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This little home is a first time buyer’s dream or an equally good investment opportunity. It is already refurbished to the sort of standard we all aspire to and filled with the character touches that make it all the more special, such as the fabulous antique cooking range in the kitchen/diner, worthy of Mrs Patmore herself. The only thing missing and preventing this being the perfect little cottage home, are the roses growing round the front door but that could be remedied…
Erith Street is one of those little backwaters that I never even knew existed, being hidden away off the main road through Leeswood and away from prying eyes. It is a single terrace of similar properties dating from I would imagine the early 20th century and with commanding views down across the Cheshire plain. There is a residents’ parking area at the head of the cul-de-sac with more than enough space for the vehicles generated by the number of homes in the road, the newer homes opposite having their own garages.
A low wall separates the road from a strip of lawn in front of the terrace while a paved path gives access to the fronts of the houses. A narrow strip of crushed gravel provides a rudimentary ‘garden’ to the front of the home where we are greeted by a semi glazed wooden front door.
Opening this reveals a square front lounge dominated by the large chimney breast with its raw brick fireplace. Although currently blocked off, presumably having been thought unnecessary with the gas combi powered central heating now installed, the chimney is still present and could, without much effort be reinstated. As it is, this is the sort of fireplace that would not look out of place with a suckling pig slowly rotating on a spit in its centre and although surrounded by evidence of the 21st century, gives the home a real traditional cottage atmosphere.
At the rear of the room another semi glazed wooden door opens into the dining kitchen, where the mixture of different styles and times continues in a very charming way. This has a very high quality wood effect floor; such high quality in fact that it had me on my hands and knees trying to work out if it was real wood, laminate or vinyl but either way, it is impressive. A small dining area sits beneath the slope of the staircase, flanked by a large set of old fashioned storage cupboards while in the opposite corner is something really special. An utterly immaculate bronze finished cooking range with its twin ovens and open fireplace sits in a matching tiled hearth. Manufactured by the ‘Foresight’ company this is something that would not look out of place in a Channel 4 period drama and which contributes greatly to the home’s character while providing a practical and attractive source of heat on a winter’s evening.
There is a step up into the kitchen area with its dark grey ceramic floor tiles. This area is also separated from the dining room by a natural barrier formed by a set of kitchen units with cupboards mounted above. These are mounted atop a series of vertical poles allowing light to flood through, making each of the rooms feel more spacious than they actually are. The cupboards here have metal handles in the form of items of cutlery, a little quirk which brought a smile to my face and adds still further to the characterful feel of this cosy home. More units lie under the large picture window and house an automatic washing machine and space for a free standing cooker. On the wall beside the back door is the gas combi central heating unit before we step out into the rear yard.
This is laid to concrete and has a substantial wooden store shed, while providing enough space for a BBQ or to relax in the sunshine with friends; providing you don’t invite too many at a time, as a party of 15 or 20 would overpower it a bit - although you may like a cosy party atmosphere!
Back into the kitchen and up the stairs, we double back on ourselves towards the rear of the home and discover the bathroom with its practical vinyl floor covering.
On the immediate right as we enter is a walk-in linen cupboard with its own radiator and as we all know, nothing beats hot socks on a winter’s morning. The remainder of the bathroom is largely functional, with a white suite comprising a pedestal hand basin, lavatory and bath with a shower above, protected by a large curtain running the full length of the bath. It is worth noting that the shower is not your usual feeble electric item but draws its hot water directly from the combi boiler, ensuring good pressure and a constant temperature.
Adjacent to here is the second bedroom. This is a slightly odd room in that if considered by area, it is a big room. However it is undeniably narrow, so that any canal barge dweller would feel immediately at home. Having said that it does offer a great deal of space so, with imaginative positioning of your furniture it could be made very comfortable.
Finally, we come to the main bedroom. A mirror image of the lounge beneath it, this is a comfy and well proportioned room which, through its charming original sash window offers far reaching views across Cheshire. All the other windows in the home have been replaced with modern UPVC double glazed units but I feel that it was worthwhile to leave this one as an original feature. It is in good condition, looks as it should and any heat loss via the single glazing is largely incidental thanks to the huge radiator against the chimney breast.