3 Bedroom Detached House (Now Sold)
Hardhorn Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire
A character and substantial detached family home in a highly sought after residential area, close to excellent local schools, a short walk into Poulton-le-Fylde centre, yet enjoying seclusion and peace in a large private rear garden. Whilst enjoying the considerable benefits associated with all high-quality builds of the Edwardian era, the house retains much of its original charm with sympathetically-performed restorations and renovations, is airy, spacious, and light. High ceilings, original solid wood floors, yellow pine internal doors displaying rare doublepanel joinery specification, elegant ceiling mouldings, picture rails, and kitchen Aga give the residence its traditional atmosphere, with more recent improvements allowing a more contemporary feel. The comfortable accommodation is supported by three large double bedrooms on the first floor. An indoor swimming pool combines fun, sport & luxury, and is separate from the calm environment of a hardwood conservatory which lies adjacent to the tranquil sanctuary of a beautiful mature garden attracting an abundance of wild birds. Unlike many residences boasting this postcode, the property has not been structurally altered for over twenty years, and holds great potential for significant extension which, together with a loft conversion, would allow a home of considerable proportion, assuming planning permission is granted.
Externally the property to the front and side aspects are a light cream pebble dash above Accrington brick, with pleasing Cheshire brick to the rear. Driveways to the road, & also running along the front of the house, are imprinted charcoal concrete; overlying the drive area is a large carport, 9x2.9m, which leads to a single-skin garage of simple brick construction, 9.5x3m. A stored purpose-made blue/white tarpaulin can be used to screen off the carport area totally to the front, yet leave the area open to the rear of the property and garden. The front garden is small but would be very suitable for conversion to a drive-on/park/drive-out facility, a high fence ensuring privacy from the road. Attractive when viewed from the front, the property has a bay window to the first reception room, a bow window to the second, and a flat window to a further downstairs lounge area. All but one of the downstairs windows are hardwood manufacture, all but one of the upstairs windows are UPVC for ease of maintenance, and all are double-glazed.The property is fully and actively alarmed throughout.
External lighting illuminates a rain canopy overlying an attractive partly-glazed front door, a natural stone step leading into the entrance vestibule, 0.54x0.54m, with original mosaic floor and feature wall tiles, also containing shoe storage facility. A beautiful pine door with half-glazed etched and frosted glass opens inwards to a light and airy hallway with openings to the two main reception rooms and the kitchen. Corner stereo unit with under-floor wiring provides music to any or all of these rooms. The hall is an L-shaped 4.1x1.3m and 2.5x1m, leading to a pantry area 2.2x1.9m with additional under-stair storage area.
Reception room 1 has a bright and spacious feel, measures 5m into an elegant bay window, and is 4.36m wide. The ceiling benefits from graceful period crown mouldings and there is a simple but effective diamond within square ceiling medallion. Stripped pine floor complements restored original picture rail, and a wooden Adams surround frames a coal-effect living flame gas fire. Corner TV and home cinema features. Central ceiling and two wall lights.
Reception room 2 is comfortable, and full of character, measuring 4.7m into a distinctive bow window and 4.36m across. There is simple elegant crown moulding and again stripped original pine flooring. Adams surround with an open real fire over an old light grey slate hearth. Central ceiling and two wall lights.
Reception room 3 leads off reception room 2 and could be used for many purposes, eg downstairs study/office, dining room, arts and crafts room, or downstairs bedroom. Measuring 4.4x2.8m, it has a lower coved ceiling, rather more snug, and is a bright and cheery room with windows to front and rear aspect. Quality crown mouldings to ceiling with simple low dado rail to wall. Central ceiling light.
The kitchen has a lovely outlook onto the rear garden and measures 4.3x3.4m. ‘Karl Josef’ solid wood integrated units incorporating De Dietrich dishwasher, and Atag gas hob/ electric fan oven with extractor hood. Centrepoint is a classic two oven white gas-fired Aga, old but not ancient by Aga standards.. Ceiling spotlights and under-cabinet lighting. Tiled splash back areas, high quality tiles but now dated.
Leading from the kitchen through a wide archway, a breakfast/dining area is compact with low ceiling, and has light natural terracotta tiled floor and six built-in storage cupboards. A recently manufactured yellow pine door in the style of other doors in the house leads to a simple two piece downstairs bathroom suite, low level WC and pedestal wash handbasin in white porcelain. Fully tiled walls and floor, small obscured glass window, and central spot ceiling light.
Lockable sliding doors lead from the main house into a hardwood framed conservatory, 5x3.2m, simple ridge and rafter design, with toughened glass windows above renovated brick base, and roof is of triple bronze polycarbonate. The conservatory seems to pick up the wonderful colours of the garden and changes with the season, and the calmness of the garden extends into this room. Alternatively, it provides a fantastic experience in lightning, thunderstorms, and heavy downpours. French doors open outwards onto the patio, and slide doors lead from the side to access the swimming pool area. There is a useful adjacent fully tiled shower room off the conservatory.
The heated swimming pool is freshwater, illuminated by underwater lighting, and sanitised by simple chlorine/pH system. A new commercial-grade liner was fitted approximately seven years ago, the filter system replaced more recently still, and the pool has not been used for three years or so. There is a small mini-gym area at the poolside, and a large glazed structure houses the whole zone.
The garden is a delight, full of hidden avenues and corners. Although best in Spring, it has much to offer in any season. It is a peaceful and calm place to be, attracts all sorts of visiting birdlife, and is private and secluded even after leaf fall in winter. The secondary planting performed over ten years ago will allow for removal of the older overgrown trees at the very back of the garden, and allow more sunlight still, especially later on in the day. A central willow weeps over a pond, which has waterfall and fountain, there is a brick barbeque and two further alternative patio areas to enjoy, one under dappled shade, the other in full sun. The garden shed, although dismissed as derelict over twenty years ago, survives still, has been re-roofed, and is sound. Returning to the house, a spindle balustrade and hardwood handrail leads up to a roomy open landing flooded with light from a large window. There is laddered loft access above with good sized access door.
Three large double bedrooms each lead off the landing area, two to the front of the house, both measuring 4.4x4.3m, and one to rear overlooking the garden, 4.3x3.4m. Each of the bedrooms has high ceiling, picture rail, and all are bright thanks to large centrally opening UPVC windows.
Also from the landing leads a study, 3.3x1.4m, with computer point, desk, and bookshelf. Peaceful room, although could be developed to provide en-suite Jack’n’Jill bathrooms for the front bedrooms, or otherwise house permanent stairs to a potential loft conversion.
A good-sized family bathroom comprises corner bath, pedestal basin, bidet, and WC, with built-in cupboards. For practical purposes, a power-shower room leads separately from the landing. The loft is spacious and insulated.