Converted in the 1960's, East Winds is a very special and versatile detached family home situated in the sought after village of Caton, surrounded by the rolling countryside and over looking the Lune Valley. The property will suit a wide range of buyers who are searching for an intelligent design and layout with family entertainment and enjoyment in mind by way of an open plan arrangement to the first floor; in order to appreciate and capitalise on the fabulous position and views this property boasts. There are a total of four bedrooms to the ground floor along with a spacious games/play room and a further bedroom to the first floor where the living space can be found. Many original features have been retained within the property including beautiful exposed stone wall detailing, which runs throughout. With plenty of space for alfresco dining and barbecuing, the glazed balcony looks out over the gardens and benefits from the most stunning views of the Lune Valley and beyond.
For those in search of a rural idyll, the location of East Winds in Caton village cannot be bettered.The village sits at the northern edge of the Forest of Bowland AONB and the property is situated within a small cluster of historical buildings dating from the 17th Century, accessed via a private lane. The outlook from the rear of the property overlooks the stunning open countryside of the River Lune Valley, yet it is within a short level walking distance of the varied village amenities. Caton is a thriving village served by two pubs, a Co-op store, GP surgery, pharmacy, several churches, garage and vets, to name but a few. The central Village Hall is a lively hub hosting many clubs and activities for all ages. There are two village primary schools (OFSTED – Good), and Caton is within the catchment of the renowned Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Lancaster Girls Grammar School (both OFSTED – Outstanding). Situated 4 miles East of the historic City of Lancaster, major motorway and rail networks are easily accessible. London Euston 2½hrs; Manchester 1hr; Manchester International Airport 1¼hrs; Glasgow 2hrs. Heysham Port (for Isle of Man, 10 miles) JMW Turner was captivated by the beauty of the Lune Valley, painting in several nearby locations on his travels exploring the North West of England. These days, leisure time travelling to the nearby Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks and the beautiful Morecambe Bay coastline can be merely for the pleasure to be had or, for the more energetic, in pursuit of the many and varied sporting activities available. From the doorstep of East Winds however, it is but a short distance to the Millennium Cycle track, a former railway which links to the National Cycle Network, thereby making the campuses of Lancaster and Cumbria Universities, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and the City centre, easily commutable.
Approached through the glazed porch area which is spacious and practical with ample space for hanging coats, this in turn leads into the main entrance hall; a bright and spacious area with a vairety of attractive features including high ceilings, wooden beams, stone flagged floors, exposed staircase with glass balustrade and exposed stone wall detailing with an attractive log burner. This welcoming approach certainly sets the tone of what is to come within this hidden gem! The entrance hall provides access to the cloaks area, the perfect space tucked out of sight for hanging coats and perfect for muddy boots. An integral door leads into the spacious double garage which is a fabulous addition and provides plenty of storage with two electrically operated roller doors.
There are four bedrooms to the ground floor, one to the front and three to the rear; one of the rear bedrooms enjoys the benefit of an ensuite shower room whilst the other has the luxury of an external door leading out onto the patio garden area and the third being a spacious double. The property offers a good range of storage throughout and a practical storage cupboard is the ideal linen space. The family bathroom is spacious and practical, comprising a spa bath, shower cubicle, WC, bidet and a range of storage units and benefits from underfloor heating. Conveniently located, the utility, which also has underfloor heating, is positioned to the ground floor with external access to the side of the property; this spacious area has a range of fitted base units, sink with drainer and plumbing in place for washing machine and tumble dryer. A principal and extremely large reception room is positioned to the front which is currently utilised as a games room, but is an extremely versatile space and could be a further bedroom if so desired.
The staircase leading to the first floor is a true feature to East Winds, as soon as you reach the open plan living area, you are immediately greeted by spectacular far reaching views over the Lune Valley through the bi fold doors and ample windows which flood the entire room with natural light. The open plan accommodation is positioned to the first floor to obtain the splendid views and has been designed with entertaining in mind, there are ample areas for comfortable relaxed seating whilst enjoying a large fire with exposed stone detailing surround and dining space adjacent to the kitchen. The garden room is spectacular, the views are unrivalled and the bi fold doors provide access onto the glazed balcony area from which to enjoy the great outdoors. The kitchen area is practical and compact with a range of wall and base units, integrated dishwasher and ample space in the centre of the room for relaxed seating. Off the main living area, there is a study which over looks the front of the property, but could easily become an additional bedroom if required. Conveniently, there is a WC and wash hand basin.
East Winds is extremely versatile and has the additional benefit of a guest suite on offer to the first floor, which could also provide dependent relative accommodation or a teenage wing to the house. Additionally, it could also easily be utilised to provide a larger family home. A cosy living area with exposed stone wall detailing and a beautiful window seat from which to enjoy the beautiful views. A modern and practical kitchen has a good range of base units, sink and drainer, oven, hob and a large window which over looks the side of the property. The double bedroom is attractive and retains the original exposed stone wall detailing whilst enjoying an open view over the front. The modern shower room comprises a shower cubicle, WC and wash hand basin. Additionally, there is a linen cupboard which houses the water tank and has fitted shelving, perfect for storage.
Outside The generous mature gardens at East Winds have been well maintained and loved over the years, providing some fine colourful shrubs all year round. The garden is enclosed and private and has an array of well planted mature shrubs and trees and is bounded by an attractive stone wall. The fields and rolling countryside in the backdrop creates a beautiful outlook to enjoy whilst al fresco dining from the patio area or stunning elevated balcony.
Directions Heading along the A683 into Caton from Lancaster, continue onto Lancaster Road. At the mini roundabout take the first exit onto Station Road. Continue onto Ball Lane and take the 1st left turn. East Winds is the middle property directly infront.
Services All mains services connected
EPC Rating: D
Council Tax Band: G