Guide price £850,000
With origins stretching back to the 17th Century, this charming cottage is built from local stone under a clay tiled roof. The house has been well maintained over the years and has benefitted from a number of extensions and enhancements in recent years. With the option of a separate annex, it now provides flexible accommodation which would be ideal for a family or someone looking for a little more space for guests. A stone porch with clay tiles opens to an entrance hallway which in turns open directly into a wonderfully bright, dual aspect sitting room. The perfect place from which to enjoy views out onto the garden the impressive Inglenook fireplace with bread oven and inset wood burning stove ensure that this is also a very comfortable and cosy place to while away those cooler winter evenings. The wonderfully tactile bressummer beam over the stone fireplace is enhanced by the exposed beam and wood panelling that adorns the staircase upstairs from here. A part glazed door leads from the sitting room into a large conservatory with ceramic tiled floor and more exposed stone walls. Double doors then take you directly out into the garden. Back to the hallway and steps to the left take you down into a smaller reception / family room that is open plan with beech flooring that flows seamlessly through to a dining room and study. The dining room itself is wonderfully light and perfect for entertaining at any time of year. French doors open out onto a side terrace should the party wish to spill outside. Just off the dining room and with a similar rear aspect is a study which seems well positioned, apart from the rest of the house providing a quiet feeling of seclusion. Along from the small reception room is the indulgently sized kitchen / breakfast room which was the subject of a hugely transformative extension project between 2005 and 2009. The original part of the kitchen has pine wall and base units with beech worktops that surround a beautiful four oven oil fired Aga (red) with two ring electric hob, extractor over and tiled splashback. The flooring is a predominantly cream coloured ceramic tile which further enhances the general light, airy and spacious feel of this recently extended area. The extended part of the kitchen has been beautifully finished with an extensive range of cream wall and base units with a beech worktop. The inclusion of a Bosch double eye level oven inset Bosch induction hob, slot in Hotpoint dishwasher, integrated under counter refrigerator and plumbed in water softener enhance the appeal of this well appointed kitchen. A part glazed door leads from the kitchen directly outside, with further doors leading to a cloakroom and large utility room with floor mounted Boulter boiler, sink, space and connection for washing machine, tumble dryer, freezer and American style fridge freezer. The upstairs is accessed internally via a cottage style staircase that rises to a split landing where there is access to the loft. Turning right stairs rise further to the principal bedroom which enjoys a south facing aspect at the rear of the property. Noticeably light and bright, this cream carpeted room has a recessed wardrobe, further exposed stone walls and access through a glazed door that provides access to a balcony and walk way. Fittingly for such a room, there is a spacious, white tiled ensuite bathroom with stand alone modern roll top bath, large separate shower cubicle, basin and low level wc. Returning to the split landing and turning left one is able to access a further double bedroom with dual aspect and with the front aspect come those far reaching views across the neighbouring countryside. Storage is good with a recessed wardrobe and a basin for convenience. In fact the neighbouring bathroom, with hip bath, basin and low level wc could, with relative ease, be converted into an ensuite. Steps lead on down to a further well proportioned double bedroom with front aspect but what sets this bedroom apart is the abundance of storage and hanging space coupled with another excellent ensuite bathroom with bath, basin and low level wc. An airing cupboard with hot water cylinder, supplied by the Aga, provides additional, useful storage. A door from this bedroom then leads to what is an eminently flexible part of the house and an area that, with direct access outside, could function very well as a separate annex for guests or dependant relatives. The space could either be used as two further double bedrooms and shower room or, given one of these rooms has a sink and drainer and base units under, could be converted into a sitting room with occasional kitchen, subject to a little work. However the property is configured, it is a wonderfully light and versatile space that stands proud in an elevated position with many of the rooms to the front enjoying wonderful country views. OUTSIDE A key feature of this property is the recent and sympathetically built double garage. Built in a honey coloured hard stone, with a tiled roof and timber sides, this is a building of substance that has been constructed without cutting corners. The solid timber doors are testament to this and in turn give way to a good size space with power and light that also offers additional storage in the roof, which has been fully boarded. A gravelled driveway and turning area outside the garage and secured with a timber five bar gate, provide an area of additional parking. A further timber shed with clay tiled roof provides additional storage closer to the house. The gardens have been meticulously looked after having been well considered and landscaped to ensure house and garden complement each other well. A raised area to the rear of the house with paved walkway and gravel path bordered by meticulously pruned hedging continue round to the side of the house. The front of the house is the best place to enjoy this serene location and is mainly laid to lawn with a paved terrace abutting the faade. An impressive selection of hedging defines the spaces and is interspersed with various beds that include roses, peonies, lavender, iris, hydrangeas and clematis. Growing on the house itself is a traditional climbing rose and two further clematis plants. A Willow and Ash tree provides further vertical interest. A gravelled path bisects the front lawn leading down to the metal gate and down towards the village. A further side timber gate and double five bar gate give access to one car. All things considered, this is a beautifully presented house in a peaceful, elevated location ideal for those wishing to embrace the idyllic countryside of this area.
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