Yeoman’s Cottage is a 16th century Grade II Listed period residence, stone built under a pantile roof, that has been lovingly preserved over the years, retaining a wealth of charm and ensuring this cottage is cosy and welcoming, yet offering modern functionality. Tastefully decorated and styled, this family home comes complete with a never-ending list of features to include, but not limited to, high beamed ceilings, deep windowsills, an inglenook fireplace, Suffolk Thumb Latch ironmongery, window seats, stone mullioned windows and some exposed stone and timber walls.
This beautiful property has an overall feeling of spaciousness, with the added benefit of an abundance of natural light throughout, with an understated elegance. It is unusual to find an historical property with the flexibility this home has to offer. The main house has a sitting room, large kitchen/dining room, cloakroom, boot area, three bedrooms, an en-suite and a family bathroom. Additionally, there is a laundry room with a first-floor home office/fourth bedroom, which has further opportunities, and a garden room at the bottom of the south-facing plot offering a great space for dining, playing or working.
The property is entered through a wooden door, with obscure window, into the main hall that has oak flooring and an inset door mat. The wide staircase, with stair runner carpet, gives a feeling of grandeur and space to the hall with its tall ceiling. Light floods down from the landing. There is a partially exposed stone wall, dark oak panelled doors to the sitting room and kitchen, and a deep sill window looking out onto the front elevation.
With the oak flooring seamlessly flowing from the hall, this fabulously light room has dual aspect windows, three in total, with window seats under, and views over the rear garden and the front. This room has a beamed ceiling and an inglenook fireplace with oak beam over, a character bread oven, slate hearth and a solid-fuel burner. There is a two-door entry, one from the hall and the other from the kitchen, giving a lovely flow to the ground floor accommodation.
A door leads from the sitting room into the side lobby adjacent to the kitchen, that has an under-stair storage recess, plumbing for a washing machine and a useful tall cupboard. The lobby area has quarry tile flooring, leading into the kitchen with wood effect flooring to the dining room end. A large window at the front aspect has a built-in pew window seat with radiator under, and there are beams to the ceiling as well as over the stone chimney recess, where the Rayburn range cooker nestles, with low-level cupboards either side and a wooden worktop. Further wall and base cupboards incorporate a plate display rack and the 1.5 white ceramic sink and drainer. There is under-counter space for a fridge, as well as a cupboard for bin storage and a tall larder. A door leads out to the lobby/boot area on the other side of the room.
Access is gained from both the kitchen and the front of the property with a door fronting onto Chapel Street. This useful area has Indian sandstone flooring, exposed stone and brickwork walling, which makes this is an ideal entrance for muddy dogs and children without having to traipse through the house. The rear garden is accessed from here, as is the laundry and accommodation above.
A door within the lobby area allows entry into the cloakroom that has an Indian sandstone flooring, as the backdrop to the white suite comprising a close-coupled W.C. and corner wash hand basin. All services are in place for a shower to be re-connected.
A further opportunity lies in this area of the cottage as this suite of rooms would make a quaint self-contained Airbnb or studio apartment. A door leads from the lobby/boot area into what is currently the laundry room. With a window to the rear, this room has a sink with a cupboard under, plumbing for a washing machine and room for a tumble dryer. The original oven in the chimney recess makes a lovely focal point. There is ample drying room here as well as storage, and a sturdy open-tread staircase rises to the first floor, where there is a brilliant useable space. This area would make an ideal bedroom or home office, with a window overlooking the garden.
The staircase rises from the main entrance to the first-floor landing, where there is a feature exposed timber frame, which was a former partition wall. The landing also has exposed oak floorboards and wall stonework, plus a fire grate from days gone by. A window to the front aspect as well as the back allows plenty of natural light to pour in.
Situated at the front of the house, the main bedroom has a window overlooking the front with a beam over and built-in wardrobes provide a good amount of storage. A stripped pine half-glazed door, with window above, allows access to the en-suite.
With painted wooden flooring, the en-suite comprises a fully-tiled shower cubicle, wash hand basin and low-level W.C.
This bright double bedroom has a window set in the eaves, overlooking the front aspect, with plenty of room for a large bed and associated bedroom furniture.
The third bedroom is at the back of the house with a window looking onto the rear garden. A door hides a secret staircase that rises up to the Insulated and partially boarded roof space. The chimney recess has display shelving.
A good-sized bathroom with a white 'Heritage' suite consisting of a bath with central taps, a large wash hand basin and a low-level W.C., all with 'Fired Earth' mosaic tiled splashbacks. A window with a deep sill overlooks the rear elevation.
To the rear of the cottage, a beautiful south-facing walled garden awaits you, with a myriad of flowers, shrubs, herbs and trees in a selection of borders dotted amongst the paving areas. There is a choice of perfect seating areas in this peaceful garden, and it is obvious that the current custodians clearly cherish their outside space and avidly encourage wildlife. A glass-topped well is underfoot on the path that runs to the garden studio at the bottom of the plot.
This amazing space has room for all members of the family to enjoy their own pastime – one half of the building is stone under a pantile roof, with a stable door and windows, and the other is of brick and glass construction, with a glass roof, and has French doors opening onto the patio. A tiled floor and two electric heaters complete this room.
This really useful storage shed has plenty of room for garden equipment to be housed.
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 the community spirit and interaction, the shop is run by the villagers themselves as a community enterprise.
This attractive home nestles in a quiet position in the village of Titchmarsh, with a view of the Church of St Mary The Virgin from the Chapel Street entrance. Surrounded by pretty Northamptonshire countryside, yet only 2.5 miles from the market town of Thrapston and access to the A14, Titchmarsh has 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.
What the owners love about their home.....
The present vendors love their beautiful cottage because of the amount of historic character it contains and the flexible living space on offer which has an open and airy ambience throughout and has a lovely warm feeling.
Location-wise, Yeoman's Cottage has great access to the countryside and the village itself has a shop and pub with really friendly neighbours, yet is also in good proximity to the market towns of Thrapston and Oundle and links to further afield.
Another love the owners have for their home are the additional buildings their home offers with the garden studio and the two storey accommodation to the rear of the kitchen.
Grade II Listed
Gas radiator heating serviced through the Rayburn
Council tax: Band D
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