• *By Informal Tender - 12 noon 30/09/22*
  • Lot 1 - Foxdale & paddock (edged red on the sales plan)
  • Grand reception hall
  • 4 elegant reception rooms
  • Kitchen
  • pantry and conservatory
  • 5 double bedrooms
  • 2 bath/shower rooms and WC
  • (principal bedroom with en suite and dressing room)
  • Extensive cellars

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Tenure: Freehold

*By Informal Tender - 12 noon 30/09/22* An elegant Victorian villa set amongst well stocked, mature gardens with an adjoining paddock, set within approximately 2.55 acres in total.

Foxdale is located in a prime setting, within the pretty and sought-after village of Bunbury. This thriving village offers a comprehensive range of services including a Co-operative store with post office counter, a superb village butcher, a fish & chip shop, coffee shop, church, village hall and state-of-the-art medical centre. The natural beauty and history of the village is encapsulated by St Boniface Church, which has an active congregation and strong links with the Methodist Church, also located in the centre of the village.

Local recreational facilities include golf at Portal, a cricket club within the village and for the equestrian enthusiast, the neighbouring countryside provides numerous bridleways and lanes for hacking out. There is horse racing at Chester and Bangor-on-Dee and polo at the Cheshire Polo Club.

On the educational front, Bunbury Primary School is within a short walk, which is a feeder school into Tarporley High School, deemed "outstanding" by Ofsted. For those seeking private education there is The Grange School, Hartford and The King's and Queen's Schools in Chester.

Commuting to the commercial centres of the northwest and beyond is straightforward with easy access to the M6 and the property is within 9 miles of Crewe train station, providing a direct 1 hour 35 minute service to London, Euston, and a regular service to Liverpool and Birmingham. There are international airports at Manchester and Liverpool.

This listing is for Lot 1 only and does not include the coach house

Lot 1 - Foxdale and Paddock
Historically, Foxdale was owned by the prominent sailmaker William Aspinall, of Birkenhead and the gardens were designed by renowned landscape architect, Edward Kemp Circa 1860, known for creating Grosvenor Park and others around the county.

Foxdale is a substantial Georgian influenced residence with Victorian additions constructed of Cheshire brick under a slate roof with cast iron gutters, carved finials and Wisteria clad elevations. The facade is typical of its era albeit with later additions having an elegant front elevation, which is replicated in the interior by the superbly proportioned rooms and layout being arranged over two floors. The house retains many period features with moulded ceiling cornices, an elegant staircase, original sash windows and shutters and an ambiance of grandeur throughout this impressive home. Foxdale offers scope for the buyer to modernise in line with their own preferences and budget.

The property is accessed through an attractive front door with pediment and fanlight, opening into a grand central reception hall. The hall sets the tone of Foxdale with moulded ceiling cornices, deep skirting boards and Minton tile flooring leading to the ornate staircase. With access directly from the reception hall is the cloakroom with adjoining WC. The principal reception rooms also emanate off the hall, comprising a sitting room, dining room, drawing room and morning room. The sitting room has a cosy feel being the smallest of the reception rooms, albeit is perfectly balanced with display shelving and a marble fireplace. The dining room is elegant and well-proportioned, featuring a period marble fireplace and a pleasant aspect over the gardens, through an impressive bay window. The drawing room is particularly noteworthy, featuring a grand fireplace with carved surround and a bay window with sash windows affording an uninterrupted garden aspect. Beyond the hallway is the morning room with the original pine butler's pantry cupboards and an adjoining utility room.

The kitchen sits to the rear of the house, fitted with pine and oak cabinets incorporating an oil converted AGA and Belfast sink unit, along with an adjoining pantry. With access from the kitchen, steps lead down to extensive cellars comprising three rooms, including a cold store with slate slab shelving and a vaulted wine cellar. With access form the kitchen is a large timber-framed conservatory, with original quarry tile flooring, having a beautiful aspect to the gardens.

The first-floor accommodation is accessed via an elegant turned staircase with polished mahogany handrail, leading to an impressive landing beneath a lantern rooflight, providing plenty of natural daylight. The principal suite comprises a spacious bedroom with adjoining en suite bathroom and neighbouring dressing room with built-in wardrobes. There are a four further double bedrooms all having lovely views and a large family bathroom.

Foxdale site behind a mature hedge, offering privacy from the lane, entered via an "in and out" driveway, leading to the front of the house in addition to a courtyard to the south, fronting the outbuildings. The gardens and grounds are a profound feature of Foxdale, predominantly lawned, containing a variety of specimen trees and shrubs including an impressive Wellingtonia, Yew and Oak in addition to Rhododendron and Azalea. To the north of the house is a meadow garden, previously accommodating a grass tennis court, with a wooded backdrop. To the rear of the house, with a westerly aspect, is a sunken, former flower garden, now well-tended lawns.

Located to the most northern boundary, measuring approximately 1.20 acres, is a large paddock accessed through a five-bar gate from the meadow gardens. Laid to permanent pasture, the land would suit those with equestrian interests and would accommodate a manège (subject to planning), hobby farming or simply as amenity land.

Overage Clause
An overage clause will be included within the contract of sale for Lot 1, for a period of 25 years, post completion, requiring the payment of 40% of any uplift in value of the property arising in the event of any planning consent for additional residential dwellings. Further details are available from the selling agents.


Last Modified 07/09/2022

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