Ladybird Cottage is a Grade II listed house which has seen some substantial, yet sympathetic, extensions over the years creating the generous house that you see today. The house is of brick construction with a thatched roof and has maintained its cottage like exterior but with a generous footprint and inside space. It is surrounded by its own well maintained garden and overlooks the adjacent farmland to the rear, creating a private and calming environment.
An entrance porch providing ample coat and boot storage leads on to the original entrance hall which forms the access for the downstairs accommodation. To the right the original beamed cottage has been partly opened up to provide a lovely open plan kitchen/breakfast/sitting room. The kitchen is fitted with a range of solid wood units complemented by a limestone top. This is a double aspect room with doors to the rear which open to a south-facing terraced seating area with views over the farmland. The adjacent sitting room is a beautiful room with exposed beams displaying hand carved ‘makers marks’, this is again a double aspect room with views to the front and rear. An integrated wood burning stove gives a focal point to the room.
The alternative access off the main hall takes you into the secondary part of the house which is currently used as a home office. It would also make an ideal additional drawing room, children’s playroom or bedroom for those with mobility issues, and has a further integrated fireplace. This room leads to a back kitchen with independent access, ideal for entertaining purposes. It includes fully fitted units, space for cooker etc and a large utility room with space and plumbing for washers and dryers. There is also a useful downstairs shower room.
The two staircases, front and rear, lead to the top floor. The master bedroom has further amazing views, integrated dressing room, beautiful bricked fireplace and en suite bathroom with bath and stand-alone shower. The other large bedroom has a wonderful inscribed fireplace from 1695 with further exposed beams and ‘makers marks’. There are two remaining bedrooms, both with unique access, as well as a family bathroom with stand-alone shower, bath and sink.
West Stowell is a quaint traditional hamlet situated in the Vale of Pewsey (an Area of Outstanding Beauty). The larger village of Pewsey is about 3.2 miles away, with local amenities including a supermarket, pharmacy, sports centre and several pubs, plus the station with regular intercity train services to London Paddington and the South West. The historic market town of Marlborough is 6.4 miles away. There are local village schools in Oare,Pewsey and Woodborough, plus St. Johns in Marlborough, also St. Francis Prep School, Marlborough College and Dauntsey’s are all nearby.
The property is nestled on the cusp of the West Stowell estate and enjoys incredible privacy and outstanding views over the open farmland to the rear. The grounds themselves are informally split into three areas. The formal garden, which surrounds the house, is fully protected by a hedge on all sides and has an array of well stocked flower beds and herbaceous borders in keeping with its country cottage style. There is a small orchard with a variety of fruit trees. The majority of the garden is laid to lawn with seating areas dotted around the house to make the most of the views across the fields.
A close boarded fence leads through on to the rear access to the artists’ studio. This substantial detached building has two major functions. Built and used as a fully functioning artists studio it has a generous footprint and incorporates a large vaulted artists studio with various access points, small kitchenette and storage rooms as well as a gardeners workshop and garden room. To the rear there is an enclosed garden adjoining the main Ladybird Cottage garden. This has a range of solid wood cold-frames, raised beds and greenhouse as well as a large conservatory. This is a double glazed wooden unit with sink and heating.
To the front of the property is a detached garage complex with parking surrounding it. There are a number of store rooms and double gates which lead through on to an enclosed area currently used for garden machinery and compost heaps. It would make excellent private parking for Ladybird Cottage. This in turn leads via a meandering walkway to the adjacent tennis court. This is fenced with a tarmac base. It is in need of some refurbishment but is in an excellent position within the property. It is bordered by a fine old hornbeam hedge offering wind protection. To the west of the house is a swimming pool area. This has the outdoor pool (in need of work) as well as a Tiki hut, containing storage and changing facilities. This area is fully enclosed with hedging around.
Charming Grade ll Listed House
Overlooks Open Farmland
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