Description

This delightful lock cottage on the Kennet and Avon Canal was built in 1810 for the lock keeper responsible for overseeing the Crofton flight in East Wiltshire. It stands on the towpath side in a wonderful rural location. A tall hedge gives privacy from passing boats, but this could be opened out to provide views of the canal and nearby lock if preferred.

The property is an eight minute walk down the towpath from the nearest road, and presents a rare opportunity to enjoy an alternative, clean and sustainable lifestyle. The nearest village is a twenty minute walk/cycle/car ride away, with a primary school, doctors’ surgery, pub, village stores, and Post Office, and mainline station with direct line to Paddington. The Crofton Beam Engines museum and cafe are within easy walking distance down the towpath.

The original house was built from Bath stone, and sympathetic extensions were added in 2005 to provide a large bedroom, bathroom and garden room. The roof of the original building has been completely re-slated over the past 10 years. The present owners have kept many period features, to retain a sense of its history and original purpose. The rooms are all on the ground floor, but on different levels with three to five steps between them.

The house offers a porch, a living room with Hunter Oakwood woodburner, a kitchen diner, a walk-in pantry, a garden room, and a lobby suitable for use as a study, with a trapdoor to additional storage space. There is a master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe, and a second double bedroom with a wash basin and two trapdoors to below-floor storage space. Finally there is a bathroom with a hatch to the boarded loft space.

The house is surrounded by a long garden of just under half an acre with flower beds, raised vegetable beds, a small orchard and a fenced chicken area. There is a useful range of outbuildings including a fuel store which houses the solar equipment, a good sized studio, the original privy which has been restored as a gardener’s cloakroom, three wooden storage sheds, a greenhouse, and a wood store. There is also a lovely shepherd’s hut, which can be used as a spare bedroom.

The wood and solid fuel Rayburn in the kitchen diner has an oven and hotplate, supplies hot water, and heats the central heating radiators in cold weather. A solar water heater on the roof provides hot water in the summer months. The house has a telephone landline and full broadband access with BT Infinity, and the owners confirm that there is excellent and reliable mobile reception. TV is available via BT or Sky FreeSat. There is no mains electricity. All the electricity comes from the solar panels, with the very occasional use of a back-up generator to back up. Drainage is a reliable septic tank for sewage, and a soakaway for grey water.

Private sale (no agent). Viewing strictly by appointment.

For further information phone: 01672 870674 or 07887 560522.

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