6 bedroom detached house for saleForton Lodge, Ratcliffe Wharf Lane, Forton, Preston, Lancashire
STUNNING HISTORICAL GRADE II LISTED GEORGIAN RESIDENCE set in 2.76 ACRES or thereabouts.
Entered through attractive double gates the driveway opens out to reveal this imposing residence with FAR REACHING VIEWS across the Bleasdale Fells.
Forton Lodge boasts a wealth of character features, including high ceilings, coving, large bay windows, open fires, impressive reception rooms, a superb entrance hall and an unusual roof peaked with a central chimney block makes this stunning residence particularly alluring.Forton Lodge was built soon after 1801 by a Liverpool gentleman, Mr William Brade, who it is believed was a successful merchant or man of business and built the property as a summer residence.
From the drive, stone steps rise to the impressive front door. The front door opens into the entrance vestibule and stunning entrance hall beyond.
There are doors off to the ground floor accommodation and a superb staircase rises to the first floor. This space boasts character and really sets the scene for the property.
The drawing room is a bright room and benefits from an attractive open fireplace. A large bay window overlooks the grounds to the front and sides and French doors give access to the rear gardens.
The dining room also overlooks the front grounds. There is a parquet floor and a fireplace, along with library shelving. This room provides an exceptional spacious dining room.
Beyond is a games room which has a central roof light above and enjoys views to the front of the property. The layout of the reception rooms could create fantastic space to entertain.
The kitchen has a range of wall and base mounted kitchen units with a granite work surface over. There is a four oven oil-fired Aga which provides a homely feature in this room. There is a 1 ½ sink and the drainer is integrated into the granite.
The kitchen opens out into the breakfast room which has a feature fireplace and a built-in cupboard.
The beautiful staircase rises to the first floor where there are five bedrooms in total (one currently used as a study), a family bathroom and separate w.c.
The master bedroom is simply stunning and offers extensive views from the beautiful bay window. There is also a dressing room off the master bedroom which has the potential to alter to create en-suite accommodation, subject to gaining the necessary consents.
The sixth bedroom is provided on the second floor, along with another bathroom.
The house has the benefit of a 3 room spacious cellar and an attic space.
Externally, the property is entered via a gravel driveway which leads through to a turning-circle. There is a further tarmacadam drive which leads round to the side of the property where there is a
double garage and additional parking spaces. There are lawned and bedded gardens to the front and side of the property.
To the rear there are beautifully bedded formal gardens, along with a vegetable garden. The outdoor space to the rear has a patio area
and pizza oven ideal for outdoor entertaining. 2 stone outbuildings and a brick potting shed provide useful storage. Beyond the gardens there is an additional grazing paddock, which allows this property to be set in 2.76 acres (1.12 Hectares) or
thereabouts. The field is currently let on an informal Grazing Licence which we are informed by our vendors is terminable.
Positioned along Ratcliffe Wharf Lane, an extremely accessible location for those looking to access the A6 and M6 Junction 33, ideal for commuters, yet there are high levels of privacy at the property.
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