Where is The Coach House?
Welcome to The Coach House at Fern Bank. This small, quiet cul-de-sac off Scotforth Road is one of Lancaster's finest addresses and home to many beautiful properties. But just behind a mature green hedge is a hidden gem. This is the Coach House and its tucked away position is just one of its many charms.
This home has an excellent position for easy access to the city centre. Lancaster's key employers are close by - namely the hospital and two universities. There are excellent local amenities within a short walk including a convenience store, bakery, pharmacy, wine shop and beauticians. Some of the city’s most sought after schools are within easy reach. For those who wish to commute, the train station is just 5-10 minutes by car, while Junction 33 of the M6 is 10 minutes away.
Pull up on the gravel driveway and park outside the large double garage. There is ample parking for several cars. Listen to the sound of the gravel as it gently crunches underfoot. Follow the path as it winds around the mature trees. This home is shrouded by greenery, every step you take gives you a different view as the home gradually appears in front of you.
Step through the glazed entrance porch. Hang up your coat, take off your shoes and step into the large dining hall. You are about to discover a home full of character as you can see from the exposed stonework and beamed ceiling in the dining room. Let’s begin by turning right into the main family lounge.
Glazed French doors open up into the bay fronted lounge connecting the two rooms and giving the home a very social feel. A key feature to this room is the almost floor to ceiling bay window which looks out over the beautiful gardens. A wood burning stove creates a warming focal point as the Autumn nights become cooler.
The kitchen diner
The kitchen diner is the real heart of the home with French doors that open out to the beautiful garden in front. This a true family-sized kitchen fitted with traditional units fitted and designed by English Hardwood of Carnforth. The kitchen may be something you wish to update, however, the units are solid, there is ample space to dine or even have an island unit. There is a black gas-fired Aga cooker and also a conventional oven and hob built into the units next to it.
The utility area and ground floor WC
Next is the 2nd hallway and this is where the home starts to become very versatile. To begin with a ground floor WC (ideal for visiting guests) and a spacious utility room are set just off. There is also access from the front garden into this hallway. Ahead is the "office".
The ground floor office / bedroom 4
How will you use the "office"? In the past it has been a treatment room. It could become a home office. It could be a guest bedroom or you could even create a self contained annexe for a dependent relative. It has beautiful garden views and access into the one of the most fabulous Victorian conservatories I have ever seen.
The Victorian Conservatory
The original conservatory was approximately 3 times the size of what stands today, however, its delipidated condition 30 years ago meant the current owners had to take it down. They lovingly rebuilt a smaller copy and incorporated the original Victorian cast iron brackets, fittings and decorations.
Today this beautiful space is not only used to grow house plants and a very productive fig tree, but also allows for morning coffee and lunch with friends to be enjoyed. It's an area which would appeal to artists and those that simply enjoy relaxing whilst reading a book feeling the warmth of the sun as shines through the glass. The conservatory leads through to the double garage.
The first floor
Take the stairs and head up to the first floor. The landing area is decorated in William Morris wallpaper. The first floor has 3 double bedrooms and a walk-in attic room which is used when extra guests stopover. It could also, easily be a hobby room.
All of the bedrooms are generous sized double bedrooms, the principal bedroom and also bedroom 3 have built-in wardrobes which were designed and installed by English Hardwood of Carnforth. Each of these bedrooms have views over the country cottage garden. The attic room is accessed through the 2nd bedroom. This would make an excellent teenage annexe where they could have their own bedroom and relaxation/study area.
The bathroom features a 4-piece suite in white which includes a separate shower cubicle and also a bidet. The WC is separate.
The gardens, double garage and parking
The gardens truly are the crowning glory at The Coach House. Not only do they give the home seclusion and privacy, but they also provide all-year-round interest with a matrix of rare and unusual specimen plants, shrubs and mature trees. Some plants have been purposely chosen for colour with a mix of green and red maples. Others are more architectural and have been chosen for their subtle variations of form and texture. The garden design invites you to move around it, as it cannot all been seen from one spot. You'll discover different places to simply sit, relax and enjoy.
The double garage has generous proportions and connects to the conservatory. There is a car maintenance pit, power and light and ample space to use this as a workshop. Adjacent is a store, a smaller workshop or potting shed.