Wrapped up nice and warm in my fluffy “pug coat” I set off to the lovely village of Churton to explore Hobbs Cottage, which promised to be a fabulous characterful, detached house with oodles of charm.
Arriving in Churton, I set off at a brisk trot through the village and arrived at my destination in front of a cute white-painted cottage.
The front door opened into an entrance hall and turning left I found myself in a very appealing sitting room. With a lovely large window, white painted beams, oak effect flooring and an open-plan entrance into the study; this room creates a very calming, relaxed atmosphere.
As is a recurring theme with me I was immediately drawn towards the beautiful fireplace which is the focal point of the room. As it was a rather cold, dreary day when I visited Hobbs Cottage, the log burner was lit, casting a very appealing glow into the room. Settling down in front of the flames, I found them lulling me into a rather sleepy state – what a wonderful way to while away an afternoon…. Remembering with a jolt that I was there in an official capacity, I had a yawn and a stretch, gave myself a good shake and pottered off to explore the study and the conservatory beyond that.
No wonder that there is such a sense of space and light in this sympathetically modernised cottage, as every room opens into an equally airy and light-filled room. Wandering into the conservatory I admired the views over a lovely cottage garden.
The house backs on to a patioed area and beyond that a beautiful stone wall with cute curving steps leads up to a lovely large lawned area. It is just the type of garden that befits a character cottage and it summons up visions of summer evenings lying in the last bit of evening sun listening to my human Mum and Dad chattering over a glass of wine, or winter afternoons coming back from a bracing walk, covered in incredibly satisfying amounts of wholesome Cheshire mud!
Vowing to explore the garden fully before I leave, I turned back into the house and headed into the dining room. Again I was struck by how sympathetically this cottage has been modernised, whilst all the lovely character features have been retained, the house is absolutely perfect for modern, sociable living. There is an open archway linking the dining room and kitchen which I absolutely love.
For a pug who suffers from separation anxiety this is hugely significant - it means that at mealtimes I can strategically place myself by the table in the dining room, ready to mop up any food that may find its way to the floor; whilst still being able to keep a beady eye on any family members who may be in the kitchen.
With a little low-pitched bark of satisfaction I headed back into the sitting room and upstairs to explore the bedrooms. To my delight I found a really good-sized master bedroom with an en suite shower room, three additional bedrooms and a family bathroom.
With windows set low to the floor and traditional cottage doors, the upstairs of Hobbs Cottage abounds with character. It has a truly homely feel which made me feel like snuggling up on a bed with a good book – something like “Marley and Me” would be just perfect (although I could teach that dog a thing or two about stealing food from the fridge!).
Reluctantly deciding that now was not the time for some “me time” I headed back down the stairs and outside to investigate the garden. There are some fantastic shrubbed areas at either side of the lawn which offered up some very enticing and interesting smells which I had no end of fun exploring.
Following the winding pathway through the garden I found myself at a detached single garage at the end of the garden, a perfect space for Dad to keep his car in. In addition to the garage there is plenty of space on the drive for Mum (who is less precious about keeping her car clean) to park her car and there is yet more space for another car or two to be able to park.
All in all Hobbs Cottage thoroughly charmed me, it is full of character, deceptively large and tastefully modernised. For all those pugs out there who crave a period cottage Hobbs Cottage is the one for you.
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