Lorne House, Douglas Street, Castletown

£4,000,000

7 Bedrooms
6 Bathrooms
8 Reception Rooms

Overview

Property History
‘A very elegant mansion’: James Brotherston Laughton, Johnson’s Guide, 1850

One of the most important houses in the Isle of Man, Lorne House has played a central role in the history of the Manx nation and it’s fortunes have long been entwined with those of Castletown.

This landmark house, which dates from 1826, was formerly the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man when Castletown served as the Island’s seat of government. A magnificent late Georgian house with distinctive Regency architectural flourishes, Lorne House, rich in original features and designed for entertaining on an ambassadorial scale, has been faithfully restored to its former domestic offices to provide more intimate three bedroom family accommodation which, while independent, may also be incorporated into the main residence. With grandly proportional formal reception rooms and bedrooms and a lower ground floor complete with office and communications centre Lorne House, which now extends to some 16,000 sq ft, could not only serve as a sumptuous private home with generous staff accommodation but also provide opportunities for housing business and conference centre operations.

Accommodation

Set in six and a half acres and surrounded by imposing walls of Castletown stone featuring and a castellated arch and lookout, Lorne House enjoys commanding views over Castletown harbour and Castle Rushen and is approached via a sweeping, tree-lined drive.

Entrance Porch with Fluted Portico

Panelled Entrance Foyer (Approx 12’2 x 11’9)
Door to:

Double Aspect Reception Room/Study (Approx 17’2 x 12’10)
Carved fireplace surround with tiled hearth. Walk-in coat/store cupboard.

Principal Reception Hall (Approx 27’3 x 26’4)
Enfilade of decorative columns, intricate cornice work and sweeping divided staircase. Lobby with stairs to lower ground floor. Secondary lobby with pedestal wash basin. Access to independent three bedroomed wing.

Double Aspect Dining Room (Approx 24’7 x 17’2)
Views across the gardens.

Boardroom (Approx 24’8 x 20’1)
Bow window. Views across the gardens.

The Long Room (Approx 40’0 x 24’1)
A magnificent double aspect room with French doors leading to the gardens, carved marble mantelpiece, surround and hearth with cast iron fireplace and fender seats. Lobby leading to:

Twin Cloakrooms 
Pedestal wash hand basin and W.C.

Rear Hall (Approx 23’1 x 12’0)
Door to garden, coat cupboard, stairs to lower ground floor. Double doors to:

Sitting Room (Approx 19’9 x 14’7)
Carved mantelpiece with marble inserts and hearth. Double doors to:

Breakfast Room (Approx 19’4 x 15’7)
Recessed triple built-in cabinets, bookshelving, door to courtyard and garden. Door to independent two storey wing.

Main Residence – First Floor

Galleried Landing (Approx 25’8 x 13’1)
Decorative fluted columns. Twin lobbies, each with cloakrooms comprising pedestal wash basin and W.C. Additionally one lobby houses cupboard with twin unvented hot water systems, the other stairs to the loft.

Drawing Room (Castle Rushen Room) (Approx 24’6 x 21’0)
Three-light bay window, carved marble mantelpiece and surround, cast iron dog grate. Views towards Castle Rushen.

Double Aspect Bedroom (Approx 19’1 x 17’1)

En Suite Bathroom (Approx 12’5 x 9′)
Victoria and Albert bath, walk-in glass-screened shower with ‘rain’ shower and hand spray, surface-mounted wash basin, W.C., towel warmer/radiator.

Bathroom (Approx 12’7 x 12’4)
Victoria and Albert bath, walk-in glass-screened shower with ‘rain’ shower and hand spray, surface-mounted wash basin, W.C., towel warmer/radiator.

Double Aspect Bedroom (Approx 17’11 x 14’5)
Decorative cast iron fireplace.

Double Aspect Bedroom (Approx 18’5 x 16’11)

En Suite Bathroom (Approx 14’4 x 11’7)
Victoria and Albert bath, walk-in glass-screened shower with ‘rain’ shower and hand spray, surface-mounted wash basin, W.C., towel warmer/radiator.

Lower Ground Floor 
Hallway leading to:

Office (Approx 18’0 x 17’7)
Door to:

Server Room (Approx 15’5 x 14’4)

Utility Area (Approx 11’9 x 11’3)
Range of laminate-countered units on two walls incorporating stainless steel sink unit, matching wall cabinets, part tiled walls.

