GOLFERS will know what Terry Colclough is talking about when he says that the first tee at Trentham Park Golf Club is “just a wedge” from his back gate.
Terry is more than just a keen golfer. “I’ve been known to play six days a week,” he says.
As a former captain and president of the Trentham Park club, his home at 14 Parkway, Trentham, overlooks the greens and fairways of the famous course.
You might wonder why, therefore, Terry and his wife Madge are leaving the home that was built for them in 1989.
“I’m sure tears will be shed when we go,” says Terry, who owned and ran a cavity wall insultation company in Stone until he retired.
“But we’re both getting on, and the garden has become a bit too much for us, and the stairs are beginning to be a challenge.”
That’s why the couple have decided to move to a bungalow - but they’re not going far.
“We’re staying in Trentham, and will continue to take part in the social life of the golf club,” he says.
The couple bought the land at auction at the end of the eighties. The homes around them were mostly built in the 1930s, and the area has an established character.
“You can’t help but become attached to a place that you’ve actually seen rise up from the ground,” says Terry. “I was here every day during the building. We’ll be very sorry to leave after all these years.”
Terry’s job meant that he had plenty of contacts in the building industry. And thanks to these contacts, the tradesmen who worked on the house were of the highest quality.
“We had the best builders, and they worked to very high standards,” says Terry.
“Things like the insulation were of a much higher spec than the regulations required at the time.”
He obviously believes the house would suit a golfer, but the benefits of living in Parkway are more than just sport and social life.
“We’re just a mile from the motorway - Birmingham, Manchester and East Midlands airport are all just 45 minutes away.
“There are very good schools in the area, three doctors’ surgeries and Trentham Gardens itself is right on the doorstep,” he says.
Terry and Madge have four children who have all grown up and moved away, so the time is right for the couple to find a new place for their later years.
But they will leave the house with heavy hearts.
The agents describe the house as a beautifully presented executive detached family residence.
The building work was carried out under the supervision of architects and finished to the highest specifications.
There are mahogany windows throughout, giving far-reaching views over Trentham Park and surrounding countryside.
The property, which is located in the popular Dairyfields area of Trentham includes a reception hallway with downstairs cloakroom, lounge, dining room, breakfast
kitchen and utility to the ground floor.
On the first floor there is a generous galleried landing, four double bedrooms, and the master bedroom includes a dressing room and large en-suite bathroom.
There is also a spacious family bathroom.
The house sits within landscaped grounds with a south-facing rear garden.
To the front, there is a brick-paved driveway providing ample off-road parking and access to the integral double garage.
The rear garden is laid mainly to lawn, with paved patio areas and a pedestrian access, through the back gate, to a footpath which leads to the golf course itself.