Puddington Lane, Puddington, Neston
- Attractive detached home
- large pond, Gardens & paddock
- Multiple barns with potential for development
- Detached Summerhouse
- Character charm
- Bathroom with roll top bath
Looking for luxury living in the countryside?
Yearning for ample outdoor space in which to ‘grow your own’, your own private boating pond, paddock, stables, cocktail balcony and more?
Welcome to Usk. Tucked away down leafy Puddington Lane in an idyllic setting, yet barely ten minutes’ drive
from Chester and moments from the M53 and M6.
OWNER QUOTE: "You feel as if you’re in the heart of the countryside. You can hear sheep, owls, woodpeckers and horses. But it’s so accessible."
Pull up along a substantial, straight driveway, where there is parking to the front or access straight ahead through a gate to the paddock and stables – providing separate access to clients should you wish to operate a livery.
Formerly a working farm, currently a family home, Usk is a versatile property with vast grounds and scope, which
has undergone many transformations, yet its dignity and prestige remain unchanged.
To the side of Usk, a handsome, whitewashed period property, built in the 1920-30s and extended in the 1970s,
there is parking for ten cars easily. Step beneath the portico entrance and through into the entrance hall, neatly tiled with a handy cupboard for coats and shoes before continuing on into a larger entrance hall, formerly a living room. Decorated in duck egg blue wallpaper, this is a welcoming space with seating and bookshelves, its rustic country charms balanced by industrial style pendant lighting above.
Discover peaceful solace through a doorway to the left, in the modest library-study where the open fire in its original fireplace casts an authentic glow on this old-school room.
Decorated in antique green to the chimney breast wall, with bright white ceiling by contrast and wooden flooring, this room embodies Usk’s formal 1930s heritage. Ideal for those working from home, a wall of in-built bookshelves line the far wall, opposite a bright window looking out over the front path and garden.
Another full-height side window fills the space with even more light making for a comfortable working environment. Great too, as a homework or revision space for kids. Why not simply recline on the two-seater sofa and take an adventure with one of your favourite authors? All’s quiet in the library…
OWNER QUOTE: "Friends and family love the secluded location."
Returning to the entrance hall, slip to the right of the front door into the living room, where double French doors lead out to the front, with a large side window allowing light to stream through.
Centre stage is a multifuel stove set within a large hearth and topped by oak. Its quirky angled flue is a real feature. With rustic wood effect floors and whitewashed walls, this room is a cosy and relaxing space in which to snuggle up on winter evenings with the family. Continue on into the heart of the home; the stunningly contemporary-feel open-plan kitchen-family room.
Stone tiling flooring extends underfoot, its inky tones softened by the white metro splashback tiles that top the solid oak worktops. Carefully selected lighting above the dining table and throughout the room adds an urban feel to this country kitchen, while the multifuel burner set independently to the centre of the room is a striking focal point that demands attention.
Brimming with appliances and storage, these robust units contain a fully-integrated gas hob with graphite extractor hood above, electric double oven, dishwasher and American fridge freezer plumbed in for ice and water. There is even a wall of cocktail cabinets, so great is the storage capacity in here. Vying to upstage the multifuel burner is the set of bifold doors beyond the dining table, opening straight out onto the garden and creating an instant connection with the outdoors. Perfect for free-flowing summer barbecues and parties.
Seat seven comfortably around the table and even more in the summer house, located just beyond the patio outside; spend time and celebrate with all your favourite people this summer.
OWNER QUOTE: "We love the fact that it’s a really social kitchen. With the bifold open it’s a great link straight into the garden. We’ve had some great social events."
Adding functionality to the beauty of the downstairs rooms are a handy WC, located just on the right before the kitchen and a utility room, featuring a sink, cupboards, plumbing for washing machine and dryer and access outside.
When slumber calls, return to the entrance hall and take the carpeted stairs up to the landing, off which four dreamy bedrooms and a lavishly-sized family bathroom await discovery.
Turn to the left, where the furthest door ahead opens into a single, guest bedroom. Welcome to Usk’s hidden gem: the balcony room. Decorated elegantly in William Morris ‘Brer Rabbit’, with a bed tucked beneath the angled ceiling, this dainty bedroom doubles as the entrance onto Usk’s showstopping feature – its cocktail balcony. The balcony is a lovely feature.
Enjoy everything from a quiet morning coffee, or predinner drinks and a chat on this turreted balcony, overlooking the expanse of fields and countryside right over to Usk’s private pond. Watch as the sun melts over the horizon, or enjoy the early morning sunshine as it hits the balcony. It wraps around the corner for inimitable country views.
