Nestled in a quiet conservation area along Ashworth Lane, with woodland walks on the doorstep, discover an utterly unique and lovingly restored Georgian home, wrapped up in its own glorious, private gardens and with outbuildings bursting with potential. Welcome to Bank Top Farmhouse.
Arrive at the Grade II Listed former farmhouse along Ashworth Lane, conveniently accessible just off the A666. Built circa 1800, the treasure trove of original period features at Bank Top Farmhouse have been meticulously and lovingly restored, creating a character home emanating warmth and welcome upon arrival.
A home much a part of the local landscape; the farmland to the west of the property was used by the Ashworth family to create the Bank Top Model Village. Bank Top Farmhouse continues to collect ground rent from the residents in the former model village (stone cottages) to this day.
Pull along the gated driveway, between traditional stone walls, to arrive at the rear of Bank Top Farmhouse where there is ample parking on the large courtyard and drive itself. There is also a garage, currently used for storage. A large log store between the driveway and the house has the potential to become a car port or additional garage space (subject to planning).
From the lane, a pedestrian entrance leads you along a path flanked by striped, neatly mown lawn, edged in pretty borders, passing a mature hydrangea, bursting in summer colour and a tall old oak tree, the quintessential farmhouse front garden.
Arriving at the traditional front door with its handsome arched transom window, step through into the entrance porch, where there is space to remove your coat and shoes.
Make your way through into the entrance hall, where the rustic-with-a-modern-twist decorative motif is revealed. Traditional and in keeping with the vintage of the home, the palette allows the many original features to take centre stage.
Snug, inviting and warm, step through to the sitting room on the left, where a log-burning stove roars pleasingly in the impressive exposed stone fireplace, emanating cosy cheer. Overhead, timber beams span the ceiling, given a luxurious overhaul via the chandelier lighting. A large window to the front captures views over the verdant front garden. Carpeted and cosy, there is space for an office desk, should you wish to work from home. Fibre broadband keeps you connected, whilst the home is also served by an alarm system and thermostatic heating.
Across the way, make your way through to the living room, a bright and inviting room, with a large sash window framing views of the garden and oak tree to the front. Wood flooring crafted from an old tennis court extends underfoot, with an impressive log-burning stove housed upon a slate hearth beneath a robust lintel. A spacious room, perfect for family occasions, gather around the piano for Christmas carolling in the depths of winter.
Directly ahead from the entrance hallway, emanating a traditional farmhouse feel in the large slate-grey tiles underfoot and exposed beam above, is the dining room. Creamy white tones adorn the thick farmhouse walls, with mellow hues of sage green dressing the doorway opening into the kitchen.
Light serenades the space through a large window to the rear. Spacious and versatile, at the heart of the home, congregate with loved ones at mealtimes in this bright and welcoming room. Lift the latched wooden door to sneak a peek down to the cellar where there is ample dry space for storage or more.
From the dining room, flow through to the newly installed kitchen where classic comfort and contemporary convenience coexist in harmony. Sleek, grey floor to ceiling units along one wall proffer plentiful storage, continuing around the lower section on two more sides and extending into a comfortable breakfast bar perfect for casual dining. Warmth emanates from beneath the tiles courtesy of underfloor heating, whilst Quartz worktops reflect the abundance of light flowing in through the large sash window above the sink, framing views out over the rear garden.
Take a seat in the bespoke designed oak seating area, as dinner is prepared, enjoying convivial conversation with the chef. Sociably styled for modern living, catch up over homework and a cuppa at the breakfast bar. Appliances currently include a Rangemaster cooker with five-burner gas hob and two electric fan ovens alongside an integral fridge and dishwasher.
Discover a utility room dressed in traditional country tones, with further storage and a sink, alongside plumbing for washer-dryer located off the dining room, where there is also a cloakroom with wash basin and WC and direct access out to the garden.
Ascend the stairs to arrive at the light, bright landing, where there is access via a loft hatch with drop-down ladder to a large, standing-height attic room, amply lit by natural daylight through a window. Currently used for storage, this area could be converted into additional rooms, subject to planning, alongside another attic room.
From the landing, peep through to the bedroom on the right, where original wood flooring extends underfoot. Soothing shades of soft duck egg and creamy white create a soporific vibe. Currently used as a study and craft space, this bedroom has recently been renovated with Kingspan insulated plaster board. Traditional features remain with its Art Deco fireplace whilst there is also built-in storage either side.
