This 'chocolate box' Grade II listed 16th Century cottage is nestled in the heart of the village of Glapthorn. Of stone construction under a thatched roof, Floral Cottage is a period-home lovers dream with a wealth of character features retained throughout yet having been sensitively updated and modernised.
Traditional elements include beamed ceilings, an Inglenook fireplace with secret storage, window seats, deep window sills, a hidden staircase and wooden internal doors with latchlock ironmongery.
This detached family cottage has a lovely flow and has the added benefit of having a lot of natural light throughout. The ground floor accommodation comprises a living room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory, large utility/boot room and a cloakroom. The first floor has three double bedrooms, a lovely bright en-suite shower room and a recently modernised family bathroom.
There is no shortage of parking with the expansive grounds able to accommodate up to four vehicles in front of the garage. The gardens have low dry-stone walls to all boundaries and an established and private south-westerly garden lies at the rear.
Entered from the front garden directly into the dining room. This reception room has a window to both aspects, ensuring plenty of natural light floods in, with views of the front and the rear gardens. Character features in this room include beamed ceiling, deep window sills. There is a cupboard and recess under the stairs. A wood internal door leads to the:
Another room brimming with character with windows to the front and back with deep sills both with a window seat. Featuring a stone Inglenook fireplace with a window, display recesses and seating with cleverly hidden storage. Additionally, there is a beamed ceiling, a small built-in wall cabinet and a second set of stairs to the first floor hidden behind a door. A step down and through a wood internal door to:
This good-sized room has a window to the front and a window and part glazed door to the back elevation making it feel really bright and spacious. Again, the beamed ceiling and a brick fire surround with working fire and with quarry tiled hearth all add character to this well-appointed kitchen. One wall has three full length built-in pantry cupboards and room to the side for a freestanding tall fridge/freezer. A further range of wall and base cupboards with worktop over provides good storage and incorporates an electric hob and an eye level ‘Indesit’ oven and grill. Additionally, there is a stainless-steel single drainer sink unit and plumbing for a dishwasher. A door leads into:
Of brick and glass construction with a glass roof, the sun room is presently being utilised as a playroom. A door to the side leads out to the back garden. An internal wooden door accesses the cloakroom.
The white suite consists of a wall hung wash hand basin and a low-level W.C. In addition, this room has a built-in storage cupboard.
Accessed by a step down from the sun room, this is an extremely spacious room that is of stone construction under a pantile roof and has a part glazed door to the garden and a window to the side. Of large proportions and currently used as the utility room with a stainless-steel sink with cupboard under, plumbing for a washing machine and housing the oil boiler, this room has the versatility to be used in all manner of ways.
Carpeted dog-leg stairs, with open balustrades, rise from the dining room and access one of the double bedrooms and the en-suite.
An airy double room with a deep sill window, over-stairs cupboard and sliding door wardrobes.
Another light room with a dormer window to the front elevation. The suite was refitted in 2019 and comprises a wash basin inset to a vanity cupboard with storage under, a low-level W.C. and a corner shower cubicle.
Accessed from the staircase off the living room, the principal bedroom has a dormer window to the front and one wall dedicated to built-in wardrobes.
A dormer window overlooks the frontage from this double room that has built-in cupboards to one wall and a hatch to the boarded loft.
Recently refitted, the family bathroom has a dormer window to the rear aspect and laminate flooring. The white suite has a bath with a shower attachment over, a vanity basin set into a storage cupboard and a low-level W.C.
Floral Cottage is set back from the road with a good size front garden, accessed through a wooden five bar pedestrian gate, with a dry-stone wall boundary. A raised lawn area at the front has a path with a couple of steps down to the front door; this path continues round to the side of the cottage. Numerous mature trees and shrubs are dotted around the borders.
A substantial wooden five bar gate opens onto a gravel driveway, with room for up to four vehicles that leads down to the garage and to the side and back gardens. This area is planted along the boundary to soften the edges.
The garage is stone fronted and has an up and over door, power and light connected and a personal door to the side into the garden.
This beautiful garden has zones for all members of the family with a sunken patio seating area close to the house capturing the sun. A good sized lawned area has established trees and planting with a private area around the back with a shady tree where the oil tank and coal bunker are hidden from view. The cottage was formerly part of Lower Farm until the mid-1980’s. A small farm remains to the rear of the back garden with stables the other side of the dry-stone wall.
A rare find indeed, Floral Cottage has all the charm but with the benefit of having had major renovations carried out over the years including a well-maintained thatch.
Set on an enviable plot in the quiet village of Glapthorn, Floral Cottage is a quintessential English country cottage that doesn’t disappoint on any level.
Glapthorn is a thriving village with a primary school, church and village hall. It proudly swept the board at the ACRE Northamptonshire Villages Awards 2019, winning Best Newcomer to the Awards, Best Small Village and Best Overall Northamptonshire Village – quite an achievement. Residents of Glapthorn enjoy the benefits of a quiet village life yet are only a mile from the pretty market town of Oundle, which offers a good selection of traditional shops, restaurants, and businesses, as well as primary and secondary schools, leisure facilities and a Waitrose store. Further amenities, including road and rail links, are available at Peterborough (15 miles), Corby (8 miles) and Stamford (14 miles).
Council Tax: Band F
Oil fired central heating , mains electric and water
What the vendor loves about their home.......
The current owner loves the central location in the village and its close proximity to Oundle and connections to larger towns in the area. Neighbours are really friendly and the whole village has a wonderful community spirit.
The cottage itself has many appealing features including the working Inglenook fireplace and all the character that comes with a 16th Century property. The property retains character and has been extensively modernised and maintained over recent years.
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