As an estate agent (Head of Customer relations) based in the heart of Chester, I am very privileged to be able to visit some of the best period properties that our wonderful city has to offer. This week’s Ralph’s Review took me to a fabulous example of a Georgian townhouse which is located within the City walls.
Having wolfed down a delicious carob flavoured ice cream (the ice cream shop make them especially for me), I trotted off to Duke Street in search of this week’s star property. I was expecting a rather grandiose building and I have to say that 3 Clayton Court does not disappoint. Standing looking up at the attractive four storey building I admired the lovely Georgian windows and felt a thrill of anticipation at what I would find behind the very glossy black painted front door.
Well, what a delight - from the coving, to the elegant staircase to (in my humble opinion) the piece de resistance, the exquisite minton tiled floor, this is a thoroughly charming hallway. It is a beautiful room, sympathetic to the period but with a warm, informal feel too.
Off to the right of the hallway I found a sitting room which simply oozes elegant charm. With stylish décor, plantation shutters and oak flooring, it was a room that I could easily see myself in, perhaps reclining with a saucer of green tea.
My next stop was the kitchen – wow, this is a real statement room. The bold coloured units and the black and white tiled floor gave a great retro feel, reminiscent of the ‘60s. I simply loved the seamless mix of Georgian period features, ‘60s type style and modern inside/outside living – the double doors at the end of the room open onto a paved terrace area. With the doors flung open in summertime, this would be a perfect place for me and my mum to sit (mum with a glass of rose and me with a frozen carrot or two) whilst supervising the goings-on in the kitchen!
With a jaunty spring in my step, I bounded up the stairs to the first floor. There I found a large and elegant drawing room which is perfect for entertaining guests.
There is also one of the properties’ four bedrooms on this floor. Next stop was the second floor where I found a further two bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room and the family bathroom.
By the time I reached the third floor I was starting to feel a little tired, wryly I thought to myself that 3 Clayton Court is the pug equivalent of a step class! This floor is home to another bedroom (where I did catch 40 winks after all that climbing) which has a roof terrace area. Out on the terrace, my dad kindly lifted me up so I could see the amazing views of the river.
Moving on, I found a study which, in our “connected” world, is always a plus for me. It is always great to have the option to run your empire from home!
This gorgeous Geogian townhouse has so much to offer. Outside, it has a lovely communal courtyard and, that rarest of commodities within the city walls, parking for 2 cars with a garage and additional parking space. I really did adore this house and think that it offers the very best of city living – space and period features all within the city walls. However, what really sealed the deal for me was that there is a resident’s only pedestrian gate which opens directly onto the city walls. I loved this and couldn’t wait to walk back to the office via the walls, all the while extolling the virtues of 3 Clayton Court to anyone who would listen!
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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