Set within a 16th-century row of Grade II Listed Tudor cottages overlooking the village green, 8 The Bank is a stunning Grade II Listed timber-framed family home with red brick infill panels, built in 1541 and sensitively modernised and tastefully decorated to provide a fabulous characterful family and entertaining space arranged over two floors, combining the amenities of modern living with retained features including casement windows with glazing bars, exposed wall and ceiling beams and a wonderful original inglenook fireplace.
As is usual in properties of this age, the bespoke solid wood and studded stable front door opens into a spacious front aspect sitting room where the eye is drawn immediately to a stunning inglenook fireplace with a woodburning stove and original bread ovens. A haven of peace and tranquillity, the room also features a floor to ceiling bespoke bookshelf, parquet flooring, electric marble radiators and a turned wooden staircase with a purpose-built desk rising to the first floor. The ground floor accommodation is completed by a generous rear aspect kitchen/dining room, an extension to the original building, which features quarry-tiled flooring, a range of eye and base level units and drawers, a Belfast sink with mixer taps, space for a small range and integrated appliances, a dining area with room for a good-sized table and French doors to the rear terrace.
Mirroring the beautifully presented ground floor accommodation, the first floor features an impressive front aspect principal bedroom with feature exposed chimney breast and bespoke built-in storage, one further well-proportioned rear aspect bedroom and a modern family bathroom with panelled bath with mixer taps and attached shower.
Having plenty of kerb appeal, the property is approached over a tiered front garden with mature rockery planting and steps rising to the front door, affording lovely views over the village. Providing an oasis of calm, the well-maintained terraced garden to the rear extends to 100 ft. in length and features a vegetable garden with raised beds and a paved terrace off the kitchen/dining room together with gravelled and decked seating areas, all ideal for entertaining and al fresco dining, as well as giving access to a timber double garage with power and lighting, also accessible over a driveway to the rear of the property which offers off-road parking and a pedestrian gate to the property's rear garden.
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"Hazel Cottage was the perfect property for me, combining style with a perfect location at the heart of a beautiful small village with fields and an orchard just across the road. I fell in love with the house for so many reasons but especially the inglenook fireplace. Every year, I've looked forward to the autumn - I'll light a fire, put the kettle on the top and wander across the road to the fields for a bracing walk. When I get back, the house is toasty warm and the kettle simmering ready for an indulgent cup of hot chocolate. The bespoke south-facing stable door is also a joy on a bright summer Sunday morning - I often sit and listen to the church bells pealing as I enjoy my morning coffee. It really is a house for all seasons; it's been a real privilege to live here for the past decade, but it's now time for the next custodians to take over. I hope they enjoy it as much as I have."
Numbers 6 - 9 The Bank, of which Hazel Cottage forms part, originally formed part of a complex property which started life with the construction of number 6 at the east end of the range, originally part of a larger structure whose west wing was replaced by the mid-16th century by a then-jettied two-bay crossing incorporating a large fireplace, now known as number 7. A further two bays were subsequently added to the west (Hazel Cottage and number 9), both probably occupied separately from what was then the main house. The fully-developed house was recorded in 1670 in the inventory of Edward Stirton, a tailor, which showed that Hazel Cottage or its neighbour (number 9) served as his shop, containing three spinning wheels. By 1813 all four properties combined to create one house, with that year's census showing six people living there.