I hope you are keeping safe and well in these strange times. Together with the rest of the country I spent 8 weeks furloughed at home whilst the country came to grips with the Covid-19 pandemic. I have to confess that it was no real hardship for me. The weather has been sublime and I thoroughly enjoyed having all my humans around me all day every day. My lockdown days have consisted of snoozes in the sun, relaxed walks for our once a day exercise and endless cuddles with my mum and dad.
As wonderful as my enforced sabbatical was, I did miss welcoming all our Rickitt Partnership friends and clients into the office and my inquisitive nature was definitely yearning to get back to what I do best – Ralph’s Review! Following the government’s relaxation of lockdown rules and the directive to allow estate agents to resume working (in a controlled way), I was as pleased as the rest of the team to be able to re-open the doors to our office on Monday 18 May. For now life is not the same as it was and we are encouraging people to call or email us rather than call in to the office if at all possible. I, for one, cannot wait for the time when I don’t have to adhere to social distancing and I can welcome guests to our office in my normal enthusiastic manner! But for now, rest assured that if you do call in to see us I will keep a respectful 2 metre distance!
As we are now able to visit properties again (with strict biosecurity measures in place) I was giddy as a kipper this week to be able to embark on a long overdue adventure to visit a new property that we have for sale. Dad informed me that we were heading off to Huxley – one of my favourite Cheshire villages to see a mid-terrace period cottage. I set off joyously fully equipped with my little backpack of supplies – special pug-sized paw gloves (or ploves as I like to call them), sanitiser and alcohol wipes. (I am not wearing a face-mask as I think I may struggle to breath through it but our clients were informed about this and were absolutely fine).
When we arrived in Huxley I was met with a picture-perfect scene, cornflower blue skies, vibrantly green fields, colourful flowers with their heads gently bobbing in the breeze and, central to the scene, a thoroughly charming mid-terrace cottage. From the outside it certainly lived up to every one of my expectations – cute and welcoming, in short the quintessential English country cottage. I wistfully remembered the days of carefree abandonment when I could just bound up to the front door. Now, before leaving the car, I had to carefully sanitise my paws and put on my ploves – still, it is a small price to pay to keep everyone safe.
It feels a little, shall we say, unusual to wear my ploves so I sort of waddled in a rather undignified manner up to the front door which had been left open for us by the owner of the house. Sometimes I am thankful for social distancing – at least there was no one around to witness my lack of grace! I stepped over the threshold into an entrance hall with a lovely wooden floor. Infront of me I noticed the stairs to the first floor but the first task in hand (or paw) was to explore the ground floor. A door to the right led me into a very attractive open plan living and dining room. Being in this room was like being enveloped in a fluffy blanket – welcoming and comforting. The room is full of features typical of the period and I especially coveted the cast iron open fire place respendent with exquisite decorative tiles.
Heading further into the property I found myself in a light and bright kitchen which has a lovely country cottage feel. The cream coloured units and granite worktop are the perfect complement to the feel of this lovely cottage. I also spotted a Belfast sink, arh, that brings back happy memories – I remember being a pup and on warm summer’s days being allowed to splash around in a Belfast sink just like this one at my Grandma’s house. It was the perfect paddling pool for a tiny pug although it definitely seemed much larger at the time, more akin to the size of an Olympic swimming pool! Oh, happy times…
Dragging myself out of my reverie, I continued on my journey through 4 Elm Cottages and soon found myself in a delightful garden room with large glazed windows and a part glazed roof – this would be the perfect place for a mid-afternoon nap to recharge the batteries!
Beyond the garden room there was more accommodation in the form of a handy utility/cloakroom and a rear porch. Before exploring outside I headed back through the house to the hallway and made my way up the stairs. I had to do this quite slowly as negotiating the stairs with my ploves on was no mean feat – you may not imagine so but they are actually rather slippy!
At the top of the stairs I found myself on a landing which led to a beautifully styled bathroom which is contemporary yet in perfect keeping with a period cottage. I also found two thoroughly charming bedrooms, with sloping ceilings and low set cottage style windows, I would be hard-pressed to pick a favourite although I did spy a cast iron period fireplace in one of them so that could clinch it…. I was desperate to curl up for a bit of a snooze on one of the beds and could almost feel my fur being warmed by the sun filtering through the windows but as I am not able to touch anything at the moment I had to be content with simply imagining how lovely that would be.
I headed back downstairs and was filled with curiosity about what the outside space would have to offer. I was not disappointed, I found an immaculately-kept garden which is mainly lawned with beautifully mature borders as well as an attractive patio which I know would be put to great use by my mum – the perfect place for morning coffee, afternoon tea and early evening wine… all with a well behaved pug laid contentedly at her feet!
As I climbed back in the car and prepared to bid a fond farewell to 4 Elm Tree Cottage, I took off my ploves and sanitised my paws before decreeing that it is indeed the perfect English country cottage. If you are looking for your next home and think that 4 Elm Cottages could tick all the boxes for you, please call myself or one of my team on 01244 322322 to arrange a viewing.
Until next time Keep safe everyone
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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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