Lovely modernized detached house in StAnnes home swap
We moved in 6 years ago and set about modernizing the house with plain pale colours and curtains throughout. We have a bathroom to die for (double walk-in shower, Victoria and Albert huge bath, 2 heated towels rails (one can be switched on in summer to dry towels when the CH is off) and a large, winged basin. There's a small downstairs loo and basin.
Stylish, modern kitchen with American fridge-freezer, gas hob/electric double-oven Rangemaster plus dishwasher. Excellent CH combi boiler and almost new washing machine and tumbler dryer are all in the utility room off the kitchen.
We have a delightful front room with new LG smart TV, Bose surround sound system and a real fire. The back room with elegant mahogany furniture is doubled in size by a conservatory with large cream sofas. There's a 42" Panasonic TV in here plus the Bose system.
The main bedroom has a Hypnos 5' bed. It has a bay window with pretty 1930's stained glass.
The small 2nd bedroom does not have a bed; instead it is set up as a study with pale birch bookcases and an L-shaped computer desk. There's excellent Wi Fi through the house.
There are books everywhere. I write the Book Page for WI Life magazine so the latest novels are always around.
The garden has good sitting furniture, flowers and a greenhouse with tomatoes in season.
We'd like ideally retired couples or singles. I'm an ex-University lecturer in literature. My partner is still teaching -but not for long- so school holiday offers especially welcome.
Skoda Octavia for comfort. Little Micra for nipping into town.
Excellent cleaner available - hours Fridays @ £30 per week, pay her direct.
About the location
Famous golf courses are on the doorstep: Royal Lytham and Old Links (the Open practice course) are within 1 mile. Royal Birkdale in Southport is 50 minutes away. Happy to negotiate on swapping golf clubs: Powakaddy trolley. I play at Staining on the Fylde; it's pay-and-play and a beautiful course with lots of wildlife and views of the Trough of Bowland in the Ribble Valley. The Queen owns much of the Trough of Bowland and is quoted as saying she'd like to retire there. It is truly beautiful, almost unknown ad full of delightful pubs and restaurants, especially The Inn at Whitewell.
If you're a family historian, the Lancashire County Record Office is brilliant as are the Manchester and Carlisle ones.
The Lake District is on the doorstep, one hour to the Windermere turn- off on the M6 or try Cartmel with its Michelin star L'Enclume. Wales and the Yorkshire dales provide beautiful days out or we can recommend excellent accommodation options if you'd like to stay longer.
If cities are your thing, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool are easily driveable and have good theatre, galleries and museums. York too. Even Edinburgh is only 3 hours.
St. Annes itself has a beautiful Square and parking and shopping are easy. Gigli's is a butcher to die for as is Lanigan's -the famous fish and game shop in Lytham. Regular Farmers' Markets. If you think Waitrose is good, try Booth's -all over Lancashire and Cumbria.
St. Annes also has a YMCA Sports Centre -swimming, gym, badminton, table tennis etc. at a very reasonable cost.Lytham is quaint and has the famous Green -see Helen Bradley's paintings. Blackpool is...Blackpool.
You don't need a car, there are stations at St. Annes and Lytham and you can change at Preston (half an hour) to go anywhere. Buses are excellent.
Type of home swap
- Home Exchange
- Open to Offers
- Weekend Exchange
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- No small children
- Garage / Parking
- Washer / Drier
- Car exchange offered
- Shopping facilities
- Local restaurants
- Art galleries
- Horse Riding
- Good public transport
- Car not required
- Car recommended
Closest airport: Manchester and Liverpool
Property type: House
Location type: Beach/Seaside