This attractive stone cottage dates back to 1799 but was brought back to life by the current owners in 1997 when extensive refurbishment and re-modelling works saw what was a derelict farmhouse and barn transformed into the delightful family home present today.
Great care and attention to detail were given to retain many of the character features of the original dwelling and such traces are evident in the impressive stone threshold to the kitchen, the exposed stonework and the character beams.
The setting is simply breath-taking with far reaching countryside views over the surrounding designated Green Belt, much of which is owned by the De Hoghton Estate and is therefore likely to be safeguarded against future development.
The area offers a fabulous base, not only from which to enjoy the beautiful countryside but for equestrian enthusiasts there are a myriad of quiet country lanes from which to hack out and there is an excellent equestrian centre less than 5 minutes away with schooling and livery facilities. The setting also offers the best of both worlds from where you can enjoy a rural lifestyle and yet access to the local motorway network (Junction 3 M65) is only a couple of miles away.
The well thought out accommodation consists of; Entrance Porch , impressive Farmhouse Kitchen with Utility/Cloakroom off, Dining/Sitting Room and a generous Lounge to the ground floor. To the first floor the Main Bedroom has a three piece En-Suite and there are a further Two Double Bedrooms and Family Bathroom. The property sits in a plot totalling approximately 2.3 acres of which there is an approximate 2 acre paddock to the side, smaller enclosed paddock/dog run to the rear and front and rear garden areas. Parking is plentiful with a shaled sweeping driveway accessing gates to the paddock and also leading to the Double Garage.
The formal entrance would once have been to the front of the cottage and whilst this entrance has been retained, the current owners utilise the approach into the side Porch. The spacious Porch/Boot Room benefits from doors to both the front and rear, giving access into the rear garden. Dual aspect windows to the side and front flood this space with natural light. The floor consists of hand crafted Mexican tiles a feature that continues through most of the ground floor accommodation.
The attractive Mark Wilkinson hand painted Kitchen offers a range of wall and base units with complementary granite work tops. There is an inset ceramic sink and range of quality built in appliances including fridge, freezer and dishwasher. The Aga not only adds to the look of this character kitchen but also adds a practical and efficient cooking facility having been recently converted from oil to the electric AIMS energy conservation system. Five windows in total give this room views over the rear garden. Steps down give access to a useful walk-in pantry offering shelved storage.
Off the kitchen there is a Utility Room/Cloakroom featuring a traditional style high suite wc, wash hand basin, side facing window and plumbing for a washing machine. Also located off the kitchen there is a reception room which could, and has previously been used for a variety of purposes including a Dining Room, Sitting Room, Study or even an occasional bedroom.
The main Lounge is a generous reception space with dual aspect windows, door to the garden, exposed character beams and focal point of a wood burning stove having a timber mantle shelf, stone hearth and even inset wine glass holders!
Rising up to the first floor, the charm of this beautiful property continues to impress. The Landing features a wooden balustrade with exposed beams and rear facing window.
To one end of the first floor accommodation there is a generous Master Bedroom with partially vaulted ceiling, windows to both the front and side giving far reaching spectacular countryside views, dressing area and three piece En-Suite. The en-suite comprises a large shower cubicle, wash hand basin and low suite wc. Character is plentiful in this space from the exposed stone wall, beams and an arrowslit style window.
To the other end of the Landing there are two further Double Bedrooms, one of which has fitted wardrobes. The main Bathroom serves these rooms and consists of a corner bath, wash hand basin and low suite wc. There is an exposed stone wall, feature beams and a velux style window.
Other features include hand painted tiled splashbacks and a flue providing ventilation from the Aga below to the outside.
Moving on to the exterior this property continues to impress.
The front and rear gardens incorporate lawned areas and well stocked shrub beds. Evidence of this propertys previous existence are again apparent from the original stone steps to the stone slab in the centre of the lawn which was taken from the original entrance to the barn, where the porch now stands today. Hot and cold water taps are provided in the rear garden.
The side paddock has previously been granted (now lapsed) permission for loose-boxes and storage. There is a water and electric supply to this area. To the rear there is a smaller enclosed paddock area for light grazing, dog run etc. Within this space there is a concrete base for a field shelter, large shed or similar.
A sweeping shaled driveway provides ample off road parking for cars, trailers and horse-boxes and gives easy access to gates leading into the paddock area.
The Detached Double Garage benefits from an electric up and over door, a courtesy door to the rear garden and boarded roof space for extra storage.
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