With over half an acre of rear garden, this detached Grade II thatched cottage has several stone outbuildings, a detached garage with an inspection pit and off road parking for numerous vehicles. Open countryside to the rear makes this a very secluded plot. This is a rare opportunity to find a character home with so much potential, both inside and out.
This stone-built home was built in the 1700's and extended at the back creating a kitchen diner. In addition the ground floor accommodation comprises two reception rooms and a good-size four-piece bathroom; on the first floor there are three sizeable double bedrooms accessed via two staircases. There is an opportunity to reconfigure the internal layout and outbuildings (subject to necessary permissions) that will further enhance this characterful cottage.
Entrance Lobby Entered from the main front door into a small lobby area with doors either side to the two reception rooms.
Living Room 5.1 x 5.3 (16'8" x 17'4") Situated at the front of the property, the main reception room has ceiling beams, and a wood-burning stove. A window overlooks the south-facing frontage. At the back of this room a door leads to the rear lobby.
Kitchen 6.6 x 2.5 (21'7" x 8'2") Positioned off the rear lobby, the kitchen has wonderful views over the garden. A range of wall and base cupboards with ample worksurfaces are provided incorporating a stainless-steel single drainer sink unit. There is sufficient room for a dining table and chairs. A door to the far end leads to the second hallway.
Inner Hallway A second front door, not currently used, opens into another hallway with doors accessing the second reception room, bathroom, kitchen and first floor.
Sitting Room 3.5 x 4.0 (11'5" x 13'1") With a window to the front aspect, the second reception room has ceiling beams and an inglenook fireplace.
Bathroom 3 x 4 (9'10" x 13'1") Offering a four-piece suite consisting of a bath, shower cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin and a low-level W.C., this large room has ceiling beams and a window to the front elevation. A cupboard houses the boiler and provides some storage space.
First Floor The first floor is accessed via two staircases redolent to the time of the cottage being two separate dwellings. One staircase is located between the living room and kitchen at the left end of the cottage. The second staircase is situated between the kitchen and bathroom to the right side.
Main Bedroom 5.1 x 5.3 (16'8" x 17'4") An original decorative cast iron fireplace makes a lovely feature in this spacious double room. There is a window to the front aspect.
Bedroom Two 4.5 x 5.3 (14'9" x 17'4") Another large double room, this bedroom is accessed from bedroom three or alternatively the staircase that rises from the inner hallway next to the kitchen.
Bedroom Three 4.2 x 5.3 (13'9" x 17'4") The second staircase accessed from the hall adjacent to the living room, leads directly into a double room, that has a window with views over the rear garden and countryside beyond. One door leads to the main bedroom and a further door to bedroom two.
Exterior The property fronts onto the main street in Upper Benefield and has a small grass frontage with flower borders.
To the side, metal gates open onto a substantial gravel area that continues round to the rear garden and provides room for multiple vehicles to park.
A large detached stone-built garage/barn with a pantile roof has an inspection pit and windows to the side.
Attached to the external porch of the house are stone outbuildings with pantile rooves and windows, currently laid out as three large workshops offering over 55 square metres of workshop space.
A number of other sheds and wood storage facilities are situated along the garden westerly boundaries.
A vast rear garden, to the rear, is mainly laid to lawn with a central pathway leading to the vegetable plot and greenhouse. Hedges border both sides and the back has a fence boundary. The plot spans over half an acre in size and adjoins beautiful countryside.
Upper Benefield is a popular village and lies approximately 5 miles west of Oundle and with the majority of properties being stone built. Residents enjoy the facilities available at the Cricket Club in the summer months as well as rural walks all year round on the doorstep to neighbouring villages.
The historic market town of Oundle on the River Nene in Northamptonshire is home to the prestigious Oundle School. The town has regular markets and festivals and Barnwell Country Park is on the edge near the marina. There are excellent independent shops, cafes and restaurants and two supermarkets. The rail network can be easily accessed from Corby, Stamford, Kettering and Peterborough, which are all within 15 miles, and there are good links to major roads.
Grade II Listed
Oil Fired Central Heating
Council Tax: Band G
Covenants in place on furthest 1/3 of the plot, more info available.