Aspire is pleased to be instructed to market this four double-bedroomed, detached thatched cottage that was built in 1680. A horseshoe drive, additional parking for several vehicles in front of the double garage, and lovely cottage gardens are all offered with this Grade II listed property. Original features are in abundance throughout this country home, which has farmland to the rear and views of the church to the front.
This surprisingly spacious family home has a lovely flow to the rooms, with a layout that works really well. The current owners have styled the cottage in subtle tones, consistent with its age.
The ground floor accommodation consists of a large sitting room with inglenook fireplace, dining room, which opens into the kitchen, a boot area, utility room and a cloakroom. On the first floor are three double bedrooms and the family bathroom, and the second floor, built into the eaves, is dedicated to the principle bedroom and en-suite bathroom.
The garage has a staircase to the first floor, where there is a useful room with windows. This is currently being used as an office, but with some further work, this space would make an ideal annexe (subject to the necessary planning permissions).
The grand front door enters centrally to the property, with a flagstone step into the lobby. A beamed ceiling and wide stairs rise to the first floor. There is a door either side of the lobby; one to the sitting room on the right and the other on the left to the dining room.
This large, beamed room has pine window shutters, with a seat under, which overlooks the front aspect. The main feature of this room is the inglenook fireplace, with its multi-fuel burner, recessed display areas and flagstone hearth. There are glass double doors into the boot area at the rear of the property (currently these doors are not used).
A step down from the lobby is the dining room with another beamed ceiling. A window, with pine shutters and a seat under, is positioned at the front of the property. A decorative fireplace with a wooden lintel features in this room, as does the half brick wall with wooden beams leading through to the kitchen.
The large kitchen, with quarry tiled flooring, is at the back of the property and has a window to the side and one to the rear elevation. There is a good range of cream-coloured wall and base units, with Corian worksurfaces, which incorporate a 1.5 bowl sink unit, with mixer tap. A matching island with Corian worktop seats two people and offers plenty of storage beneath. An integral dishwasher and fridge/freezer are included. A fabulous cream coloured electric Esse range cooker is inset into a recess with lintel over, which has a tiled backdrop. A pine door accesses the under-stairs cupboard. Quarry tiled flooring and ceiling spotlights complete this room. Stepping up through an open doorway is the inner lobby at the back of the property.
The same quarry tiled floor continues from the kitchen into the cloakroom, which has a pedestal hand basin and a low-level WC. An obscure window is to the side aspect.
This area is a large, bright space with tall ceiling height and French doors with side casement windows leading to the garden. It has the same quarry tiled flooring and a character wood beam ceiling. There is also room for seating or a small workstation.
The utility room provides units and a stainless-steel single drainer sink unit with a mixer tap, situated under the window. There is plumbing for a washing machine and both the boiler and hot water tank are housed in this room.
A wide staircase rises to the first floor where three double bedrooms, all with characterful beamed ceilings, and the family bathroom are to be found.
This unusually shaped large double bedroom, which is at the front of the property, has a shuttered window, with a seat beneath.
This generously sized second bedroom has a window overlooking the front garden, with shutters and a seat below. A built-in wardrobe provides plenty of storage.
At the rear of the property, the fourth bedroom is another double room, with a triple wardrobe and a separate walk-in wardrobe with lighting. Lovely views over farmland is the main feature of this room.
With Karndean flooring and partially tiled walls, the bathroom suite comprises a bath, shower cubicle, hand basin, incorporated within a storage unit, and a low-level WC. In addition, the room has a built-in airing cupboard, two obscure windows to the rear elevation and a heated towel rail.
Stairs rise to the second floor with a door leading to the principle suite.
This delightful room has galleried balustrades and a high vaulted ceiling as a feature, giving a spacious and bright ambience. Set on two levels, the main bedroom has a low window that looks over the cottage garden at the back elevation. Built-in triple wardrobes give a generous amount of storage. A door accesses the eaves, which has adequate headroom, and the necessary permission to reconfigure as part of the main suite if required. A further door leads to the en-suite.
A bright room with plenty of character, having beams to the walls. The suite consists of a bath, shower cubicle with glass door, pedestal wash basin and a low-level WC, all with tiled splashbacks. There is a heated towel rail and an extractor fan.
Set back from the road, Granby House’s front garden was professionally designed to encourage wildlife and has been thoughtfully planted with ‘cottage garden’ flowers and shrubs that give year-round interest. There is a gravel horseshoe drive with well-placed flower beds leading to the quaint thatched porch and front door. A side gate allows access to the rear garden.
The gravel driveway extends round to one side of the cottage, leading to the double garage (5.5m x 6m) with two up-and-over doors, and stairs to the room above (2.9m x 6m). Power and telephone lines are connected to the first-floor room, which is currently being used as an office with laminate flooring. Windows are positioned at the front and side of the room (permission has been granted for further conversion for a Juliette balcony and double glass doors).
At the back of the house is the private, interesting large cottage garden, with a plethora of plants, trees, shrubs and herbs. This truly is a garden to spend hours in, with separate areas for different past-times. Currently, to the rear is an area being used to keep family ducks. A brick built potting shed (3.5m x 2.7m), with power and lighting, is at the end of the garden where there are fantastic views over the fields which is pastureland for livestock. Abutting the rear of the cottage, adjacent to the herb garden, is a large patio area with an arbour and climbing plants. A nature pond has been made for the avid naturalist.
Some work has been carried out at the property over recent years, however, more renovations and/or reconfiguring is still possible, as the current owners have Listed permission for a number of other projects.
Benefitting from oil fired central heating, beamed ceilings, internal pine doors throughout and south-westerly facing rear gardens, an internal viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate all that this property has to offer.
Aldwincle has an active community, with two churches, a primary school, pre-school, general store and village hall, which has a multitude of activities for all age groups. Surrounded by beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, the village is only five miles from the shops and amenities in the market towns of Oundle and Thrapston. Access to the A14 is available at Thrapston, whilst Corby and Kettering are within a 14-mile radius providing good rails links.
Grade II Listed
Oil fired central heating
Council Tax: Band F
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