An idyllically-located, truly unique property, combining a distinctive, barrel-shaped structure within an expansive, contemporary home to create an exceptional family living environment. The setting of Bucket Lock Cottage, alongside the Stratford-upon-Avon canal, offers a serene and secluded position, where the original lock keeper’s dwelling is now showcased and skilfully preserved as part of an intriguing up-to-date residence.
Approached via a bridge that crosses the canal, the front of the property is accessed via gates onto a paved courtyard with steps leading down to the distinguished, oak entrance doorway. Inside, the splendid hallway with its angled ceiling and stylized, level change steps, offers a flavour of the interesting design features to be found within the home. Double-doors open into the generous entertaining space, offering a games room and bar area, featuring exposed brickwork and ceiling beams, with a central fireplace housing a wood-burning stove.
A further set of doors with a series of steps down lead into the stunning open-plan kitchen/dining/family room where natural light floods the room courtesy of six roof lanterns and glazed sliding doors which give access to the garden. Fitted with sleek, wall, and low-level cabinetry, topped with contemporary stone work surfaces, the kitchen also features a substantial island unit, offering a spot for informal dining, and featuring an induction hob, a Neff Teppanyaki hotplate and marble countertop, as well a drinks fridge and storage beneath. Quality integrated appliances for ease and convenience include a dishwasher, two Neff double ovens, a Neff microwave, and a steam oven, There is ample space for dining and relaxed sitting in the room around the free-standing log-burning stove featuring a striking steel chimney. Just beyond, a further reception room is currently in use as a snug and study/home office, with a utility and cloakroom adjacent.
The ground floor, also offers a large utility room at the rear, providing plenty of space for household appliances and storage of outdoor wear, with an external door giving access to the loggia which adorns the back wall of the home, providing a feature of interest and a covered area overlooking the garden. A ground-floor bedroom can be reached via the utility room, along with a room for log storage, completing the accommodation on the lower level.
On the first floor, the principal bedroom is accessed via a staircase beyond the open-plan kitchen/living room, whilst also having an external route to the expansive balcony which runs the length of the upper floor rooms. This platform offers the perfect spot to enjoy morning coffee or evening drinks whilst enjoying the views over the garden and treetops. There are four further bedrooms, two with en suite facilities, along with a family bathroom and cloakroom, which are reached via a separate stairway.
On the opposite side of the entrance hallway to the home, the configuration of the accommodation lends itself to provide a two-bedroom annexe, which is in use by the current owners. The rooms comprise of a comfortable family room in the setting of the arched interior of the barrel-roof, featuring a natural stone chimney breast and hearth with inset wood-burning stove and steel support tie-bars in the roof space. Alongside is an en suite bedroom, and just beyond a further bedroom, whilst across the hallway a farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room has wood-fronted cabinetry. A bathroom with stylish fittings is also accessed from the hall, offering a bathtub and separate shower cubicle.
The gardens and grounds at Bucket Lock Cottage are a haven for its residents, extending to just under five acres, and bordered by a babbling brook, with mature trees to the boundary and large swathes of lawn interspersed with specimen trees. A paved terrace offers opportunities for outdoor dining and entertaining whilst taking in the vista over the gardens. When the urge to get active takes hold, there is an all-weather hard-surface tennis court within the grounds, which can be floodlit for play after dark. A gravel driveway affords parking for numerous cars in addition to vehicle storage in a double garage.
Mains Electric and Oil fired Central Heating
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Energy Rating F
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For those with a passion for equestrian activities, the property provides a paddock, with an adjoining stable block and tack room.
The Stratford-on-Avon Canal runs for 25.5 miles, through 54 locks from Kings Norton in the south of Birmingham to the River Avon at Stratford-on-Avon. Lock 34 is known as Bucket Lock, after which the property takes its name, and is particularly noteworthy as it has an iron trough aqueduct at its head called the Yarningdale Aqueduct. The northern part of the canal opened in 1803, whilst the southern stretch was opened in 1815, with the waterway allowing the passage of freight to reach the River Severn at Tewkesbury. In 1856 the canal was sold to the GWR and many of the GWR mileposts can still be seen fashioned out of railway lines. When the canal was restored in 1964 it was reopened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Bucket Lock Cottage is set in the peaceful haven of Yarningale Common, which is surrounded by an abundance of woodland and offers endless walking, cycling, and riding routes.
Situated just four miles away is the delightful town of Henley-in-Arden which provides a good range of everyday shops, as well as restaurants, primary and secondary schools, a medical center, and a veterinary center. Henley-in-Arden is steeped in history with an array of period properties and preserved architectural styles that date back to medieval times.
Historic Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa have a unique charm and are within easy reach too.
Travel links are excellent. The Sellers inform us that the M40 towards Warwick can be reached within 10 minutes.
Commuting via Henley-in-Arden is excellent too; links to the M40, M42, and M5 easily connect you to Birmingham, Solihull, and further afield to London and beyond.
Travel by rail is convenient too. Warwick Parkway gets you to London in under 90 minutes. Henley-in-Arden railway station provides commuters with regular rail services to Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon, too.
Warwick has two good primary schools, as well as a range of secondary schools and grammar schools to choose from, including Warwick School, Kings High School for Girls, King Edwards School, Solihull School, and Arnold Lodge Prep and Public School in Leamington Spa.