Shavington Avenue, Hoole, Chester
- Fabulous village location
- Three large living spaces
- Six double bedrooms
- Wealth of period features
- Huge potential for improvement
- Magical garden
Make your way to the traditional front door, beneath its portico shelter, past the established front garden, another vestige of this home’s heritage.
Emerge from the porch into a spacious hallway, with an impressive period staircase leading to the first floor. Light filters down from the stunning feature blue glass window part way up.
OWNER QUOTE: "The main stairwell has the most extraordinary original window."
With so many rooms on all levels, there is plenty of space for everybody to create their own individual stamp.
OWNER QUOTE: "It’s a period property and we’ve reflected that as much as we can by keeping many original features."
Starting on the ground floor to the left is the front room, where an enormous bay window floods the room with light.
Underfoot, original suspended floorboards, adding authenticity and warmth to this bright sun-filled morning room.
OWNER QUOTE: "It’s wonderful. When sun comes in you just want to be in this room."
This room has served as a formal dining room and a music room (the acoustics are great thanks to the high ceiling) and is fitted with a working fireplace, set within it’s original wooden surround.
OWNER QUOTE: "The large bay window really lends itself to a Christmas tree, the Georgian windows make it feel like a Quality Street picture."
Ideal for entertaining, light the fire and gather round with family and friends for celebrations, occasions and dinner parties.
Freshen up in the downstairs WC, located underneath the stairs, and marvel at the spaciousness of the entrance hallway.
Next on the left is the living room with the focus on the original fireplace, fitted with Art Nouveau tulip tiles and a brass-hood flower design. Lovingly restored by the current owners, this feature piece adds depth and character to the lavishly-sized room.
Cosy in the wintertime, delightful in the summer months; throw open the French doors to allow the garden to become an extension of the home, stepping out onto decking and down a step or two to the sunbathed patio. Perfect for barbecues and creating fantastic flow.
OWNER QUOTE: "We tend to gravitate into the living room as the sun moves round to the back of the house."
From the entrance hall, continue ahead into the breakfasting-kitchen; a true hub of the home, dappled with original features.
Spacious and with high ceilings, this is a social space in which to slice, dice and prepare a feast for the family. Original, floor to ceiling wooden cupboards and shelves provide a plethora of storage for all your pots, pans and culinary essentials.
Note the depth of the windowsills, another testament to the sturdy build and origins of the home. A traditional clothes airer is suspended above.
An original metal surround, restored by the owners, frames the alcove.
Towards the back of the property is the utility room where there is space for a second fridge, and washing machine, next to the original washstand – relocated from the outhouse. More suspended airers provide ample space for the laundry – out of sight, out of mind.
OWNER QUOTE: "This is where I dry everything! The utility room is also a great space for coats and boots."
In a home where room leads onto room, discover another splendid space; the traditional walk-in pantry.
Filled with original shelving, keep your jars of chutney and extra Christmas vegetable stock cool in here ready for the big day.
Take the staircase up, pausing halfway to admire the unique window and the unusual, blue-tinted glass. Emerge on the first floor, where four lavishly-sized bedrooms await.
Immediately on the left, the front bedroom, a cosy double with a cottage feel courtesy of the lower level windows and slightly sloping roof.
Located next to the master bedroom this would make a delightful nursery or guest bedroom, depending on your requirements.
Next door, the master bedroom is filled with light from the large bay window. Deeply set and affording the room a great sense of proportion and views along the street at tree level.
The bedroom is large enough to take substantial period furniture without it feeling cluttered.
Providing extra character is a restored working Victoria fireplace, the perfect place for some pillar candles to create a relaxing and romantic mood.
Continue along the landing to the rear, where a peaceful bedroom, overlooking the back garden is to be found.
Dressed in elegant Laura Ashley wallpaper to one end, there is a light feel to this capaciously sized bedroom, with a laminate floor.
This bedroom can easily accommodate a king size bed and full range of bedroom furniture.
The original configuration of separate toilet and bathroom is opposite, ideal for busy families, especially those with young children. Note the mosaics on the floor, and the wall of the shower.
Spacious and fitted with separate bath and shower, there is also a wash basin and an original wooden cupboard, for storing towels and linen.
At the far end of the landing, is a windowed alcove outside the door of a double bedroom, ideally sized for a bedding box or other storage.
The peaceful bedroom located at the rear overlooks the garden. There is plenty of room for a double bed, the current owners use this quiet room as an office. An original working fireplace is an attractive feature.
The second flight of stairs takes you to the top floor and views across the local rooftops to the outskirts of Chester.
To the rear is a large double bedroom overlooking the garden, with light drawn in through a Velux window, framing views out towards Upton.
Next door, an abundantly sized room overlooks the cul-de-sac to the front, providing incredible views over the neighbourhood through a large Velux roof window.
OWNER QUOTE: "We use this room as an artist’s studio, it’s extremely light."
Further rooms on this floor include a useful boxroom, eaves storage space and a second shower with additional toilet and wash basin under a Velux roof window. There is also more loft space beyond.
Outside, take a tour of the garden, its boundary demarcated by a low wall running the length of the property.
To the rear, take the steps down to an outbuilding with sash window, formerly the original washhouse. An impressive building, ripe with potential. Currently used as storage for bikes and equipment, there is loft space above that could be adapted for use other than simply storage.
The courtyard area is a real suntrap. Take a seat and soak up the heat of the day.
Stash fuel for the fires in the woodshed, before continuing onto the patio, where quarry tiles provide a great base for all your pots full of flowers and foliage.
Take a tour of the L-shaped garden, bordered by evergreen shrubs, and see out the last of the day from additional decking – also super for morning sun.
Secure, spacious and secluded, with so much room for games, Wendy houses, trampolines and sandpits, enjoy family life in your own microworld, with it’s high six foot brick walls.
Out and about
Populated by a cross-section of society from young professionals to families and retirees, Shavington Avenue retains a sense of community. A safe cul-de-sac in which children play and learn to ride their bikes. A neighbourhood caught in amber, a place of street parties and Jubilee Day celebrations.
Immediately behind the garden’s back gate, discover a medieval, tree-lined road known as ‘The Hollows’, running the length of Shavington Avenue and beyond in the direction of Kingsway and maintained by the Council.
Perfect for dog walks, let the pooch off the lead on this enclosed, traffic-free walkway or a spot of fresh air and exercise. Turn left at the end and take the cycleway for a loop of the locale.
OWNER QUOTE: "It feels rural and secluded and peaceful here."
Indulge in a treat at the award-winning Sticky Walnut bistro, listed in the Guardian’s top twenty best restaurants in Britain earlier this year.
With a range of quality high street shops in Hoole including fishmongers, butchers, a Co-op, Sainsbury’s, a hairdressers and even one or two cocktail bars, you don’t really need to venture into Chester, itself only moments away.
OWNER QUOTE: "The location is phenomenal – you can’t appreciate how good it is until you live here"
Families could not be better placed, with a selection of nearby schools from which to choose, including Newton Primary School, Newton Park Pre-school, Hoole Church of England Primary School, St Martin’s Academy and St Werburgh’s; the choice is endless.
With Chester train station a ten-minute walk from the front door, commuting to London is no problem. Hoole, is near the motorways for easy access to North Wales, Liverpool and Manchester.
For the rare chance to purchase a piece of Hoole’s history, Number 23 Shavington Road is a hidden gem; a true period, six-bedroom family home.
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