A mansion that’s up for sale in Bolton is hiding one of the country’s most impressive back gardens.
The home in Lostock, listed at £1,795,000, is up there with the most expensive currently on the market in the borough.
And it’s easy to see why.
Its villa-like structure has five huge bedrooms and three bathrooms, not to mention four reception rooms, a snooker room and bar, an orangery, and a double garage.
But the sprawling property’s most impressive feature lies outside, in its manicured gardens.
The Bolton mansion comes with its own stream – essentially a moat – as well as a waterfall, rockeries, and a fishpond so massive you could almost claim to have your own private lake.
Fine & Country, the estate agency marketing the home, say: “The beautiful villa-like structure stands magnificently within its own super secluded green haven, where a lush woodland canopy and private lakeside setting cannot help but create a real sense of peace and tranquillity – the sort of blissful ambience experienced on luxurious holiday escapes – undisturbed in a world of its own manicured grounds, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.”
There are neat lawns, fancy topiary, and even a charming stone footbridge and a wooden one crossing the water.
Its interiors are pretty lavish too, dripping in marble, polished wood, and chandeliers.
A massive sweeping staircase greets people on arrival in an entrance hall that leads on to the many, many rooms.
While the building was constructed in 2000, it’s since been renovated throughout.
The listing continues: “Where to begin with an extraordinary property like this? It is without a doubt one of Bolton’s most prestigious residences, boasts perhaps one of the most delightful residential settings you could ever find, and is finished to a level where ‘no expense spared’ is an understatement.”
Of the location, Fine & Country say: “This property is nestled within an exclusive hamlet of imposing homes stood proud behind private gates within the leafy green area of Lostock – arguably one of the most prestigious and desirable suburban settings in Bolton.
“Willowbank is sat in its own world of extraordinary grounds, so private that nobody would even know it exists! Despite this wonderfully secluded setting, everything you would ever want or need is on your doorstep.”
Bolton Wanderers to rename the University of Bolton Stadium
Bolton Wanderers have announced that they are poised to change the name of their stadium for the third time in eight years with the help of consultants, Sporting Group International.
The Trotters will be enlisting the help of the Birmingham-based commercial partnerships and recruitment specialist to search for a new naming rights deal as the University of Bolton‘s contract is set to expire.
Colloquially known as the UniBol Stadium since 2018, Bolton’s home had previously been under the moniker of Italian sports brand and current kit sponsor Macron. However, for many, the Greater Manchester ground has always been synonymous with the Reebok Stadium despite their deal ending in 2014.
Nevertheless, Sporting Group International (SGI) is being charged with finding a new stadium partner to whack their name on the front of the 28,732-seater stadium, as reported by Bolton News.
Bolton moved from their original Burnden Park home back in 1997, where they had played their home games since 1895. The ground was the site of the infamous 1946 crush and was also featured in a famous Lowry painting now due to be sold next month.
The club nearly disappeared entirely when it fell into insolvency along with Bury FC back in 2019 and has been looking to find stability ever since.
While the latter was ultimately expelled from the EFL in 2019 and the supporters’ trust had to purchase their Gigg Lane stadium and trading rights to bring it out of administration – with phoenix club Bury AFC also sprouting from the historic team – Bolton was saved in the eleventh hour by outside investment.
Purchased by Football Ventures just before the deadline, Bolton Wanderers look like they might be starting to find their feet again, having gone from fielding a team featuring 14 and 15-year-olds to sitting fifth in League Two after nine games.
The club’s chief executive Neil Hart said in a statement: “[SGI] has worked with multiple global brands and we see this as an excellent opportunity to work together on the new naming rights agreement for the stadium and securing an excellent new partnership for the club.”
As for SGI themselves, the organisation said they are excited to be working with “one of the finest UK football venues outside of the Premier League”, which hosted everything from Elton John, Coldplay and Oasis concerts to England’s upcoming Rugby World Cup fixtures in October.
New horror series set and filmed in Bolton is even ‘creepier than Black Mirror’
The BBC has just dropped a new horror series that was filmed and is set around Bolton.
Red Rose has already been receiving rave reviews, with The Guardian comparing it to a ‘creepier Black Mirror‘.
The series has been created by Bolton-born twins Michael and Paul Clarkson, who also worked on The Haunting of Bly Manor and See.
The eight-part programme explores the relationship between teenagers and their online lives, with a mysterious smartphone app slowly unravelling their lives – and it’s chilling enough that it will make you want to lob your phone out the window.
The BBC synopsis says: “School is about to finish for the last time. For many teenagers, this signals the beginning of the next stage of their lives.
“For a group of working-class friends in Bolton, there is no next stage. The summer stretches out in front of them with an infinite sense of possibilities, but when one of the gang downloads the mysterious Red Rose app, plans change.
“What starts innocently as a game of admiration rapidly descends into something much darker.”
Despite the terrifying storyline, Paul Clarkson said they’d created the series as a ‘love letter to Bolton’.