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2 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Smallway, Congresbury

Withdrawn from Market £375,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Period village cottage in convenient location
  • Luxurious style, superbly fitted throughout
  • Bespoke fitted furniture and kitchen
  • 2 double bedrooms, 2 shower rooms
  • Cosy lounge, contemporary living/dining, kitchen
  • 4-oven Aga, gas central heating, double glazing
  • Stunning courtyard garden and 2 roof gardens
  • Large studio/office and store
  • Convenient for commuting
  • Easy walk village amenities

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

DESCRIPTION Originally thought to be a cottage associated with the adjacent mill, (which no longer exists) the property is reputed to date from the 1700's, when it was a one up, one down worker's dwelling. The lounge and the room above are really all that remain, as the property has been radically altered by the present owners since they bought it in 1994.

And ... this is where the cottage becomes special ... it is totally unlike anything we have ever seen! It boasts stylish accommodation, which, whilst being contemporary, bursts with character and is tremendously functional. The main living/dining/kitchen area and the two bedrooms all interconnect seamlessly with outside, where the gardens become an extension to the living space, with french doors to the superb ground floor courtyard garden, the first floor roof garden and the second floor roof terrace; each connected by external staircases ... thus creating a three storey garden!

Inside is as exciting as outside; the ground floor boasts an open plan living/dining and kitchen area, with an oak floor, feature lighting, bespoke storage solutions and a well fitted kitchen complete with 4 oven Aga ... there's also a great larder, well planned laundry/utility cupboard and a downstairs loo. A cosy lounge has an attractive fireplace and provides a more traditional contrast to the rest of the downstairs.

On the first floor there is further storage, a superbly fitted double bedroom, an en suite shower room completely tiled in honed Travertine with under floor thermostatically controlled heating and a large shower tray carved from a single piece of matching stone. There is even a sound system with recessed ceiling speakers and a wall mounted control unit. The second floor has a further double bedroom with a similarly luxurious en suite shower room.

The attention to detail throughout the cottage has to be seen to be believed. Lighting throughout is arranged in each room to provide a variety of moods with LED ceiling lighting, and 5 amp recessed sockets for table lamps with wall switching. A TV aerial system is also networked to serve all rooms and there is provision for wall mounted televisions in both bedrooms and the living area. Bespoke 'Thomas Sanderson' blinds are fitted throughout, and are also included. This is just part of the story ... gas central heating and double glazing keep running costs to a minimum, and there is a wired fire alarm system.

Outside the gardens are a delight, with mature raised beds served by drip feed irrigation systems, serving all three levels and the whole is enhanced by feature lighting, with activity sensors and timed switching allowing complete control of the illumination. Last but not least there is a good sized outbuilding at the bottom of the garden, which is arranged as a large store with storage and a lined studio/office.

So ... you may be looking for something completely different, you may want to live in luxury and absolute privacy ... you may want the convenience of a lock up and leave home ... or you may be looking for a second home. Pixie Cottage suits any of these uses and above all is a superbly crafted hidden gem - truly "Congresbury's best kept secret"!

Our vendor says ... Our hideaway bolthole (as we like to call it) is secure and secret. We wouldn't change a thing about it - the living space flows really well and we love the way it connects seamlessly with the outside space. It's also fantastically convenient for commuting, shops, school, doctors and church - we can even walk to three pubs!

We have noticed ... Everyone from Debbie Fortune Estate Agents who has seen inside this one wants to live here. It is absolutely stunning and you just wouldn't know it was there. There's absolutely no point in driving past the outside, you simply have to trust us and look inside! ... and quickly!  

SITUATION Situated with good access to local amenities and surrounded by beautiful North Somerset countryside, Congresbury ( is a bustling village with facilities usually reserved for a larger town. These include; a variety of shops, supermarket, doctor, chemist, church, library, three public houses, a well-supported primary school and pre-school plus various clubs and societies. Secondary schooling is available at nearby Churchill Academy and Sixth Form Centre ( which benefits from a modern sports complex, and transport for local children provided daily. There are also schools at Bristol, Backwell, Wraxall and Chew Magna. The area around is well known for its beauty and offers a variety of community pursuits within a drive. Indeed, riding, walking, fishing, sailing and dry skiing are just some of the activities available within a few miles. The village of Congresbury is within commuting distance of the City of Bristol and the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare on the A370 and there is access to the motorway network at Clevedon (junction 20) and St. Georges (junction 21). There is an international airport at Lulsgate and access to a mainline railway station at Yatton.  

DIRECTIONS Travelling from the offices of Debbie Fortune Estate Agents proceed up High Street towards Congresbury. Pass the White Hart and proceed on to the A368, turn left here and take the first left into Kent Road. Proceed and park opposite the end of Smallway. We will meet you here and take you to Pixie Cottage.  

