Fine and Country Lancaster
Fine & Country
19 Castle Hill
West Lodge, Aldcliffe, Lancaster, LA1 5AS
- Sought After Aldcliffe Location
- Five Bedrooms
- Detached Family Home
- Extended Over Time
- Uninterrupted Views To The Lune Estuary
- Originally Built in 1887
- Beautiful Walks From The Doorstep
- Private Driveway
- Detached Double Garage
- Boasting Character & Charm Throughout
Located within the popular hamlet of Aldcliffe just 1.5 miles outside of the City of Lancaster, West Lodge presents an exciting opportunity to acquire one of only a few of the original properties of The Aldcliffe Hall Estate. Surrounded by the local countryside, offering an uninterrupted view to the Lune estuary, this beautiful 5 bed detached family home offers light and airy accommodation that includes a modern dining kitchen and four separate reception rooms. Originally built in 1887, West Lodge was initially occupied by one of the agricultural labourers on the estate, later becoming the residence for the gardener. The property was sold for the first time in 1954 and has since been extended in various stages to include the more recent extension of the garden room and beautiful ensuite master bedroom that offers the greatest view of the sunsets over the Lune estuary. The property has been within the same family for nearly 45 years and has been immaculately maintained and updated during this time. The surrounding gardens are surprisingly generous, offering a fantastic space for families to enjoy, complete with a large vegetable plot, various fruit trees and bushes and a lovely neat lawn that looks out over the rolling countryside beyond. There is also a private drive with parking and access to the detached double garage.
Aldcliffe is a popular hamlet located on the East banks of the River Lune, boasting a beautiful countryside setting that is surprisingly only 1.5 miles to Lancaster City Centre. A number of lovely walks can be enjoyed right from your doorstep down to the beautiful Lune Estuary and to the canal. The City of Lancaster benefits from a well established high street with an ever growing cultural and music scene. There is excellent choice of schooling in the area including the renowned Lancaster Boys' and Girls' Grammar Schools along with the award winning Lancaster University which is just a short drive away. For those in need of commuting further afield, Lancaster train station is a ten minute walk, offering quick commutes across the country with direct lines to London in 2 ½ hours. Access to the M6 is also located just 3 miles away.
Accessed via the quiet country lane of Aldcliffe Hall Lane that continues to lead down to the estuary, the private gravelled drive to the front of the property affords parking for up to three vehicles and also gives access to the detached double garage. The characterful exterior of the property gives note to its Victorian heritage with a new in keeping stained glass entrance door set under the original 1887 date stone. Within, the entrance hall boasts high ceilings that extend up to the first floor and also provides access to a useful understairs storage cupboard. Further cloaks space is available in the very handy 'scullery' which offers multi-use as a cloakroom and storage area with access to a separate WC.
Within the original part of the historic home sit two reception rooms, the beautifully presented formal dining room and the study that would have been the original kitchen. The dining room is filled with natural light from the large bay window that looks out over the front and features a reclaimed Victorian fireplace. The living room forms part of a later dated extension and offers a large reception space with a triple aspect that affords a beautiful view of the surrounding fields that extend right out across to the estuary. The position and view from this room means you can enjoy beautiful sunsets over the open fields throughout the seasons. For winter time, the open fireplace creates a cosy atmosphere, set within a feature stone surround. The adjoining garden room was added in 2005 and creates a fantastic and relaxing space from which you can enjoy the garden aspect, with French doors opening onto the paved patio of the garden. It is also large enough for dining furniture, a fantastic option for Christmas Day. The original window and exposed stone surround has been retained, a lovely feature and testament to the heritage of this home. Leading on from the garden room you enter into the modern dining kitchen that was updated 4 years ago. A lovely, bright and welcoming heart to the home, there is space in here for a dining table for a more informal setting where the family can regroup at the end of a busy day. The cream gloss units are finished with contemporary stainless steel handles and appliances include a NEFF double oven, grill, a 4 ring induction hob, integrated fridge and freezer and there is also space for a washing machine and dryer. The sink enjoys a lovely garden aspect extending over the fields and there is external access leading to the rear garden. The kitchen in turn leads into the study where you will find the handy scullery room. A lovely inglenook has been created in here from a former original window space.
The stairs lead up from the entrance hall to the first floor landing. In total there are five bedrooms on offer, three doubles and two singles. This includes the beautiful master bedroom extension added by the owners 16 years ago. The dual aspect enjoys enviable views that stretch out across the open countryside to the Lune estuary. A lovely aspect that also floods the room with natural light. The ensuite comprises a corner shower with hand basin, WC and a large velux window. Each of the remaining bedrooms offer good proportions, with the original master double bedroom enjoying a front aspect to give an uninterrupted view to the famous smugglers walk leading from the estuary. The family bathroom comprises a fitted bath and built in shower, even this room offers a stunning snapshot of the rolling countryside. There is ample storage space found across the property by way of fitted storage cupboards and two part boarded loft spaces.
West Lodge sits within a generously sized private plot that backs on to the rolling countryside beyond, creating a private haven that all the family will enjoy. From the front, wildflower and shrubbery borders create a lovely first impression. The lawn begins to the side of the property, wrapping around to the rear. There are a selection of fruit trees and bushes dotted throughout the garden giving a ripe supply of apples, pears, plums, cherries, rhubarb and red currants. There is also a large vegetable plot and greenhouse ideal for those looking to create their own allotment, a beautiful chance for children to grow their own produce. The paved patio at the rear affords space for alfresco dining furniture and seating areas to enjoy the lovely rural view. Practically, there is a coal store and garden shed along with the detached double garage accessed from the private gravelled driveway.
All Mains Services Connected
Central Heating: Gas
Council Tax Band: E
EPC Rating: D
Directions Heading around the Lancaster one way system, at the junction heading into the centre or veering left up to Pointer roundabout, continue straight onto Aldcliffe Road. Continue along Aldcliffe Road for approximately 1 mile and then turn right onto Aldcliffe Hall Lane. The property is located further down on your right hand side.