Little Manor Cottage was newly built on the site of a dilapidated workshop and store. In spite of this it blends in perfectly with the adjoining 18th century Tythe Barn because of the materials used in the construction. Stone-faced in reclaimed limestone from the original building and with a double pitched pan-tiled roof, it gives the impression that it’s always been there.
That’s outside; inside it’s a different story. Glass has been used in clever ways to create a light, modern interior, perfectly complemented by the same white walls and soft grey Farrow and Ball paintwork as the Coach House. Large glazed screens in the sitting room and living room allow light to flood in from the west and look out on an attractive courtyard, partly paved in reclaimed limestone setts from the original farmyard. The solid oak staircase has a glazed balustrade and is accessed from both sides by sliding glazed screens. These can be opened for entertaining and ventilation or closed for privacy and warmth. Upstairs, a delightful monitor light (type of roof window) makes a stunning feature, allowing plenty of daylight to brighten up the stairs and landing and providing a glimpse of the surrounding fields.
The kitchen has a full range of ivory painted solid oak wall and floor units incorporating a built-in fridge, dish washer, gas hob and chimney extractor, a single electric oven, large breakfast bar and solid oak worktops. The very useful utility room just off the kitchen has more handy units with a white porcelain sink, washing machine, gas fired combi boiler and access to the back path. The dining area, kitchen and utility room all have pale grey, porcelain floor tiles for easy maintenance.
The sitting room is accessed either through double oak doors from the kitchen end or through the glazed screens from the dining room. With solid oak floor and stunning modern gas fire, this is a cosy retreat for relaxing and socialising. To the rear of the sitting room are the entrance hall, cloakroom and access to the parking area in the gravel yard.
Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, all with interesting shaped ceilings and views across the surrounding farmland. The master bedroom has an en-suite wetroom with toilet, wash basin and shower. The main bathroom has a built-in double ended bath with reclaimed oak plank bath panel, counter top basin, toilet, large towel radiator, storage shelves and underfloor electric heating.
To the front there is a small patio with access from the dining room – perfect for soaking up the late afternoon summer sun. At the rear there is access from the utility room to a wide paved path which leads round the cottage to the front and is useful for storing recycling boxes. The main access to the house is from the Little Manor Barns yard where there is another patio and parking spaces for two cars in a large, private space.
Heating and hot water is provided by a Worcester Greenstar combi boiler situated in the utility room. This is fired by Calor gas as there is no mains gas in the area. There is no mains drainage and all waste is recycled through a sewage treatment plant. Light fittings throughout are equipped with low energy LED bulbs. The property is hard-wired for a telephone/broadband service. The hardwood windows and external doors are double-glazed.
The property is let unfurnished apart from carpets and curtains throughout.