This seventeenth century limestone-built cottage is a unique find, still showing fascinating hints of its former commercial uses. Nestled in a courtyard accessed from West Street in the historic town of Oundle, its charming façade is draped in roses with a run of nest holes for doves beneath the eaves.
The property is approached through a double gateway on West Street, leading to a small courtyard with covered parking bay to the left. For a property of this age several exceptionally large wooden-framed windows make it an attractively bright environment, showing the mellow stonework of the interior walls to great effect.
The welcoming lobby on the ground floor provides access to the large kitchen and dining area, cloakroom and under-stair cupboard. Wooden L-shaped stairs rise to the first floor with a double bedroom, double-height living area and with a balcony. A cast iron spiral stairway leads to the second storey mezzanine level with a family bathroom and study or sleeping area.
Right in the heart of the community, you are just moments away from the local shops, cafes and restaurants and the prestigious Oundle School. Oundle is perfectly located for access to the local towns of Kettering, Corby, Stamford and Peterborough with excellent rail links to London, Midlands and the North.
Entering via the solid wooden front door with antiqued black cast iron door furniture, the lobby has stone floor tiles leading on to solid wood flooring.
A stained wooden door with matching cast iron door furniture leads to the kitchen and dining area. Original wooden beams and a handsome stone wall along one side confirm the historic origins of this unusual building. A floor-to-ceiling window with a stone sill to the front and a smaller window to the side of the property provide plenty of natural light. Solid wood flooring adds to the antique feel and there is space for a large dining table. An extensive range of stained oak floor and ceiling cabinets runs along two walls. These are complemented by a bright white tiled splashback decorated with Mediterranean-inspired tiles and border above a wooden-edged black textured worksurface.
A Vaillant gas boiler and electricity consumer board are housed in cupboards in the far corner and the kitchen includes fitted under-counter fridge, freezer and dishwasher. A black ceramic electric hob and electric fan oven with an extractor hood and a stainless-steel sink with chrome mixer tap and drainer all have plenty of surrounding worktop space for preparation and cooking. Additional lighting is provided by three sets of double wall lights and spotlights on the wooden beam above the hob.
A cloakroom with extractor fan is to the right of the entrance lobby with a traditionally styled white suite comprising a low-level WC and wash basin with complementary chrome fittings.
The hallway has solid wood flooring and a good-sized radiator. The under-stair cupboard has plumbing for a washing machine. L-shaped wooden stairs lead to the first floor, which has solid wood floors throughout.
To the left at the top of the stairs is a double bedroom, well-lit with a wide window set into the stone wall to the font of the property. A good-sized radiator will ensure this is a cosy space in the winter months. A half-height built-in cupboard provides useful storage.
The stone and brick rear wall features a decorative fireplace with an Adams-style wooden surround and attractive deep blue tiles set into the cast-iron grate on a tiled hearth. Added heating is provided by a large antique-style radiator. A second smaller closed fireplace is to the right. Stone walls, a reminder of the property’s historic origins, are beautifully lit by the natural light flooding in through the large windows overlooking the courtyard. This part of the first floor rises to the roof beams, giving it a generously spacious feeling. Extra light is provided by Velux windows in the roof. To the side there are double French doors leading to a wooden balcony area with metal railings; a good space for outside seating in the summer months.
A decorative wrought iron spiral stair rises the second-storey mezzanine floor, which is also has exposed wooden flooring.
To the right of the stairway is a family bathroom featuring aqua-blue wall panels and a traditional white suite comprising a bath with four-panel etched glass shower screen and a white electric shower above, wash basin, and a low-level WC, all with complementary chrome fittings. A Velux window set into the roof ensures the bathroom has plenty of natural light.
With metal railings, the second-story mezzanine is in two sections. The area to the left, at the top of the spiral stair could be used as a sleeping area or home office space with a high-level window in the gable end and a wide, four-panelled window to the front of the property. To the right a further area overlooks the living room with a small window to the side of the property, a Velux window above and views to the front. This area could be used as a relaxed seating area. Extra ventilation is provided by a ceiling fan.
This unique and secluded property is accessed via a double gateway from West Street that leads into a courtyard area which is a typical feature of post-medieval Oundle. The property is built from local limestone beneath a slate and tile roof. It is very attractively presented with large wooden-framed windows and a solid wood front door, surrounded by roses, with a useful parking bay or storage area to the side.
With a parking for one car under the raised balcony makes the property even more attractive to any buyer.
For anyone who cherishes the historic character of Oundle as an historic market town, this property provides a uniquely characterful taste of the town as it once was.
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