A beautifully appointed family home in a much sought-after private location with outstanding views.
Roughlands is a delightful family home and is on the market for only the third time since its construction in 1928.
The property is in an exceptional elevated setting with outstanding views over the Dee estuary towards the North Wales coast and has a very private location within delightful gardens and grounds, surrounded by mature woodland and bordering National Trust land.
The principal reception rooms are beautifully presented and have an excellent aspect to the Dee and Welsh coastline beyond.
Roughlands offers an outstanding combination of privacy and accessibility, being ideally situated for access to Liverpool and Chester, yet enjoying a large, secluded plot.
Under a slate roofed portico, the main door opens into a formal entrance hall with original parquet floors and leaded French windows leading directly out to an impressive, recently converted, south facing terrace at the rear of the property.
Panelled doors open into a large drawing room, with dual aspect and delightful bay windows. There are built in bookshelves, and an attractive fireplace with a timber mantelpiece. Glazed double doors open off into a comfortable sitting room, also enjoying an outstanding outlook through a large bay window and an open fireplace with a stone hearth.
On the opposite side of the reception hall another set of double doors open into a well proportioned, panelled dining room with original leaded bay windows to the front and a door to the back hall, giving excellent access to the kitchen for entertaining.
A tiled cloakroom with WC is found off the main reception hall, adjacent to which is a panelled door opening into the inner hall.
The inner hall serves a lovely kitchen/breakfast room fitted with an excellent range of floor cupboards under timber work surfaces and incorporating a 4-oven Aga, Belfast sink, kitchen island with a granite work surfaces, inbuilt dishwasher and fridge/freezer. The room enjoys a delightful aspect to the rear of the property and includes a bay window with a charming sitting area and a glazed door to the formal side garden.
A walk-through larder connects into extensive utility rooms including a boot room, laundry room with access through to the double garage and a back hall with access to the side garden. A study, with panelled walls interconnects with the inner-hall and boot room.
The staircase leads up from the reception hall to a spacious galleried landing with leaded windows overlooking the rear of the property.
The substantial principal bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom has an outstanding outlook towards the Dee Estuary through a leaded bay window with window seat and access through a glazed door to a roof terrace.
The guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom is found at the front of the property and enjoys views over the estuary. There is one further double bedroom at the front of the property with a glazed door opening onto a delightful covered balcony.
Two further bedrooms are found at the back of the house, with an outlook over the side garden; both benefit from a range of built in shelves and cupboards, and one has an en suite bathroom. There is also large family bathroom.
Roughlands is accessed through a stone pillared entrance with double gates opening onto a long sweeping tarmacadam drive flanked by mature woodland. The drive concludes at a large parking area, with the house on two sides and woodland behind. There is a garage and portico entrance into the house.
A path leads around the side of the property to the side door, with an adjacent fenced courtyard and access to the side gardens. A superb sandstone terrace extends across the front of the property, making the most of the impressive outlook with recently planted gardens found to the side.
Stone steps lead down from the terrace through tiered gardens, planted with a range of mature shrubs. The lower lawn is bordered by mature hedges and gives access to the tennis court and pavilion.
The grounds also incorporate a rock garden, with an ornamental pond and a paved path leading up through woodland to the parking area.
The plot (approximately 3.4 acres) is bordered by mature trees to all sides, providing an excellent sense of privacy and seclusion. External lighting illuminates the garden at night.
I was blown away by the outstanding views on my first visit to Roughlands. They really are magnificent and the house is a fantastic spot from which to appreciate and enjoy the setting.Charlie Kannreuther