Forget Spring, it seems to have skipped straight to summer and believe me, this makes me a very happy pug! I was keen to get out the office last week and feel the sun on my back so I leapt at the chance to head off to The Elms in Gresford to explore what delights it has to offer.
After donning my sun hat, applying some sun cream to my nose and devouring a bonio-flavoured ice lolly I ventured out in the sunshine and set off to Gresford. After a thoroughly enjoyable journey, spent mostly with my head out the window enjoying the wind whistling past my ears, the car turned onto an impressive tree-lined drive and I caught sight of The Elms. Built from attractive yellow brick, my dad told me that The Elms is part of a converted 19th century manor house and it certainly is very impressive. I struggled to shake the feeling that I should be arriving by horse and carriage!
Getting out of the car on the gravelled driveway, I looked up at the impressive façade of the house. With large windows and attractive part timber elevations, The Elms looks every bit the country gent’s home. Standing tall and approaching with what I hoped was a distinguished walk, I entered the house and found myself in a charming reception hall. Very much in keeping with the heritage of the house, the hall boasts beautiful stained glass in the traditional style front door and I also noticed that it has a period fireplace. How very welcoming, I thought, to have a roaring fire greet you when you enter the house – I knew my friends at dog-walking club would thoroughly approve.
With claws clattering on the stripped wood floor I took a door off to the right and found myself in a very impressive, dare I say, rather grand, drawing room. Once again, visions of days gone by and elegant soirees came to mind – times when pugs did not have to work for a living but were able to simply recline on a chaise-long by the window, looking out at the grounds and wondering idly if they could catch the squirrel that had just run past should they be so inclined! Snapping back to the present day I took in my surroundings in more detail, the stripped wooden floor, large stone mullion window with the original shutters, marble fireplace, coving and chandelier all give the impression of understated elegance which befits a house of this type, I approvingly thought to myself.
Upon further exploration of the ground floor I found a lovely dining kitchen complete with an electric aga, a boot room, a utility room, a cloakroom and a pantry – yes you heard me correctly a room just for Ralph – to fill with copious amounts of my favourite treats – shelf upon shelf lined with chews, wainwrights, bonios…. Dragging myself away from this delightful space I moved on to find an attractive sitting room. Smaller than the drawing room I imagine this as a more intimate family space, the room in which I would play tug of war with my dad and share cosy cuddles with my mum.
Heading upstairs I discovered to my delight that there are not one but two upper storeys. On my travels I discovered five lovely large bedrooms or four plus a room which I would probably use as an office so that I could work from home. Even better is the fact that three of the bedrooms also have en-suites, so perfect to cater to a family with a few teenage pups!
Before I left the house to explore the grounds I discovered that the house has a number of cellar rooms – perfect for storage I thought as I spied the perfect place to hang my bicycle (well when I say my bicycle, strictly speaking it is my mum’s but I have laid claim to the basket on the front - have you ever tried it? Perched in a wicker basket is a great way to see the countryside!)
Speaking of countryside, The Elms house and grounds have amazing views of the stunning countryside, to be honest, the views alone would make me fall in love with this house.
Luckily the garden lives up to its surroundings - a paved terrace leads onto a split level garden and there is a tennis court - how befitting of such a distinguished residence. However, the piece de resistance for me was the walled garden.
What a treasure trove to me – I remember when I was a pup being read The Secret Garden by my Mum. To think I could live here and have my very own Secret Garden….
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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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