Having had my fill of carob Easter eggs, I am back in the office resolved to lose some of the Puppy fat I gained over the holidays. With that in mind I am undertaking a strict exercise regime. Every hour I engage in five circuits of the office at a brisk run and my snacking is limited to an occasional nibble on a carrot stick.
I am constantly on the lookout for new exercise opportunities and so it was with great relish that I set of to review a fabulous property, Wood Farm House, near Whitchurch this week. I anticipated that a run around the garden and surrounding countryside would give ample opportunity to burn some calories. The drive to Breaden Heath went by in a jiffy, as I kept true to my resolution and used the back seat of the car as my own personal exercise mat – perfect for a bit of short burst circuit training!
When we arrived in Breaden Heath we headed down a quiet private lane and turned through electric gates to Wood Farm House.
Getting out the car I trotted over the gravel driveway to the front door, gravel crunching under my paws. Entering the house, I was immediately drawn towards an enticing space which I glimpsed through a door to the right. I discovered that this was the drawing room. What a characterful room - with lovely cottage windows, an exposed timber ceiling, part exposed beamed walls and an impressive exposed brick fireplace this is a place to relax and enjoy the stylish surroundings.
I imagined snuggling down into a comfy down-feather dog bed strategically placed in front of the log burner, watching some of my favourite romantic movies – Lady and the Tramp is always top of my list. Tucked off to the right of the drawing room I found a study which I noted is perfectly positioned. A quiet place to work, whilst being able to keep an eye on the pups.
The next stop was the kitchen, which also abounds with character features and is open into a family room and delightful dining area. This is a real country kitchen with a centre island and room for a range cooker.
It is a room made for the whole family to congregate after an invigorating walk, mugs of hot chocolate in hand (for the humans), scones in the oven and a plate of bonios for me! I mused that this house offers a perfect combination of character features and open-plan living – the perfect period house for modern day families.
Feeling thoroughly charmed by the downstairs of Wood farm House, I headed back to the hall and took the stairs to the first floor. (I actually ran up and down the stairs three times at speed – phew that was a work out). When I reached the landing for the final time I was feeling a little out of breath. Luckily, I found four gorgeous bedrooms upstairs in which to relax and catch my breath but Goldilocks and the Three Bears came to mind – which bedroom to choose? To be honest it is almost impossible to pick between them – each one has oodles of charm and two have their own en-suite bathrooms.
On balance the free-standing claw foot bath in one of the en suites is a winner for me, luxuriating in a sea of bubbles seems wonderfully appealing (although I think I would need help to climb out!).
Outside there was a great deal to explore – as I expected, there is a large lawned garden with views over sprawling countryside. A perfect spot for a bit of exercise and so (for a bit of variation in my exercise regime) I roped my ever accommodating Dad in to ball throwing duty. Well, he found the perfect spot for it, reclining on an outdoor sofa which was strategically positioned on the decking area, overlooking rolling countryside.
Before we left Wood Farm House there was time to explore the two barns that are for sale with the main house. Turtledove Hideaway is a one bedroom holiday cottage and the additional barn also has planning permission for further holiday accommodation.
Being a sociable kind of chap, this really appeals to me – meeting and greeting holiday guests and being the perfect “host with the most” would be just my cup of tea.
Wood Farm House has thoroughly charmed me. It is no surprise that this stunning property was the winner of Best Country Home of the Year in Period Living Magazine in 2016. If you are looking for a period family home you will struggle to better Wood Farm House.
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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