Nestled among acres of sprawling countryside on the edge of one of Greater Manchester’s finest market towns is this seven-bedroom mansion that could be yours.
If you’ve got £1.35 million to fork out, that is.
Situated on a private road with its own gated entrance, and currently on the market with the Bury-based branch of local estate agency chain Miller Metcalfe, Bank Lane Farm is described as being an “exceptional detached residence” in the unspoiled Victorian mill town of Ramsbottom that extends to approximately 10,000 sq ft, and sits proudly on an elevated plot of five acres with panoramic views of rolling green hills.
Maintained to the highest of standards throughout, and looking to be ideal for growing families of all sizes, the light and spacious interiors of the this house combine high-quality contemporary design with original features to retain plenty of character and charm.
The estate agents claim that “no expense has been spared” to create this “exceptional” home.
An expansive lounge area, an open plan dining room and sitting room, a split level kitchen with a breakfast area, utility, and study, and a master bedroom with a feature grand fireplace and a luxurious en-suite facilities and dressing room, are just some of the highlights of the home.
Of course, the property also boasts a games room, a gym, and what is by far the stand-out feature, an indoor heated swimming pool.
Planning permission has previously been granted for further en-suites, a cinema room, a walk-in wardrobe, and a large first-floor terraced balcony – with the estate agents saying plans are available for on request.
The location of the property is also said to be “absolutely superb”, as not only are the grounds not overlooked, but the impressive house sits within beautifully-maintained gardens and lawns and there’s also a separate three-acre greenbelt field too, which could be adapted for a variety of uses.
Ramsbottom is one of the most sought-after residential areas of the region, and is known and loved for being home to some of the North’s best cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as famous landmarks such as Peel Tower on Holcombe Hill.
Despite its semi-rural setting in the West Pennine Moors, it’s still just a short distance from all the amenities central Bury has to offer, and is not far from a range of excellent schooling options – including the renowned Bury Grammar School.
The property is also conveniently-located close to a range of transport links for commuting, including rail links, Metrolink lines in Bury and Radcliffe, and motorways connections for journeys into Manchester city centre, Liverpool, the Midlands, and beyond.
If all of this doesn’t sound impressive enough as it is, the property even offers further development potential through the included barn – which forms part of the main property and is situated between the games room and swimming pool – and there is also a two-bedroom bungalow annexe with lounge, dining kitchen, and shower room too.
Externally, the property’s grounds are split into different areas – including a formal Indian stone patio, gardens with lawns, and well stocked matured borders.
It goes without saying, but viewing is recommended to fully-appreciate all this house has to offer.
“It became a landmark, and that’s not something you can make happen, people make landmarks. People still contact me from all around the world saying the poem reminds them of their time at university or in Manchester, that it reminds them of a brilliant time in their life.
“I’m extremely proud of that. The poem has done me a lot of good, it’s really helped me and my career, but I don’t think it’s a sad moment.
“I would have loved it if it could have been put somewhere else, but life moves on, things change, Manchester changes. I don’t have a problem with it going now.”
Dozens of locals are now sharing their fond memories of the Hardy’s Well – whether it was as a punter or a passer-by.
One person wrote: “Half of my life time passing it on the way to school, town or raving! Thanks for the moments inspired by reading in every passing Lemm.”
Another said: “Gutting. One of my first memories of Manchester – used to love going past it on the bus twice a day.”
Someone else said on Twitter: “Noooooooo! Worked behind the bar there for about 4yrs. Loved that place. Always loved the pre match crowd when City still played at Maine Road.”
And another wrote: “Used to live round the back of here during my student days! Very sad. Lots of Mancunian culture being lost.”
Lemn Sissay’s Hardy’s Well poem
Wait waterless wanderer. Whoever walks to the well will wade into a wonderous world. A world which will waken the wilting wallpaper of work and worry. Well? Worry will wait while wells wand whirls a warm- hearted wackiness into a weary week. Whereafter waves and waterfalls of wonderment will wash all weakness. A way? Well? A world wide web of wholehearted wholesome wisdom and wit waits wipe away worries. Wells work wonders for wrinkles. Why wait. Why wonder. Why worry. Why wain. Why whittle. Why wither. Walk in. Well. What we waiting for. It’ll double you. At Hardy’s Well.
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Manchester house goes on sale with life-sized ‘sex doll’ in pictures
A two bedroom house has gone up for sale in Manchester, and the appearance of a surprise guest in its listing pictures has got the city talking.
The mid-terrace family home in Blackley looks completely normal at first, priced at a modest £160,000.
Completely normal, that is, until you spot the stiletto-wearing life-sized doll reclining in front of a bed underneath the stairs.
Wearing a fitted red dress with her legs akimbo, the lifelike doll has been spotted by eagle-eyed property hunters on the lookout for a bargain.
Reclining on what appears to be either a chaise lounge or a put-up bed in a ‘rest area’ under the stairs, the lifelike mannequin appears to be wearing fishnet stockings underneath her bodycon dress.
Accessorised with a wide-brimmed hat and teeteringly-high stilettos, the appearance of the doll in the listing photos has caught attention online and led some online to wonder whether she comes with the house.