Welcome to Castle Park
Welcome to Castle Park - a beautiful Grade II listed home situated in a quiet area in the heart of Lancaster. This is one of Lancaster's heritage properties and a heritage plaque points out its history.
The property is placed opposite to the entrance of Lancaster Castle which is being upgraded to a tourist site. From the front rooms you see the oldest part of the castle, the John O’Gaunt tower, the green in front of the castle as well as Georgian houses and in the distance the Lune Valley / Forest of Bowland. The rooms at the rear overlook the private garden, the Storey Institute Garden and the roof tops of Lancaster. The neighbourhood regularly organises social functions.
It only takes minutes to walk to the pedestrian area of Lancaster, to the train station, to Dallas Road Primary School and to the Girls’ Grammar School.
The history of 24 Castle Park
The property was built in the 1760s. It is a Georgian building, presumably built by one of the trading families in Lancaster involved in trade in the triangle Africa, America and Lancaster. It was then owned by the architects Austin and Paley who are famous for building churches in the region, for example Lancaster Cathedral (their design is recognisable by the exceptionally pointed towers). It was in the early 1980s that the building became privately owned as just 4 individual apartments.
You know immediately that this home is going to be special. The original solid wood, painted red, Georgian front door sets the tone. Look up to the right and you'll see the heritage plaque which lets you know a little about the home's history.
As you step inside the main entrance hallway, note the original stone paving slabs and the detailing with the original cornicing and moulded arches. The stairs ahead lead up to the upper floors. Straight ahead a door leads out to the courtyard and walled garden.
Step inside this duplex apartment
Enter into the welcoming hallway and straight away you'll notice just how light it is due to the fully glazed entrance. It has been designed not just to flood the hallway with light but also take in the views this city-centre residence has to offer. The original wide floorboards flow throughout the home; these have all been recently sanded and resealed. Beautifully cared for original doors lead through to all the rooms.
The living areas
This apartment is exceptionally versatile. However, the main living areas are to the right of the hallway.
The spacious lounge to the front has perfect castle views. The Georgian windows all feature window seats and working shutters. The walls feature a polished plaster finish, giving the apartment an almost rustic Italian feel. The original floorboards with their honey tones add a feeling of warmth, along with the traditional coal effect gas fire that sits centrally along one wall. From the lounge, there is open access to the kitchen. This adds a social feel for those that enjoy to entertain and allows the views and natural light to be enjoyed all day.
The kitchen has been bespoke designed to the owner's own specification. The free-flowing design was planned with the cooker central to the room to allow for conversation to be enjoyed whilst meals are being cooked. The solid wooden work surface in front of the window was carved to allow the views over the gardens to be enjoyed as the food is prepared or simply to sit and perch, enjoying a cup of coffee.
The bedrooms and bathroom
Set off the central hallway there are 3 further rooms. Originally designed to be bedrooms, the versatility of this apartment means they could easily be used as additional reception rooms or as larger grand studies. The two larger bedrooms feature the wide original floorboards. The bedroom to the rear has a beautiful outlook over the garden. The two bedrooms to the front both have perfect castle views, window seats and working shutters.
The grand attic room
How would you use this attic room? Would it be a master suite, a home cinema room, a wellness area or a place to work from home?
Measuring over 32 ft long and 27ft wide, it is quite possibly one of the largest rooms we have seen and the space to rival any New York Loft room. Used currently as a master bedroom (it also has a large dressing room and ensuite bathroom), this fabulous room has a stunning beamed ceiling with 5 double glazed Velux windows set into the roof. The stone wall has been exposed, adding to the original character of this 18th century home.
The courtyard and walled garden
Step outside and into the garden. The courtyard is shared between the four apartments. The garden beyond is privately owned and maintained along with the owner of apartment two. This is a slice of heaven in the city centre. The garden is secluded as the high walls give it shelter and privacy. It is a garden which attracts wildlife and is something of a rarity in the city.
The management company
The property is Freehold, managed by the company 24 Castle Park of which the apartment owners have 2 shares each. Each owner pays £100 per month for general costs ( insurance and repairs ) and for improvement of the general areas.