Rarely available, five bedroom Victorian gem in the heart of the village with garage and potential annexe
1 Market Lane is a charming and elegant village house with a symmetrical facade on to the High Street incorporating a pair of two storey bay windows with a dentilled cornice above. Having undergone various changes over the years - one of only two previous owners for example decided to re-site the front door so as not to open directly on to the High Street - this is a lovely family home with considerable character. Of part painted brick elevations beneath a slate roof, the property now has an internal link to the former coach house.
The first floor of this part provides a wonderful vaulted upper floor office/studio but together with the rooms below could potentially be altered to create annexe accommodation if required.
The part glazed entrance door with stained glass is flanked by five similarly glazed panels creating an imposing entrance to the property. Once inside, the split level hall doesn't disappoint with red and black chequered tiled flooring, a fireplace to the right and to the left another stained glass door to a useful china cupboard (formerly we understand this led directly to the study). Beyond is a useful store and access beneath the stairs to the cellar. To the left of the hall is a light-filled sitting room with central fireplace and Jetmaster fire and cupboards and shelving either side- the ornate mirror above the fire reflecting the light from the bay window opposite. Beyond is the study with stripped floorboards and another Victorian fireplace with tiled insets.
The family living space with the kitchen area is the hub of the house. The sitting/dining area features a Clear View multi-fuel stove, exposed brick chimney breast and patio-doors to the garden. A long breakfast bar divides this space from the kitchen, thought to have been fitted in the 1960s, this was surprisingly ahead of its time with some deep pan drawers, open display shelving, sliding cupboard doors and space for a dishwasher. Adjacent is a pantry with a larder, spice cupboard, book shelving and space for a fridge. This in turn leads to the cloakroom and the glazed utility link (also with access to the garden) in to the converted coach house beyond.
On the first floor are five (four double) bedrooms from the impressive vaulted landing with deep roof light; the master at the rear with deep and wide sash windows overlooking the garden, two with bay windows enjoying impressive views of the High Street, and the fourth incorporating the pressurised hot water cylinder and airing cupboard. The family bathroom has a bath with Victorian style mixer taps and shower attachment whilst the fifth bedroom might potentially be converted to an en suite facility if required.
Within the former barn - or Coach House - are a ground floor shower room, a store room/former workshop with potential for conversion to a kitchen, a rear external door and the vaulted office/studio on the first floor with recently installed double glazed painted timber windows overlooking the garden.
The split-level mature walled garden is a delight with a tiled terrace beside the house, a variety of shaped beds, steps and lawn. There is also a store and at the far end a deep single garage approached from Market Lane
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As soon as you enter the hall, this house welcomes you in - from the stained glass windows to the chequered hall tiles, the bay windows to the spacious studio I loved it's comfortable elegance - with only two previous owners this really is a rare opportunity.Lucy Banks