A chocolate box cottage' set in an enchanting waterside garden within a delightful village
Bishopstone is a spring line settlement and hence the name, Spring Cottage. Understood to date back to the mid 17th century and Grade II Listed, the property is a picturesque thatched cottage which has been considerably improved by the present owners. Indeed the property is now well presented and yet retains all its original character and features. These include a wealth of exposed timbers, exposed stonework and an impressive inglenook fireplace in the main reception room. At present the property is arranged to provide a self-contained annexe but this part of the cottage can easily be incorporated into the larger part should the cottage be occupied as one. All rooms overlook the stunning waterside garden and are south facing.
The principal part of Spring Cottage includes a charming reception room which is split to provide a separate dining area. The kitchen is well fitted and is adjacent to the utility room with cloakroom. The open tread oak staircase leads to the first floor where there are two comfortable bedrooms and a bathroom. The principal bedroom is dual aspect, includes a bay window and has access to a loft room. The other end of the cottage has its own front door but is interconnecting with the original building. In addition to the sitting room (with fireplace and wood burning stove) there is a breakfast room, kitchen, bedroom and shower room. As such it fulfils a number of different requirements including a guest annexe, letting cottage or use by a dependent relative. Equally it can easily be used as part of the main cottage.
Complementing the cottage is the exquisite and much admired garden. Filled with colourful plants and shrubs, the garden creates a magical setting which is hard to match. The spring fed ponds and stream are criss-crossed with bridges and create a tranquil setting where an abundance of wildlife thrive. Various sitting out areas provide different vistas. Indeed it is hard to imagine a more relaxing garden and one that is so peaceful. Even at night time there is a policy in The City of limited use of artificial lighting and so enhancing the benefits of total darkness.
Close to the house is a very useful detached workshop with a side door, WC and French doors opening onto a terrace with a rose covered pergola. This building would be perfect for use as a home office. There is also a garden shed and log store. Summer shade is provided by a mature weeping willow tree which cast dappled light over one of the ponds. There is also an impressive carving of stags which will remain. Further away from the garden is the gravelled parking area with barn style garaging and carport. There is also a kitchen garden with productive vegetable bed and soft fruit trees. A mature beech hedge affords privacy. An uplift clause exists on the garage piece of land should it ever be developed.
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Approaching via a footpath you come across a picturesque waterside garden beyond which is an equally charming cottage, a perfect vision.Anthony Coaker