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Fairytale cottage on the coast

Picture perfect: Rock Cottage, in Niton, presents as the ideal fairtytale cottage. Built in the early 19th century, it exudes the charm of yesteryear.

Picture perfect: Rock Cottage, in Niton, presents as the ideal fairtytale cottage. Built in the early 19th century, it exudes the charm of yesteryear.

Francesca McLinden

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 13:30

LOCATION: Niton
BEDROOMS: Three
PRICE: £650,000
AGENT: Spence Willard
TEL: 01983 200800

IF ROCK Cottage, in Niton, was part of a story, there is no question as to the genre of the book: fairytale.

It is a Grade II-listed home, sympathetically renovated by the current owners in such a way as to retain as much of the original fabric of the building, while simultaneously providing top-quality accommodation.
Renovation works to the cottage include: insulating hemp and lime plaster walls, a new Welsh slate roof and new water, electric and heating systems that aid the provision of under-floor heating throughout.
There is plenty of limestone through the house and restored original timber flooring, plus two wood-burning stoves that add greatly to the appeal.
For those of you wanting to cook up a storm, you can do that in the hand-built bespoke kitchen with granite work surfaces and many helpful integral appliances.
These include: dishwasher, American-style fridge/freezer with ice maker, washing machine/tumble dryer and range-style cooker with induction hob and extractor.
From the kitchen you can access the terrace and enjoy the beautiful garden ambiance.
The kitchen also opens into a dining/seating area with windows to three aspects.
Across the ground-floor hallway you’ll find a wonderfully elegant sitting room with a wall that features exposed brickwork and wooden beams, as well as one of the two wood burners.
There is also a stunning shower room with a large contemporary walk-in shower, as well as the cellar which is accessed from the hall.
It has exposed stone walls, limestone flooring, power and light.
On the first floor there are three double bedrooms and a bespoke bathroom fitted with the original roll-top bath and a host of modern increments.
From the master bedroom, a pair of arched windows provide southerly views over the garden and out to the English Channel.
There are also sea views from the second bedroom and the third bedroom has access to a large, partially floored attic.
Outside, there is the garden and the spacious terrace, a further dining area enclosed by stone walling clad in roses with a built-in barbecue, lots of fabulous flora and fauna, some raised beds and herb garden.
There is also off-road parking.
We can never be certain of anything, but what we can be certain of is this: Rock Cottage is an exquisite period coastal cottage within an area of outstanding natural beauty.
But what’s more outstanding? This magnificent home or its stunning gardens? You decide because it’s too close to call.

 


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