Up on Belmont Road, with its collection of unique and varied homes…’For Sale’ signs rarely appear in front gardens. Unsurprising given its elevated, unbroken views and backdrop of fields and bleating lambs. Number 773 Belmont Road is a prize gem of a home that you won’t want to blink and miss…
Tucked back from the road, where a stretch of pebble driveway and a screen of mature copper beech trees that change colour with the weather provide privacy, park up by the garage, with room for four cars on the driveway. To the side, lilac wisteria wends its way up the walls providing a colourful displaytoward the end of summer.
Make your way to the original front door, painted a fresh, zesty yellow illuminated by the retro-fitted light hanging down. Original stained-glass windows above and to the side cascade colour and light through into the porch and entrance hall.
Welcome home. Turn the ornate, period brass door knob on the original 1930s internal doors and continue into the entrance hall, where William Morris wallpaper celebrates the Arts and Crafts origins of this home. Tucked to the left, the original Art Deco staircase and wood panelling, painted a crisp white, ascends. Ahead, see straight through the entire house out to the fields at the rear and sense the feeling of calm embrace you.
Follow the newly laid carpet through to the right into the living room, where morning light pours through the original stained-glass (pressed within double glazing) bay window overlooking the front.
Above, original Art Deco coving skirts the ceiling in a fresh white, with warm soft putty tones to the walls creating an inviting ambience.
Snuggle up on the sofa in front of the log-burning stove, set within a retro-fitted Arts and Crafts oak fire surround. Bespoke, made to order glazed bottle green tiles are enchantingly evocative of the 1930s period from which this home hails. On a practical level, the fireplace contains a new chimney liner and log-burner flu; on a romantic level, with the curtains drawn and the fire roaring, this room is the ultimate winter retreat.
Follow your nose directly ahead from the entrance hall, into the light and bright kitchen-dining-living area. A truly sociable and inclusive family space, this extension to the original home was remodeled in 2019 with a new kitchen fitted.
Balancing the Art Deco vibe in the original part of the home with clean-line Scandi-chic, soak up the space, minimalism and serenity, with views through the French doors and windows out over the garden and to the rolling fields beyond.
With light oak units to the wall, there is ample room for all your culinary essentials and utensils. In-built appliances include a gas hob (ideal for rural reliability) beneath a recessed extractor fan, electric and microwave oven, dishwasher and fridge.
Designed for easy functionality, slice and dice with ease on the pure white quartz worktops, with complementary Fired Earth tiles providing splashback protection for the walls.
Underfoot, solid oak parquet flooring catches the light flowing in through the broad windows, the sun adding warmth and cheer alongside the four radiators.
Prep lunchboxes as the kids devour buttered toast at the breakfast bar in the mornings. In the evenings, enjoy mealtime at the dining table looking out over the garden.
Discover one of two freezers, a washing machine and clothes airer in the utility room, close to the rear door and access hallway (perfect for parking prams and scooters). Damp proof screed and blue rubber flooring extends underfoot, a practical surface when returning home from a muddy walk with children and canine companions. With the neighbouring cloakroom and WC, strip off your muddy outer layers and wash down without trampling muck through the house. On summer days leave the automatic rain-sensor Velux open and let the breeze blow through.
Restored floorboards gleam in the snug sitting room, which opens out from the kitchen-diner and also leads back through to the entrance hall for an easy flow.
Slip away for some ‘me’ time, throw a log on the open multi-fuel fireplace and pick up a favourite book or listen to some music. The scene is set for relaxation with original period coving dressing the ceiling. Watch the kids play in the garden. Currently furnished with a sofa-bed, this room is a handy additional guest room when needed.
When slumber calls, ascend the stairs to the first floor where three comforting bedrooms beckon.
Treat yourself to a relaxing bedtime soak in the spacious family bathroom, newly fitted in 2019, retaining its original cast iron, claw-footed, roll-top bath. Throw open the shutters and listen to nature’s soothing sounds as lambs frolic in the fields and cows amble about their business.
Ceramic graphic print floor tiles are balanced by vertical matt subway tiles in the walk-in shower – perfect for a refreshing morning spritz. On the lower half of the walls, the Paint and Paper Library’s ‘Kigali’ coats the wood panelling in a nautical-feel inky grey.
Nestled to the rear of the home is a spacious double bedroom, with exposed, dark-stain wooden flooring perfect for tipping out toys and playing for hours. Also capturing the imagination is an original cast iron fireplace, in its tiled surround, perfectly set off by the Little Greene ‘Juniper Ash’ painted walls. Traditional tall skirting boards surround the room. Soak up the sublime views out over the Smithills Estate and farmland.
Equally enchanting views greet you from the master bedroom. Located at the front of the house above the living room, original stained-glass adorns the top of the bountiful windows. Each window is dressed in individually fitted Roman blinds, allowing you to manipulate the light flow for light and shade, panel by panel. From here, admire views out over north Bolton and the Pennines as day shifts into evening and night, and the lights of the towns begin to twinkle.
Painted in Farrow and Ball ‘De Nimes’ this room exudes rest and relaxation; its original cast iron fireplace adding further sophistication to the stylish décor.
Finally, discover the third bedroom, a single bedroom currently used as an office, with original stained-glass framing views to the front.
With trees to the front providing shelter and seclusion, emerge out of the kitchen-diner into the sunny south-facing rear garden.
Decking directly outside the French doors provides the perfect place for barbecues and patio furniture, with a sheltered, gravelled area behind the garage, also perfect for dining by the crackle and glow of the chimenea in winter.
Lawn, perfect for fun and games, stretches out, backing onto fields brimming with sheep and lambs in spring and summer, chased up by cows in late summer and autumn. Nature is in abundance here; keep your eyes peeled for deer, an owl who visits nightly, circling bats in the evening, ambling hedgehogs and bumblebees, who happily buzz around the wildflowers, bluebells and African flags in the mature side borders throughout the summer. Birds are frequent visitors to the garden, with an incumbent friendly robin and the occasional visit from a woodpecker.
The large garage has electricity connection and there are power points in garden.
Out and about
Belmont Road occupies the very best of locations, so step outside into those sublime views seen from the home.
Walk to the end of the road and turn around the back into the Smithills Hall Estate, leading on into forest walkways and woodland. All accessible in moments and without the need for a car.
Dine out at San Marino for a sample of Mediterranean cuisine, or head to Lottie’s of Belmont, a delightful farm shop and café only 2.5 miles from the doorstep. Feed the animals before treating yourself to tea and cakes.
Only a ten-minute drive away is Tockholes Woods, with walks aplenty – including up to Darwen Tower - and with several pubs in the vicinity in which to rest and refresh before heading home.
Nip out for a pint of milk or grab lunch on the go from renowned local grocers’ and convenience store Top Shop, where you can pick up anything from milk to a bacon and duck egg barm, fresh fruit and veg or penny sweets.
Families are perfectly placed with schools only a five-minute walk away, while Manchester is only a 20-minute rail ride away with Hall i’ th’ Wood and Bromley Cross stations around a mile and a half by car from the front door.
For a rural home where you can observe the change of seasons by nature, Number 773, Belmont Road offers elevated family living in a friendly community, where city life is only a stone’s throw away…’though you’d never know it.