Last week was all about contemporary living. Basking in the glorious sunshine on Friday, I set off to Duddon near Tarporley to cast my rather discerning eye over another delightful new build house, Back House. It was the perfect weather to be out and about and going “through the keyhole” is always one of my favourite occupations. With the sun on my back and a carob ice lolly in my tummy, I insisted that dad wound the window down so I could hang my head out – there is just nothing like the feel of your ears undulating in the wind – have you tried it?
As we pulled up outside Back House, I spied open countryside surrounding us and admired the wonderful spot in which the house is situated. The views stretch far and wide, and my mind leapt over itself with dog walking possibilities. We pulled the car through a gated entrance and parked at the front of the house. Before I jumped out I also spied an integral garage – very handy, it seems that there would be no shortage of parking for my family and friends.
Full of a sense of purpose I trotted up to a very contemporary looking front door and stepped over the threshold into Back House. From my very first impression, this house charmed me as it has a rather Mediterranean feel to it. The staircase in a vibrant blue and the tiled floor throughout the ground floor brought to mind a Greek villa (not that I have been to Greece – my mum and dad won’t get me a passport, but I have seen “The Durrells” so do feel suitably well-informed!).
From the hallway I headed through a door to my left and found myself in a fabulous open plan space. A good look around showed me that a family room area led into a kitchen with dining area which in turn leads into a sitting room. There are gorgeous light coloured tiles on the floor throughout the ground floor and my claws clattered merrily on them as I investigated. As I pottered around it slowly dawned on me that the only downside would be that there could be no sneaking up on my family in this house – midnight trips to raid the fridge for sausages could sadly be a thing of the past. However, being a sociable kind of chap, I truly loved the fact that the kitchen is positioned in the middle of the open plan space. In fact, the entire ground floor is designed as the perfect place for sociable family living and for entertaining friends. I was very appreciative of the fact that each of these spaces has wonderful bifolding doors opening to outside. Not only do these make the space very light and airy, they also allow a vertically challenged person like myself the opportunity to easily enjoy the views over the countryside from the family room and over the garden from the kitchen and sitting room. I trotted over to the open bifolds in the family room and out on to the patio which has simply breathtaking views over the rolling Cheshire countryside. Without a doubt I could happily curl up here on a comfortable day bed and while away the hours, snoozing and opening half an eye every now and again to plan the route for my next walk!
Next stop was the kitchen. I pottered around, admiring the stylish contemporary units. “Oh yes” I thought to myself, I could just picture fun-filled evenings with my mum and dad and maybe a few well-chosen friends, spilling out through the bifolds into the garden on warm summer’s evenings. If I know my humans, a glass or two of wine would be involved with such occasions and I know from experience that once the wine is flowing, a few nibbles can find their way to the floor, where I duly undertake to mop them up!
Making my way through the dining area and into the sitting room I have to say that Back house has been very intelligently designed because, whilst open plan, each area is also clearly defined and architecturally structured to be somewhat private. The sitting room is a lovely spacious and contemporary space and so radiant, with the light flooding in through another set of bifolding doors. Whilst standing in the middle of the room looking round admiringly, I spied a discretely hidden door in the back wall and, overcome with curiosity I went to investigate. Behind the door I found a home office – perfectly tucked away but not removed from family life….
Feeling more and more enamoured with Back House with every step, I headed back to the hallway and took the stairs to the first floor at an energetic trot. There I was delighted to find four bedrooms, two with en suite shower rooms as well as a super chic family bathroom. The show-stopper for me was without doubt the master bedroom with glazed doors that open on to a Juliet balcony with simply fabulous views. I just don’t think you could beat waking up to that view with a stretch and a yawn before sauntering out onto the balcony for a drink of water and a bowl of Wainwrights.
Back downstairs I found the gentle breeze rippling through the open doors irresistible and it enticed me outside into the garden. There I found a very neat and low maintenance area of artificial grass which would delight my dad – no lawn-mowing! Although that does rather disappoint me as I had visions of us buying a tractor mower with me proudly sat astride dad’s knee with my paws proprietorially placed on the steering wheel surveying my estate! Some things are not meant to be!
Back House is a stylishly contemporary home in a stunning location which, to my mind, means it offers the best of both worlds. If you would like to see whether it suits your lifestyle feel free to call me on 01244 322322 to arrange 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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