This delightful four-bedroom limestone cottage and one-bedroom annexe are filled with historic features from its original cellar to its beams.
The oldest parts of the Grade II listed Michaelmas Cottage in Apethorpe, Northamptonshire, date back to the seventeenth century with eighteenth and nineteenth-century additions. Characterful features include the Collyweston slate roof, original wooden beams and lintels, charming brass light switches, intriguing interior windows and bespoke window shutters. Modern additions add comfort and convenience, including secondary and double glazing, central heating and a contemporary kitchen and bathrooms.
On the ground floor you are welcomed by a large quarry-tiled hallway leading to a study, living room, cellar, dining room and kitchen. Upstairs are four double bedrooms, a shower room and bathroom. Outside, the driveway leads to the rear garden with a one-bedroom annexe, lawns, two patios, shed, wood store and heating oil tank.
Apethorpe’s history dates back to Roman times and nearby Apethorpe Palace has been home to the Kings and Queens of England. The village of Kings Cliff is just a mile away and has further amenities including a bakery, general store, primary school and post office. The market town of Oundle is just six miles away offering an excellent range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants and the prestigious Oundle School. Corby and Peterborough are within 15 miles with rail links to London St Pancras and access to the A1.
The mellow limestone facia overlooking Main Street in the village, reflects the historic character of this beautiful family home, covered in climbing roses, wisteria and with low box hedging. The front door is partially glazed.
The large quarry-tiled hallway, with a window to the rear and a feature cast iron fireplace makes an inviting entrance to this period home. Large cupboards provide essential storage for boots and coats.
Brace and ledge doors lead to the reception rooms.
To the right, the study is in the oldest part of the house; a large window gives a wonderful view along Main Street. A wood-burning stove makes sure this is a cosy spot for winter days, and there are extensive bespoke shelves along three walls. A further two character windows overlook the side aspect of the property. Wooden flooring and original beams give this versatile room superb ambience.
On the left, the expansive quarry-tiled living room, with a large window to the front, is a wonderful area for relaxing and enjoying company. Secondary glazing has been added to the beautiful period windows. An open fireplace is set in a stone chimney breast. Original doors lead to the cellar, kitchen and dining room.
Stone steps lead down to an L-shaped cellar, with capacious storage for your wine collection or life’s other necessities.
This airy room leads to a patio accessed by lovely hard wood, double-glazed French doors with further windows to either side. An open fireplace can provide extra heating on cold days, and the room is finished with impressively large oak floorboards.
This bright and welcoming heart of the house has windows to the front and rear, and a glazed door leading to the garden. The quarry-tiled floor and modern, ivory coloured, shaker-style base and wall units and breakfast bar are offset by black granite worktops. A walk-in pantry adds further storage. A handsome dark blue Aga sits perfectly in the former hearth, complemented by an additional double electric oven, integral dishwasher, fridge and freezer. A large butler sink finishes off this stylish modern kitchen.
Dog-leg stairs lead to the first-floor landing, with a large coffin hatch to manoeuvre your largest pieces of furniture upstairs. An old safe from the property's days as a Post Office, is still embedded in the wall, and a large cupboard provides valuable extra storage. Light floods in through double-glazed Velux windows set into the roof.
This generous double bedroom has a beautiful view over the rear garden with large wardrobes set into the alcoves. Upstairs is carpeted and is decorated in elegant neutral tones.
This double bedroom overlooks the front of the property, with a charming dormer window. Bespoke wooden shutters have been added by the current owner. A lovely window seat and cast iron fireplace are just some of the many features of this charming room.
Also overlooking the front of the property, this double bedroom similarly has a dormer window.
Above the study and overlooking the front of the property, this generous double bedroom also has secondary glazing.
Set into the eaves of the house, this contemporary room is finished with mosaic tiling in neutral tones and wooden flooring. It is beautifully equipped with a double glass-panelled, electric shower, wall hung white ceramic wash hand basin with a wall-mounted tap, low-level WC and large chrome heated towel rail.
The large bathroom has a picture window overlooking the rear garden, and a luxuriously large, modern, double-ended bath with mosaic tiles, white pedestal wash hand basin and low-level WC with chrome fittings and heated chrome towel rail.
Invaluable extra living space or an ideal home office, the former coach house has a traditional small iron range. There is a kitchenette with sink to one corner. Large French windows opening onto the driveway and further dual aspect windows make this a light and airy room. The double-height ceilings lead upstairs the lovely galleried mezzanine area with lantern skylight, a large cupboard and shower room with modern white wash hand basin, low-level WC and built-in shower with white high-gloss tiles. The double bedroom has a hayloft-style door and window, and a further window on the gable end.
A useful outdoor store room includes plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble drier as well as extra sports and play equipment.
The front of the building is in mellow limestone, while the newer additions to the rear, feature historic brickwork. The Collyweston roof has been replaced along with a programme of upgrading by the current owners. The village’s post box is embedded in the rose-covered front wall. Double gates open to a wisteria-covered pergola and gravel driveway leading to the annexe, storeroom and walled cottage garden to the rear. The south-facing garden features two patios, dry stone walls, lawn, horse chestnut tree, herbaceous and shrub planting, shed, wood store, oil tank, and a gravelled area.
This lovely Grade II listed building, in one of Northamptonshire’s most historic villages, offers outstanding accommodation ready for a new family that will love its heritage and modern comforts.
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