Happy Saturday everybody. Spring has sprung and everyone seems to be wanting to move house! The office is a veritable hive of activity at the moment and there is very little time for a gentle introduction to the day – no sooner had I walked through the door today than I was turned round and directed in the general direction of Poulton to review the latest property on our books.
Feeling rather full of beans I gambolled along like a spring lamb on the way to the car and once safely ensconced on the back seat I begged dad to put the window down and I then enjoyed a thoroughly pleasurable journey to the village of Poulton allowing my ears to flap in the breeze. Arriving in Poulton I felt that a bit of decorum was in order, seeing as we were now on the cusp of the Duke of Westminster’s estate – maybe I would see the man himself, and he would recognise a kindred spirit and whisk me off to live a life of luxury. Casting a sideways glance at my dad I knew I was kidding myself – I could never leave my family, they may be quirky but they are all mine!
Turning my attention back to my surroundings I saw that the countryside we were driving through was absolutely gorgeous – quintessentially English. At the end of a lane which, according to my dad, is known as the “straight mile”, we turned into a little courtyard. Getting out the car I saw a development of barn conversions spaciously placed around. I knew that I was here to review No 1 or “Hartcliffe” and so I made my way round to the front gate and down a central pathway to the front door. With spring in the air, all the plants and insects are coming to life and there were plenty of sights and smells which did a very good job of attracting my attention. Before I could be completely waylaid, the front door opened and the sight I saw beckoned me in.
I found myself in a hallway that is nothing short of spectacular. There is a beautiful curved oak staircase, plenty of feature beams and a galleried landing. As I am rather vertically challenged I had to crane my neck to look up to the tiered landings which are galleried on both the first floor and second making for an amazing entrance to this house – wow, I could just see the look on my auntie Pamela Pug’s face (between you and I she is a bit of a snob) – even she would be suitably impressed. Yes, already I was more than a little enamoured with Hartcliffe.
Off the hallway I found a cloakroom, a den or playroom and a very spacious sitting room. I was particularly drawn to the fabulous wall mounted wood burner and the charming exposed beam and woodwork which gave such character to the room. From the French windows I saw a view of the garden which looked like a veritable treasure trove for an inquisitive pug.
My next stop was the open plan kitchen and family room. What a show-stopper – the kitchen area has lovely contemporary units which my mum would simply love, whilst the family and dining area are so welcoming and homely that I think the Rickitt clan would fit right in!
The whole area is light and spacious and I loved the two sets of double French doors. At this point I could not resist heading out of one set of them onto a gorgeous patio area which sits under a wooden pagoda. The sun danced through the trailing plants creating a quite hypnotic combination of sun and shade. It was just too irresistible and, with a quick glance around to check that no one was looking, I jumped up on a very enticing looking garden sofa and enjoyed 40 winks.
Hearing dad’s dulcet tones in the distance, I awoke with a stretch and a yawn and jumped down to explore the rest of the garden. Wow, although a manageable size, it is like an enchanted garden with walkways through it, making me feel like an explorer on a voyage of discovery. On my travels I found another separate seating area and a multitude of exciting plants and flowers that I had not seen or smelt before. Oh I just loved this garden, it would be the perfect place for mum to enjoy her morning coffee whilst I could explore the delectable smells on offer.
Reluctantly I made my way back inside and back to the hallway where I trotted with enthusiasm up the sweeping staircase before finding myself on a spacious landing. A large skylight in the vaulted ceiling made the whole area incredibly light but I did think that it would possibly get hot in summer – dad explained that the skylights open at the touch of a button (either on the second floor or on the ground floor) keeping the house nice and cool. Anyway, focusing my attention back on the job in hand I set off to explore the first floor. The master bedroom also has an en suite shower room and a dressing room – I am inclined to think my mum would love this house as much as me!
I found three further bedrooms on this floor, one of them with an en suite shower room as well as a lovely and super stylish family bathroom. The second floor is devoted to two further bedrooms both with en suite shower rooms. I immediately decided that this would be Ralph’s floor – one room as a bedroom and the other I would turn in to a pug cave where I could read, watch films, have my friends round from the dog agility club to just hang out – it would be perfect.
I very reluctantly headed back downstairs and out the front door of Hartcliffe but, before we left there was just time to walk down a sweeping driveway where we discovered a cleverly positioned double garage. This house simply has everything – it is a stunning family home which is full of both character and contemporary features - did I mention that there is underfloor heating on every floor and possibly more storage options than I have ever seen! To boot it is in a stunning location and has a garden that makes you feel you have been transported into Alice’s Wonderland. Suffice to say that this house is special and if you don’t snap it up then I will be sorely tempted!
Until next time
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What Ralph lacks in years, he makes up for in charm, charisma and good looks. There is nothing Ralph likes better than meeting and greeting clients old and new in his office. He may appear to sleep alot on the sofa but his mind never rests, always th…
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