A treasure trove of period features and close proximity to the prestigiously popular, award-winning village of Hoole combine to create a truly unique home, preserved in its own pocket of history, on the outskirts of Chester.
Park up outside Number 16, Lightfoot Street, and fall in love with its Victorian character before you even set foot through the front door. Outside, wrought iron railings and modern Minton monochrome tiling offers a preview of the period perks and quirks awaiting beyond the painted black front door.
Step onto the striking original Minton flooring of the entrance hall, their colours richly illuminated by the light pouring through the transom window above the front door.
Ahead, the stripped pine staircase rises to the first floor, with storage secreted beneath within an understairs cupboard.
Sneak a peek through the door to the right to discover a bright and welcoming sitting room, where light serenades each corner courtesy of the broad bay window to the front. High wooden skirtings harmonise with the pine picture rail, whilst above, ornate coving skirts the ceiling.
Period light fittings cast glow down upon the exposed flooring. Golden butter toned period-wallpaper adorns the walls whilst centre stage is afforded to the striking Victorian style cast iron fireplace containing living flame fire within a marble surround, a sympathetically restorative touch by the current owner in replacement of a tiled, 1930s fireplace.
Returning to the entrance hall, take the second door to the right to arrive at the heart of the home; the family dining kitchen.
Designed, handcrafted and fitted by an artisan cabinet maker to replicate the traditional Victorian style, the kitchen cabinetry is carved from reclaimed timber, whilst the teak worktops were reclaimed from a Liverpool school chemistry lab. Set above recreation modern Minton tiling (laid over a two-week period by a specialist tiler), the feature Range cooker stands pride of place within the bespoke cabinetry; a true focal point.
Overhead, a period three-part chandelier issues illumination down over your dining, controlled as with all the period lighting, by a period style light switch. There is also a traditional clothes airer suspended above.
Peacefully set to the rear of the home, enjoy leisurely dinners, or slip outside to dine alfresco in the garden. In the winter months, the cast iron fireplace is a warming feature.
Returning to the entrance hall, take the pine feature staircase up to the first floor, where three blissful bedrooms await.
Nestled overlooking the front of the home, seek sanctuary in the guest bedroom, brimming with light beneath the high ceiling above, fitted with a traditional light. Spacious and airy, snuggle down to bed in comfort. A cast iron fireplace, original to the home, is an elegant feature.
Soak away your cares in the comfort of the traditional enamel bathtub, within the buff toned marble tiling of the family bathroom, also located to the front of the home. Blinds provide privacy to the windows, whilst an Edwardian oak bathroom cabinet feaures over the sink. There is also a WC.
Continuing along the landing toward the rear of the home, the master bedroom offers a spacious retreat at the end of a long day, with views overlooking the garden. Another featured cast iron fireplace serves as a reminder of the home’s heritage, stripped and black leaded by the current owner who also fitted the bedrooms with neutral carpet to complement the white walls. Period light fittings harmonise with traditional light switches, completing this spacious, welcoming room.
A potential study or nursery, bedroom three is nestled to the rear, featuring a Victorian stripped pine cupboard housing the newly installed boiler. With a sizeable roof space above, why not consider the potential to develop bedrooms on a second level, should you desire?
Returning downstairs, step outside and into the rear garden, a low maintainence sunny sanctuary, tiled in Victorian Stafford blue around a gravel area perfect for displaying pots of seasonal colour.
A large, attached outside coal bunker could be transformed into a downstairs shower room with WC, should you desire.
Out and about
Shielded from the hustle and bustle of city life, enjoy a slower pace at Lightfoot Street.
Nestled on the outskirts of Chester, all the vibrancy of city life, Chester Racecourse, Storyhouse theatre and the Grosvenor Museum are all within easy reach, should you desire an evening of culture.
Hoole, a village with strong community values and an independence of spirit is brimming with amenities, shops and restaurants.
Pay a visit to one of the most celebrated restaurants in the village, The Sticky Walnut, only around a three minute walk from the front door.
Enjoy strolls or cycles along the paved over train line running from Hoole to Saltney. Stock up on all your essentials in Hoole itself, with a range of retailers available including a Post Office, butcher, fishmonger, florist and hardware store. There is also a Co-op and Sainsbury’s local alongside several pubs and restaurants.
Commuters are well placed, only a ten minute walk from Chester railway station and nestled close to Hoole Road leading to the M53.
Families are well served by a number of local schools including the independent Kings and Queens Schools.
For a home with history and heritage at its heart, Number 16, Lightfoot Street is a home full of original period charm, lovingly enhanced for the 21st centure.
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