Leggy, loopy lurchers who are love experts
We are Robin and Judi, two psychotherapists and we run a psychotherapy training and supervision centre. We work hard but because we work for ourselves, we are free to travel frequently. We have a daughter who lives in Florida with her husband and two of our grandchildren, and we like to visit them as often as we can. One of us is a keen swimmer, and the other a mad cyclist, who loves nothing better than to cycle up mountains in Spain, where we have a house. We have bikes that you can borrow if you wish, and possibly access to our car. We live about 15 minutes from Manchester Airport, an hour and a half from the Peak District, and hour and a half from the Lake District, an hour from the North Wales coast, and within easy reach of Manchester city centre, Liverpool and Chester. Trains and trams are within a 20-25 minute walk of our home. We live near Manchester on the edge of the Cheshire countryside. Within 10 minutes' walk, you can be at a stunning deer park and National Trust house, Dunham Park. Dog walks are easy as there is a footpath through a forested golf course just round the corner from us. We live in an 1870's amazing Gothic Victorian pile that's been made into 5 flats. Ours is a ground floor flat with easy elegant and impressive front entrance, inner hallway with flying buttresses and gorgeous stained glass window, and an easy access, muddy boots and muddy dogs back entrance. We are on the ground floor and the entrance to our flat is a huge wooden door.
Living in the same building with us are a quirky collection of animators, and we all get on great, so there's usually someone around in any emergency. Adjacent to our main building is a Dower House where a family with teenage twins live, who might offer a dog walk or a run with Sam or Willow, our speedy lurchers. We downsized from our family home several years ago, but wanted to find somewhere to live that had fewer rooms, but big, spacious rooms. We have renovated the flat so that it retains its' Victorian charm, but is comfy, cosy, warm and has all mod cons. There is a huge living room with wide screen tv, DVD player and recoding box. We have a massive collection of films and tv programs so that you could never be bored. The windows are floor to ceiling and the ceiling is too high to get anywhere near reaching. It's light and spacious with comfy sofa and easy chair. Sam and Willow, our lurchers, are sofa bunnies and also like to bag the chair in the bay window to keep an eye on squirrels who may be lurking in the big garden....
Adjacent to the living room is a huge conservatory, full of plants that we'd like you to water. In here is our sophisticated music system and any type of music you can think of. Robin has eclectic taste, to say the least! The conservatory is full of light, even on grey Manchester days. Here we also have a sofa and two chairs, a Bergere Suite that you can slump in to read or listen to music. Sam and Willow might follow you in, as they like to be with people ALL the time.
In front of the living room and conservatory is our terrace and bit of garden. Surrounding the house is a massive garden full of mature beech trees, shrubs and plants. You will feel like you are living in an enchanted forest. You'll be pleased to know that we have a gardener come in weekly to take care of it, but you can sit in it any time.
Adjacent to the living room and joined to the conservatory by another, inside private terrace is the kitchen. The terrace that adjoins these two rooms has recently been renovated and is a gorgeous and private place to sit outside. Plants here also need looking after, but there aren't many, and some will be watered by any rain.
The kitchen is another big space with very high ceiling. It is modern and has a hob, wall oven, plenty of cupboard space full of all you need to cook a fancy or simple meal. There is an island with the sink in it and dishwasher. We have, a big fridge-freezer and an interesting mural Judi gave Robin as his 50th birthday present, depicting an olive tree with local wildlife from our house in Spain. A dining table and chairs are here, too. To or from the outside terrace are big French doors.
Through another door from the kitchen you reach the rear halfway where there are two bedrooms: a large bedroom with king sized bed where you could sleep, and a smaller bedroom with sofa bed which is another option. Along this hallway is a bathroom with bath and shower and off the spare room is an en suite shower room. The door to the shower room looks like it as made for munchkins, but the shower room itself is big enough. Off this hallway is also the door to the downstairs entrance and utility room. You can use the washing machine and dryer in the utility room, and it's big enough to leave an ironing board up for your clothes. We have our bikes here, too. Through the door on the other side of the utility room you will find the study, which is below ground level in part, but has two windows letting in plenty of light. There is a piano here and a sofa, so another spot for lounging or playing piano if you play. Leading up on the other side of the study is a spiral staircase that takes you back to the living room. So the flat is easy to manoeuvre from either entrance. + More info
Our Home & Location
We live in a Gothic Victorian mansion in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. There are 5 apartments in the main house, and one over an archway near ours.
