An outstanding opportunity to acquire a landmark property close to the centre of Whalley village in the heart of the Ribble Valley. This beautiful home is substantial in size and is set within secluded and beautiful grounds and gardens extending to approximately 3 acres. In total 6 reception rooms, 5 bathrooms and 9 bedrooms, indoor swimming pool, separate garage building with mechanical hoist and space for up to 8 cars, inspection of this property is required to fully appreciate the size and scale of what is on offer.
Bramley Meade was built in 1882, in the style of Italian Renaissance, for textile manufacturer Richard Thompson, proprietor of Britannia and Alma Mills in Padiham, and was one of a number of prestigious residences built north of Whalley in the late 19th century.
Restored in the 1990s after previously being used as a maternity hospital the property has been lovingly restored and extended and now offers the opportunity to acquire a house of historical importance and standing within the local community.
Approached up a tree lined driveway in a parkland setting the house is surrounded by mature gardens and grounds of approximately 3 acres and is not visible from the road. Upon entry the hallway with ornate staircase is breath-taking, with its high ceilings which are ornate and spacious feel its not difficult to see how the house extends to 18,690 sqft. There are 6 reception rooms including sitting room and games room, dining kitchen to conservatory, catering kitchen, utility room, entertaining room, changing room, pool room and study.
To the first floor an impressive landing beautifully lit by central skylight provides access to the bedrooms. The master suite has a large ensuite and two dressing rooms, there are 6 further bedrooms with 4 bathrooms to this floor. On the second floor there is a fully equipped 2 bedroom flat with separate kitchen and living room. The lower ground floor consists of extensive cellars previously used as offices, a recording studio and storage as well as a plant room.
Externally and set within the mature gardens and grounds which are private and provide a sense of detachment there is a separate garage building, with double access door providing internal parking for several vehicles, with a mechanical vehicle lift and separate W.C. In addition there is a tennis court, gardeners store and rear driveway to Wiswell lane.
The picturesque village of Whalley is widely renowned for being one of the most desirable places to live in Ribble Valley. The village has three public houses all popular within the local community, a fantastic wine shop, wine bars and individual shops and hairdressers. There is a primary school and Post Office medical centre and Co-Op. There are excellent leisure amenities such as sports fields and children’s playgrounds as well as cafés located in the village centre.
The nearby market town of Clitheroe is well place for commuting offering excellent communication links with all East Lancashire business centres and the rest of the country by road and rail. Clitheroe offers a varied range of amenities including an excellent range of shops, bars, café’s and salons as well as supermarkets and the impressive Bowland Brewery leisure complex. The area is a renowned “Foodie Heaven” with excellent pubs and restaurants many set within the ANOB area of the Trough Of Bowland. The Ribble valley is an affluent area with a café culture and rural heritage and is a desirable and aspirational place to live and visit.
East Lancashire, Manchester and Yorkshire business centres as well as the northern motorway network are within striking distance. Travel distances are approximate, Blackburn 5 miles / Skipton 22 miles / Leeds 47 miles / Manchester 29 miles / Leeds Bradford Airport 39 miles / Manchester International Airport 42 miles/ Kendal and the Lake District 60 miles. M6 North and South 11 miles.
Schools locally have an excellent reputation and there is a wide variety of both state run and independent to choose from. There are numerous village primary schools, two secondary schools, as well as highly regarded public schools including Stonyhurst, Oakhill College and Moorlands.
Clitheroe has a medical centre, swimming pool, library, golf club and a wide range of recreational facilities with lovely open countryside in the Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales and West Coast on the doorstep.