UNDER OFFER! Ref SP0303. 51 Rothay Street is a fabulous canalside three bedroom semi-detached house, on the market for the first time since 1993. It is set in a magical location within the Bridgewater Canal Conservation Area backing onto the non-towpath side of the beautiful Bridgewater Canal with canal views from every window and plenty of space to moor your boat. The location is a lush green corridor, sheltered, leafy, and remarkably peaceful despite its town centre location. The owners regularly see swans, ducks, and moorhens, and enjoy listening to the birds singing and watching the passing narrowboats.
This magical spot is tucked away in the Bedford area of Leigh, a convenient urban location, within walking distance of The Loom retail park. Leigh is an up-and-coming town, which is undergoing considerable regeneration and is has becoming increasingly popular with a wide range of buyers. Plans for the town centre include a series of linked green spaces and a new pocket park. Commuters typically travel to work in Manchester, Wigan, and Bolton.
In the unlikely event that you tire of the stunning views of the canal, there are many local attractions to visit nearby, including the gorgeous Pennington Flash Country Park, Bickershaw Country Park, Leigh Spinners Mill and Visitor Centre, the Lancashire Mining Museum at Astley Green, the RHS Garden at Worsley, and Leigh Sports Village.
Construction and Services
The house is a brick built property under a tiled roof, constructed in 1984. The present owners have maintained it well and have decorated it tastefully with a largely neutral colour scheme. It is in move-in condition but allows for easy redecoration and alteration to suit individual tastes. The house offers all necessary conveniences including mains electricity, mains water, mains drainage, gas central heating via radiators, double glazing, and a BT telephone line. Cable is available in the adopted part of the street up to number 47, and enquiries could be made to extend the service to the property, however at present, the owners enjoy a satisfactory internet connection via an EE 4G mini router.
The front porch is a convenient spot to welcome guests. It has a glazed window on one side and a full height meter cupboard on the other side.
Sitting Room - 14' 9" x 14' 9" plus bay
A door from the porch opens into a good sized sitting room with a laminate wood-effect floor. A large square bay window provides views to the front towards the canal and the private garden opposite the house. The focal point of the room is a charming fireplace with a gas coal-effect fireplace (not connected). A wooden door opens to the kitchen and stairs rise from the sitting room to the first floor.
Kitchen - 14' 9" x 10' 10"
The kitchen is bright and well-presented with cream painted units, mahogany-effect worktops, and a striking laminate floor. There is space for a large freestanding gas range cooker, with extractor fan over, space for a fridge freezer, plumbing for a dishwasher, and downlighters. Glazed double doors open to the back garden, and further glazed doors open into the conservatory.
Conservatory – 13' 10" x 7' 6"
The lovely bright conservatory is currently used as a dining room and is perfect for family meals or entertaining. It overlooks the back garden and has partial views of the canal, which could be opened out if preferred. It has double doors at the end, windows on two sides, and is fitted with a tiled floor. An electric space heater and an air conditioner have been fitted to make it comfortable in all weathers.
Utility Room - 5' 5" x 5' 0"
A wooden door leads from the conservatory into a small utility room, which has plumbing for an automatic washing machine, and space for a fridge freezer or tumble-dryer. A door leads off the utility room to the cloakroom, and another to the garage.
A convenient downstairs cloakroom equipped with a toilet and a wash hand basin.
A serviceable single garage, perfect for storage.
First Floor Landing
Stairs rise from the sitting room to the first floor landing.
Bedroom 1 - 14' 9" x 10' 2" max
Bedroom one is a large double to the front, above the sitting room. It is a good sized double room with a window to the front enjoying views over the canal and the private garden opposite the house. This room benefits from downlighters and a range of fitted wardrobes.
Bedroom 2 - 8' 5" x 7' 10"
Bedroom two is a small double to the rear. It enjoys excellent views over the canal towards Butts Mill.
Bedroom 3 - 6' 6" x 5' 10"
Bedroom three is a small single room to the rear, again with excellent views over the canal. This is currently used as a study.
Bathroom - 8' 6" x 5' 10"
The bathroom has a three piece suite including a bath, a basin, and a toilet. There is a window to the side. A cupboard in the bathroom contains an immersion tank with airing cupboard space.
The house sits on a significant plot of about 0.08 acres which offers a wide range of possibilities to buyers, subject to planning permission. To the rear of the house is a small, private, and easily managed courtyard style cobbled garden where there is plenty of space to dine alfresco and a pergola frames view of the canal at the water’s edge. A fenced and gated pathway to the side leads to the front of the property, where there is private parking space for up to three cars. The grounds continue along the very bottom of Rothay Street with a balustrade at the water’s edge, to a good sized area of garden and space for another car on the opposite side of the street. This extra garden includes a small lawn, surrounded by with mature trees and hedging, with a decked terrace with a balustrade edge overlooking the canal. This is a wonderful place to sit in the summer and enjoy the views in both directions along the canal. (NB the entire section of the road beyond the terraced houses is privately owned but is subject to an easement which provides vehicle turning rights for residents).
Moorings and Cruising
The unusually wide plot gives the property a superb 130 feet of private canal frontage with solid concrete edging. This mooring space stretches across the entire width of the property on both sides of Rothay Street. There are currently two private ‘bottom of garden’ mooring agreements in place for the owners, provided by the Bridgewater Canal Company, part of Peel L&P, the owners and operators of The Bridgewater Canal in conjunction with the Bridgewater Canal Trust. The new owners of the property will need to apply to the Company to moor their own boats, and will also require a Bridgewater Canal cruising licence, as Canal & River Trust licence holders cannot remain on the Bridgewater Canal for periods exceeding seven consecutive days.
Note that the Bridgewater Canal is not a natural river, but a man-made waterway with managed water levels. There is no known history of flooding at this property.
The property and its grounds are held on a long leasehold, 999 years from 13 June 1984, with 961 years remaining.
N.B. All measurements are approximate and provided for guidance and marketing only.
Please visit Sheridan Parsons’ website to read the fascinating history of Rothay Street.