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The 12 properties of Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought it only timely to take a tour of twelve properties that we are marketing over the festive season. There’s something really special about each and every one of them and they’re just waiting for the right buyer to fall in love with them.

1. Oakmere Hall, Oakmere – £450,000

Positioned within fourteen acres of beautifully maintained formal gardens, this apartment is accessed via a communal central hall with equally impressive décor and architectural merit. Oakmere Hall beautifully combines contemporary fixtures and fittings with the hall’s regal period features to form a versatile open plan space that can be adapted to suit your lifestyle.

 

2. Newhall Cross House, Aston, Cheshire – £998,500

A quintessential detached 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, Grade II Listed timber framed formerly thatched, rural village house dating back to the 1600s. The property has been exquisitely restored and sympathetically improved with high quality sumptuous fixtures and fittings throughout, including original galleon beams.

The property benefits from a delightful ancillary dwelling with proven holiday let potential, and a further detached building that can be utilised as an office, gym or garage.

3. Cherry Cottage, Dobells Road, Leftwich – £650,000

A property of great charm and character throughout with potential for improvement. With 4 bedrooms, snug, dining room and conservatory, the property offers bags of potential to its prospective buyers.

There’s also a large brick-built outbuilding which currently provides excellent storage over two floors.

4. Mill End, Langley, Macclesfield – £400,000

A beautifully presented three storey three/four bedroom town house located in the stunning conversion of Langley Hall.

The accommodation is extremely flexible and benefits from views across an attractive landscaped garden to the front and over Macclesfield Forest to the side.

5. The Oaks, Chapel Lane, Rode Heath – £525,000

A sympathetically updated property retaining many of the original features and also incorporating modern touches. The reception hall allows access to three reception rooms with the dining room opening into the delightful bespoke kitchen with solid wood worktops and central island.

We love its lawned garden area with a gate which leads to a side courtyard garden with well stocked borders – a bit like a secret garden!

6. Madeley Court, Madeley – £350,000

A well-presented 4-bedroom detached home in the sought-after village of Madeley.

The property’s black gloss modern kitchen/diner and quiet cul-de-sac location, are a real selling point; offering all the pre-requisites of a family home.

7. Townwell House, 52 Welsh Row, Nantwich – £1,150,000

A magnificent Grade II listed early Georgian 8-bedroom town house arranged over three versatile and characterful floors extending to approximately 6371 sq. ft.

Its beautifully landscaped walled gardens present an ‘oasis’ of outdoor space right in the centre of the town. And just wait till you see the oak panelled dining room with original marble open fireplace, and the stunning Palladian bow window in the drawing room.

8. Crabmill Farmhouse, Sandbach – £650,000

A charming Grade II listed detached house situated on the outskirts of Sandbach, set in fantastic landscaped gardens.

We love its abundance of period features, mature fruit gardens, landscaped Lily ponds and beautiful views.

9. Heatherbank Farm, Congleton – £2,000,000

A stunning detached family residence boasting a large wrap around orangery, kitchen breakfast room, three reception rooms, utility room, cloakroom, four double bedrooms, two of which have en-suite bathrooms.

Its setting within 14 acres presents a pretty orchard, large pond, mature gardens, several fenced paddocks and 6 stables, making it ideal for equestrian lovers.

10. Sycamore Cottage, Duddon – £565,000

A delightful 4-bedroom detached home that enjoys a superb position on Back Lane, Duddon.

We love its hugely impressive blend of high-grade contemporary space specification with traditional restored features.

11. The Warren, Wistaston – £675,000

An extraordinary 4-bedroom 1930’s traditional detached house extending over two versatile floors to a generous 3746 sq. ft.

Its 26 foot Snooker Room offers buyers great potential to re-configure this room to suit your needs.

12. Hillcrest, Madeley – £750,000

A stunning 5-bedroom newly renovated property with no chain!

We love its 28 x 21 feet kitchen/diner with central island and its attractive garden with paddock.

 

To view these properties, please contact the local branch. We still have appointments available between Christmas and New Year.

 

Moving house before Christmas – 7 things to consider that no one ever warns you about!

Believe it or not, Christmas can be quite a busy time for moving house, and having handed over the keys to quite a few new home owners over the past years we’ve picked up some handy tips along the way.

Moving house is stressful enough without the added pressure of Christmas, so we’ve put together seven important considerations to help you get settled in your new home by Christmas Eve with the presents under the tree and a fridge full of festive goodies.

  1. Be clear on timescales

Timescales are often out of control when moving house and depending on how long the chain is, sometimes you have no choice but to sit tight.  However, you can still communicate your wishes to the Estate Agent and Solicitor who can then communicate these to your buyer/seller on your behalf. Such an approach doesn’t guarantee success, but increases the chance of a successful resolution.

  1. Pick a buyer who’s ready to move

If you’re in the fortunate position where you get a few offers on the table, you may want to consider their position and readiness to move as well as the price they are offering. If your buyer has their own house to sell, make sure it’s under offer before you take yours off the market. A good estate agent will always advise you re the length of a chain and the financial position of an offeror.

  1. Confirm Move Dates in advance

If you know you are going to be moving in December, it’s advisable to confirm the date well in advance. In legal terms, this would mean a gap of time between exchange of contracts and completion. This allows you to book your removals company with certainty and no risk.  Avoid a completion date after the 24thDecember as most removal companies will close during the holidays and not return until the first week in January.

