Deva Terrace, Chester, Cheshire
Nestled on the banks of the River Dee with its very own launch, aspirational living on the water’s edge doesn’t get more idyllic than here at Deva Terrace.
With the centre of Chester at your fingertips, and the river’s flow as far as Bangor on Dee at your feet, set sail for the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of at No. 6, Deva Terrace.
An imposing Victorian sight on the river’s edge, hosting ever-changing, always breathtaking views out over the River Dee and The Meadows beyond, Grade II listed No. 6, Deva Terrace offers character and comfort in equal measure.
Pull up in your allocated parking place by the river, with permits also available for visitors, and further space on Dee Lane.
OWNER QUOTE: "I love the proximity to the river and boats, when I was younger I’d float by thinking ‘one day, I’ll live here’."
Make your way indoors via a grey painted door, into a boot room area, with coat rack and space for a large country cupboard for coats and shoes. Just off here is a pantry cupboard for the hoover and ironing board, as well as access to the cloakroom, with WC and a ‘utility’ area with washing machine, dryer and sink.
From the rear lobby area, take three oak steps up, turn the wrought iron handle on the new oak door and step onto the oak floor of the kitchen, where views of the River Dee reveal themselves instantly via a uniquely styled internal window; formerly an external window!
On the left, a bank of cream-coloured units rise from floor to ceiling, with light pouring in from a roof light above. On the right, the wall has been opened from waist height up, to create a sociable serving area above the beech breakfast bar.
OWNER QUOTE: "The home really flows, which is important. It’s not a big modern open flow home though, it combines tradition with a little bit of innovation."
Inspired by the antique plate racks and serving platters, the hint of blue in the feature wallpaper adds flair and freshness, whilst white metro splashbacks retain a sleek feel. Country meets contemporary, with an array of fitted appliances including a Bosch dishwasher and Smeg cooker, whilst the microwave and toaster are tucked away in a cupboard. Fitted cabinetry means a place for everything, and everything in its place. Designed with ease, comfort and functionality in mind, note the built-in wine rack around the fridge and space for an undercounter drinks fridge. Downstairs, the dry cellar provides the perfect place to stash all your overflow cleaning essentials and boat gear for the launch.
Open the stable door and go through into the ‘den’ a welcoming living room at the heart of the home. Overtly Olive dresses the walls, with space for a sofa and also television and media system in the built-in cabinetry. Great for stashing the rainy-day board games too. Brand new American-style radiators are specifically placed to allow for the den and dining room to the front to switch over if you prefer another configuration to the flow of rooms. Overhead, light shines down from the elegant candelabra chandelier.
OWNER QUOTE: "Everyone sits in here, every day, to enjoy a juice or a coffee and the view."
Pass beneath the ornately plastered enfilade into the dining room, another hub of the home which also serves as a study-home office area. Admire the oak flooring underfoot, uniquely cut it was reclaimed from a railway station in London.
At Christmas, capture the mood of the season by lighting the wood-burning stove, honey mustard walls adding a delicious seasoning to the walls, but it is the stunning sash windows, framing the incomparable views out over the River Dee and to The Meadows beyond which really take centre stage. In summertime, open the stable door to the river and Meadows beyond.
Admire the plaster corbels on the staircase, another unique and characterful feature of No. 6, Deva Terrace alongside its high ceilings.
Emerge on a light, bright landing, making your way to the formal lounge; a soothing room stylishly designed in shades of seafoam. Embodying a more formal feel than the friendly family room below, retire to this room for an evening in front of the latest box office release, to entertain friends or simply to sit peacefully with a glass of wine watching the sunset shades over the river and Meadows.
Formerly a bedroom, its function shifted to maximise the pleasure to be found in its resplendent countryside views. Admire the cast iron, open fireplace, graceful coving, ornate autumnal-feel chandelier and contemporary oak floor. Snuggle up in wintertime and admire the frost on the fields beyond.
Along the landing, sneak a peek at the palm tree bedroom, where feature frond wallpaper embellishes one wall in rejuvenating emerald tones. Cleverly designed, a double floor-to-ceiling wardrobe features pull down internal details, allowing easy access to clothing and creating an all-season wardrobe.
OWNER QUOTE: "I enjoy the early morning birdsong, and the views here just improve as you gain height."
