Guide price £1,750,000
A BEAUTIFUL GEORGIAN COUNTRY HOUSE WITH EXTENSIVE ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATION AND LAND, OCCUPYING AN EXTREMELY PRIVATE YET ACCESSIBLE LOCATION. HOLME BANK - Veranda; Entrance and staircase halls; Drawing room; Dining room; Kitchen with Utility area off; Study; Cloakroom; Pantry and Store; Rear hall; Cellars. Galleried landing; Four Double bedrooms; Dressing room/Bedroom 5; 2 Bathrooms. HOLME BANK FLAT - Entrance hall; Kitchen; Sitting room; 2 Double bedrooms; Bathroom. HOLME BANK LODGE (AVAILABLE BY SEPARATE NEGOTIATION) - Entrance hall; Dining room; Sitting room; Kitchen; Lean-to Utility; Two double bedrooms; Bathroom; Garden. OUTSIDE - Traditional brick 2 storey building comprising Stabling; Workshop; Carport; Former Tack room/store; Holme Bank Flat and Separate former bed sit; Attached single garage. Mature gardens and grounds with lake; Walled garden; Redundant outdoor swimming pool and tennis court; Pasture and woodland. - In all approximately 18.33 acres (7.42 ha). DESCRIPTION Holme Bank occupies a private position standing in extremely attractive gardens and grounds accessed via a long privately owned drive. Listed Grade II for its special architectural and historic importance the house dates from 1789 and is constructed of brick with predominantly white painted rendered elevations beneath a welsh slate roof with high chimney stacks. It has a particularly attractive, almost symmetrical 2 storey front facade with shallow pitch hipped roof with parapet, and central front door beneath a fanlight accessed via a flight of stone steps leading up to a veranda extending across the width of the building. In addition to the lovely front elevation, the house has an abundance of character including diamond paned windows, sash windows to ground and first floor, a tiled floor in the hall, elegant turned staircase rising to a galleried landing, high ceilings, sash windows with window shutters and period doors with architraves. The house provides well proportioned accommodation arranged over two floors served by oil fired central heating and some secondary glazing, and whilst entirely habitable it would benefit from a scheme of upgrading to meet with modern living styles and standards. There is also space to extend the building if required, subject to the availability of any necessary consents. In addition to the main house there is a self contained first floor apartment created from the conversion of the adjacent traditional brick and slate building, and to complete the small estate is a gate lodge which is situated beside the drive. The property has extensive grounds which provide for a spectacular and mature setting, including pasture which is suitable for a variety of uses including grazing horses or livestock, or simply for mowing. In summary, Holme Bank comprises a charming small country house estate in a secluded and extremely convenient location close to Chester. The main house is beautifully proportioned but also lends itself to a form of extension to be commensurate with the extent of land and overall setting, which would support further investment. There are very few properties of such appearance and calibre with extensive ancillary accommodation which exist in this area, and seldom are they offered to the open market. Indeed, Holme Bank has been in the present owners' family for over 50 years and comes to the market for the first time during their tenure. A flight of stone steps rises to the front door with decorative arched fanlight above and windows to either side. The entrance hall has a tiled floor and provides access to the two principal reception rooms, both of which have twin aspects across the grounds including the main lawn and drive at the front of the house. Each have decorative fireplaces, high ceilings, fine decorative plaster-work, and the windows incorporate an unusual diamond pane detail with french windows to the south and west elevations. To the rear is the staircase hall with elegant turned staircase including decorative balusters and hardwood handrail, beneath which is access to the cellar which comprises three rooms. The kitchen has an oil fired Aga, sink and storage cupboards, and a Worcester oil boiler. Beyond is a useful pantry providing excellent storage. Off the opposite side of the building is a part panelled study and cloakroom with W.C. The study is a characterful room with its bay window looking to the rear of the house. At first floor level the accommodation is as comprehensive. The stairs rise to a galleried landing with high ceiling and loft access. Across the front elevation are the two main bedrooms which have lovely open views including from the main bedroom a long vista through the trees and across the fields towards the welsh hills. There are two further double bedrooms, a single fifth or dressing room to the master bedroom, and two bathrooms, both of which are functional but extremely dated. LOCATION Holme Bank occupies an extremely private, rural position accessed via a long drive surrounded by its own land. Being slightly elevated the house enjoys a pleasant aspect across the gardens and west through the trees and across rolling countryside. The nearby village of Tarvin, which is under a mile away, has an attractive church, a selection of shops including a post office and small Co-op together with doctor's surgery, chemist and veterinary practice. The popular village of Tarporley and city of Chester are 5 and 7 miles respectively providing a wider range of services with extensive shopping in the renowned ''Chester Rows' complimented by out of town retail parks including the outlet village at Cheshire Oaks. In Tarvin there is a state primary school and secondary schools at Tarporley and Christleton together with a selection of private schools in Chester including The Firs, The Hammond, King's and