This stunning thatched cottage sits in a picture postcard location beside the towpath on the Grand Union Canal, on the edge of the exquisite little village of Marsworth. The cottage is Grade II listed and dates from the mid 17th Century. In its former life it has been used as a shop and as an inn, where it is rumoured that highwaymen once stayed. It is full of charm and character, with period features including exposed beams, open brickwork, a gorgeous fireplace, and lots of quirky nooks and crannies. Many of the rooms enjoy canal views, and there is lovely countryside all around.
A gated entrance leads to a large gravelled driveway which provides parking for three or four cars. The front door opens into a hallway. The bedrooms are arranged over two storeys to the left of the hallway. On ground floor level there are two good sized double bedrooms. On the first floor is a master bedroom suite, which comprises a large double bedroom with a window to the side, a dressing room, and a bathroom.
The right side of the house is set slightly lower than the left. A half staircase from the hall leads down to the lower ground floor, where there is a modern fitted shower room, a utility area, and a useful workshop or storage room. Another half staircase leads up from the hall to a fabulous spacious sitting room with a bay window to the front. To the rear of the sitting room is the glorious kitchen, a lovely bright room with two windows overlooking the canal, where swans come to be fed. The kitchen is open plan to the dining room, which has a stunning bay window overlooking the canal.
From the dining room a porch provides access to the side garden. This is utterly delightful, with a covered terrace, a pretty picket fence, and a garden gate opening onto the towpath. A detached outbuilding has been converted into a useful office or studio space, ideal for working from home, or as a leisure space.