Swan Cottage, Jacks Lock, Harefield
Grand Union Canal
Property type: House
Offside Water's Edge
Swan Cottage is a fabulous former lock keepers cottage extended to become a bright and modern dormer bungalow. It is set in an idyllic location on the Grand Union Canal just below Blackjacks Lock, on the outskirts of the village of Harefield. The cottage is surrounded by beautiful countryside ideal for walking, cycling, riding, and of course, messing about on boats. Harefield offers local shops, pubs and facilities, and Rickmansworth is only three miles away.
The cottage is approached from a country lane, with secure fencing to the front and timber gates opening to a large paved parking area with access to a useful storage and workshop area.
The main entrance is through a side door opening into a spacious kitchen which is divided into a cooking space at one end and a cosy snug at the other, with a brick chimney and open fire place, and a window overlooking the canal. A door lead into a fabulous dining room with huge glazed doors overlooking the canal. Beyond the dining room is a lovely sitting room with a Victorian style fireplace, a window overlooking the canal, and patio doors opening to the main gardens at the side of the cottage. There are three bedrooms to the rear, one of which has an en-suite wet room. There is also a ground floor cloakroom. These rooms to the rear offer potential for annexe accomodation if required.
Stairs rise from the dining room to the first floor master suite which comprises a quirky bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, a separate en-suite shower room, and walk in wardrobes. Two dormer windows with window seats provide lovely views over the canal and lakes beyond.
The cottage sits in wonderful grounds of almost half an acre. There are extensive lawns, an orchard, a vegetable garden, flower beds, and stunning seating areas which make the most of the delightful location. The cottage benefits from a very long canal frontage. Although the property is on the offside, the garden is walled, allowingand it is likely that boats use the armco bank as an additional lock waiting area. This may have a bearing on the possibility of exercising end of garden mooring rights from the Canal and River Trust. However the canal frontage is very long and certainly offers plenty of scope for negotiation.