Along a quiet, tree-lined road, discover a home so handsome and perfectly poised, nobody ever wants to leave…
Perhaps it’s the winter wonderland views over Doffcocker Lodge nature reserve, the sun-kissed gardens or the spacious and versatile rooms within its period walls? Who can say?
But with only three owners in its near 90-year history, Number Fourteen, Old Kiln Lane will have suitors lining up to be its next lucky owner.
Pull up along the block paved driveway which can comfortably accommodate two cars in addition to a large garage, spacious enough for a car, storage and the odd bike.
Handsome to look at, handsome to look out from: each rear room frames breathtaking views out over the countryside behind, stretching as far as the frosted top of Winter Hill.
Step in through the front door, entering into the hallway, lined in solid oak, the original staircase leading up ahead, with storage for cloaks beneath.
Catch an instant glimpse of the picture postcard views ahead, from the open-plan kitchen diner, before stepping through to the left, into the sitting room.
Filled with light, streaming through from vast windows to each end, feel immediately at ease in this sumptuous sitting room.
Lined in oak flooring, snuggle up on chilly winter evenings on the sofa in front of the wood-burning stove, set upon a slate hearth within a limestone fireplace.
In summertime, step out of the patio doors straight onto a tiered, phased patio of three levels. Enjoy the first of the morning sun on the middle terrace, with a croissant and coffee, before following it throughout the day, ending on the top patio, directly outside the sitting room; perfect for evenings enjoyed with a glass of wine, looking over the lawn and across the countryside.
Across from the living room, step through to the dining room, lined in oak flooring and featuring an ornamental fireplace.
Situated to the front of the property, this light room is ideal for entertaining, for Sunday dinners and family celebrations: up to ten can be seated comfortably around the table.
Discover the heart of the home directly ahead from the entrance hall.
Open-plan and free-flowing, the elevated views over the garden and Doffcocker Lodge serve almost as an extension of the kitchen-diner.
Ceramic, slate-effect tiles coat the floor in light granite tones, reflecting the natural light and spotlighting for a bright, functional space.
Slice, dice and prepare family feasts in this comprehensively appointed kitchen, fitted with dual-fuel Range cooker, American-style fridge-freezer and dishwasher.
Sneak a peek through to the utility room, fitted with plumbing for washer, dryer and with space for an extra freezer. Plenty of cupboard storage is found within both the kitchen and the utility, which also leads on to a handy WC. A useful gardeners’ loo, as access to the garden is also available from the utility room.
Take the original staircase up to the landing, where the oak of the ground floor softens into carpet, stretching out in the four bedrooms that await.
Immediately on the left, discover the master bedroom, brimming with light from large windows to both ends of the bedroom.
Sunny and spacious, soak up views out over Doffcocker Lodge. Storage is in plentiful supply, with an array of cream-coloured fitted wardrobes to hand.
Across the way, bedroom two also benefits from built-in, wood-effect wardrobes and overlooks the quiet, tree-lined lane to the front.
Serving both bedrooms is a large family bathroom, containing a bath with overhead shower, nestled next door to a separate WC.
A third bedroom is set to the other side of the landing, with striking views over Doffcocker Lodge.
Both this bedroom and a comfortably-sized, fourth, front bedroom share use of the fully-fitted, contemporary shower room. Fitted with large walk-in shower and fully tiled in pale grey, glossy black units house a wash basin with storage beneath and WC.
Finally, discover the bonus room. A truly versatile space it has served as a lounge, playroom, homework room, sewing room, office and music room!
Perfect for teenagers, both bedrooms to this side of the house can form their own private ‘apartment’ sharing a shower room and lounge area. Ideal for preserving peace and quiet for adults and children!
Returning downstairs, sneak a peek at the cellar. Perfectly dry and handy for storage, stash gardening tools and more in this space, which also houses the boiler.
Outside, the vast garden of Number Fourteen, Old Kiln Lane, seems to segue seamlessly into the swathes of countryside and nature reserve that it precedes.
Enjoy unspoiled views over Doffcocker Lodge nature reserve’s hills and trees, as far as the Winter Hill mast.
From geese flying in V formation to swans gliding across the lodge, wildlife is in abundance here.
Bask in the sunshine on the three-tier patio, or enjoy a variety of games on the large lawn to the centre of the garden.
Lose yourself for hours in the pleasure of growing your own at the bottom of the garden, where the allotment, raised beds and greenhouse supply plentiful produce including onions, leeks, broad beans, French beans, blueberries, blackcurrants, rhubarb, kale, tomatoes and beetroot; everything you need for a self-sustaining way of life.
Out and about
For nature lovers and advocates for the outdoors, you could not be better placed.
Only one minute’s walk away is the entrance to Doffcocker lodge nature reserve. Or walk 15 minutes up the road to the start of the West Pennine moors and Rivington’s Winter Hill. Walk all the way to Houghton.
A paradise for cyclists, runners and walkers, High Rid reservoir is also close by.
Dine out at the Bob Smithy, at the top of the hill, or dine at the Victoria Inn. Take a stroll across Doffcocker Lodge to enjoy Italian dining on the other side.
So peaceful, yet so accessible; Bolton town centre is only two miles away from where there is easy access via train to Manchester.
All the essential amenities you might need are between two, and ten minutes’ walk away such as a newsagent, general store, hairdressers, florist, coffee shop and even butchers.
Families are well positioned with Markland Hill primary school within walking distance and a number of fine secondary and independent schools close by.
For a true family home, ripe with potential, a sun-soaked garden, spacious rooms and watercolour views, Number Fourteen, Old Kiln Lane is a rural home that has it all.
With only three owners since the 1930s, could you be lucky number four?