The Oaks, The Green, Millom, LA18 5HL
* Built around 1875
* Council Tax Band G
* 7/8 bedroom
* 3 bathrooms, plus a further 3 x w/c
* Drawing room, dining room, library, and billiard room
* Aga & electric oven
* Mainly single glazed windows and some double
* 1 acre plot
* Parking: Garage, courtyard and driveway
* Library faces sunrise and sun sets over Black Combe (Back of the house)
* Mains Water and Electricity
* Septic Tank
* Oil fired central heating
* Sky Broadband internet (35-40mbps)
* CCTV, and Alarm system
Sense the subtle loosening in your shoulders upon leaving the M6, as the glorious views across Kirkby Moor reveal the shimmering beauty of the Duddon Estuary. Making your way to The Green, pull along the two way, in and out driveway of The Oaks, idle in the turning circle and marvel at the manor house ahead.
Set amidst an acre of garden and surrounded by fields, with an array of outbuildings, orchards and meadows, The Oaks is every inch the country estate, with a strong Victorian vibe; extended in the 1800s and latterly in the 1930s, little remains of its 17th century origins. Instead, an eclectic meld of period features combines to create a warm, welcoming and utterly unique home, fantastic for parties, families and entertaining.
Make your way indoors, through the reception porch and into the enormous entrance hall, where carpets were stripped back by the current owners to reveal remarkable original Victorian tiling underfoot. Ahead, the feature staircase sweeps up, taking your breath along with its low-rise tread and carpet runner. Mellow, traditional churned butter tones coat the walls for a grand yet embracing welcome home.
Decadent in its proportions, the drawing room awaits to the right. Solid oak flooring underfoot is dressed in a large rug, but it is the enormous fireplace encased in its historic Gillows of Lancaster craftsman-carved surround which steals the scene, quite simply a work of art. Chandelier lighting is suspended from within the high ceiling, which is ribboned by ornate cornicing. Light streams in from the collection of bay windows, fitted with cushioned seats and framing views out over the garden. Admire the pre-Raphaelite stained glass. A truly tranquil setting, unwind in front of the fire in the evenings.
Carved panelling to the walls alongside an open fire and oak flooring imbues the room with an ancestral feel, with detailed plasterwork dressing the high ceiling. An incredible entertaining room, its earthy tones lend themselves to festive feasting with the family at Christmas. Grand windows capture the verdant surrounds of this secure and private home.
Slip through to the inner hallway, and turn right, stepping along the original Minton tiling, again, uncovered by the current owner.
The hub of the home awaits through a door on the left. Step through and sense the warmth of a working Victorian kitchen emanate in the traditional pantries and scullery opening off from the main room, alongside the toasty Aga, delivering heat throughout this capacious kitchen.
Rustic, multi-tonal flooring extends underfoot as the kitchen naturally zones into a breakfasting family area, where a large window frames views out to the tranquil surrounds. To the right, the functional preparation area extends, brimming with units and storage, with a selection of larders and a large pantry ideal for storing all your ingredients and essentials.
A kitchen with a classical country-feel, there is plenty of surface space for preparation, especially atop the central island. Alongside the oil-fired Aga, a dishwasher, sink, washing machine and large freestanding fridge freezer are in situ at your service.
Returning to the hallway, sneak a peek at the laundry room next door. A downstairs handy wash basin and WC tucked off to one side, while a rear porch leads out, via an ornately arched door, to a courtyard and large garage, which accommodates a ping pong table in addition to a car.
Back indoors, turning left out of the pantry flow back through to the rear of the main entrance hall, where a spacious boot room with built-in storage sits alongside an additional downstairs WC and wash basin.
Arrive now at the grandly sized billiard room; a room where the echoes of laughter and convivial chatter almost resonate from the thick stone walls themselves. Rosy tones coat the walls above the oak panelling and floor, whilst light streams in through the grandly sized windows. Impress colleagues, entertain friends and make memories with the children.
Tucked away from the melee, seek sanctuary in the library. Morning sun streams in through the tall window, spilling out over the oak floor. Where better to begin your day than beside the open fire with your first invigorating cup of coffee. Shelving coats the walls, displaying your treasured catalogues and hardbacks. Old school glamour at its finest.
The ultimate entertaining haven, you can never have too many guests in a home of this magnitude, with seven bedrooms ready to serve up sweet slumber. Returning to the main entrance hall, ascend the stairs, turning to a point where the main flow divides, Escher-like into a series of three tributary staircases leading to a selection of bedroom wings.
Take the staircase to the left to discover the master wing, where immediately to the right, an impressive oak door opens to the second bedroom.
Swimming with light, flowing in through the vast wall of stone mullion windows to the front, this bountiful bedroom is furnished with a four-poster bed and evokes a period feel in its open fireplace with Rockingham fender seat. Take a seat by the window and savour the idyllic views out over the turning circle driveway and its immaculately cropped round of lawn at the centre. In the distance, blue skies and leafy foliage embellish the picture-perfect scene.
The first of three bedrooms to this wing, next door a third bedroom also frames bucolic views over the grounds, with oak flooring underfoot and an airy feel courtesy of the high ceiling.
At the end of the landing, the master bedroom beckons. Marvel at the richly toned, low level wood panelling, showcasing master-craftsman carving in its design. Prepare for an evening out in the dressing table, set within the bay window where views of the grounds are framed for your viewing pleasure. Light also streams in through two more windows to the side. Served by its own ensuite bathroom the master also contains a separate dressing room, brimming with built-in storage. Note the quirky flow of this home, stepping out from the dressing room and emerging on the opposite side of the landing to where you initially arrived.
Along this level, discover a fourth bedroom, warm, welcoming and spacious with its own wash basin, built-in wardrobes and offering divine views over the orchard. Continue on into a fifth spacious double, also served by built-in wardrobes and a wash basin. Passing the large walk-in linen cupboard, discover a large family bathroom, traditional in its styling and set beside a separately accessed WC.
Directly ahead from the main confluence of staircases, take the stairs up to the servants' quarters where bedrooms six and seven await, both spacious bedrooms with a peaceful feel. Nestled to this side of the home are a separate bathroom and WC.
Take the servants' stairs down from this side, to rejoin the side hallway joining the kitchen and dining hall. For a grand old home, The Oaks retains a contemporary sociable flow! Making your way back to the main entrance hall, peep down the stairs into the enormous wine cellar, where there is storage for several hundred cases at minimum.
Outside, an acre of garden wraps itself around the home. The grandeur of The Oaks presents itself equally handsomely externally, an inviting Tudor-esque visage amidst the swathes of green.
Explore the orchard and harvest apples for your chutneys and crumbles. With a mixture of formal gardens, flat lawns for fun and games and an a more informal side ideal for quad bike adventures, this is a garden in which memories are made. Outbuildings including log stores and bike sheds are dry and in excellent condition, and are ripe with potential.
A sunny slice of Eden, in summertime the roses bloom in a display of colour and fragrance, preceded by the rugged beauty of the rhododendrons and the aromatic delights of the wending wisteria.
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