With a style reminiscent of a country manor house, an impressive and newly built home in Hartford, Cheshire, more than matches up to its £1 million price tag.
But while £1million in the Cheshire village, near Northwich, can secure a state of the art, expansive five-bedroom ‘Highfield’ home from Redrow, situated within its own garden grounds, how much does it buy in other parts of the UK?
Your money won't go far in Westminster
, South West London, where £1m will just about buy you a two bedroom flat with only 1,058 sq ft of floor space and, of course, there's no garden.
For £975,000 you can have a four/five bedroom end terrace in Cambridge
, 2,014 sq ft of accommodation over four floors with a small courtyard style garden.
£995,000 will buy you a beautiful five-bedroom period property in Chichester
, West Sussex, but older properties can mean much more maintenance.
Martyn Haden, partner with Strutt and Parker Estate Agents. “We’re selling beautiful homes for £1milllion in Cheshire, but if the same houses were in London or the south east they would cost £3m or £4m.
“In terms of value, you certainly get more for your money in Cheshire than you would in the capital or close by.
“But it isn't just the properties that Cheshire has to offer which make it so attractive,” adds Martyn. “What we are seeing on a national scale is that people are looking at lifestyle choice too.
“That includes access to education, communications, recreational and retail facilities. The balance between family life is more important now than ever. There is great importance on family life and access to all those facilities for the family at home as to the workplace.
“And at Hartford Grange one of our main selling points would be the independent Grange School, next door as it were, with its excellent reputation.”
As well as quality, space and a host of luxury features the Highfield at Hartford Grange, which was awarded Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards, offers value for money too.
A superb five-bedroom home it has quite simply, been finished to perfection, from the solid stone base to the top of the decorative twin chimney stacks.
Within the exceptional exterior lies more than three and a half thousand square feet of generously proportioned accommodation, including a family, kitchen and breakfast area, a separate lounge, formal dining room and study, a larder and, even, a boot room.
The luxury continues upstairs with five double bedrooms, three with an en suite and Hammond fitted wardrobes. The master bedroom also boasts a seating area, walk-in wardrobe and full size en suite bathroom with twin sinks, shower and bath.
And like all homes at Hartford Grange, it features a superb specification, which includes underfloor heating, oak staircase and doors, a hand-painted kitchen, Siemens appliances, Villeroy and Boch sanitary ware and Porcelanosa tiling.
Available from £989,995 there are few who wouldn't want to live in a house like this, especially when a similar amount will only buy you a four bed detached in Willesden Green in London, or a two bedroom terrace in Barnes Village.
Hartford itself is a historic village in the heart of the charming Cheshire countryside. Hartford station, which is within easy walking distance, offers connections to Crewe, Liverpool and beyond, while Greenbank Station, just over one mile away, has regular trains to Chester, Stockport and Manchester.
For more information on the magnificent Highfield house visit Hartford Grange sales office in Walnut Lane, Hartford, between 12noon and 5.30pm on Mondays, and between 10am and 5.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
Alternatively visit www.redrow.co.uk/hartford
, or call 01606 227179.
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk