A delightful detached 3/4 bedroom village house, set in gardens and woodland extending to 1.17 acres, with glorious panoramic views over the Marshwood Vale to Pilsdon Pen.
The cottage has all the charm and character that the name implies. This property is all about position. It sits high above the village of Ryall on the side of Hardown Hill and has wonderful far-reaching views over the Marshwood Vale and surrounding countryside. To one side of the property there is a particularly attractive broadleaf copse, planted predominantly with Oaks, and a paddock that is a picture in the spring hence the name.
The cottage started life very much smaller than it is today and was substantially extended in 2005, to create some well-balanced accommodation that takes full advantage of its position. To the front of the property there is a hallway with a utility/cloakroom WC and a shower room off with, to the end, a particularly attractive sitting room laid to a plank floor with a fireplace equipped with a wood burning stove as its focal point and a set of double doors onto a terrace to one side. To the centre of the house there is a formal dining room with a second set of double doors to the terrace. Beyond there is a family room equipped with underfloor heating with the second woodburning stove to one end. An archway leads through to is a kitchen that is equipped with a comprehensive range of floor and wall mounted units and cupboards with a built-in range cooker and twin French style ceramic sinks. Much of the downstairs is laid to attractive yet practical ceramic tile, with the exception of the sitting room that is laid to a plank floor. Upstairs there are four good bedrooms two of which interconnect, served by a family bathroom equipped with a ball and claw bath. The property has oil fired central heating, is double glazed (many of which are solid oak casements) and has private drainage. Agent's Note: The oil fired boiler has recently been replaced with a new, more efficient, condensing unit.
To the front of the house a concrete drive rises from the village lane up to an area of gravel driveway providing parking and turning for a number of cars with to the end a large double garage built in block and stone with a useful room above it that could provide additional accommodation, a studio or an office. On the other side of the cottage there is an attractive enclosed terrace that can be accessed from both the dining room and the sitting room through the double doors and makes an ideal entertaining area during the summer months. Along the side of the drive there is a retaining block built wall prepared to be stone faced that has an area of lawn above it with an ornamental pond to one end. Above the house there are a series of terraces laid to grass with to the very end at tumbledown barn that could possibly be rebuilt if so required subject to attending the necessary planning consents. The top terrace has a play area currently equipped with a swing taking in the best of the views. Above the terraces there are more wild areas that adjoin National Trust owned land. This area extends to approximately 1.17 acres. The additional land is on the North side of the house across a Byway. There is a bluebell wood with a useful timber garage and further level parking area that gives way to an area of woodland with mature broadleaf trees predominantly Oak. Beyond the wood the ground opens up into a paddock that has in years past been used to rear pigs. The additional land extends to approximately 0.72 acres.
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