This picture postcard gem of a property is believed by the current owners to be 500 to 600 years old with later sympathetic additions. The thatch has been recently overhauled and the ridge replaced and internally there are a plethora of wonderful period details such as the exposed beams, Inglenook fireplaces (from where the cottage gets its name), latch doors and brick paver floors to name just a few. Whilst full of the quirks and charm synonymous with a building of this era, the cottage also provides ample accommodation for a growing family. On the ground floor there are four reception areas including an open plan sitting room and snug with Inglenook fireplace with original bread oven, a wonderful dining room with a further inglenook fireplace with original wooden bread oven door, as well as an open plan vaulted kitchen breakfast room providing space for informal dining. A further reception room works as a study or an occasional fifth bedroom as used by the current owners. On the first floor there are four good size bedrooms including a very impressive master suite with dressing room and en suite bathroom with an indulgent view from the bath overlooking the fields stretching away. This is a wonderful opportunity for a discerning buyer to purchase a house of historic interest (and yet not listed) which has been a much loved and well maintained home for previous owners.
The cottage has an idyllic location, being the last house on this quiet country lane. At the end of the plot is a footpath which leads to the stunning countryside of the North Wessex Downs (AONB) and the popular Oak Tree pub and primary school at Smannell (under 1 mile along the path). The village has a strong sense of community and also offers easy access to the A338/A303/A34 and M3 road networks to the Midlands, London and the South Coast as well as rail links to London Waterloo from Andover station (approx. 3 miles).
With a total plot of just under 0.3 acre, the property sits within beautiful south facing cottage gardens adjoining open farmland, providing a beautiful rural setting. The garden has been improved by the current owners with significant planting to the front of the property as well as a beautifully built brick and flint wall enclosing the garden from the ample parking and double car barn at the far end of the plot. The garden features an original well which creates a wonderful focal point from the garden but also with the implementation of a pump could be used for watering the garden. The garden also benefits from established pear and plum trees, fruit bushes and vegetable planters provide a taste of the 'good life'. Running along the front of the property, overlooking the well and the garden is an attractive paved terrace and deck providing a wonderful outdoor entertaining area with views over the neighbouring field.
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Test Valley Borough Council
SERVICES: All main services connected
Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom
three further bedrooms
ground floor bathroom
sitting room open plan to snug
2 bay carport with storage