Located amongst the countryside of Ellel just 5 miles from Lancaster City Centre and close to the Lancaster University, High Abbey is a beautiful family home offering a rare and versatile package that includes a small paddock, stables, workshop and a dependant home office/ games room. Dating back over 150 years, High Abbey was believed to have been built for the gamekeeper of the Duke of Lancaster and has retained much of its character and charm. High Abbey is an attractive stone built detached home set within private grounds of approximately 0.4 acres; it now stands as an intriguing package that would be ideal for young families. With space for chickens, a small paddock and field surroundings, it is truly an idyllic spot that is sure to be highly sought after and enjoyed for many years to come. Within, the property offers charming aesthetics with three reception rooms and a traditional breakfast kitchen. To the first floor, there are four bedrooms of which the master bedroom is ensuite, and a family bathroom.
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 the doorstep. The nearby villages of Galgate and Dolphinholme provide an abundance of local amenities including shops and great country pubs. 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 (1 to 1½ hours). There is also unrivalled health care and schooling in the area, including Dolphinholme primary school and the renowned Lancaster boys and girls Grammar schools (within catchment) 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!
The private drive leads to both the front of the property and to the gate leading to the yard by the stables, all of which affords ample private parking for both cars and larger vehicles if required. An attractive stone flagged path leads along the front of the property to the entrance door which looks out over a neat front lawn. This stone built home has all the beautiful qualities of a period farmhouse, built in traditional stone, it sits beautifully within the country surrounds.
The entrance door opens into an entrance hall, further leading into a lobby where there is space for occasional furniture and a view over the front. From here you can access two of the reception rooms, first the lounge. A cosy space centred around an electric fire in a feature stone surround. Behind this is in fact an open fire so there is potential to reinstate this or install a log burning stove. Alcoves sit to either side of the fireplace with attractive beam lintels and further beams to the ceiling giving a charming and rustic feel to this characterful space. The second reception room is a large dining room that sits within an extension to the original property. An exposed stone wall and ceilings beams tie the two side of the house together seamlessly. This large space has plenty of room for formal dining furniture along with a selection of built in cupboards.
Leading off to the left of the entrance hall brings you into the homely dining kitchen where you are immediately greeted with a wash of warmth from the Rayburn stove. The stove is great for not only creating a homely atmosphere and cooking; it also heats the hot water and property. The kitchen is finished in a traditional shaker style with a double oven and space for a dishwasher. The Rayburn sits within a tiled surround and the tiled floors extend into an area for a more informal dining setting. A lovely, warm space to enjoy a morning coffee whilst looking out over the front lawn. From the kitchen, there is access into the garden room. This is a great additional space with beautiful views over the private rear garden and outbuildings that sit around the paddock. The tall windows flood the room with natural light, there is plumbing in here for a washing machine and access into a useful ground floor shower room. External access is afforded onto the large stone flagged patio which is perfect for opening up in the summer time and enjoying some alfresco dining.
The staircase leads up from the entrance hall, opening out onto a galleried landing that leads throughout the first floor accommodation and affords access to a built in storage cupboard and loft space. The four bedrooms presently comprise of a home office with built in storage, one a single bedroom with lovely front views and again built in storage, a double bedroom benefiting from a front view over the fields and finally, the beautiful principal bedroom. Enjoying generous proportions and tall vaulted ceilings, this space was created within the later dated extension and includes a dressing area with built in wardrobes and an ensuite shower room. The family bathroom includes a fitted bath with a shower over and large shelved airing cupboard. There are beautiful features even in here, with a mirrored enclave with stone sill and a wood beam above the mirror of the sink.
The outside of High Abbey is what comes together to make this such a unique and intriguing package. To the front, the private drive affords ample parking to the front of the property whilst also branching off to lead through a gate to the courtyard at the back of the stables. This is perfect for larger vehicles such as a horse trailer. The front lawn and stonework create a beautiful first impression as you lead up to the entrance. To the rear, there is a large stone flagged patio that is perfect for barbecuing and outdoor dining, leading onto a neatly kept lawn. You then lead down to the fenced paddock which is surrounded by the selection of outbuildings. The first consists of two large garden stores, one of which is suited for the storage of sit on lawnmower, and a large room previously utilised as a games room that would be the dream set up for any teenager. It would however also make for a fantastic home office and includes a separate WC. The second collection of outbuildings formerly made up a detached garage however has now been converted into the use of stabling. There are currently two bays suited to a horse and small pony however it could be set up for three smaller bays. Adjoining there is a secure tack/ store room that leads into a large workshop with access on the yard at the rear. The secure paddock amounts to approximately 0.14 acres and includes a wooden shelter. There is even a secure fenced off space formerly utilised for chickens, so this is really a great package for those families looking to enjoy a taste of the true countryside idyllic.
Mains Services: Shared Septic Tank Drainage
Heating: Oil Heating
EPC Rating: E
Council Tax Band: E
Directions: Head south out of Lancaster town centre along the A6; at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Greaves Road and continue along the A6 for around 2miles. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Preston Lancaster Road for around 1 mile before turning left onto Cockerham Road and High Abbey is the first property on the left hand side....Read full description