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4 bedroom cottage for sale

Looe, Cornwall

Sold by Us £400,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautiful Family Home or Ideal All-Year Holiday Retreat
  • Believed to Date Back to the 18th Century & Sympathetically Renovated
  • Low Maintenance Garden & Off Road Parking
  • Fibre Optic Broadband Allowing For Download Speeds Of Around 35 MBPS
  • Double Aspect Lounge with Exposed Beams
  • Wood-Burning Stove in Inglenook Fireplace
  • Master Bedroom with Modern En-Suite Shower Room & Balcony
  • Additional Land via Separate Negotiation
  • Bio Bubble Sewage System Benefitting From A Major Recent Upgrade
  • Waterside Location With Outdoor Pursuits On The Doorstep

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION The Ancient Cottage is a white washed, stone cottage positioned in a desirable location just yards from the West Looe river. This stunning setting boasts woodland walks and picturesque views providing a real treat for any purchasers seeking the rural lifestyle, yet within easy reach of all amenities. This detached property is believed to date back to the 18th century and has been sympathetically renovated to create a beautiful family home or ideal all-year holiday retreat enjoying fibre optic broadband direct to the house, allowing download speeds of around 35 MBPS.

The grounds are enclosed with a stone wall with wrought iron gates providing access to the driveway, offering parking for at least two vehicles. The low maintenance garden also features several seating areas, ideal for alfresco dining and surrounded by mature plants and shrubbery with a timber garden shed. The property benefits from a Bio Bubble sewage system has just been the subject of major upgrade, with all controls / systems replaced by the OEM and re-housed in self contained cabinet. The system allows for remote monitoring and alarm via Internet.

A stable door gives access into a spacious reception hall with flagstone floor. The contemporary kitchen/breakfast room is a wonderful size and features an oil fired Rayburn, fully tiled floor and large central island whilst also benefitting from many integral appliances including an electric double oven and hob, a dishwasher and a washing machine. Between the kitchen and dining room you have a cloakroom and separate utility area currently housing a fridge freezer. Like the kitchen, the dining room also features a fully tiled floor and also has a patio door to the garden and window to the front. The spacious, double aspect lounge enjoys exposed beams, deep sill windows and a wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace.

On the first floor, you have a master bedroom suite complete with modern en-suite shower room and large balcony with views towards the river. There are two further double bedrooms and a single. Bedroom two is triple aspect and a particularly generous size, offering more views across the river. There is also a family bathroom on the first floor with modern white suite including a bath with electric shower above. The property has a lovely feel to it and beautiful character features throughout, The Ancient Cottage truly needs to be seen to be appreciated.

There is an additional plot of land approximately 35 yards from the property, which was formally a vegetable garden. The piece of land has on it a 8' x 6' greenhouse and a detached timber double garage. This additional land is being offered for sale via separate negotiation to the purchaser of the property only. 

AREA DESCRIPTION The property enjoys an idyllic and most appealing location in the hamlet of Watergate, which lies a short distance from the picturesque Looe Estuary and Kilminorth Woods, a designated Area Of Outstanding Beauty. The attractive fishing port of Looe straddles the wide river with its long bridge and stone harbourside, Looe has a thriving tourist industry and is very popular with boating enthusiasts. There are many properties on both sides of the river providing a wide range of shopping and community facilities, together with award winning restaurants. On the edge of town is a branch line railway which links with the main line at Liskeard (Plymouth to London Paddington 3 hours). The coastline either side of Looe is beautiful and unspoilt, easily accessible via the South West Coast Path and there are substantial areas in the ownership of the National Trust. There are excellent bathing beaches and a wide network of footpaths and bridleways in the vicinity. The nearby town of Saltash has a Waitrose store on its Northern outskirts. The City of Plymouth lies within commuting distance, having an extensive and historic waterfront. 

VENDOR COMMENTS This 18th Century detached character cottage just yards from the West Looe river has been sympathetically renovated into a stunning home. Currently used as a holiday let, the property is ideally located for countryside pursuits such as walking and cycling, as well as waterborne activities such as kayaking and boasts fantastic views and an idyllic sense of tranquillity.

"We first saw the property on-line more than 12 years ago whilst living in Latin America" say the current owners "and I made a point of travelling to view the house, even though it was under offer at the time." They continue, "I was immediately struck by the idyllic and peaceful riverside location, which backs onto woodland and is home to abundant wildlife, yet only a one mile walk along the river bank or through Kilminorth Woods into the town of Looe with all its amenities. In Looe, there is a rail station connecting to Liskeard, where there are direct fast trains to London and the rest of the UK, as well as a wide range of shops, restaurants and pubs as well as primary and secondary schools. The City of Plymouth is only a short drive away, offering all amenities that you would expect from a major City."

It is not just the location which makes this property special, but also the cottage itself. A large entrance hallway with flagstone floor sets the scene upon entry to the cottage, which retains many period features. The large, beamed living room is cosy with its wood-burning stove in an inglenook fireplace. The spacious, well-equipped kitchen/ breakfast room with Rayburn and ceramic-tiled floor also features exposed wooden beams, while the dining room boasts a beautiful wooden floor. Upstairs, the master bedroom with en suite has the luxury of French doors to a balcony overlooking the river, and also leads to a characterful study. "Since purchasing the property" say the owners, "we have enlarged and modified the kitchen, converted the single storey utility extension into a dining room, modernised the bathrooms and installed double glazing throughout." The cottage also boasts a pretty garden in which the family can spend time together or entertain family and friends.

Favourite room

"Our favourite features would be the oil fired Rayburn in the kitchen that warms the entire house, and the woodburning stove in the living room, great in the depths of winter."

Favourite aspect of the grounds or local area

"In addition to the enclosed low maintenance garden at the property, there is also the optional additional plot of land only a few yards up the road, on which there is currently a timber double garage, greenhouse and apple tree. This additional land, subject to securing the appropriate permission, would lend itself to many uses, including the erection of additional structures, whether in the form of a dwelling, garage/studio or summer house."

Memorable event or other favourite feature

"Our most memorable moments during our time here include watching our kids and dogs playing in the river and feeding the ducks."

What they'll miss most

"We have never lived in the property, since it was bought as a holiday home whilst we lived overseas - from our many stays, however, I will miss the peace and quiet of the location, being able to kayak on the river, ride mountain bikes through the woods and walk the dogs on the footpaths that lead straight from the garden." 

DIRECTIONS From the centre of Looe, head West along the A387 towards Polperro. Drive past the junction signposted Talland and take the next turning on the right towards Watergate, identified by a brown signpost for Kilminorth Farm Holiday Cottages. Continue along this road passing Kilminorth Farm Holiday Cottages on the left hand side and continuing along this most attractive lane for approximately a mile. You will then arrive at the small hamlet where the cottage can be found on the right hand side, easily identifiable by the 'for sale' board. 

SERVICES Oil Fired Central Heating - Worcester Danesmoor 20/25 Supplemented By Rayburn
Private Water Supply
Bio Bubble Treatment Plant
BT Fibre Optic Broadband 

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03 November 2016


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