Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND

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  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
  • Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, CW8 2ND
A POTTED HISTORY OF CROFT HOUSE As you enter the front of Croft House if you look up you will see one of its many beautiful details, an inscription: 'For every house that it is builded by some man, but he that buildeth all things is God.' In the case of Croft House that builder was perhaps a little more than just some man, it was the renowned architect John Douglas, famous for his Gothic Revivalist style, who was responsible for many outstanding buildings across Cheshire, including the Duke Of Westminster's estate of Eaton Hall and the world famous East Gate Clock in Chester. By comparison Croft House is more modest but no less important to the Architect. He was born in Sandiway and you can see the love and care he put into its development.

If you turn your back to the front door and face the Church you see his vision, for a start the Front Door appears to be at the rear of the house. But imagine it as it was in 1905 without the trees and hedges separating Redwalls and Croft Cottages. They all pointed inwards towards one another creating a private and yet shared open space, a small green, with a footpath running in front of the houses, towards the Church. To the left the large imposing doorway to Redwalls even in its original state, a substantial home. And to the right and directly facing the large house, 2 small black and white cottages. These were for many years let on a peppercorn rent to people of the village of Sandiway deserving a place at its heart, every bit as important as someone who could buy the larger property and bisecting the two is Croft House looking directly at the Church it was originally the Curates house. In its own way this little microcosm showed the world as Douglas, a devout and charitable man would have wanted to see it, the rich living side by side with the working class, with God at their heart. Houses of different scale but no less beautiful or lovingly created. Another quote is carved into the timbers of Croft Cottages, now one residence; 'Honour all Men. Love the Brotherhood. Fear God and Honour the King.' This quote from Peter 2:17 demonstrates that John Douglas was not just building a house; he was creating a community, which today is at the heart of the village of Sandiway.

The Curate was originally shared between the small and emerging villages of Sandiway and Weaverham until around about 1912, when Sandiway was seen as big enough to support its own Vicar. The Church was extended to include the clock tower and a new vicarage was built across the road and Croft House was sold from the Church to the Thompson Family of Northwich's Lions Salt works, recently renovated to an industrial museum. Mr Thompson's office is a part of the museum and shows where the new owner of Croft House would have worked.

Mr Thompson extended the property and enclosed the communal land making a large garden, and in its centre he built a tennis court, the broad layout can still be seen as the large lawn at the front of the house. If you dig down you will discover this lawn was laid on pot ash, taken from the chemical works of ICI. Part of the extension is adjacent to the beautiful, sandstone outbuilding used as a small stable for a pony and a toilet. It was originally a Well House built from the stones of Vale Royal Abbey, not dissimilar to the one seen at the bottom of the hill in the village of Great Budworth. It was sited near to the Round Tower in Sandiway and would have been at the end of the garden in the house John Douglas was born in. It is thought it was moved to its present location to add some charm and history to the new development.

As you come inside Croft House you will discover its charming little details and idiosyncrasies, The mullion windows with their brass handles don't all match. This is likely to be as a result of keeping costs to a minimum for the Church. Douglas used a lot of the same details in his properties and would have had a store and works department creating these windows doors, locks and fittings for all his builds. They used what was available, a sort of hardware jumble sale. Another example is the beautiful door lock on the front door which was designed for a door hung to the other side as its fitted upside down. But no cost was spared in the building materials; the wood is all Canadian Pitch Pine chosen for its rich colours, seen in the beams, doors and parquet floors. In the Kitchen there is a Bell system offering a glimpse into the world of an Edwardian Curate. His would have had a live in maid, this was her side of the house. Its not an unusual feature of the time and the address of its manufacture Castle Northwich shows how many would have been made.

This house was bought from the Thompson family by its current owners the Sherry's in the 1970's and the two families stayed in touch through their shared love of this family home. Margaret Sherry was an artist and drew different versions of the house and Church as Christmas cards. She and her family loved this house very much, she described it as her own little bit of heaven. Something its Architect would have agreed with. It is a warm and loving home which has enchanted just two families in its 115 years. The Church clock striking the hour across that century and its tower providing a spectacular private view of quite contemplation.

POTENTIAL TO BUILD ANOTHER DWELLING Given the two double gated entrances on Weaverham Road and large plot of land, the owners of Croft House have made favourable enquiries with a Planning Consultant to split the plot, still leaving Croft House with a large garden and building a bungalow at the back of the plot near the Church. Any potential Purchasers are advised to make their own enquiries via a Planning Consultant/Cheshire West and Chester Council.

EXTENDING AND MODERNISING A GRADE II LISTED PROPERTY Ian Storey, Managing Director of Storey Estates has recent experience of selling another John Douglas designed Grade II Listed property in a neighbouring village. Ian has recently sold The Old Vicarage in Moulton, Cheshire which the Purchasers plan to extend with a modern glass structure - this has been verbally agreed with Cheshire West and Chester Council. Please contact Ian on 07501 723253 for further details.

A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF A MODERNISED AND EXTENDED GRADE II LISTED HOUSE We have details of a Grade II Listed property in Lymm which is an excellent example of what can be achieved with the right Architect and Planning Consultant. Please contact Ian on 07501 723253 for further details.

RECOMMENDED ARCHITECT Please contact Ian Storey on 07501 723253 to find out more about our recommended Architect's practice. Our Architect has very recent experience of dealing with Listed buildings within the Cheshire West and Chester local authority.

LOCATION Sandiway is only 4 miles from Northwich with its Odeon cinema complex, shops, bars and restaurants and 10 minutes' drive from the ever popular village of Tarporley with its range of boutique shops and eateries.

Sandiway has a selection of nurseries, shops, a doctor's surgery, butcher's, dentist's and Library. Nearby Cuddington Railway Station takes you directly into Chester and Manchester Piccadilly and nearby Hartford Station connects directly with Liverpool and Crewe for main line trains into London Euston (1.5 hours). There are also excellent road links to the M56, connecting with the M6. The historic city of Chester is only 15 miles away and offers an excellent range of retail and commercial services.

In terms of schools, nearby Sandiway Primary School is OFSTED outstanding and Weaverham offers very good primary and secondary schools. The excellent independent schools The Grange School and Cransley are both very close in Hartford and Great Budworth respectively. There are first rate sports and leisure facilities in the area with the Portal Hotel Golf and Spa at Tarporley and Sandiway and Delamere golf clubs both nearby. The very popular Delamere Forest is only 10 minutes' away which hosts a range of outdoor activities including good walks, mountain biking, horse riding, nature trails, Go Ape adventures and there is a sailing centre at nearby Manley Mere as well as motor racing at nearby Oulton Park.

FULL ADDRESS Croft House, Weaverham Road, Sandiway, Cheshire, CW8 2ND

Main Property Features

  • See 'Potted History of Croft House below'
  • Set in a very large plot
  • Two double gated entrances
  • St John the Evangelist church tower at the end of the garden
  • 4 bedroom detached family home
  • Potential to develop both the house and plot
  • Grade II Listed - see more information below
  • Chain free