Have you noticed the beautiful rich autumnal colours the leaves have now turned? I love this time of year, walks in the woods, having fun snow-ploughing through mounds of leaves, and snuffling for conkers… Feeling full of beans and wanting to stretch my legs in the gorgeous Cheshire countryside I was delighted to look in the diary and see that I was scheduled to review a fabulous detached house in Crowton this week.
I donned my harness and with my breath frosting in the crisp autumnal air, I set off to explore Primrose Cottage. As we turned into the drive which leads round to the back of the house I looked around in amazement at the wide range of outbuildings that form part of this fabulous property.
Jumping down from the car I had a quick look around before heading to the main house. What an amazingly spacious property. I looked forward to investigating all the outside space later but first to Primrose Cottage itself.
Heading through the front door I entered a good-sized hall and started by exploring the rooms to the left. I found a spacious drawing room, with the biggest fireplace and dog grate I have ever seen and I also discovered another room that would serve me very well as a pug’s den. I suppose if you were not a pug you could use it as a study or a playroom. My next port of call was the kitchen which impressed me greatly.
The first thing that struck me was the size of the room, the next thing that struck me was the amount of storage space - I saw visions of stock piles of bonios, wainwrights dog biscuits, chews, pedigree munchies, dentastix, the list went endlessly on in my mind…. The third thing that caught my attention was the amazing old range in the kitchen. This is a real feature in the room and I have to say, a bit of a show-stopper.
Stretching almost the full length of the drawing room and kitchen is a wonderful garden room which opens on to an attractive patio and has beautiful views over the fields beyond.
It is such a quintessentially English view that I immediately thought of warm summer evenings, the smell of mown grass, cricket being played and me happily chasing (and catching) the cricket ball. I am right in thinking that the winner of this particular game is the one who can catch the ball in their mouth and run as fast as they can away from all the other players aren’t I??
Primrose Cottage is a three-storey house and heading upstairs I found the master bedroom with en suite bathroom as well as three other bedrooms (one of which is currently used as a dressing room – what a splendid Idea – I could have all my harnesses arranged by colour and style) and a family bathroom. On the second floor I found a great space which could be used as a bedroom or snug.
Personally, I think it would be a great space to use as a teenage pug bedroom/snug bolthole away from the rest of the family. However, it could also be fabulous to use as a bit of a home cinema room, to watch all the classic movies of our time, films like Beethoven, K-9, Marley and Me, Lassie, Turner and Hooch, Digby – the Biggest Dog in the World, the list goes on….
I was keen to explore the rest of the property and my first stop was the detached bungalow which is a great self-contained area with a kitchen/sitting room and two bedrooms and a bathroom.
I thought that this would be the perfect place for Great-Aunt Polly the Pug to live. A place where she could keep her independence but also know that she can go for an amble around the paddock any time she wants with her Great Nephew Ralph….
Heading out of the bungalow I was intrigued by the other buildings dotted around – one turned out to be a summer house
An exceptionally social space fitted out with a range of kitchen units and a gorgeous picnic style table. What a perfect place for summer parties, designed to get the better of the great British weather – rain or shine the party will go on….
Leaving the summer house and my thoughts of parties behind me, I headed across the yard to explore the outbuildings. I found three buildings which included an office, a workshop and a range of garages and a timber store. Opportunities abounded – I have always thought about starting up a side-line business – building deluxe kennels, what a perfect complement to Rickitt Partnership - buy a stunning home for yourself and one for your faithful canine friend.
Coming out of the outbuildings I set off to the back of the property and found myself in a wonderful and really well-maintained paddock – a perfect place for my daily workout.
Wandering around the perimeter I was then delighted to discover a pond, yes a POND, my very own pug-sized swimming pool…..
Before I left Primrose Cottage I had time to wander around the tranquil and pristine gardens as well.
Primrose Cottage delights – it is a property full of character, space and a multitude of opportunities. All I can say is that the new owner of this gorgeous country home will be one very lucky property owner.
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