Waddington Old Hall is a historic Lancashire manor house with connections stretching back to Henry VI. The property has been carefully restored over the years, with many of the medieval features still in immaculate condition. The initial meticulous renovation was carried out by John Waddington between 1899 and 1901, where the original walls and deep set windows, can still be seen in the Great Hall and the adjoining Monk’s Room. This is the oldest part of the property, thought to date back to the 11th Century, is situated along the western elevation. The Monk’s Room was reputedly used by Monks travelling between the Abbeys at Sawley and Whalley. There are many period features retained throughout the property, but worthy of particular mention in this room, is the ancient doorway and deeply set crittall windows.
The property has been sympathetically extended over the last century, creating a seamless transition to the rear modern wing. A swimming pool with galleried viewing area, steam room, changing rooms and cloistered garage for several cars was added by the previous owners in 2002, creating an impressive wing to the northern boundary of the property. The pool is heated via a separate gas boiler.
Leading from the grand hall are the principal reception rooms, benefiting from large windows and beautifully restored features throughout. The panelled drawing room, with an impressive stone fireplace and windows seats to the east and west, makes for an elegant room for entertaining, with wonderful views across the formal gardens. The adjacent dining room with an open fireplace, leads through to a back hall and into the light and open plan kitchen/breakfast room, which is fitted with Smallbone units, a green gas-fired aga, pantry and larder cupboards. There is also a utility room, which houses the gas-fired boiler, newly replaced in 2019 and a large coat and cloakroom. The garden room, which was added in 1999, extends the living area from the kitchen into the garden, making it ideal for outdoor entertaining on the terrace.
There are two staircases in the property and a further secret staircase, descending from the master suite. To the first floor are five well-portioned and spacious double bedrooms. They are all light and offer generous accommodation for family and guests. Three of the rooms benefit from en-suite bathrooms and two of which also have separate dressing rooms. There is a further family bathroom, a linen cupboard and an impressive minstrels’ gallery. The master bedroom suite has gilded ornate cornicing along the barrel ceiling and finely painted murals, dating back to the pre-Raphaelite era above the doorway.
Set in the pretty and desirable village of Waddington, this exquisite period house holds a prominent position in the village, yet is discreetly tucked away in beautiful private grounds and landscaped gardens. There is also a pedestrian gate entrance to the side which is enscripted with the coat of arms. There are two pairs of wrought-iron entrance gates, creating an in/out drive.
The village of Waddington regularly wins awards for the best kept village in the Ribble Valley, being nestled between the southern edge of the Forest of Bowland aonb and the bustling market town of Clitheroe. Clitheroe is a Norman town, which has one of the smallest Norman keeps in Britain and offers a wide array of facilities and amenities, including several large supermarkets, a cinema, restaurants, coffee shops and a wonderful selection of boutique and independent retailers along the high street. The famous D. Burns & Co. Wine Merchants is located just off the high street, which is a well-known destination for wine enthusiasts. Holme’s Mill, which is a newly converted food emporium, has its own brewery, delicatessen and adjoining brasserie restaurant and wine bar.
Clitheroe has a good number of independent and state schools at both primary and secondary level. Moorland School, Stoneyhurst College, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and Oakhill College in nearby Whalley to name but a few. On the edge of the village there is a good primary school, Waddington & West Bradford CoE Primary School and a number of schools in nearby Clitheroe.
Waddington has an active village community with a busy social calendar of events throughout the year. There are two pretty churches in the village, one of which can be seen from the property. There are also three fantastic pubs, a playing field, a village hall, a post office and a café. The renowned Inn at Whitewell, 7 miles to the north in the Trough of Bowland, is a destination in the area, being known as a good old fashioned rural inn with rooms.
The house has two double wrought-iron electric gates, leading to a large parking area at the impressive front façade of the property.
The gardens have been carefully designed and planted over the years, with an abundant array of colour and scented blooms flowering throughout the year; including ancient wisteria, magnolia, roses, cherry blossom and a large number of specimen trees. The manicured Italianate formal gardens are spellbinding and gently lead into a level grassed area, mainly laid to lawn with mature trees and established hedges. All the boundaries are fitted with estate fencing. There are a number of stone statues and a modern sundial which has been commissioned for the garden, which may be available via separate negotiation.
The property sits in just over two acres, with further gardens to the front of the property.