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 outstanding Grade II listed semi-detached example could make that dream a reality for one fortunate buyer, offering a rare opportunity to own such a home at an affordable price and having no doubt been cast many wistful stares from admiring passers-by, its attractive rustic façade charming the heart with a mere... 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 outstanding Grade II listed semi-detached example could make that dream a reality for one fortunate buyer, offering a rare opportunity to own such a home at an affordable price and having no doubt been cast many wistful stares from admiring passers-by, its attractive rustic façade charming the heart 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, including a characterful fireplace, latched doors, gorgeous exposed beams and stunning vaulted ceilings. 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 right at its heart, Town Road being one of those aspirational spots held in particularly high regard and which could not be demonstrated any better than the breath-taking uninterrupted view of St. Michael's and All Angels' Church to the rear, an image which is synonymous with the village, as well as the nearby 15th century cobbled Pack Horse bridge which crosses the River Yarrow. The area offers a quality way of life, with beautiful surrounding countryside and a pretty village green, whilst there are several welcoming public houses and eateries, as well as highly regarded local primary and secondary schools close at hand, all of which are within a short stroll. The railway station is also similarly convenient, 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 extends to circa 1,120 square feet in total and is beautifully presented throughout, with light-filled living spaces and a neutral standard of décor which compliments the characterful interior perfectly; entering via the entrance porch, which provides some useful storage space, before proceeding through into the spacious 15’ kitchen/diner with its spindled Oak staircase to the first floor, which offers a really sociable hub of the home style feel – ideal when one has friends over for dinner. The kitchen is fitted with an extensive range of quality high-gloss wall and base units in cream, with complimentary laminated wooden work surfaces and equipped with a number of integrated appliances, including Rangemaster cooker with extractor canopy, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and wine cooler. The adjoining 15’ lounge exudes a real feeling of tradition and heritage, with an almost tangible warmth, aided by the boundless features, such as the beautiful beamed ceiling and stunning brick-built fireplace with its all-important solid-fuel burner, which conjures images of frosty winter evenings huddled around a roaring fire, whilst in the summer months, one can fling open the French doors onto the garden and admire that delightful view of the church. To the first floor, the state of impress continues with the wonderfully spacious 16’ master bedroom, with its magnificent vaulted beamed ceiling emphasising the feeling of space and the dual aspect windows affording a great deal of light. A bright second bedroom is also located on this floor, as is the very well appointed family bathroom, which is fully tiled and fitted with a four piece modern suite in classic white, comprising of WC, vanity wash hand basin, free-standing bath and separate shower cubicle. From the landing, a ladder-style staircase provides access to a useful attic room, presently utilised as a third bedroom, but which affords a great deal of flexibility. However, should this only be required for occasional use/storage, one could install a more conventional loft hatch/pull-down ladder style arrangement, with the removal of the then unnecessary wall creating a far larger second bedroom. Externally, the property benefits from off-road parking facilities to the side for two vehicles, which is a major benefit for the location, whilst the rear garden is a lovely oasis in which to relax, being mainly laid to lawn and with well-stocked borders. The paved patio provides an ideal spot for those summer barbeques, whilst there is a brick-built outbuilding and a shed, both of which provide some handy storage. This unique property is sure to be in demand and we would highly recommend an early inspection to avoid disappointment and to appreciate all of the charm and character on display.