Impressive views part of stunning property's charm
W HEN I walked into Lindsay Parr's stunning home I could not make up my mind whether to look inside or out because either way the view is pretty impressive.
Cliff House at Brown Edge is aptly named because it sits high up and the views stretch for miles with the folly of Mow Cop clearly visible in one direction, the open spaces of the Staffordshire Moorlands in another and the Potteries in a third.
But it is the inside I had come to see first and the house she and her husband have made, modernised and extended since they moved in six years ago, is tremendous.
Such is the layout that you effectively enter into the large conservatory, which is some 16 feet by almost ten, and a great place for either chilling while admiring the view – "It's lovely when it snows and you can look out over the white hills while being snug and warm.'' says Lindsay – or it works equally well as a party and entertaining room.
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Lindsay adds: "When we came here it had old fashioned flat perspex on but we have replaced it with self-cleaning glass and a shaped roof.''
The conservatory leads to a large lounge in which the centre piece is a large inglenook fireplace with what I initially thought was a wood-burning stove but is in fact an electric fire.
Folding glazed doors open through into a sun room, part of an extension to the house, and which overlooks the back garden with French doors to the outside.
The kitchen/diner is also part of the extension and is a triumph, very contemporary with ceramic tile flooring, quartz worktops and Bosch appliances including a double electric oven and five-ring gas hob. This is a really striking room and there is plenty of space for a breakfast bar.
There is a separate utility room with plumbing for all the necessary laundry appliances.
G oing up to the first floor there is a real 'wow' factor at the top of the stairs with the bathroom which is as stunning in its own way as the kitchen is in its.
It's quite minimalist and modern, split level with a step up to a large area where there is a free-standing bath with shower attachment and twin, rectangular hand basins, and a w.c.
The master bedroom is also in the part of the house that has been extended and you can see Mow Cop from its windows. There is an en suite to this bedroom and all the plumbing preparation and indeed the ware are ready to be fitted. You just need the services of a plumber.
The second bedroom, another double, has ample fitted wardrobes and there is the third as well.
Outside, the front garden is a low maintenance paved patio where you can sit and enjoy the views and the back has recently laid paths and paving taking you down the slope. There is also room for a couple of cars to be parked safely off the road.
Lindsay says: "When we came here we were planning to start a family and this has everything we wanted. There are some excellent schools around here, some good local shops and we are not too far from either Stoke-on-Trent or Leek and yet we are definitely semi-rural with a house that has brilliant views.
"Our neighbours are very friendly and there is a real village feel to the community around here. It is a lovely house and I feel quite proud when everyone who comes here for the first time says how beautiful it is. It has everything a family could want – including the views.''