‘Ashdale’ is a magnificent example of Victorian grandeur, situated on the outskirts the West Pennine Moors, in Darwen. Built circa 1871 and with many of the original features still prominent throughout the property, this captivating seven bedroom stone detached home, displays personality and plenty of period charm. Enjoying a commanding position with superb views and a plot of approximately 2¼ acres, including stables, paddock, stream, some woodland and gardens to all sides, this distinctive residence would be perfect for large or growing families, and for those requiring equestrian facilities. Words and photos simply cannot do this 19th century family home justice, and therefore viewings are strongly advised to absorb and appreciate the many exciting qualities of this alluring period home.
The property is located in a convenient position just two and half miles from the M65 motorway network, Entwistle reservoir and picturesque rugged West Pennine Moors countryside. The property is well placed for shopping facilities and amenities in Darwen and the neighbouring towns of Blackburn and Bolton. Darwen rail station can also be found just a mile away providing great commuter links to Manchester and the surrounding areas. Local schools at primary and secondary level can be found within a mile of the property.
An arched gothic door with covered entrance, leads into the most impressive of entrance hallways with original skirting boards and decoratively appealing floor tiles. An ornate staircase leads to the first floor level. Accessible off the hallway are the reception rooms and kitchen, and downstairs wc.
There are two large reception rooms currently being used as a dining room and lounge, which offers fantastic views over the gardens and fields beyond. Both rooms display period features with fireplaces and tiled hearths, covings, skirting boards indicative of the age and style of the property. The dining room also features an intricate ceiling rose with display cabinet incorporated into the fire surround. Both rooms have original Victorian wood flooring. All windows are double glazed.
Spacious fitted kitchen with a range of base and eye level units, with incorporated white goods to include dishwasher, fridge freezer, and Neff oven, grill, microwave, and four ring gas hob. Two double glazed windows overlook the attractive gardens to the rear. Ornate cornices keep the period feel running through this room, and timber double French doors open out onto the vast gardens. There is enough space within the kitchen diner to accommodate a dining table. Just off the kitchen is a sizeable utility area with sink basin and worktop space, with access to the cellars and door providing access to the rear garden. All windows are double glazed.
To the first floor level there is a substantial sized landing with three stepped windows to the front elevation and built in storage cupboard and access to four double bedrooms. Stairs to second floor landing where there are a further three double bedrooms.
First Floor Bedrooms
The master bedroom benefits from an en-suite bathroom and open feature fireplace with two double glazed windows to the front elevation, and fitted wardrobes. The second bedroom is also of generous proportions and has two double glazed windows to the side and front elevations. There is also a ceiling centre piece and sink basin. The third and fourth bedrooms overlook the rear and side gardens and both benefit from fitted wardrobes and desk areas. Stairs lead up to the second floor level where there are a further three double bedrooms. All windows are double glazed.
Bathrooms, En-suite and WC
Main bathroom with modern double glazed window with stain glass window, free standing bath, thermostatic shower cubicle with period style tiles, sink basin with oak vanity unit and tiled splash back, and radiator. Separate shower room featuring shower cubicle with electric shower unit with tiled splash back, vinyl floor, and double glazed window to front elevation. The en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom boasts a panelled bath fitted with jets and underwater light, low level wc, sink basin with vanity unit and wall mounted mirror. There are separate period mahogany casement wcs to the ground floor and a half landing off the first floor level. All windows are double glazed.
There are two large cellar rooms both with two sash windows, letting in natural light. The cellar is stone paved and also features a pantry area with stone shelves and storage cupboard. The central heating system for the property is situated in the cellar with a large combination boiler.
Gardens and Stables / Paddock
Expansive lawned garden areas to the front and side of the property. The front of the property features steps leading down to a level lawned area, upon which previously sat a tennis court. For horse enthusiasts or those requiring equestrian facilities, in addition to the paddock and stables, this area could feasibly turn into a menage. Another appealing feature for equine lovers is the immediate access to bridle pathways. To the rear of the property is a delightful garden area with a variety of shrubs and raised beds with stone gravel, with a pretty gated arched stone entrance. Adjacent to the rear garden is a raised level featuring a greenhouse. From the kitchen double doors open out onto a stone paved terrace, with a raised stone built fish pond. Mature trees ensure the gardens are well screened. To the alternate side of the property is a grassy lawned garden with a young monkey puzzle tree. The stables, just a stone's throw from the building are fully operational, of generous proportions including 3 loose boxes and large storage area which open up onto the grassy paddock, leading down to the stream and woodland.
Sweeping driveway with smooth tarmacked surface, comfortably providing off road parking for four vehicles. In addition to this is a parking bay for a few additional vehicles.
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