If this week’s Ralph’s Review sounds slightly familiar it is because I have already visited the main house at Cassia Green Farm. However, I was super excited to be invited back there now that it is on the market together with a three bedroom holiday cottage, a range of timber stables and around 5 acres of land.
The last time I visited, it was a glorious summer’s day and today, whilst it was still delightfully sunny, it was not quite as warm so I thoroughly appreciated the light pug-shaped gillet that mum had insisted I wore. Upon reaching Marton I peered out the car window and noted with interest that we had turned into a different entrance to the one used for the main house. This was a long, sweeping drive which cut between well maintained paddocks on either side of it. My dad said it reminded him of Southfork – from what I can gather, this was a house that one of his friends called JR used to live in…
The drive sweeps round to the right where I saw a charming timber lodge in front of me – “Gosh” I thought “I could be in the Swiss Alps”. Looking around at the somewhat more sedate, but equally beautiful, Cheshire countryside, I realised that this is stretching the powers of imagination slightly. However, there is no doubt that Hunter’s Retreat is an utterly stunning holiday cottage.
Inside my rather high expectations were not disappointed. I entered a hallway with wood effect laminate flooring and immediately turned right, finding myself in a very light and spacious sitting room. I was, rather inevitably, drawn to the exposed brick fireplace, resplendent with a log burner sat in pride of place. My mind drifted to winter’s afternoons and snoozes in front of the glowing embers. With a dizzying change of direction, my mind then raced off in the direction of balmy summer’s evenings with the two rustic double doors opened onto the lawn beyond. What a delightful space which has been cleverly arranged to suit both summer and winter living.
At the far end of the sitting room a door leads in to the kitchen. This is a dazzling room superbly fitted out with an Aga range oven, beautiful units and a granite worktop (if only I could clamber up there, I could do a fabulous tap dance to entertain my family at dinner time).
Making my way back through the sitting room to the hallway, I set off to explore the three bedrooms. To my delight I discovered that all of the rooms were a really great size and the master bedroom also has an en suite shower room in addition to the main shower room. What a splendid holiday lodge, it is so beautifully fitted out that I would be more than happy to stay there for a heavily extended holiday! I have no doubt that it would enchant plenty of other dogs and their human families too and would make a super rental property.
Outside the lodge, there is an attractive lawned area and beyond that I could see some further buildings behind Hunter’s Retreat and so I trotted off to explore. I found a stable yard with a timber building made up of no less than seven loose boxes, a tack room and a WC – very handy should I be caught short after drinking out of the horses’ water buckets. There is also a separate timber loose box which I could make use of as a look out to keep an eye out at feed time – any horse drops a morsel of food and I will be on it – ready, willing and able to mop up, all in the interests of keeping the place spick and span you understand.
Surveying the grounds I could see that there are three separate paddocks. I set off to jog around the perimeter and my “fit-pug” can verify that Cassia Green Farm and Hunter’s Retreat sit in around 5 acres.
Now, before I sign off today I thought I would just give you a quick reminder of the main house (for a more detailed review check out my first visit to Cassia Green Farm). It is a charming house with attractive dormer windows which give it the feel of a cottage.
The house offers a wealth of accommodation – there is a spacious hall, a dining room, a drawing room, a fabulous kitchen, a utility room, a boot room and another room which could be used as a sitting room or as a downstairs bedroom. Upstairs there are four good-sized country style bedrooms, two with en suites and a family bathroom. Outside the house is set in a delightful garden.
The first time I visited Cassia Green Farm I fell in love with its rural charm, but I have to say that this visit has quite simply knocked my pug-sized socks off. The house together with the stunning holiday lodge, the stable yard and the land makes this a very special property and one which comes on the market very infrequently.
Until next time
Love Ralph X
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