On the Ground Floor
A free stone pillared porch complete with wooden seats and an ancient strap hinged ledge and plank front door complete with wrought bolts, loops and a Norfolk latch.
Has a quarry tiled door hearth, a staircase and balusters rising to the first floor, open access beneath a chamfered beam to a sitting room or study (probably a former kitchen) and via another plank door with ancient furniture to the principal sitting room.
Principal Sitting Room
15' 0'' x 13' 9'' (4.57m x 4.19m)
Everything a cottage sitting room should be with a superb Inglenook fireplace having a fine chamfered and end stopped Oak Bresumer, plaque shelf, original bread oven, salt and spice niches, Nailsea stone back and piers, a flagstone hearth and a very high quality wood burning stove (multi fuel) inset fitted with a cast iron flue pipe and a vermiculite-lined chimney above the register plate. To the side of the fireplace is a deep shelved recess that is probably the position of the original staircase. There is a double radiator, exposed chamfered ceiling beam, three wall light points, an attractive deep sill twin Mullion double casement window allowing an outlook to the front and a plank door with strap hinges and Norflok latch leading to the kitchen.
13' 5'' x 11' 6'' (4.09m x 3.50m)
Here a later local stone fireplace sits in front of an older exposed local stone chimney breast with a stone arch of an earlier fireplace visible above the mantle, in turn that fireplace probably sits in front of an original Inglenook. There is a radiator, telephone and TV points, fitted wall shelving, a deep sill double Mullion twin casement window allowing an outlook to the front and an exposed chamfered ceiling beam. N.B This room may once have been a kitchen given that there are two iron hoops at ceiling level that typically were used for hanging meat and cheese.
11' 8'' x 8' 6'' (3.55m x 2.59m)
With Fired Earth terracotta tiled floor, a radiator, traditional French doors opening to the flagstone terrace and gardens beyond, a further slip window again overlooking the garden both of course face west – as any good dining room should and therefore take full advantage of the sunshine right into the evening including the lovely sunsets. From here, a ledge and brace door with a Norfolk latch leads to:-
A half vaulted Family Room - Guest Bedroom
16' 0'' x 8' 8'' (4.87m x 2.64m)
With a genuine American oak floor, a double radiator, American oak boarded deep window sills, double aspect casement windows, wall light point, exposed roof beams, a double wardrobe recess, an attractive outlook over the gardens and a shaped, ledge and brace door again with Norfolk latch opening to:-
En-suite shower room
With a spacious fully tiled shower enclosure, a close coupled WC, a pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splash back, a shaver light point, an exposed ceiling beam, a double radiator, a tiny low level frosted window with another deep sill, quarry tiled floor and up stand skirting with wet room drain in floor.
14' 2'' x 8' 3'' (4.31m x 2.51m)
A traditional kitchen breakfast room with white washed natural stone walls, a range of rustic style honey oak wall and floor cabinets (solid oak) with Antique pewter handles, ample roll ledge laminated work surfaces, an inset Asterite 1½ bowl sink unit with a Nickel mono block mixer and filtered water tap over. Plumbing for an automatic dishwasher/washing machine, further under work top appliance space, space for a full sized slot in cooker, handmade Harlequin tiled surrounds and a tiled window niche and sills, a double glazed casement window overlooking the west lawn, recessed down lighter ceiling lights, concealed over work top lighting, a double radiator, a cabinet housing the modern circuit breaker consumer unit and digital electric meter. A substantial framed and ledge braced plank door with Norfolk latch leads to the gardens.
On the First Floor
15' 10'' x 14' 5'' (4.82m x 4.39m)
Very well proportioned and here enjoying a view to the front with a deep sill double glazed casement window , an unusually large stepped chimney corbel above the Inglenook, an arched candle niche, a radiator, a lovely dipping plaster ceiling with exposed ceiling timbers in each quarter, broad pine floor boards. 5amp lamp points and two wall light points, lighting within the candle niche.
14' 11'' x 8' 2'' (4.54m x 2.49m)
Another attractive double aspect room with a very appealing low sill casement window overlooking the gardens to the west and a further double glazed casement window to the south, pine floor boards, a double radiator, part but not inconveniently slopped ceilings, two wall light points and a plank door with Norfolk latch returning via a shallow step to bedroom 1
14' 2'' x 8' 9'' (4.31m x 2.66m)
Another attractive bedroom here again overlooking the gardens and countryside to the front, with a low sill small paned casement window, undulating plaster ceiling, part slopped walls with a plaque shelf, a radiator, a candle niche and a pair of exposed roof beams. The door is once more a matchboard ledge and brace item with Norfolk latch.
13' 0'' x 8' 5'' (3.96m x 2.56m)
Clearly, unusually spacious and having a classic white suite comprising a cast iron enamelled bath with raised and fielded panelling, flexible shower over and tiled surround, a pedestal wash hand basin with fluted pedestal and again tiled surround, a bidet and a close coupled WC. Dual voltage shaver point, fitted double linen cupboard with space and plumbing beneath for an automatic washing machine and further space for a tumble dryer. A double radiator, a hatch allowing access to the attic and a ledge and brace matchboard door with Norfolk latch returning to the landing. A real feature here is the double Mullion twin casement window that does not need opaque glazing (no one in sight) and certainly should not be obscured given the fabulous view including the some of the finest sunsets in the area.
The property is approached from the lane via an open gateway with livestock chain. The gateway is flanked by ancient Nailsea stone walls and leads to a long set paved drive that provides parking for numerous cars arriving eventually at the side of the cottage and next to the small stone barn. The gardens on all sides are a complete delight with an informal mainly lawned garden to the front that is bounded by a natural (again Nailsea) stone walls with two semi ha ha low flag topped walls creating an avenue effect toward the porch. Some fabulous structural plants and shrubs together with a beautiful selection of mature trees frame the lawn.
The trees and walls combine to offer a high degree of privacy with only the odd passing elevated tractor driver or equestrian able to peer in.
There is access all the way around the cottage with the area of garden to the south of the drive and main lawns having been designed as a more wild part of the garden with a variety of specimen shrubs set against a backdrop of further mature trees and hedges.
The barn has power and lighting that was properly installed in recent years with an underground armour cable, consumer unit and weatherproof sockets and lighting units. Just to the west of the barn there is a timber pony stable on a hard base with a relatively recently replaced roof.
The main portion of the garden is arranged to the south and west of the house and comprises a broad sweep of very gently sloping lawn with an even wider variety of trees shrubs and bushes including some particularly fine examples of differing species. The following photographs, together with more on our web site and Facebook page give a better but even then not complete indication of the extent and beauty of these gardens that create a near perfect setting without being over complicated.