The Firs is situated in the village of Alpraham, almost equidistant to the popular villages of Tarporley and Bunbury. Alpraham itself has two well-supported local pubs, whilst the nearby village of Tarporley provides an excellent range of general stores, boutique shops, restaurants, public houses, as well as other facilities. Bunbury also provides an excellent array of local amenities, including a superb village butcher and a state-of-the-art medical centre.
On the educational front there are highly regarded primary schools in Bunbury and Tarporley, which are feeder schools for Tarporley High School, deemed “outstanding” by Ofsted. Local independent schooling includes King’s and Queen’s Schools in Chester, as well as Abbey Gate College in Saighton and The Grange in Hartford.
Alpraham is well-positioned for commuting to the commercial centres of the North West, with the M6 motorway network nearby. Both Crewe and Chester Stations offer direct services to London Euston within 1¾ and 2 hours respectively.
The Firs is a substantial former Cheshire farmhouse of Victorian era, believed to date back to circa 1886. The property sits back from the A51, behind mature hedging and is approached over a short drive leading to an attractive courtyard.
The house itself provides spacious well-presented family accommodation, set within formal gardens. To the rear of the house is a substantial traditional range of brick buildings over two levels, providing scope for conversion to a variety of uses, subject to planning consent. The property will also appeal to those with an equestrian interest or those simply requiring amenity land and privacy.
An attractive pitched porch gives access to the front door opening into a welcoming central reception hall having attractive Victorian encaustic tiled flooring. To the front of the house, with an attractive bay window, is a sitting room featuring an open fireplace within a cast-iron surround with granite hearth. This room also features encaustic tiled flooring and high plaster coved ceilings. Across the hallway is a further reception room, also with bay window and an open fireplace within a cast-iron surround with granite hearth.
To the rear of the property is the family kitchen, fitted with a bespoke range of cabinets under granite work surfaces, including a central island with breakfast bar. The focal point of the kitchen is an electric two oven Aga within a brick chimneypiece with sandstone overmantel. Integrated appliances include a fridge with freezer compartment, and a dishwasher. Opening off the kitchen is a well-proportioned dining room, having quarry tiled flooring, a boot room off, and bi-fold doors opening to the lounge. Also off the kitchen is a spacious utility room with a range of cabinets under oak work surfaces, with plumbing for laundry appliances. Within the utility room is an enclosed WC with wash hand basin.
A doorway beneath the staircase leads down to a sizeable cellar with generous ceiling height, which has been plastered and includes central heating, lighting and power points, with potential uses including a home office, gymnasium or cinema room.
To the first floor a spacious landing gives access to all bedrooms. The master bedroom features an original cast-iron fireplace and enjoys a luxurious refitted en suite featuring an oversized shower cubicle with thermostatic shower, traditional style white sanitary ware, a column radiator with chrome towel rail and attractive Terrazzo marble tiling. The guest bedroom also features an equally impressive en suite shower room, and two further double bedrooms are served by an impressive family bathroom with free-standing oval clawfoot bath, high-quality sanitary ware and Terrazzo marble tiling.
To the rear of the property is a substantial, predominantly two-storey, brick detached range with slate roofing, which is divided into several rooms to the ground floor, including a garage. A heavy metal staircase rises to the first floor, which benefits from replacement concrete flooring with drainage channels and is divided into two rooms benefiting from numerous roof lights. To the eastern end of the traditional range is a part-built concrete block addition, as well as a number of similar additions to the rear of the property, all of which require roofing. This building has immense potential for conversion, subject to planning, to provide ancillary accommodation such as a granny annexe, Airbnb accommodation, games rooms, leisure facilities or as a home office. There is a further brick single-storey outbuilding, ideal as a garden store.
Gardens and grounds
The Firs is approached along a short driveway through a gated entrance leading to an extensive courtyard between the house and the barns. The principal lawned gardens sit to the front of the house, with further gardens to each side. To the north west of the house is the smaller of the three paddocks, ideal to create an orchard, kitchen garden or as a children’s amenity space. This paddock benefits from a field gate directly off the A51. To the rear of the traditional range is a large flat paddock, mainly enclosed by secure close-boarded fencing and laid to permanent pasture. A field gate gives access to an adjoining paddock to the east of the house, which runs down to a dell with a large pond being fed by a natural spring. The gardens and paddock extend to approximately 1.89 acres in total.
House For SaleThe Firs, Chester Road, Alpraham, Tarporley, Cheshire
A beautifully presented former farmhouse with land and extensive outbuildings offering potential for change of use, subject to planning. In all approximately 1.9 acres.
- A substantial former Cheshire farmhouse of Victorian era providing spacious well-presented family accommodation
- 2 reception rooms, breakfast kitchen opening into a dining area, utility room, dry cellar
- 4 double bedrooms, 3 luxurious bath/shower rooms
- Extensive two-storey brick outbuilding, additional brick building
- Extensive off-road parking
- Formal gardens, 3 enclosed paddocks
- In all extending to approximately 1.9 acres