When two local parishes combined this magnificent Edwardian vicarage was no longer required by the church and put up for sale.
The current owners bought it 12 years ago when it was little more than a six bedroomed shell and over the years have transformed it into the perfect family home.
Tucked down a lane next to St Barnabas church with extensive views it is just a short walk from the town centre and all its amenities and transport links.
It was this location with views of the hills that attracted the current owners who moved here from an architect designed modern house.
He said: “We have always loved Littleborough, the setting is gorgeous, and the town has everything you need.
“We weren’t really looking for anything but were in the town one day and by chance found the vicarage with a For Sale sign outside!
“To be honest it looked a bit spooky back then and my wife was nine months pregnant so it was not ideal!
“But I popped to the local newsagent, bought some copies of property magazines and we got inspired. We came to view the house and knew immediately it could be a wonderful home.
“Friends and relations thought we were mad! We came here from a clean and modern bungalow with a toddler and a new baby into a big old house which was little more than a shell where the basics had been done but nothing more.
“But we loved it immediately and it turned into an incredible home for us all.”
The approach is impressive sweeping down into a well-tended gravel driveway and the entrance porch with its stained glass double doors give an indication of the splendour inside.
The love and attention that has been lavished here is obvious as soon as you step into the entrance hall with its perfect flooring and original panelling to the walls and beautifully simple staircase. Cast iron radiators and Edwardian doors add to the feeling of stately grandeur.
Built at the turn of the century the rooms are classically proportioned and most still retain their original cornicing and deep skirtings giving the house an elegant feel.
The grandest rooms are at the back of the house with a triple bay window throwing light into the classically proportioned drawing room with its large stone fireplace that can accommodate a roaring fire on wintry days.
All great family homes have the kitchen at their heart and the Vicarage is no exception. Extended to incorporate smaller rooms and refitted just three years ago it is the perfect room for a family to gather with French doors leading out onto the garden so mealtimes can spill outside.
The current owner said: “It is the hub of the home. Our children are just teenagers now but we eat breakfast together every morning and catch up here round the table every evening. For us it is probably the most important room in the house.”
The fit-out is a comfortable combination of stylish cream units, Corian worktops, tiled floors and a magnificent range cooker. It is big enough to accommodate a table that can easily seat six as well as a family sized American fridge/freezer.
Top of a teenage wish list is a television room with vast comfy sofas where you can sprawl to watch movies and the current owners have created the perfect space while still retaining gracious style. It also leads onto a light filled garden room, the perfect quiet corner to read a book or take in the views.
On the other side of the house is a superbly equipped gym fitted out with all the latest equipment including a treadmill, rowing machine and weights as well as mirrors and an entertainment system.
There is also a professional standard office perfect for anyone wanting to work from home.
“I like going to the gym, ” explained the current owner, “But when you have a family you rarely get the chance. Having one at home means we can exercise when it fits in with everyone else. It’s still not as often as it should be but we all like using the running machine and watching the TV at the same time. It makes it less painful!”
Upstairs off the spacious landing there are five large bedrooms, each with far reaching views, and en-suite shower room to the master suite and a good family bathroom.Outside
a large stone terrace encircles the rear and side of the house with steps leading down to the grounds which are laid mainly to lawn for easy maintenance fringed with mature trees. A newly created Zen garden is an unusual and tranquil addition to one corner.
In 2004 planning permission was obtained for an indoor pool to be built with doors out onto this portion of the grounds and a glazed link to the main house. This expired in 2009 however it is anticipated a renewal could be obtained.
But this is one item on their list the current owners have not been able to complete because after a happy time at the Vicarage geography dictates that the family must move on.
The current owner said: “I know everyone says they will be sad to leave but we really will. We love it here, next to the church it really is a beautifully tranquil place.
“But sadly we have to move locations and so we have to say goodbye.