Once one of the county’s great country estates, Alderley Park has been sensitively developed to respect its history and green belt status – creating a new community incorporating the original Walled and Water Gardens, arboretum, ornamental lake and historic buildings alongside exclusive facilities including a leisure and sports club, top class dining and accommodation and even a Farm Shop. The local area is one of the region’s most desirable places to live, and The Serpentine – named after the sinuous pleasure lake along its southern flank – has just 33 properties ranging from 3-bedroomed family homes to 6-bedroomed villas, built in no fewer than 21 different designs. There are two sides to The Serpentine, each with its own distinct appeal. Homes at the entrance to the development have a centralised village character, while those nearer the lake are set back in their grounds, giving them a more rural feel. The transition between the two – where three roads converge – has been designated ‘Serpentine Square’, with a monument at its centre. Rich architectural detailing includes deep overhanging eaves with timber corbels, feature pediments and columned porches, while every home offers spacious family accommodation – the homes nearer the lake having the air of grand country residences – together with a luxurious standard of finish and exceptional attention to detail like no other.