Deva Terrace, Chester,
Combine the beauty of the Cheshire countryside with proximity to the first-class cuisine and cultural offerings that only city life can provide; all this along a picturesque riverside setting and there is only one place in the world you can be; Deva Terrace, in the ancient city of Chester.
There are houses around the River Dee and houses by the River Dee, yet No. 3, Deva Terrace surpasses them all, nestled actually on the river, replete with its own boat launch barely ten steps from the door. Soak up the sounds and sensations of a home living in harmony with the nature of the river at Deva Terrace.
OWNER QUOTE: "It’s a haven of tranquility – it’s like living in the country yet only a minute from the medieval centre of Chester with its restaurants and theatre. It’s a very civilised place to live."
Private parking is available to the rear, alongside residents’ parking from the council – an added bonus in a city where parking is always at a premium.
Open the sage green door, stepping into a sheltered courtyard, where a bistro table offers a pocket of peace and tranquility alongside a handy storage shed and woodstore brimming with logs.
A broad, glazed door opens into a warm and welcoming entrance hall, illuminated by a candelabra chandelier, spilling light over the tumbled marble flooring underfoot.
Sense the period splendour of No. 3, Deva Terrace instantly, as warmth fills the high-ceilinged room from a wood-burning stove set within a white surround; an atmospheric and inviting welcome. Bespoke cabinetry, handcrafted by local craftsmen Brownlow, covers shelving and cupboard storage. An embracing entrance hall, this space also serves as an intimate dining room on special occasions. It also serves up stunning views directly down via the connecting kitchen and sitting room over the river for a true wow-factor entrance.
Nestled to the left of the entrance hallway discover the office, where the marble flooring extends and further built-in shelving and cupboards offer ample space for storing important documents. Tucked away from the main entertaining areas, and fitted with good broadband connections, the office offers the ideal space in which to work from home.
A handy cloakroom, fitted with WC and wash basin, is also located by the office. The home is served by a modern gas boiler, pressurised hot water system controlled by Tado Smart heating and also benefits from secondary double glazing to all windows. Having undergone a top to bottom renovation and refurbishment, No. 3, Deva Terrace, is now the epitome of an elegant, modern period home.
Flow through from the entrance hall into the open-plan kitchen-diner-sitting room where versatility and sociability combine.
Stepping down, an array of elegantly handcrafted cabinetry surrounds, providing plentiful storage for all your pots, pans, plates and cooking essentials. Ideal for entertaining, a unique feature of the kitchen is the extendable solid wood table, which can accommodate a cosy dinner for two or a feast for up to eight.
Prepare a feast for friends on the granite worktops, with warmth and welcome emanating from the Rangemaster gas/electric cooker. Underfloor heating also features beneath the marble flooring. Other integrated appliances include a large larder fridge and dishwasher. On the lower ground level, stairs lead to a utility room, ideal for storage and with room for a large freezer, wine fridge and washer and dryer.
OWNER QUOTE: "We spend all our day in the kitchen-sitting room."
A kitchen that integrates guests and family with a lovely relaxed cooking experience, this room is the epitome of culinary convenience in modern culture.
Marble flooring from the kitchen makes way for oak flooring, as the space extends into a sunny sitting room, where sash windows frame bucolic views out over the garden, river and meadows beyond.
Overhead, period lighting evokes the heritage of the home, drawing the eye to the high ceilings fringed with ornate cornicing.
In summertime, open the door out to the garden and enjoy breakfast beneath the warmth of the early morning sun, or a leisurely lunch watching the boats punt along the river. Perfect too for summer soirees and alfresco dining on balmy evenings with friends around a blazing fire pit.
In wintertime hunker down in front of the large, log-burning stove which merrily burns all night long, providing a warm welcome on chilly winter mornings as you descend the stairs, making for a memorable start to the day.
Admiring the ornate corbels above, ascend the stairs to the first floor, where more versatile spaces await.
Tiled underfoot, in gleaming white, the Imperial bathroom features a freestanding, roll-top clawfoot tub, with shower head attachment, where you can bathe beneath the light flowing in through the two large sash windows to the rear. Alongside a wash basin and WC, there is also a walk-in shower in which to refresh and revive.
Next door, discover a guest bedroom, dressed in soothing tones of dove grey and with an abundance of built-in storage. An ornamental fireplace imbues the room with a homely, Victorian charm.
