Walnut Tree Barn, Stretton Road, Appleton, WA4 4SG
Offers Over £800,000
Balance country comforts with contemporary convenience, at Walnut Tree Barn in the historic Cheshire village of Appleton Thorn.
Historically known as the ‘town where the apples grew’, there is ample myth and legend about the village. Nestled on the fringe of the village, surrounded by fields and farmland, discover Walnut Tree Barn.
Combining classic features with contemporary comfort
Dating back to 1875, and converted to residential use in 2014, Walnut Tree Barn itself is part of the history of this ancient village. Balancing the warmth and character of its Victorian origins with the need for comfort, security and modernity, pull through electric gates onto the broad driveway, where there is comfortable parking for around six cars alongside a double garage.
Set on a substantial plot of around one third of an acre, the outdoors is a key element to this home, reflected in the open-plan, zoned flow found within.
OWNER QUOTE: “It feels so rural out here with fields on three sides and the original farmhouse our only neighbour, yet Stockton Heath is only a walk away.”
Step inside and sense the juxtaposition of eras; 1800s beams and oak doors, with the warmth of modern underfloor heating served by an eco-friendly ground source heat pump and solar panels.
Engineered laminate flooring delivers a sense of rusticity alongside the natural earth and sky shades of décor.
From the entrance hall, follow the easy flow of the home to the left, where the heart of the home reveals itself in pure style and vision.
Unashamedly open-plan, this incredible space is devoted to family living, providing space for sociability and interaction whilst being naturally zoned to provide pockets of privacy amidst the openness.
Hub of the home
Immediately on the left, wooden flooring makes way for cream tiles in the classic-feel kitchen, where cream painted cabinets and drawers are topped in solid oak for a country vibe in keeping with the heritage of the home. Ample storage is available within the units to the central island-breakfast bar and to the walls surrounding, where splashback tiles preserve the wall behind the large Range cooker with double oven. Integrated appliances include a Rangemaster double oven, with grill and induction hob, alongside a Neff microwave, steam oven and proving drawer. Fitted with all the modern touches, there is also a built-in wine fridge, in addition to a built-in full-height fridge and separate freezer.
Also located off this large, open-plan room is the utility-boot room, where further storage awaits alongside a second sink and space for a washer and dryer. No need to air your clothes around the home; there is ample space to dry laundry in the utility room. A handy every-day entrance, there is access outdoors from this room, alongside access to a downstairs cloakroom with wash basin and WC.
OWNER QUOTE: “There are different zones: guests congregate around the island in the kitchen; there’s an area by the kitchen where the kids tend to play and then the dining area and lounge.”
Feast your eyes
In another part of the open-plan family room, a large dining table is set for dinner before a wall of glass windows and doors. Adding an outdoor element, bifold doors open to connect this space with the outdoors, perfect for summer gatherings in the garden with friends.
OWNER QUOTE: “We’ve had great parties with bouncy castles in the garden for the children.”
In winter, the log-burning stove fills the space with warmth, adding a cosy country vibe to this modern family room.
Flow back out to the entrance hall; the two entrances into the family-kitchen-diner-lounge ensure a sociable home, perfect for children and great for entertaining.
Sneak a peek at the cosy snug, a light room, offering peace and privacy. Currently serving as a playroom for children, this room has previously been used as an office, with plans to transform it into a cinema room.
Make your way up the stairs from the entrance hall, where light cascades onto the gallery landing from Velux windows above. Crisp white décor allows the exposed beams and oak staircase and doors to add warmth and character.
Room for all
From the carpeted landing, make your way ahead into the master bedroom, a light and spacious room where Velux windows slope down from the ceiling to meet traditional windows, delivering an abundance of light indoors and offering glorious views out over the countryside.
OWNER QUOTE: “At night you can just see the garden and fields. We have great views of the stars on a clear night – there is virtually no light pollution.”
Freshen up in the ensuite, furnished with walk-in shower, twin wash basins and WC integrated within fitted cabinets, and where underfloor heating and a heated towel rail ensure ambient warmth. Light flows in through the Velux above, and from spotlighting set within the beam-lined slope of the ceiling.
