An extremely versatile package, Low Abbey presents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a fine, 17th century, stone built family home located in sought after location of Bay Horse; an enviable location surrounded by fields and the rolling countryside beyond, with great accessibility connections. Low Abbey has been in the same family for the last 40 years and certainly been well loved and enjoyed, although now in need of modernisation, the property offers spacious and flexible living accommodation that is rich in fine period features including original fireplaces and exposed beams. A total of three reception rooms accompany a good sized family kitchen on the ground floor. To the second floor there are five double bedrooms distributed across the split level landing and a house bathroom with two practical storage cupboards. The neatly kept gardens surround the property, extending to approximately just under an acre, providing a peaceful haven that is ideal for families. There is also an approximate 2 acre paddock, adjacent to the garden, which is perfect for those with equestrian or animal interests, with the additional benefit of a detached barn, now in need of improvements and repair.
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!
Accommodation The property is approached via private gates with a spacious drive which leads in turn to a double carport; ample parking in front of the house provides parking for several vehicles. Entering the property from the glazed porch into the hearty entrance hall which is currently utilised as a dining room; this is a versatile space in the centre of the house which immediately portrays character and charm. Practically, there is an under stairs cupboard and ample space within the entrance hall for hanging coats leading to a cloakroom, comprising WC and wash hand basin. To the rear, the living room is an impressive Victorian addition with high ceilings, triple aspect with deep sills looking out onto the tranquil surround, ceiling roses and an open fire sat on a slate hearth, a room for the whole family to enjoy full of history and charm. The cosy sitting room enjoys a lovely dual aspect outlook and the cast iron multi fuel wood burner, with an attractive surround, is ideal for settling down on winter evenings. In turn, this leads into the authentic farmhouse kitchen, a homely hub of the house comprising a range of wall and base units with island, plumbing for washing machine, space for fridge and ample space for comfortable dining seating. Adjacent to the kitchen is a practical pantry cupboard which houses the boiler and a great space for storage, conveniently, there is also a back door providing access into the garden – perfect for al fresco dining straight from the kitchen! To the first floor 5 double bedrooms are accompanied by a classic, Victorian styled house bathroom. Each bedroom enjoys unique aspects and generous proportions, one of which is currently utilised as a home office. The bedrooms and spread across the split level landing where there are also two storage cupboards, one of which houses the water cylinder.
Outside The outdoor space is tranquil and serene, and the garden enjoys an abundance of mature shrubs and native trees bordering Low Abbey. Attractive and well laid lawns surround the property, with a detached shed, green house and variety of vegetable plots which envelope the house. The gardens are also a natural home to a number of resident birds, visiting wildlife. The garden offers ample paved terrace areas ideal for outside entertaining, al fresco dining or just simply relaxing with family and friends. A large area suitable for parking outside the front of the house is available off the driveway and a spacious detached barn offers so much versatility and scope, including storage with the added benefit of a two vehicle car port. An orchard to the front of the property has pear, plum and apple trees and there are ornamental cherries by the roadside. The package at Low Abbey includes an adjacent 2 acre field, perfect for those with equestrian or animal interests!
Detached Barn The package at Low Abbey is extremely versatile and includes a detached stone built barn that is currently utilised as storage space to the ground floor, but has so much potential for scope for the discerning purchaser. This could present an exciting opportunity to convert into a beautiful barn conversion dwelling that would make for a lovely country home, or could even present opportunity for holiday letting, with the tranquil and idyllic setting on the doorstep, sure to prove popular. This of course would be subject to relevant planning consents. At present, the barn has been ideal for storage to the current vendors with two doors to the ground floor and an external door which leads to stairs at the side of the property allowing access into the first floor, which has in the past been let out as a two bedroom flat, although now in need of improvements and modernisation.
Services Mains water
Septic tank drainage
Tenure – Freehold
Council Tax Band - F