I spent much of last week trying to avoid the great British weather. My dad has a lot to answer for – he threatened a BBQ and so I strongly suspect that he is to blame for the monumentally terrible downpours last week!
As the rain swirled around me, I felt rather “Mansfield Park-esk” as I approached Thornton Grange in Gresford, the subject of my latest Ralph’s Review. It is a rather imposing Victorian property which would certainly allow me to live in the manner to which I would like to become accustomed. Lifting my chin with a rather regal air, I did feel terribly grand as I marched purposefully up the gravel drive to the front door.
Heading into such a stately home I made sure to wipe all four paws very thoroughly before venturing inside. The spacious hallway I stepped into is graced with a wealth of period features including a lovely Minton tiled floor, a moulded ceiling and a fabulous feature staircase.
Making my way through a doorway to the right I found myself in a rather spectacular drawing room, complete with feature coving, a beautiful fireplace and an equally impressive feature bay window with French doors which open out into the garden. On a warm summer’s day (ahem!) what a room this would be, the doors open to the garden allowing the fragrant scents from the garden to weave their way inside.
I swear I could almost smell the roses permeating the house as I proceeded to explore the rest of Thornton Grange’s ground floor. On the opposite side of the hallway I found a sitting room which I was delighted to see also had French doors opening to the garden. This opened up a new world of possibilities - with both sets of French doors open I could create my own variation on circuit training – start in the drawing room for a bit of strength training with a tug of war rope, run outside for a bit of frisbee throwing, then over to a spot of stick throwing before bounding back into the sitting room to complete the circuit with a dose of squeaky toy throwing.
My head was spinning slightly with the thought of so much activity as I continued on my explorations, with the next stop being the dining room, a very stately affair; and the garden room which is a friendly informal room perfect for cosy family nights in. Next, I made my way to the kitchen which has great potential to be modernised into a fabulous open plan room, especially since there is the opportunity to extend the room into the utility as well as two further store rooms beyond that.
Back in the hall I trotted up the stairs and subsequently stopped in amazement as I gazed up at a beautiful feature domed skylight through which sunlight was filtering in.
Continuing on my travels, the first bedroom I entered was a very good size. I particularly loved the charming sash windows and climbing up on the bed, I rested my front paws on one of the window-sills to admire the view over the garden. As a squirrel rather jauntily made his way across the lawn I let out a very deep and masterful bark – well, its always best to let them know who’s in charge!
Turning away from the window and back to the task in hand I set off to explore the rest of the upper floor of Thornton Grange and found no less than four more bedrooms, a bathroom, a separate shower-room and a laundry. This house certainly offers plenty of accommodation for a whole tribe of pups!
Back on the ground floor I also discovered a doorway with a set of stairs leading tantilisingly downwards. Following them I found myself in a cellar room which, despite the exceptionally damp weather, was exceedingly dry. This would be rather a handy place for a home gym or a cinema room. Turning my thoughts to outside, my next stop was the garden. This is a lovely space with lawns which extend from the front of the house round to the side where the garden is flanked on one side by a lovely brick wall. There are trees throughout the garden one of which has a circular bench surrounding it which I absolutely loved. Last week was certainly not a week for enjoying the garden but on a summer’s day nothing would make me happier than curling up next to my mum on that bench as she reads one of her favourite books.
As I climbed in to the car to head back to the office, I cast a wistful look over my shoulder - Thornton Grange has an old-world charm about it which made me feel like it should be someone’s forever home – a beautiful setting to bring up your pups and create a wonderful melody of memories.
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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