Stocks Lane, Penketh, Wa5

Guide price

Bedrooms: 5
Welcome to Greenbank, a beautiful period detached family home, originally built in the late 1860's as a farm house and then acquired by the BBC in the early part of the war and used as a broadcasting studio*

Upon arrival, you are welcomed into the bright hallway, with grand staircase leading to the first floor and access into the cellar. A beautiful front lounge parallel to a large dining room perfect for hosting family meals and gatherings, with open fireplace to the lounge. The heart of the home is the open-plan kitchen/family room boasting a breakfast island positioned at the rear with two sets of French doors, offering a seamless transition to the outdoor space and creating a perfect setting for al-fresco dining. The property also benefits from a converted coach house accessed via the kitchen comprising its own lounge, utility and cloakroom and stairs into the bedroom with skylight windows.

Ascending to the first floor there is a large landing space with three double bedrooms, en-suite bathroom to the primary and a separate family bathroom with roll top bath. The third floor comprises of a large L shaped fourth bedroom, landing space and an additional family bathroom providing versatility for family living.

Externally the grounds are impressive, beginning with wrought iron gates offering a prestige drive in drive out feature and ample parking for several vehicles. To the rear is a beautiful and serene place that can be enjoyed by anyone whether you are a nature lover or just looking for a peaceful retreat, this garden can provide you with the perfect escape. Not only does it benefit from a primary garden, in addition you can cross the unique stream into a secluded hidden garden offering a beautiful tranquillity to this home which is A MUST SEE.

In summary this period property offers a comforting living space and captivating outdoor amenities promise a lifestyle of peaceful serenity.

History provided by the vendor:

During WW2 the BBC used a house in Stocks Lane Penketh as a Broadcasting Studio. The present day owners have requested that the exact location is not published but we have their permission to reveal the following. The BBC made many modifications to the building which included strengthening the floors of some of the bedrooms to take the weight of their equipment and the cellar was re-enforced to make it bomb proof.

Two of the upstairs rooms were sound proofed for use as studios and when today's owners moved in, the doors to these rooms were still labelled "Studio One & Studio Two". Exactly what was broadcast from here is not clear but it is thought that talk shows, comedy & satire programs such as Itma, and some news items were among those broadcast from Penketh.

Rumour has it that this was a secret broadcasting station however not much of a secret because the surviving residents of that area knew this house as "The BBC House" during the war. It has been suggested that because of the fortification of this house that it may also have acted as a relay station for the RAF Burtonwood Air Base but this can not be confirmed.

The BBC finally sold the house at auction in 1949.

*Disclaimer, history has not been verified by the agent and has been provided by the current vendor and therefore may be speculative.

Entrance Hall

Stunning original stained glass door, panelled walls, tiled flooring, grand staircase leading to first floor, access to bomb proof cellar.


Dual aspect windows to front and side, parquet flooring, marble open fire place, coved ceilings, picture rail, television point.

Dining Room

Dual aspect windows to front and side, original ceiling rose, gas fire, built in book case, wooden flooring


Two sets of patio doors leading to decking area, multiple windows and velux windows, Range master with five gas rings, hotplate and double oven, integrated double fridge, integrated freezer, integrated dishwasher, Amtico flooring, Fired Earth wall tiles, large island, ample wall and base units.

Family room / diner

Patio doors leading to rear garden, stairs leading down to the Coach house, radiator, sky lights, spotlight lighting, Amtico tiled flooring.

Coach House

Windows to front and rear, stairs to first floor which leads to a good size double bedroom and office space, utility room and W.C downstairs, radiator, wooden floor.

First Floor Landing

Windows to front elevation, high ceilings, picture rails, panelled walls, grand staircase leading second floor, carpet flooring.

Bedroom 1

Dual aspect windows to rear and side elevation, built in wardrobes, spotlight lighting, gas fire, picture rail, radiator, carpet flooring.

En Suite Master

Window to side elevation, double shower, W.C, hand wash basin, tiled flooring, towel rail, tiled walls.

Bedroom 2

Dual aspect windows to front and rear, carpet flooring, radiator, picture rail.

Bedroom 3

Window to front elevation, wooden flooring, radiator, picture rail.

Bedroom 4

Situated on the second floor velux windows to side and rear, spotlight lighting, carpet flooring, storage cupboard.

En-suite 4th Bedroom

Velux windows to front and rear elevation, shower, hand washbasin, W.C, tiled floor, towel rail, radiator.

Family Bathroom

Window to rear elevation, white suite with roll top bath, W.C, hand washbasin, spotlight lighting, tiled walls, tiled floor, towel rail..


To the front the property is gated with drive in drive out driveway and offers parking for several vehicles. There is side gate with access into the rear garden.

To the rear is a gardener's paradise with decked area, mature trees and shrubs, patio area shaded with a pergola, summer house and lawn area that leads to a gate that takes you down to a stream with its own bridge taking you into a large secret garden again with well established trees and plants, garden sheds.

01925 354369

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