ensuite bathroom. Enveloped by formal gardens that extend into a generous paddock, the grounds amount to approximately 2.6 acres. The house will appeal to those with equestrian interests with a single stable already in place and to families for its private, enclosed setting. Private gates lead into the courtyard to the front with ample parking and access into the stone built detached double garage.
Tunstall is a peaceful Lune Valley village located just 4 miles away from the renowned market town of Kirkby Lonsdale with its wealth of shops, cafes and restaurants idyllically set along the cobbled streets. The setting is quintessentially English, with a backdrop of rolling countryside and hills, offering a plethora of local walks and bridleways to enjoy right from your doorstep. Within the village there is a popular pub, with wider amenities available in Kirkby Lonsdale. Families will be delighted with the choice of local schooling that includes a selection of primary schools in Melling, Kirkby Lonsdale, Leck and the Sedbergh Casterton Prep school. For those of secondary age, there is the Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale and the property also sits within the catchment for the Lancaster Boys’ & Girls’ Grammar Schools.
The original entrance door is sheltered within the wooden portico with lattice detailing for an attractive entrance. Opening into a useful entrance porch with access into the WC, glazed doors open into the wide set entrance hall which sets the tone of this historic home with high ceilings, original wooden floors, deep coving and the strikingly elegant, wide staircase.
The hall opens into the drawing room. Boasting grand proportions, this room stands within the original portion of the home with windows surrounded by working shutters and French doors opening out onto the manicured lawn. A working fire is encased within a marble surround and hearth, fitting to the period feel the room evokes. The formal dining room also features French doors leading out onto the garden and as it is immediately adjoining the kitchen it is ideal for entertaining year round.
At heart of the house, the homely kitchen has space for dining furniture for a more casual setting. There are a selection of built-in original cupboards and units that encompass the 4 door AGA and sink that overlooks the rear garden and tennis court. Steps lead down to the two room cellar which is a great dry store. Semi-open to the kitchen is the snug, a cosy space with a gas stove and adjoining it is a generous utility room with further units, a sink, WC and a back door onto the drive.
Glazed doors from the snug open into the latest extension, a L-shaped space with angled ceilings affording a living area and office or library with built in bookcases and flooded with natural light from the French doors looking out over the gardens. There is also a further laundry room with external access into the garden.
The wide staircase leads up passed a tall gallery landing window that looks out over the lovely private gardens. The first three double bedrooms are all of good proportions, each offering unique countryside views. There is a spacious family bathroom and a separate shower room.
Most impressive is the master suite. This comprises a large dressing room that could also serve as a study or extra bedroom, leading into the Jack ‘n’ Jill modern ensuite bathroom with a feature freestanding bath and corner walk-in shower, and finally into the master bedroom with a large sash window, with working shutters, looking out across the garden and countryside beyond.
The attic has also been put to use, with characterful exposed ceiling beams creating a charming double bedroom benefitting from under eaves storage and further room that could be utilised either as a bedroom or the perfect playroom for children.
Externally, the grounds of The Old Vicarage amount to approximately 2.6 acres and include spacious, well tended lawns, attractive stone flagged patios and secret gardens shrouded by tall hedges and fruit trees. The kitchen garden is complete with vegetable plots and stables, next to the tennis court that is in need of renovation. The gardens extend into the paddock, ideal for those with equestrian interests. There is also a stone built potting shed, summer house and gates from the garden leading to the front courtyard where there is ample private parking and flanked by the detached, stone built double garage.
LPG central heating