Cottage that steps back in time

By Jo Macaulay

Monday, September 1, 2014

 

Cottage that steps back in time

New Barn Cottage, Gatcombe, is an idyllic cottage with thatched roof and internal beams, sitting in three acres of land. Picture by Robin Crossley.

PROPERTY OF THE WEEK

Location: Gatcombe

Bedrooms: Three/Four

Price: Guide £425,000

Agent: Laurie Calloway

Contact: 01983 866776

THE chance to buy a real thatched cottage full of original beams and fabulous historic features such as a bread- warming oven comes up so rarely that New Barn Cottage is a real find.

Not only is this the sweetest whitewashed cottage with interior beams, but it sits in around three acres of land with a stream running through the middle of it. Dating from 1670, New Barn Cottage, Grade II listed, is in the hamlet of Gatcombe, just down the road from the 13th century St Olave’s Church. It was listed as being of historical importance as it was an agricultural habitiment — an agricultural worker’s home.

Most of the original ground floor of the cottage is the good-sized lounge, which has windows to both the front and rear of the property, giving plenty of light. This room has a huge beam running through it parallel to the front and rear walls and at least ten beams running across the ceiling at right angles.

An enormous red-brick fireplace on the northern wall can house an open fire, although the current owners use an electric one. In the side of this fireplace, on the slope down from the kitchen, is the old bread oven set into the wall.

Single-storey extensions have been added to each side of the home and on the northern side is a kitchen/breakfast room with cream units and windows to the front, side and back, again giving plenty of light. Access to this room is via a conservatory to the rear of the building, and from the road this is through the car port on the side of the property.

On the opposite side of the house, with door from the lounge, is the front door from the road with hallway area. Leading from here is a small bedroom with French doors to the garden at the rear, which again features wooden beams. Opposite this room is a study, or fourth bedroom, with side window and a family bathroom with yellow suite, again with side window.

Stairs lead from the lounge to the first floor in the eaves where a large landing has doors to two bedrooms. The master bedroom, with built-in wardrobes along one wall, has open beams and a window with side aspect over the land to the south of the property, while bedroom two has a window to the rear garden and built-in cupboards on two walls, including the wall housing the chimney breast.

Outside is a pretty garden with mature red apple, cherry and an acer tree to the side and a lawn and a shed to the rear.

Over a small bridge across the stream sits a large workshop and lean to and in front of this there are two ponds surrounded by willow trees. Sloping gently upwards from the stream are the acres of pasture, with further land to the south of the property.

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