Where is St Mary's Parade?
St Mary’s Parade is, without a doubt, Lancaster's most prestigious address. Set in the heart of Lancaster, within the Castle Precinct, this is a home which can truly boast having a castle as its next door neighbour.
Surprisingly peaceful, this leafy setting offers an ideal lifestyle for executive families who love to entertain and appreciate pristine architectural living. St Mary's Parade is, after all, Grade II listed and is set in Lancaster’s conservation area which protects the beauty of the area.
Live here and you are just a few minutes stroll from the city centre, home to popular eateries, wine bars, traditional pubs and independent shops. Lancaster train station is just a few minutes away - ideal for those commuting by rail.
There are also some beautiful walks right on your doorstep. Venture up the steps that lead to the priory church and follow the footpath down to St Georges Quay. Walk along the Riverside and you are soon heading into the open countryside as you stroll towards Glasson Dock.
Step inside, through the original, solid front door which leads into the hallway. Stop to admire the beautiful parquet flooring. What will strike you straight away is just how bright and light this home actually is. It used to be two separate dwellings, however, in the 1920s, it was cleverly converted into the grand home it is today. The house was re-modelled to create an elegant staircase and spacious landing areas to each level, and each landing has a lovely window seat where you can curl up with a book whilst you admire the castle views. Look up from the downstairs hallway and you can see up to the top floor.
The ground floor
Turn left into the first of the reception rooms. Imagine entertaining family and friends in this fabulous room. A wood burning stove is set back into the chimney breast - ideal for those cooler winter months. The built-in cupboard dates back to when the home was first built. Close the original wooden shutters and you are soon hidden away from the world.
Next is the dine-in Siematic kitchen. Designed and installed by Mark Leigh Kitchens of Lancaster, this contemporary kitchen becomes the hub of everyday family life. Sleek grey units afford ample storage space and are topped with an American Cherry solid wood work surface. The integrated appliances are all NEFF and include a 5 ring gas burner hob. There is the space to casually dine and enjoy a morning coffee around the kitchen table.
Tucked away, out of sight and set just off the kitchen is your useful utility room – perfect for keeping your laundry out of the way. There is also a ground floor WC.
The first floor
Take the bespoke staircase up to the first floor, pause for a moment to admire the castle view.
The owners have chosen to create a spacious first-floor living room. Given the outlook, we can understand why. However, this could also be a 4th bedroom, depending on how you choose to live in this versatile home. This spacious room runs the entire length of this Georgian home. The original wooden flooring adds warmth to the room. A cast iron stove is set back into the chimney breast. Look out to the front and you have views of both Lancaster Castle and the Priory.
Next on this level is one of the 3 double bedrooms. The sunshine yellow feature wall will make you smile. Bespoke, handmade, floor to ceiling wardrobes have been built along one wall creating ample storage.
The upper floor
The outlook this home offers gets better each floor you climb. Take a look at the Castle and Priory from the landing area and master bedroom, or why not look out over the rooftops from the rear – you have views of Ashton Memorial. Book lovers will appreciate the handmade built-in bookshelves. Academics might even consider using the landing area as a home office.
The master suite follows the same footprint as the lounge below, spanning the length of the home. It's a peaceful room and one with a view. Turn right and walk through the dressing area into your ensuite shower room. How many period homes can boast of this?
The 3rd double bedroom has so much character. The honey-toned floorboards feature as does an original cast iron fireplace. This room also has bespoke built-in wardrobes.
The family bathroom was designed and installed by the Bath House of Lancaster. The voluminous handmade bath was designed to specifically fit into the alcove and features a stylish waterfall tap. All of the hi-quality fittings in both the bathroom and ensuite are Hans Grohe.
The walled courtyard
Step out to your private walled courtyard. Enjoy alfresco dining in privacy. Why not create a cottage garden and grow your own fresh herbs? After all with such a fabulous kitchen you'll be wanting to test your culinary skills.