Brookside Cottage is a charming Listed character cottage offering spacious and well-presented accommodation. There are 3 bedrooms, an attractive sitting room with woodburner and an extremely well appointed dining room/kitchen with solid fuel Rayburn. The property is sympathetically restored and the improvements perfectly compliment many interesting character features. There are some fine oak beams, original window seats and of particular note is the remains of medieval gothic stone windows to the side elevation.
Outside; The gardens are a truly enchanting feature of the property. Beautifully stocked with mature trees and colourful shrubs, there are seating areas, lawn, vegetable plot and a useful period stone outbuilding for storage. The property also benefits from private off road parking.
To conclude; Brookside Cottage presents a rare opportunity to purchase a quintessential Devon cottage with a magical garden in the centre of a popular and pretty South Hams village.
Brookside Cottage occupies a delightful and peaceful village position in the historic Plains area of Rattery. Within a very short walk is a beautiful ancient parish church and the well known Church House Inn, noted for its excellent food. Rattery is a vibrant small village with many interesting activities based in the nearby village hall, including a famous annual arts and crafts fair. Surrounding countryside is delightfully unspoilt and offers excellent opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Whilst set within the countryside, Rattery is highly accessible. The A38 dual carriageway is approximately 4 miles, giving easy access to nearby towns. Totnes is 5 miles and provides a great range of independent shops, educational provision and a mainline railway station to London Paddington.
Brookside Cottage and its neighbour Brook Cottage were originally one property. This was probably a 15th Century open hall house and retains early smoke blackened timbers from when the property was heated by open fires before the addition of chimneys and first floor areas. There are remnants of medieval stone windows, one with surviving cusped light. There are traces of a Newel stair in the rear corner and chamfered lintels.
Slated canopy porch with part-glazed stable front door to:
Attractive sunny front aspect room. The kitchen with good quality ‘Shaker’ style wall and base units, thick oak worksurfaces, downlighters and ceramic tiled splashbacks. Inset enamel 1 ½ bowl sink. Dishwasher. Integrated stainless steel Bosch electric oven, ceramic hob and extractor unit above. Extensive appliance space. Large plate rack and display shelves. The kitchen is open plan to the dining area which features a large fireplace with fitted solid fuel Rayburn range for hot water and heating. Lovely painted beams and limestone effect ceramic floor tiles. Steps up to:
Side aspect room overlooking garden. Splendid open fireplace with exposed stonework and fitted woodburning stove on raised tiled hearth. T.V. aerial and telephone points. Interesting stone recess and alcoves.
Stairs from Sitting Room to First Floor:
Airing cupboard, hatch to roof space and doors to:
Two front aspect windows with window seats, twin built-in wardrobes and radiator.
Front aspect window with window seat. Recessed hanging space and radiator.
Side aspect window with deep display sill. Telephone point and radiator.
Part-tiled with white suite, comprising panelled bath with separate electric shower unit above, vanity basin with cupboards below and W.C. Deep window sill and radiator.
The property is approached through a traditional wooden front gate with pathway to the front door. To the right of the pathway is a stone and slated outbuilding, approx 20’5’’ x 10’5’’ divided into useful storage areas. To the left of the pathway is a raised shrub/flower bed, enclosed by mature hedges and climbers, including Honeysuckle and Clematis. The seating area to the front of the house leads to a small gate with steps up to the side and rear garden. There is a private lawned area with roses, magnificent Clematis, Magnolia and Camelia. A rustic path and steps lead up to a sloping vegetable and soft fruit garden with level area above, enjoying views over the valley towards the ancient village church.
Approached from the lane is a five-bar gate leading into a parking area with steps up to the garden (previously mentioned) and a panelled inner gate to a small fenced plot, used for potting, log storage and bins.
From Totnes, take the A385 to Dartington and go straight ahead on the A385 at the roundabout. After 3 miles, turn right into Culver Lane. Continue, turning right at Mill Cross and proceed into Rattery, passing the entrance to the church and the Church House Inn. Proceed down the hill and park by the roadside on the area known as The Plains. Turn right and Brookside Cottage will be seen on the right through a wooden gate.