Now I don’t know about you but 2020 has made me re-evaluate quite a few things and has given me a renewed appreciation of the great outdoors. I have always been one for long country walks but if I am honest they have always been more of an amble than a brisk heart-pumping power walk. However, a recent focus on healthy living started me thinking about more invigorating ways to exercise. With that in mind I started to become interested in cycling – I can’t think of a better cardiac workout whilst also being able to enjoy the beautiful British countryside at the same time. So imagine my delight when I was asked to cast my discerning eye over a three bedroom house for sale together with a popular café, often frequented by cyclists, no less!
Already feeling a kinship with the cycling “tribe” I enthusiastically donned my recently purchased lycra (keen to look the part!) and set off to Parkgate road on the edge of Chester to experience the delights of Eureka café. Upon arrival my first impression was of an attractive family home set side by side with a vibrant, bustling business. Plenty of parking at the front of the property ensures space for customers to visit in their cars and on their bikes and the café appeared to be a hive of activity. Dad knowledgeably informed me that the café has been in business since 1929 and has become a popular pit stop for the cycling community in recent years. As a keen business dog this piqued my interest, not least because living on site would give the added benefit of a quality work-life balance with absolutely zero commuting time to work (unless you count the 2 minute walk from the house to the café!)
Without further ado I bounded off in the direction of the house, having decided to investigate the café a bit later on once I had worked up an appetite…. Stepping over the threshold I found myself in an entrance hall which opened into an attractive dining room. Already I could see that this house promised an abundance of character evident in the charming exposed beams in the ceiling and the wood-style flooring.
A door at the back of the dining room offered me a tantalising glimpse of the room beyond and, unable to resist, I made my way over. I found myself in a cosy, relaxing and welcoming sitting room complete with an exposed brick fireplace and log burner. I caught myself almost wishing for the end of our Indian summer so that I could revel in watching logs crackling in the grate. Without doubt this was a room just made for cosy nights in with the family.
However, there was no time for daydreams as there was so much more to explore at this intriguing property. My next stop was the kitchen which was light and bright with contemporary shaker style units and wooden work tops. However, the piece de resistance was, without doubt, the immense range style cooker. As I stared at it with my eyes on stalks I tried to imagine how many dogs and their people we could invite for Christmas dinner (observing social distancing rules of course…). Beyond the kitchen I found a utility room and a bathroom, whilst the ground floor also played host to a handy study, a bedroom and an en suite shower room.
The upper storey of this lovely family home was equally as attractive as the ground floor. I found two bedrooms, one of which had its own dressing room – how handy! And another room which could be used as either a bedroom or a study. I have to confess that, by this stage I was rather curious to see the café, not to mention the fact that I was also experiencing a few tummy rumbles!
So with no further ado I made my way back down the stairs and out the front door. Once outside the smell of bacon on the air propelled me forwards towards the café entrance with a sort of inevitability. Immediately I spied a bacon butty waiting in a dog bowl just inside the door for me but, with admirable restraint, I decided to complete my review before indulging – but boy was that tough! With my eyes kept fixed firmly in front of me I circumnavigated the café. I found a large front of house space and a functional, light and practical kitchen area – in short everything you would need to run a thriving café business. With a sigh of relief I picked up my aromatic bacon butty and took it outside to the terrace and garden to eat in peace at one of the seating areas. Whilst sitting there I also spied an outbuilding which I imagine would be very handy for storage for maintenance of both the house and the café.
With the hunger pangs abated and my full belly spilling over my lycra in a rather undignified way I mused that, whilst I may still be some way off becoming an elite cycling athlete, I would most definitely enjoy being on the other side of the counter and catering to the dietary needs of the more active amongst us! If you are looking for a property which allows you to integrate your working and home life seamlessly together then Eureka Café is an opportunity not to be missed. Please contact myself or one of my team on 01244 322322 to book a viewing.
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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