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Ralph reviews a detached family house in Little Budworth

I hope you have enjoyed the short week after the Bank Holiday. My family and I had a nice, relaxed time at home with plenty of nice food (yum!), classic films on the TV and mum and I even did a bit of “crafting”. We made a snuffle mat together – this involved an old bathmat and a “its seen better days” fleecy throw. Then in our best Blue Peter style, we cut the throw into strips and tied them onto the bathmat. I fear I may have delayed proceedings by running off with each and every strip of throw but some things have just got to be done and I did have tremendous amounts of fun in the process!

The long weekend last week left me fully motivated for the working week ahead.  We started with a team meeting – I was accused of snoozing under the desk but I assured everyone that I was listening intently throughout and, as proof, offered up a few team motivation ideas.  Bizarrely my idea of free bonios for all was met with a resounding lack of enthusiasm. During the meeting the subject of my next Ralph’s Review was discussed, it sounded so fabulous that I decided I needed to visit it without delay and so it was that I donned my pug-loafers and set off with dad for the delightful village of Little Budworth near Tarporley.   

Little Budworth is one of my favourite Cheshire villages.  It really does offer something for everyone – a charming village church, a couple of good pubs (this is very important to humans apparently), brilliant walks in Little Budworth Country Park (or “The Common” to the locals) which is a veritable treasure trove of sights and smells for a little pooch like me and that most British of institutions, a village cricket ground.  When we arrived outside 4 Foxes Walk (at the end of a cul de sac in a development of just four houses) I was beyond thrilled to find a beautifully presented contemporary house which backs on to the aforementioned cricket ground no less – a more perfect scene of rural serenity you could not wish to find.

ralph reviews a family house in budworth

We parked on the brick paved driveway and I hopped down from the car and walked over to the front door.  Once inside I found myself in a spacious hallway.  Keen to explore I took a door to my left and discovered a beautiful drawing room, complete with bifolding doors at one end which open out into the garden with views over the cricket ground beyond.  Wowzers, I have always fancied myself as a fielder, all smart in my cricket whites.  When I mentioned this to dad, he looked slightly concerned and promptly closed the bifolders!

Ralph reviews a detached family house in budsworth front view

Pushing thoughts of my England cricket debut from my mind I turned about tail and wandered back into the hallway.  From there I found a comfortable snug, a cloakroom and a handy utility room which can be accessed from both the hall and the kitchen.  Talking of the kitchen, this is actually a large open plan kitchen, dining and living space with not one but two sets of bifolding doors.  I fell in love with this room, it feels ultra contemporary, sleek and stylish – just the place where my pals from the cricket club could amble over for drinks after the game, it’s thirsty work watching your human chase balls all afternoon when you know perfectly well that you could do a WAY better job.

Ralph reviews a detached family house in budsworth dining room

Ralph reviews a detached family house in budsworth kitchen space

Anyway, onwards and upwards, I headed back into the hallway and bounded up the stairs to the first floor.  The upper storey felt light, airy and chiquely contemporary.   On initial inspection I found four good sized bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room and a very stylish family bathroom. 

Ralph reviews a detached family house in budsworth living space

Ralph reviews a detached family house in budsworth kids bedroom

Before I headed back downstairs I spied another door which was left tantalisingly ajar.  Stepping over the threshold I gasped in delight as I found myself in another large bedroom.  Without doubt this truly is a statement room with bifolding doors opening onto a balcony graced with views over the Cheshire countryside.  Standing on the balcony I felt incredibly important, rather like a king surveying his estate.   I used my powers of deduction to work out that we were probably east-facing as we were bathed in glorious sunshine.  Just wait until I tell mum, I thought, she would love the idea of breakfast on the balcony – maybe we could persuade dad to wait on us – “I will take my Wainwright’s food on a silver platter if you please….”.  I chuckled to myself as I imagined Dad’s face if I said that!

Ralph reviews a detached family house in budsworth bathroom

Ralph reviews a detached family house in budsworth master bedroom

Stepping back into the bedroom I followed my nose around the room and, on one side found two doors, the first led me into a beautiful en suite shower room whilst behind the other I found a walk in wardrobe – oh the stuff dreams are made of, just imagine rails and rails of harnesses and pug clothing in every colour of the rainbow – no need to pick and choose, now I can buy EVERYTHING my heart desires!  And, would you believe it, on the other side of the room I found a dressing room, no less. Wowzers, this home was just made for a super stylish pug like me!

Full of thoughts of the additions I could make to my already eclectic wardrobe, I bounced joyously back down the stairs and headed off to see what delights 4 Foxes Walk had to offer outside.  The main garden is at the back of the house and is mostly lawned with a few strategically placed terraces.  I say “strategically placed” as I have already established what I believe to be my perfect viewing/snoozing spots, chosen with maximum comfort, sunshine and viewing of the cricket in mind! 

Ralph reviews a detached family house in budsworth garden view 1

Ralph reviews a detached family house in budsworth garden view 2

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Wandering round to the front of the house I was thrilled to discover a small paddock and, when heading back to the car, I cocked my head curiously as I spied something on the side of the house.  That, dad informed me knowledgeably, is a Pod Point electric car charging point.  Well I thought to myself, that just says it all about 4 Foxes Walk – contemporary living in the heart of classic village life, and you can even help save the planet to boot!

If you would like to arrange a viewing of 4 Foxes Walk please do not hesitate to contact myself or one of my team on 01244 322322.

Until next time

Ralph X

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