Shotwick Park, Saughall, Chester
- Five Bedrooms
- Gated community luxury estate
- Tennis courts and accessible land
- Characteristic features
- Beautiful attic room
- Large double garage
Built in 1872, the collection of Victorian dwellings that make up the Shotwick Park estate includes former farm buildings amongst which there is a former dairy. Its past incarnations include a period as a convalescent home for soldiers returning from the First World War.
Finally, the estate was developed into a small collection of luxury homes in a secluded, woodland sanctuary.
OWNER QUOTE: "You have a lot of privacy here, your own garden but also eight jointly-owned acres, an orchard and tennis courts."
Park up outside Number Thirteen, Shotwick Park, where there is space for up to five cars in addition to a double garage, and head straight for the front door.
Stepping inside, sense the height of the ceilings, as light cascades down from the Velux window on the landing far above the stairs.
Freshen up in the handy downstairs WC, across from the front door.
Light peeps in through the glass panelled door to the right, which leads to the open-plan living-dining room.
Wooden flooring extends underfoot, gleaming beneath the light which suffuses this space via the large patio windows.
Overlooking the front garden, snuggle up on the sofa and spy the menagerie of wildlife that also calls Shotwick Park home; from cows popping their heads over the fence to say hello from the field beyond to curious rabbits, the odd fox or badger and, of course, an abundance of birds.
Neutrally decorated, spacious and serene, there is plenty of room for your sofa, armchair and other furnishings in this light-filled lounge.
Glass double doors open up into a cosy dining room, also clad in wooden flooring and overlooking the woodland beyond through two windows.
Dine with family and friends, enjoying the natural flow of the downstairs living spaces, where kitchen, dining room and living room lead on to one another seamlessly.
Continue through an archway, directly into the kitchen.
Tiled in off-white flooring, sparkling beneath the modern downlighting, this kitchen is comprehensively stocked full of storage.
Fitted wooden cupboards run the full length of one wall, with additional units opposite. Warmth emanates from the contemporary vertical radiator.
Integrated appliances from German kitchen designer De Dietrich include dishwasher, large fridge, double oven and gas hob.
Granite worksurfaces top the base units, providing plentiful preparation space. Admire the attractive face of the clocktower, a listed part of Shotwick Park estate, visible from the kitchen window above the sink.
Enjoy breakfast in the private courtyard, accessed from an external door leading out of the kitchen.
Sheltered and south facing, relax with a breakfast of coffee and croissants in this peaceful, private suntrap.
From the kitchen there is also access into the utility room, fitted with plumbing for a washing machines and dryer and with additional storage.
Returning to the entrance hall, take the staircase up to the first floor, where immediately to the right lies the master bedroom.
Clad in cream carpet and supremely spacious, there is ample space for a king-size bed, wardrobes, chest of drawers and a bedding box in this sumptuous master suite.
Enjoy views out to the countryside through the whimsical porthole window.
Sneak a peek through to the ensuite shower room, tiled in chic pale grey, with a large walk-in shower with rainfall head.
Overhead, a large Velux window fills this refreshing room with light. A WC, heated towel rail and wash basin with vanity unit storage, are also on hand.
Refresh and unwind in the family bathroom, nestled further along the landing. Sparkling and pristine, this rarely used guest bathroom looks as immaculate as the day it was fitted seven years ago.
Creamy beige tiles coat the floor and part way up the walls, harmonising with the cream heated towel rail.
A wash basin has storage beneath, with a WC and extractor fan also fitted.
Arrive now at two double bedrooms. Both light and airy courtesy of Velux windows, the moderately smaller of the two currently serves as a comfortable home office, overlooking the side of the house.
Take the stairs now to the atmospheric penthouse level. A serene space with stunning views over the countryside towards north Wales, this level truly highlights Shotwick Park’s heritage barn features.
Step to the right, past the quirky beams and into a fourth double bedroom.
Utterly unique and quaintly quirky in its design, treacle-toned beams crisscross the shapely ceiling, which reaches a vaulted peak above the double bed.
A quartet of narrow windows lies within a wall of exposed red brick, contrasting deliciously with the crisp white walls.
More light pours in through the Velux window, highlighting the tones within the wooden floor, which runs throughout this level.
Between this bedroom and another double bedroom is a large central area, currently used as an office space filled with natural light from the large Velux windows overhead. Handily positioned here is also a WC, with exposed red brick feature wall.
Private and characterful, this top floor would be ideal for older children, who could use the central area as a lounge or study room.
Peep through at the remaining double bedroom, currently used as a sitting room and housing a bed settee. Spotlighting shines down, with a large Velux drawing the stars down at night time. Small feature windows frame views out over the fields and into the woodland beyond.
Soak up the sunshine in your own private, sheltered courtyard, located behind the kitchen. With private patios and lawn to enjoy, don’t forget about the surrounding eight acres of grounds and woodland, tennis courts and orchards there are to explore. The perfect playground for children and exercise circuit for four-legged friends.
OWNER QUOTE: "The grounds are kept immaculate. In Spring, the driveway is lined with daffodils."
When you’re not meandering the many woodland footpaths, amble into the village of Saughall, where there is a Coop and a Post Office.
For a ‘big shop’ Chester is only three miles away, home to Morrisons, Tesco and a wide selection of shops, restaurants and bars. In the other direction, discover Cheshire Oaks and Elsmere Port. There is a regular bus service running into Chester.
Walk through woods to the ruin of Shotwick Castle, or walk further to Shotwick village itself. Drop down into North Wales; it’s only a half mile walk to the border…
For refreshment and a hearty meal, visit the local village pub, The Greyhound, at the bottom of the road, easily within walking distance.
Across the road is the Vernon Institute Village Hall, home to a little café run by a local villager. Ideal for those looking for activities and clubs.
For families with school age children, the local village primary school, Saughall All Saints Church of England Primary School, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted is within walking distance.
Whether you are searching for a safe and secure, low maintenance second home in the countryside to lock up and leave, or a fresh start away from the rat race, Shotwick Park is a rural retreat that is anything but remote.
For a beautiful and unique home in a peaceful countryside setting, book your viewing for Number Thirteen, Shotwick Park today
TENURE Leasehold is 999 years from 1990, the freehold being totally and collectively owned by the 15 Households of Shotwick Park .There is a controlled management charge which is only £255 a month which includes all exterior maintenance of the grounds to the highest standard and replacement of the security apparatus, communication system, and machinery. Also included is care of individual gardens, trees, lawns, flower beds, forecourts, drives, electricity cost for all night driveway lighting and all water and sewerage charges.