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Character: the indefinable ‘wow’ factor that makes some homes more special than first sight would have you believe. If character is important to you and you fancy living in a home that would suit Hansel and Gretel (no the walls are not made of chocolate) but still manages to provide modern comforts and is within easy reach of local towns, this could be for you.
It has two bedrooms and unusually in a home of this size, there is an en-suite to the master and a dressing area to the second bedroom. Also unusually in a cottage, there is dedicated parking for two vehicles and a separate secluded private rear garden with a handy brick outbuilding.
Situated close to the traffic lights in Alltami on the A494, this end of terrace cottage offers charm by the bucketload and a level of convenience that comes as a very pleasant surprise.
In common with its neighbours, the front door opens onto a narrow strip of patio front garden, which is adjacent to the road but is rarely, if ever used.....and why would you use it because, when arriving home, the car is parked at the rear within yards of the kitchen door - the only person using the front door will be your postman or woman.
So, at the rear, there is a fenced off square area of gravel with parking space for four vehicles. The left hand half of this belongs to number 3, where two cars can be parked line astern.
To the side of this area lies a hedge, beyond which is the secluded private garden given largely over to lawn but with a substantial paved area ideal for those summer BBQs. At the bottom of the garden is a brick built outhouse for storage. To get to this it is necessary to walk down a pathway alongside the neighbouring house, to which you would have right of access, but that's no issue.
Opening the back door takes us straight into the ‘L’ shaped kitchen/diner, where we arrive into the dining arm of the ‘L’. This is lined along one wall with various fitted units offering worktops and storage, with one high level cupboard housing the gas combi boiler. Now this was replaced only three or four years ago., and has been regularly serviced since.
There is space for a small dining table beneath the window while at the inner end of the units sits a tall fridge freezer. Beside this the final unit houses a tower oven, before the room opens out into the main body of the kitchen. I know it sounds complicated but when you see it, everything makes sense I promise!
The attractive ceramic tiled floor continues, complimenting the light wood of the fitted units where we find the noisier of the household machinery, the washing machine and dishwasher. In the centre of one wall is the ceramic electric hob, with its extractor hood above, making a pleasant and efficient place from which to feed the masses. At the rear of the room, the staircase rises across the house and an attractive vintage style wooden door with a diamond shaped light set within it leads through into the lounge.
Here the home really asserts its fairy-tale cottage credentials. From the bare wooden floorboards with their central rug to the massive multi-fuel log burner nestling beneath the oak mantelpiece, this is a room that makes you feel safe from all the goblins and horrors of the outside world. All it needs is the steady creak of Granny’s rocking chair as she works away at her crochet, waiting for Red Riding Hood to safely arrive with her basket of goodies from Help the Aged. A bit of a mixed metaphor I know, but this is a room that invites fantasies.
Climbing the staircase from the kitchen and turning to the rear of the home, we find ourselves in a slightly confusing room. Too wide to be simply a landing but filling no more obvious purpose than to provide a corridor, it is large enough to be used as an office or even an ironing room and in a home of this size, any additional functionality is a bonus.
Two doors lead off here, both of them traditional wooden affairs with exposed hinges adding to the cottage atmosphere. The first of these reveals the bathroom with its dark grey wall tiles and suite comprising a pedestal hand basin, lavatory and bath with shower above.
The remaining door opens into the smaller of the two bedrooms. Down a small step onto its wood laminate floor, this is a larger room that you would expect, providing adequate space for a double bed along with a large free standing wardrobe. It is kept light and airy by the window overlooking the parking area to the side of the home.
Re-passing the top of the stairs we come into the master bedroom and this does come as something of a surprise. Far bigger than expected this easily houses bedside cabinets either side of the double bed and a comprehensive unitary storage system for clothes alongside a large mirror fronted wardrobe. Everything is kept bright and cheerful with light from a big picture window overlooking the adjacent fields. All this is before the room reveals its ace card and something completely unexpected in a home of this size, the en-suite bathroom.
This fully tiled space is well equipped, offering a lavatory, hand basin over a small vanity unit and a walk-in shower cubicle with an electric shower. Admittedly it is not the world’s biggest or most luxurious en-suite but the fact it is there at all goes some way towards making this gem of a home unusual. For this home is just that; a little gem, perfect in every detail and offering an unexpected level of comfort and character in what initially appears a very traditional package.