Magical and characterful, safe and secure, No. 7, The Coaching House is an utterly unique, Grade-II listed home etched in local history and seated on the cusp of Smithills Country Park with 2000 acres of woodland walks within strolling distance.
Make your way through the secure, gated entrance, where CCTV adds an extra layer of reassurance as you emerge into the open courtyard; a sublime setting reminiscent of the Mediterranean during summertime, and, Narnia when the snow transforms it into a winter wonderland.
A friendly community of residents occupy the handful of homes here, bespoke built by Jones Homes and converted from the original Smithills Coaching House, dating back to the 1800s and related to the nearby Smithills Hall. Passed down through family lineage, the building was eventually sold to Bolton Council and became a restaurant. Tudor-styled, with Victorian-fell lampposts in the courtyard, this aesthetically appealing home retains the welcome and cheer of its previous incarnations, brimming with retained features, respectfully showcased in this modern home.
OWNER QUOTE: “This home used to be the old stables, we love the arches, beams and stable door.”
Park up at the back outside the garden, or at the front where there are two designated spaces. There is also a garage available, handy for storage.
OWNER QUOTE: “We loved the unique character – I’ve never seen a home like this before and I love everything about it.”
The warmest of welcomes
Make your way inside, through the green front door with its glass panelling and into the stunning entrance hall, where the high ceilings of the home are instantly revealed. Karndean flooring, warmed by underfloor heating, runs throughout the entire ground floor, allowing the exposed stone walls and arched doors to steal the scene, without the distraction of radiators.
A versatile and spacious area, the entrance hall has previously been used as a breakfast room and office. Sense the warm glow as you step inside. Ahead, an automatically-illuminated downstairs cloakroom with wash basin and WC is on hand to freshen up, before heading through to the kitchen on the left.
Classic meets contemporary
Contemporary and classic go hand in hand in this chicly-styled kitchen where Symphony Georgia Oak units are made to fit seamlessly within the quirky angles of the walls. Housing an array of appliances and plentiful storage, discover a full-length double fridge and separate full-length double freezer and pull out pantry larder unit - handy for all your tins - alongside a Neff double oven and integrated dishwasher. Ample preparation space can be found on the granite worktops. Sneak a peek at the utility room with plumbing for a washer-dryer.
Returning to the entrance hall, flow beneath the exposed brick archway and into the sizeable dining room, housing a large dining table seating six, alongside a sideboard. A flexible space, excellent Wifi allows you to work from home with ease in this room.
From the dining room, continue through into the lounge a cosy and welcoming room ideal for evenings. Light flows in through the windows, high-set to retain privacy whilst inviting the outdoors in. Fall in love with the stunning stable door and its elegant glass panelling. In every room at No. 7, The Coaching House, quaint and picturesque features entreat the eye. Open the stable door and let a fresh summer breeze indoors.
From the centrally located dining room, take the stairs up to the landing. Turning left, discover a bedroom in harmony with nature. Wake up to views out over the back garden (No. 7 is one of only five homes here with its own private garden) and watch the squirrels scampering and variety of birds call for breakfast. The occasional peacock has been known to strut by, a visitor from the neighbouring farm.
OWNER QUOTE: “It’s so peaceful here, sometimes I just go in this bedroom to watch the world and listen to the country sounds.”
Freshen up in the ensuite, featuring Villeroy and Boch fittings and including a shower, wash basin, WC and storage. Mirrors fitted with Bluetooth to pair with your mobile phone feature in every bathroom.
Next, come to bedroom three, a peaceful and spacious bedroom overlooking the courtyard and featuring fitted furniture including wardrobes, a desk and drawers. Note the quirky angle of the roofline and exposed beams. This home is utterly unique; no two rooms are the same.
OWNER QUOTE: “When snow has fallen, the courtyard looks like a scene from Narnia. At Christmas it’s just beautiful. We meet for mince pies with the neighbours.”
Awash with bathrooms
With a bathroom for each bedroom at No. 7, The Coaching House, discover the room of refreshment accompanying bedroom three opposite. Fitted with a shower, Symphony oak units, Bluetooth enhanced mirrors and Villeroy and Boch fittings and taps, this bathroom is 21st century comfort blanket cocooned in the heritage walls of The Coaching House.
Arrive now at the master bedroom, whose high, sloping ceiling adds an intimate air to the room. Beams adorn the ceiling with a feature triangular window framing skyward views. Wake up and decide what to wear for the day based on the weather; fall asleep to softly falling snowflakes as they blanket the Toblerone window in a covering of snow. Carpeted in light cream, there is plenty of space for furniture. Slip through to the ensuite, where a centrally filling tub stands beneath the high, beam-lined ceiling. A separate shower cubicle also features, alongside a WC and wash basin inset within oak fitted furniture.
OWNER QUOTE: “The master bedroom sold it for us.”
Slice of paradise
Step out into the garden, where a patio area to the rear accommodates a table and chairs, perfect for morning coffee and croissants.
The long garden is beautifully landscaped, with a central section of easy-maintenance artificial lawn to the centre, flanked by gravel borders separated by tiered railway sleepers to either side, ideal for pots and planting. The sleepers serve as points to pause and rest, or relax with a drink at parties. This is a garden briming with nooks and arbours, spaces to sit in solitude or mingle amongst friends.
Mediterranean bistro vibes emanate from the communal courtyard to the front, basking in the sun, enjoy this quiet and peaceful place; perfect for a spot of reading or to catch up with a neighbour over a drink. Community values resonate within The Coaching House.
Surrounded by nature, a two-minute walk from the doorstep of No. 7, The Coaching House, delivers you into the Woodland Trust wildlife-filled Smithills Estate. Discover the miles and miles of beautiful countryside walks. With so many different routes to explore, you’re guaranteed to spot a selection of wildlife from birds and butterflies to squirrels to deer.
Nearby, the historic Smithills Hall regularly hosts garden parties and other events, with volunteers guiding tours around the fascinating hall, dating back to 1335 and once featuring on television’s Most Haunted.
Walks are in abundance; see the views of the valley following an ascent of Winter Hill to the mast, or explore the beautiful Japanese Gardens at Rivington Pike. For a more level footing, stroll around the local reservoirs, soaking up the sights and sounds of nature.
Take the children or grandchildren pumpkin picking to nearby Smithills Farm, a mere two-minute walk away, brimming with activities for youngsters who can interact with and learn about the farm animals, reptiles and pets. From donkey rides to meercats and inflatables, there’s plenty to see and do for all ages on this working farm.
With plenty of local shops within 15 minutes’ walk (5 minutes’ drive) all the amenities including takeaways and convenience stores are within easy reach.
For commuting, the A666 delivers you to the M61 within 10 minutes, while there is also easy access to the Middlebrook Retail Park for shopping days and football matches.
Security and seclusion come hand in hand with community, characterful quirks and convenience at this magical home, which maintains its historic heritage whilst embracing modern luxuries. Book your viewing for No. 7, The Coaching House, today.