A listed, thatched home with a bonus

By Judy Marriott

Published on Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:09


A listed, thatched home with a bonus

Gillmans, Brighstone, is a lovely cottage.



Bedrooms...Three in main house, two in cottage


Agent...Megan Baker

Tel...01983 280555

WITH its picturesque looks, large gardens and superb Brighstone location, a centuries-old thatched cottage is appealing in itself but making it doubly desirable is a wonderful bonus outside.

Grade II listed Gillmans, in quiet Upper Lane, is a rare package, comprising the charming main stone-built cottage, dating from the 1700s, and a big, beautifully converted thatched barn comprising The Haybarn and Stable Cottage.

The Haybarn houses a large, en-suite bedroom with exposed beams, adding immense character and is used by the owners to house visiting relatives in comfort.

It can be opened up or separated from adjoining Stable Cottage, which includes a large, en-suite bedroom and living room with kitchenette and is in great demand for summer holiday letting.

Behind Stable Cottage is a pretty garden used by holiday guests and screened from the main back garden by tall shrubs next to a small stream.

In peak weeks, the four-star rated cottage can command a weekly rental of around £500.

The whole barn would also be ideal as an annexe, supplementing the comfortable, three-bedroom accommodation in the cottage.

The welcoming home has been upgraded by the owners, with work including extending to one side to create a delightful kitchen.

Exposed beams, latched doors, inglenook fireplaces and thick walls all create cottage-style character but the interior is lighter and airier than is often the case with a thatched property.

Providing a fitting setting for Gillmans are delightful gardens, with an array of shrubs, mature trees and climbers scrambling up the stone exterior.

Most rooms overlook the sunny, south-facing lawned back garden, with a paved terrace accessed from the kitchen and the sitting room.

Plenty of parking space is provided on a front gravelled driveway and turning area. There are two enclosed entrance porches, with quarry-tiled flooring, one leading to the kitchen/breakfast room.

The central front porch leads to an entrance lobby with the sitting room and the dining room off.

Each room has exposed ceiling beams and an inglenook fireplace, with a woodburning stove in the light, triple-aspect sitting room. The front and rear-facing L-shaped dining room has doors to the stairs and to a cloakroom with a white suite.

Cottage style reigns in the adjoining kitchen/breakfast room, with Amtico flooring, cream, Shaker-style units topped with solid beech worksurfaces, a Belfast sink, fitted hob, electric oven and extractor hood, an integrated fridge-freezer and concealed space for a washing machine and dryer.

The long upstairs landing, with two front windows, has pine doors to three bedrooms, a bathroom with a white suite and characterful sloping ceilings and a shower room.

The shower room is next to 18ft by 11ft bedroom one, with a built-in wardrobes and a back garden outlook.

Double-sized bedroom two, with a built-in wardrobe, and single-sized bedroom three also overlook the back garden.

Accessed from the outside is an adjoining woodstore. In the back garden are fruit trees, trees, including a willow, shrubs and three sheds.

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