Cadley Lock Cottage, Brimslade
Kennet and Avon Canal
Property type: Wiltshire
Lock Side Property
Offside Water's Edge
Cadley Lock Cottage is a historic former lock keeper’s cottage, set in beautiful gardens and wooded grounds in a wonderful location adjacent to the Kennet and Avon Canal. The cottage is a perfect canalside retreat, being surrounded by farmland and woodland, with no immediate neighbours, yet it is only four miles from Marlborough, a most attractive and well appointed market town. There is a very pleasant walk along the towpath to Wootton Rivers, where the Canal and River Trust offers some permanent waterside moorings.
This charming white painted cottage was built in the early 1800s. The property is approached along a small farm lane from which double gates lead through to a good sized gravelled parking area and a useful timber and tile garage. A gravelled footpath leads to the front door which opens into a limestone floored entrance hall. The footprint of the cottage is L-shaped, so most of the rooms are dual aspect, making it delightfully airy and bright. Off the hall to the right there is a useful utility room with a limestone floor, a Belfast sink, and timber work surfaces, leading to a downstairs cloakroom. A door to the left of the hall leads into a good sized farmhouse kitchen with a Belfast sink, a tiled floor, and a modern range cooker. The kitchen has wide French doors opening to a secluded gravelled patio, tucked prettily into the inner corner of the cottage.
Straight ahead from the hall is the living area which is arranged on three levels. The first, on ground level, has a sealed fireplace. Up one step is the second area of the sitting room, which has French doors to the garden. Up two more steps, and open plan to the middle level, is the final part of the sitting room, which has a high vaulted ceiling and an open fireplace. The mezzanine floor overlooks this room.
Stairs rise from the entrance hall to the first floor landing, where a door to the right opens into the main double bedroom with views over the lock and an en-suite bathroom. To the left of the landing is a smaller second bedroom. To the rear the hall continues past the family bathroom and opens into a versatile mezzanine area with gallery rails overlooking the sitting room. This room has a velux window, and could be used as a study, art studio, or music room, or the gallery rails could be replaced with a stud wall, and it could be converted into a third bedroom.
Beautiful secluded lawned gardens extend frame the cottage on two sides and lead up to the banks of the canal on a third. The lawns merge into a peaceful wooded area threaded with pathways and natural seating areas. In addition to many mature trees there are also recently planted oaks, dogwood and birch trees. A further orchard area contains a variety of apple, pear and plum trees. A timber shed within the garden houses the filtration system for the private water supply.