Capturing a different aspect over the River Dee, a second sitting room is located to the front of the first floor, brimming with light from the large sash window and the opulent chandelier overhead.
Distributing instant warmth and period glamour is a gas fire set within a grand surround and upon a marble hearth. Migrate between entertaining spaces depending on the time of year. Soak up the kaleidoscope of colour in the summer skies from this upper sitting room, and retreat to the hearty log burner in the room below in wintertime.
Flexible spaces filled with character define this home; this second sitting room could serve as a fourth bedroom should you desire.
Continue up the original, spindle staircase to emerge on the light-filled landing of the upper floor, currently serving as a private, master suite. Overhead a remote-controlled Velux draws daylight down through both levels.
Privately set to the rear is the bathroom, recently refurbished and with solid wood flooring underfoot. Wake up to a new day beneath the rejuvenating jets of the walk-in shower, or indulge in an evening soak in the Imperial freestanding tub, bathed in light from the Velux window above and windows to two sides. Storage pervades to the walls, with a wash basin, two heated towel rails and WC also at hand.
Move on to bedroom two, currently used ancillary to the master bedroom as a dressing room. Spacious and welcoming, the bedroom contains bespoke built-in wardrobes and an ornamental cast iron fireplace. Light pours in through the large sash window to the rear.
Be greeted in the master bedroom by stunning open views over the river, The Meadows and as far as the Peckforton hills. Handmade, bespoke furniture provides ample space for all your clothing.
Dressed in delicate tones for a soothing sanctuary to retreat to in the evenings, wake up to watch the mist lift over the River Dee and trees appearing as if by magic across The Meadows beyond.
OWNER QUOTE: "You’re sitting there almost with your feet in water it’s so close."
Returning to the ground floor, step outside, down onto the hidden terraced seating area, perfect for wining and dining friends in the summer months. Take a break and enjoy your morning cuppa nestled on the seat in the trellis, soaking up the bucolic views over the river and The Meadows.
Landscaped steps lead down to a lower level, where luxury outdoor sofa seating provides a space for friends to relax and observe the comings and goings of the river. Light the fire pit and snuggle under blankets beneath the starlit sky on those long summer evenings.
Running the length of the terrace is a shared lawn area, seldom used, that is the perfect playground for children.
Replete with its own moorings across the width of the home, enjoy 5pm drinks and crudites on the rocking sofa on the landing stage and relish the true luxury of riverside living. In
summertime watch the regatta, and the local businesses’ raft race, which launches from The Meadows opposite.
Take the boat out along the River Dee and enjoy a picnic in a peaceful paradise. Enjoy a glass of champagne and toast the New Year. What freedom, what bliss!
OWNER QUOTE: "Looking back at the long, elegant Victorian terrace from up the river is quite a sight to behold."
For a secluded five minutes, the courtyard to the rear of the home is a peaceful place to take a break at the bistro table with a crossword puzzle. There are simply so many spaces to enjoy here.
Out and about
Only a minute’s walk from the medieval centre of Chester with its shops, spas, boutiques and bars, enjoy all the benefits of the countryside in a city centre location.
From the front door, stroll over Queen’s Park Bridge onto The Meadows and along the banks of the River Dee to Aldford for a refreshing riverside pint. A two to three hour yomp, revel in the perks of countryside living so close to all the hustle and bustle.
OWNER QUOTE: "I’m so used to space and fields and to find somewhere that comes close is very hard to do. We knew this was the home for us instantly."
Only minutes away at the end of Deva Terrace is Grosvenor Park, with its miniature railway and approach towards Chester’s ancient ruins, a true treat for those with children.
Walk through the park and return along the Groves by the river, stopping in for a latte and a babyccino at The Moorings on your return.
Bask in Chester’s culture, brimming with museums, Chester Racecourse, a grand library and the recently refurbished and reopened Storyhouse Theatre for live arts, music and cinema.
Dine out at the award-winning modern restaurant Joseph Benjamin, or sample the tapas at Porta next door. There is always somewhere new and delicious to discover in Chester.
Commuting is a breeze, with Manchester Airport accessible via train in an hour. The cities of Liverpool and Manchester are only a 40-minute drive away, whilst Chester Train Station is only ten minutes’ walk away with connections to all the major cities including London and North Wales.
For a haven of tranquillity, surrounded by greenery, sense the peacefulness of riverside living, in an easy, versatile home designed to accommodate your needs.
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