Hough Green, , Chester
Townhouse living has never been so aspirational. Set back from prestigious Hough Green, a short walk from the centre of historic Chester, discover Aspen House – where period features combine with contemporary conveniences to create the dream home. A home designed from top to bottom for ease of living and pleasure.
A sweeping driveway leads to parking for up to three cars, with a further parking space to the rear. Ahead, Aspen House, a strikingly handsome, four-storey Victorian townhouse, dating back to 1850, entreats your attention.
OWNER QUOTE: "What drew us was the period features; lovely tall windows and high ceilings – we were seduced by it as soon as we walked in."
Step inside, where oak flooring and a sleek and contemporary staircase with glass balustrade, illuminated by a pendant light suspended in the high ceiling above captivate your attention. Light simply suffuses the space, for a welcoming, cheerful entrance hall. Electric blinds on the front door help control the light flow on those brilliantly bright mornings.
South-facing and sun-kissed from morning onward is the grand drawing room, located through the door on the right. Morning light pours in through the bountiful bay window, where shutters allow you full control of the light flow.
Dressed in contemporary tones of luxury paint stockist Little Greene’s slaked lime and with oak flooring underfoot, an elegant period-style pendant light adds illumination in the evenings. Soak up the morning sun in here, with a cup of tea and a book or relax in the evenings in front of the Chesney fireplace with glass fronted gas fire and log effect flames.
OWNER QUOTE: "We love every room in this house."
To the opposite side of the entrance hall, is the dining room, filled with light through a duet of windows overlooking the courtyard garden. Underfoot, oak flooring gleams.
OWNER QUOTE: "The dining room just feels like a really special place to entertain – it’s a beautiful room."
Entertain at the dining table, set beneath a candelabra style light; plenty of space for family and friends here.
Keep preparation and feasting separate; the showstopping kitchen at Aspen House is located on the lower level.
Take the practical oak stairs – hardwearing and ideal for everyday traffic – down to the lower ground floor, turning left into the open-plan breakfasting kitchen. Feel the warmth instantly, courtesy of the underfloor heating which heats the entire lower ground floor.
Light, bright and thoroughly contemporary in its soft cashmere and pale oak design with grey stone worktops and full-height upstands the kitchen naturally creates two zones; a preparation and cooking space surrounded by units providing a plethora of storage, an array of appliances included a double oven, combination microwave, warming drawer, induction hob, dishwasher and fridge, and, beyond the breakfast bar, a comfortable seating area with wall mounted television and access out through bifold doors to the outside terrace beyond.
Recline in one of two armchairs, sipping a cup of coffee and looking out onto the garden; this room is designed for the summer time, with easy access out to the landscaped, levelled garden and its sun spots. Electric blinds are fitted to the bifolding doors to provide you with privacy and shade.
From the foot of the stairs, turn right into a lobby area, serving perfectly as a boot room, with a bench to sit on and storage beneath for shoes and wellies; handy for dog walkers. To the right of the lobby is a cloakroom fitted with WC and washbasin.
Leading through, discover the impressive utility room where automatic lighting instantly lights the way forward. No mere afterthought, this enormous room has been perfectly designed to create a serviceable room that works to your needs. Exposed brick walls on two sides add an aesthetically pleasing element, with practically placed washing machine and tumble dryer elevated at eye level; no bending down to load and unload.
Above is a large counter-top shelf, a range of cupboards, sink and three sliding doors behind which a tall fridge, a freezer and shelving are situated.
The piece de resistance is the incredible built-in storage cupboard located beneath the bay window of the drawing room above; a capacious space far more accessible than traditional loft space.
Take the returning oak staircase back to the entrance hall before taking the carpeted staircase up to the first floor, the way ahead illuminated by low-level lighting.
Embracing views out to the snow-topped Welsh hills and Westminster Park, bedroom two is bathed in light from windows to the front and side. Spacious enough to accommodate a super-king-size bed, high ceilings and crisp neutral tones create a welcoming and spacious bedroom.
Refresh and unwind in the spa-style ensuite, featuring automatic lighting and underfloor heating. Slide open the pocket door and step through into this spacious suite, furnished with twin sinks topped by illuminated mirror. This fully tiled room is also fitted with a shower, heated towel rail and WC.
Storage is second to none, with an airing cupboard opposite the ensuite with slatted shelves and containing the pressurized tanks which guarantee a great flow of hot water with spacious storage – room for all your suitcases.
Next, come to the main house bathroom, a true ‘wow-factor’ room of refreshment featuring a freestanding bath with floor mounted tap. Soak into the bubbles and let your worries wash away. Perfect and prepare for an evening out in the full-breadth mirror. Note the designer wash basin on glass shelf; pure luxury. Marbled tiles gleam in the light from the tall window, while a separate shower is also on hand for a speedy morning spritz.
