Within the rural setting of the Eagley Bank Conservation Area, only 2.5 miles from Bolton town centre, nestled within a landscape of reservoirs, mature woodland, rolling greenery and a backdrop of former cotton mills, discover the stone-built charm of Park Row.
Along a quiet, leafy road, banked by original stone walls, arrive at a row of terraced cottages, originally built for the local millworkers and dating back to the 1830s. To the end of Park Row stands No. 12, built of coursed and squared watershot stone, whose front door is set within a round arched, keystone-embellished architrave with fanlight above. Distinguishing this handsome home is its original nine and 12-paned sash windows, a feature which bestows on it a chocolate box country cottage quality.
With allocated parking to the rear and on street parking to the front, make your way indoors, noting the welcoming feeling of peaceful calm about the conservation area.
Light and airy appeal
Instantly, sense the spacious airiness of the home, with high ceilings and openness setting the scene for what lies ahead, whilst embodying the heritage feeling of the home. Flooding the living room with natural light, double height sash windows are fitted with custom shutters which serve as a feature of the home, framing the windows when fully opened.
OWNER QUOTE: “What impressed us was how much bigger the home is inside than it appears outside.”
Adding to the welcome of this room, the gas fire set within its crisp white surround issues warmth whilst oak flooring extends underfoot. Cast iron heritage style radiators add to the ambience. A home in harmony with the seasons, in winter, snuggle up in front of the fire as the oak floor and oak staircase frame Christmas decorations for a grotto-embrace. In spring and summer, windows flood the rooms with natural illumination for a light and airy appeal.
Classic features with a contemporary twist
Opening up to the dining room beyond, the fresh, clean, modern cottage décor offers a twist on classic sophistication. Together, yet zoned to provide pockets of privacy, flow through to the dining room, where the same double height sash box windows with custom shutters provide a sneak preview of the private garden.
A multi-fuel burner captivates the eye, with a Scandi-feel courtesy of the dove grey tiling and minimal walls. Above the dining table a trio of pendant lights cluster casting an ambient glow on proceedings. White cast iron heritage radiators contribute to the combined quality of contemporary and respectful character found throughout.
Light fills the open-plan space from the front window in the morning, passing through the gable wall window and eventually through the rear window in the dining room, framing different aspects of the rooms and highlighting tones within the oak flooring as the day passes.
Wine and dine
To the rear, tiling coats the kitchen floor, emanating warmth from the underfloor heating system. Offering ample storage in the wood cabinetry, the kitchen features an oven and gas hob with overhead extractor fan. Metro tiling gleams beneath the undercabinet lighting, whilst a chef’s tap features in the stainless-steel sink, beyond which there are views over the pretty decking area in the garden.
Soak and sleep
Returning to the entrance hall, take the oak stairs up to the first-floor landing, where a bathroom lies ahead, pleasingly spacious with a separate walk-in shower with rainfall head and handheld attachment, alongside a large bath for unhurried soaks beneath the light of the frosted window. There is also a WC and wash basin with natural surface. Freshly tiled flooring has underfloor heating for warmth and comfort.
In addition to underfloor heating, the home is fitted with an alarm and also benefits from a 100-amp incoming electric supply fuse to support an EV charge port (not currently installed). Other technological perks include a Hive heating system and fibre broadband.
From the bathroom, turn right into the master bedroom. Wake up to birdsong from surrounding trees in the spring and summer in this soothing space, where original pine floorboards (skimmed and professionally sealed) provide character. A large window delivering leafy views is fitted with custom shutters. High ceilings, featuring throughout the home, add an airy feel, whilst fitted wardrobes provide plenty of storage.
Overlooking the front of the home, discover two further double bedrooms. Currently serving as a dressing room and an office, highlighting the versatility and spaciousness of the home, both have the same large, shuttered windows, high ceilings, original exposed pine floorboards and are decorated in crisp, minimal, stylish fashion in tones of grey and pink. Fitted wardrobes furnish the room currently serving as a dressing room.
Outside, accessed from the kitchen, step out into the warm embrace of the stone-walled courtyard with its contrasting white brick. Yorkshire stone paving leads to a secret, stylish decking area, offering versatile spaces in which to sit, snooze, and soak up the sunshine, which is prevalent from noon ‘til the evening as it travels across the sky.
OWNER QUOTE: “The garden is an absolute suntrap.”
Peaceful, private and not at all overlooked, a double barn style gate also imbues the setting with character, a reminder of the heritage of the home.
Perfect for social gatherings, enjoy balmy summer evenings listening to birdsong, glass of wine in hand. At weekends begin the morning relaxing with a coffee before walking down to Eagley Bank.
A shed, painted in sage to match the barn-style gate, provides plenty of storage for garden furniture.
On your doorstep
Take a stroll around Bromley Cross, discovering delightful walks along Belmont and Scout Roads, calling in for ice cream on route on sunny days. While away a Sunday afternoon watching the local Eagley and Egerton football and cricket teams and support the community vibes which serve to distinguish this locale.
Nestled within the catchment area for The Oaks Primary School and Eagley Nursey, No. 12 Park Row is ideal for those with younger children, whilst for teenagers, No. 12 is also within the catchment area for Canon Slade, Turton and Smithills high schools.
Enjoy a three-minute walk to the Eagley Green area, where children can play ball games and enjoy the open space. You are also close to Smithills Country Park with its myriad walks and the renowned and Smithills Farm, another popular spot for children and adults alike.
Only a ten-minute walk from the centre of Bromley Cross and all its amenities, enjoy drinks at The Slaughterhouse and sample the ale at local micropub Nook & Cranny, or meet the locals at The Flag and The Railway. Call in at the Brewhouse, accessed by a woodland walk through the conservation area for a warm and cosy ambience on the raised terrace at the rear, and soak up the sunshine; a dog and family friendly venue serving up fantastic food. Walk down the valley and over the brook to The Retreat, a super local establishment serving up some of the best pizza, sushi and cocktails in town. The Spread Eagle is also nestled within the conservation area, a quiet local serving up home cooking.
For those commuting, grab your morning coffee from the Starbucks drive-through, only five minutes away, on route to work; Blackburn Road delivers you straight into Bolton centre or onto St. Peter’s Way, which joins the M61/M60 junction into Manchester and Liverpool. Meanwhile, heading north over Belmont Road will take you to the M65 and its convenient links to Blackburn and Preston. Commuting is effortless, with direct train links from Bromley Cross train station into Clitheroe or Manchester within 30 minutes.
B&Q, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Morrisons and Bolton Shopping centre are all close by, within roughly ten minutes’ drive, whilst Middlebrook Retail Park is 15-20 minutes’ drive away.
Further into Egerton discover Bakers café, Cibo Italian restaurant along with the Thomas Egerton and Cross Guns pubs. Jumbles Country Park is a 20-minute walk away through Bromley Cross whilst Turton and Entwistle reservoirs are only a 15-minute drive away, with refreshment awaiting at gastropub the Strawbury Duck pub.
With so much on your doorstep, return home to the comfort and warmth of No. 12, Park Row, a large, spacious stone cottage filled with light, character, charm and personality.