Turning left, peep through to the spacious second bedroom, currently serving as a home office, note the natural division in the home; providing grown-ups and children their own personal space. On this level, the master suite and guest bedroom/office are set across the landing from the children’s’ bedrooms, ensuring no need to tiptoe about after lights-out.
OWNER QUOTE: “The flow is great; everybody has their own space.”
Light filled living
Along the landing, beneath the light from the Velux windows, make your way into the third bedroom, a light filled double, set beneath a high, sloping ceiling brimming with exposed oak beams. Spotlighting adds illumination in the evenings, with leafy views out to the surrounding countryside through the window.
Next door, arrive at bedroom four, where shades of forest green and white to the walls evoke the peace of the surrounding countryside. Carpeted in biscuit tones underfoot and currently utilised as a nursery, large Velux windows deliver light over the cot.
Across the way, seek refreshment and relaxation in the spacious family bathroom, warmed by underfloor heating and where criss-cross timber beams retain a rural vibe, balanced by the contemporary shape of the freestanding tub. Bathe in natural light, pouring in through the Velux, which meets with a window beneath for seamless illumination. Eclectic tiling adds an exciting contemporary-meets-classic element to the bathroom, with fitted furniture housing the twin wash basins and WC. There is also a large, walk-in shower.
Storage can be found in a deep closet on the landing and within the bedroom eaves. A home well-equipped with storage, further space for stashing Christmas decorations, suitcases and more is available in the fully boarded loft-space in the double garage.
Outside, discover the sizeable garden at Walnut Tree Barn, where a large patio with water feature affords the perfect place for alfresco dining and summer barbecues.
Beyond, the lawn runs on down to the bottom corner of the garden, where a substantial children’s play area remains in view of the home.
Transitioning seamlessly from ‘room to room’, the garden emulates the easy open flow of the home. Tucked behind the garage discover a ‘grow-your-own’ area, perfect for those with green fingers, where greenhouses and three separate beds built from railway sleepers allow you to live your own ‘Good Life’.
Soak up the sunsets – particularly splendid in the spring and summer – visible from both the patio and rear bedrooms, throwing shadows over the garden as it dips behind the distant trees.
A garden at its most beautiful perhaps during the sunny seasons, blossom trees burst into bloom, drawing an abundance of birdlife.
The double garage offers plentiful storage alongside a charging point for an electric vehicle. Double thickness walls, two Velux windows and a feature panel of stained glass promote the prospect of upgrading this spacious building to deliver its full potential, possibly as annex accommodation, a gym or home office.
Near and far
Step outside and explore the delightful village of Appleton Thorn, where a traditional village hall hosts a Camra multinational award-winning pub.
Perfect for families, there are a number of Outstanding nearby schools, including the Hygge-embracing, community-focused Appleton Thorn Primary School; the only village in England to undertake the annual ‘Bawming the Thorn’ ceremony, an ancient ritual that takes place in June where children dance, sing the Bawming song and decorate the thorn tree beside the church with ribbons and flowers.
Open paths crisscross the countryside, providing perfect running routes and dog walking trails.
Stockton Heath is only around a 40-minute walk away, easily accessible by car it retains a cosmopolitan vibe in contrast to the traditional olde worlde charm of Appleton Thorn. Here, discover coffee shops, bistros, wood-fired pizza restaurants and all the essential supermarkets including M&S and Aldi.
Close to the M6-M56 intersection, Manchester and Liverpool are reachable within roughly 30 minutes, whilst you can be at Manchester Airport within around 15 minutes. Altrincham and Knutsford are both within a 15-minute drive of Appleton Thorn, as are the popular National Trust properties of Dunham Massey and Tatton Park. Nearby Warrington has a direct train to London Euston, which takes just 1 hour 45 minutes.
Secluded yet not isolated in the least, enjoy the best of both worlds at Walnut Tree Barn, where country comforts come with contemporary convenience.