Instantly recognisable, Croft View, sitting proudly behind the cobbled bridge crossing Dean Brook, is an iconic piece of local history.
More than just a stunning stone home in a picturesque setting, under the watchful eye of Barrow Bridge Chimney – itself a local monument to the past – Croft View was built by the Brown brothers on the site of the old Halliwell Bleach Works, founded in 1739 by Peter Ainsworth.
Soak up the views on the approach to Croft View; passing by the local park before turning into the gated driveway, which crosses the stone bridge over the trickling waters of Dean Brook running directly through the garden.
A story in every stone of this home; the very cobbles forming the driveway were once a street in Wigan. Every aspect of this home is an homage to the past of the local, and extended, area.
With plenty of space for parking, step out of the car and through the traditional stained-glass front door – a motif which is recurrent throughout the home allowing light to flow through for a bright and peaceful feel.
The front door, along with others and further wooden elements throughout the home, was reclaimed from the original bleach works factory – allowing this piece of history to endure into the modern age.
Light dapples down through the stained glass and onto the diagonally laid, luxury Amtico flooring.
Beneath the stairs, a useful WC is located, preceded by a cubby area suitable for shoes and hanging keys and other items.
Ornate stained-glass double doors, proud relics of the antiquity of the land underfoot, open up into the dining room immediately to the right.
At once formal and friendly, light shines in through the quartet of leaded windows, framing views out to the leafy surrounds. Overhead a contemporary candelabra-style chandelier separates the treacle-toned beams, adding classic elegance to meal times.
Slip through another set of stained-glass double doors opening into the sitting room; a welcoming and cheerful space flowing directly out to the decking area of the back garden through French doors.
Rustic-feel beams overhead continue that sense of a bygone era, balanced out by the freshness of the neutral décor and modern, sandstone-toned fireplace, in which sits a modern gas fire.
Ideal for bringing family and friends together when entertaining, slip through from the dining room, to the living room and out to the back garden – particularly delightful in the summer months.
Hunker down with loved ones in front of the fire during the winter months, beneath the wooden beams overhead for that quintessential cosy cottage ambience. Outside, watch as the sky turns from russets to indigo with a sprinkling of stars illuminating the garden, outlying woodland and the inimitable Barrow Bridge chimney beyond.
Returning to the entrance hall, follow your nose through the door on the left to discover what’s cooking in this stylish country kitchen.
Step through the stained-glass door and onto the traditional, buff-toned tiles into a kitchen lined with light oak units above and beneath the dark granite-style worktops.
With plenty of storage available turn your attention to the array of integrated appliances, including a double oven and microwave, gas multi-burner hob and built-in wine rack.
Space too for a dishwasher and freestanding American style larder fridge and freezer.
Views from the sink overlook the well-maintained garden and woodland beyond. Sneak out to the garden through the stable door in the utility room, which houses additional storage cupboards and plumbing for a washer-dryer.
A further reception room awaits, peacefully located to the front of Croft View, the large, double study is spacious enough for a snug lounge or even a fifth bedroom. Recently redecorated, this serene space is swimming in light courtesy of the trio of leaded windows.
Ascend the open, spindled staircase to discover a symphony of soporific bedrooms on the first floor, all of which bask in vistas of the garden and ever-impressive Barrow Bridge chimney. Utterly private; none are overlooked.
Retreat and revive at the end of a busy day in your master suite sanctuary, occupying the entire width of the home.
So serene, decorated in shimmering cream and silver tones, light flows in through the wall of windows opposite the bed. Wake up and look out over views of the river to the front and hear the peaceful chatter of ducks and other wildlife.
Feel the plush cream carpet underfoot and continue beneath the feature archway into the dressing room, featuring a selection of fitted furniture including dressing table and wardrobes.
Freshen up in the large shower of the en-suite, which also features a wash basin with vanity unit, double window and WC.
Across the way, three more spacious bedrooms await.
Bedroom two, furthest to the left, provides access through a loft hatch with folding ladders, to a partially boarded loft; ideal for storing your suitcases and Christmas decorations. With ample space for dressing table, chest of drawers and wardrobe, this is a spacious double bedroom.
Next door lies bedroom three, another roomy double, brimming in light from the multiple windows. A fourth bedroom neighbours this one, comfortably accommodating a three-quarter size bed although currently used as a gym.
Serving all three guest bedrooms is a large family bathroom, featuring a large, wet-room shower and extended, deep bath, fitted (alongside the wash basins) with top-quality Hansgrohe taps. Built-in cubbies in the wall are the perfect place for storing fresh towels.
Impressively landscaped gardens surround Croft View. To the front, lush green lawn, replete with borders of mature shrubbery, creates a classic country welcome; offering plenty of room for youngsters to enjoy garden games.
To the rear, a neatly gravelled, south-facing garden backs onto borders well stocked with mature shrubs. Relax in the summer sun on the decking outside the French doors of the living room.
A large, central, gently bubbling water fountain provides an elegant focal point, creating the perfect environment in which to relax and unwind.
Of course, with the river running to the front, peaceful water melodies and birdsong are part of the natural soundtrack that accompanies life at Croft View. Keep an eye out for visiting species of bird including geese and ducks.
Brand new fencing to the side of the property is fitted with lighting for added convenience and peace of mind.
Fitted with electric sockets and partially fitted with cupboards and shelves, a generously sized garage offers parking for one car alongside plenty of storage.
OUT AND ABOUT
Perfectly positioned for families, Croft View is in walking distance to the local park, with Smithills Open Farm also only a walk away, a fantastic family day out with opportunities to explore the farm and even feed some of the animals. Renowned for its delicious ice cream, why not treat the kids this summer?
For adult refreshment, Croft View is within easy access of several country pubs such as the Blundell Arms, the Wilton Arms, San Marinos and Bob’s Smithy Inn, each enjoying their own unique outlook over the Boltonian countryside.
Earn your enjoyment with a walk in Moss Bank park or over to Barrow Bridge village or to really work up a thirst, take the slightly longer walk- You can be at the mast of Winter Hill in just over an hour walking directly from the front door.
Amenities and shops galore are within easy reach of Croft View, with several local supermarkets only a five-minute drive away in the nearby town centre. For those who prefer to shop local, there are a number of smaller farm shops and even a local post office within walking distance.
For educational establishments, Smithills Secondary School and St Peter’s Smithills Dean C of E Primary school are both a five-minute walk away. Bus routes can be found at the top of the road for those attending other secondary schools such as Canon Slade, Rivington and Blackrod.
Wherever and however far you roam, the iconic outline of Barrow Bridge chimney will always guide you back, to the comfort and welcome of Croft View: a characterful home whose link with the locale can be felt in every room.
For those with discerning taste, craving a unique family home – Croft View is the unmissable, once in a lifetime, dream home you’ve been waiting for.
Book your viewing today and begin writing your own chapter in local legend.