A delightful country house just outside a prime Cheshire village with a self-contained suite, outbuildings and paddock.
The Barracks is a fine thatched property in an exceptional position approached via a long private drive and with far-reaching rural views to all sides.
It has a long and rich history and the name is believed to date from the 17th century when it was used by Cromwell's armies during the siege of Beeston Castle.
A porch covers the part-glazed front door which opens into a spacious reception hall with a central staircase, a WC to one side and a cloaks cupboard to the other. To one side is an impressive drawing room with a large bay window from which there are lovely views over the garden. It is a very well-proportioned room which is ideal for entertaining.
The dining room is similarly impressive with a beamed, vaulted ceiling and dual aspect. The bespoke kitchen has a range of high quality integrated appliances and a breakfast area with direct access to the garden and beyond is a sitting room, again with French doors to the garden. There is a door from the kitchen into a back hall and the utility room, with a laundry chute, is situated off the side hall.
A door from the dining room leads into the self-contained suite. This is a versatile space which has been used as a home office in the past. It is a currently arranged with a kitchen, living room, first floor bedroom and bathroom. The suite kitchen provides the link to an integral garage offering secure and covered access to the house.
Good storage is a feature of the first floor accommodation with fitted wardrobes and cupboard space. The principal bedroom in particular has extensive wardrobes and an en suite bathroom. There are three further bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite).
The property benefits from extensive outbuildings, used for garaging, a workshop and storage. They offer considerable flexibility and there would appear to be potential for a variety of uses, subject to gaining the necessary consents, including office space, gym, cinema etc.
The gardens and grounds are a delightful element of the property. The sweeping drive leads to the front and side of the house and is flanked by lawns and to one side is a well-stocked fish pond and an old potting shed. There are a number of borders and mature shrubs and trees, however the maintenance is limited by the extensive lawns framing the house. There are a number of sitting and dining areas and at the far end of the garden an all-weather tennis court.
In addition to the immediate gardens and grounds there is a separate paddock (about 0.78 acre) accessed from the drive.
Additional parcels of land (shaded pink on the enclosed plan) extending up to about 33.46 acres are available by separate negotiation.
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The Barracks is one of the most appealing country houses in the area. Its proximity to Tarporley, wonderful countryside views and excellent accommodation (including a series of impressive outbuildings) all amount to a very special family home.Charlie Kannreuther