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.”
Plans approved for swingers club with 18 bedrooms, sauna, and ‘private room’ in Bolton
Plans for a swingers club with 18 bedrooms, a sauna, and a ‘private room’ in Bolton have been given the greenlight this week.
After it was first rumoured back in April that the pretty iconic Dave’s Aquarium and Angling Superstore in the Greater Manchester town could potentially be starting a new – and very different – side hustle as a swingers club, it’s now been revealed that plans for the premises have been approved by Bolton Council‘s planning committee.
Planning documents submitted on behalf of applicant Peter Hemingway – who owns both Dave’s Aquarium and Dave’s Angling Superstore – show the club will be built within the site of the Bolton-based business.
The club is set to be developed in a space that’s currently used as a storage warehouse, with the existing two businesses continuing.
Plans for the Bolton club – which have now been published by Bolton Council – show the conversion of the storage warehouse space would include everything from a bar, dancefloor, changing rooms, lockers, and a reception area on the ground floor, while the first floor would contain 18 bedrooms, a sauna, cinema room, a decking area for swim and spa, a massage room, and a even a ‘private room’.
Applicant Mr Hemingway is known for already owning a similar club over Leeds called Pandora’s – which has even been dubbed ‘the largest swingers club in Yorkshire’.
Like the Leeds premises, Mr Hemingway said in a crime impact statement defending the newly-approved Bolton club that it’ll be a space for “sociable people” who attend for “social interaction in a safe and well-managed environment”.
Any single males who want to join the Bolton club as a member will need to fill out an online application form, and pass a fact-to-face interview first.
“For the past seven years, I have own and run a similar establishment in Leeds called Pandora’s,” Mr Hemingway explained, “and during this time, we have had no instances of anti-social behaviour at all and we have never had police attend our club for any reason.
“We will be operating a strictly members only policy in our club, and any prospective couples who wish to join must show ID when joining, with our minimum age for joining being 25.
“Single males who wish to join the club must fill in an application online and attend a face to face interview before joining. We will not allow single males to join on the door, so that we can evaluate potential members before joining.”
He insisted club members in his community are “very well behaved”.
On approving the plans this week, Bolton Council said the proposal would “result in a vacant building being brought back into use”, adding that: “I this regard, it would likely have a positive impact on reducing vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the locality.”
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Vernon Kay returns home a hero after raising over £4m for Children in Need with ultra marathon challenge
Vernon Kay has been welcomed back to his hometown of Bolton as a hero after completing his incredible ultra-marathon challenge and raising over £4 millionfor Children in Need. Amazing.
Completing the fourth and final day of his endurance challenge, in which he set himself the task of running and walking over 100 miles on behalf of the BBC and Children in Need this year, Kay concluded his epic journey at Bolton Wanderers’ Toughsheet Stadium on Friday morning.
Met by a live broadcast of Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Two and hundreds of locals greeting him with cheers and rapturous applause, the presenter didn’t just surpass his century of kilometres but went on to polish off a whopping 116 miles in total for good measure.
The 49-year-old started off his final day by leaving Old Trafford at 7am before heading through Salford, past Swinton, the likes of Linnyshaw and Little Hulton, before receiving his well-deserved grand reception in Bolton.
Having traipsed all the way from Leicester, through to Derbyshire and finally ending up back in Greater Manchester, supporters from all over lined the streets across various sections of his final leg.
Just before his BBC colleague and friend Zoe told him just how much he’d made, he shared an emotional moment with his parents, who had given him a heartwarming pep talk over the phone earlier in the week and were right there waiting for him in the stands.