Situated in the heart of the conservation area of Apethorpe, is this delightful Grade II Listed cottage with stone walls and a Collyweston slate roof. Offered with two reception rooms, characterful kitchen with a Rayburn, a superb heritage sage green-coloured conservatory, downstairs cloakroom, three bedrooms, a first-floor bathroom and a fantastic, well-stocked rear garden with a brick-built outbuilding. Part of the attraction of this quintessential English cottage is that the ground floor accommodation is set on different levels, adding to the overall feeling of quirkiness.
Original features are plentiful in this four-hundred-year-old home, yet there are none of the compromises you would expect, such as loss of head height and light, including two decorative inglenook fireplaces, window seats and shutters, some exposed stone walls as well as beams to ceilings, and much more.
Properties of this calibre in this gorgeous location rarely come onto the market, so an early viewing is recommended.
A solid oak door to the cottage allows access into the entrance lobby, with tiled floor and inset mat. This area is really welcoming and bright, having natural light beaming down from the landing. Wooden doors lead to all the ground floor rooms, and straight stairs rise to the first floor.
To the right of the lobby is an attractive, cosy living room, which has an abundance of features, including a decorative inglenook fireplace with a remote-controlled gas log effect fire inset, an exposed stone wall at the front, a beamed ceiling and a lovely window seat under the window at the front of the property, which has a beamed lintel. A further window looks out over the rear garden.
Off the lobby on the left-hand side is a generously sized dining room, which has tiled flooring, a deep sill window at the front of the cottage, a large exposed beam and a window looking into the conservatory.
Situated at the rear of the property, the downstairs cloakroom comprises a white suite consisting of a pedestal wash hand basin, and low-level WC. An obscure window is placed at the back elevation.
Through a wooden door and down three steps from the dining room, the beautifully presented kitchen has a fabulous dark green Rayburn cooker, nestled into the decorative inglenook fireplace, with an exposed beam over. Further cooking is available on the double electric hob. Bespoke solid wood base and eye level units, with a plate display rack, incorporating a ceramic butler sink, with traditional-style taps, set into the granite and wood worktops. Plumbing for a dishwasher and washing machine are provided. Character features include a wooden stable door to the conservatory, exposed beams, tiled floor and a built-in seat under the shuttered window at the front. Further built-in cupboards offer useful additional storage.
Leading off the kitchen, the stunning, bespoke heritage green coloured conservatory looks out onto the west-facing garden. Underfloor heating has been installed to the stone flooring and stylish built-in cupboards.
The carpeted stairs rise to the landing that has been built into the eaves, where a deep sill window overlooks the stunning garden. Doors lead off to all first-floor rooms.
A lovely bright space with shuttered windows either end of the room, and built-in wardrobe. The ceiling in the eaves gives an element of character as does the exposed beam.
Positioned at the front of the cottage, with a shuttered window, this double room has a built-in wardrobe and access to one of the lofts.
Stepping down into a further lobby, there is an airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder, and a hatch to the second loft.
Another double room with a shuttered window which features an original lead lined window, with built-in seat under, to the front aspect, and a feature exposed stone wall.
A traditional style white suite has been fitted comprising a large pedestal wash hand basin, WC, and bath with a shower drencher over, copper pipework and matching heated towel rail. An obscure window is at the rear elevation.
The approach to Middle Cottage sets the overall feel of a step back in time, with a beautiful frontage with a boot scraper and stone steps up to the front door. There is gated side access, adjacent to the neighbouring property, with a right-of-access through to the back garden.
The wonderfully peaceful back garden, which is not overlooked, has been well designed and remains in keeping with the property. Well-stocked borders give a variety of year-round interest with an abundance of established flowers, shrubs and trees. There is a choice of three terraces available for outside dining, alongside immaculate lawns and a water feature. A delightful higgledy-piggledy path leads to a brick-built outbuilding; one half has a mezzanine level with a ladder for access. A pot-belly stove and stable door complete the uniqueness of this lovely old building. Electric is installed as well as windows provided, which makes this area ideal for using as a garden office. Attached is a storage shed with its own door.
The delightful small village of Apethorpe is located on the edge of old Rockingham Forest amidst rolling countryside. It comprises a number of attractive stone built houses and cottages, has many historic features, including Apethorpe Palace, St Leonard's Church, the War Memorial and preserved stocks. The village also boasts the popular Willow & Brook pub.
Lovely walks via various footpaths and bridleways can be found. An easy 1.5 mile walk to the beautiful village of Kings Cliffe boasts a fabulous bakery and café selling their own homemade bread, pastries and cakes.
The historic towns of Oundle and Stamford are 6 miles and 9 miles away respectively. The bustling market town of Oundle has an excellent range of independent shops, cafes restaurants and public houses. Alongside these, it is home to the Stahl Theatre, historic Talbot Hotel and Oundle Public School. Peterborough and Corby are within a 15-mile radius of the town and both have excellent road and rail links.
Grade II Listed
Services: Oil Fired Central Heating with mains drains
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