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RAINSHORE HOUSE, Over Town Lane, Norden, Rochdale OL12 7TQ

Key features

  • Individual Detached Character Residence
  • Dating From The Early 1900's
  • Set Over Three Levels
  • Overlooking Greenbooth Reservoir
  • Five Double Bedrooms
  • Three Reception Rooms
  • Two Ensuites & Family Bathroom
  • Set Within An Approx 1.25 Acre Plot
  • Large Detached Annexe
  • Gated Driveway & Triple Garage

Property description

Welcome to Rainshore House, an aptly-named early 20th century residence nestled behind the Greenbooth reservoir, in the prestigious village of Norden. The property was built in 1929 by the Barlow family, the owners of Rainshore Mill. It has since been lovingly restored to its former glory by its current owners, who bought the house in 2010 - only the second owners since it was originally built. With its striking red brick exterior, variety of original Arts and Crafts features, and more than an acre of expansive grounds, this home is sure to fill you with pride every time you drive up to the front door for years to come.

Protected in private grounds behind an electronically-controlled gate, Rainshore House sits amongst a detached three-vehicle garage, plus a separate one-bedroom annexe. The annexe space is perfect for extended families, entertaining guests, or even a potential conversion into a holiday let if planning permission is sought and granted.

Ground floor

Entering the property, the front door opens into a tiled vestibule featuring a stained glass door and triple-paned fanlight, which guides natural light deeper into the home. Through the vestibule is a grand entrance hall with parquet flooring, panelled walls, and a beautiful original oak staircase leading to the first floor.

From the entrance hall, the grandeur of the property spans across multiple rooms along the ground floor. You'll find a fantastic open plan breakfast kitchen/family room, dining room, sitting room, study - and even a designated bar area. You certainly won't be short on areas to entertain friends and family in this property.

The dual aspect sitting room features parquet flooring, period high skirtings, ornate cornicing around the ceiling perimeter, and a large bay window overlooking the grounds to the front. The bay, like every window in each room of the home, is decorated with art deco-style patterned panes - a classic design feature of the roaring 20s.

The dining room features parquet flooring and is lit by a chandelier point above space for a large dining table. This space is more than big enough for the whole family to sit down to eat together, or to host friends for dinner.

Also showcasing parquet flooring is the dual aspect family room, which provides the perfect space for everyone to spend time together at the end of a long day at work or school.

If you're a keen cook, you'll love the breakfast kitchen. A central island with breakfast bar sits in front of a log burner, and features an integrated wash basin and hob. The room is illuminated by a combination of downlights and pendant lighting above the island, and French doors open onto an outdoor patio area. There's an additional pantry for further storage, too.

The fourth reception room is currently being used as a study, but could also be put to use as a playroom, another snug area, or even a home gym - whatever your needs may be. Also on the ground floor is a bar area, boot room and separate WC.

First Floor

Upstairs, four double bedrooms are served by a large family bathroom with separate WC, along with a laundry room and en-suite bathroom. Each of the bedrooms are big enough for double beds plus storage for clothing or toys, but they could also be used as an extra dressing room, playroom or upstairs office space.

Second Floor

The second floor is home to the jewel in the crown of Rainshore House - its luxurious principal suite. Relax in the roll-top copper bathtub in the en-suite bathroom, or pour yourself a glass of wine and sit on the balcony, listening to the surrounding birds as the sun goes down. This suite, which also has separate his & hers dressing areas and a seating area, really makes the most of the tranquil rural environment.


The property sits within 1.25 acres of grounds, and its gardens have been deliberately designed to be low-maintenance. So you can enjoy the peace and quiet, without having to get your hands too dirty! But don't worry if you are green-fingered - the gardens offer vast amounts of allotment space, with raised beds, fruit trees and various plants present already. The home is accessed via an in-and-out tarmac driveway, and the detached triple garage adds an extra level of security for vehicles.


