This Grade II listed 5-bed house in Scotforth blends original features with contemporary living. With 3 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, a cellar, and a south-facing garden, this property offers ample space. A detached barn adds versatility. Don't miss the chance to own a piece of history in this desirable area. Arrange a viewing now!
Scotforth, South Lancaster
Today Old Hala Farm sits on Hala Road in the highly sought after residential area of Scotforth on the south side of Lancaster close to all local amenities. Booths supermarket is just across the road and within walking distance are a variety of local shops and businesses. Scotforth is only a five minute commute to Lancaster University and the M6 motorway junction. Lancaster city centre with a whole host of amenities from theatres and cinemas to independent retailers and historic public houses is easy to access. Lancaster's major hospitals are also easy to reach from this location. It really is all on your doorstep at Old Hala Farm.
Welcome to Old Hala Farm
Above the stone door step and impressive front door the stone lintel reads EM IM 1698. In 1698 Scotforth was very different and Old Hala Farm sat alone, a detached and relatively isolated rural Farmhouse with farm yard and barn behind in what was then the hamlet of Scotforth. The farm was owned by John and Elizabeth Mackerell, hence the M in the date stone. The farm was extensively re-modelled in 1850. Step inside and you will find this Grade II listed property retains all the charm and character of that detached farmhouse whilst offering the space and situation perfectly suited to a modern family. This truly is the best of all worlds. In front of you an impressive arched Georgian window occupies the southern wall. Spanning three floors this window baths the house in natural sunlight. The central staircase winds up to the top floor displaying superb craftsmanship and there is a solid stone flagged floor at your feet.
On the ground floor you will find three reception rooms each with their own function and each packed full of charming character details. The front lounge, as with the other rooms, has shuttered windows and a traditional pine door. The exposed beams have a timeless appeal and the open fire with it's traditional fireplace is a real focal point. There are alcove cupboards to either side of the chimney breast. The dining room has an exposed stone fireplace and engineered wood flooring. Again with window shutters, beams and an alcove cupboard. The deep stone walls mean the option of window seats throughout the ground and first floors.
The kitchen opens to the private rear garden. It is a good sized kitchen with integrated appliances include the hob, oven and microwave. A Velux window ensures a light, bright space and a charming cottage style window looks out over the garden. The owners have recently installed a new back door. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a separate laundry room with handy WC. The house also enjoys a cellar.
Let that beautiful staircase lead you up, enjoying views over the garden on the way. On the first floor are three generous bedrooms and a beautiful bathroom. The current owners have re-decorated the house throughout with Farrow & Ball Heritage colours, the perfect palette for this house. The two front bedrooms have window seats, cast iron fireplaces and exposed beams. The main bedroom has the original floorboards exposed and in great condition. At the back is a third double bedroom looking out over the garden. There is a window seat and exposed beams. The bathroom is styled with a free standing roll top bath and cast iron Victorian styled radiator. Recessed spotlights highlight the exposed beams. On up to the second floor, pause on the half landing to admire the arched top of that large Georgian window.
The second floor opens up to the lofty ceiling heights and the central area is a superb play space or snug. There are a further two bedrooms on this floor, one of which is used as an office and finally a stylish and recently installed shower room perfectly in keeping with the character of the house. Stylish fittings include the radiator with towel rail and an Edwardian wash stand plumbed with basin and chrome mono tap. Feature tiling to the large shower enclosure completes the look.
The Next Chapter
With a history dating back to 1698 you can be sure there will be many stories for you, as the new custodians, to learn. The Farmhouse from 1600's later became a Coach House and has been referred to as the Gatehouse to Lancaster. Reputedly Lord Nelson may have stayed here with Lady Hamilton. One thing we can be sure of is that this generous and inviting home will be the perfect host to hold your future family stories and memories safe for generations to come. Welcome home!