4 Bedroom Semi-Detached Barn
Dating back to the 1700s, High Oaks is a secluded selection of homes, originally making up the outbuildings of High Oaks Farm.
Nestled amidst the fells and fields of the Dales Way, sweep along the driveway of Oaks End as views of the Howgill Fells reveal themselves. This stone and slate barn conversion has parking for up to six cars.
Enter through the stone porch and directly into the dining room. Rustic, exposed beams lining the ceiling and windows and rough-hewn stone walls nod to the barn-heritage of this home. A tall window, framing picturesque rural views, stands in the curved corner of the room; a unique touch. Wooden flooring underfoot keeps this homely dining room classically contemporary.
Leading off from this formal dining room is the kitchen. Ceramic-tiled flooring encases underfloor heating. Cool grey, tactile splashback tiles mingle with cream units and traditional, stained wooden beams line the ceiling.
Featuring a built-in fridge-freezer, oven and dishwasher, cook whilst enjoying views out towards the Howgills. There is even a cloak cupboard beneath the stairs for all the cleaning essentials.
Ahead, a doorway leads out to a ceramic tiled hallway, again warmed by underfloor heating. This is the front entrance into Oaks End and also leads to a useful utility room which is fully plumbed for a washer-dryer and also contains a toilet.
Take a look at Oaks End’s spacious, rustically-beamed lounge. With glimpses of the rolling hills visible from the patio doors to the left and the extensive four-paned window to the right, this sitting room champions the true beauty of the Howgills.
Underfloor heating keeps this room snug in the daytime. In the evening, cosy up in front of the log burner.
Such an easy, natural flow to this downstairs you can walk right around in a circle.
Upstairs, the large landing is so spacious it becomes almost a room in its own right. Add a desk, sofa and lamp (you’ve got the space) and transform this area into a study with views of Winder Fell.
Located to the far left, take a moment to appreciate the full scope of the master suite.
Overhead, vaulted beams take centre stage, pointing to serene views of the undulating fells lying beyond the window.
Further light is invited in through the overhead Velux window, replaced by starlight as night falls.
Built-in wooden wardrobes make the most of every last inch of the bedroom-ceilings, providing space for clothes and shoes.
Through another door, find an en-suite shower room. Elegantly panelled in amber-toned wood, enjoy the curved walk-in shower.
Returning to the landing, sneak a peek at the tiled family bathroom. More exposed beams continue that feeling of country comfort. Added elegance is provided by the golden taps and fittings to the sink, bath and toilet.
Continue on to the second bedroom. More exposed beams and built-in wardrobes are in store in here. Views abound, framing the picture-postcard surrounds of Marthwaite.
At the end of the landing, bedrooms three and four can be found. Both rooms are fitted with modern, built-in wardrobes, which make the very best use of the ceilings. With views of the countryside to behold from both bedrooms, Velux windows also add an extra dimension of light. The curve of wall in bedroom three is an additional quirk.
Outside, and visible from most rooms in the house, is the curve of Winder Fell.
The garden of Oaks End acts as an extension to the fields and fells beyond. Trimmed hedges offer screening whilst maintaining views of the neighbouring fields and Howgill Fells.
Step out of the patio doors from the lounge and relax on the terrace during the summer – the place for a barbecue with friends. A winter-time log store is also handy for stockpiling fuel for the wood-burner.
The lawn lies to either side of the driveway and a set of steps leads to the entrance porch. Here, a rustic stone bench set on a ceramic tile floor provides the perfect place to park your wellington boots. A well-positioned window behind helps to shed light on the task at hand, before you head indoors into the warmth.
To one side of the drive, a lush expanse of lawn offers plenty of space for games and fun. On the other side lies a ‘sunset spot’ for enjoying the day’s end with a gin and tonic at the on a balmy summer’s evening. Listen out for the hoot of owls and rustle of badgers as the garden comes to life with nature.
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