Guide price £1,250,000
AN ATTRACTIVE 1920'S FAMILY HOUSE, OCCUPYING A MATURE GARDEN SETTING ADJOINING FIELDS AND CLOSE TO VILLAGE AMENITIES. ACCOMMODATION IN BRIEF - Vestibule; Entrance Hall; Drawing Room; Dining Room; Sitting Room; Kitchen/Breakfast Room; Cloakroom with W.C.; Utility. - 5 Double Bedrooms; Office/Bedroom 6; 3 Bath/Shower rooms (1 en-suite). - Triple Garage with attached Office; Separate Garage/ Machinery Store; Landscaped Gardens and Grounds, Outdoor heated Swimming Pool with changing rooms. - In all approximately 1.62 acres (0.65 ha). DESCRIPTION The Stray is a charming detached property built in 1925 of brick with white painted, roughcast rendered elevations with some half timbering effect, beneath a slate roof with deep overhanging eaves and high chimney stacks. The property has not been offered for sale for over 30 years and has provided a superb family home during that time. It is a fine example of 1920's architecture with a strong Edwardian influence, having plenty of character throughout including high ceilings, many with covings, period doors, windows and fireplaces, and of particular note is an impressive turned staircase with oak handrail and balusters rising to a galleried landing. From the vestibule double doors open to the entrance hall which forms a lovely centre of the house and off which all principal rooms. The drawing and dining rooms both have twin aspects over the gardens and decorative fireplaces with open fires, the drawing room also having a deep bow window. The kitchen, which has plenty of space for a table and chairs, incorporates a range of wall and floor units with cupboards and drawers beneath work surfaces, an electric 2 oven Aga and separate electric hob, AEG dishwasher and fridge/freezer, and stainless steel sink with mixer. Beyond is a sitting room which is south facing and has glazed sliding doors to the garden, and a utility with twin wall mounted boilers and plenty of storage. At first floor level the accommodation is as comprehensive, with 5 spacious double bedrooms, a study or sixth bedroom as required, and three bath/shower rooms, one of which is en-suite to the master bedroom which also has access to a south facing balcony from which there are lovely views across adjoining fields. LOCATION The Stray occupies an extremely private position sitting centrally within its plot, accessed off an unmade lane and adjoining open countryside at the rear. It is situated within a couple of miles of the sought after village of Willaston which provides a comprehensive range of local services for everyday needs including convenience stores, post office, dentist and doctor's surgeries, pubs and a church. Heswall and Neston are a few miles distant which provide a wider choice of shopping together with high street banks and supermarkets. The Stray is conveniently placed for Chester and Liverpool which offer a wide range of shopping, schooling and leisure facilities. In this connection there is a well regarded primary school in Willaston and Neston High School is within walking distance. There are also several grammar schools in Wirral including West Kirby, Caldy and Wirral complemented by various independent schools nearby including Birkenhead and The Firs and Kings and Queen's schools in Chester. On the recreational front there is a variety of sporting activities in the area including sailing and windsurfing on the Marine Lake and Dee Estuary, golf clubs at Caldy, Heswall and Royal Liverpool at Hoylake, Rugby at Caldy and Wirral on the edge of Thornton Hough, and The Neston Club offers cricket, hockey, tennis and squash. COMMUNICATIONS Whilst occupying a semi-rural location The Stray benefits from excellent road communications being 3 miles from the M53 motorway which provides fast access to Liverpool and Chester and connects with the national motorway network including the M56 for travel to Manchester. There is a rail link from Hooton to Chester from which there is a sub 2 hr intercity service to London Euston, and both Liverpool and Manchester are served with international airports. OUTSIDE The Stray is approached via a tarmacadamed drive with large lawned turning circle with clipped yews. To one side of the drive is a series of mature trees and bushes which extend to a triple garage (26'6" x 20') constructed of brick and block rendered elevations beneath a tiled roof, having 3 electric up and over doors and served with light, water and power. Attached is a extremely useful office (17'7" x 11'1") with light and power, and on the far side a timber shed. Beyond is a lawn with raised decked area and dense floral borders, and a gravel path which leads to a former garage now machinery store (18' x 14'7" approx.) constructed of timber beneath a tiled roof and served with light, power and water. A productive vegetable garden with soft fruit cage abuts the easterly boundary, and beside which is the ''pool house'. A block and rendered structure comprising a main seating area (presently used as for storing plants) with glazed roof, off which is a W.C. pair of changing rooms, shower room and plant room housing the filtration system for the pool which is served by an air source heat pump located against the outside north elevation of the building. The pool is to the south and occupying a secluded and sheltered position which high hedges running along each side. The pool (40' x 15' approx.) is tiled and has an electrically operated cover and flagged surround. The main gardens are to the side and the south of the house, and are laid to lawn with deep floral and herbaceous borders providing a high degree of privacy. There are several mature trees including horse chestnut, silver birch, holly, beech, cedar and eucalyptus which all help provide for a mature a impressive setting. The path which leads around the house also extends from the main garden back through a gate to the drive and front door.
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