It was an obsession to “own a piece of Lytham” that led to the architect and sole owners of Old
Perch persuading the former Clifton Estate to sell this beautiful woodland site for the design of a highly individual detached house built in 1974.
The site was part of St Cuthbert’s Vicarage garden in the 19th Century and includes the pathway and gate used by the Cliftons of Lytham Hall to attend the Church. Some of the original planting including the Rhododendrons that shelter the northern boundary, a number of large Beeches and a Horse Chestnut are still prominent features of the garden which is a haven for a wide variety of birdlife.
The house is secluded off a private drive of only a few individually designed properties. It is in an unbeatable location which has provided the peace and tranquillity of the countryside even though it is close to Lytham Green and Promenade. It is a 15 minute walk from Lytham town centre with its many shops, coffee houses and restaurants. Also there is a walk from Church Drive
to the town centre through Witch Wood.
is just 10 minutes from the M55 and an hourly train service from Lytham connects to the West Coast
main line. The area is served by excellent primary and secondary schools including several independent schools.
At the entrance, adjacent to a large integral double garage is a covered way and porch where a solid front door opens to a Vestibule then a hall off which are a Cloakroom and Toilet, a Games Room (currently used as a study) and stairs leading to the upper ground level.
The main feature of the house is its large Lounge and Dining Room both having large patio windows providing light and glorious views of the garden particularly on the South side. An inner hall leads to the Master Bedroom with dressing space and en suite bathroom. Also from this hall there is a spiral staircase leading to a large study/studio which has a constant north light for painting at one end and a large sunlit window at the south end affording an elevated view of the garden and a glimpse across the Ribble to Southport.
There are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom which are situated beyond the kitchen hall.
The house was designed on a narrow plan to cross the site and make the most of the southern sunshine. The Dining Room, with its easily maintained Westmorland slate floor spanning between large patio windows, brings the landscaped gardens into and through the house in summer time. Every hour of sunshine reaches one paved terrace or another on some sheltered alcove in the garden.
“We never noticed the changing seasons quite so much until we came to live here” say the owners. “No sooner have Autumn and Winter disappeared before the quickly changing sequence of thousands of snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells appear with an abundance of wild flowers. It has been a great privilege to live here and we have loved everything about Old
Perch – it’s location, its privacy, its bright light, its views from every window and its contribution to an enjoyable lifestyle.”