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No chain****Having recently been the subject of a comprehensive programme of renovation, Gate House will no doubt have received many admiring glances in its time, but probably no more so than since it became under the attentive ownership of our clients, who through hard work, dedication and attention to detail have restored this beautiful home to its former glory and beyond. There is no mistaking the magnetic curb appeal which this home boasts, its abundance of character and charm enchanting the heart from one’s first glance towards its rendered exterior, being reminiscent of a bygone era of tradition and heritage, and this certainly integrates seamlessly with its countryside surroundings, its extremely generous plot enjoying far-reaching views to the front towards Winter Hill and Rivington and over adjoining fields to the rear. The property is situated in the highly desirable village of Charnock Richard, renowned for its pleasing family-friendly environment and strong sense of community. Particular points of note are the pleasant country public houses within strolling distance, excellent schools, convenient motorway links and close proximity to picturesque surrounding villages, such as Eccleston and Croston, which are consistently popular with visitors to the area. When one is looking for something a little more vibrant, the centre of the bustling market town of Chorley with its plentiful shops and amenities and convenient transport hubs is mere minutes away, with one able to return to their peaceful retreat of an evening, perhaps for a relaxing stroll with the dogs within any of a number of local beauty spots, such as Astley Park and Yarrow Valley Country Park. The transformation which this home has undergone is very impressive indeed, having been finished to a lovely standard throughout, with quality fixtures and fittings which have been carefully selected to blend seamlessly with the style of the property, resulting in an exceptional end product which is as authentic as it is tasteful. Amongst a host of aesthetic improvements, such as a new quality fitted kitchen, three bath/shower rooms and new double glazing, major building works have been completed, including a double storey extension, the installation of new electrics and a new Nest-controlled gas central heating system, as well as re-plastered walls and a complete re-configuration of the original layout, to create a fabulous re-worked floorplan which flows perfectly and is the epitome of modern day living, extending to in excess of a most generous 2,090 square feet of accommodation in total, and creating a home reminiscent of a new build property. One enters via the entrance porch and is then immediately greeted by the hub of this home, the magnificent 25’ open plan kitchen/diner/family room, which is the epitome of modern day living, that wonderfully sociable space opening out onto the garden which is so highly sought-after nowadays, whether it be where the family can gather together or when one is entertaining those populous gatherings. This bright space is flooded with natural light via the plethora of windows, including the uPVC double glazed French doors, and has been re-fitted with a stunning range of in-frame wall and base units in olive green with contrasting solid wood block work surfaces, incorporating a traditional Belfast sink, as well as a number of integrated appliances, including Rangemaster cooker with extractor canopy and dishwasher. The inner hallway with its carved spindled staircase to the first floor provides access to the remainder of the ground floor accommodation, which includes a most useful off-lying three piece shower room, where one can clean off the dog after a muddy walk through the countryside, as well as a handy utility room, which also houses the gas central heating boiler, as well as providing space for a washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. The 11’ study with its exposed floorboards provides some space if one wishes to work from home, or perhaps this could be utilised as a playroom for the little ones, with the gorgeous main 19’ lounge being the piece de resistance, an unconventionally-shaped feature room which again is wonderfully bright via the plentiful windows, whilst the cast iron free-standing radiators and solid-fuel burner with its stone hearth add those attractive flares of character which add such personality. If one ventures up to the first floor, the feature galleried landing with its skylight window provides access to the four double bedrooms, including the fabulous master suite, which not only boasts a beautiful three piece en-suite bathroom complete with roll-top slipper bath and an off-lying dressing room, but also a delightful ‘Juliet’ balcony from where one can enjoy those countryside views. The family bathroom completes the accommodation, being sumptuously and stylishly appointed with a four piece suite in classic white, comprising of WC, pedestal wash hand basin, tiled bath and walk-in wet room-style shower. Externally, this home continues to impress, with a vast plot which affords swathes of lawn to the rear adjoining countryside, giving the little ones ample opportunity to burn off their energy, exploring to their hearts’ content, whilst mum and dad keep a watchful eye from the sizeable stone patio, perhaps with a relaxing glass of wine or two. The front garden is low-maintenance, being laid with shingle, whilst the generous driveway provides all of the off-road parking one could ever require, as well as giving access to the recently constructed over-sized detached garage, which provides that all-important storage. We must stress in the strongest of terms the importance of a swift inspection of this unique home to avoid disappointment.