A pretty detached cottage with separate annex and grounds bordering the River Ebble, lying in a peaceful position in Bishopstone.
A charming brick, flint and stone cottage, under a clay tiled roof, believed to date from the late 18th century. It nestles by a stone hump-back bridge over the River Ebble, surrounded by the most beautiful, tranquil riverside gardens.
In the original part of the house, the dual-aspect dining room has a large inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove. The adjacent kitchen has fitted shaker style cupboards and integrated appliances. A laundry/cloakroom has a glazed door on to the terrace and back garden. The well-proportioned sitting room benefits from a fireplace with a wood-burning stove and access to the east facing conservatory overlooking the garden. Completing the ground floor is a shower room/wc. Upstairs are three well-proportioned bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The spacious detached annex is tucked away and has glazed French doors overlooking the potager garden. It offers a large kitchen/living/dining room downstairs and, upstairs, a double bedroom, with door on to a Juliette balcony and an en suite bathroom.
The cottage is set down a no-through road and approached, via a five-bar gate in a laurel hedge, on to a gravel driveway leading to a timber-framed car port. The front garden, enveloping the drive, has a wide variety of trees and shrubs, including silver birch, hellebores, lupins and an abundance of roses. A blue and a white wisteria climb the front elevation of the cottage and an ornamental vine. A herringbone brick pathway meanders through herbaceous borders to the front door. The back garden is secluded, peaceful and bordered along one side by the clear waters of the River Ebble, known for its brown trout conservation efforts. It boasts an abundance of species of trees and shrubs including magnolia, black elder, smoke bush, jasmine, roses, clematis, fig and agapanthus. Herbaceous borders wrap around areas of lawn and pathways, further dissected by an additional tiny stream. To one side is a traditional potager garden, with climbing clematis, sweet peas, arum lilies, bay and box hedging. The fruit garden boasts cox and bramley apples, plum and raspberries. Raised vegetable beds sit alongside a workshop and a wood shed. The garden and adjacent river host a wide, and often rare, selection of wildlife, including egret, swans and, on occasion, an otter.
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The Bridges is a charming family cottage on the banks of the renowned River Ebble. The gardens are divine and what attracts me is the separate annex, ideal for guests or dependent relatives.James McKillop