Hala Road is in the popular area known as Scotforth in the South of Lancaster. This area includes a variety of shops and petrol stations along with a children's play area and Booths supermarket. This road is also within the catchment area of several good local schools.
This location is ideal for those who work at Lancaster University or in the city centre, as there are good transport links, with regular buses from the University to the city centre throughout the day. The M6 motorway is only a short drive away along the A6.
This particular home was built in 1698 on what would have been farmland and the home is believed to have been known as the gatehouse to Lancaster whilst the barn to the rear would have been used as the coach house.
The history of the home
This property dates back to Georgian times and is believed to be one of the oldest homes in the Lancaster area. The lintel above the main front entrance dates it all the way back to 1698 with the initials above standing for John & Elizabeth Mackerell. The Mackerells ran a farm with approximately 25 cattle and 50 sheep as well as growing their own crops whilst a successful relative of theirs founded a successful malting company in Lancaster.
This home is rumoured to have been visited on occasions by the great Lord Nelson and the beams you see inside this stunning home today are said to have originated from the decommissioned Galleons which were linked to the Spanish Armada. This very home is rumoured to have been where Lord Nelson had his secret liaisons with Lady Hamilton./
Ground floor areas
The main timber doorway opens directly into a welcoming hall which has retained its original stone flagged flooring and the historic beams which instantly makes you feel like you are stepping into a very special home. From here access can be gained to the stairs and also all the ground floor rooms with the first of the three reception immediately on your left hand side.
The first sitting room you will be enticed to enter is a delightful space where you will be happy to sit down and relax after a long hard day. The main focal point of the room is an open, working fire complete with a beautiful surround. The original beams are also a fantastic feature and will certainly impress buyers. The window at the front has retained the original shutters and looks out onto the front of the home.
The next room we would like to show you is the dining room with its exposed wooden floor. This south facing room has a lovely bright and airy feel thanks to its position and really is the perfect space to enjoy a home cooked meal with your guests when you invite them around to sample your culinary skills.
The third reception room is a further sitting room which has will more than likely be your favourite room to sit and relax in. This spacious living room has a feature multi fuel stove to the centre of the room which really will create a cosy, warm feel in the evenings when you cosy up in front of the telly. Once again, the exposed beams feature in this room which really help create a wonderful character feel.
Also on the ground floor there is a generous sized kitchen which has a great range of built in storage available and space for all the white goods you will need. Both the oven and hob are integrated which is completed with an extractor fan above. From the sink area there is a pleasing aspect out into the rear garden whilst a stable style doorway will provide access out to this space also. Ezxtra light is also obtained from the double glazed Velux window to the rear of this beautifully presented room.
The ground floor also features a three piece shower room which will no doubt come in handy. The room has been fitted with a walk in shower cubicle, a hand wash basing and wc. The final doorway which the hall offers, once open, will lead you down to the small but very useful cellar space which will be perfect for all your storage needs. This is also where the boiler is fitted and has both power and light.
First & Second Floors
As you get to the top of the first flight of this Georgian staircase you are greeted by the main family bathroom just on your left hand side. This rather stylish suite has been fitted with a free standing roll top bath which helps to add a little character to this contemporary style suite. The room has been partially boarded to dado height and there is a Georgian style window to the rear elevation which has an original style cast iron radiator.
Even the first floor landing has a beautiful feature which is the large window you will see as you turn around on the first floor landing. This not only creates a lovely welcoming feel in the hallway but helps to allow the light to simply flood into the landing area which really complements the soft, neutral tones the owner has chosen.
The largest bedroom on this floor would be used as the master in many homes however there is a larger room up on the second floor. This double room looks out over the front of the property and has been carpeted in a neutral fashion which complements the decoration. The second double bedroom on this floor is a similar sized double room which again looks out over the front of the home. This room actually features the original exposed flooring and the stone inglenook fireplace to the centre of the room.
The final room on the first floor before we venture up to the top level could accommodate a double bed if needed however is currently used as a very spacious single room. From here there is a beautiful aspect looking out over the gorgeous rear garden. All three bedrooms on this level also feature the original style shutters on the windows so there is no need for any curtains.
Up on the top floor
As you reach the top level there is a vast open space full of light and space thanks to the dual aspect to both the front and rear of the home. This area allows access to all the rooms which the owner has created. This was once, one large open plan area but the owner has cleverly and sympathetically created three bedrooms and yet retained the large open plan space at the top of the stairs which could be used as a work space or home office.
The master bedroom has a feature exposed stone wall along with several beams to boast so this room is full of character. There is also a very bright and airy feel thanks to the dual aspect over both the front and rear of the home from the Georgian style window at one end and the more modern double glazed Velux to the rear. This room also has access to storage space in the eaves.
The second and third bedroom on this level also feature the exposed beams as you would expect by now. A double bedroom looks out over the front of the property whilst the smaller bedroom used as a single has a Velux to the rear of the home. All three bedrooms on the top floor have been decorated in neutral tones which will suit most buyers requirements making it ideal to add your furniture straight i with no works necessary.
Gardens and Barn to the Rear
It is not until you enter the rear garden that you realise just how much space there actually is with this home. In fact the garden is almost two separate section with a very secluded and private lawned area which come with a variety of mature trees and shrubs to add extra colour all year round. There is also a seating area which will be ideal to sit and relax during those summer months thanks to its south facing position.
The second part of the garden is even more spacious and has a further seating area, lawned spaces and access back out to the front of the home. Part of this space has also been used for off road parking in the past by the owners.
Finally, set in the grounds of your home is the Old Coach House which is a detached barn accessed from your garden. In the recent past it has been a Silver Jewellery Workshop but it could be transformed into; a second dwelling (subject to necessary planning application), an office or even an artist studio. There is so much scope with this area for you to change it to anything you would like. Maybe a home office, a kiddies den or simply just storage. This space actually had planning which has expired for five student dwellings.
A Spacious Home Full of History
Three Reception Rooms
Bathroom & Shower Room
Grade II Listed Property
Private Garden to the Rear
Separate Detached Barn at the Rear
Cellar Space for Storage
Loads of Charm & Character
This home showcases elegant historic features combined with contemporary touches. Built in 1698 this property is believed to be one of the cities oldest homes. This expansive residence offers 6 bedrooms, 3 receptions and even a detached barn which once had planning to the rear. The garden at the rear is lovely and private and viewings really are recommended to appreciate everything which is on offer!