The Laundry set to clean up as its enchanting charms go on market
property on the market and bought the house 13 years ago.
“It was a juggle but it worked out and I’m so pleased,” she says.
The Laundry is a stone-built village house set within beautiful, mature walled gardens.
It dates from the mid 19th Century when it was built as the laundry for Hornby Castle, the principal seat of the Duke of Leeds.
The castle estate was divided in the 1930s, and The Laundry was cleverly converted to a private house, retaining the old beams from the original structure and adding elegant detailing such as cornicing and period-style windows.
Mrs Pearce has added her mark by creating a large dining kitchen and a downstairs bedroom and bathroom.
The accommodation now comprises a spacious reception hall with access off to the drawing room with a good-sized sitting room beyond. Further doors from the hall lead to the breakfast kitchen, pantry, laundry, cloakroom and dining room beyond.
The bedroom accommodation is split into two sections. The main staircase from the entrance hall leads to the master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite.
In the southern wing of the house is a ground floor bedroom and bathroom and on the first floor there are three additional bedrooms and a house bathroom.
Outside, the property is approached via double wrought iron gates leading to a gravelled drive and a range of stone outbuildings. The walled gardens have a wide herbaceous border, vegetable plot, manicured lawns, a rose garden and a parterre.
The garden has been a great source of great pleasure for Mrs Pearce, who has devoted a lot of time to it since she retired three years ago as Registrar at a girls school in London.
“It’s wonderful. It faces south west and is wonderful for keeping dogs and grandchildren safe.”
She is selling to downsize and adds: “I’ve loved living here and if I wasn’t downsizing I would stay here for the rest of my life.”
The property is situated within the heart of the picturesque village of Hornby, adjacent to the church and bordering the grounds of the castle. The A1 is four miles away.