3,474 SQ. FT
The Titanic of homes, the utterly unique Orford House has been restored to its golden age glory with no expense spared, to offer the ultimate in luxury living.
Orford House, Lady Lane, Croft, Warrington, UK
Historic home reimagined.
Enter via the storm porch, with refurbished Minton tiles underfoot, before stepping into the bright entrance hall where highly decorative cornicing fringes the ceiling for a showstopping arrival. Underfloor heating warms the herringbone floor. Ahead, the mahogany carved staircase rises to the first floor.
Freshen up in the contemporary shower room ahead, also warmed by underfloor heating, with wet room style shower, WC and large scallop-edged wash basin with Swarovski crystal taps.
To the right is the sitting room, with original fireplace and large, newly fitted, double glazed sash windows, framing impressive views out over the landscaped garden. Overhead an elegant ceiling rose and cornicing are nods to the home's heritage. Deep pile carpet, numerous brushed brass sockets and switches and ceiling speakers (fitted also in the orangery and kitchen) complete the scene.
Open the Chantilly-lace accented door to the orangery; palatially sized with large windows and broad double doors bringing the outdoors in. Deep windowsills are wired up for electric blinds. Step out to view the terrace, parterre garden, breath-taking water feature and pond.
Wine and dine
Returning to the entrance hall, discover the dining room on the left, a formal and bright room, with handmade drapes dressing a trio of tall sash windows, which present views out over the sculptured pond and waterfall.
Above the round dining table, perfectly central to the room, an impressive light fitting showers illumination down. Sociable and stylish, this room is ideal for entertaining.
Feast your eyes
Continue to the open plan dining-kitchen. Light, bright and inviting, this room is cleverly zoned to provide easy flow living space for all the family. Traditional Shaker-style cabinetry provides plenty of storage, with large Rangemaster cooker, whilst marble worktops serve as breakfast bars with stools perfectly placed for casual dining. Bosch appliances include a fridge, freezer, dishwasher, Franke sink and pantry cupboard with toaster, kettle and microwave, discreetly hidden from view.
To one side, a powerful log-burning stove inset within a redbrick hearth is surmounted by a reclaimed and sandblasted timber lintel.
From the rear hallway the utility room houses the CCTV workings, boiler and LPG back up for the Air Source Heat Pump. Sockets and desk space also make this room ideal as a home office. From the rear hall, there is direct access to the garden.
Soak & sleep
On the first floor find the family bathroom with walk-in shower, with rainfall head and alcove shelving features alongside a large, freestanding stone tub with floor mounted tap and showerhead attachment. A Villeroy & Boch wall-mounted WC, wide vanity unit wash basin and overhead LED mirror also feature.
Four double bedrooms feature on this level, three benefiting from luxurious ensuite bathrooms, furnished with the finest fittings. Other unique features of these bedrooms include original fireplaces, gothic archways, verdant views and fitted wardrobes. Each headboard throughout the home is bespoke-made to accentuate the room.
The main bedroom has been reconfigured to provide maximum space and luxury with room for king-size bed and curving sofa. Electronically closing Velux windows shower light down from above with views of the fountain and landscaped garden. A spacious dressing room, with a wealth of fitted wardrobes provides hidden door access to the automatically-illuminated ensuite, with walk-in shower, Villeroy & Boch vanity unit wash basin and WC, and heated towel rail on a separately controlled heating system.
Ideal independent living quarters can be found on the top floor, where a large landing leads to a spacious double bedroom on the left, where large Velux windows in the high vaulted ceiling, offer leafy views out to the mature trees.
There is also a peaceful lounge, with Velux windows, LuxDeco armchairs and Arighi Bianchi side tables and touches and surround sound. There is also a kitchenette and shower room with heated towel radiators, walk-in shower, vanity unit wash basin and WC. Background lighting features throughout the apartment, automatically activated upon movement at night-time.
Remodelled outside as well as indoors, the newly laid gardens include extensive York stone patios and pathways.
An outdoor mud kitchen and play area has been created from a former coal storage building. An enclosed area would be ideal for a hot tub, fitted with lighting and cabling, privately set behind fencing. A separate red brick building serves as an outdoor shower room with wash basin and WC, ideal for changing after a dip in the hot tub.
Substantially sized, there is a kitchen garden, lavender planted borders, garden store and separate, heated, outdoor WC to one side.
Parterre gardens with aromatics and pollinator planting, a circular water feature and fountain and large, circular, cobbled planted borders also feature.
The stunning pond, with bridge and planted with lilies and irises features a plant room to the rear and impressive waterfall, built of Cornish slate and stone.
Parking is plentiful on the spacious drive, with a large, detached triple garage with electric up and over doors and storage area.
Along a pathway to the rear, formerly the old road to the HMS Gosling Fleet Air Arm Training Barracks, also belonging to Orford House is a large expanse of land ripe with potential for development; the perfect place for a private swimming pool, hobby room or office, allotment or hobby farming area.
On your doorstep
In the nearby village of Culcheth, pick up all your essential shopping. Dine out at The Smokehouse or pick up a takeaway from one of the many food outlets. There is also a Sainsbury's.
Warrington centre is only ten minutes' drive away for work and leisure opportunities. Poised between Liverpool and Manchester, the M6 and M62 are only ten minutes' drive away for commuting and connections. Newton Station is only ten minutes from the door.
Orford House offers luxury living for all the family. Future proofed and lovingly restored, Orford House is an embracing home that you'll never want to leave.