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The cottage with the amazing secret garden that tourists want to peak at – and it’s for sale

Henry and Janet Campion are used to strangers knocking on the door of their quaint Grade II listed timbered cottage in Flixton.

Dating back to the late 1600’s it is one of the oldest properties in the area – but it’s not the house’s history people are interested in. They want to go beyond the white picket fence and step into the cottage’s stunning secret garden.

Extending to more than three acres, it boasts three perfectly planted terraces, one with a large ornamental pond and fountain, a walled kitchen garden with raised beds and large greenhouse before another gate leads you into the wild garden and woodland glade.

Janet said: “We had a bride and groom wanting their wedding photos taken here, an archaeologist working on St Michaels Church next door, even a coach-loads of tourists wanting to look. We don’t formally open the gardens but like to let people in if we can. They seem to like it.”

The gardens would seem like a lifetime achievement but the couple only moved in to Larkrise 14 years ago.

Janet recalls: “There was just one terrace when we arrived and one lawn with borders. But gardening and landscaping is Henry’s passion and he made the other two terraces and the pond, then about seven years ago we bought more land from a neighbour. It was so overgrown I lost Henry when he walked into it and we didn’t even realise there was a 60ft greenhouse in there!”

The backyard jungle was tamed into a kitchen garden and Janet began growing vegetables. “The trouble was the soil is too good! I’m not an expert so I would just put the seeds in and we had that many cucumbers and lettuces and cabbages and tomatoes that we were giving boxes of it away”, she said.

“I did enjoy seeing things grow and it is true that they do taste differently but it just took over.”

Now the couple, both just 70, have decided it is time to move on and want ‘adventure before dementia’, so Larkrise is on the market for £649,950.

The agents describe it as ‘a property like no other’. As well as the garden, it has a host of unique features including a front door that is reputedly the oldest in Trafford.

Janet explained: “There was originally one cottage here, and then they built on and extended and at some point added another staircase so it became two cottages.

“But we have black and white photographs from the 1930s which show it back as one property even though the address is 18-20 The Village!”

Inside it is packed with original character with exposed beams, stone floors, and exposed brick fireplaces.

It is set back from the road with ample parking and within walking distance of Flixton village.

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Janet said: “I loved it the moment I walked in, the house wraps itself around you and has a fantastic atmosphere. I will miss that and we will both miss the garden. It is the most wonderful place to wander through and enjoy.”

The three-bedroom cottage is for sale through Home Estate Agents, Urmston .

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