Happy Monday one and all. No rest for the wicked and I have started the week off with a Ralph’s review of a fabulous grade II listed Georgian town house in the lovely village of Farndon.
I find it an exceptionally friendly place and walks down the High Street tend to result in the accumulation of various treats and titbits from passers by and shop owners. So, suffice to say that I was delighted to learn that Church View, the subject of today’s review, is located on the High Street. I skipped breakfast in anticipation of some local delicacies and asked dad to drop me off at the furthest end of the High Street. Well, that was a very shrewd move, I timed my walk past the butcher’s just perfectly and was rewarded with a number of pieces of pork and apple sausage – yummy!
With an added spring in my step, I stepped up the pace and soon arrived outside Church View. What a charming sight it is, a thoroughly delightful town house which made me feel like I was in an episode of Cranford – does anyone remember that TV series?? Anyway, standing in front of the attractive blue front door, I looked up and saw a three storey house which abounds with style.
Eagerly I crossed the threshold and found myself in a spacious hallway which leads off to the sitting room, dining room, kitchen and utility room. My first stop was the sitting room and what a lovely room - with timber flooring and character features in droves, such as the period window, the beam in the ceiling and the Victorian style fireplace. This is a room which lends itself perfectly to being a cosy little hideaway. I can easily see myself tucked up on the sofa, curtains drawn against the weather and the fire roaring. I imagine being so relaxed that I may even emit a snore or two!
Further explorations took me to the dining room, the utility room and the kitchen which, with double French doors, is wonderfully light and has quite a country cottage feel to it.
The doors open out onto a decked area which would be just fabulous for entertaining the extended family. Aunt Peggy the pug and Uncle Cyril the schnauzer would love barking instructions into the kitchen from the comfort of their dog beds on the decking!
Back in the hall I bounded up the stairs to the first floor where one of the bedrooms and the bathroom can be found as well as a large and rather grand drawing room. To my delight I discovered another Victorian style fireplace in the drawing room. I imagined drinks and canapes and animated discussions about the best dog walking routes around Farndon (mine would be a route that included a walk past the butchers!).
Climbing another set of stairs to the second floor (and adding in a couple of reps for good measure) I imagined my very own version of a “step” class could take place every day before I even left the house – how efficient! On this floor I found three more bedrooms and a shower room. Church View really does offer a great deal of accommodation – far and away enough to house a growing family.
Heading back downstairs, I was amazed to find that there is even more to this fabulous property as I found a cellar room which I could easily envisage as a pups’ playroom.
Now I was eager to explore outside and so I headed out the French doors in the kitchen. With my claws clattering, I trotted over the decking and then up a couple of steps to a paved area where I discovered a brick building.
My dad would probably use it as a store but I think it would be much more exciting to use as a doggie adventure house – there were so many delectable smells in there that I would have loved to stay and explore…. Anyway, getting back to the business in paw, I followed a pathway which led to a large garden. I was not expecting a town house located right on the high street to have such a large garden. I truly felt like I had stumbled across a hidden oasis. With a squeal of joy I bounded this way and that across the mainly lawned garden.
After much fun and frolicking I reluctantly left Church View. As I walked back up Farndon high street, I reflected that it is a town house that has so much to offer – an abundance of charming period features, a surprising amount of space and, most surprising of all, a wonderfully large garden. If village living is for you then you could not get any better than Church View.
Until next time
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