Extensively refurbished and stylishly presented Grade II listed period house.
Believed to date from around 1700 and listed Grade II of 'special historic or architectural importance', Bow Cottage is a delightful attached cottage situated in the heart of the rural village of West Hoathly. Since acquiring the property in 2015, the current owners have undertaken a comprehensive programme of extension and refurbishment, taking every care to enhance and retain the original structure and historic character of the building. Restored timber-framed sash and casement windows, a newly tiled roof, partial under floor heating, modern bathroom suites and an attractive shaker-style kitchen sit alongside a wealth of original timbers and doors and handsome original fireplaces to create a superbly appointed and comfortable family home, finished to a high specification and stylishly presented throughout.
The floor plan gives an excellent overview of the full extent of the accommodation, which extends to an impressive 2,764 square feet (including the cellar). There are four versatile reception rooms in the oldest part of the house, including a cosy sitting room with a striking inglenook fireplace set with a woodburning stove as its focus and a door opening to the rear courtyard, a formal dining room, a reception hall or snug also with large open fireplace, and a study area. The kitchen and breakfast room is a lovely light and bright room, fitted with a range of shaker style cabinetry and a central island, complemented by both black leather-finish granite and white stone worktops, and a number of integrated appliances. To one end of the kitchen bi-fold doors open to the courtyard and French doors to the terrace, and there is ample space for a large breakfast table or sofas; a door opens to steps descending to the cellar. The kitchen is served by a utility/boot room; a large cloakroom completes the ground floor accommodation.
There are five bedrooms arranged over the upper two floors, including a wonderful vaulted principal suite with spacious en suite bathroom, and a guest bedroom on the second floor with en suite shower room. The remaining three bedrooms are served by a further en suite bathroom, a family shower room and a separate WC; all the bathrooms are fitted with modern white suites and have electric under floor heating.
To the front of Bow Cottage is a private gravelled courtyard, screened from the road by high hedging with a wrought iron gate leading to the front door. The cottage's private parking is situated to the west of the house and is accessed via an unencumbered right of way over a private lane off North Lane.
The glorious rear garden is of particular note. Immediately to the rear of the sitting room is a sheltered, part walled brick paved courtyard which opens out on to a large paved terrace extending across the rear of the house. Steps rise to an area of level lawn, well-enclosed by mature shrubs and trees and with a brick pathway leading to a high wrought iron gate opening to the parking area. Garden outbuildings include a timber summer house, adjoining timber shed and a brick tool store.
Beyond the landscaped garden is a further expanse of land, currently untended but with enormous potential to clear and substantially enlarge the formal garden. In all, about 0.9 of an acre.
Bow Cottage benefits from a right over way over a private lane lying to the south west of the house, leading to the property's parking area.
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The living space that Bow Cottage offers behind its unassuming façade is a really pleasant surprise. I love the stylish combination of period detail and modern finishes, and the large terrace is the perfect spot for al fresco entertaining.Oliver MackminProperty agent