This charming, Grade II listed, thatched cottage lies in an idyllic setting in the pretty Northamptonshire village of Barnwell. It occupies a quiet position overlooking Barnwell Brook to the front and fields to the rear. Set back from the road, it offers off-road parking, a front garden, and a lovely rear garden overlooking countryside.
This cosy cottage features two double bedrooms and a spacious kitchen/conservatory, as well as exposed beams, oak ledge and braced doors, a lounge with woodburning stove and it has gas central heating.
The village of Barnwell boasts royal connections: Barnwell Manor is the historic former home of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, who still retain the Manor, but now live in their London apartment in Kensington Palace. Barnwell’s Montagu Arms is a traditional English public house with restaurant, and the village also has a shop with Post Office, and the Little Ducklings pre-school, which is located opposite the parish church of St Andrew’s.
The front door opens into the living room, which retains attractive original features: red brick flooring, revealed stonework, exposed beams, oak ledge and braced doors, and a woodburning stove set in a brick fireplace. A large alcove provides a striking area for displaying furniture, and houses the door to the under stairs cupboard. Access to the stairs is through a door. A window, with window seat, overlooks the front garden, and wall lights complete the comfortable atmosphere. A built-in unit with cupboard and shelving is useful for storage, and a door connects to the kitchen.
Located at the back of the property, the country-style kitchen is open plan to the conservatory, overlooking the rear garden and countryside. The kitchen is fitted with a good range of wall and base units, with worktops over, and features a range cooker with extractor hood, and a Butler sink. There are spaces for a dishwasher and a washing machine. With exposed beams and stonework, a slate-tiled floor, downlighters and spotlights, this is a great work space for the avid cook.
The boiler is housed behind one of the kitchen cupboards (Please note that the gas boiler was replaced 2 years ago)
Constructed with a stone, low-level base, and with glass surround to three walls, the conservatory is laid with a tiled floor, and enjoys beautiful views over the rear garden. This is a lovely place for relaxing, dining and entertaining. French doors open onto the patio.
In the lobby area to the side of the kitchen, a stable door opens into the rear garden and there is a door to the cloakroom. With a slate-tiled floor, the cloakroom is fitted with a two-piece suite comprising wash-hand basin, with tiled splashback, and WC.
Accessed from a door in the lounge, a dog-leg staircase rises to the first floor. The carpeted landing can comfortably accommodate seating or a desk. With a window to the front aspect, it is a place from which to admire the view over the front garden and brook. There is loft access from the landing.
This carpeted double bedroom is a light, bright room with a window overlooking the front garden.
Also a double room, the second bedroom benefits from a storage cupboard. It is carpeted and has a window to the rear aspect, exposed stonework and exposed beams.
The three-piece bathroom suite comprises a table-top wash-hand basin, with storage below, low-level WC, and panelled bath with shower over. There is a window to the rear elevation.
Externally, Lavender Cottage has a lot to offer. To the front of the property, a gravelled area provides off-road parking for two vehicles, and there are steps up to a pretty garden with lawn, flowers and shrubs. There is a paved pathway to the front door. Side access leads to the delightful lawned rear garden, which overlooks countryside and features a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers. Warm summer evenings can be enjoyed on the sheltered, block-paved patio, with fencing and hedging providing privacy. There is a useful brick-built store.
The neighbouring property to the left has the right of way to access their rear garden via your garden.
The thatched roof is part reed and straw and was redressed with a top dressing of straw 8.5 years ago, the ridge was also renewed at this stage.
The village is close to Barnwell Country Park where people enjoy walking, visiting the cafe and children’s playground. The market town of Oundle is only 2.5 miles away, offering an excellent range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as primary and secondary schools. Corby, Stamford and Peterborough are all within 15 miles, with rail links to London and access to the A1 and A14.
Barnwell’s Main Street is a no-through road, so traffic is minimal. Barnwell Brook runs the length of the village with houses on either side, creating a very picturesque setting.
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