Townfield Lane, Mollington, Chester
- Desirable village location
- Open aspect to paddock from rear garden
- 6 bedrooms
- 6 reception rooms including 2 kitchens
- Huge potential for improvement and development
Sometimes, the dream home is difficult to describe. It is more than bricks and mortar and floorplans; it’s a feeling, a sense of somewhere that can grow alongside you as your plans and life evolve.
Welcome to Altona, the unassuming dream home, whose modest exterior belies an unfurling selection of flexible living spaces…all discovered in the dreamiest of Cheshire locations.
Past Mollington Banastre Hotel and Spa, heed the signposts for Mollington, following the road into the village, past Well Lane, before arriving at Altona, nestled on the left-hand side.
Wrapped in its rural surroundings of patchwork fields and farms, sense the peace upon arrival. Although only moments’ drive from the M56 and its links to Manchester, Altona, backing onto paddocks and with its impeccably-kept gardens, feels so tranquil.
Pull up onto the neatly paved driveway, with the striped front lawn to the left, flanked by a border of shrubbery and privacy screen of well-pruned trees.
Ample spacing for a selection of cars to the front, with two adjoining garages to the left, fitted with electronically-operated up and over doors.
Irresistibly inconspicuous from the front, step through the solid wood and glass panelled front door into a light and airy porch, where access to one of the garages is available immediately on the left.
Step through the door to the left, where clever use of glass draws light through into the wide and spacious entrance hall.
Built with love and designed for flexible family living, this ahead-of-its-time home embraces modern living, with free-flowing spaces; each new room a versatile blank canvas.
Immediately to the left, a peaceful study set away from the main living space offers adaptable functionality; a built-in wardrobe houses a fold-down single bed creating an instant guest bedroom with storage.
Next door, a convenient shower room with wash basin and WC is perfectly positioned within easy reach of this potential extra bedroom.
Accessible spaces are the hallmark of this home, with a spacious master bedroom located across the hall.
Carpeted and warm, light flows in through the front window, which offers pretty vistas of the manicured front lawn and shrubs.
A wall of built-in wardrobes offers space-saving storage, leaving the rest of this amply-sized room free for your king-size bed, dresser and other furnishings.
No master bedroom is complete without an ensuite…spacious and with fully tiled walls, this one features an indulgent corner jacuzzi bath with shower head attachment, wash basin, WC and mirrored wall cabinet.
From the entrance hall, continue ahead and left to discover a German-design Rational kitchen, impeccably presented with and array of quality units.
A highly functional work space, in addition to its plentiful supply of cupboards, this easy-to-operate-in space contains an eye-level Bosch electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher and one and a half size sink looking out to the green border along the side of Altona.
Sneak a peek through to the utility room which houses an AEG washing machine, full-size fridge and freezer and side access out to the passage.
Returning to the kitchen, note the service hatch connecting through to the neighbouring dining room. A quaint nod to Altona’s heritage. Why not take this vision further and consider opening up both rooms to create a contemporary open-plan kitchen-diner? But as you will see, the potential for rebirth and personalisation in this home, are myriad…
Take the door to the left out of the kitchen and step through into Altona’s sumptuous sitting room.
Carpeted and cosy in spite of its lavish size, snuggle up in front of the open fire on chilly winter nights; built in shelving to the marble surround offers shelves for your television, sound system, books and other essentials.
From the lounge, slide open the glass doors and step onto the oak-plank Karndean flooring of the light-imbued conservatory.
With watercolour views out to the lush garden, this room is a dreamy dining space in the summertime, with air conditioning ensuring an ambient temperature. Throw open the doors for a free-flowing feel for family barbecues in the garden.
For Christmas dinner and other festive occasions, step through from the lounge into the formal dining room, with views out to the garden via the garden room. A separate addition to the conservatory, this space is ideal for those with green fingers looking to nurture home grown produce.
Returning to the entrance hall, note the storage available beneath the stairs before taking the staircase, with its ornamentally crafted balustrade, up to the first floor.
More versatile living space awaits on this level…
Emerging onto a vast landing, three double bedrooms lie across the hall, each overlooking the verdant garden and pastures beyond. So peaceful.
From the stairs on the right, the third largest bedroom is furnished with a wall of fitted wardrobes with light showering down from the large skylights.
Serving these bedrooms is a large family bathroom, featuring a bath with shower, wash basin and WC.
With such a broad and light-filled landing, why not consider adding an ensuite bathroom to the furthest bedroom, should you desire.
In addition to the selection of bedrooms, on the left from the stairs discover a dainty kitchenette, fitted with dishwasher, fridge, cooker and hob.
Ideal for multigenerational families, or even inbetweeners returning from university; this kitchenette facility creates an almost self-sufficient living space.
The ever-unfurling home, Altona has yet another secret to reveal; a further treasure trove of rooms. Beyond the kitchenette access two loft rooms. Fully boarded and currently alternating between use as a television room and storage, there is such potential to be considered here. A loft ladder even pulls down to reveal yet more attic space above.
OWNER QUOTE: "Somebody with imagination could really put their stamp on this home and take it to another level."
Greenery wraps around Altona.
A traditionally striped lawn to the front is ribboned by a border of variegated shrubs and planting, with a selection of colourful shrubs lining the side path which leads to the rear garden.
Directly outside the conservatory, a patio area is ideal for catching the sun and enjoying barbecues in the summer time.
Beyond, a lush lawn stretches out to a pair of apple trees at the top of the garden. Anticipate a bounteous apple crop in the autumn!
OWNER QUOTE: "We had a great crop of apples last year, great for apple pies and stewed apple on your cereal."
Central to the lawn, an ornate fountain adds a sensory splash of water to the scene.