Thank you to David at ‘Cruising the Cut‘ for spotting this lovely lock cottage – it is utterly gorgeous!
Keepers Cottage is a three bedroom detached former lock keeper’s cottage with stunning gardens and panoramic views, right beside Slapton Lock on the Grand Union Canal. The cottage is about half a mile from the village of Slapton and is surrounded by open countryside with a network of beautiful footpaths. The village offers a local pub – the Carpenters Arms, an equestrian centre, and a church.
The cottage is approached via a single track lane alongside a humpback bridge. A footpath bordered by flower beds leads to the main entrance at the side of the property, which leads into the kitchen on the first floor.
The porch on the ground floor opens into an entrance hall. On the right is bedroom two, which has a large feature fireplace and views to the front and courtyard. The characterful staircase is on the left. Ahead, taking a few steps up, an inner corridor leads to bedroom one with its en-suite, bedroom three, a family bathroom, and a study, which has a door to the secluded courtyard garden with whitewashed walls and block paving. All the bedrooms look out over the garden, rather than the canal.
The main staircase from the hall leads up to the first floor where a door opens into one end of the kitchen. This has a beamed sloping ceiling, an exposed brick chimney breast in which the former fireplace has been replaced by shelves. Windows look out over the gardens. From the kitchen there are two small flights of stairs leading up to the L-shaped dining room, which has a feature fireplace, two windows overlooking Slapton Lock and another overlooking countryside. Double doors open to the sitting room which looks out over countryside.
The gardens form a long rectangle on three sides of the property. They are beautifully landscaped with areas of lawn, flowerbeds, raised vegetable beds, patios and paved pathways. There are two sheds, one of which is used as a workshop, a tool shed, a greenhouse, and a summerhouse. To the rear of the plot is a block paved patio with steps leading to further flower beds. Unfortunately, there are no mooring rights near the property, but there are excellent views from the dining room over the lock, and if you wished, parts of the side gardens, which are currently kept private with walls and bushes, could be opened up to allow greater participation in the activity on the canal.