A beautifully designed contemporary cottage in a rural but accessible location.
Builsberry Cottage is situated on a quiet country lane on the edge of the village of Forgandenny. It was designed and built by the current owners almost two years ago and is an enormously attractive and characterful house both inside and out. Cream render sets off the horizontal larch cladding on the external walls and old Scottish slates have been sourced for the roof. Picture windows of various sizes are strategically placed to frame the views and fill the house with light. The beautifully simple exterior hides an interior which is full of character as well as being immensely comfortable and practical. The multi-fuel stove with back boiler warms the house and heats the water and being well-insulated, the house retains its heat efficiently.
Double doors at the front of the house open to a vestibule where there is space for boots and coats, and then into a welcoming reception hall. Immediately to the left is the bright and lofty living room which is open to the kitchen and has space for comfortable seating and a dining area. With a full height ceiling and a large picture window, it is a wonderful family room which is also ideal for entertaining. The stove is a warming focal point while French doors from the dining area can be open to the terrace in the summer. The kitchen is thoughtfully designed with attractive shelving and cabinetry, old Belfast sinks and useful central island. Opposite the kitchen is a utility/larder. Also on the ground floor is a large double bedroom with space for a dressing area; a bathroom and a study which could be used as a small child's bedroom.
A timber staircase, with useful space for storage beneath, leads up to the first floor where there is a master bedroom with en suite shower room, a landing with a storeroom and one further double bedroom which, when a set of doors are folded back, reveals a balcony overlooking the main living room.
Builsberry Cottage sits in a garden of about 0.2 acres. It is bound by a post and wire fence and has a lovely rural backdrop. A terrace outside the dining room is a sheltered spot for sitting out in the summer.
Garden store and lean-to log store.
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The clean simplicity of the exterior of Builsberry Cottage cleverly conceals the wonderfully airy space within. Imaginative but essentially practical design that includes exposed beams and well thought out storage has created a contemporary house with real character.Stephanie Clarke