Queen's, Abbeygate College at Saighton and The Grange at Hartford. On the recreational front there are several sports clubs nearby including football at Tarvin, rugby at Vicar's Cross, hockey at Tarporley, sailing at Manley and several golf courses locally at Tarporley, Oscroft and Waverton. For the equestrian enthusiasts there is racing at Chester and Bangor-on-Dee, hunting is with the Cheshire Foxhounds and a motor racing circuit at Oulton Park. COMMUNICATIONS Holme Bank benefits from excellent road links with access to the M53 and M56 motorways beyond Chester permitting daily travel to all areas of commerce throughout the North West including Liverpool and Manchester. Likewise The Potteries and Birmingham are commutable via the M6 motorway. Travel to London is available from Chester station from which there is a sub 2 hour service via Crewe to Euston whilst Liverpool and Manchester are both served by international airports. HOLME BANK FLAT AND OUTBUILDINGS To the rear of the main house is a traditional brick and slate outbuilding. Previously stabling with loft over the building has been converted at first floor level, while the ground floor has retained much of its original charm, character and design. There is a series of loose boxes with hay baskets, and a workshop with original brick sett floor. At the other end of the building is an open fronted carport and former tack/feed room, now providing a useful store. At first floor level and accessed via a metal staircase at the rear of the building is the flat. It provides spacious accommodation served by oil fired central heating and double glazing, and from which there is a lovely northerly view across the walled garden and beyond towards Helsby Hill in the distance. The remainder of the first floor comprises a former studio flat which is accessed via a staircase from the carport. It requires a scheme of refurbishment, but with the flat and the lodge offers potential for creating a letting unit from which to derive an income or as additional ancillary living space. HOLME BANK LODGE A charming detached property situated at the entrance to Holme Bank. Constructed of a Ruabon red brick beneath a tiled roof with deep overhung eaves and decorative barge boards, the lodge is a more recent building than Holme Bank itself with the character and appearance of a late 18th/early 19th century building. It provides comfortableaccommodation arranged over two floors, served by oil fired central heating, and does offer scope for extension if required subject to any necessary consents. In a similar vein to Holme Bank, the building would benefit from a scheme of modernisation to meet with modern standards. The Lodge has a lawned garden at the rear of the building with floral borders, and adjoins a field to the west enjoying an open rural aspect. GARDENS AND GROUNDS Holme Bank is approached via a long drive which extends approx 450 metres from the road to the house, winding its way through attractive woodland underplanted with banks of rhododendron and azalea. Beside the drive is a field in a single enclosure which is down to grass, with wide road frontage and surrounded by mature hedgerows. The field extends up to a lake which is surrounded by mature woodland. The lake is supplied by surface water run off and an underground spring, and has an over flow to land to the west. The drive continues past the lake and on through an entrance splay with gate pillars, to the side of which is a stone haha separating the gardens from a further field. The drive sweeps around in front of the house where there is a wide lawn and which is shielded on both sides by a stand of impressive trees to include oak, Turkey oak, beech, Spanish chestnut, copper beech, sycamore, lime and a magnificent cedar. There are woodland walks with spring bulbs and access to a dell which in turn leads back down towards the lake. The drive culminates at a cobbled yard to the rear of the house flanked by the outbuildings. There is a pair of small brick and slated potting sheds, and a well with water pump. To the rear of the outbuildings is a part walled garden which until recently was overgrown and has been cleared. There is a series of derelict timber and corrugated buildings, an apple orchard and, at the far end, a former swimming pool which, too, is derelict as is the former tennis court to the west of the house. The remainder of the land is sub-divided into two main enclosures, on either side of the house, providing a high degree of privacy. The fields are both down to grass and have either post and wire fencing or mature hedgerows. They are gently sloping and as such reasonably free draining. PROPERTY INFORMATION Address: Holme Bank, Holme Street, Tarvin, Chester, CH3 8EQ Tenure: Freehold with vacant possession Services: Mains water & electricity, private drainage (main house and flat shared tank) and oil central heating. Burglar alarm to Holme Bank. Local Authority: Cheshire West & Chester Council. Tel: 0300 123 8123. Council Tax: Holme Bank: Band G. £3,435 payable 2022/23. Holme Bank Flat: Band A. £1,374 payable 2022/23. Holme Bank Lodge: Band E. £2,519 payable 2022/23 Fixtures & Fittings: Unless specifically mentioned in these particulars all contents, fixtures and fittings, garden ornaments, statues, carpets and curtains are specifically excluded from the sale. Certain items may be available by separate negotiation. NB: The fields are presently let on an annual grazing licence until 2022. The Lodge and Flat are presently Let on Assured Shorthold Tenancies. Both tenants have been given Notice to vacate. Overage Provision: The field with frontage to the A51 will be sold subject to an overage provision, reserving to the vendors for a term of 20 years, 50% of any uplift in value arising upon the granting of planning permission for change of use.
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