A rare opportunity to purchase the stone building of Historical significance called �The Reading Room�, which was built by H.T.Parke and opened on 4 Oct 1890 for the benefit of the Withnell Fold mill workers and their families. It was equipped with a billiard table, reading room and upstairs stage and concert hall with a �sprung� dance floor that remains to this day. World renowned contralto singer Kathleen Ferrier was married in the house. The property has gone through a recent refurbishment program after 20 years in the family and is presented to market in fabulous condition with extensive living and bedroom space. The property is a five bedroom detached residence of the highest calibre that has been sympathetically extended and upgraded to the highest of specifications, with no stone left unturned in the pursuit of absolute luxury. Location
Withnell Fold is a highly regarded Historic Former Mill Village which offers fantastic access to the Withnell Fold nature reserve with beautiful woodland and canal walks and open countryside, yet sits within easy access to a host of amenities, including renowned schooling, public war memorial garden and sports club. It is also well placed for major transport links, making it ideal for those looking to commute.
Entrance Areas & Reception Rooms
Entered via a Storm Porch with pitched slate tiled roof to a Vestibule featuring a ceramic mosaic tiled floor and cloaks cupboard, enter into a spacious Hallway with fabulous pine staircase rising to the first floor with original stained glass sash window to rear elevation. A trap door opens to a useful walk-around cellar room. The Formal Lounge has a wealth of natural light from double glazed stone mullioned windows with window seat to rear. A decorative fireplace has an ornate carved wood surround, the ceiling does not disappoint with grape vine Victorian coving and ceiling rose. A separate Dining Room (the original Library) provides extra living/dining space with views of the memorial gardens.
Conservatory & Bespoke Breakfast Kitchen
A stunning hardwood double glazed Victorian Conservatory is entered via the Lounge through bi-folding doors. There is a slate tiled floor, deep sills, remote control skylight windows and rear patio doors. The individually designed Breakfast Kitchen (originally The Reading Room) has a full range of 'Christians' farmhouse style units, fitted with display cabinets, wine and plate racks, pull-out larder cupboard, 'Shaws Original' double Belfast sink 'Aga' range cooker, integrated fridge freezer and dishwasher. There are ceramic tiled splashbacks to compliment and a solid wood floor. The ceiling has deep coving and 2 x ceiling roses. Light floods in from double glazed mullioned windows to side and rear. At the end of the hallway is a separate utility room and two piece cloakroom/W.C.
Views of both the local countryside and the war memorial gardens are available from the excellent Master Bedroom which boasts the original solid wood sprung floor which extends into an exceptional traditional En-Suite Bathroom, benefiting from a freestanding, claw foot, roll top bath and a 3 piece 'Charlotte' suite comprising high level flush WC, bidet and pedestal basin. Traditional Victorian heated towel rail/radiator, ceramic wall tiling and spotlights to ceiling.
Further Bedrooms & Family Shower Room
Bedrooms two, three and four are all double bedrooms featuring exposed decorative trusses, double glazed stone mullioned windows and solid wood sprung floors. Bedroom five is a single bedroom or study. The Family Shower Room comprises; step-in glazed shower enclosure, WC, pedestal basin, traditional Victorian style heated towel rail/radiator, solid wood sprung floor and spotlights to ceiling.
Gardens & Parking
Gardens surround the property. To the rear is a private and enclosed cottage style garden, principally stone paved with patio, raised terrace and enclosed yard space. Stone wall borders are stocked with a variety of plants and shrubbery. The front garden is mainly laid to lawn with stocked borders extending to the side. Ample off street parking is available a part cobbled double width driveway, leading to a detached double garage with 2 x up and over doors, power sockets and lighting.
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