We are delighted to have been favoured with the instructions to offer this picture book country cottage and those that visit will find an enchanting 3 double bedroom XVIIIth century detached period home dating, we gather from around 1780. The property stands in private gardens west of the hamlet of West End with three adjoining level paddocks totalling about 2.2acres.
The property is set just over two miles from Nailsea and closer still to the edge of Clevedon, overlooking open countryside while affording impeccably presented accommodation that has been very tastefully renovated in recent years with great attention to detail.
An idyllic rural setting is only part of the appeal here. We are thrilled to offer this outstanding property that offers so much and yet remains manageable having been comprehensively, though completely sympathetically, restored in recent years. The charming country garden stretches away to the south with a gate, arbour and path leading past a Weeping Willow to the gently flowing freshwater "moat". The paddocks are suitable for equestrians, general livestock or simply as a quite lovely addition to the gardens, while the selection of outbuildings offer considerable scope with some ripe for conversion if required. The views are glorious extending as far as the western Mendips far beyond the adjoining open countryside much of which is designated as an area of Special Scientific Interest due to rare flora and fauna a factor that will prohibit future development in this area which is well away from any proposed long term housing development or road improvement sites.
This very special property is enriched with innumerable beautiful features such that all who view will surely be delighted. From the stable front door that opens to a very welcoming flag stone hall to the smallest room of the cottage beyond, the cloakroom. The hall also leads to the very attractive triple aspect kitchen and via a charming part glazed period door to the lovely dining room with an original fireplace complete with the outline of a former bread oven and a fireplace with ‘Nailsea Stone’ kiln hood and a double sided wood burning stove inset. This fireplace draws the eye through to a very comfortable sitting room that again takes advantage of the wood burning stove framed again by a very pleasing fireplace. There are exposed ceiling beams and light neutrally decorated walls and every main room takes advantage of an outlook over the gardens or towards the west paddock.
A traditional cottage staircase and semi circular stairwell is concealed by an ancient ledge and brace door with the stairs arriving at an extensive landing with partially exposed stonework above. The views from the landing are very picturesque, a theme that is repeated from all three double bedrooms including the particularly attractive principal bedroom that has French doors opening to a Juliet balcony that offers panoramic views. An en suite bathroom is arranged off this bedroom and a shower room can be found off the landing.
Outside the property is approached via a gated entrance that opens to an extensive gravelled drive that provides parking and turning space for numerous vehicles with ample provision for horse boxes or equine transporters. The drive leads to a substantial modern detached garage and allows an access to the west paddocks that are bounded from the drive by post and rail fencing.
A stone arched gateway opens from the drive to the very pretty formal garden on the south side of the cottage with well stocked borders, numerous established trees and shrubs and flag stone paved areas. An arbour and gate open to the east paddock where a series of outbuildings of varying sizes stand while, at the bottom of the garden a further arbour leads past a superb mature Willow tree to a lawn adjoining the 'moat' with a summerhouse that is perfectly placed to drink in the peaceful and almost unique position.
Little is known of the history of the cottage excepting that when the present owner acquired the property there was a great deal of work required to restore the property to its current condition. The cottage has been comprehensively revamped including damp proofing, wiring, heating, replacement windows and doors, the roof has been overhauled, the first floor space re-planned to the original layout and many of the original features restored or where necessary replaced with suitably attractive reclaimed items to ensure that the new works blend with the fundamental character of the cottage.
This programme of renovation has, we feel, been a tremendous success and with a planned lifestyle change ahead, the present owner has decided to hand over custodianship to new occupants creating an unrepeatable opportunity for the discerning buyer and the next owner may take advantage of the obvious scope to enlarge the cottage, subject to any necessary consents.