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On an all too rare occasion, the market is graced with something that little bit special, a unique home of distinction which has the ability to stir emotion and desire even before one takes a step across the threshold. This simply stunning double-fronted Edwardian detached residence offers one such opportunity, and has no doubt been cast many wistful glances by admiring passers-by, its handsome façade oozing the personality and charm which is synonymous with a bygone era of character and tradition. This truly inspiring home is steeped in both, being a former vicarage which has been comprehensively renovated under our client’s attentive ownership and who have viewed their tenure of this landmark property as being merely custodians of a piece of history, one which is now ready to be passed on to its next guardians. This handsome property has no doubt many stories to tell from Chorley’s illustrious past and it is this rich feeling of heritage, both internally and externally, which makes this opportunity so rare, brimming with period features and oozing a certain grandeur which is quite simply not found nowadays.
Aside from its obvious aesthetic appeal, it is the sheer size of this home which is quite awe-inspiring and which cannot fully be appreciated without an internal inspection, homes on this scale being a rarity indeed. We are confident that there are few, if any, in the area which can compete with the vast proportions of this fine example, with accommodation arranged over two inviting levels and extending to in excess of 3,275 square feet in total, which cannot fail to impress and which even the largest of families will struggle to outgrow. What is doubly impressive, however, is that despite its size, this home feels cosy and welcoming, which is a real testament to our clients, resulting in an almost tangible warmth and the perfect environment in which to raise one’s family. The quality and high standard of finish which transcends the living spaces is clearly apparent, with contemporary fixtures and fittings blending harmoniously with the abundance of character features on display, having each been carefully selected to blend with the style of the property, resulting in an end product which is as authentic as it is tasteful.
The property could not be located in a more convenient position, within a short stroll of the vibrant town centre of Chorley and, therefore, benefiting from ease of access to an abundance of shops and amenities, ease of travel for the commuter, with both the bus and train station within easy reach, as well as well-regarded schools at both primary and secondary levels, which is always an important consideration with any potential family home. For the older generation, the M61 and M6 motorways are accessible with a couple of minutes, ensuring major commercial centres such as Manchester, Preston and Bolton are within easy reach, which will be sure to score highly with those with a commute to consider.
In brief, the accommodation comprises of: storm porch, inner porch, magnificent reception hallway with gorgeous feature staircase, guest WC, cloakroom, 20’ main lounge complete with feature bay window and carved fireplace with inset solid-fuel burner, 15’ drawing room, 15’ family room, stylish 23’ breakfast kitchen complete with quartz work surfaces and a host of integrated appliances, including high-level electric oven, induction hob with extractor, microwave, warming drawer, larder fridge, freezer, dishwasher and two wine coolers; secondary catering kitchen, utility room, breath-taking galleried landing, five double bedrooms, two en-suite shower rooms, study and a superb four piece family bathroom in white, comprising of WC, twin wall-mounted wash hand basins and panelled corner bath, as well as a walk-in wet room-style shower. Further highlights include a full solar panel system and highly efficient thermodynamic hot water generator, as well as the wonderful surprise of views towards the coast, despite its central location.
Externally, the proportions of the grounds echo the interior, being extremely generous and enjoying an excellent degree of privacy. This calming oasis has something for every member of the family and is certain to score highly with any green-fingered acquirers, being mainly laid to lawn, where the little ones can burn off their energy when they are not exhausting themselves within the soft-barked play area and bordered by mature, carefully selected ornamental trees, plants and shrubs to the perimeter. However, this really is a garden for entertaining, the outside catering area being well equipped with an integrated barbeque and pizza oven, whilst one can soak up some sunshine on the beautiful York stone patio, perhaps with a relaxing glass of something bubbly. Accessible by electrically-operated gates, the shingled driveway provides plenty of off-road parking facilities, whilst there is a useful brick-built outbuilding, which is made up of a number of garden stores, a WC and a greenhouse, the latter of which will be perfect for those looking for a taste of the good life, in conjunction with the raised planters for growing those vegetables.
This unique opportunity to acquire a piece of history is rare indeed and we would highly recommend an early expression of interest to avoid disappointment.