Cottage   3 bedroom(s)   1 bathroom(s)   2 reception room(s)
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PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Understood to be a former lock keeper's cottage, set adjacent to the River Stour on a rural lane enjoying an outstanding rural aspect within the much sought-after parish of Wormingford. Lying within the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Suffolk/Essex border, the property enjoys unlisted status and is set within convenient reach of a network of countryside walks and bridleways. Notable retained features to the property include timber-framed casement windows, doors complete with Suffolk latches, an array of exposed timber and studwork in addition to original Victorian fireplaces. Having benefitted from a two-storey side extension, the accommodation comprises a generous sitting room and triple aspect open plan kitchen/dining room, separate study and utility/cloakroom at ground-floor. Three/four first-floor bedrooms are enhanced by a substantial family bathroom with far-reaching views from front, side and rear elevations. An outstanding opportunity for either a principal residence or additional property, with scope for further extension, set in grounds of 0.3 acres with views across the River Stour and open farmland. Further benefits include a double open bay cart lodge, ample private parking and useful array of outbuildings including timber-framed external stores and a brick potting shed/garden store. The property also enjoys 2.18-acres of enclosed meadowland to the north-east of the property, enjoying an extensive wildlife habitat and flanking the River Stour with direct access via a landing stage to 25 miles of navigable river. This area benefits from a steel-framed, four-bay open fronted barn and further timber-framed barn with corrugated roof, neither of which is listed and have been used for agricultural and forestry storage purposes throughout the existing clients 35-year tenure.
Original timber door with Suffolk latch and dual-locking mechanism opening to:
ENTRANCE HALL: With double casement window range to rear, staircase off accessed via door with Suffolk latch and a wood-fired back boiler heating system set within a brick fireplace with hearth, wooden surround and mantle over. Door to useful under stair storage recess, further door to recessed store cupboard and door with Suffolk latch opening to:
SITTING ROOM: With double casement range to front affording an easterly aspect, well placed for the morning sun. A charming reception space with wealth of exposed timberwork and original Victorian fireplace with Suffolk yellow brick hearth, wooden surround and mantle over. Recessed corner shelving, original front door and opening to:
KITCHEN/DINING ROOM: Affording part of a two-storey side extension to the property, separated by a central timbered partition. The kitchen is fitted with a matching range of traditional style wooden-fronted base units with marble-effect preparation surfaces over. Single sink unit with vegetable drainer to side, mixer tap over and afforded a dual aspect with casement window range to side and rear with views across the rear gardens. Space for oven with hob above, base-level fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Enjoying a direct, open link with the dining room which is afforded a dual aspect with casement window range to front and side, door to outside and tiled effect flooring throughout.
STUDY: Ideally placed as an office/study with casement window range to front affording an easterly aspect, wealth of exposed timberwork and painted floor.
UTILITY ROOM: Fitted with ceramic WC, stainless-steel wash handbasin with hot and cold tap over, storage space below and window to side. Space and plumbing for washing machine/dryer.
LANDING: A split-level landing and door with Suffolk latch opening to:
BEDROOM 4: Currently being utilised as a craft/hobby room although offering excellent potential as a walk-through bedroom with casement window range to rear offering a westerly aspect with elevated views across the gardens and river beyond. Step up and door to linen store with useful fitted shelving. Door with Suffolk latch opening to:
BEDROOM 1: The principal bedroom forms part of the two-storey side extension with casement window range to front and side affording uninterrupted views across the surrounding landscape. Opening to recessed fitted wardrobe with attached hanging rail, exposed timber work and hatch to loft.
BEDROOM 2: With casement window range to front affording uninterrupted views across adjacent farmland. A wealth of exposed timber work, Victorian fireplace and recessed corner storage. Hatch to loft.
BEDROOM 3: With casement window range to front affording uninterrupted views across adjacent farmland. Wealth of exposed timberwork.
FAMILY BATHROOM: Fitted with ceramic WC, Heritage pedestal wash handbasin, bath with tiling above and separately screened shower unit with chrome shower attachment. Half-height tongue-and-groove panelling wall-mounted heated towel radiator, casement window to rear and hatch to loft.
Outside Situated on Bowdens Lane with a shingled area of private off-street parking providing space for five vehicles with direct access provided to the:
DOUBLE CART LODGE: A two bay open-fronted double cart lodge on a brick base with central staircase opening into loft storage space with light and power connected, personnel door to side.
The gardens enjoy a westerly aspect with a single expanse of lawn gently rolling away from the property with distant views across the River Stour and farmland beyond. Set within the gardens are a number of walkways, a woodstore with a fence line side boundary and brick outbuilding with original wash copper, central chimney and slate roofline.
Further outbuildings include store set on a concrete base with timber-clad exterior beneath a corrugated roofline with personnel door to side and double doors to front.
The remaining outbuildings sit beyond the double cart lodge with a timber framed insulated workshop set on a concrete base with double-glazed windows to side, light and power connected.
A mature tree line border screens the gardens with the final outbuilding in the form of a timber-framed summer house with glass screening to front and side and iron gates beyond opening to Bowdens Lane.
A 2.18-acre parcel of enclosed meadowland lies beyond the tree line to the north-east, enjoying an extensive wildlife habitat and flanking the River Stour with direct access via a landing stage to 25 miles of navigable river.
A steel-framed, four-bay open-fronted barn and further timber-framed barn with corrugated roof complete the offering. Neither building is listed and have been used for agricultural and forestry storage purposes throughout the existing clients 35-year tenure.
SERVICES: Ultrafast broadband available. Mains water and electricity are connected. Private drainage. Wood-fired back boiler heating. No services are connected to the barns NOTE: None of these services have been tested by the agent.
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