The Old School House is a beautiful characterful historic home, believed to have been originally built in the 1580’s, once a former school, and now carefully restored into a spacious family home. Lovingly cared for by the current owners and situated in an up-and-coming semi-rural area and green belt location, overlooking countryside and yet within a small hamlet of properties, this beautiful property is an absolute treasure. The property rests on an extensive plot consisting of approximately a quarter of an acre of established wraparound gardens and a further paddock extending to approximately an acre of land.
The accommodation briefly comprises of a covered entrance porch with an impressive solid oak front door, with quarry tiled floor, leading into the first beautiful reception room, currently used as a formal dining room. The room features a beautiful fireplace housing one of the home's wood burning stoves, set in a brick fireplace with stone hearth and oak lintel, and is completed with solid oak flooring and the staircase to the first floor. From the dining room there is access into the study which offers an additional storage cupboard and French doors leading directly into the garden. This room could easily be used as an additional bedroom if required. There is a sitting room or lounge with a stunning original oak beams, a reclaimed pitch pine fire surround with a quarry tiled hearth and a Stovax multi fuel burner.
A further light, bright family room, adjacent to the farmhouse kitchen has direct access into the gardens via French doors and the room is centred around a cast iron fireplace with Victorian tiling.
The ground floor is completed with a cosy farmhouse kitchen featuring an extensive range of units in cream and with contrasting solid Oak worksurfaces and incorporating a ceramic Butlers sink, a Rangemaster range with induction hob, integrated fridge and freezer and a cleverly built wine store incorporated into the fireplace. The room provides space for informal dining, tiled flooring and original oak beams creating a warm and cosy space and there is further access into the utility room with a handy ground floor cloakroom. The utility area offers space for the washing machine and tumble dryer, access into the garden and an additional Belfast sink.
The first floor reveals five bedrooms and two bathrooms providing ample space to accommodate a family. Each of the bedrooms provides aspects either over the gardens and grounds or the pretty approach lane to the property. The master bedroom overlooks the front gardens and includes a window seat with storage and two large built in wardrobes. There is easy access into an additional shower room which includes a Mira shower and a further bedroom which is currently used as a pretty dressing room. Bedrooms two and three also offer additional wardrobes or storage, whilst the family bathroom successfully offers a period style bathroom including a roll top bath with hand-held shower head, a wash hand basin and w.c. and is finished with solid wood flooring.
Externally, the grounds and gardens are equally in keeping with the style and era of the beautiful home. The property is approached along a quiet country lane leading to the front of the home with a recently built double garage with an additional workshop and flagged driveway. The garage could be easily converted into additional ancillary accommodation if required and subject to the necessary planning consents. The construction is double skin with cavity insulation and providing ample electric supply and finished with electric roller shutter doors.
The mature established gardens encompass the property and include a large stone patio, pergola and stone built BBQ. Creative planting and established trees compliment this lovely outdoor space and the property offers a further plot extending to approximately an additional acre of grounds. Currently separated in to three fields the land is fenced and gated grassland which also offers additional parking, should this be required.
The property’s location is semi-rural, yet not isolated, as the home offers excellent access to shops, countryside walks, Haigh Country Estate and local facilities including Hindley and Haigh golf courses. Beautiful countryside surrounds the former Schoolhouse, with views towards St Elizabeth’s Church and Rivington to the rear.
Viewings of this delightful home are now welcomed.
Directions The best route is to approach from New Springs onto Withington Lane and across the Top Lock bridges towards Hindley Hall Golf Course. After passing Withington Hill cottages and Woodshaw Cottage on the left, The Old School House is on the left.
Alternatively, from Hall Lane (Hindley), go directly down Withington Lane, the turning is on the left just past the duck pond. After passing Chestnut Farm and Marsh Farm there is a large yellow steel gate which may be locked. We are key holders.
Thirdly, to approach via Cale Lane and over the canal bridge past the Kirkless Industrial Estate to join Withington Lane at Woodshaw Cottage.
Characterful Detached Home
Extensive Gardens and Further Paddock of approx One Acre