Beyond Belmont Road, Blackburn Road and Bar Lane, discover Ivy Bank Road, a quiet residential road lined with mature trees. Within walking distance of the north Bolton countryside and in the catchment area for a number of fine schools, Number 32, Ivy Bank Road is an eye-catching proposition.
A traditional 1930’s semi-detached, Number 32 has retained the original stained-glass design including a large and attractive sun window on the landing.
Pull up on the flagstone driveway, next to the handkerchief square of front garden, before making your way to the modern, blue front door, adorned with stained glass to replicate the original stained glass found throughout this family home.
Step onto the original 1930s tiles of the porch, with its attractive red-brick arch, noting the stained-glass window of the internal door – another authentic feature.
Karndean wood-effect flooring coats the entrance hallway, fringed by an attractive border. Light serenades the space, amplified by the white walls, as it flows in through the glass of the inner door.
Ahead, an under-stairs cupboard, ideal for storing coats and shoes could make a handy guest WC.
Take the door to the right and feel the warm embrace of the living room, its broad bay window embellished by original stained glass now encased in double glazing for added warmth. A sunset palette decorates the walls, with contemporary grey carpet adding plush comfort.
Private and not overlooked, snuggle down in front of the fire with the family after a Sunday roast dinner, to play a board game or watch a film.
At the end of the entrance hallway, open the original thirties oak door and follow your nose through to the large, contemporary kitchen-diner.
Glossy white units provide storage space for all your culinary essentials, the graphite-coloured worktops topped by white metro splashback tiles. Integrated appliances include an oven and combi-microwave, with space in the alcove to the left of the chimney breast for a freestanding American-style fridge-freezer.
Modern and sociable, the dining table (this kitchen-diner has seated 17 people for Christmas dinner) is set before the wide bay window overlooking the rear garden, where there is the opportunity to extend to the rear should you wish. To the left of the kitchen, a further set of white units comprise a utility area with the sink, washing machine and dryer, while a door leads out to the spacious rear garden.
Returning to the entrance hall, take the stairs up to the first floor, pausing at the turn to admire the brilliant colours of the stained-glass feature window.
Private and peaceful, this spacious master bedroom to the front features a king-size bed with room for a dresser and containing a wall of stylish built-in wardrobes for storage. Beyond the stained-glass windows, the trees at the front are a wonderful way to observe the changing of the seasons and nature, housing all manner of wildlife.
Also looking out over the trees to the front is the third bedroom, a comfortable single bedroom that would make an ideal office. Not overlooked, admire the leaves as they bud in the spring before putting on a display of burnished gold in the autumn.
Peacefully set back to the rear, bedroom two features a wall of contemporary fitted, mirrored wardrobes, providing plentiful storage. Light, airy and private, the outlook here is entirely different, with the stained-glass window framing a fantastic view of the green dome of the cotton mill on Blackburn Road; watch how it changes colour with the light!
Immaculately tiled in creamy tones from floor to ceiling, next door, the bathroom contains a bath with overhead shower, WC, cream heated towel rail and plenty of storage. Next door, a wall could easily be removed to join the separate WC with the family bathroom, as several other houses have done.
Returning downstairs, take a turn around the rear garden, an expansive space where the garage has been removed to make it the largest garden on the road.
On summer days relax with a refreshing drink on the stone paved patio outside the kitchen, watching the children play ball games on the lawn. Over winter, stash your garden furniture in the handy shed, capable of fitting all your garden equipment.
Spend your days tending to the garden and growing fruit and vegetables; in the evenings listen out for the hooting of owls or the scuffling feet of a visiting hedgehog. Birds are regular visitors to the garden, including finches, tits and jays.
Out and about
So accessible for nature, you can reach the countryside of Winter Hill, Horrocks Woods, Eagley Brook and beyond from the house on foot. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including deer and birds of prey. After an explore of the local countryside, call in at the local ice cream shop for a refreshing treat on the way home, followed by a barbecue in the garden with friends.
Those with children are ideally placed at Number 32, Ivy Bank Road, with the local primary school in walking distance and with no main roads to negotiate. For choice of schools, there are a number of primary schools close by whilst numerous high schools including Sharples, Thornleigh, Turton, Smithills and Cannon Slade are also in the vicinity.
Ivy Bank Road’s proximity to a local playing field, perfect for sledging and snowball fights in the winter, is also perfect for children.
Treat yourself to dinner out at one of the numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants including The Wilton Arms, the Bank Top Tap, the Black Dog, Four Seasons Café, the Pavilion, San Marino’s and Lottie’s Café.
Also close to the Valley Leisure Park with its cinema and gym there is so much to see and do nearby.
Stock up the cupboards; Asda, Lidl, The Range and Jollyes pet shop are all within walking distance. Commuters can access Hall I’th’ Wood station, roughly 1.5 miles away, with regular trains into Manchester.
Nearby Blackburn Road is a bustling high street furnished with butchers, bakers, chemists and furniture shops.
For a family home with a great garden, in a superb location for exploration, close to shops, schools and walks of all kinds, Number 32, Ivy Bank Road ticks every box.