Next door, another bedroom overlooks the front garden this time – enjoying views across Puddington and over to Wales. Perfectly-sized with space for a double bed and wardrobe, this room is tastefully decorated in Laura Ashley Summer Palace wallpaper. This light-filled space is clad in wooden flooring and also has a television point on the wall.
Along the hallway on the right, discover another double bedroom, dressed in delicate lavender tones.
Note the handsome veneer oak doors with wrought iron latches, which feature throughout this stylish home. With striking country views from every bedroom, this is no exception, its windows framing vistas out over the fields and towards Wales.
Carpeted and cosy, this bedroom also benefits from a built-in wardrobe, ideal for storage. Finally, discover the master bedroom, bathed in light from windows looking out to three sides. A true sanctuary, decorated with style and taste, a set of built-in wardrobes meets your storage needs. There is even space for a chaise longue in addition to a superking-size bed.
Refresh and relax in the voluminously sized family bathroom, a stunning showpiece. A trio of windows draw so much light in from outside, which sets the deep, copper bath (specially selected from Devon) ablaze in sunshine.
Look closer…the windows have been extended and set low down to the floor in order to provide the bather with uninterrupted views out over the paddock down towards the large pond. This is a home that is in constant connection to the outdoors; through bifolds, balconies and even the bathtub.
Ceramic tile coats the floor, so warm courtesy of the flow of heat up the flue from the stove beneath. Another log-burner is set upon a slate hearth within a textured wall of multi-toned slate, completing the medieval ambience of this room.
OWNER QUOTE: "It’s beautiful in winter when the sun goes down, with the fire on, a glass of wine warming and
views over the fields."
Opposite the fireplace another textured slate wall conceals a walk-through wet-room style shower, while a rustic-feel wash basin and wooden vanity unit and WC complete this winning bathroom.
As impressive as the home itself has to be Usk’s vast gardens, grounds and selection of outbuildings. For those seeking to reap the rewards of self-sufficiency and growing your own or even pursuing a rural business, look no further. A vegetable patch contains 10 troughs perfect for growing all sorts of crops. A rustic barn is currently standing in a courtyard area to the rear, with the footprint of a former barn the ideal place in which to build a painting studio, yoga space or even pottery and ceramics venue.
For those with a passion for equestrianism, three stables stand ready to accommodate a livery business, with the spacious paddock on hand or it could be the start of a thriving kennel business.
South-facing, the rear garden enjoys full sun all day long, whilst the large summer house offers shade when needed. Almost additional annex accommodation, the summer house can fit two double bed settees and has been a handy guest room for revelling family and friends. Supplied with electricity this space could easily be extended to contain a kitchenette and shower room.
OWNER QUOTE: "I love relaxing outside the summer house in the garden, listening to the wildlife." Stroll along the field down to the large pond. Why not build out a jetty and enjoy a quiet afternoon in
A real bonus of this home and its grand outdoor space is that dog owners (and families with children) can let their charges run free – there is simply so much space to explore and enjoy.
Out and about
So rural, so secluded…and at once on the cusp of so many amenities, restaurants, shops, transport links – and even Chester Zoo! Take a two-minute drive to nearby Burton and you’re on the Wirral Way. Spend an afternoon at Ness Botanic Gardens, spread out over 64 acres and hosting myriad events from bat walks to Treasure Island adventures, RSPB Burton Mere. Great for children and only moments from Usk’s doorstep.
Only 15 minutes’ drive in the opposite direction is the famous Chester Zoo, with events taking place throughout the year there is always something new to discover for children and adults alike. On Parkgate Road, treat the family to dinner out at the family-friendly Tudor Rose, and enjoy Vicar of Dibley village fun in Puddington itself, with summer fairs of the strawberries and cream variety and Christmas parties for the children in winter. Drive seven-minutes to nearby Neston own centre for supermarket Sainsbury’s whilst Heswall at ten minutes’ drive is home to a large Tesco. Heswall, with a huge range of shops and independent boutique eateries:- why not head to Pesto for traditional Italian cuisine?
The 4-star Craxton Wood Hotel, in walking distance, serves up a tasty BLT. For shopping of all kinds, the famous
Cheshire Oaks is less than 15 minutes’ drive, ideal for when you’re craving retail therapy and a spot of sushi. The Roman centre of Chester itself with its plethora of bars, restaurants, shops and – of course – The Chester Races, is also only a 15-minute journey away by car.
For active, outdoor-loving, grow-your own all-round life-loving enthusiasts, the quirky charms of Usk are sure to delight. For rural living at the heart of it all,