Bell Lane, Byfield, NN11 6US
- Three Bedroom Character Cottage
- Very Desirable Village Location
- Inglenook with Wood burner
- Sympathetically Extended
- Garden Room
- Beautiful Mature Cottage Garden
- Utility Room and Downstairs WC
- En-Suite to Master Bedroom
- Close to Major Road and Rail Networks
- Gas Central Heating
LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS This gorgeous cottage is situated in the old hamlet of Westhorp, which has over time expanded to merge with the larger village of Byfield (meaning "by the open land"), both of these are mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Lying on the Northern border of the Cotswolds, you are on the doorstep of some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.
More or less equidistant between Banbury and Daventry, you are only approximately twenty minutes away from all the major road networks and Banbury Rail Station which provides connections to Oxford, Birmingham and London Marylebone, commuting is eminently possible.
But if a more peaceful pace of life is what you yearn for but aren't ready for your pipe and slippers just yet, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied. Byfield has a large recreation ground, which has bowls, cricket, football and tennis clubs as well as a children's playground. The village hall is the venue for a number of weekly events as well as one-off theatre shows, films, exhibitions, quiz evenings, dances, weddings, parties etc.
Byfield reservoir can be found on the outskirts of the village, with a sailing club and fishing facilities. For those who enjoy a country walk, there are numerous bridleways and country walks in and around the village.
There are also the essential amenities within walking distance, small supermarket, post office, pub, primary school and doctors surgery.
COZY CHARACTER INTERIOR Entering the Cottage from Bell Lane, you step into the welcoming, cozy lounge and whilst the period features, like the lovely inglenook fireplace, exposed beams and stone work, give the cottage a sense of history, it has been tastefully updated with recessed spotlighting, slate effect porcelain flooring and bright white painted walls.
The lounge has dual aspect windows, so it's light and bright. A door from the lounge leads down stone steps to a small cellar, which is great extra storage space or perhaps it could be converted to a home-study.
A couple of steps up from the lounge is the open kitchen, again with a modern touch, fitted with a shaker style kitchen, white metro-tiled wall and a breakfast bar.
These two downstairs rooms are the original footprint of the cottage, which was once the dwelling for the dairy workers, and a tasteful two storey extension leads from the original rear door.
There is a great sized dining room, with two sets of French doors, one leading to the lovely bright garden room and the other leading directly out to the patio and garden (more of that later!). Although this area is a relatively modern addition, you still get that period feel from the slate floor and the exposed original cottage stone wall. Also off the dining room, there is a downstairs WC and separate utility room.
AND NOW FOR THE WOW FACTOR! Upstairs in the cottage where the period feel, combined with modern living, continues. There are two bedrooms in the original part of the property, one cozy single and a good sized dual aspect double, with built-in wardrobes. Both rooms show the depth of the stone work and none of the rooms have straight walls, it's very quaint!
There is a large fully-tiled modern-but-rustic bathroom with bath and shower over, blending the old and new perfectly and the circular light-well lets in light and warmth.
A corridor leads to the pièce de résistance! On the first floor of the extension you will find a wonderfully light filled master bedroom with vaulted ceiling and skylights, plus the stunning wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the beautiful garden and the extended view beyond. What's more are the French windows leading onto your own private wooden balcony, a great place for a morning coffee!
There is a really lovely en-suite shower room, fully tiled and flooded with light from the skylight.
THE IDEAL COTTAGE GARDEN As if the character and setting of this property was not enough, the outside space just completes this English rural idyll.
From both the dining room and garden room there is access to the paved patio area, where there is rear access to the lane behind the next door cottage, a nicely tucked away log store and stepping stones across the gravel to the South facing lawn which has mature cottage garden borders. there is timber fencing to one side and more of that honey coloured local stone walling to the other.
There is plenty of room for the chicken coupe, for your own fresh eggs and a timber trellis and gated arch separates the lawn from a "grow your own" area of vegetable beds and two useful sheds. The garden backs on to farm land, so there are open views to enjoy.
It really couldn't be a more idyllic setting!
THE PRINCIPLE ROOM MEASUREMENTS ARE SITTING ROOM
4.17 x 3.85m (13'8" x 12'8'') (max)
4.33m x 3.29m (14'2'' x 10'10'')
4.56m x 3.19m (15' x 10'3'') (max)
2.49m x 3.53m (8'2'' x 3' 53'')
4.69m x 3.01m (15'5" x 9'10'') (max)
4.67m x 2.76m (15'4'' x 9'1'') (max)
2.42m x 2.22m (7'11'' x 7'4'')
2.15m x 2.8m (7'06" x 9'22'')
VIEWING ARRANGEMENTS We are holding an 'Open Home' event on Saturday 12th June. Please call the friendly team at Campbells to book your viewing slot.
Bell Lane, Byfield, NN11 6US
NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
- Banbury Station8.5 miles
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