A riverside setting
Mill Lane is in a lovely setting in the Lune Valley village of Halton. The village itself offers local amenities, a community centre, local pubs, and its very own doctors' surgery, post office, and pharmacy. Thanks to the new M6 link road residents find it easy to travel near and far, with easy access to Lancaster, Morecambe and the Lake District. For those who like the outdoor life, there are riverside walks and a cycle path close to hand that can take you directly to the city of Lancaster or out into the Forest of Bowland, which offers a wide variety of wildlife.
About this eco home
Mill Lane is a stunning family home set on the riverbank at Halton. This is a unique opportunity to live in an award winning eco home that has been built to ‘Passiv House’ standards with an A+ EPC rating. This combines year-round comfort with low energy usage in such a way that your energy bills will stay low even if national fuel costs rise in the future. All Passiv homes are built with a southerly aspect to make the most of harnessing the solar rays of the sun. Because of this the house is cozy all year round and has an extremely low carbon footprint.
Mill Lane is a stylish home. It's a modern property set over 2 floors with open-plan living that creates a social feel. It's a home that is light and airy. Natural oak flooring flows throughout the ground floor and is complemented by solid engineered oak internal doors. The staircase is made out of solid oiled redwood. All of the windows and glazed doors are triple glazed. Heating and hot water are provided by the Lancaster Cohousing's district heating system which generates hot water from a highly efficient wood chip boiler in the mill building supplemented by over 50m2 of solar thermal collectors and delivered through insulated pipes to each property.
There are just six riverside homes that make up Heron Bank, all with private gardens and off-street parking. This is a unique opportunity to buy a home that combines the comfort and energy efficiency of an eco-house, with the peaceful natural surroundings of Halton.
The ground floor
As you enter this home from the main front elevation you will find yourself in the kitchen area, which has a bright and airy feel to it. Buyers will see that the kitchen has been fitted with a stylish range of units. There is ample workspace thanks to the solid 40 mm thick Beech surfaces for those who love to cook. The kitchen has been fitted by Howdens. There is space for your white goods along with a built- in electric fan oven, an induction hob and an extractor canopy above.
To the left of the main entrance is the utility room/ground floor WC. This is also where the silent MMVR (the heat exchange system) unit is concealed. This is the key to energy efficiency, as it continuously replaces the air throughout the home keeping it airy, and during the colder months it transfers the heat energy from the outgoing to the incoming air keeping the house warm.
The ground floor offers an open area where you can both relax and dine. This area looks out over the rear of the home onto your private garden that faces south. The flooring on the ground floor has been laid with an engineered solid oak floor. Just imagine sitting down with your family and friends or during the summer months, why not open up the triple glazed door and let the fresh air in from the garden.
The first floor
As you walk up the beautiful staircase you will see that the owners have installed a bespoke bookcase that has its very own library ladder for you to use it to its full potential.
The master bedroom is to the rear of the home and has a great aspect looking out towards the river thanks to the Juliet balcony that can be accessed via a triple glazed door.
The room has been decorated tastefully and has ample space for all the furniture you would expect to have. The second bedroom is to the front of the home and is once again large enough to accommodate a double bed if required. This room also doubles up as a study at present and looks out over the front of the development.
The third bedroom is back to the rear of the home and is a rather spacious single room that buyers will no doubt appreciate. We love the outlook towards the river and the trees, which attract plenty of wildlife for you to watch.
The bathroom has been fitted with a contemporary suite featuring an acrylic eco-comfort contoured 140-litre bath that offers a shower above from the mixer taps. There is also a hand washbasin and a highly water-efficient WC with a concealed cistern.
The garden and private parking
The home features its very own parking space to the front of the home along with a secure space to store your bicycles away if you so wish. The front offers a low maintenance area and there is access to the home from the triple glazed front door.
Once you are round to the rear of the property you will discover a well-maintained and low maintenance garden area that all the family can enjoy. Thanks to the south facing position you can enjoy the summer sunshine all day long. This would be the perfect space for you to maybe even grow your own fruit and veg if you so wish. Gated access leads out to a grassy pathway which then offers steps down to the riverbank which is the perfect space for you to set off on a small boat or canoe if you like.
About Lancaster Cohousing and Halton Mill
31 Mill Lane offers you a unique proposition. You can live here as a normal resident and simply enjoy the benefits living in an eco home brings.
Alternatively, you can opt to embrace the cohousing way of life and apply to join Lancaster Cohousing at any time. The choice to apply or not is yours. See www.lancastercohousing.org.uk for full details of this project.
Halton Mill, a converted historical mill built in the late 19th Century, is situated on Mill Lane and owned by Lancaster Cohousing. It is a low carbon venue offering hot-desking, offices, studios, and workshop space plus meeting, teaching and rehearsal space for rent. The current owners rent an office in the building. There are a range of social events and classes available at the mill, currently including yoga, art, pottery and jewelry making. For more information see www.haltonmill.org.uk
Extra useful infomation
- This home was built in 2013
- It was built by the Lancaster co-housing scheme, however, it is unique in that the owner/resident as the option to apply to opt in or out of the co- housing community by way of membership.
- It is an award winning Passiv home with exceptionally low energy bills approx £250 p/a
- The home has exceptional insulation throughout and an A+ EPC rating.
- Your electric is supplied from the Halton Lune Hydro, which is connected to the national grid to supplement the electricity supply when necessary.