Dolphin House is a characterful Grade II listed five bedroom home in a charming location with a real sense of community. With some beautiful period features, this is a truly unique home and not to be missed.
On entering the home through the oak framed porch and impressive double wooden doors, you are greeted with a most spacious reception hallway and immediately given the feeling of stepping back in time. The reception hall is ideal for greeting friends and family and allows easy access to the reception rooms as well as the first of two staircases leading to the first floor.
The second staircase leads from the formal dining room and originates from the 16th Century, the dining room enjoys a charming open fireplace and is ideally suited for a large family gathering.
The sitting room also has its own open fire and looks out to the back garden and gives access to the conservatory which makes this room very light and airy.
The kitchen/breakfast room enjoys a pleasant balance of contemporary amenities and character features, with its vaulted ceilings and granite work surfaces combining with the Aga and wooden beams throughout. This is a very sociable as well as spacious room, and the perfect hub for family life. There is also a spacious separate utility room off the kitchen/breakfast room as well as downstairs cloakroom from the reception hall and cosy snug to the front.
The first-floor landing is generously proportioned with views to the rear garden. This also leads to the master bedroom with its eye-catching exposed beams, and own en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 5 is currently being utilised as a study and is also accessed from this landing. Bedrooms 2, 3, and 4 are reached from the staircase in the dining room and are full of character and charm, as is the family bathroom which complements the 3 bedrooms.
Vendor's Insight - “We were moving from Portsmouth for work purposes, so I was keen to live in a village where I could meet new friends. Our first impression of Dolphin House was that it was a very attractive property with big, light and airy rooms. Located in the middle of the village, we soon realised that Church Eaton is a very hospitable and inclusive community and we have made lots of friends here,” says the vendor.
“The location is excellent. The Village Institute is very welcoming and hosts monthly coffee mornings, markets and events throughout the year. I enjoyed playing tennis at the village sports club and there are plenty of walks along the canal and the disused railway line where you can walk or cycle for miles. Gnosall has a good choice of shops as well as a bakery and a Post Office and there is a great butcher in Haughton. Birmingham, Stafford and Shrewsbury are easily accessible too and offer a huge variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment.”
“We’ve lived here for 28 years and have made a number of changes but perhaps my favourite has been the addition of the large kitchen. My family designed it together with an architect and I spend most of my time in there. Guests gravitate to the warmth of the AGA and it’s a fabulous space for entertaining or enjoying family meals together.”
“The garden is very easy to maintain and it’s extremely private. The fruit trees provide a good harvest of damsons, blackcurrants, plums and gooseberries and there is always something of interest to look at. The terrace is a very sociable space and I spent most of my evenings sitting outside during the lovely, hot summer.”
“The kitchen is my favourite room, but I also like to relax in the sitting room and enjoy the views over the garden.”
“I can’t walk out of the front door without someone saying ‘hello!’. Church Eaton is a very friendly and happy place to live.”
“The house and garden are perfect for entertaining and we have regularly hosted large dinner parties. We celebrated our Golden Wedding anniversary with 80 guests who had plenty of space to mingle and chat.”
“I’ll be sad to leave the house, but the time is right to downsize. I am still staying local as I wouldn’t leave the village for anything.”
Outside - The home has a fantastic plot in the centre of this lovely village. There is significant parking to the front of the home as well as off road parking to the rear accessed via a drive to the side and five bar gate. This leads to the double garage with further outbuildings offering ample storage. The private lawned gardens enjoy plenty of sunshine and feature various fruit trees and flower borders along with a summerhouse included in the sale.
Location - The home is situated on the high street in the quiet village of Church Eaton. Located approximately 7 miles south west of the county town of Stafford, the village is situated close to Penkridge and Gnosall. There is a nursery and primary school, a church, a village hall and canal walks in easy reach. The home has excellent commuter links onto the m6 motorway and A518 to Stafford and Newport. London can be reached in just over an hour and a half via rail.
Services To The Property - All mains services are connected with the exception of gas to the house.
*Please note this property is subject to an undisclosed reserve price which is generally no more than 10% in excess of the starting bid, both the starting bid and reserve price can be subject to change. Terms and conditions apply to the Modern Method of Auction, which is powered by IAM Sold.
This property is for sale by the Modern Method of Auction. Should you view, offer or bid on the property, your information will be shared with the Auctioneer, IAM Sold.
This method of auction requires both parties to complete the transaction within 56 days of the draft contract for sale being received by the buyers solicitor. This additional time allows buyers to proceed with mortgage finance.
The buyer is required to sign a reservation agreement and make payment of a non-refundable Reservation Fee. This being 4.2% of the purchase price including VAT, subject to a minimum of £6,000.00 including VAT. The Reservation Fee is paid in addition to purchase price and will be considered as part of the chargeable consideration for the property in the calculation for stamp duty liability.
Buyers will be required to go through an identification verification process with IAM Sold and provide proof of how the purchase would be funded.
This property has a Buyer Information Pack which is a collection of documents in relation to the property. The documents may not tell you everything you need to know about the property, so you are required to complete your own due diligence before bidding. A sample copy of the Reservation Agreement and terms and conditions are also contained within this pack.
The buyer will also make payment of £220.00 including VAT towards the preparation cost of the pack, where it has been provided by IAM Sold.
The property is subject to an undisclosed Reserve Price with both the Reserve Price and Starting Bid being subject to change.
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Ground Floor: - Kitchen/Breakfast Room - Sitting Room - Dining Room - Utility Room - Snug - Conservatory First Floor: - Bedroom 1 - Bedroom 2 - Bedroom 3 - Bedroom 4 - Bedroom 5
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This property is sold subject to payment of a non-refundable reservation fee of 4.2% to a minimum of £6,000.00 including VAT.
Any successful purchaser will pay this to secure the sale. The reservation fee is in addition to the purchase price. Please take this into account when bidding.
A reservation fee is payable by the buyer only when the seller pays no fees to sell. As sellers pay no fees to sell, this is usually taken into account with a lower reserve price.
This property is being sold under the Modern Method of Auction, which requires the completion of the purchase to be within 56 days, although all reasonable endeavours must be made to exchange contracts within 28 days following the Draft Contract being received by the Buyer's Solicitor.
A non-refundable Reservation fee must be paid by the buyer within 2 hours following the conclusion of the auction or acceptance of an offer. This must be paid by cleared funds to the auctioneer who will issue an acknowledgement of reservation and purchase agreement In the 28 day period following the auction or the date of acceptance of the offer.
If the Buyer Information Pack Pack has been produced and provided by IAM Sold any successful purchaser will be required to pay £220.00 (including VAT) towards the cost of the preparation of the pack. These can then be used by your solicitor to progress the sale.
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