- Stone built, C1800’s detached former farmhouse
- Excellent potential for improvement and renovation
- Detached stone barn with planning for conversion
- Set in a total of twenty-three acres of agricultural land
- Farmhouse offers three spacious reception rooms
- Well-appointed, good-sized breakfast kitchen
- Four double bedrooms to the first floor
- Family bathroom and en suite to master bedroom
- Oil fired central heating and partial double glazed
- Gated private driveway setting with ample parking
- Surrounding gardens with superb pastoral aspects
- Close to motorway network and commuter routes
Having excellent potential for improvement, this handsome, stone-built former farmhouse, dating back to 1800’s, is positioned down a private driveway and offers uninterrupted views over farmland to the rear. In one family’s ownership since 1955, the farmhouse accommodation comprises three generous reception rooms, a spacious breakfast kitchen, four double bedrooms, bathroom and en suite to the master bedroom.
In addition, the property comes with an adjacent stone-built barn having planning consent for conversion to a four-bedroom detached dwelling with separate access road, and the site is set within some twenty-three acres of agricultural land.
A painted, oak panelled front door opens into the split-level hallway which features an exposed stone wall, has a sash window to the front and is lit by a pendant light. A high-level cupboard houses the energy meters and doors off lead to the three reception rooms and breakfast kitchen.
A glazed door opens to the generously sized dual aspect sitting room with windows to the front and rear. The focal point of the room is the stone briquette open fire surround and hearth with television point alongside and two radiators supplement the warmth when needed. There is a timber feature wall and a built-in cupboard for guests’ coats.
A glazed door opens to the staircase and a further door and step-down gives way to the principal dual aspect lounge having two side windows and French windows to the rear patio with wall lighting in place for evening time. Exposed ceiling beams are on display and the sandstone ingle fireplace with oak surround has more recently housed an electric fire and a power point is set within. A television point is positioned alongside and there are two central heating radiators for chillier times.
The good-sized dining room has been positioned in close proximity to the kitchen. It has a sash window to the rear, a radiator, two wall lights and a pendant light suspended above the table space.
The spacious, fully tiled breakfast kitchen has a double-glazed window to the side and a door to the rear. The kitchen has been fitted with a light oak range of cabinets having Formica worksurfaces over which incorporates a two and a half bowl stainless steel single drainer sink unit and mixer tap. Also inset is a four-ring halogen hob with canopy extractor fan over and an eye-level double oven and grill close by.
There is an integrated automatic dishwasher, plumbing for a washing machine and space for a fridge freezer. Six spotlights are inset into the pine clad ceiling and a radiator warms the room.
The staircase rises and turns to the L-shaped first floor landing, passing a side window along the way. There are two built-in linen cupboards, two pendant lights and a small loft hatch.
A step leads down into the master bedroom with two side windows enjoying amazing and far-reaching rural views. The vaulted ceiling has exposed beams which support two spot lights in addition to the four wall lights for illumination. Fitted wardrobes line two walls and have timber sliding doors with brass cup handles and there is more than ample room for super king-sized bed and drawer banks.
The adjoining fully tiled en suite with circular window also has an exposed beam with spot-light attached and a wall light, and is fitted with a three-piece suite comprising shower cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin and close coupled w.c. plus a radiator.
A step leads up to the dual aspect bedroom two, another very spacious room, with sash windows to the front and rear. Again, the vaulted ceiling has exposed beams and a pendant light and there is space for a choice of furniture.
Bedrooms three and four both overlook the rear of the property, have pendant lights and radiators and the latter has a built-in wardrobe with sliding doors.
The fully tiled family bathroom has a Kind Truss across the ceiling and a sash window to the front. The coloured three-piece suite comprises a panelled bath with Mira shower and protective screen over, a low flush w.c. and a vanity set wash hand basin whilst a white ladder heated rail is on hand to warm the towels.
In one family’s ownership since 1955, the farm was previously owned by the Bankes family of Winstanley Hall and was included in the sale of Winstanley Estate properties in 1951. This charming property is accessed via a five-barred gate to a lengthy pebbled driveway which leads to the farmhouse, the barn and the fields beyond. The driveway cuts a path between the farmhouse and an elevated frontage which is set behind a dry-stone wall, is laid to lawn which is dotted with evergreens and rhododendron bushes. Stone steps with cobbled insets descend to the flagged frontage and front door and a flagged perimeter path encircling the whole property
The rear garden has stone flagged sun terrace with fabulous rural views over the adjoining farmland and further afield including the Billinge Beacon. Just beyond a clematis-laden windbreak wall is the lawn area which is dominated by a magnolia tree and is surrounded by a dry-stone wall and herbaceous border. The flagged perimeter path leads to steps rising to a gravel area planted with hydrangea shrubs and alongside is a rendered outhouse with latch doors to a bin store and separate w.c.
In addition, Plane Tree Barn is a handsome, stone-built barn with slate roof, and sits alongside the former farmhouse and has been granted planning consent for extension and conversion to form a generously spacious residential dwelling.
The proposed accommodation within the barn includes a spacious entrance hallway with staircase rising to the first floor and cloakroom off, a principal lounge with fireplace, a study/home office - much sought-after in these times - a contemporary L-shaped open-plan living-dining-kitchen and an adjacent good-sized utility room. From the dining area, bi-folding doors open to a partially enclosed al fresco dining and barbecue area.
To the first floor is galleried landing giving way to the four double bedrooms – two having the benefit of en suite facilities – and a family bathroom.
The proposed total floor area of Plane Tree Barn is 237 sq.m (2551 sqft) with ground floor measuring some 153 sq.m (1647 sq.ft) and the first floor measuring 84 sq.m (904 sq.ft).
Externally, there is an attached double garage and parking for numerous cars on the cobble sett parking area and private driveway which is reached via its own gated access from Crank Road. Extensive gardens are placed to three sides of the residence and, owing to the slightly elevated and tranquil location of both Plane Tree Farmhouse and Plane Tree Barn, the aspects are simply magnificent.
Both properties also occupy an enviable location between the villages of Orrell and Billinge and are easily commutable to Wigan, Ormskirk, Liverpool and Manchester as well as the excellent motorway network.
The area is renowned for good schools – nursery, primary and secondary schools – and there is a wide selection of restaurants, country pubs and shops to try in the surrounding villages and hamlets.
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