Brook Cottage is a delightful ''black and white' Grade II listed extended and modernised three bedroomed detached cottage set within fantastic gardens having a patio area, kitchen garden, wildlife retreats, lawned areas with floral borders and an extensive range of well-established raised vegetable beds. The character of the property is plentiful without modern conveniences being compromised. All set within a lovely quiet countryside location yet being within close proximity of the market towns of Ludlow and Craven Arms. Viewing Highly Recommended. EPC: Exempt.
"We had been looking for a suitable property for over 12 months and when I first viewed Brook Cottage on a cold, wintery day, I immediately thought how lovely and warm it was with a welcoming fire lit in the front room," say the vendors."We've made a number of changes during our time here and perhaps one of my favourites would be the renovation of the guest bedroom, complete with standalone bath and beautiful oak floorboards. I enjoy looking out at the trees and watching the birds flit past whilst relaxing in a morning bath.""There are plenty of scenic walks and cycle routes to be enjoyed in the local area and some of the hills are a great fitness test! We spend a lot of time in Ludlow which is a real foodie town and if you like cooking and eating, you can't go wrong with a visit to the market. My husband enjoys doing the weekly shops and knows all the traders. He always comes home with tasty vegetarian meals, nice snacks and great cheese.""The garden has different areas of interest, including established flower beds, an old yew tree, clematis, herbs and a pond with some unusual plants. We like to leave some areas in a natural state to encourage hedgehogs and other wildlife to over-winter. The woodpecker is a regular visitor and I can spend hours just watching the birds. The garden is extremely productive, and we enjoy an abundance of vegetables and fruit, including apples, pears, damsons, plums, berries, potatoes and onions. There are some nice spots to sit and enjoy breakfast in the sun and there is always something to catch your eye, including a carpet of snowdrops in spring."Favourite room"We like to spend our mornings in the breakfast room with a fire lit in the inglenook fireplace during the winter."Favourite aspect of the grounds or surrounding area"We've made ourselves at home in the local area and we've found lots of things to do, including volunteer work, yoga, cycling and generally pottering about in the garden."Memorable event (if not another favourite room or unique feature)"The house and garden are perfect for entertaining, from small dinner parties to large celebrations, including milestone birthdays and a family get together." What they'll miss most / why they are leaving"We're moving to be closer to family but I'm hoping to get back to the area regularly as I like it so much here. I will particularly miss the birdlife, it's a lovely sound to wake up to in the morning."Brook Cottage is a delightful and beautifully presented ''black and white' Grade II listed extended and modernised cottage with gated access onto a gravelled driveway that leads to the Double Garage and a pathway to the property, creating a very private and idyllic retreat. It is thought that the property dates back to the late 16th, early 17th Century, with an extension providing the large Living / Dining Area and Master Bedroom built in 1988, which handsomely blends in with the traditional cottage.The Front Door opens into the characterful and airy Breakfast Room, which is a fantastic spot in which to start the day with exposed beams and a feature stone inglenook fireplace housing a large wood burning stove, providing a lovely warming entrance. To the left of the fireplace is a traditional bread oven. A Victorian extension houses an Office, ideal for working from home. This can be accessed from the Breakfast Room or from the garden through a Boot Room and WC, which could make it a viable private working space, if desired. Just so that the days in the office do not become protracted, there is a wonderful panoramic window overlooking the garden. The Living and Dining Room of the Cottage is definitely an area suitable for entertaining as well as enjoying privately. The wood burning stove creates a cosy feel and whilst being an extension to the original cottage, it certainly doesn't lack character. A door leads onto the patio area and garden beyond, ideal for al fresco dining and hosting a garden party, keeping all the guests away from the hustle and bustle of the Kitchen. The extension has been thoughtfully designed to continue the timber framed construction and panoramic windows to the side and rear overseeing the lawn and wildlife friendly areas. Being a cottage, the Kitchen is simply superb providing a range of fitted base units with a granite work surface over as well as combining an integrated fridge, freezer, electric double cooker and gas hob. 1 1/2 sink and drainer with mixer tap over, dual aspect windows to the vegetable plots and garden. This is a charming room with exposed beams. The Utility Room mirrors the Kitchen's charisma with fitted base units and granite work surface over, plumbing for washing machine and dish washer. There is a double sink and drainer and floor to ceiling storage cupboard. A window overlooks the garden, lightening any household chores!From the Hallway, the Staircase ascends to the Landing, which leads to the First-Floor accommodation and Airing Cupboard. Within the Airing Cupboard are shelves and the pressurised water system and hot water cylinder. The Master Bedroom is a rear double that offers storage obviating the need for wardrobes and allowing the timber framing and exposed beams to be incorporated within the décor to the room. The Family Bathroom is a lovely space with fitted wall and base vanity units with granite over merging a modern white suite including a WC, hand wash basin, panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, and large shower cubicle with a rainfall shower head and separate hand-held fitting. To enhance the cottage's potential for entertaining, the Guest Suite, will encourage them to stay overnight! Forming part of the original cottage with oak floorboards and beams, the double bedroom has a feature oval bath within the bedroom positioned perfectly so that the garden and fields beyond can be viewed whilst one bathes. To complete the Guest Suite, there is separate WC and hand basin. Bedroom Three is also a double room of the original cottage with oak floorboards and built-in wardrobe. The Garden is unquestionably the unique selling point of this property, delivering something for everyone. From the Front Door is a cobbled patio area, leading to the formal front lawn area with mature flower beds and borders. For the green-fingered, there is a potting shed, greenhouse, large well-made compost bins, apple, pear and cherry trees- there is even mistletoe in the apple tree! On the other side of the former mill race are raised beds for vegetables, a large selection of soft fruit and fruit trees, great for home preserves and keen chefs. All around the property are wildlife havens and nature areas with a small pond and marshy area, super for attracting and supporting wildlife. You will also find an abundance of wild flowers throughout the seasons. A particular feature of the garden is the ancient Yew tree near the wood pile, not forgetting the fabulous kitchen garden stocked with all the herbs needed to accompany the home grown produce. Due to the position of the property it benefits from the sun all day round.The property has a large gravelled driveway giving ample parking. In addition, there is a brick constructed Double Garage under a slate roof with concrete flooring and useful storage above, supplied with water and mains electricity.**Agents Note - We have been informed that the property flooded in 2007, however, a flood wall has now been erected. The property has not flooded since the present owners have been at the property.**