Across the landing, warm burgundy tones create a snug warmth in the rear bedroom, framing views out to the distant hills through a large sash window. Spacious yet cosy, this double bedroom also has original wooden flooring underfoot, with a cast iron Art Deco fireplace. Peaceful, quiet and not in any way overlooked, sleep soundly in this spacious setting.
Directly ahead from the staircase, step through to the refreshing family bathroom, where a large shower stands alongside a separate panelled bath, with wash basin and WC. Dressed in grey-green tones, and part tiled to the walls in modern metro-style white, light pours in through the sash window above the bath and also from the opulent chandelier light overhead.
Bold and beautiful, the guest bedroom is accessed to the right of the bathroom. Shades of forest green adorn the walls, reflecting the natural tones seen through the window as the garden rolls out to the rear, with distance views of the hills beyond. A tranquil sanctuary of sleep, this spacious guest suite is also served by its own ensuite bathroom, furnished with wash basin and WC. On a summers evening, watch the shifting colour of the sky and listen to the swifts as they swoop and soar.
Turning left out of the bathroom, discover the main bedroom. Bright and spacious, light pours in through the large sash window overlooking the front garden and framing watercolour views of the old oak tree. Comfort emanates from the Art Deco fireplace and other original features including the traditional picture rails which skirt the walls.
Sublimely spacious and serene, there is plenty of space for wardrobes and a chest of drawers in here. Lie in bed and listen out for the evocative hooting of owls at night-time.
Step out into the rear garden, where a large, central, private cobbled courtyard provides access to a double level barn, with garage on the ground floor and with workshop accessible from the garden on the upper floor. With traditional stone walls and fully insulated roof, electricity points and lighting, this former shippen could potentially be converted into a residential dwelling – subject to planning. It is noteworthy that whilst Bank Top Farmhouse is a Grade II listed building, English Heritage no longer govern planning applications for Grade II buildings. Instead, these are now overlooked by the local authority conservation team.
Stone steps lead up to a large private lawn area, enclosed by high, neatly clipped beech hedging. A completely private York stone patio sits in the sun until late afternoon- perfect for summertime alfresco dining and barbecues; the perfect place to admire the views over the garden and stone-built farmhouse. Mature flower beds brim with colour, whilst evergreens provide interest throughout the seasons.
Grow your own in the glass greenhouse and stash your gardening essentials and overwinter your outdoor cushions and furniture in the large storage shed – handy too for your logs. A gardener’s WC is also handy for children, as they enjoy hours of fresh air in the safety and comfort of the garden at Bank Top Farmhouse. Enclosed by two stone walls, sense the security and seclusion of this magnificent setting.
Whether sitting in the shade of the tree, eating lunch on the patio watching the swifts flying high in the sky, or watching the bats echolocate for food in the evenings, this wildlife haven of a garden offers such delights to enjoy. The spectacle of colour begins in early spring, when the gardens are carpeted in bluebells and daffodils, continuing their vibrant display right through to the autumn, when the acers burn a scarlet red, in keeping with the season.
Make the most of the nature on your doorstep, with woodland walks along the river accessible two-minutes away.
Enjoy an exhilarating hike to the Jumbles, Wayoh and Entwistle reservoirs, all walkable from the door, with plenty of opportunities for a thirst-quencher at the many good pubs and restaurants along the way.
Also walkable from the door is Eagley Mills and Bromley Cross, with its array of shops including a Sainsbury’s Local, Co-op, mini market, boutique clothes shop and railway station. Astley Bridge also offers a range of local shops and supermarkets within walking distance.
For trips out with the children, the Hall i’th’ Wood Museum is an impressive example of a half-timbered 16th century hall and site of the invention of the Spinning Mule, a tool which revolutionised the cotton industry. For more modern pleasure and leisure, head to the Vue Cinema and Nuffield Gym in The Valley.
Families are perfectly placed for a number of local schools, including Canon Slade, Sharples High School and Thornleigh Salesian College.
Professionals can commute with ease, within 15-20 minutes’ drive of the M60/M65 motorway network. For rail travel, catch a train from Bromley Cross or Hall i'th’ Wood stations (15 minutes' walk or a five-minute drive) where direct trains connect you with Manchester city centre. Frequent bus services run on the hour to Bolton town from down Ashworth Lane.
For a happy family home, where memories are made, Bank Top Farmhouse is welcoming and spacious whilst being flexible and versatile. Utterly unique to the area, with further potential for development should you wish, enjoy the restorative peace and privacy of the countryside, wrapped up in glorious gardens, with easy access to the wider world. Book your viewing today.