Sycamore House, Edgworth
Skirting the much-sought after village of Edgworth, Sycamore House sits proudly behind its handsome sandstone walls and ornate, wrought-iron electric gates.
So close to civilisation, yet on another level entirely, Sycamore House is a mere stone’s throw from the centre of Edgworth whilst also enjoying the quiet and seclusion of the countryside.
After Sycamore House, the pavement ebbs away, making this family-friendly home the last point at which you can comfortably access the village before entering the true remoteness of rurality.
Follow the driveway along to the detached double garage, ideal for parking, storage or both, and make for the stone-mullioned porch. Inside awaits a home that blends classic farm-house-style features with crisp and contemporary clean lines.
Stash your coat and shoes in the porch before stepping through into the light and inviting entrance hall. Ahead, the returning, wooden spindled staircase leading to an open landing immediately catches the eye.
Conveniently located to the right is a downstairs cloakroom and guest WC, with striking stone-effect Karndean flooring.
Slip through to the left, where a spacious living room extends the full length of the house. Ideal for family living, there is an abundance of space in which to enjoy puzzles, games, and cosy nights snuggled up on the sofa.
Original beams cross the ceiling, extending from above the rustic stone fireplace. Nestled within the inglenook, a toasty log-burning stove sits upon a slate hearth, heating the room and providing a cosy atmosphere during the winter months. Where better to snuggle up and watch a film with the fire lit?
Light streams in through both the elegant mullioned windows at the front and the large French windows to the rear. In the summertime, throw open the doors and let your lounge become one with nature, as views of the manicured garden melt into the undulating fields and moorland beyond.
Take the right-hand door through to the dining room; ideal for formal dining and summer soirées, with fully-glazed patio doors leading directly out to the patio beyond.
For casual family dining, head through into the heart of the home; the spacious farmhouse kitchen-diner.
Gather around the dining table, which comfortably seats five, for a family meal. Oak cupboards and base units line the walls for a traditional country feel, with easy-to-clean tiling on the floor.
Amongst the plethora of appliances is a brand new SMEG-style fridge, an electric double oven with gas hobs and a built-in dishwasher. Explore the wealth of storage in the cabinets that coat the room.
Beneath the large, three-paned kitchen window is a large sink and plenty of worktop space upon which to slice and dice the ingredients for dinner.
Located at the far end of the kitchen discover a practical utility room, perfect for housing the washer and dryer. Best of all – convenient access through the back door to the garden for hanging out the laundry. Nothing beats that inimitable ‘country fresh-air-clean’ smell.
Sneak a peek through the door on the right-hand side of the kitchen. Here, discover a room currently used as an office, perfect for keeping the paperwork tucked away from view of the main house.
Formerly a playroom and conveniently located next to the kitchen, where better to keep the kids’ toys and games? Keep an eye on them as you cook the next batch of family dinners!
A host of other potential uses await this space: why not a hobby room, mini-gym or even a baking room? Keen chefs would relish the additional space to prep and plan their latest culinary creations.
Time to explore the sleeping accommodation at Sycamore House. Take the eye-catching staircase up to the galleried landing.
Ahead, two bedrooms await. Slip through the right-hand door to discover a light, bright and spacious bedroom, currently used as a guest room for visiting family and friends.
Quiet and peaceful, as are all the bedrooms at Sycamore House, large mullion windows encapsulate views out to the front.
Peep though the neighbouring door to discover an elegant nursery, tranquil and calm, with views out to the garden, fields and moorland to the rear.
Storage is in plentiful supply here with a built-in, sliding-door wardrobe and an airing cupboard – ideal for bedding, blankets and other essentials.
To the other side of the landing, two more bedrooms entreat your attention.
On the left-hand side, to the front, a spacious double with attractive mullion windows contains a large wardrobe, a chest of drawers and plenty room for twin or double beds. Neutrally and tastefully decorated, each bedroom at Sycamore House is well-proportioned, meaning no bickering between the kids over who gets the biggest bedroom!