Inner Hall
Twin fully tiled cloakrooms, each with pedestal wash hand basin and W.C.

Store Room (Approx 16’4  x 14’2)

Chubb Strong Room (Approx 24’3 x 18’7)

Games Room Area (Approx 16’11 x 10’0)
Store cupboard and:

Store Room (Approx 16’4 x 12’0)
Two further lower ground floor rooms:

Room 1 (Approx 11’7 x 11’7)

Room 2 (Approx 25’7 x 16’10)
Independent wing:

Double doors from front elevation to:

Galleried Entrance Hall (Approx 12’8 x 11’5)
Oak staircase to first floor.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room (Approx 15’6 x 10’4)
‘L’-shaped laminate-countered unit with cupboards and drawers under incorporating stainless steel sink unit and Insinkerator, range of wall cabinets, Rangemaster double-range oven with induction hob, stainless steel extractor hood, tiled splash back, wall cabinets with underlighting, French doors to courtyard and gardens.

Utility Room (Approx 11’1 x 7’1)
Laminate-topped units with corner stainless steel sink unit, Miele washing machine and dryer, wall cabinets and tall storage units, twin built-in Zanussi fridge/freezers.

Sitting Room (Approx 27’1 x 12’1)
Double patio doors to gardens.

First Floor

Double-Height Galleried Landing (Approx 23’4 x 14’11)
Beamed ceiling.

Double Aspect Bedroom 1 (Approx 15’3 x 11’9)

Dressing Room

En Suite Bathroom
Victoria and Albert freestanding bath, twin towel warmers, tiled walk-in shower with ‘rain’ shower head plus hand spray, pedestal wash hand basin, W.C., tiled floor.

Bedroom 2 (Approx 15’1 x 10’8)

Bedroom 3 (Approx 14’10 x 14’1)

Dressing Room
Roof access. Door to heated linen cupboard with Santon Premier Plus unvented hot water cylinder.

En Suite Bathroom (Also accessed from landing)
Victoria and Albert freestanding bath, fully tiled wet room area with Aqualisa stop/start controls, twin towel warmers, pedestal wash hand basin, W.C., tiled floor.

Outside
Four car garage block. Large greenhouse. Gardener’s W.C. with wash basin.

Plant Room
Housing twin Worcester oil fired boilers.

The property is set in two acres of land, predominantly laid to sweeping lawns with mature trees and shrubs, together with kitchen and herb gardens and restored orchard, completed by fields bordering the driveway approach. An additional 4.5 acres can be purchased by separate negotiation.

Services
Mains drainage and water. oil fired central heating.

Tenure
The tenure is freehold.

Rateable Value
£1,020.00

Rates Payable
£6,508.84

Viewings
Strictly by appointment through the Agent, Black Grace Cowley.

 

Key Features

Principle Residence Features
  • 6 Reception Rooms, 27'3 Reception Hall, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 4 Cloakrooms
  • Office and communications suite, Extensive lower ground floor ancillary storage rooms
  • A wealth of original features including pitch pine floors, restored sash windows, decorative cornices and cast iron Verandah, high ceilings to all principal accommodation
  Owner's Wing
  • 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
  • Galleried Entrance Hall, Sitting Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room
  Additionally
  • Garaging for four cars
  • Six acres of grounds with kitchen and herb gardens
  • Oil fired central heating, Cat 5 cabling, phase 3 electrics
 

At a Glance

  • Price
    £4,000,000
  • Status
    For Sale
  • Bedrooms
    7
  • Reception Rooms
    8
  • Bathrooms
    6
  • Heating
    Oil fired central heating
  • Front Garden
    Yes
  • Rear Garden
    Yes
  • Garage
    Yes

Key Features

Principle Residence Features
  • 6 Reception Rooms, 27'3 Reception Hall, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 4 Cloakrooms
  • Office and communications suite, Extensive lower ground floor ancillary storage rooms
  • A wealth of original features including pitch pine floors, restored sash windows, decorative cornices and cast iron Verandah, high ceilings to all principal accommodation
  Owner's Wing
  • 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
  • Galleried Entrance Hall, Sitting Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room
  Additionally
  • Garaging for four cars
  • Six acres of grounds with kitchen and herb gardens
  • Oil fired central heating, Cat 5 cabling, phase 3 electrics
 

Contact the Agent

Contact the Agent

Stephen Sutherland

stephen@blackgracecowley.com

(01624) 645559

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Lorne House
Douglas Street, Castletown

£4,000,000