Also situated in the grounds is a one-bedroom annexe, which we think would make the perfect living arrangement for grandparents or grown-up children who need their own space. Inside, you'll find a huge 20ft by 30ft living space with mezzanine above, double bedroom, and separate WC, plus a private seating area outside.

About the area

The quiet, suburban village of Norden lies on the Western outskirts of Rochdale. Its main shopping area lies just a few minutes away from Rainshore House, in Edenfield Road. Here, you have access to a Co-op convenience store, local Post Office and newsagents, beauty salons, pubs, local cricket club and an Indian restaurant. In fact, the options for eating out are endless. More than 100 restaurants and takeaways deliver to Rainshore House, so you'll never be stuck if you don't feel like cooking!


Multiple bus routes serve Norden, allowing you to reach areas outside of the borough including central Rochdale, Rawtenstall, Manchester City Centre, Bury and Oldham. Rochdale railway station is just over 10 minutes away by car, and Manchester Airport can be reached in around 40 minutes by car.


The property falls in the catchment area for lots of nurseries and primary schools, so you'll never have to travel too far during the school runs. Nearby, Whittaker Moss Primary School and Caldershaw Primary School are rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted. The closest secondary school to the property is Oulder Hill Leadership Academy, which can be reached in just 10 minutes by car. A bus route, located on Edenfield Road also gives access to Bury Grammar School.




5' 4'' x 7' 10'' (1.62m x 2.39m)

Original pristine coloured tiling


22' 0'' x 12' 2'' (6.71m x 3.71m)

Grand entrance with original features including oak parquet flooring, oak panelling and oak staircase with original carpet runners

Sitting Room

13' 9'' x 14' 8'' (4.18m x 4.47m)

Spacious, dual aspect room with bay window and including original features of open fire and surround, cast iron radiators, mahogany parquet flooring and cornicings

Dining Room

13' 7'' x 12' 6'' (4.15m x 3.82m)

Large room with bay window and original features including oak parquet flooring and cast iron radiators

Family Room

16' 8'' x 14' 8'' (5.07m x 4.47m)

Perfect for entertaining with an opening into the breakfast kitchen. The spacious, dual aspect room has a bay window to front and offers some fantastic original features including oak parquet flooring, cast iron radiators and bookcase, in addition to some more modern features including Sonos speakers built into the ceiling

Breakfast Kitchen

24' 1'' x 12' 10'' (7.35m x 3.9m)

Flow through into the wow-factor, open-plan breakfast kitchen with the central island taking centre stage in this stunning, Diane Berry kitchen, where an array of cupboards and drawers hold an abundance of storage, topped by Corian work surfaces. The bespoke kitchen benefits from a wide variety of integrated appliances including a full length Miele fridge and freezer, triple oven including steam oven, two warming drawers, four ring induction hob, extractor hood and inset wash basin fitted with a Quooker tap. Underfloor heating permeates the whole of the kitchen, in addition to a multi-fuel stove

Bar Area

14' 4'' x 9' 3'' (4.38m x 2.81m)

Separate from the kitchen, discover the bar area also brimming with storage and appliances including a dual-zone wine fridge, in addition to an extra fridge and freezer. The bar area spills onto the rear garden whilst boasting a roof lantern, allowing for excellent natural light and access into the boot room


14' 4'' x 10' 9'' (4.38m x 3.27m)

A sizeable workspace with storage cupboards taken from the original kitchen and original cast iron radiator

Downstairs W/C

2' 11'' x 8' 0'' (0.9m x 2.45m)

Two piece suite of high-level w/c system and wash hand basin



11' 10'' x 13' 7'' (3.61m x 4.15m)

Arriving at the mezzanine landing, your eyes draw to the enormous stained glass window ahead and other original features whilst also giving stair access to the Principal Suite

Bedroom Two

16' 8'' x 14' 8'' (5.07m x 4.47m)

