The Cottage, 201 Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior
Worcester and Birmingham Canal
Offside Water's Edge
This beautiful house encapsulates everything we love about canalside property. It has a fascinating heritage, a beautiful garden, a stunning terrace abutting the canal, a towpath on the opposite bank, and fabulous country walks right on your doorstep. A particularly appealing attraction is the 120 feet of solid bank mooring right beside your home. This has historical use, but the new owners will need to apply for CRT permission. According to the estate agents, Andrew Grant, the property dates back to about 1800, and was owned by a Reverend Williams before the canal was built. It was later owned by the salt entrepreneur John Corbett, who rented it to the salt works’ wheelwright.
The cottage is set in a pleasant hamlet within easy reach of Bromsgrove. The plot ranges along a significant length of canal with the house set sideways-on. To the far right of the plot is a large gravel parking area and a substantial detached garage with a workshop and eaves storage space. Next comes a pretty cottage garden with picket fencing, mature planting, and topiary hedges. A blue brick pathway leads from the road to the front porch and the original front door. To the left of the cottage is a walled and gated courtyard with its original blue brick paving, a brick storage outbuilding, and a gardener’s outdoor lavatory.
You enter the house from a porch in the modern rear extension, which includes a utility room with a Belfast sink. A few steps lead down from the inner hallway to a beamed kitchen fitted with modern country style units. Stairs lead down to a cellar room which is currently used as an office. Ahead of you is a delightful triple aspect living room, with beamed ceilings, some original quarry tiled flooring, and the original front door (presently unused). This room is currently divided into a dining area on the right and a sitting area on the left. There is a lovely brick chimney with a log burning stove, and French doors open out to the canalside, providing amazing views over open countryside beyond.
Climbing the stairs from the hall, there is a mezzanine landing with a modern shower room featuring a large walk-in shower. Continuing up the stairs you reach a lower landing level, where there is a single bedroom. Up a few more steps you arrive at the upper landing level, which leads to the master bedroom with its original cast iron fireplace, and to a second double bedroom.
During their time at the cottage, the current owners have carried out some substantial renovations, both inside and out, creating a unique and special home. We are sure that this characterful and quirky house will appeal to all kinds of owners, but especially to those of you looking for a place to moor your own narrowboat.