Fine and Country Lancaster

Matthews Benjamin Lancaster Office

Address:
Fine & Country
19 Castle Hill
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 1YN

Telephone:
01524 380560

Email:
sales@fineandcountry-lakes.co.uk

For Sale

Westwood, Westbourne Drive, Lancaster, LA1 5EE

£850,000 Guide Price
  • Ref: 830636
  • Type: Semi-Detached House
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Reception Rooms: 4
  • Council Tax Band: G
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Property Features

  • Prime location for city living
  • Substantial and impressive
  • Rich in Victorian period features
  • Gardens provide privacy and parking
  • Three beautiful reception rooms
  • Kitchen open to fabulous garden room
  • ‘Back’ kitchen, utility, cloaks, cellars
  • Seven double bedrooms
  • Three bath/shower rooms
  • A wonderful family home

Property Summary

Substantial and impressive, a fine late Victorian residence, largely unchanged in architectural terms since it was built in 1890 by the developer of neighbouring properties for his own private residence. It has been respectfully upgraded and a garden room extension added alongside an open plan kitchen, which extends the living accommodation out into the rear garden and provides a wonderfully sociable living space – perfect for everyday family life and wonderful if you enjoy opening your home to friends.

Full Details

Substantial and impressive, a fine late Victorian residence, largely unchanged in architectural terms since it was built in 1890 by the developer of neighbouring properties for his own private residence. It has been respectfully upgraded and a garden room extension added alongside an open plan kitchen, which extends the living accommodation out into the rear garden and provides a wonderfully sociable living space – perfect for everyday family life and wonderful if you enjoy opening your home to friends.

Set back behind a deep front garden and thus affording a degree of privacy rare in such a central location, Westwood occupies a prime position in one of Lancaster’s most desirable and quiet residential addresses. Being within walking distance of all city amenities including the railway station, schools and shops, it is an exceptionally convenient and accessible place to live and enjoy a city lifestyle.

Whilst in many respects this is a true period piece, rich in architectural details with plentiful original features, it has all the appointments necessary for modern day living. An entrance vestibule opens into the staircase hall, there are three reception rooms, a kitchen opening into a garden room, an original ‘back’ kitchen, utility and cloakroom. A range of useful and substantial cellar rooms provide excellent storage. On the first floor there are four double bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms. On the second floor, three further double bedrooms, a box room and bathroom.

Outside, gardens surround the house to three sides. The front garden is well stocked and screens the house from quiet and elegant Westbourne Drive. The private driveway offers parking for several cars, the side seating terrace is an absolute sun trap and the back garden envelopes the garden room and creates a lovely leafy outlook from within.

In short, a prime period house in a premier location – highly recommended for those seeking a large house with the convenience and amenities of a city centre lifestyle.

Vendor Insight

When we first viewed Westwood we felt it had “good bones” and we loved the scale of the house with all its original features. There have only ever been four or five owners since it was built and so not a tremendous amount had changed over the years.

Over the last twenty years this has been a wonderful and much loved house for our family. We have enjoyed entertaining family, friends and colleagues here; over the years we’ve hosted wedding celebrations, parties for special occasions, many a barbecue and every year on Christmas Eve we hold a traditional candle-lit Swedish dinner for the whole family.

Our children had friends who lived out of town and so our house became a hub for them after school and at weekends; somewhere they could all get together – we often had a house full and many sleep-overs.

Location

Within the Cannon Hill Conservation Area, leafy Westbourne Drive offers the best of both worlds and provides an attractive balance to life. All that the busy and bustling city of Lancaster has to offer is within walking distance and yet returning home there is a sense of peace and tranquility that pervades this smart and highly respected residential area.

Lancaster has wide appeal for all ages with an established cultural and music scene, excellent schools, a wide selection of restaurants, cafes and bars offering cuisines from around the world, a good range of high street and independent shops mainly located with the pedestrianised centre, a twice weekly market, a comprehensive provision of professional services, two universities (Lancaster and Cumbria) and good healthcare provision with both private and NHS hospitals in the city.

Centrally situated, Westwood is convenient for those working at the universities and hospitals and is within walking distance for children attending the Grammar Schools or Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy.

Whether you need to travel for business or love to get out and about for pleasure, transport links are to hand. Importantly, the train station is within walking distance and has regular services to Manchester, London Euston and Edinburgh on the main West Coast line. If travelling by car, access to the M6 is either at J34 (where there is a convenient Park and Ride facility) or J33.

Vendor Insight

It’s a lovely quiet place to live. We are surrounded by greenery and hear the birds and owls, but within a short walk we’re right in the middle of the city. There are some great walks straight from the door - Fairfield Nature Reserve, Freeman’s Wood, along the canal and the river Lune from the quayside in both directions..

The location has been ideal for our family as the children could walk everywhere and then when they were old enough, the proximity of the station gave them great freedom and new opportunities.

Step inside

The owners tell us that it will be a wrench to leave Westwood and we fully appreciate why. It is an inviting, deeply charismatic and atmospheric period property, offering rare space and undeniable grandeur. With extensive accommodation laid out over four floors, it’s an ideal arrangement for family life where children can effectively have the top floor of bedrooms to themselves. Equally, it is the perfect house if you enjoy welcoming guests - the formal drawing room and dining room providing a real sense of occasion with the splendid proportions and fine period details. Deeply traditional in its layout, this is a substantial ‘four square’ house with generous and graciously proportioned rooms set over four floors connected by ample circulation space – a large hallway and spacious landings. It’s also a lovely light house, the front of the house attracts the morning sun which then moves round to the side terrace, sitting room, garden room and back garden for the afternoon and evening.

