Spotlight on Malpas
Moving house is a stressful time but it can feel even more daunting if you are not familiar with the areas you are thinking of moving to – whether that be a change of location within Cheshire or if you are moving from a different part of the country entirely. One of your main considerations will be ensuring that you move to an area that will suit you, your lifestyle and your family.
With that in mind we have decided to create a series of “Spotlight on” blogs to help you decide where your perfect next move will be to. This week we are focusing on the picturesque village of Malpas which is set deep in the south Cheshire countryside.
This lovely village is one of our favourites, it is steeped in history and still retains its Norman motte and bailey castle, as well as a medieval street pattern. It also boasts a beautiful 14th century church, St Oswald’s which is treasure trove in itself with a magnificent bossed ceiling, Flemish window panels, and it also contains a 15th century octagonal stone font, so a visit is definitely worthwhile. And on sunny days you can select your favourite spot in the garden and settle down with a good picnic – you may even catch a game of bowls if you are there at the right time – we are sure they are always looking for new players….
For those of you with four legged members of the family, the idea of having beautiful walks right on your doorstep can be a real plus when considering where to move to. The village has a variety of dog walks to explore from small loops around the village to more adventurous countryside rambles, The Malpas circular walk is particularly popular if you’re looking for something a little challenging. Or for shorter strolls, walks through the churchyard and around the village are equally as beautiful. The village is teaming with nature, and on a sunny day, there’s nowhere better.
Bickerton Hill & Sandstone Trail
One of Cheshire’s most popular route with walkers, the Sandstone Trail reaches some pretty steep elevations and is perfect for four legged friends with curious noses. Equally, it’s great fir avid adventurers who love the rugged outdoors.
Local Businesses in Malpas
Although the village of Malpas is small, it is also good to know that there are some great independent businesses right on the doorstep. If you run out of milk you won’t be stuck! But also you will be able to indulge yourself in fresh bread, cakes and pastries from the locally renowned bakery – perfect on a lazy weekend before browsing the potential treasures in the antiques shop! The farm shop in Hampton is also well worth a visit as it sells the most beautiful fresh produce every day
Malpas is blessed with having a communal area called the Rec. This is a great place for all the family to get together and enjoy. So if family time in the fresh air is important to you then Malpas could be just the village for you. Make a picnic on a sunny day and enjoy it on the field whilst the kids play on the park or practice their sports on the courts. Even better for those dog lovers among you, dogs are allowed on the green so they can enjoy the fun too. At certain times of the year, you can also enjoy the fairs and rallies held on the Rec. What a great facility to have on your doorstep!
Eating in Malpas
If dining out is your thing then rest assured that Malpas has its fair share of great eateries and you can take your pick from the more casual to fine dining and everything in between – a style of food for every mood! In the village itself you can choose from The Lion, The Wheatsheaf Inn and the Cock O’Barton. If you’re happy to jump in the car, the renowned Cholmondley Arms is not far away at all.
If you have children, the quality of the local schools will always be high on your agenda and can often be the deciding factor in choosing an area to live. Malpas has a primary school right in the heart of the village Malpas Alport Endowed Primary school which is described as a family centred school. Based on Church Road there is also Tilston Parochial CE primary school. If your children are of secondary school age, the local secondary school is Bishop Heber but there are also a variety of private schools within the local area such as Kings School and Abbeygate College
Finding a property
If Malpas sounds like the perfect location for your next home, your attention will now be turning to finding the perfect property. Check out our properties for sale for the full list but here is a selection of some delightful homes for sale in and around Malpas
This is a magnificent six/seven bedroom detached Edwardian family home set within grounds, with a lake, woodland, gardens and a paddock. In all the house sits within just under five acres. This stunning period house is on the market for offers in excess of £1,750,000. Check out Ralph’s Review of The Clock House
Stretton Lower Hall is a Grade II listed five bedroomed hall. It has a wealth of period features throughout and has four reception rooms including a self contained apartment on the second floor. This unique property also has three separate units – a three bedroomed cottage adjoining the hall, a one bedroomed apartment above the garages and a two bedroomed barn attached to the garages. It is on the market for £1,250,000. Here is Ralph’s Review of Stretton Lower Hall
This delightful detached dormer bungalow is located close to Malpas Village. It has four bedrooms, one en suite and two bathrooms, two reception rooms and a pleasant kitchen/dining/family room. The grounds comprise of gardens, paddock, detached stable block and a detached triple garage, in all the bungalow sits within approximately 2.6 acres. Meadow Bank is sold subject to contract. Have a read of Ralph’s Review of Meadow Bank
We do hope our little “spotlight on” Malpas has helped you decide whether or not you would like to live there. If you are looking to sell or purchase a property in Malpas or throughout Cheshire please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will do our best to help on email@example.com or 01244 322322