- Handsome Grade II listed Victorian detached residence
- Located in the sought-after village of Bretherton
- Beautifully finished accommodation set over three floors
- Brimming throughout with many period features
- Five bedrooms - two of which have en suite facilities
- Five separate well-proportioned reception rooms
- Shaker style breakfast kitchen and adjacent utility room
- Potential for self-contained annexe accommodation
- Garage and secure driveway parking for numerous cars
- Mature and secluded walled gardens surround
This distinctive and substantial former rectory provides a striking combination of elegant spaces throughout its three storeys of characterful accommodation. The spacious rooms exude a warm and welcoming aura and the fusion of traditional grandeur and contemporary style blends seamlessly throughout. Set within private gardens which enjoy both ecclesiastical and far reaching open views to the rear, rarely does such a splendid residence of standing come to market.
The painted, solid oak door is set in a sandstone Tudor arch surround with a fanlight over and opens to the vestibule with high ceiling, pine panelled door to the study and glazed door opening to the inner hall, original tiled flooring, and a cupboard with mirrored niche above.
The study has stripped pine floorboards and a sash window to the front with architrave concealed pine shutters, a circular window to the side and pendant lighting. One wall is lined with cupboards having book shelves above and a picture rail encircles the room which has low-level wall panelling and a traditional style radiator. The study also has an original cast iron open fireplace with slate hearth and Adam style surround.
Stripped pine floorboards are also in the hall which has a spindle staircase rising and turning to the first floor and doors to the reception rooms off. There is pendant lighting and an original maids wall bell has been retained. A walk-in, radiator-warmed cloakroom has a sash window to the side plus boot shelves and a fitted cloaks cupboard.
With architrave shutter cabinets bordering the superb, almost full-length, sash bay window to the side, the lounge has wonderful views of the church and its stained-glass windows. Having stripped floorboards, picture rail and low-level wall panelling, the focal point of the lounge is a marble fire surround housing a multi-fuel burning stove resting on a tiled hearth. Further warmth can be supplied by three traditional style radiators.
Also, with stripped oak floorboards, the sitting room has sash windows to the front and side plus central pendant lighting. With wall panelling at low level, this room is warmed by an open fire facility housed within a cast iron fire surround upon a tiled hearth.
The dining room has a sash window to the side with traditional style radiator beneath. Set into a sandstone ingle is the old range cooker and open fire with the maker’s mark – Cooper and Heaton, Manchester – still evident. There is central pendant lighting and the ceramic tiled floor continues through to the kitchen.
The combined kitchen/breakfast area has four sash windows to one side, one sash window to the opposite side plus a Velux skylight and recessed downlights to the vaulted ceiling of the kitchen. The dining area has pendant lighting above the table space and there is a wall-mounted television point. A range of hand-painted wall and base units surround and have black granite work tops with an inset ceramic Butlers sink and mixer tap set beneath a window overlooking the garden. Separating the two areas is a peninsula workstation with overhang breakfast bar to the end and which has a second inset stainless-steel sink unit and mixer tap. A cream-coloured electric and gas Aga with a six-burner hob over is set into a brick chimney breast with stone lintel over. A stripped pine larder cupboard blends in beautifully and offers additional storage and a cheese cabinet actually houses the microwave oven. The waste bin and Siemens automatic dishwasher are integrated and a door opens to the rear hall.
Adjoining the kitchen is the utility room which has an opaque window and a sash window, both to the rear. This room houses the wall mounted Baxi gas central heating boiler and a further range of cream units with woodblock work surfaces over and there is space for an American-style fridge freezer.
The rear hallway has a window and door to the rear and a vaulted ceiling inset with spotlights and a Velux skylight. The ceramic tiled floor continues into the washroom, also with a Velux window, having a three-piece white suite comprising a bath with shower and screen over, low-flush w.c. and pedestal wash hand basin. The walls are partly tiled and there is a chrome ladder-style heated rail for warming towels.
From the rear hallway a door opens into a large garage with three windows to the rear, a store cupboard, four strip lights and which has additional plumbing for an automatic washing machine and tumble dryer.
Also, from the hall, a staircase rises to the family room above the garage which is currently utilised as office space and has windows to the rear and front plus three Velux windows to the side. This latter section of the house could easily be used as a self-contained annex for a dependent relative or as a guest suite.
The spindle balustrade staircase rises and turns from the main, inner hallway and has a window at the half-landing. Two pendant lights illuminate the area, painted panelled doors give way to the rooms off, two of which are linen cupboards.
The master suite opens to a corridor through to the dressing room fitted with clothes racks, shoe shelves and drawer banks all lit by pendant lighting. A broad doorway leads to the bedroom with sash windows to the front and side, pendant lighting and a wall-mounted television point opposite the bed space. The fully tiled en suite with laminate floor has a sash window to the front, inset spot lights and over-mirror vanity light. The three-piece suite comprises a walk-in double shower, pedestal wash hand basin and low-flush w.c.
Bedroom two has a sash window to the front, ample space for furniture, pendant lighting and a wall-mounted television point opposite the bed space. Bedroom three has a sash window to the side and pendant lighting. A fitted wardrobe to one wall with a mirror door and central dressing table is supplemented by a further fitted wardrobe.
A door opens to an antechamber with stairs rising to the second floor and a further door leading to the dual-aspect family bathroom having windows to two sides and a vaulted ceiling with inset spotlights. The fully tiled walls and floor in natural shades form the backdrop to the five-piece white suite comprising a walk-in, wet-room style double shower with glass screen, a claw-foot stand-alone roll-top bath with mixer tap and hand shower over, pedestal wash hand basin, low-flush w.c. and bidet. This spacious bathroom is warmed by a radiator plus a chrome ladder-style heated towel rail.
The spindle staircase to the second floor passes a sash window at the turn, and a Velux window and pendant light are at the landing.
Bedroom four has two sash windows to the side and a Velux window to the rear, with two eaves storage cupboards and featuring a brick chimney breast and ingle. Bedroom five has a sash window to the Church side of the house, wall-mounted television point, two eaves storage cupboards and a brick chimney breast and fire place. A door opens to the en suite bathroom with Velux window and inset spot lights. The white four-piece suite comprises a corner bath with hand shower over, pedestal wash hand basin, low-flush w.c. and bidet. The en suite is tiled to splash areas and there is a chrome ladder-style heated towel rail.
On this floor there is also a separate bathroom with mostly tiled walls and oak floorboards. The radiator-warmed suite comprises a tile-panelled bath and hand shower over, low-flush w.c. and pedestal wash hand basin.
The property is approached via a lengthy pebbled driveway providing parking for numerous cars, and having an extensive lawn garden to the side, edged by mature shrub borders and several established trees. Beyond the lawn is a timber frame greenhouse with brick base which sits alongside a timber gate to the rear. Set into a high brick wall, timber double gates open from the driveway and lead to a further pebbled parking area for several cars and the attached garage with power and light. Wrought iron gates further open to the rear garden, passing the ornamental fish pond, an al fresco dining and barbecue area and reaching the walled lawn garden.
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