Bridges, balconies and blissful tranquility await at The Lake House - Lostock’s best kept secret.
Overlooking a Victorian formal pond of lake-size proportions, The Lake House sits nestled amidst swathes of velvety lawn and borders bursting with spring colour.
Built in 2010 in the garden of a traditional 1870s home, The Lake House stands on grounds with strong links to the local community. Formerly owned by a local inventor who built a model railway in the gardens for local children to ride on, so unique and striking is its setting, that the current owners have been approached by film-makers eager to capture the location on the big-screen.
Park your car on the neat block paving, where there is room for up to six cars in addition to a detached double garage. On top of the garage stands a clock tower, a feature evocative of the Last Drop Village, designed by the same architect as The Lake House.
Take the steps up to the elevated terrace that wraps around three sides of The Lake House, until you reach its impressive front elevation where views of the stunning lake brimming with wildlife open up to greet you.
Before you, a circular glass balustrade attached to a spiral staircase wends its way down to the lower ground level, but for now, continue ahead, beneath the covered portico and through the grand front door.
As you step into the spacious entrance hall, a familiar face is on hand to greet you. Cast in bronze, a Victorian stonemason is an exact replica of the stone statue outside. Discovered during building work, the original statue was encased in cement and carefully restored. Note the detail of the craftsmanship in the intricate chisels and mallets upon his person.
Marble tiles cover the floor, exuding warmth from the geothermal underfloor heating which extends to all areas of this home. A chance discovery of an aquifer in the grounds of the house led to the implementation of renewable technology, meaning that The Lake House is heated by the clear and pure water beneath the lake. Eco-friendly and cost effective, The Lake House is a home in harmony with nature itself.
A handy downstairs cloakroom, clad in porcelain and marble is to hand, before a set of hand-crafted double oak doors delivers you through into the lounge on the left.
Folding back 180 degrees, these handmade doors allow for a free-flow between the entrance hall and lounge, ideal for entertaining. Looking out over the lake and running the entire length of the house, this capacious yet quiet room is the perfect place for a catch up with family and friends.
Glazed oak French doors lead out onto the terrace with its breath-taking views over the lake. Fitted with interstitial blinds, sealed within the glass unit, tilt the angle to select your optimum level of light flow on those sunny days. With no external cords, these contemporary blinds are safe for the youngest amongst your brood and, best of all, no dusting!
Step outside for morning coffee and croissants on the terrace as the moorhens bask upon the lake.
Returning to your lounge, to the rear a set of neoclassical style-columns mark a change in tempo, with subtle arches above and concealed drawers beneath offering a clever storage solution. Beyond, an open-plan dining area beckons.
Overhead, sunken ovals recess into the ceiling, illuminated softly by inset spotlighting creating an intimate mood; the ideal backdrop for meals with loved ones. Another set of exquisite oak double doors open out onto the lake-view terrace; ideal for taking dinner al fresco in the balmy summer months.
Returning to the entrance hall, a doorway to the right leads to a second sitting room. Carpeted and cosy, this peaceful snug also looks out over the lake, with a set of French doors opening out onto the terrace. Overhead, ornate coving is cast alongside a tray ceiling dotted with inset lighting which bounces light off the sunken canopy. In glorious sunshine, read your morning newspaper out on the terrace; in inclement weather, watch the rain bounce off the lake as you sip your morning tea.
Hungry for more?
Follow us into the high-quality breakfast kitchen, leading to a family lounge at the back
Marble tiling lies underfoot, in robust slabs, while richly toned Corian surfaces coat the worktops.
Centrally located, a large island provides a great spot for casual breakfasts with seating for six or more matched by a selection of storage units and circular sink, ideal for peeling veg.
Plinth lighting garnishes a wealth of drawers and cupboards in addition to glazed display units and in-built fridge, freezers, dishwasher, microwave and Aga oven. Sneak a peek at the splashback tiles behind the cooker, whose fish motif reflects the carp found in plentiful supply in the lake outside.
Rustle up a feast for the family whilst remaining part of the social scene; the kitchen opens out into a cosy family room with space for a sofa and other furnishings. Help the kids with their homework as you serve up another tasty dinner for the troops.
Formerly a utility room, this space could serve as an additional dining room or reading room, should you desire.
And so to bed…follow us back to the entrance hall as we make our way up to the first floor. A swift glance upwards reveals an impressive leaded stained-glass roof light, cascading light down.
Trace the curve of the intricately designed oak staircase as it gently spirals upward. Both the staircase and doors throughout the property were skilfully crafted by the current owner.
A home with so many stories to tell, note the elaborate etched glass window on the stairs. The frosted graphic elements in the glass reference features in the garden of The Lake House; the proud heron, the handsome kingfisher, the clever carp and the red ‘Monet bridge’. At night time, this scene is lit up by LEDs for a truly breath-taking feature.
Upon the landing, a walk-in double storage cupboard brims with shelving, with more marble tiled flooring delivering geothermal heating to the bedrooms and bathrooms on this floor.
To the front right, the master bedroom takes pride of place, complete with its own luxury dressing room and en-suite.
Enjoy all the peace and tranquillity of a lake-view suite every morning here, with windows looking down over the lake and also vistas of azalea filled flowerbeds and the gently flowing stream that wends its way through the garden at The Lake House. Cleverly designed, the double-glazed windows to the side open up to 90 degrees.