  1. Stock up for Christmas

Try to do all your present buying well in advance – and even have them wrapped so that you don’t have the added stress of Christmas shopping during the crucial stages of your house move.

If you are moving the week of Christmas, be sure to do your Christmas online grocery shop a month in advance and delivered to your new home. This avoids any last-minute turkey dashes on Christmas Eve.

  1. Change of address

Include your new address to friends and relatives when you send out Christmas cards (assuming that you have exchanged contracts!) and contact utility providers the week prior. Broadband and telephone usually have longer lead times to be installed, so should be your first point of call once you have exchanged.

  1. Decorations

If you want your new home looking festive once you’ve moved in, ensure that the decoration packing case is the last box to be loaded into the removals van so you can find it easily.

  1. Childcare

If you have children, it’s a good idea to organise childcare for the day of the move. Christmas is exciting enough, not to mention the thought of their new bedroom. Having your children looked after by someone else will allow you to get on with the move without having over excitable children running around.

If you need help or advice finding a property or moving house over Christmas, contact your nearest Wright Marshall branch >>

December Boutique Sale – Hammer Highlights

Our Christmas Boutique Sale took place on Saturday 1st December and our vendors achieved some fantastic prices, just in time for Christmas! The top lots ranged from staggering fine diamonds, to luxury wristwatches, designer handbags and gentlemen’s accessories. Clients from the local area gathered in the saleroom, as well as worldwide collectors placing their bids online, creating a buzz that has helped to round off the year in style!

Lot 250 – An impressive diamond solitaire ring

The brilliant cut diamond, weighing 10.08cts, within an eight claw setting, accompanied by a report from Anchorcert stating that the diamond is Q-R colour, VVS2 clarity, ring size P, weight approx. 10.6g.

The most exciting lot of the sale undoubtedly was lot 250, a 10.08ct diamond solitaire ring. Consigned through one of our regular Friday valuation days, this stunning stone attracted attention from worldwide collectors. On the sale day two phone bidders battled it out, with the final hammer achieved £50,000.

Lot 125 – An 18ct gold diamond single stone ring

The brilliant cut diamond, with baguette cut diamond sides, estimated total diamond weight 2.35ct, principal diamond weight approx. 2.05ct, estimated colour I-J, estimated clarity SI2-P1, hallmarks for London, 1976, ring size K, weight approx. 4.4g.

Another stunning diamond ring was consigned by a Cheshire lady, this wonderful diamond solitaire ring with stylish baguette cut diamond sides was highly popular at our viewing events and was won by a lucky commission bidder for £7,000.

Lot 210 – An 18ct gold Breitling Crosswind Special wristwatch

Limited edition number 19/100, the circular blue dial with gold Arabic hour markers and two subsidiary dials, within an 18ct gold case with calibrated bezel, and leather strap with 18ct gold deployment clasp, Swiss assay marks, numbered K44356, 715565, with accompanying box and papers.

A Stylish timepiece to sell on Saturday was this 18ct gold Breitling Crosswind special watch, complete with box and papers. The perfect Christmas gift for the man who has it all, this lot sold for £3,750.

Lot 200 – An 18ct gold diamond Cartier ‘Love’ bangle

Designed as a series of brilliant cut diamond collets and screw-head motifs on a fixed bangle with screw fitting, signed and numbered Cartier, RE1036, estimated total diamond weight 0.40ct, inner diameter 5.5cms, with accompanying screwdriver, weight approx. 30.7g.

Cartier ‘Love’ bangles are the accessory of the moment, and this classic design is seen gracing the arms of many celebrities. The bangles can only be secured to the wrist with the use of a miniature screwdriver, and the love bangle was the most googled item of jewellery in 2017. This stunning example, set with 0.40ct of round brilliant cut diamonds sold for £3,300.

Lot 410 – A pair of 1960s Van Cleef & Arpels 18ct gold cufflinks

The rope twist mounts holding interchangeable bars, to include four 18ct gold bars, four lapis lazuli bars, four malachite bars and three wooden bars, mounts signed and numbered VCA NY12V84-285, length of bars 2.3cm, weight approx. 18.4g. 

Perhaps the ultimate gents luxury accessory, these stylish cufflinks by Van Cleef & Arpels featured interchangeable bar terminals, allowing the wearer to change their look with any shirt and tie combination! Stylish and practical, these wonderful cufflinks sold for £2,150.

Lot 325 – A Chanel Classic Flap Handbag

The black quilted caviar leather exterior, with silver-tone hardware, makers CC logo turn-lock fastening, double chain and interwoven leather shoulder strap and a black lambskin leather lined interior, dimensions approx. 31 x 21 x 8cm.

The bag that many ladies dream of is the classic Chanel flap handbag. Crafted in a wonderful and luxurious black caviar leather, this stylish bag with a serial number to denote 2010-2011 manufacture was sold to a lucky lady at £1,000.

Our next Boutique sale is taking place on Saturday 23rd March. The Spring sale will feature fine jewellery, handbags, watches and textiles, and the closing date for entries is Friday 1st March. Contact lizbailey@wrightmarshall.co.uk for any further information.