Tinkwood is an elegant Grade Two listed manor house near Malpas in Cheshire – and a wonderful example of classic early 18th century architecture – that sits in grounds of around 1.3 acres. It's a truly unique project for someone looking for something very special.
The property was purchased a few years ago with the intention of being remodelled for its new owner, but a change of circumstances means the house is no longer required. However, a lengthy period of planning work resulted in permission to extend and revise the property to include extending the kitchen and three en-suite and family bathroom. Now, this remarkable home finds itself on the market, chain-free and ready to be revitalised.
There's a huge amount of history attached to the building. The main portion of the house, constructed in the around 1840, was in fact "grafted" onto the original building which stems from the early 1700s. Walking around its empty shell feels akin to wandering around a live museum piece, imbued with character from wonky floorboards and sloping stairs that nonetheless feel rock solid. In particular, there's a wonderful formal dining room with preserved wood panelling and a working fireplace that really does feel like the room time forgot. In the grand main reception room a huge inglenook fireplace dominate the room, and that's no bad thing, it's a beautiful to look at.
At the back of the house you'll find the kitchen and its adjoining utility room, with tiled floors underfoot and low-slung beams overhead. This area benefits from planning consent to extend the floorspace and excavate the ground to increase the ceiling height. Back in the hallway, an anonymous door leads down to a usable cellar.
Up to the first half landing and the room you'll be standing in is essentially the first building constructed on the site. Believed to date from around 1700-1710, the timber-framed structure has all its honesty on show through its thick walls and beams. Made up of two adjoining spaces, it would make a lovely bedroom with private dressing room.
Onto the main landing and two more bedrooms, one being the principle suite with a dressing area that leads to the en-suite bathroom. There’s also a family bathroom on this floor along with a large walk-in utility room/airing cupboard. At the top of the house, two more bedrooms with vaulted ceilings continue the character of the house with their exposed timber beams.
Outside, in the grounds of just over an acre, nature has somewhat taken over, but you can still visualise how the each side could be planned. Along the long gravel drive and to its left, with apple and pear trees, the area that sits in front of the four/five car garage would work well as a formal garden, while the areas to the front and side of the house are perfect for family use. Over to the far side of the house, a sheltered area beyond the shrubs would – with some pruning and imagination – make a fine setting for a fire pit and barbecue surrounded by relaxed seating to unwind.
Head out into the open countryside and you’ll be in the ancient village of Malpas in about 5 minutes by car. The disarmingly pretty streets still have the medieval street pattern and, at their centre, the 14th-century St Oswald's Church dominates the local skyline. The village also hosts the owner’s favourite place for a coffee, The Old Fire Station, along with a Huxley baker and a farm shop. In fact, there are many local farms who will deliver fresh produce to your house!
There are plenty of good schools nearby, including the excellent Bishop Heber, while favourite pubs include The Carden Arms in Tilston, and The Bull in Shocklach. But most of all, there’s a huge sense of community here and the local website – malpascheshire.org – is a great source of information with all the answers to your questions about living in and around this stunning corner of England.
The location is ideal for exploring some the region’s beautiful towns and cities, most notably Chester, about half an hour’s drive, with its vibrant shopping and dining scene within the unique historic architecture of The Rows, a collection of continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, which form a second row of shops above those at street level.
Chester also has direct trains to London Paddington taking around 2 hours, while from Wrexham General station (about 20 mins drive) you can pick up trains to Liverpool (with connections to John Lennon Airport), Holyhead and Shrewsbury. Crewe station is about 40 mins drive and has trains to major cities including Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Liverpool and non-stop services London.
Tinkwood Lane, Cheshire, SY14