Here at Rickitt Partnership we are having a very busy start to the summer with a flurry of new instructions. Whilst this is great news, it does mean that there is no rest for this little pug. No sooner did I arrive in the office this morning and I was parcelled off to Higher Kinnerton to review a fabulous six bedroomed detached Victorian house. Once in the car I indulged in a short power nap from which I awoke with a yawn just as we were turning into a drive on the outskirts of Higher Kinnerton. Peering out of the car window I was struck by the size of the property I had come to see.
The drive led us to the back of New Hall Farm where I clambered out of the car, keen to explore my surroundings.
An exciting array of smells assaulted my senses and I simply couldn’t contain myself. With a squeal of enthusiasm, I darted off this way and that to investigate. After following the trail of a particularly exciting smell for a few minutes I reminded myself that I was at New Hall Farm in an official capacity. I trotted across the gravel driveway and noted with interest a range of brick outbuildings – a single garage, a garage room, a workshop and a couple of storage rooms. My mind raced with possibilities for this space, I was thinking it could be a perfect as a pilates studio. I recently decided to take this up as my new hobby, although my teacher seemed a little perturbed when I raced around the classroom dribbling the pilates ball with what I thought was great skill. Apparently, that is not the done thing. However, in my pilates classes, ball dribbling will be encouraged and my classes will be so much more fun…..
Putting these thoughts aside, I headed round the side of the house to the attractive front porch which gives a lovely farmhouse feel to the house.
I entered a large hallway which immediately gives a sense of the scale of this imposing house. To the left of the hallway I found an impressive drawing room,
whilst a door to the right led me to a dining room which is perfect for more formal entertaining – I immediately thought that Alfred the Afghan Hound and his family would greatly appreciate the setting.
This lofty property is like an Aladdin’s cave with so much space to offer. Going through a door at the end of the hallway I found myself in an inner hallway. Upon exploration of this part of the house I discovered a cosy sitting room, a utility room, a kitchen, a cloakroom, a morning room and two further small rooms.
Thinking as an estate agent for a second, there is no doubt that this house offers serious possibilities. It can either be lived in and enjoyed as it is, or it can be reconfigured to create a completely bespoke home for someone. For example, I would make the morning room and the two smaller rooms off it into one larger room which I would use as the office for my pilates business.
The pup in me delighted in the fact that there are three staircases to the first floor. It just seems so exciting to be able to bound up one flight of stairs and come down another to a completely different part of the house! I indulged in a crazy five minutes and set off for a couple of circuits – up the stairs at the front of the house, tearing at break neck speed down the stairs at the back of the house, along the hallway and back up the stairs again and so on. This was tremendous fun and I could easily imagine it as an integral part of my daily routine at New Hall farm. When I finally screeched to a halt on the landing I was thrilled to find a huge amount of space. The house offers no less than six bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room.
There is also a huge family bathroom and yet another bathroom. Another flight of stairs leads to two attic rooms. Not that this house is short of space but I would be tempted to commandeer those attic rooms as my own private den, tucked away from the rest of the family. One room would be a cinema room for indulging in my favourite films whilst I would kit the other one out as a stereo room so I can blast out my favourite tunes – something by Snoop Dog is always a winner.
New Hall Farm is no less impressive outside. Along with the gardens at the front, side and rear of the house,
there is a great deal of paddock land. In a fit of enthusiasm, I decided to go for a jog round the paddocks.
From my fitbit I deduced that the house sits in around ten acres and I can confirm that that is far enough to make a little pug feel quite tired! On my explorations of the land I found three ponds, a small wooded area, a stable block with 12 timber loose boxes and 2 storage rooms as well as a separate hay barn with another storage room and 2 more loose boxes.
I also found a huge sand pit – standing at the edge of it staring out across a sea of sand I thought that you could make an awful lot of sand castles on there. Before I started digging my dad hastily informed me that this is something called a “manege” where people ride their horses.
I have to confess that I am a little nervous of horses – from my vantage point I look up at a veritable forest of legs! At New Hall Farm there is a separate drive to the stables meaning that, if you are like me and have no horse sense, there is always the possibility of renting the facilities out and still retaining your privacy.
New Hall Farm is a detached Victorian house which offers opportunities in droves and I am very excited to see what the future holds for this amazing property.
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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