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Ralph reviews a grade II listed Georgian townhouse in Chester


Now there is nothing I enjoy more on an autumnal Sunday evening than curling up in front of the fire to enjoy an episode of Antiques Roadshow. It is something of a Sunday ritual in our house and we all love playing “guess the value” – though I say so myself, I am pretty good at it and am always within 50 or so bonios of the right value! I was especially engrossed in this weekend’s episode and, knowing that I was set to visit a beautiful Georgian Grade II listed townhouse this week for my Ralph’s Review, I got quite into character. So much so that as I arrived at 8 King Street I felt rather like a historic treasure hunter, seeking out property masterpieces from a bygone age.

No 8 King Street is an elegant townhouse which did not disappoint and as I gazed up at its classic façade I knew I had come across a historic gem hidden in plain sight right in the heart of the city of Chester. King Street itself is thoroughly charming – it boasts an abundance of Georgian properties and, as such, it does not take much of a leap of imagination to picture the elegant regency carriages pulled by smart hackney horses and the refined hustle and bustle of gentile Georgian society.  Craning my neck I could see that 8 King Street was a three storey property and I was relieved to have lost all my lockdown weight – I was confident that I would be able to bound up those flights of stairs without so much as a single pant!

a georgian townhouse in Chester

Keen to explore the delights of this lovely property I stepped over the threshold and found myself in an entrance hall which led to a large dining room – a space perfectly complemented by the beautiful period window which allowed the gentle autumn sunlight to bathe the room.  My next stop was the kitchen, also on the ground floor. It had a lovely feel and, casting an appraising eye over it, there was a lot to like.  I felt that this would be a great space for someone to really get creative when modernising and it would be their chance to make their mark on the property – rather like adding to the layers of history I mused….

a dining room in a house for sale in Chester

a kitchen with wooden units and traditional tiled floor in a house for sale in Chester

Back in the hallway and before I bounded enthusiastically up the stairs to the first floor, I discovered a handy cellar which would be the perfect storage space for all those essentials of life – a pug-sized trampoline, a frisbee-throwing machine, not to mention a monumental storage box of bonios….  Pushing wistful thoughts of an endless supply of bonios aside I focused on the task in hand and set off to explore the upper storeys of this delightful townhouse. On the first floor I found the drawing room and a bedroom together with an en suite shower room.  I fell in love with the drawing room, it is a room full of character and, with a beautiful fireplace set into one corner, it seemed so unique and deliciously cosy – the perfect place to snuggle up on a blustery autumnal day.

the first floor drawing room in a georgian house for sale in Chester

My nose for adventure led me onwards and upwards, to the second storey.  I arrived on a landing which seemed surprisingly light and, looking up, I saw a skylight which, on a sunny day would allow sunlight to flood in.  That settled it – I had found my perfect snoozing spot, every house should have one – that spot which any self-respecting pug would seek out like a heat-seeking missile!  Off the landing I found a family bathroom and two cosy bedrooms complete with sloping ceilings to add to that feeling of period charm.

a bedroom in a townhouse for sale in Chester

Some properties that I review give me that instant sense of “homecoming” and that is exactly how I felt at no 8 King Street and, much as I was tempted to make my way back to the drawing room to snuggle down in front of the fire and watch a good movie, I resisted the urge and reluctantly made my way downstairs.  All that remained was to explore the outside space.  Firstly I was delighted to find a single garage – a real bonus in the city centre.  I also discovered a courtyard garden which I could just picture as a lovely social space bedecked with pot plants and fairy lights, it would be the perfect place for my pals and I to gather after an evening walk.

the courtyard at a townhouse for sale in the centre of Chester 

There is no doubt that no 8 King Street has oodles of charm and it will also give its new owner a real opportunity to put their own stamp on it.  This is a property not to be missed so please contact myself or one of my team on 01244 322322 or info@rickittpartnership.co.uk to arrange a viewing.

Until next time

Ralph X



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Ralph Rickitt

Ralph Rickitt

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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