Happy New Year one and all! Whilst the festive period is now behind us, I hope that, like me, you are looking forward to the year ahead. I won’t lie, it was rather tough coming back to work on Wednesday but I did have huge amounts of fun “helping” mum and dad put the office Christmas decorations away. I am absolutely certain they loved playing “chase me” multiple times whilst I ran off with as many sparkly baubles as I could get my paws on!
I felt that gently easing myself back in to work would be the order of the day. So the last few days have seen me indulging in a number of power naps, in between joyously wishing visitors to the office a happy new year. Today, however, I have donned my fleece-lined dog jacket and set off to Waverton to review a delightful new build development of Edwardian style semi-detached houses which we have just launched to the market.
Leaving the office, there was a definite chill in the air and so I treated dad to a super-exuberant tail wag of appreciation when he kindly put the seat warmers on in the car. The journey to Waverton passed in two shakes of a pug’s tail and before I knew it, we were turning off Brown Heath Road onto a private lane which leads down to The Dandelions. Standing up on the seat, I was keen to catch my first glimpse of the houses and I have to say that they did not disappoint. They are tucked away in a very private spot and my first impression was that they offer the best of both worlds. They have been designed very much in keeping with the look and feel of the Edwardian period, whilst allowing for modern family living with no less than three parking spaces for each property.
Leaping out of the car, I trotted across the gravel drive towards No 1 The Dandelions. I paused outside to take a closer look. With a period-style front door crafted with bespoke-made stained glass windows, large bay windows and a charming balcony above the front door, there is no doubt that it would delight even the most discerning of prospective owners.
Straightening my jacket and puffing out my chest (just a little) I stepped over the threshold and found myself in a spacious entrance hall which reaffirmed my initial impression. The staircase up to the first floor has a very authentic period feel whilst my delicate pug’s paws were quick to detect the warmth of under floor heating from below the wooden floor. Taking the first door off the entrance hall I found myself in a beautifully configured sitting room. The generous bay window allows light to flood in, whilst further period features abound. I particularly admired the exquisite coving and very authentic looking picture rail. For me the piece de resistance was the cast iron fire surround with a living flame gas fire. (Being able to picture myself curled up in front of the fire is pretty much a prerequisite for me when I view a house!)
The ground floor of this gorgeous house is like an Aladdin’s Cave with attention to detail that is second to none. Pottering around each room, I found new treasures to admire at every turn - deep, authentic-looking coving and skirting boards, marble fire surrounds, cast iron fireplaces and gorgeous door furniture. All of this left me feeling wistful for times gone by – the cultural vibrancy of the Edwardian era would have been the perfect backdrop to sophisticated soirees with the great and the good of Chester’s canine society. I have to be honest though, the double-glazed windows and underfloor heating give The Dandelions an extra edge and make them an even more appealing prospect. The sitting room and the dining room are both very good sizes and, with double French doors opening out on to the patio area, the dining room is an incredibly sociable space.
Keen to explore the rest of this delightful house, I headed back into the hall and on my way to the kitchen I discovered a charmingly decorated cloakroom. Whilst the kitchen itself is a real show-stopper. There are so many things to love about this room, from the two sets of double French doors which let light flood in, to the tiled floor with under floor heating to the contemporary shaker style units from Neptune. (Now I thought Neptune must have something to do with the sea but my dad informed me that they are furniture makers with the very best of credentials.) The kitchen is contemporary, stylish and welcoming and I imagine I would spend much of my time in there, “helping” my dad experiment with recipes.
With bounteous enthusiasm I bounded up the stairs to the first floor, eager to see what else The Dandelions have to offer. My first stop was the master bedroom which is located above the sitting room. Trotting over to inspect the bay window I saw with satisfaction that it would be a fabulous vantage point from where to survey the antics of the local squirrels. Crossing the room, I popped my head round the door of the en suite shower room which is beautifully fitted out.
My next stop was a charming room with double glazed doors onto a balcony. No doubt about it, this would be my study. I would like to run the Rickitt Partnership empire from the comfort of such a charming space. I could work away quite happily in such a lovely environment with half an eye on the balcony looking out for rogue squirrels!
I also found another two good-sized bedrooms and a family bathroom on this floor. Another set of stairs led me up to the second floor where I found a room which could be used as a fourth bedroom or as a playroom.
Having fully explored the inside of the house I leapt down the stairs in my haste to investigate the outside space. What I found was a fully enclosed garden with a large lawned area – a perfectly safe place for pups to play in peace and with no less than three sets of French windows, it makes it a fabulous inside/outside space too.
The Dandelions delivered on every point on my wishlist and I was very reluctant to leave – if I hide my harness, do you think dad will let me stay??..... If he does, I will see you on 26 January for our open house between 12 and 2pm!
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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