We have a big conservatory looking onto a very mature garden. The apartment is spacious and comfortable. The rooms have high ceilings and big windows....
Our road is very quiet as it goes to a dead end. Our neighbours are lovely and helpful and quiet, too. We are located very near to Dunham Park, a local deer park and National Trust attraction. Also, you can walk to Altrincham tram and train station in 25 minutes.
Manchester city centre is a terrific place, with lots of theatres, concert halls art galleries and cinema; there is also a cinema in nearby Altrincham. Hip shops and restaurants fill the city, and you can easily get there by train or tram. We like Manchester because it's a friendly place an not so overwhelming as London. We think it's England's second city. Its' cotton industry history is everywhere to be seen. In fact, our flat is in a building that was built by a lawyer in the cotton trade.
We are within easy striking distance of the Lake District with beautiful lakes and mountain walks, the Peak District with beautiful peaks and lovely walks, Crosby, near Liverpool, which is a beach with must see art installation of statues made by the famous Anthony Gormley, who also made the Angel of the North. The statues sit on the sand and reach into the water, so some are seen only at low tide.
North Wales has lovely and quirky beach towns and mountains and rivers, too. It's only an hour's drive and Anglesey, a Welsh island is picturesque. (See above). + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Sam, our three year old lurcher is a beautiful and calm. He loves cuddles and a good run, then is happy to spend the rest of the day on the sofa. You would need to walk him on the lead for a couple of days, then you can let him off and watch in amazement as he runs like the wind. He is good at recall because he doesn't want to lose his people now. Because he was found roaming the streets of Ireland, he is very insecure still, and we don't know anything about his previous owners, so he may not have been loved enough. He only barks and looks aggressive when he sees a cat, so so long as you are not a cat, you have no worries. He loves nothing better than cuddling up with you on the sofa, and will probably try to get onto the bed with you at night. He is still a puppy, so don't leave anything out you don't want to be chewed. He can leap onto the counters in the kitchen and the island, so particularly don't leave food about! He usually won't jump up if you are in the room with him, but if you go out and leave him, you need to put him in his crate as otherwise he will cause chaos. In December, 2017, we adopted Willow, a female Lurcher, who is two. She is a sparky, jolly, waggy girl, who, like most Lurchers, loves a cuddle and a walk and also gets excited by cats. Willow was also found roaming the streets of Ireland, so she needs lots of love to make up for whatever trials she has been through, too. We are training her to come back when called, but at this writing she is not as good as Sam, so you may want to keep her on the lead more than you do him. There is a fenced in filed nearby where you can let them both off and watch them chase each other madly! They are both loving, sweet natured dogs.
We will tell you the best way to control the two cat-botherers when you come to stay on the day before we go away...
We would want you to walk Sam and Willow in the morning for about an hour and once again around lunch time for the same time. They need a short walk in the evening before bed.
You can take them on longer walks if you would like to. We are on the edge of beautiful countryside, so walks are lovely. We already mentioned Dunham Park and the forest golf course, and there is also a park within 30 minutes walk in another direction if you fancy an ice cream, and several beautiful walks along the Manchester Ship Canal within easy striking distance. There is also a disused railway nearby that now forms a path all the way to Chester. Outside our back gate you are in farm land within minutes. Cheshire countryside is soft and rolling. If you fancy a coffee, lunch or dinner out, you can walk down to Altrincham Market where there is an indoor food hall with great food and many yummy things to choose from. They are happy for you to bring dogs inside. It's about 20 minutes' walk.
Sam and Willow are fed twice a day, morning and evening. Their food is kept in the utility room. Sam and Willow want to be with people all the time, so we would want you to be around a lot, although you could leave them in their crates for 2-3 hours at a time. We are hoping to find someone who loves dogs and would take them with you when you go out if possible.
Sam and Willow appreciate lots of love and attention. Who doesn't?! + More info
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