This delightful Grade 2 Listed mid terraced cottage is in the heart of the traditional canal village of Shardlow. It was originally built in the 1700s as a warehouse. At that time Shardlow was a significant river port for the trans-shipment of goods between the River Trent and the Trent and Mersey Canal, to the extent that it was known as “Rural Rotterdam” and “Little Liverpool”. During the 1900s the property was converted to a dwelling, and in recent years it has undergone further restoration and modernisation. It is set in an amazing riverside position with a balcony offering stunning views of the River Trent.
Note that although it is set on a road called Canal Bank, the cottage itself is not on the bank of the canal. It is one of a group of period properties on the strip of land which separates the River Trent from the Trent and Mersey Canal. In the photo taken from the front door, the Trent and Mersey canal is just behind the cottage with the blue painted woodwork. On the agent’s website you can find reference photos of the canal and nearby basin.
The cottage is approached from an area of flagstone paving. The front door leads to a hallway with a turning staircase rising to the first floor. A door leads into a spacious living room with a cosy fireplace, a window looking out over the River Trent and a traditional half glazed door opening to the balcony. To the right of the living room is a delightful kitchen diner. The kitchen area is to the front of the house with light from a section of window, the remainder of which belongs to the next door property. The dining area is to the rear, and enjoys a traditional half glazed door opening onto the balcony.
Turning stairs rise to the first floor landing which leads to two double bedrooms to the rear and a charming modern bathroom to the front. Both bedrooms have attractive fireplaces and windows overlooking the fabulous views over the River Trent.
The balcony stretches across the whole width of the property, providing a wonderful position to enjoy the rural views throughout the day and a last cheeky sundowner in the evening. It has a decked floor with wrought iron railings and steps descending to the river.