Four-bedroom delights with stunning views of Moorlands
T HE view that the couple love so much is truly amazing, a vast panorama looking over Leek in the valley below with the Roaches and the splendour of the Moorlands beyond.
It is an incredible vista and it is one that the couple enjoy every time they pull back the curtains in their bedroom. Sheila says: "If we had gone on an expensive holiday and had this view from a top hotel I would be delighted but we get it all year around. We have never tired of it. Day or night, when we look down on the twinkling lights of Leek, it is just beautiful."
Indeed it is and it is one of the advantages that their property at The Heights, Leek, has over other executive family houses, but if the view alone is not enough to tempt you then the interior and the immediate surroundings might well do.
They have been here for seven years and Rob has put his skills as a builder to good use. The downstairs has had some walls knocked down and doorways bricked up to create a really beautiful ground floor that manages to marry having plenty of light with being cosy too.
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The large lounge at the front has a welcoming fire place and a living flame gas fire and glazed double doors open through to the kitchen/dining room. Rob says: "We have opened this up to be a bit more open plan and it works much better this way."
The kitchen is lovely, with a breakfast bar, ceramic tiles and a five-ring Rangemaster cooker, granite worktops and both the quality of the units and the workmanship in their installation are obviously of a very high order. French doors in the dining room lead to the back garden which wraps around the property.
It has a separate utility room with a back door, a w.c and plenty of storage area and a really nice snug off the entrance hall overlooking the front. It's only small but it would make an ideal office or a playroom for children.
There is more evidence of the changes Rob and Sheila have made upstairs. Theirs is a four bedroom house and the master, a very big double at the back, has both a recently fitted en suite with a bath and shower over and there is a dressing area too.
Sheila says: "Originally the master bedroom was at the front but we changed it to the back and put in the en suite because of the views. At night we can look down on the lights of Leek and in the day we have the Roaches in front of us. You can't get better.''
Actually it does get better because the house also backs onto Ladderedge Country Park so all you can see from the house is green countryside all around.
Of the other three bedrooms two are easy doubles and the fourth is a good three-quarter. There is plenty of storage in both the rooms and the landing space and a nice family bathroom too.
O utside the garden wraps around the property at the front, side and rear and there is a huge driveway, big enough to park five cars, as well as a double garage.
Sheila says: "We have had our family here but it is now time to downsize.
"There are only the two of us and we want something smaller.
"We have spent seven very happy years here and I think the changes we have made have worked really well and made better use of the space.
"It is a big family home in a lovely location, surrounded by countryside with the park right behind us and of course, that view, and it is also convenient for driving to either The Potteries or the Moorlands.
"We will miss it when we go – this really is a special place.''