For many, the dream of living within a barn conversion is the ultimate aspiration, with few homes able to match their awe-inspiring levels of character and charm. This simply outstanding semi-detached example could make that dream a reality for one fortunate buyer, offering an all too rare opportunity to own a home full of history and heritage and positively overflowing with magnificent features, including extensive exposed beams, exposed brickwork, vaulted ceilings, underfloor... More
For many, the dream of living within a barn conversion is the ultimate aspiration, with few homes able to match their awe-inspiring levels of character and charm. This simply outstanding semi-detached example could make that dream a reality for one fortunate buyer, offering an all too rare opportunity to own a home full of history and heritage and positively overflowing with magnificent features, including extensive exposed beams, exposed brickwork, vaulted ceilings, underfloor heating throughout and a delightful open fireplace. This beautiful home has no doubt been the subject of many a wistful stare by admiring passers-by, its attractive rustic façade charming the heart and soul with a mere glance. We are certain that this fabulous property cannot fail to impress even the most discerning of acquirers, with our clients having gone to great lengths to sympathetically blend the old and the new harmoniously, and so from this remarkable building which was originally designed for function over aesthetics, a supremely elegant and charming home has been created, offering all the modern appointments required of a property in the 21st century, whilst retaining the rustic accents which acknowledge its past and provide that much desired originality. The property integrates seamlessly within the beautiful village of Croston, widely acknowledged as one of the finest country retreats West Lancashire has to offer and this home is situated along a quiet lane close to its heart, Finney Lane being one of those aspirational spots held in particularly high regard, the reasons for which could not be demonstrated any better than the breath-taking countryside in which it is enveloped, as well as the nearby 15th century cobbled Pack Horse bridge which crosses the River Yarrow, an image which is synonymous with the village. The area offers a quality way of life, with a lovely community feel which can be experienced within several welcoming public houses and eateries, as well as highly regarded local primary and secondary schools which are a big draw for families and conveniently close at hand. The railway station is also similarly accessible, which will be ideal for those who have a daily commute to consider, ensuring this tiny corner of Lancashire has much to offer every generation. The accommodation itself is thoughtfully arranged over three inviting levels and is beautifully presented throughout, with light-filled living spaces and a neutral standard of décor which compliments the characterful interior perfectly. Extending to in excess of a most impressive 3,285 square feet in total, the accommodation briefly comprises of: Ground Floor: entrance hallway, cloakroom/WC, lounge, dining room, family/cinema room, breakfast room, kitchen and utility room. First floor: four bedrooms, play/store room, en-suite bathroom and family bathroom. Second Floor: bedroom. One enters via the welcoming reception hallway with its useful built-in cloaks cupboard and two piece cloakroom/WC, and is immediately in a state of impress, the gorgeous Oak spindled staircase drawing the eye up to the upper floors, the beautiful galleried landing and magnificent vaulted ceiling with its exposed beams creating a simply outstanding first impression and really setting the tone of what is to come. One proceeds through into the 17’ main lounge, situated to the rear of the property to take advantage of the direct access to the garden via the bi-folding doors and dominated by the delightful feature stone fireplace with its open grate, which conjures images of frosty winter evenings, relaxing with a glass of wine listening to the crackling of the fire. The 14’ dining room is situated to the front elevation, with full height floor to ceiling windows, which are sure to be a talking point during those intimate evening soirees, whilst more informal dining can be accommodated within the breakfast room, with its exposed brickwork and built-in bench seating for those swift bites to eat before the school run. The 22’ kitchen and breakfast room flow seamlessly through into the 14’ family/cinema room which contains a fully fitted 84” drop down cinema screen and built-in 7.1 surround sound speakers, creating that much desired wonderfully sociable open plan space which is so popular in modern day living, again with direct access to the rear garden via bi-folding doors, ensuring this property has the optimum layout when hosting those more populous gatherings, with guests able to spill out onto the garden. The kitchen with its handy separate utility room is fitted with a range of two tone wall and base units in Oak and cream, with a central island unit and contrasting black granite work surfaces, whilst there are a host of integrated appliances, including Rangemaster-style cooker with extractor hood, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and instant boiling water tap. If one ventures up to the first floor, the characterful landing provides access to four of the bedrooms – three doubles and a good-size single, including the fabulous 12’ master bedroom, which is reminiscent of a boutique hotel room, complete with a walk-in wardrobe, a sumptuously appointed four piece en-suite bathroom and a spindled staircase leading up to a 12’ mezzanine, which would be an ideal spot in which to place one’s bed, or create a dressing or study area. Bedroom four provides access to a further 13’ room, which could be utilised as some useful storage space, or perhaps a perfect play space for the little ones. The first floor is completed by the main family bathroom, which is fully tiled and fitted with a contemporary three piece suite in classic white, comprising of close-coupled WC, vanity wash hand basin and panelled bath, whilst to the second floor, another 12’ bedroom will be revealed, complete with built-in eaves storage, which will be ideal for an older child who requires some privacy or perhaps a studio or hobby room. Externally, the low-maintenance shingled frontage provides an abundance of off-road parking facilities, as well as providing access to the detached double garage, which not only provides secure off-road parking and an abundance of storage, but which also benefits from a first floor 18’ office space, accessed via an external staircase and dissected by charming roof trusses, which will be ideal should one require some space in which to work from home, having been beautifully fitted out with bespoke Neville Johnson furniture. The rear garden with its large lawn, mature woodland and well-stocked borders is a real joy and a peaceful haven in which one can relax away the stresses of the day, the beautiful adjoining countryside feeling like an extension of one’s garden, with one able to enjoy the wonderful privacy from the stone flagged patio area, no doubt with a relaxing glass of wine or a romantic setting for a spot of lunch. There are also sheds providing useful storage facilities. This beautiful property is sure to be in high demand, providing an easy option for those looking for a home into which they can simply move in their belongings, sit back and relax in their new serene surroundings. We would, therefore, highly recommend an early inspection to avoid missing out on such a unique opportunity and to appreciate all of the charm and character on display.