Charming period cottage with a 21 ft extended kitchen and 18 ft living room with fireplace, set in a generous West facing plot just a minute's walk from open countryside and a charming village pub. Swift access to Bicester, Oxford and London by nearby road and rail links.
There are renovations and there are renovations. For ultimate pampering this cottage takes first prize. Excellent condition, well located, and simply lovely
Chesterton is a popular village offering the best of all worlds. Dating back to Roman times (Akeman Street runs through it) the village is quiet and off the beaten track, steeped in history with a predominance of stone cottages, while providing easy access to many amenities including local pubs and restaurants, Bicester village, M40 and A34, plus a mainline London station (to Marylebone in c. 42 mins) just 2 miles distant.
Amber Cottage nestles behind its own lawn and gravelled parking way back from the lane, screened from view by trees. If you don't know it's there, you will probably miss it - as we did - so secluded is the position. But from the first image to the last it's a house designed to pamper. Our vendors have lived here for some years, continuously upgrading and improving it. The result is a house we can imagine appealing to downsizers who want to retain living space that cottages rarely offer; or a professional couple who demand the very best of environments when relaxing away from work. Cottages are our "bread and butter" hence we are very used to assessing pretty, well-presented houses on a similar theme. But this one is particularly special, and not to be missed.
Walking up the path from the gravelled parking area, the pretty facade invites you to the open porch, to the right of which is the front door. This opens into the surprisingly large living room. Beams overhead and the whitewashed rough-hewn stone walls instantly envelope you in the character. It's a room that invites you to sit and relax, whether that's sitting on the window seat at the front and looking out across the front lawn, or hunkering down on a winter's evening in front of the fire. At the rear a further door opens to the kitchen. If the living room was a considered a good size, the kitchen delivers to an even greater degree. High quality units wrapped round three sides are topped with thick timber work surfaces. And amongst other units they contain a Double Butler sink, wine chiller and, crucially, a full-width range cooker which also provides gas burners. It's a space for chefs for sure, but it's also a space for entertaining. The dining area is vast, with glazed doors to the rear that fold back to almost the full width, inviting the landscaped terrace to integrate fully with the kitchen. And to the side, the utility room provides even more storage as well as a further sink, and next to the the wc is tucked away off to the rear.
Upstairs, the theme of thought and clever execution continues. The main bedroom is set to the rear, to enjoy the best light (west facing) as well as a view down the garden. It's a large room, amply housing a King Size bed currently, complete with iron frame, in addition to chests and wardrobes. Underfoot the timber is delightfully patinated old timber, as is the entrance door. An en-suite has been created here that is tiled in a pleasantly Art-Deco Edwardian style but also hosts a large shower. Next door, bedroom two offers similar luxuries. Also an excellent double room, here there are wardrobes built in, to take advantage of the alcoves either side of the chimney breast. The en-suite this time features a bath, and the overall decor is presented to a more contemporary style which includes a surface-mounted circular sink. Bedroom three is very much an occasional or study as it is a compact space, but we suspect the current use by our vendors as a dressing area and walk-in wardrobe is how we would use it.
Outside needs explanation. As briefly described already, the house sits a good way back from the lane because it and the attached neighbour own a gravelled parking area ample for two cars each, behind which a screen of trees partially hides a lawn intersected by a central path that runs to the front porch. At the rear of the house, our vendors have created a no-maintenance space that has seen the lawn removed. Instead, to the rear there is a large summer house/ outside office with power, plus a shed; to the right the open-sided shelter hosts Grandchildren's toys, barbecue and the like. Centrally, decked paths run to several gravelled seating areas. And behind the house, several brick-built planters flank a terrace that has been designed for entertaining. For this purpose it is ideal; however, should the next owner prefer a more "conventional" outside space, the generous length of the garden would allow for a long lawn on which to enjoy the afternoon sun. And access for bins/ general practicality is provided by a gated pathway down the right side of the house from front garden to rear.
Bicester Station 1.5 miles
M40/ A34 2 miles
Oxford 13 miles
Local pubs, golf, restaurants
Broadband approx 5 Mbps
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