I hope you are getting excited for Easter and have lots of fun things planned. I am heading to The Big Smoke to visit my Grandma and I can hardly contain myself – as all good Grandmas do, she spoils me rotten and I am fully anticipating a plentiful amount of Easter treats. Obviously, chocolate is a no no, but I do have my eye on some extremely enticing looking dog-friendly carob Easter eggs – yummy!
Before leaving for my Easter break, my PA (AKA Mum) booked me in to visit The Elms Lodge in Gresford. This sounded exciting – I pictured an attractive gate lodge surrounded by rolling countryside and I certainly was not disappointed.
In what may be a brief interlude of Spring sunshine, I set off with enthusiasm (my Dad in tow) to Gresford. Close to the village we turned onto a private road and it was then that I first caught sight of The Elms Lodge. What a thoroughly charming detached house which looked just full of character.
I climbed out the car onto the cobbled driveway and spotted a garage/annexe building which I made note of to investigate later. The Lodge is set in gorgeous gardens surrounded by countryside and so I was bombarded by intriguing smells from every angle.
The urge to charge off, tail wagging, in pursuit of some of these delicious smells was almost overwhelming but the gorgeous house in front of me won the fight for my attention.
Trotting towards the house, I was welcomed by a very attractive wooden front door which led through to a porch. Turning right I found myself in a cosy room best described as a snug. With a beautiful parquet wood floor and decorated in stylish hues, I had already decided to commandeer this as my “pug snug” – a place to relax in peace and quiet.
My first impressions of this lovely period house were that it had been cleverly and sympathetically updated to accommodate modern living. Being a sociable chap who always needs to keep a beady eye on my family, I adored the configuration of the snug. Partially separated from the rest of the downstairs by a shared fuel stove, it is a private space without being entirely cut-off from the living room and dining space beyond. With a longing look at the cheerfully glowing embers in the stove (there was no time to snooze as I had a lot to investigate), I went to explore the rest of the downstairs.
Beyond the snug I found a calming and welcoming sitting room which, in turn, opened into a dining area. My claws clattering on the oak flooring in these two rooms I reflected that there would be no chance of sneaking around under the dining room table mine-sweeping for crumbs! Despite that disadvantage, I adored the rooms I had seen so far. The lovely large windows, open-plan layout and soothing decoration created a homely space that was both sympathetic to the age and character of the house and perfect for contemporary family living.
Leading off from the sitting room, a corridor guided me past a very handy utility room into the kitchen. Another large and light space, I noted that the beautiful hand-painted units could be put to good use housing my many Easter carob eggs, treats and squeaky Easter bunnies!
My next stop was the upper floor where I found three good-sized bedrooms, a lovely family bathroom and a dressing room. The latter absolutely delighted me - imagine, my very own room in which to display every pug coat, pug onsie and pug Halloween outfit I have in my collection. I pictured myself reclining in this room surrounded by some of my favourite outfits, being photographed for Canine Vogue.
Thoughts of my name in print filled my head with possibilities – maybe I could turn my paw to designing….? After all, every dog should be able to express their personality through their clothes… Turning my thoughts back to the present I headed back down the stairs and went to explore the outside of this lovely property. My first stop was the building on the far side of the drive.
To my delight I found that this housed a kitchen, shower room and sitting room/bedroom which would be perfect to accommodate guests. I immediately thought of Larry the Lurcher – a lovely dog but with a predilection to sleep-barking. Sleeping in the annexe good old Larry wouldn’t disturb anyone else’s beauty sleep….
Before leaving The Elms Lodge I partook in a jolly gambol around the garden – I would describe it as a modern cottage garden, full of character and plenty of places to play hide and seek with a willing human.
All told, The Elms Lodge has it all – a stunning character property that has been modernised to fit in with contemporary family life, lovely grounds, a separate guest annexe and views over unspoilt countryside. There is nothing not to love about this fabulous home and I, for one, wish there were enough pennies in my piggy bank to buy it!
Until next time
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