For those appreciative of period features, Westwood provides a taste of a bygone era with rooms boasting many hallmarks of the Victorian period. High ceilings, ornate moulded cornices still crisp in their fine detailing, ceiling roses and picture rails. Many of the floor coverings are original offering everything from Victorian tiling to exposed and polished floorboards.

There is an impressive selection of period fireplaces throughout the house - mahogany in the drawing room (said to be Gillows) with original hand painted tiles depicting pastoral scenes from the height of the romantic period, whilst the dining room mantlepiece is rouge royal red marble with a fire basket. The sunny south facing sitting room is a more informal room with a marvellous 1930s flame mahogany veneer fire surround with pastel coloured tiled insert and hearth. The former ‘back’ kitchen houses a high stone fire surround and whilst it is no longer in use it is flanked by the original and incredibly practical alcove cupboards and drawers. On the first floor, all four of the large bedrooms have period fireplaces and on the top floor, one of the three double bedrooms has a cast iron fireplace, presumably a former servant’s room.

Befitting the proportions of the rooms, skirting boards and architraves are suitably deep, internal doors are weighty, panelled and feature original handles, finger plates and ironmongery. The substantial staircase with elegant mahogany banister rises from the hall to the second floor, impressive in its proportions with a carpet runner secured with the original brass rods. Stone steps lead down to the cellar rooms.

Most windows are the original sash design, with double glazing in the extension. There is leaded and coloured glass featuring on the inner hall door and side panels and in the bathroom where the glazing is reminiscent of a sunrise, entirely appropriate as the bathroom suite is an authentic 1930s design in primrose yellow with the original vanity mirror and wall tiling. In addition to this absolute gem, there’s an adjacent modern second shower room with shower, plus a bathroom on the top floor and a ground floor cloakroom. Three of the first-floor bedrooms also have wash basins.

The present owners undertook a gentle remodelling at the rear of the house to provide a family friendly living space with a kitchen partially open to a light and airy garden room; it’s a successful configuration of space that provides room to cook, eat, chat and relax. The layout is sufficiently connected and open plan to be sociable but retains a degree of separation. Joiner made cabinets are bespoke and topped with granite worktops. The garden room is lovely by day, magical by night – especially for a summer dinner party. The pine floorboards have been given a Scandinavian look and lightened using a traditional lye finish to reflect light, there is wrap around glazing and French windows open to the garden. The outlook is surprisingly green; the lawn extending to mature and established planted borders with neighbouring trees providing a sense of seclusion.

All in all, an outstanding house, substantial, light and spacious and delightfully rich in architectural details.

Vendor Insight

The garden room is very much our ‘day room’ and it is also wonderful for a dinner party as candlelight reflects in the glass. We put our Christmas tree in front of the French windows for the same reason, so the lights reflect all around. We also much enjoy coming together during the evenings in the winter months around a fire in the very snug little sitting room.

Step outside

A deep front garden screens Westwood from this quiet street providing a rare and surprising degree of privacy and seclusion, unusual in a setting as central as this. Stone gate pillars sit either side of the entrance to the drive which offers parking for several cars. To both the front garden and the deep planted border that runs along the length of the drive are a variety of flowering and colourful shrubs including rhododendrons and a wide selection of acers. The boundaries and front elevation are adorned with a variety of climbing plants including honeysuckle and wisteria, clematis and a flowering hydrangea. Planted beds gently curve around the front elevation’s bay windows either side of the imposing front door.

In spring the garden awakens with a succession of snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils and tulips. Spring brings the blossom on a pair of cherry trees and another couple of apple trees. Primulas and violets follow with summer colour thereafter, including a wonderful array of heritage scented roses.

On the site of the former Victorian glass house there is now a sunny and sheltered terrace, a favoured place for sitting and eating outside. In spring there is an established camelia here, the crimson blossom providing a welcome pop of early colour. Two red grape vines grow in the garden, one believed to be original to the house and originally planted in the glass house. The grass under the apple tree in the back garden is left to go wild, primroses loving the shade. There are two ponds with thriving wildlife, an external boiler house and useful log store, a repurposed air-raid shelter!

Services

Mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. Gas fired central heating from a Hamworthy boiler in the external boiler house.

Directions

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Use Sat Nav LA1 5EE with reference to the directions below:
On the one-way system around Lancaster (A6/King Street), turn left onto Market Street (becoming Meeting House Lane) following the signs for the train station. Pass the station and continue onto Westbourne Road. Turn left onto Westbourne Drive and Westwood is the second entrance on the right.

Please note

Westbourne Road is unadopted; there is a charge of £60pa towards the upkeep.

Broadband & Mobile

Broadband
Superfast speed available from Openreach of 66 Mbps download and for uploading 14 Mbps.
Mobile
Indoor: EE, Three, O2 and Vodaphone for both Voice and Data all likely
Outdoor: EE, Three, O2 and Vodaphone for Voice, Data and Enhanced Data all likely
Broadband and mobile information provided by Ofcom.

Included in the sale
Fitted carpets (and staircase carpet runner), modern curtain poles and blinds, modern light fittings and those original to the house (in the drawing room and bathroom) and splash-back mirrors above wash basins. Available by way of further negotiation are the garden room Venetian blinds and the free-standing kitchen appliances (Stoves range with gas hob and ovens, washing machine and fridge). Specifically excluded from the sale are the curtains, antique curtain poles and antique light fittings.

Council tax band - G

Tenure - Freehold