December has finally arrived! My long list to Santa has been written, my stocking has been hung expectantly by the fire and you will find me sporting my Santa hat at any given opportunity…. You can probably guess that my unbridled enthusiasm for Christmas knows no bounds. It has been somewhat difficult to distract myself from the countdown to the big day (only 17 sleeps to go!) so an appointment to view and review another of our delightful properties.
So, with a jaunty spring in my step, I set off for Fernleigh, a four bedroomed detached house in Farndon. The route from Chester to Farndon is very picturesque and (as my Dad reliably informed me en route), the beauty of it is that it never gets congested even at peak rush hour. Resplendent in festive reindeer antlers, I planned to spread a little Christmas cheer when I arrived in the village. Indeed, during the short walk from the car to the front door of Fernleigh, I greeted a small legion of newly adoring fans. I was only too glad to oblige and stop for fusses and cuddles – I even managed to acquire a dog biscuit from a very lovely lady with a barbour jacket!
Anyway, I digress from the matter in hand. Turning to face Fernleigh I saw a very attractive white painted cottage that looked full of charm – a perfect family home.
The entrance porch leads into a thoroughly attractive dining hall. With the focal point being an attractive log burner set into an exposed brick recess, it is a convivial room which lends itself to entertaining. I imagine one could easily play host to at least 15-20 of my friends from my dog walking club in that fabulous space.
From the back of the dining hall I wandered through to the kitchen which also has a very handy utility room. This would be perfect for storing my many colour co-ordinated harnesses and washing my muddy paws following an enthusiastic walk through the local countryside.
Heading back into the dining hall I took a door through to the left and found myself in a very spacious sitting room. Complete with another charming log burner, this characterful room has been sympathetically modernised giving a contemporary twist to a traditional room.
Its charm is enhanced by the fact that it would come into its own both in the winter and the summertime. With double French doors opening out into the garden, it is easy to picture warm summer evenings with the smell of cut grass drifting in through the open doors. Equally, with logs blazing in the burner, you could not hope to find a more cosy and appealing place to snuggle up for 40 “pug” winks on a gloomy winter’s afternoon. With a longing backward glance I trotted back into the dining hall and through another set of doors which led me to the stairs to the upper floor.
Heading up the stairs I found four good-sized bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room in addition to the family bathroom. I was pleased to find that the welcoming, homely feel of downstairs was mirrored upstairs. It seems to me that this would be a home where I could get a really splendid night’s sleep (and this is extremely important to me – despite the lack of scientific evidence, I am convinced that pugs need at least 18 hours sleep per day in order to retain our stunning good looks).
Back on the ground floor, it was time to explore the outside space. Leaving the house by the back door I saw an extended gravel driveway to the right. In addition to the driveway at the side of the house, which would easily accomodate both my Mum and Dad’s cars, this extra gravelled area could be used by visitors. Focusing my attention on the garden, I homed in on the large expanse of lawn which, incidentally, is the perfect size for a classic game of “catch me if you can”. This is my favourite game, which I can sometimes persuade my Dad to indulge in in the office. So a word to the wise, if you ever see a pug running as fast as he can around a coffee table in a Chester city centre office, chased by a man in a tweed suit; don’t worry, you are not seeing things, you have just found yourself outside the Rickitt Partnership office!
Back at Fernleigh there is yet more to explore at this fantastic property – there is an intriguing L-shaped detached wooden building at the bottom of the garden.
Like a pug on a mission, I gambled down the path to investigate. I found the building was split into two – one side is used as storage which would be perfect for my ever growing collection of toys and the other side is used as an office. As we have our beautiful offices on Bridge Street I could see this as a fantastic games room – a little man cave for my Dad and I, and it is even more perfect as both rooms are already fully equipped with internet access and heating!
All in all, I was charmed by Fernleigh, it has a warm, welcoming feeling that makes it the perfect happy family home. If you would like to have a look at it please call my team or I on 01244 322322 and we will be delighted to help.
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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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