Aldersey Lane, Aldersey Green, Near Tattenhall
Tucked away off the main road, leave the hustle and bustle behind as you pull off onto a peaceful lane, where the first heart-warming glimpses of Brookside Cottage can be glimpsed as you cross the bridge over the brook. After all, there’s no place like home…
Arrive home to the gentle soundtrack of cows and sheep in the surrounding fields. Symmetrical and whitewashed with a pretty slate-topped porch dressed in colourful hanging baskets, Brookside Cottage resonates quaint kerb appeal. Dating back 300 years in parts, Brookside Cottage was once the workers’ cottage to the farm next door, with whom the current owners have a good relationship.
OWNER QUOTE: "What I enjoy most is coming back by the bridge going over the brook – you can see the cottage and it looks so pretty."
Lovingly extended, Brookside Cottage is now a home whose heritage features imbue it with warmth, character and cosy charm; whilst its contemporary additions provide plenty of space for a 21st century family to grow.
OWNER QUOTE: "The home oozes character, it’s a wonderful family home."
Parking for two is available in the car port with further room for vehicles along the spacious driveway. Make your way indoors, via the oak front door, emerging onto the rustic slate of the main entrance hall where the scope of the home truly reveals itself in its breadth. An entrance hall whose size is appreciated most when entertaining and at Christmas time, when it is transformed into a festive grotto to delight the grandchildren.
Overhead, spotlighting and exposed beams decorate the ceiling, combining warmth with a contemporary crispness, and harmonising with the wooden skirting boards, architraves and spindle staircase.
Relaxation awaits in the rustic sitting room to the right, where a dual fuel burner crackles within an inglenook, creating a cosy, welcoming atmosphere.
Original exposed beams in the ceiling above speak of the home’s antiquity, whilst plush cream carpet adds a touch of modern comfort. Snuggle up and soak up views out to the front.
OWNER QUOTE: "Sitting in the downstairs lounge, having the log burner going, that’s our relaxation and wind down in the winter."
With access outside via the porch from the living room, flow on through to the study-snug on the left.
Source inspiration for your work from your surrounds: the ancient beams which line the crisp white ceiling overhead; the roaring fire of the multifuel stove snug in its red brick
surround. Even the antiquity of the solid oak door with its iron hinges and latch helps to imbue a homely ambience. Spacious and with leafy views out, when work is finished for the day, settle down to watch your favourite Netflix show; recently improved services allow for speedy internet connections.
Flow on through to the spacious kitchen-diner, the true heart of the home, warmed by underfloor heating. A functional family kitchen, note the plethora of cupboards and wide wooden worktops, allowing for ease of use.
OWNER QUOTE: "The kitchen is ideal, I do a lot of cooking and baking for charity."
Cook up a feast for family and friends on the five-ring, double oven and grill Calor gas Range. A recently relocated boiler provides the opportunity to create a large larder cupboard in its vacated space; an essential for any family kitchen. Plenty of space too for your dishwasher and freestanding American style fridge freezer.
Savour delicious views out of the windows to the garden and surrounding fields. Decorated in muted tones, the character of the home speaks for itself, with thick honey toned beams and the natural colours of the untreated slate underfoot gleaming through. Naturally dividing itself into the ‘cooking’ and ‘dining’ zones, there is room for all here.
OWNER QUOTE: "It’s a very sociable kitchen – it’s the hub of the home, especially when the grandchildren visit, it’s where we all sit."
Opening up from the kitchen, the enormous windows of the conservatory ahead deliver light right through. Blurring the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors, soak up your verdant surroundings come rain or shine. In summer, escape to the garden for al fresco dining. A fantastic playroom for the children, keep an ear out from the kitchen as you prepare dinner.
Returning to the entrance hall, sneak a peek at the handy cloakroom with WC and wash basin. A separate utility room houses the washer-dryer, more storage and peaceful views out to the fields.
Designed with spacious family living in mind, tread upon the Victorian-style wooden flooring making your way to the guest bedrooms.
Arrive first at the king-size guest bedroom; currently housing twin beds this inviting room has ample space for furniture and looks out towards the Welsh hills. Refresh, revive and unwind in the ensuite, equipped with a bath, wash basin and WC.
Next door, another spacious double bedroom beckons, bright and inviting with its own private ensuite where guests can freshen up in the shower, and where there is also a WC and wash basin.
OWNER QUOTE: "There is plenty of room for guests when they visit – we give them the extension and they have their own ensuite bedrooms downstairs and a lounge upstairs."
Take the stairs up to the light-filled upper lounge, with an abundance of space for all the family. Step out onto the balcony and revel in views out over the fields and as far as the Welsh hills. Perfect for parties and functions, spread out and enjoy the celebrations, or simply curl up with a book and enjoy the sense of peace and solitude.
OWNER QUOTE: "It’s a lovely feeling to come home. You can wind down with a G&T up on the balcony with views right over to the Welsh hills."
Returning to the main entrance hall, take the main staircase up, turning left to discover the first of three blissful bedrooms.
Brimming with fitted furniture to provide plenty of storage, the first of the two front bedrooms is decorated in sandy tones, carpeted underfoot and with a high ceiling above.
Open the latched door through to the second front facing bedroom where fitted furniture again provides plenty of storage. Overlooking the lush lawns to the front, both bedrooms are filled with fitted furniture and were part of the original building.
Snuggled to the rear of the home, step up and seek sanctuary in the spa-feel bathroom, tiled in buff tones to the lower wall. At the end of a busy day soothe your aches in the enormous jacuzzi bubble bath. In the morning wake up and invigorate your senses in the shower with its side jets and rainfall head. The bathroom also contains a wash basin and WC.
Refuge awaits in the double bedroom to the rear, located beneath an impressive archway and framing views out over the Welsh hills. A large built-in double wardrobe is ideal for storing your clothes. Located beside the capaciously sized bathroom, consider sectioning a part off to transform this into a master bedroom with ensuite…
Returning downstairs, step outside and explore the acre of lush, verdant garden which swathes Brookside Cottage. Mature trees and lush lawns offer the ideal playground for children.
Soak up the sunshine on the spacious patio, perfect for entertaining and watching the curious cows appear at the fence from the field beyond.
Ideal for functions formal as well as social gatherings, this garden has hosted a number of charity functions, easily accommodating up to 70 in the grounds.
A trio of sheds offers sufficient storage for all your gardening essentials.
Out and about
Step outside and venture out on a walk; there is simply so much to explore on the doorstep, so leave the car at home and relish the restorative delights of rural life. Or walk up the lane and catch one of the services into town on the A41.
Enjoy a stroll to the local golf club, sit outside and soak up the sunshine with a bite to eat, or become a member and perfect your putting. There are a number of local pubs close by within close driving distance.
In springtime the lane is a blanket of golden sunshine, brimming with the nodding heads of daffodils; such a cheering sight to return home to.
Tattenhall is close by, a delightful village with an abundance of restaurants, cafes and shops. There is also a Post Office. Head into Chester within ten minutes and pick up all your essentials at Sainsbury’s or one of the other supermarkets.
Nestled on the border of with Wales, enjoy day trips and weekends by the seaside with the children. Families are well served by a number of primary and secondary schools nearby in Tattenhall, Tarporley, Christleton and Chester.
For a characterful, spacious, embracing home that is a joy to return to time and again, Brookside Cottage is the consummate family home, with great potential to offer an income from bed and breakfast should you desire.
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