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Silver Birch Cottage, Stamford Lane, Cotton Edmunds, Chester, Cheshire CH3

Guide price £1,200,000


An eye-catching property with separate annexe, equestrian facilities and land on the fringe of the popular village of Christleton, in all 9.5 acres.

  • A distinctive residence situated in an idyllic semi-rural setting in the parish of Cotton Edmunds
  • Lounge, snug/dining room, breakfast kitchen, utility room
  • 3 double bedrooms, 2 bath/shower rooms
  • Detached annexe having a lounge, dining kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bath/shower rooms
  • Substantial log cabin currently being utilised as a games room with private bar and WC facilities
  • Stabling, manege and paddock of 8.3 acres
  • In all approximately 9.5 acres
  • The Cottage EPC rating E
  • The Annexe EPC rating D



Situation
Silver Birch Cottage is situated in an idyllic semi-rural setting in the parish of Cotton Edmunds, within a short walk of the highly sought-after village of Christleton. Christleton itself is a thriving and popular village, offering a range of local amenities, including a general store, gastropub, hairdressers, dental practice, a village hall and church.


On the recreational front, Vicars Cross Golf Club is within a short drive and the local school has a public pool with sports facilities, whilst Chester has a more comprehensive offering.


On the educational front, Christleton offers Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ state schooling with Christleton Primary School and High School both within walking distance. Highly regarded independent schools include King’s and Queen’s Schools in Chester, and Abbey Gate College, Saighton.


The property is well-placed for commuting to the commercial centres of the North West, with the A55 being within two miles connecting to the M53, in turn leading to the M56 and M6 motorway networks. Chester Railway Station offers a direct service to London Euston within two hours.


Description
Silver Birch Cottage is a distinctive residence, believed to have been built circa 1995 of oak-framed construction under a wonderful thatched roof. The property sits within an exceptionally private setting, including a detached single-storey annexe with courtyard garden, a separate games room with bar and a substantial timber-framed log cabin. The equestrian facilities will appeal to those with an interest, having stables and land extending to approximately 8.3 acres with manège.


Principal accommodation
An attractive glazed hardwood door with sidelights opens into a central reception hall, having exposed oak ceiling beams, giving access to an under stairs cloaks cupboard and WC. French doors open into a well-proportioned sitting room, also having wonderful exposed ceiling beams and a noteworthy brick-lined Inglenook fireplace with overmantel and granite hearth. French doors give access onto an extensive paved terrace, benefitting from a Markilux remote retractable sun awning. Across the hallway is the snug fitted with bespoke oak shelving and a multi-media cabinet.


To the rear of the house, with wonderful views to the extensive rear gardens, is the kitchen fitted with a comprehensive range of bespoke cabinets under Corian work surfaces, including a breakfast bar. Integrated appliances include a stainless-steel commercial-style Range cooker with extractor hood, dishwasher and fridge. High-gloss porcelain floor tiles run through to a spacious breakfast area with double doors opening to the side terrace. Adjacent to the kitchen is a large utility room fitted with a range of cabinets, including a single drainer sink unit and plumbing for laundry appliances. It should be noted the property does benefit from a Beam central vacuum system running throughout both floors.


To the first floor is a generous master bedroom, incorporating bespoke fitted wardrobes and an en suite bathroom having a comprehensive modern white suite, including a panelled bath, shower cabinet with thermostatic shower, vanity sink unit, WC and chrome heated towel radiator. There are two further double bedrooms, each having bespoke fitted wardrobes; one of the bedrooms being accessed through a shower room with WC and fitted wardrobes.


Annexe
The annexe provides single-storey accommodation, ideal for dependants or as a rental property. The front door opens into a reception hall with inner double doors opening into a spacious dining kitchen, fitted with a range of wall and base cabinets under wood block-effect worktops, including a range of integral and free-standing appliances. The kitchen has space for a large dining table, as well as a seating area. Off the kitchen is the sitting room with double doors opening to an enclosed lanwed garden.


To the rear of the property is an inner hallway giving access to a shower room with WC and two bedrooms, of which the larger has a generous en suite shower room.


Ancillary buildings
Forming a courtyard setting with the annexe is a detached single-storey building, formerly a double garage, but since been converted to create a games room with private bar and toilet facilities. Where required, this building could quite easily be converted back to provide garaging.


Accessed via brick gate pillars is a substantial log-cabin briefly comprising a hallway, kitchen through living room, bedroom and WC with shower room. Whilst not for residential use, the log cabin could offer a variety of uses, including a studio, home office or elaborate storage.


Formal gardens and grounds
Silver Birch Cottage sits behind a sandstone splayed entrance with double gates opening onto an extensive gravel driveway flanked by silver birch trees leading to an expansive courtyard providing parking for numerous vehicles. Off the entrance drive, double gates open into the stable facilities around a concrete enclosure. The L-shaped timber stable block comprises three regular size loose boxes and a larger fourth loose box, benefiting from lighting. Across the courtyard is a timber-framed hay-barn with cold water supply.


The gardens to Silver Birch Cottage are extensive, offering exceptional privacy, bordered by mature native hedging with a variety of specimen trees, including a wonderful weeping willow. A natural stone terrace wraps around the property, edged by well-stocked floral borders, including lavender, hydrangea and lily. The garden includes a substantial timber-framed garden store.


Land
To the southern boundary of Silver Birch Cottage is a large single flat field laid to permanent pasture, enclosed by mature native hedging, much of it ring-fenced. The land is approached through a field gate off the main house entrance, but also benefits from planning approval for a separate independent access directly off the adjoining Rake Lane, which has been commenced (Planning Ref 16/00835/FUL). The land includes a 25m x 60m sand and rubber-surface manège providing a wonderful outdoor riding arena.

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