It is often said that when searching for a property, location is everything and, if that statement is to be believed, then the simply sublime position of this breath-taking Grade II listed semi-detached stone-built former weaver’s cottage cannot fail to exceed one’s expectations. Forming part of a small hamlet of similarly characterful homes, the property is secreted away along a private lane, just off Briers Brow, encompassed by stunning countryside and affording an authentic... More
It is often said that when searching for a property, location is everything and, if that statement is to be believed, then the simply sublime position of this breath-taking Grade II listed semi-detached stone-built former weaver’s cottage cannot fail to exceed one’s expectations. Forming part of a small hamlet of similarly characterful homes, the property is secreted away along a private lane, just off Briers Brow, encompassed by stunning countryside and affording an authentic feeling of rural living, with seemingly the whole of Lancashire being one’s garden. The rustic exterior sits perfectly amidst its country backdrop and would no doubt have been cast many wistful glances from admiring passers-by if it wasn’t for the discrete position, merely hinting at the wealth of character and charm which can be discovered inside, abound with features such as exposed beams, stone mullion windows, traditional doors and a characterful fireplace. Despite the delightful location giving the impression that one is miles away from civilisation, the reality is that the highly desirable village of Wheelton offers far more than a quality country lifestyle, not least the ease at which one can reach the plentiful amenities available within the vibrant centre of Chorley, as well as the motorway network, which will be ideal for those with a commute to consider, with major commercial centres such as Manchester, Bolton and Preston accessible with ease, safe in the knowledge that one can return to their rural retreat of an evening to relax away the stresses of the day. The property was comprehensively renovated to an extremely high standard circa five years ago, incorporating superior quality fixtures and fittings, sympathetically selected and blended with the original building, a fusion of the old and the new, to provide all the modern appointments required in modern day living, whilst retaining the rustic accents which acknowledge its past and provide that much desired originality. Our clients have continued in the same vein and the property is presented in exemplary order throughout, beautifully presented and notably filled with natural light, which compliments the well laid-out and spacious floor plan, extending to in excess of 1,695 square feet in total. One enters via the glazed entrance porch and proceeds through into the fabulous 29’ open plan kitchen/diner/family room, providing that much desired hub of the home-style feel which is so popular in modern day living, a wonderfully sociable environment whether it be a space in which the family can gather together or when one has the urge to entertain, able to accommodate even the most populous of gatherings, complete with direct access to the rear. The room enjoys an almost tangible warmth, aided in no small part by the all-important feature brick fireplace with its inset solid-fuel burner, which conjures images of frosty winter evenings with the ultimate crackling soundtrack to one’s dinner party, whilst the attractive blend of quality Oak and stone flagged flooring add further touches of character. The kitchen is comprehensively fitted with a range of wall and base units in white with contrasting black granite work surfaces, including a central island incorporating a breakfast bar and benefitting from a host of integrated appliances, including a microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. The 18’ sitting room enjoys a similarly inviting ambiance and is lovely and cosy, as well as filled with light via the dual-aspect windows, which includes a gorgeous stone mullion window to the front elevation. From here, the spindled, open tread staircase rises to the first floor landing, which provides access to the three double bedrooms, all of which are bright and appealing, with the marvellous 17’ master suite being reminiscent of a boutique hotel, complete with a superb ‘Juliet’ balcony to the rear which frames those stunning views so perfectly, built-in wardrobes and a private three piece en-suite shower room. The remainder of the family are well catered for by the main bathroom, which is fitted with a four piece suite in classic white, comprising of WC, pedestal wash hand basin, panelled corner bath and separate shower cubicle. However, the accommodation does not end there, with our clients having thoughtfully and skilfully constructed a stone-built detached garage to compliment the original property, providing secure garage parking or an extremely useful storage space. To the rear of the garage, one will discover a handy utility room and an off-lying WC, whilst there is a further flexible 13’ room to the first floor, which provides the opportunity for perhaps an annex-style living space or a study, should one require some space in which to work from home. Further highlights include double glazing and an eco-friendly, air source heating system, which is extremely economical. Externally, the landscaped gardens to the front and rear are a real joy, the front being mainly laid to lawn, with well-stocked plants and shrubs to the borders and with a pretty shingled driveway meandering its way to the front door, whilst the cobbled driveway provides all the off-road parking one could require, as well as giving access to the garage. The rear garden with its large lawn and delightful planted borders is simply breath-taking, the adjoining fields giving way to the expansive panoramic views which stretch as far as the Welsh mountains around to the Fylde Coast, with one able to enjoy the wonderful privacy from the stone flagged patio area, no doubt with a relaxing glass of wine or a romantic setting for a spot of lunch. This beautiful property provides an easy option for those looking for a home into which they can simply move in their belongings, sit back and relax in their new peaceful surroundings and we would highly recommend an early inspection to avoid missing out on such a unique opportunity.