Resting on a gated plot surrounded by 1.5 acres of pristine landscaped gardens, this supremely private detached residence is the perfect family home. Every detail of the 4200 sq ft interior has been carefully considered, with impressive living areas boasting expanses of glass providing an abundance of natural light and commanding aspects over the extensive lawns and lake.
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We asked the current occupant what makes Legh House such a special home
Tell us a little about you and the property
The property has fabulous mature gardens and ponds, it is in a wonderful position for easy access to Southport, Preston, Parbold and Bickerstaffe.
The property was first constructed in the 1960’s, originally built for Lord Lilford who owns a vast amount of land in the Tarleton Area. The rumour is that he never lived in the house, and actually ended up renting it out before finally selling it.
A very good friend of mine who was working as an apprentice mechanic, was called to the property in the mid-eighties to help the tenant at that time start his car, that tenant was Gary Lineker who was playing for Everton at the time, and had temporarily rented the property before purchasing his own.
Why was the property the perfect place for your family?
Our family purchased the property over 5 years ago, we made numerous renovations: from new heating as originally it was oil fired, to new rooms like en suites which have totally transformed the flow of the house.
I think one of the most important parts of the refurbishment was extending the garage into an attached ‘Annexe’ area, which is made up of a games room, 2 bedrooms and a shower/ toilet room.
Originally the only access to the ‘Annexe’ was to walk externally across the courtyard, so this has been a valuable change. Now our friends and relatives can sleep over in that area with complete independence and privacy from the rest of the house.
(Legh House - Pictured 1970 & 2020)
What is your favourite part of the property and why?
There are so many amazing parts of the property that it is hard to choose just one favourite!
We love the open plan living, it allows the house to flow well and means we can access the decked patio area with ease which allows for amazing views, on both ground and first floor!
We regularly have dinner parties and outdoor parties at the house, where we invite friends and family. We have a large gazebo that extends the already large games room which allows us to enjoy both outdoor and indoor entertaining at the same time, and gives us cover from the glorious English rain that we seem to get in our summer time.
The games room is also far away enough from the lounge, conservatory and main bedrooms, that we can entertain at any time and not disturb anybody else.
Does your property have any hidden or relazing spaces?
There are areas outside to the front and back that are completely private (in fact all around the property), and a bench under the willow trees to the far end of the large pond that is very relaxing, it is fabulous to sit and read there. Plus the grounds are so extensive, then you can follow the sun all day if that’s what you like.
What is there to love about the local area?
Within 5 minutes walking distance – We have the Legh Arms which is owned by the successful owners of the Hope Vine in Burscough, they serve fabulous food including Sunday Dinner and drinks. Plus it has a local bar where you can get to know people who live in the area.
In addition, there is the Village Hall, which has live sports, snooker, darts, pool and a wonderful function room.
In Rufford which is approximately 8 minutes drive or a nice 20 minutes bike ride, there are canal side cafes and pubs, but the jewel in the crown is definitely the nature reserve at Mere Sands.
Hidden off a small tarmac road off the main road into Rufford, is an unbelievable and beautiful nature reserve, where there is parking, numerous nature paths into the woods and the lakes, all of it inhabited by wildlife from birds, to wild deer.
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