West Yard, Islip, Northamptonshire NN14 3LL
3, West Yard is one of those special homes that is unique and delightfully quirky while being practical, beautifully appointed and maintained. This is a two-bedroom character property with a story behind it, one that will delight a couple or single person with its charm. It lies in the centre of the lovely village of Islip close to the bustling town of Thrapston.Built as a worker’s cottage, one of three providing accommodation needed for the factory that used to make reed collars for horses, this stone and brick mid terrace cottage has rooms over three floors: a living room, kitchen, and on the first floor a bedroom and bathroom, and another large room on the second floor, currently being used as a second reception but which could be a bedroom, guest room or even a large study. Outside, the garden is very pretty, surprisingly private, with a large lawn and a nicely landscaped patio and small pond. There is a dedicated space for parking in the front of the property.In addition, there is gas central heating and the windows are double glazed.
Lounge Diner 4.9m x 3.7m (16'0" x 12'1")A wrought iron gate accesses the front path, to a canopied portico with a tiled roof and an inviting part-glazed front door. Inside, the lounge diner has an engineered wood floor, and a fireplace with a wood-burning stove set into the original fireplace with oak mantle and painted brick hearth. With space for a sofa and additional furniture plus a dining table, the room has a large window overlooking the rear garden and door to the rear garden. There is a large cupboard with power and light under the white-painted wooden staircase that leads to the first floor.
Kitchen 2.1m x 3.2m (6'10" x 10'5")This is a compact, well-designed and modern kitchen, with an quarry-tiled floor. There are wall-mounted and base cupboards in wood with chrome handles offset by white metro tile splash-backs and dark granite effect work surfaces. There is space for an oven, a large fridge freezer and washing machine, and a large stainless-steel sink under the window to the front. There are two further windows, one on either side of the room.
First FloorThe first floor is dedicated to a bedroom and bathroom.
Bedroom 3.5m x 3.9m (11'5" x 12'9")A lovely large bedroom has windows overlooking both the front and rear aspects. There is stripped pine flooring and other character aspects include a small Victorian fireplace and sloping ceilings, plus three built-in cupboards.
Bathroom 2.1m x 3.2m (6'10" x 10'5")The spacious bathroom has wood effect vinyl floor in keeping with the other wood floors in the cottage. The room has two windows, and two large cupboards fitted with pine doors: one that contains the boiler plus room for towels and another quaint cupboard beneath for storage. There is a pedestal wash hand-basin, and W.C., and a ‘P’-shaped bath with a shower screen and a shower.
Second Floor 4.9m x 3.8m (16'0" x 12'5")Stairs lead directly into the large, bright room at the top of the house. Currently used as a second reception, this room is very versatile. It has original pine flooring, sloping ceilings and a low window overlooking the rear garden, and one at the top of the stairs looking to the front, giving plenty of natural light to this multifunctional room. There is a deep inbuilt cupboard for storage, or for use as a wardrobe if the room is used as a bedroom.
ExteriorTo the front of the cottage there is a low brick wall with privet hedging and trees to provide privacy, and to the side an allocated parking space. There is the option of further parking opposite the property. To the front, the approach to the house is attractive, with small beds and pots of rosemary and other shrubs. A door from the living room opens onto the patio, which has raised brick beds containing shrubs and a small fishpond. There is plenty of room for outside seating and dining in this area, and a large useful shed to the side for storage. A couple of steps lead to the larger part of the garden that is laid to lawn and is fully enclosed by wood fencing. The garden is a very private and quiet haven, with mature shrubs and trees all round.
This stylish cottage with flexible layout, is located in the centre of a picturesque village is waiting for new owners to enjoy its warmth, privacy and unusual qualities, just as its previous owners, who have kept the spirit of this character property while modernising its interior over the last years.Islip is a picturesque Northamptonshire village with a thriving community. It boasts a village hall and hairdressers, a striking church, a welcoming pub and plenty of community events. Across the bridge and over the river, the road leads directly into the equally historic market town of Thrapston, conveniently located for road network links to the A14 and A45 with train links nearby in the larger towns of Kettering and Huntington. The town has many independent shops, a supermarket, restaurants and leisure facilities including the Nene Centre with its modern gym and swimming pool. The Rushden Lakes development is a short drive away providing many amenities to include shopping, supermarket, cinema and restaurants.Tenure: FreeholdCouncil Tax Band: AGas Central HeatingMains services connected
Location West Yard, Islip, Northamptonshire NN14 3LL
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