Following a Sunday full of fun, frivolity and mayhem, I am pleased to report that I am feeling revitalised and bounding with energy on this lovely Monday. As efficiency is my middle name, I was super keen to bring you my latest Ralph’s Review ‘hot off the press’.
Last week I was lucky enough to visit a stunning Victorian semi-detached house in our very own city of Chester. Now, as many of you will know, my dad is a model of ‘country gent about town’ – what he doesn’t know about wax jackets and tweed isn’t worth knowing! So, it will come as no surprise to learn that I was fully prepared for the worst the great British weather could throw at me, with my very own pug-sized wax jacket and miniature umbrella. Therefore, having to dodge the showers last week failed to deter me from visiting 2 Cliveden Road.
Fully prepared, I set off with a jaunty step and not long after leaving the city centre I arrived at my destination – a very attractive and distinguished looking Victorian semi detached house on the corner of Hough Green and Cliveden Road. The façade and carefully manicured driveway promised a house with oodles of character. I made my way towards a beautiful period styled front door with a satisfying crunch of gravel under my paws. I always place a great deal of faith in first impressions and, in this case, they were exceptionally favourable! Once inside I gazed around admiringly, taking in the high ceiling, the exquisitely detailed front door, the intricate coving and shirting boards and, the piece de resistance, a Minton tiled floor which is (pardon the pun) simply ‘mint’. “oh” I thought to myself “ 2 Cliveden Road could be one for the wishlist.”
Having had a good look around I spied a door off to the left and in my haste to explore, duly caused a confusion of legs and paws to depart in opposing directions! Once I had regained control of my body and, having cast a surreptitious eye around to see if anyone was watching, I somewhat more sedately made my way over to investigate. My exuberance was completely justified as, beyond the threshold, I found a simply divine drawing room.
Again, I admired the lovely period features in this light, welcoming and charmingly decorated room. Looking out the beautiful bay window with a proprietary air, I felt the urge to invite guests round for an impromptu wine and cheese party (or rather a water and bonios party!).
My next stop was an equally gorgeous sitting room which was a very similar size to the drawing room, I was thrilled to see another stunning bay window as well as an open fire. 2 Cliveden Road would find me spoilt for choice on cold wintery days, where would my favourite snuggle spot be? – in front of the log burner in the drawing room or cosied up by the open fire in the sitting room?! Every room has the high ceilings so typical of Victorian architecture and even though I have to crane my neck to look all the way up to the fabulous coving, I do really love the sense of grandeur they give.
Heading back into the hallway, I passed a downstairs cloakroom on my way to the dining room and kitchen. It was no surprise that I found these rooms to be as light and airy as the rest of the ground floor. The kitchen has a lovely country home feel to it, with painted cabinets from Neptune (my ears pricked up at this but apparently this is not a fish restaurant but a kitchen cabinetry company!), a Belfast sink, and butcher’s block work-surfaces. Wandering around, enjoying the delectable culinary scents in every corner, I had a real sense of this room as the heart of the home and I could easily picture my family all together baking apple pies and making chutneys! Of course, I would always be on hand to helpfully ‘mop up’ any leftovers!
Beyond the kitchen I found a utility room and I nodded approvingly when I saw that this opened directly on to the courtyard outside – the perfect place to have my paws wiped and then dried off with a big fluffy towel after a winter walk.
Having explored the ground floor of 2 Cliveden Road, I was keen to discover what other treasures it had in store and so I eagerly trotted back into the hallway and started climbing the stairs. To my delight even the stairway is full of character, with two skylights in the roof above which let the light flood in. Serendipitously, a neat little turning landing part way up the stairs is positioned just below the skylights – the perfect spot to dose in the sun whilst being able to keep an eye on the comings and goings both upstairs and down!
Resisting the temptation to stop for a snooze, I made my way to the master bedroom which is simply perfect with a south facing bay window, a period cast iron fireplace and an exposed wooden floor. The rest of the upper floor was just as fabulous, I found three other bedrooms and to my delight each and every one of them has its own period fireplace. I honestly loved every part of this beautiful house, but I have to say that for me the tour de force was the bathroom. This was a room I would be in no hurry to leave, in fact I would probably have to be forcibly removed from it! An exposed timber floor, a period style bathroom suite, including a free-standing claw-footed bath, a period fireplace and plantation shutters at the window – what is there not to love?!
It was with supreme reluctance that I had to leave 2 Cliveden Road. So intense was my reticence that I thought I would put my acting skills to good use. Stepping off the last stair, I gave a dramatic groan and collapsed onto the floor with all four legs in the air. Unfortunately, my debut as a thesbian fell short of my expectations and fooled no one, as no sooner had I hit the floor than I found myself being unceremoniously dragged across the Minton tiles by my harness. Feeling my dignity sliding along with my acting skills, I duly leapt back to my feet and followed dad to the front door as if nothing untoward had happened! I brightened with the thought that I still had the garden to explore. As 2 Cliveden Close is positioned in a corner plot it means that the garden wraps around the front and one side of the house. It is a delightfully private space as it is enclosed by a combination of hedging, screen walling and fencing – I would feel more than comfortable sunbathing on a balmy summer’s day. Just to cement 2 Cliveden Road’s place in my heart, I also found a perfect outside entertaining space - a courtyard with a combination of Indian sandstone and decking seating areas. Simply the perfect place for morning office, afternoon tea or evening chardonnay!
Quite frankly, 2 Cliveden Road is a stunning house and a jewel in Chester’s crown. It is the perfect family home especially for a dog and his family who would love a period home that they can just move straight in to. If you would like to arrange a viewing please give me a call on 01244 322322.
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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