PROPERTY DETAILS Art Deco style wrought iron gate, flagstone pebble path to solid door, secure and ensuring privacy. Solid front door with glazed side screen to wonderful open plan kitchen, living and dining area with a reception hall area. Measurements of around 23' 6" x 17' 4" (7.16m x 5.28m) max narrowing to 17' 10" (5.44m) The whole is decorated in Georgian white chalk paint by Craig and Rose. A beautiful oak floor and recessed sparkle spotlighting further enhance the area. Features include:

LIVING/DINING AREA New bi fold doors connecting the house to the garden, lots of floor to ceiling windows also adding to the effect. Superb bespoke storage includes a double storage cupboard, a matching dresser base, all in soft grey hand paint finish. A cupboard houses the gas central heating unit, and there is a period radiator below a storage shelf. The dining area has plenty of space for a dining table and the kitchen area is superbly planned and includes a blue 4 oven, gas fired Aga cooker with ceramic hob to the side and an extractor hood over. Further matching bespoke storage units with wood block worktops and spotlighting. Full height china/cupboards to match. There is a high level window here and feature spotlights.  

UTILITY CUPBOARD Plumbing for washing machine, space for tumble dryer with vented outlet.  

PANTRY Every chef should have one and there is so much storage here. Space for wine, a microwave and a cold shelf.  

RECEPTION HALL AREA 7' 2" x 6' 9" (2.18m x 2.06m) Glazed double doors to the lounge.  

CLOAKROOM 5' 6" x 2' 2" (1.68m x 0.66m) White suite of low level WC, corner wash hand basin, extractor fan.  

LOUNGE 20' 6" x 12' 6" (6.25m x 3.81m) max A complete contrast to the rear of the living space, cosy, and more traditional in style. A large fireplace, includes a coal effect gas fire, heavy beam and over mantel. Dual aspect windows, feature lighting, period style radiator, glazed door to kitchen.
Stairs with understairs cupboard to: 

FIRST FLOOR LANDING Window to front, range of storage comprising two double built in cupboards, double doors, again with a nod to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, opening to:  

BEDROOM 1 13' 3" x 8' 6" (4.04m x 2.59m) What a fabulous light and airy room. Features include a triple built in wardrobe, a bespoke bookshelf/library unit and new french doors opening to the beautiful balcony.
A door gives access to an:  

EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM 13' 4" x 3' 10" (4.06m x 1.17m) Beautifully appointed with honed Travertine tiling and white and chrome suite of Duravit low level WC, bidet and wash hand basin. Shower area with rain bath style shower over and matching stone shower tray, Keene electronics sound system, built in loudspeakers, spotlighting, extractor.

Door from first floor landing to:  

SECOND FLOOR BEDROOM 2 16' 7" x 8' 7" (5.05m x 2.62m) widening to 10' 8" (3.25m) excluding storage We can't decide which bedroom we like best, this one is lovely too! The ceiling here is vaulted and includes feature lighting, window, to rear and french doors opening to the upper terrace. Period style radiator, built in wardrobe.
Door to:


EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM 5' 10" x 4' 9" (1.78m x 1.45m) Again beautifully presented with fitted white and chrome suite of wash hand basin with integral vanity area, bidet, low level WC, shower cubicle with rain bath style mains fed shower over, ladder style radiator, window, extractor.  

OUTSIDE As if the house was not enough to amaze you ... the garden is equally so. Designed to look after itself (but you wouldn't know it) it has automatic watering and feature lighting. It is on three levels, and the higher you go the more you can see.
At ground floor level the garden is paved with raised shrub borders, and a huge variety of plants and shrubs. There are two seating areas, one outside the property where a fig tree provides shade and a water feature adds to the appeal. Beyond is a further partly screened area, from here you can sit and look back at the house. At the bottom of the garden is a:  

LARGE OUTBUILDING Very useful and comprising:  

PASSAGEWAY Light, tap, automatic watering system, storage at rear.  

GARDEN STORE/STUDIO/OFFICE 11' 4" x 6' 6" (3.45m x 1.98m) Wood lined, insulated and with light and power, double glazed window overlooking the garden.  

WORKSHOP 9' 9" x 8' 7" (2.97m x 2.62m) Light and power, loft storage above studio area

A wrought iron spiral staircase leads from just outside the rear of the property to the

Balcony 11' 10" x 5' 9" (3.61m x 1.75m) Outside Bedroom 1
This is a fabulous location to enjoy the views, have a morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. Equally verdant, the terrace is surrounded by iron railings with trellis work and is very private. Planters surround the balcony and a further staircase leads to the:

SECOND FLOOR TERRACE, OUTSIDE BEDROOM 2 11' 10" x 5' 9" (3.61m x 1.75m) approx
From here you are "on top of the world".

To the side of the ground floor courtyard is a door to a useful

STORAGE AREA - For bins, barbecue,. recycling, built in ...

The garden is as special as the house - it's really private and beautifully crafted ... this is certainly Congresbury's best kept secret!!!


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