Pristine and gleaming, your relaxing Villeroy & Boch en-suite is fitted with top of the range floating sink with vanity unit, toilet and glass-screen shower. Immaculately tiled with a heated towel rail, the tiled flooring too enjoys the benefits of The Lake House’s geothermal heating.
For romantic evenings watching the sun set, your dressing room is so much more than a place in which to store your clothes. Step out of the glazed French doors and onto the balcony, secured by chrome and glass balustrades.
Why not turn this four-bedroomed house into five? It would be a doddle to transform this spacious dressing room into an additional bedroom complete with its own lake-view balcony…
To the front left of this level, bedroom two, a spacious double, also features its own lake and garden views, sharing a Jack and Jill bathroom with bedroom three to the rear; itself another luxuriously large chamber with green garden views.
Nestled between them, a sumptuous en-suite is fitted with luxurious Villeroy & Boch fixtures including a large, shallow-fill floating sink with in-built storage drawers. Pummel your aching muscles beneath the jets in the enormous walk-in shower. Step out onto toasty tiling courtesy of the underfloor heating.
Across the way from bedroom three, discover a versatile trio of rooms.
Bedroom four, currently used as a sewing room, looks out over the azalea borders and across the lush grounds of The Lake House. Beyond this room, discover an en-suite awaiting your personalising touch, where a pebble-style free-standing tub sits atop a plinth and beneath cascading light from the Velux in the vaulted ceiling above.
A door leads on to a marvel of modern design…
Why traipse up and down the stairs on an eternal loop, when you can have a laundry room upstairs (where the washing always returns to once dry!)?
Tiled flooring with under floor heating, space for your ironing board and drying stack alongside plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer all combine to create this discreetly hidden, yet always useful, upstairs laundry room!
Of course, another option is presented by this clever layout of rooms. Situated above the workshop (which also benefits from underfloor heating), subject to the relevant permissions, the laundry – alongside bedroom four and its en-suite bathroom – could be transformed into a self-contained annex. Ideal for a dependent relative or older son or daughter returning from university and craving their own space.
The Lake House is full of surprises to prompt your imagination. Allow us to elaborate…
Accessed from two separate staircases, it is time to discover the quirky lower floor: home to a budding leisure complex.
A central hall once housed a model railway and now provides ample room for storage alongside access to the garden outside.
Fitness fan? An ‘under construction’ home gymnasium awaits, complete with hot tub and changing cubicle.
Hustle amongst your guests over a game of snooker in the games room, complete with full-size snooker table.
Finally, a room destined to be the cinema room completes this entertainment complex.
Of course, this basement level is brimming with other potential uses too. Supplied by its own separate heating system, could this become a separate annex living space? With its own exclusive access, this too could make the comprehensive home office for someone with their own business. Or will you create the dream escape pod for teens, a space in which they can entertain their friends in comfort and safety? The possibilities are endless.
Finally, it’s time to explore the true magnificence of The Lake House: its glorious grounds and gardens.
From the front door, the lake really is a shining jewel amidst the emerald lawns. Bursting with carp and other fish, newts have also been spotted beneath the water. Delight the children with a row out on the lake from the boathouse.
Meander along the paved pathways, across the red timber ‘Monet’ bridge to a secret elevated garden, discovered by a set of stone steps.
To all sides tall hedges keep you screened and secluded from the passing public, whilst borders filled with blossoms and seasonal shrubs offer a variety of colour and scent.
Celebrate the sunshine with a summer barbecue on the patio area, unwind with the latest paperback in the timber summerhouse with a glass of wine served chilled from the fridge, or escape from the sun beneath the thatched-roof seating area.
Cross over the suspension bridge and chart the course of ‘Bessy Brook’, the stream that wends its way through your garden – handy for washing the pooch after a muddy walk.
Dog-showering facilities can also be found in the workshop to the rear of the house.
Explore the numerous garden spaces, the roof terraces, the smaller ponds and decking areas; perfect for enjoying a moment’s mindfulness as the carp flit about beneath the surface of the pond.
Spy the intriguing gargoyle heads set within the stone wall; their medieval faces a relic of this home’s antiquated heritage.
OUT AND ABOUT
So peaceful and secluded, yet so close to all your essential amenities; The Lake House really does have it all.
A two-minute walk from Lostock train station, hop on a train and be in Manchester within half an hour for a day’s shopping spree, or lunch out with friends.
Closer to home, Middlebrook Retail Park is only five minutes’ drive away; handy for the food shop it houses a Tesco, Asda and M&S.
The Lake House is ideally located for families, within reach of motorway links for commuters and both Bolton School and Clevelands Preparatory School for youngsters.
Why not explore the local countryside? The Middlebrook Valley Trail is very close by, ideal for walkers and cyclists alike with stunning views of Winter Hill and Rivington Pike. Or skirt the waters of High Rid Reservoir, before walking through the fields to the quaint Chew Moor village.
Refresh your senses with a local drink at Bob’s Smithy or The Finishers, both of which also serve food should you feel peckish after your walk.
For an evening out, why not treat the family to dinner at The Victoria Inn, serving traditional food, fondly referred to by the locals as ‘Fanny’s’.
Of course, with a lakeside backdrop that most restaurants can only dream of, you may find it tricky to tear yourself away from your idyllically peaceful home at The Lake House.
With so much to experience and enjoy from the comfort of your own home, once you’ve visited, we doubt you’ll ever want to leave.