An exquisite Country Estate

“Hay Carr” was built by an agricultural pioneer named Thomas Lamb in 1750 with various additions made to the house in around 1850. The house was once owned by the Sandeman Port family, and was once part of a large estate owning much more of the surrounding agricultural land.

A recent renovation and refurbishment programme has included considerable reconfiguration of the rooms, new solid oak flooring, re-wiring and plumbing, installation of a ground source heat pump and construction of the palm house and adjoining library. In addition the gardens have been subject to beautiful professional landscaping including the planting of a maze and construction of a magnificent summer house. Hay Carr sits in the heart of its 54.09 acres of land and is approached down a long avenue driveway with a gate lodge at the entrance. The drive passes through mature parkland and over the Lancaster Canal via a delightful Grade II listed bridge before arriving at a gravel turning area to the front of the house.

Hay Carr has been beautifully and thoughtfully redesigned to provide the ideal house both for entertaining and family living. The front door porch opens into an impressive and welcoming reception hall with a beautiful limestone fireplace and solid oak floor. From here there is access through to three of the principal reception rooms which include the south facing drawing room, a snug and beautifully proportioned dining room with a deep bay window. The hall also leads through to the study and a ‘link library’, which in turn accesses an outstanding orangery with French doors to the terrace.

Further double doors from the ‘link library’ lead into the most recent addition to the house with a glazed walkway providing access to the main library which in turn opens through to a magnificent palm house which is an ideal entertaining space with an adjoining preparation kitchen and cloakroom. Multiple French windows give access to further terraces and the walled rose garden.

The kitchen/breakfast room can also be accessed from the principal reception hall and incorporates stunning bespoke cabinetry by Edwin Loxley of Nottingham and superb appliances including a range cooker by Fournelle, Miele Nespresso coffee machine, Miele plate warmer and a Quooker hot tap.

Beyond here is the boot room with adjoining laundry/utility room and the back door to a rear covered porch. The cellars are accessed via a fantastic wine store and tasting room which opens off the reception hall. The first floor landing is accessed via a superb cantilevered staircase and is beautifully lit from the double height tower windows. Further stairs lead up to an inner landing accessing the outstanding master bedroom suite. The main landing gives access to four further bedrooms, all with en suite shower rooms and two with dressing rooms. A cinema room, cloakroom and AV room are located on the second floor.

The entire property is linked by a Sonos audio system which includes invisible speakers in the reception hall and drawing room. In addition, the house has a monitored CCTV and alarm system.

This property has 54.09 acres of land.


Outbuildings and Cottages To the north west of the house is an attractive stable yard framed by outbuildings including a large car/entertainment barn with further garaging, tack room and mess room/gardener’s office. On the first floor and accessed via an external staircase are two self-contained one-bedroom flats. Across the yard is a stable block with seven loose boxes.

Hay Carr Cottage which is accessed from the main entrance drive and sits in a delightful spot adjacent to the canal. It sits in its own garden and comprises two bedrooms, a sitting room, dining room and kitchen.

At the entrance to the property is a detached single-storey gate lodge comprising two bedrooms, a sitting room, dining room and kitchen and currently occupied by the housekeeper.

There is planning permission in place for the construction of a cricket pavilion and cricket pitch; full details can be obtained from the selling agents.

Gardens and Grounds Adjacent to the stable yard is a beautifully laid out kitchen garden with a potting shed and greenhouse and beyond this is a tennis court with an all-weather surface. To the south of the house there are beautiful formal gardens including York stone terraces, a walled garden and a rose garden with box and clipped yew hedging.

A wisteria walk leads down to the summer house and further to the west is the secret garden which leads down to the Beech walk, orchard and yew maze. The lawns sweep away from the house and are beautifully maintained with white estate fencing forming the boundary with the paddocks and parkland beyond. The magnificent summer house overlooks the grounds and provides an outstanding entertaining space with a basement floor including a kitchen and cloakroom.

Surrounding the gardens is open parkland as well as various well-fenced paddocks with a water supply. The grounds provide a horse riding circuit starting at the rear of the house, leading through the woodland and into the paddocks over various jumps. In addition, there is a full-size manège situated off the front drive. Within the parkland there is an attractive lake with a boathouse.


Hay Carr is located in a peaceful yet convenient location surrounded by rolling countryside, with the Forest of Bowland visible to the east. The house benefits from easy access to the M6 motorway with links south to Preston and Manchester and north to Lancaster, The Lake District and Scotland. Day-to-day shopping facilities can be found in Garstang with a wider range in the historic city of Lancaster which also offers a range of cultural amenities, excellent schools including Lancaster Girls’ and Lancaster Royal Grammar School and a world-class University.

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Other features

  • Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, snug, study, library, orangery, palm house, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, boot room, cloakroom, wine store, cellars
  • Master bedroom with dressing area and en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, 4 further bath/shower rooms (all en suite, 2 with dressing rooms), cinema room, linen/ironing room, AV room
  • Courtyard with car/entertainment barn, garaging, stables, tack room, 1 bedroom garden flat, 1 bedroom groom’s flat
  • Summer house with kitchen, tennis court, extensive formal gardens, kitchen garden with potting shed, lawns, parkland, paddocks, woodland
  • Hay Carr Gate Lodge with sitting room, kitchen, dining room, 2 bedrooms, bathroom
  • Hay Carr Cottage with sitting room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom
  • Planning permission in place for construction of a cricket pitch and pavilion
  • About 54.09 acres in total

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Ref: HRG180181

Ellel, Bay Horse Lancaster LA2

Guide Price

Ref: HRG180181

Ellel, Bay Horse Lancaster LA2

Guide Price