Serving as guest bedroom or study dependent on your needs, bedroom four is located to the rear of the home. Fitted with bespoke Strachan’s furniture, all the wires and printers are hidden out of view in here – leaving you to admire the views over Curzon Park to the rear. The cupboards contain hanging space allowing easy conversion into a bedroom should you prefer. WiFi features in every room of this home, making working from home a breeze.
Take the returning glass and oak carpeted staircase up to the penthouse level, glancing up to glimpse the large Velux window which suffuses the entire staircase down to the entrance hall in light. Automatic rain sensor function means you never need worry about the weather.
Strachan fitted furniture, including a triple wardrobe and tall drawers, embellish the rear bedroom on this level. Featuring a king size bed, the sloping ceiling gives this room a cosy charm, with views out to Curzon Park to the rear.
Slide open the pocket door to the automatically illuminated ensuite, featuring large, walk-in shower, wash basin, WC, heated towel rail and window. How many four-bedroom townhouses boast a private bathroom to each bedroom?
OWNER QUOTE: "We use all the top floor as a retreat for ourselves, it serves as a master suite as we use the back bedroom as a dressing room."
Framing serene views out to the park and distant silhouetted Welsh hills through a large sash window, the front-facing master bedroom is the jewel in Aspen House’s crown.
Stylish Strachan’s fitted furniture provides plentiful storage for all the essentials. Store your dresses, suits and shoes in an extensive five-door wardrobe, a three-door wardrobe and tall set of fitted drawers.
With ample space for a super-king bed and even an armchair, luxury living just levelled up.
Spa style luxury awaits in the ensuite, an enormous space where the light suffuses the room, reflected in the large mirror over the bath.
A stylish vanity unit houses storage and a wash basin, with a cupboard on the wall, a tall, heated towel radiator and large wet-room style shower. Soak up the splendour, every element of this home has been finished to the highest possible standard.
Period glamour meets contemporary convenience
Whilst high ceilings and broad windows help this home retain a sense of heritage and history, there is nothing antiquated about its technological functions.
Fitted with a Genius Home Hub system, all heating can be controlled by mobile phone, allowing you to pre-warm your home before returning home from a night at the theatre. Individual thermostatic controls to each room allow you full control of the temperature, with the Genius system remembering which rooms you use and preheating them before you enter.
Underfloor heating in all the bathrooms and the lower ground floor are also controllable by phone. The hot water system is mains yet with an additional pump, instant hot water circulates throughout the home, with a separate hot water tank dedicated to the uppermost floor. Perfect for pressurised full-power showers on both floors.
Superfast mesh Wifi cabling throughout the house at speeds of 150 megabytes ensures that connectivity is second to none at Aspen House. Ideal for those looking to work from home.
Safety and security are paramount, with a comprehensive alarm system and CCTV viewable online from anywhere. A camera on the front door can be accessed via a panel on every floor of the house and by phone, enabling you to see and speak to those ringing the doorbell.
The cherry on the cake? A keyless, electronic front door lock, meaning you can unlock the front door with your phone. Victorian charm certainly gets a 21st century upgrade at Aspen House.
Technological touches add further delights to the landscaped, remodeled courtyard garden at Aspen House. Inset lighting and the water-feature fountain are all controlled from indoors.
Uniting the outdoors with the kitchen hub, step outside where a reflection of the interior design can be discovered in the glass balustrades to two levels of the garden.
Step out onto the lower level, ideal for al fresco dining, where pots, topiary, trees and olive trees create a Mediterranean feel, with red cedar fencing adding warmth. Marvel at the granite water-feature and be soothed by the sounds of cascading water.
Ascend to the upper level of the garden, the ideal spot for your garden furniture, and soak up the sunshine. A gate leads out to the rear.
Stash your tools and essentials in the brick-built store.
Out and about
OWNER QUOTE: "You can walk into Chester from here, we hardly use the car."
Chester city centre is only a 15-minute walk, with so many routes available. Take the bridge over or approach through Curzon Park, a beautiful neighbourhood filled with grand Victorian mansions overlooking Chester Racecourse.
Locally known as The Dingle, and ideal for dog walks, continue beneath The Grosvenor Bridge and stroll along the river into Handbridge, Chester’s sister village filled with pretty cottages, shops and pubs.
Packed with all the amenities you could need, only a 20-minute walk away, call in at Handbridge’s authentic butcher’s, grocer’s or wine shop for a treat for the weekend. There is also a hairdresser’s, Co-op and Post Office and a pub of excellent local repute, The Ship, overlooking the bridge.
Over the road from Aspen House, Westminster Park has everything you can wish for in a park. Perfect for families and active types, their facilities include tennis courts, croquet, bowls, a golf course, skate park, children’s play area, outdoor gym and walking circuit.
Another boon for families is Hough Green’s close proximity to prestigious educational facilities such as the ever-popular King’s and Queen’s Schools. The Nuffield Hospital is also in such easy reach.
For a home that benefits from the best of two worlds, period features with all the creature comforts you could wish for in a prized location; Aspen House is a home unrivalled.