Serving all three of these bedrooms is the stunning family bathroom. Refurbished in 2015, along with the master bedroom en-suite, the huge freestanding tub is ideal for scrubbing the kids down after a day’s adventures in the outdoors. Fabulous too for a refreshing soak and some elusive ‘me’ time, accompanied by a glass of fizz and soothing candlelight.
Grey porcelain tiles are met with a shimmering grey-glass mosaic band within the recessed shelving, the colours of which are picked out by the inset lighting.
Storage for all the family’s lotions and potions can be found within the richly-toned wooden vanity unit beneath the sizeable sink.
Completing this truly contemporary bathroom, a huge walk-in rainfall shower with handheld attachment, also contains recessed shelving and inset lighting.
Time to explore the master suite. Light, bright and with views to make you swoon, this bedroom is the true masterpiece of the house.
Arcing above the bed and standing to both sides are built-in wardrobes and overhead units, embellished with chic diamante handles. A dressing table with drawers to either side is the perfect place to prepare for an evening out.
Linger a moment by the extensive windows, and soak up the views over the garden, fields and countryside beyond; particularly resplendent at night when Winter Hill is illuminated in red.
Also refurbished in 2015, step through to the sleek en-suite, with its rainfall shower (with handheld attachment), wash hand basin, toilet and heated towel rail.
Touch sensor-illuminated, the wall-hung mirror secretes a cupboard within; ideal for your toothbrush and other bathroom essentials. Mosaic tiles on wall shimmer in rich treacly brown and jet tones, knitting together the larger buff-toned tiles.
A home constantly within glimpse of the nature on its doorstep, step outside and discover the garden at Sycamore House.
Rhododendrons fill the front garden with summer colour, pre-empted by the delicate pink blooms of the cherry blossom to the rear.
The perfect balance of patio, lawn, decking and borders, this garden has been designed for sensory pleasure and enjoyment.
Utterly low maintenance, the borders have been membraned and stoned, so no back-aching weeding to contend with – simply sit back and enjoy the spectacle of nature.
A garden truly harmonised with nature, step up to the raised decking area; you actually feel as if you are in the field when sitting up there, watching the sheep grazing beyond the dry-stone wall. Sip contentedly on an evening gin and tonic at the table, as the sun sets to the rear, enjoying the kaleidoscope of colours – nature’s own firework display. Watch as Winter Hill in the distance emits its night-light red glow.
Family friendly too, so spacious is this garden there is ample room for all the kids’ toys and a perfect ‘bike riding circuit’ around the house. With gates at each side of the property and electric gates to the front, relax knowing that your little ones can play in safety.
Planning permission (now expired) was previously granted to develop the area between the large, detached garage and the house, to link the buildings together.
Perhaps there is the potential, should you choose to reapply, to create an annexe for an older or dependent relative, or even Airbnb to generate additional income.
Out and about
Take a turn about the delightful village of Edgworth.
For entertainment and evenings out, family-friendly Giuseppe’s serves a mixture of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and is noted for its atmosphere and friendly welcome.
Take a trip to the Rose and Crown, an excellent local pub with a regular selection of live music on offer.
For a wider, more diverse dining option, nearby Ramsbottom offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars and is very accessible only ten minutes’ drive away.
Children are well catered for in Edgworth, with a local cricket club next to the park and a famous local ice cream shop, Holden’s & Co, situated nearby. Turton and Edgworth Primary School is of excellent repute, recently awarded ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Nearby secondary schools include Turton School, also rated ‘Good’, and Canon Slade – only a ten-minute bus ride away!
Within Edgworth, a number of local businesses supply the essentials; shops include, a post office (always on hand to take a delivery if you are out), two cafés, a butcher, a hairdresser and a beautician – all within walking distance.
Enjoy walks around Wayoh and Entwistle reservoirs from the house, or walk to the village park to catch up with friends.
Commuters can jump onto the M65 in 15 minutes, and both Bolton and Bury are only 20 minutes’ drive away.
For relaxed, country living with easy access to civilisation, come home to Sycamore House – it’s waiting for you.