Chapter House is a delightful four-bedroom, detached cottage, which has been updated and extended by the present owners. With spacious and versatile accommodation, it offers three reception rooms, two shower rooms and a family bathroom. It benefits from a private rear garden, off-road parking to the side of the house, and gas central heating. The property was built as three farm workers’ cottages in the 1800s, and care has been taken to retain some original features, such as sash windows and internal ledge and brace doors. It has been thoughtfully modernised throughout, showing attention to detail, part sealed-unit wooden double glazing, and many storage areas. The single-storey, stone-faced extension has the potential to become a self-contained annexe. This attractive family home nestles in a quiet position in the village of Titchmarsh, surrounded by pretty Northamptonshire countryside, yet only 2.5 miles from the market town of Thrapston and access to the A14. Titchmarsh is an active community, with a village shop, primary school, pre-school, clubroom, and sports ground with pavilion. The Wheatsheaf is a traditional public house with dining, and hosts regular events, including coffee mornings and quiz nights. Further amenities and schools are available 6.5 miles away in the market town of Oundle, and the Rushden Lakes shopping centre is 10 miles away. Within a 20-mile radius, good rail and road links are accessible at Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Huntingdon and Peterborough. Country walks are on the doorstep, and Barnwell Country Park, on the outskirts of Oundle, offers lakeside walks, a café and a children’s play area.
The front door opens into the bright entrance, which is open-plan to the dining area. This is a lovely, welcoming space, with light ceramic tiled flooring, and downlighters. French doors open from the dining area into the rear garden, while the hall has a sash window to the front aspect. A cupboard provides storage, and doors lead to the kitchen, breakfast room, and living room. The stairs rise to the first floor.
In the living room, the original dark wood parquet flooring contrasts very effectively with the modern fitted gas fire and stone surround. Two sash windows to the front aspect and a window overlooking the rear garden allow an abundance of natural light to flood in, together with wall lights and downlighters.
The ceramic tiled flooring continues into the kitchen/breakfast room. The smart kitchen is well-designed and has an opening in the wall to the utility room. Black granite worktops complement the birchwood effect units, the tiled flooring, and the tiled splashbacks. Integral appliances include a dishwasher, an under-counter fridge, and an extractor hood above a 7-ring Stoves gas hob, with an electric grill, two ovens, and warming oven below. A door leads into the extension. The cosy breakfast room is currently used as a snug, and is a great place for dining or relaxing in front of the open fire. There is a large storage cupboard to the side of the fireplace, and two sash windows to the front of the property. A door leads into the entrance hall/dining room.
The good-sized utility room is fitted with base units, shelves and ceiling spotlights. There is space for a fridge freezer, and for an under-counter appliance, as well as plumbing for a washing machine. A big skylight makes this a bright workspace. The addition of cooking facilities here would allow the extension to become self-contained.
Accessed from the kitchen, the impressive extension is fitted with mains-fed under-floor heating beneath the ceramic tiles in the hallway, utility room and shower room. In the bright hallway, a glazed door, with windows either side, opens into the rear garden. The Boot Room has full-height cupboards which provides ample space for coats and boots. There is loft access, and doors lead to the utility room, shower room and lounge.
The stylish, contemporary shower room features a double-ended concealed wet room with fixed and hand-held showers, tiled walls, and downlighters. Light streams in through the large skylight, and an attractive free-standing basin sits on a wall-hung shelf with drawer. There is a corner, low-level WC.
With oak flooring and a high, sloping ceiling, this impressive dual-aspect lounge is the perfect room for relaxing and entertaining. Two sets of French doors give access to the rear garden and decked patio, which is a lovely sheltered place to enjoy on warm summer evenings.
A dog-leg carpeted staircase rises to the first-floor landing, which is also carpeted. A ceiling hatch, with drop-down ladder, affords access to the part-boarded loft, which houses the Ideal gas combi-boiler (new in March 2019). Doors lead to the four bedrooms, the shower room, and the family bathroom.
This generous double bedroom provides a range of modern, built-in storage units, comprising drawers and three double wardrobes. There is also a walk-in cupboard with light, hanging space and shelving. This is a very comfortable bedroom, with wood flooring and ceiling spotlights, two sash windows to the front aspect, and a window overlooking the rear garden. The addition of a door through to the adjoining shower room would give the master bedroom en suite facilities.
Bedroom two is a light and airy double room, with two sash windows to the front elevation, a wood floor, and ceiling spotlights.
The third bedroom is also a double room, with a white wood floor and a window to the rear aspect.
Currently used as a study, the fourth bedroom is fitted with office furniture, but would also make a pleasant single room. It has a wood floor, a working fireplace, and a sash window to the front of the property.
A Mira shower is housed in a large, fully-tiled enclosure in this modern shower room. Lighting is provided by downlighters, and the floor is laid with dark ceramic tiles, which complement the white pedestal wash-hand basin and low-level WC. Currently accessed via a door from the landing, this room could become an en suite shower room to the master bedroom.
In this spacious bathroom, the three-piece white suite comprises a free-standing bath with centre taps and hand-held shower attachment, a wall-hung wash-hand basin, and low-level WC. There is a window to the rear elevation and a heated towel rail. The downlighters and ceramic tiled floor complete the modern feel.
An attractive brick frontage with some original sash windows, and an outside light. The front door is approached via two steps. A gravelled driveway to the side of the property provides off-road parking, and allows access to the rear garden through double wooden gates. The driveway could be continued beyond the gates to allow additional parking inside the garden. The delightful, split-level 100ft long rear garden has mature shrubs and trees, including eucalyptus, rowan, laburnum, hornbeam, laurel, and a silk tassel bush. From the decked patio outside the lounge, steps lead up to the top lawn, where there is a play area with bark chippings and trellis fencing, and a lovely wild area. Gooseberry bushes, autumn raspberries and blackcurrants are growing in a raised bed. Steps lead down through the rockery to the lower lawn, surrounded by lavender, broom and gorse as well as a bay tree and a holly bush. The garden benefits from external lighting and power, and an outside tap. As well as a greenhouse, there are three outhouses and a shed. With timber fencing to the boundaries, this enclosed and secure garden is not overlooked, and offers a great outside space for all the family to enjoy.
Occupying an elevated position in the Northamptonshire countryside, Titchmarsh is a picturesque village, with listed stone buildings, and thatched houses. It was known in Anglo Saxon times as Ticceanmersce, meaning Ticca’s Marsh. The first poet laureate, John Dryden, lived here as a boy, and there is a monument to him in the medieval church of St Mary’s. It is evidence of the strong community spirit in Titchmarsh that the village shop was re-opened in 2007, 10 years after the last shop in the village closed. With the aim of reinvigorating community spirit and interaction, the shop is run by the villagers themselves as a community enterprise. Everybody remembers the excitement of that September day in 2007 when hundreds of people turned out to see TV presenter, Alan Titchmarsh, open the new shop. Some years earlier, one resident in the High Street marked the opening of a new chapter in her own life by naming her cottage “Chapter House”.
Council Tax Band: D
All Mains Services: Connected with mains gas
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