Property Flirt: 3 bedroom fairytale cottage
There’s nothing I love more than a little nosey around a house, and in complete contrast to last month’s modern crib, May’s Property Flirt is a country corker. Beautiful, charming, perfectly formed… this coquette of a cottage has it all. Don’t you just want to pick it up and pop it in your pocket?
So, you know what to do people – take a look at the pics below, and I’ll give you some info about the property, then guess the price and claim your £1000 instant prize! Er, not really. We do this purely for the glory folks.
Right, shall we grab the keys and take a peek?
What you’re about to peruse dear readers is Pear Tree Cottage in Upper Bucklebury. A detached Grade II listed cottage tucked away on a quiet lane overlooking the gorgeous woodland of Bucklebury Common. 3 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms and a few surprises tucked away.
Location-wise, it’s a pretty exclusive little spot, with country walks on the door step, and a local shop, church, primary school and a lovely little pub, which by chance is called The Cottage Inn, spooky! Just down the road is The Bladebone Inn which I reviewed recently and can highly recommend. So that’s your picture perfect village sorted.
You’re also within easy reach of Newbury and West Berkshire’s sprinkling of more gorgeous villages for you to explore. Ooh and you probably want to know about schools. Well, pretty good actually. The cottage is in catchment for Park House Secondary School, and public schools nearby include Downe House, St Gabriel’s, Elstree and Cheam.
Let’s take a shifty inside…
Through the thatch gable front door and immediately off the hallway there is a dining room with gorgeous features including exposed wooden flooring, open fireplace, and check out that panelled mantelpiece!
The dining room opens onto the study, and this leads into a surprisingly modern sitting room extension, with vaulted ceiling and bi-folding doors onto the terrace…
There’s a double aspect kitchen with original beams and a blue two-oven Rayburn. I think this could possibly do with a foxy facelift, so I’d bear that in mind with your price prediction.
Just to throw you off kilter once again, the ground floor also features a beautifully re-fitted bathroom suite with drench shower…
Upstairs there are three lovely bedrooms, with views over the gardens and towards the common. Want to take a look outside for a few more clues? Follow me…
There is a pretty cottage garden with lawns to the front, totally enclosed with mature hedging and picket fence. The path is edged with lavender and roses (all waiting for me to kill in a single blow with my not very green thumbs).
Out the back is a south facing decked terrace – two words – SUN. TRAP. Someone pour me some sangria. The rest of the garden is laid to lawn with a gate leading to a large paddock, so you will unfortunately have to buy a pony. Oh dear, that’s suddenly racked the cost up a bit. The garden and paddock come to just under half an acre in total. There’s also a detached garage and two garden sheds (for all that pony gubbins you’re going to need to store).
Now, you probably had a price in mind and I’m going to totally mess with your mind when I tell you that there is also planning permission for a further bedroom, bathroom and living space – oops! Guess again. I know, I’m such a meanie!
Righto! Are you ready with your final figure? Get it set in your mind, argue it out with the cat (or whoever’s sitting next to you) and click here to see how close you got!