Reception Rooms: 4
A fine Gentleman’s residence located in the countryside village of Ellel offering a rich history and wealth of period features throughout the grand and spacious accommodation. A humble stone built farmhouse in the Georgian era, Ward House was acquired by the wealthy Sir Lancelot Sanderson in 1894 who added the grand Victorian extension to create an impressive residence fit for his status. The two halves to this home are tied together by the garden room and together offer a total of three reception rooms, a large kitchen, utility, pantry and cloaks room to the ground floor, with access to a two room cellar and wine store. The grand original staircase leads up past the stunning stained glass window of the landing to two separate wings of bedrooms in the Georgian and Victorian parts, each served by their own bathroom. In total there are four double bedrooms to include the impressive master suite with a dressing room and ensuite. Throughout the stunning original features have been immaculately maintained to include heady woodwork, minton floor tiles, mullioned and sash windows and impressive fireplaces. Enclosed by private grounds amounting to approximately 1.69 acres, the naturally landscaped gardens are a haven for the local wildlife and befitting to this stately home with neat lawns, a walled garden, two detached stone built garages, outhouses and even a 100 meter archery lawn.
The rural village of Ellel has all the benefits of a quiet countryside location yet is also conveniently placed just 0.5 miles from the A6 and 2 miles from the M6. It is also just a short drive or walkable distance to the Lancaster University. 10 minutes away, the historic City of Lancaster offers something for all ages with an ever growing cultural and music scene, selection of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars and an established high street. For local amenities, the neighbouring village of Galgate offers a large supermarket, shops, cafes and a popular pub. Families will be delighted with the choice of local schools and the property sits within the catchment area for the Lancaster Boys and Girls Grammar Schools. The private in-out drive sweeps through the front garden, bounded by colourful shrubs for an enticing welcome up to the front of this impressive home. The garden room is split in two, opening into a useful entrance porch area perfect for storing coats and shoes. This then leads into the main living area of the garden room, offering a full aspect over the front garden. Original stained glass double doors open up into the entrance hall of the Victorian side. This striking space is a testament to the rich history and wealth of features the property offers. Setting the tone for what’s to come, there are high ceilings with detailed coving and a chandelier set within an intricate rose, deep skirting and original Victorian minton floor tiles. An inner hall leads to the cloaks room with separate WC, a pantry and there is access to the two room cellar and wine store.
The first of the reception rooms is the drawing room, a grand principal reception space with high ceilings and near floor to ceiling sash windows that allow for plenty of natural light and a beautiful aspect over the front garden. There are a rival of features to enjoy, from the large brass chandelier to the original wooden open fireplace with intricate carved detailing with a beautiful metal fender. The dining room is equally impressive, suited to entertain large parties again mirroring the drawing room with impressive original features, parquet wooden floors and a triple aspect of tall sash windows. Leading into the original side of the house into the homely country style kitchen which offers generous proportions suited to a stately home. There are a range of traditional wooden units and work tops, a belfast sink, freestanding central island and integrated double fridge freezer. The floors a finished in quarry tiles and original mullioned windows offer a view over the rear. Immediately adjoining is the back kitchen/ utility with a further range of units and space for an additional oven, fridge freezer, washing and dryer.
The original staircase grandly leads up from the entrance hall to a half landing where there is an impressive stained glass window. The landing then splits off into two directions. Firstly into the Georgian side of the house that would make for a fabulous guest suite with a double bedroom, airing cupboard and bathroom with separate WC. The staircase continues up to the Victorian first floor landing, offering all the character expected from a home of this period with high ceilings, coving and deep skirting.
There are a further three double bedrooms here, each offering unique aspects and character with decorative fireplaces and fitted storage. This includes the impressive master suite, a magnificent and spacious double bedroom with three tall sash windows looking out over the front garden and rich wooden floors. Upon entering the bedroom you pass by a fantastic dressing room with period fitted wooden wardrobes and drawers, created from a former bedroom. There is also an elegantly presented ensuite with a corner shower and freestanding claw foot bath.
The 1.69 acre grounds surround the property creating a private haven bounded by fields. An in out graveled drive leads up to the property and continues around to a sizeable parking area and two detached garages. A natural attraction for the local wildlife the gardens are a mix of manicured lawns, rose beds, ancient trees and vibrant shrubbery. A stream runs through the garden, with two pretty bridges leading over to the part walled garden with an array of stocked flower beds and two monkey puzzle trees. There is also a stone built outhouse here that would make for a fabulous summer house. Thought to be the former lodgings of the gardener, there is even still a small fireplace within. A gate within the tall stone wall leads to the 100 meter archery lawn, a long stretching space shielded by tall trees and rhododendrons. Thought to be a favourite hobby of Sir Lancelot Sanderson, original arrows have been found and displayed within the property along with a selection of history and other artifacts.
DIRECTIONS Exit the M6 at junction 33. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto the A6, signposted Galgate/Lancaster. Continue on the A6 for approximately 1.4 miles. going through Galgate traffic lights. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right onto Hazelrigg Lane and continue for approximately 0.5 mile and then turn right onto Chapel Lane. Ward House can be found approximately 0.2 miles down on your left hand side.
SERVICES Mains water and gas
Septic tank drainage
COUNCIL TAX BAND Band G