Offers in excess of £800,000
Formerly two separate dwellings, 'The Cottage' is a detached period family home with origins dating back to the 16th century, located in a central position within the Bedfordshire village of Silsoe. The 'eye-brow' windows to the front of the property are typical of a thatched home, however, the roof was in fact replaced in the 1970's to a more conventional rosemary tiled roof. Approachto the property is via two cottage gates with steps down on to a perennial wrap around garden which has various mature plant and shrub borders. Internally the property retains many of its original features throughout, to include; exposed wall/ceiling timbers, open fireplaces, stripped pine doors with brass fittings, exposed floorboards, leaded windows and quarry tiles. An internal porch with window seat and storage leads through in to an inner hallway which is laid with parquet flooring. A door leads through in to the kitchen breakfast room which has been very recently modernised by the current owners to create a stylish contemporary living space. A central solid granite topped island unit with under-counter storage cupboards also houses a 36 bottle wine chiller, matching granite worktops sit over stylish hand-made units with bespoke copper handles and LED down-lighting. There is a free-standing 'Rangemaster' with double electric fan ovens, grill, ceramic plate, warming drawer, five ring gas hob and complimentary extractor hood over. Further features include a 'Kohler' double width butler sink with instant boiling water tap, integrated 'Neff' dishwasher, integrated housing unit for American style fridge/freezer and original inglenook fireplace with exposed brick and inset wood-burning stove. With views and access on to the rear gardens is a useful utility area with quarry tiled flooring, a glass panelled pine door leads in to a pantry, there is further access in to the cloakroom/utility which is fitted with white sanitary ware and has built in bespoke storage cupboards for a washing machine and tumble dryer.
Continuing on this level is the first of threeseparate reception areas. The dining room has a continuation of the parquet flooring, a large feature inglenook fireplace houses a grate and there are distinctive wall niche's. An internal door leads on to a more recent addition to the home, this area is currently being used as a study/home office but, has a number of versatile uses. There is a 'velux' window, oak parquet flooring, original internal leaded window and, stable door on to the rear. The formal and cosy sitting roomis laid with oak panelled flooring, there is also a feature inglenook fireplace with a more contemporary 8Kw inset wood-burning stove, there are french doors leading on to a rear patio outside. An original, intricate oak staircase to the first floor accommodation leads up from the dining room on to a landing area which has a number of useful storage cupboards and exposed wall and ceiling timbers. Entrance to the master bedroom is via a timber latch, ledge and brace door with built in wardrobe and, dual aspect views to the side and rear. There are en-suite facilities attached which include a 1 1/2 width shower cubicle, vanity unit with his/hers wash hand basins and low level w/c. There are two more double bedrooms, both of which have built in wardrobes and a further bright single bedroom. All rooms are serviced by the stylish yet traditional family bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower and recess ceiling spotlights.
The external garden is predominately laid to lawn and wraps around both sides of the property, there are various established fruit trees to include; apple, plum, pear, cherry, gooseberry and raspberries. A variety of mature trees, including flowering cherry, and shrubs litter the garden and in the Spring the garden is ablaze with daffodils, tulips,violets, bluebells and ,many other cottage garden plants. There are also two paved pa...
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