The Lilacs is situated in the pretty village of Holt, on the border of England which is marked by the nearby River Dee. Holt itself offers a wonderful array of local amenities and facilities including independent shops, a delicatessen, Spa with Post Office counter, numerous pubs and a garden centre. The medieval sandstone Holt Bridge crosses the River Dee into the village of Farndon which offers additional local facilities including a butcher, coffee shop and numerous independent shops. The historic roman city of Chester and Wrexham both provide a more comprehensive offering.
On the educational front, there are primary schools in both Holt and Farndon with secondary schooling in Rossett. Highly regarded local independent schools include King's and Queen's Schools in Chester. On the recreational front there are some wonderful walks along the River Dee and numerous local golf courses including Carden Park Golf Resort offering two championship golf courses.
Holt is well placed for commuting to the Chester Business Park and Wrexham Industrial Estate, along with the commercial centres of the North West. Chester station has a direct service to London, Euston within 2 hours.
Lilacs is a particularly attractive property, built in 1871, of Victorian era of sandstone construction under a natural slate roofing. The property has been renovated and extended by the current owners including the addition of a superb south east facing oak framed extension along with a complementary oak canopy porch. The property has been specified to a particularly high specification and finish including a bespoke Clarendons of Rossett kitchen, partial underfloor heating, high quality sanitary ware and superb private landscaped gardens.
An attractive oak canopy porch gives way to a contemporary oak front door opening into a welcoming central reception hall with multicolour tile flooring and doors opening off to the principal reception rooms. To the front of the house is a well-proportioned living room with twin aspects, featuring a double-sided woodburning stove within a recess with sandstone reveals and oak overmantel. Across the hallway is a generous snug having an "AGA" woodburning stove within an exposed brick recess with oak overmantel, a built-in cupboard and attractive wood effect ceramic tile flooring.
The hub of this beautifully property is the kitchen, situated to the rear of the property with views to the gardens, comprising an open-plan breakfast kitchen through dining room. The kitchen itself is fitted with bespoke hand-painted solid wood cabinets by Clarendons of Rossett, with a complementary island with breakfast bar all under granite work surfaces. The focal point of the kitchen is a double oven "AGA" with sandstone reveal and extractor hood. The kitchen is fitted with a range of high-quality integral appliances. Porcelain tile flooring, warmed by underfloor heating, flows into the oak framed dining area having a vaulted ceiling and fully glazed gable end with a glazed rear elevation, providing superb views to the garden. The dining room also benefits from the double-sided woodburning stove within an exposed sandstone chimney breast.
Opening off the kitchen is a large utility area, also fitted with bespoke cabinets including a larder unit with integral fridge and two freezers, a dishwasher and a twin undermounted Belfast sink. Off the utility is a useful walk-in pantry and WC.
Stairs rise to the first-floor landing, featuring an illuminated sandstone and brick feature wall, opening to a useful area, currently used as a home study.
The master bedroom is exquisitely presented featuring a range of bespoke fitted wardrobes with additional built-in cupboard and attractive oak herringbone parquet flooring. Along the hallway are two further double bedrooms, both having semi vaulted ceilings. A luxurious family bathroom is fitted with a "Victoria and Albert" freestanding oval bath with side fill, his and her vanity sink unit within a marble worktop, a shower cubicle with thermostatic drench head shower, WC and a column radiator with chrome towel rail. Adjoining the bathroom is a separate WC with wash hand basin.
Lilacs sits behind a sandstone wall with access onto a natural stone and gravel driveway providing parking for two vehicles. Adjoining the driveway is an attached building with double doors which could be adapted for vehicle storage but is currently being used as a home gymnasium. This room could quite easily be altered to create a substantial office for home working.
The principal gardens sit to the rear with an enviable south east facing aspect, and are particularly private, mainly lawned featuring numerous fruit trees including pear and apple trees. To the southern side of the house is a superb rectangular contemporary pond, designed for koi carp, heated and filtered by specialist equipment powered by an air source heat pump. The pond is fringed by contemporary limestone edging stones, which adjoin a large, paved terrace with temporary gas fire pit, providing a tranquil entertaining space.
At the head of the garden is a raised flagged terrace with oak sleeper retained borders and a temporary stainless steel illuminated water feature with waterfall. Adjoining the terrace is a decked area accommodating a heated hot tub (available by separate negotiation). The garden also includes two timber clad general storerooms and a ventilated lock-up, ideal as a dog kennel.
Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage. Telephone and broadband connections.
The property is freehold with vacant possession upon completion.
Leave Chester in a southerly direction along the B5130, Dee Banks, through the village of Huntington and Churton. Continue along the Chester Road into Farndon and on reaching the High Street turn right crossing Holt Bridge into Holt. Continue up Bridge Street keeping left at the village square along Castle Street. Turn first left onto Francis Lane where Lilacs will be seen on your left-hand side after approximately 50 metres.
Strictly by appointment through the selling agent, Fisher German. T: 01244 409660.
Photography taken and particulars produced February 2021
House For SaleLilacs, Francis Lane, Holt, Wrexham
Guide price £695,000
A beautifully presented character property, renovated to a high standard throughout, within a sought-after village setting.
- Oak canopy porch and central reception hall
- 2 reception rooms and study
- Exceptional open plan family kitchen
- Utility room and pantry
- 3 double bedrooms
- Luxurious family bathroom and 2 separate WCs
- Approximately 191 sq m (2,052 sq ft) GIA
- Private south east facing gardens
- Off street parking and garage/store
- EPC Rating D