Formerly a piggery, postmaster’s house and now a lovingly restored home, Lower House Cottage is brimming in original features and sympathetically-styled modern touches.
Peacefully set between Stambourne Drive and an unadopted lane, park up on the driveway where there is room for three cars.
Nestled behind a quintessentially-English garden, brimming in lawns and borders overflowing with colourful shrubbery, sense the quiet of the countryside all around. So close to town, yet utterly tranquil.
Step through the sage green front door and enter into a light-filled porch area, with views out to the garden. Plenty of space for all your coats and shoes.
Immediately ahead, original wooden beams, set amidst the spotlit lounge ceiling, and the original stone wall draw the eye.
Warm, welcoming, cosy and spacious all at once, snuggle up on the sofa in front of the log-burning stove. Cast iron radiators provide additional warmth. Underfoot, oak flooring embodies the character of this ancient country home.
Dine in style and light in the alcove to the front, newly fitted and with cushioned seats. Soak up the views of this English country garden through the large windows.
In the summer months, throw open the windows and create a through flow of air and light and connect the outdoors with the inside.
Slip through to the right into the sumptuous dining-kitchen, a traditionally-modern blend of glossy white units and sleek oak worktops.
Parquet flooring, lovingly relocated from Holden’s Mill, just up the road, coats the floor. Gaze out at the glorious garden through the window above the deep Belfast sink. These views can also be enjoyed over coffee and a croissant at the breakfast bar.
In-built appliances include an electric oven and grill, gas hob, dishwasher and fitted microwave. Note the original exposed beam in the ceiling above.
Sneak a peek through to the utility, where there is plumbing for a washer-dryer and room for a fridge freezer. A door also leads out onto the bountiful garden beyond.
Peep through to the downstairs WC, handy for guests, before continuing on to the peaceful and cosy study.
Engineered wood flooring harmonises with exposed beams in the vaulted ceiling and wooden shelving.
Ahead, a large leaded window draws in the daylight, aided by Velux windows overhead. Industrial style pendant lighting instils a muted, urban feel to the scene.
So much more than simply a place to keep cars, take the final door on this level through to the multi-purpose garage-workshop.
A unique space, the garage is fitted with a workbench, drinks-fridge, couches and a dart board – ideal for youngsters craving their own space in which to socialize and entertain friends.
Should you require the extra space, there is the potential to ‘formalise’ this room and create an extra living space or bedroom.
When it’s time for bed, take the wooden spindled staircase up to the landing, picking up a spot of bedtime reading from the quaint alcove in the wall on the way.
Treacle-toned beams stretch over the doorways leading to bedrooms and the bathroom.
Slip through the doorway opposite and into the sumptuous master bedroom. Above, the high, vaulted ceiling is lined with original beams. Plenty of space in here for bed, wardrobes and dressing table.
Views of the lush green garden are framed in the window to the front; a verdant and refreshing sight to wake up to.
Freshen up in the bathroom across the way, fitted with a roll top bath with shower head attachment and separate walk-in double-width shower. Built-in towel storage by the shower is a clever touch.
Exuding quality and superior finish, this bathroom is lined in oak-effect tiled flooring and is also fitted with a Burlington wash basin and WC. Brush your teeth whilst enjoying views over the allotment below.
Lastly, sneak a peek at bedroom two, overlooking the garden and fitted with a comfy window seat from which the outlook can be best appreciated.
Painted white, this cheerfully bright space also features fitted shelving and a cream, cast iron radiator.
Step outside, into the sunny south-facing garden to enjoy a cold drink on the patio.
Delightful throughout the seasons, watch as the colour seeps through in spring when the tulips peep through and the willow begins to bud, followed by a burst of pink from the cherry blossoms. A climbing rose adorns the front wall, a glorious sight in full bloom.
Explore the three separate lawns, encased in stone walls, and grow your own in the fruitful vegetable patch.
Peep into the large greenhouse, with its mature, productive grape vine. At one end there is space for potting, at the other is a seating area with built-in bar.
Where better to socialize on balmy summer evenings, amidst the vines and festoon lighting?
There is also a small shed at the bottom of the garden for additional storage.
Out and about
So secluded, yet on the cusp of so many walks, shops, schools and amenities; Lower House Cottage couldn’t be better placed.
A public footpath runs along the bottom of the garden; meander its length to discover woodland walks along the river bank, a space bursting with bluebells in the springtime.
Amble along walkways leading to Eagley, Bromley Cross, and Hall’ith Wood Museum. There is simply so much to explore and discover on the doorstep.
Why not drop into The Brewery Tap or Banktop Brewery for a pint of locally renowned beer?
Those with school-aged children are within close reach of a number of educational establishments including The Oaks, High Lawn, St Paul’s, Holy Infants, Sharples Primary School and Thornleigh.
Surprisingly close by are a number of local shops and amenities. Within five minutes’ walk, discover a Nisa Local, the Range, hairdressers, Lidl and Post Office.
Asda, meanwhile, is only ten minutes’ walk from the doorstep, while for commuters Hall’ith Wood train station is only 15 minutes away on foot from Lower House Cottage.
If you’re looking for a change in pace, the capacity to work from home or to grow your own; Lower House Cottage is a hidden gem, secluded and yet at the heart of everything.
A country cottage in the middle of town; book your viewing of Lower House Cottage today to discover its charms for yourself.