King-sized bedroom with en-suite

En-Suite Bathroom

9' 6'' x 7' 10'' (2.89m x 2.39m)

The window, frames the leafy views out to the front whilst the four piece Durant suite consists of low level w/c, wash hand basin with vanity unit, corner shower unit and bath

Bedroom Three

13' 9'' x 14' 8'' (4.18m x 4.47m)

Queen-sized bedroom with bay window once more framing views out over the perfectly private garden

Bedroom Four

13' 9'' x 12' 6'' (4.18m x 3.82m)

Naturally served by French doors opening to a Juliet balcony, this double bedroom also has fitted wardrobes

Bedroom Five

13' 7'' x 12' 10'' (4.15m x 3.9m)

This twin bedroom demonstrates the spacious appeal of these bedrooms, where high ceilings come as standard

Family Bathroom

7' 5'' x 8' 2'' (2.25m x 2.5m)

A large family bathroom offers a spa-like sanctuary consisting of the original bath, low level w/c, wash hand basin and wet room with overhead rainfall shower

Separate W/C

5' 10'' x 3' 1'' (1.78m x 0.93m)

One piece suite consisting of a low level w/c and original tiling

Laundry Room

6' 0'' x 9' 7'' (1.84m x 2.93m)

The washer and dryer, can be found in a handy laundry room with original linen cupboards, oak worktops and inset sink

Principle Suite

18' 6'' x 11' 10'' (5.64m x 3.61m)

Set on its own floor, the Principal Suite boasts a seating area, en-suite bathroom, plus his and hers dressing areas. Whatever the season, flow out onto the balcony, where the glass balustrade preserves views out to the leafy canopy and lush lawn below. Dine alfresco in the summer, and gaze up at the stars in the winter months


Dressing Room

13' 7'' x 9' 6'' (4.15m x 2.89m)

Seating Area

16' 8'' x 11' 9'' (5.07m x 3.58m)

En-Suite Bathroom

13' 9'' x 11' 7'' (4.18m x 3.54m)

A soothing ensuite with low level w/c, his & hers wash basin with vanity unit, deep freestanding copper tub with wall mounted tap and separate shower serves this bedroom alongside the dressing room


Living Area

30' 7'' x 20' 6'' (9.32m x 6.24m)

A truly remarkable and versatile space with mezzanine above, suited to the ever growing and changing family lifestyle with double sided multi-fuel stove and aluminium, triple sliding glass doors


9' 1'' x 12' 5'' (2.78m x 3.79m)

Double room with mezzanine for storage

Separate W/C

9' 1'' x 7' 9'' (2.78m x 2.35m)

Currently a two piece suite consisting of a low level w/c and wash hand basin with vanity, however there is plumbing in place to convert to a full shower or bathroom to complete the self-contained annexe


A brand new boiler has been fitted alongside two hot water cylinders whilst hardwood, double glazed windows have been installed, replicating the originals - except for the stained glass window


Beneath the canopy of trees surrounding the expanse of lawn below, the Principal Suite balcony provides the perfect setting to sit and enjoy the amazing landscape. A truly remarkable sight. Set to a backdrop of mature woodland, nature is in abundance. Admire the haze of colour in springtime, followed by the firework display of autumnal shades at the end of summer. A constantly changing environment throughout the seasons, enjoy snowy days snuggled up beside the log burners as the flurries fall. Explore the gardens, well stocked with plants and designed for the ease of maintenance. whilst surrounded by a dry stone wall and manicured lawn gardens, Rainshore House sits behind electronic gates with large in and out tarmac driveway whilst also affording fruit trees and allotments. The property is also fitted with a Tesla charging point

Additional Information

Rainshore House has its own bore hole with filter system and is on mains sewerage.



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RAINSHORE HOUSE, Over Town Lane, Norden, Rochdale OL12 7TQ


Distances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
  • Rochdale Station3.3 miles
  • Castleton Station3.4 miles
  • Bury Station4.1 miles
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