Family favourite will make living so easy for new owners
T HIS was the Westons first family home. "We were looking for something that was safe, spacious, easy to live in and near to schools and shops. We didn't really expect to find somewhere that matched all those criteria but this house did and we haven't regretted one second of living here.''
That is what Pete told me when I visited this just-on-the-market property and what was true then is equally valid today and even more so now, given what they have done to it while living there.
The house at 61 The Lea, Trentham, is an immaculate, light and roomy four-bedroom detached home in one of the best locations for families. Ash Green primary school is virtually across the road (so there is no rush in the morning), there is a general store and other shops a few hundred yards away, Trentham Gardens is two-minute drive, there is a bridle path and canal towpaths for lovely walks almost at the back of the house and of course, it has great access to the A34, A500 and M6.
The location and its attractions has never changed but the house has. Pete says: "When we arrived, an old couple lived here and the place needed modernising. It had been previously extended but we brought it up to date and made the garden child-friendly.
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"The extension has made a difference in the right areas. The kitchen is about double what it was originally, the bathroom is much bigger and it makes the house much more liveable in.''
Off the entrance hall is an under-stairs cupboard and a cloakroom/WC, then a fabulous lounge with a glazed folding screen to the dining room. The lounge itself is big, it has a nice bay window and an electric convector fire in a marble surround with inset spot lights. With glass at both ends it is very light too – a characteristic that I thought of as one of the defining features of this house.
With the folding panel opened, there is a huge space from the two rooms and with French doors to the garden it is indeed, as Pete says, 'a brilliant room for a party.'
Next to it is a modern fitted breakfast kitchen with tiled flooring and all the usual integrated appliances including an induction hob. Pete says: "You can touch it and not burn yourself which is great when there are children around.'' Yet more evidence of its suitability as a family home.
Going up the staircase, I remarked on how light the hall and landing are, thanks to a glazed front door and a big window half way up the stairs and instead of being just a way of getting from the ground floor to the first, this area has a bit of character.
There are four bedrooms. A big single at the front has the master bedroom next to it. This is a big double, with built in wardrobes and is wired for Sky TV. The second big bedroom is another generous double with built in wardrobes and the fourth is a single/study.
The bathroom is modern, a bit bigger than the original with about 2ft of the original second bedroom being absorbed into it. As with the kitchen, it turns what Pete says 'was a tiny bathroom' into something really quite nice. There is a three piece suite with a power shower and surround over the bath.
Above all this, the loft is boarded and ready to be used for more storage.
Outside, there is a concrete impression cobbled drive at the front leading through a gate to a very big garage, which has more than enough space for two cars, and then there is a decent-sized garden shaded a mature weeping willow and the whole outlook is very green and leafy. A newly-laid path of Indian stone surrounds a lawn and with the
Pete says: "This is a great garden for youngsters. It is secure and they cannot get out so they can play safely and parents can relax."