Storage is a motif of the home; nestled along the hallway discover a secret ‘Narnia’ wardrobe, floor-to-ceiling and so deep, perfect for stashing the linen and all your winter coats.
Refresh your senses in the family bathroom, nestled to the rear of the home. Recently fitted in the last three years and dressed in tones of grey and white, sink into the deep, claw foot tub for a rejuvenating soak.
Brand new shutters dress the sash windows, allowing light and shade at your discretion. Take a spritz in the glass covered walk-in shower and brush your teeth in tandem at the twin wash basins with storage beneath. Moroccan-vibe tiles coat the floor, whilst wipeable, hygienic wet-wall coating allows effortless enjoyment of this bathroom. There is also a heated towel rail.
Take the stairs up to the second floor, where a second blissful bathroom entreats, privately tucked away to the rear of the home. Featuring another claw foot bath and glass enclosed, double width shower, white wood-effect wipeable panelling coats the walls to halfway up. Shuttered sash windows are both classic and elegant additions.
Sneak a peek at the Anne of Green Gables bedroom, sweetly decorated in cream tones with Victorian feel arches. Deceptively large, this bedroom can accommodate a small double bed and additional furnishings.
Continue along the landing, where there is loft access via a drop-down ladder to a boarded attic, fitted with a light and proffering plenty of storage.
Arrive at the bountiful master bedroom, calmingly refreshing and classically styled. Inglenooks and arched recesses provide the perfect place for your items of furniture,
OWNER QUOTE: "You can lie in bed with your morning coffee and everything seems alright with the world."
Double wardrobes with built-in lighting provide a plethora of storage space, including a handy shoe cupboard. Wooden flooring is authentic and characterful underfoot, whilst the plentiful supply of plug sockets nods to subtle contemporary touches to make for an easy life.
OWNER QUOTE: "Everything we have done to this home is to put character in not take it out. As a family we very much love this home."
Both this bedroom, the lounge below and the bathroom on this level are served by a separate SMART thermostat heating system, controllable via mobile app.
OWNER QUOTE: "I adore this home – it’s not a house it’s a home – I felt when I took over the ownership I had to take care of her."
In the summer months, throw the doors open from the dining room and dine alfresco at the seating and eating area on the top level of the garden. When entertaining take the trio of steps down to the lower terrace after dinner, the perfect place to recline and soak up the sunshine along with after dinner drinks and views of the rowers on the river.
Hydrangea hedging runs along the lower section of the garden, alive with colour in the summer months alongside traditional cottage garden planting featuring foxgloves and delphinium. Wisteria festoons itself along the fencing.
Enjoy a badminton game on the lower level, which runs along the terraces and is shared respectfully by the residents.
Beyond, catch a little late afternoon sun at the boat launch with an after-work gin and tonic. This is the life.
OWNER QUOTE: "I sit outside on the steps with my coffee, watch sunrise over the mist on the river and feed swans- how can you tire of that?"
Out and about
A truly aspirational home in an affluent area, Deva Terrace is the ultimate location for those with a passion for the river, rowing and who are simply drawn to water.
Walk to work in Chester and enjoy the lifestyle afforded by such close proximity to the city, its theatre, museums and culture.
Make the most of this glorious setting with walks along the river, through The Meadows, all the way to Farndon and back for an exhilarating day out.
With Grosvenor Park to the rear of the terrace, take the kids for an after-school play on the park, with its children’s playground and miniature railway. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is also only a short walk away. Royal Chester Rowing Club is only a few minutes’ walk for those wishing to make new friends and get out on the water.
Feast on an innovative, international menu at the Old Harkers Arms, just over a five-minute walk away, or take your pick of the many multicultural eateries across the city.
Pay a visit to vibrant Handbridge, an attractive village bursting with restaurants and shops only two bridges over from Deva Terrace.
Perfectly placed for those commuting, head into Manchester, Wales, Liverpool or Warrington with ease.
For those who love the outdoors come rain or shine, by foot or boat, the world is your oyster at No 6, Deva Terrace.
A perfect entertaining home, in which to make family memories, No. 6, Deva Terrace is searching for the perfect owner ready to relish its quirks and respect its character. In return, anticipate a unique home, with phenomenal views and a history ingrained with the city itself.
If you are ready to share in a little part of this warm and welcoming home’s history, book your viewing today.