Where is Waterside Farm?
Waterside Farm is nestled in the open countryside just a short drive south of the historic city of Lancaster. It is one of just 5 barn conversions built-in 2003 by the renowned builder Mick Stainton under his Hay Carr developments brand. Residents enjoy the serenity countryside living brings along with easy accessibility to the city centre and areas key employers.
Lancaster Golf course is almost on your doorstep. In fact, the 6th hole and 7th tee are adjacent to this home's private orchard. Live here and there is also easy access to the M6 ( Jct 33 is approximately a 2-mile drive ), ideal for those that need to regularly commute.
Sought after schools are in the catchment area ranging from the Boys and Girls Grammar Schools and the highly regarded Ripley St Thomas. The city centre itself offers a wide range of independent shops, wine bars and popular restaurants.
Open the solid traditional front door and step inside into Waterside Farm. Take off your boots and hang up your coat in the spacious welcoming hallway. To the left is the study, ideal for those who work from home or an academic that likes somewhere to keep all the books. Set off the hallway is the ground floor wc and a large walk in cupboard - this is the perfect place to keep your wine collection.
The ground floor living
French doors open up to the large, sociable living room. How many homes can boast of a living area with such grand proportions? How many homes have the space to house a baby grand piano? The lounge has simple decor in crisp white with striking deep red feature walls. The vaulted ceiling is bound to impress, the large wall allowing for stunning artwork to be displayed and thus becoming a talking point. The lounge features an inglenook fireplace complete with an inset multi-fuel stove. Imagine cosying up around a roaring fire during the colder winter months. From the lounge, french doors open to a glass roof terrace.
The dining area is open plan to the main living area. This area will easily take the largest of dining tables, enabling families to gather and dinner parties to be enjoyed.
The kitchen and utility room
Step through to the bespoke, hand crafted kitchen. The traditional solid shaker style cabinets are hand finished in ivory. Cabinets are plentiful providing ample storage. Granite work surfaces top the base units and central sits the range master cooker. This is a true chef's kitchen with ample preparation space and a range of built in appliances. The washer and dryer are kept out of sight, in the purpose built utility room. The kitchen also offers the space for families to enjoy more relaxed, causal dining.
The first floor bedrooms and bathrooms
Head back to the hallway and take the solid wooden staircase to the first floor. This level is home to the 3 double bedrooms including the master suite where we will begin.
The master bedroom is a spacious double room, complete with an ensuite shower room and walk in dressing room. This is a luxurious room, with a fabulous view looking out over the open countryside.
Next are two further double bedrooms, both have simple fresh decor in neutral shades, both have velux windows.
The family bathroom features a 4-piece suite which includes a roll top bath and a double walk in shower cubicle.
The top floor bedroom and ensuite
The top floor plays host to the 4th bedroom. This could, of course, become the master bedroom as it too has a ensuite shower room.
The gardens, paddock and orchard
Step outside and into the private gardens of Waterside Farm. Take a moment to listen to the peace and quiet. This really is a garden to relax in.
A large york stone paved patio wraps around the rear and side. A glass-roofed veranda allows for alfresco dining - whatever the British weather. Mature planted borders and surrounding bushes and trees provide ample privacy and attract a variety of visiting wildlife. Whilst we were there, a male woodpecker visited the bird feeders in the garden. The patio extends into a lawned garden with a paved walkway leading to the double garage.
Next is the orchard, which in many ways has been made into an extension of the garden, complete with a wooden play structure with swings and slides. The apple trees are plentiful. Neighbouring the orchard is the paddock. This could easily be made into a market garden or would be of interest to families with a pony or alpaca.
The double garage
Waterside has a larger than average double garage complete with an electric up and over door. This garage has space to not only park your cars but also space to store bicycles, even has a small workshop area. The garage naturally has power and light.
There is also parking for 2 vehicles directly in front of the garage and 2 visitor spaces outside the front door.