Ashville Cottage, Little Smeaton
Offers in Excess of £700,000
- Four Double Bedroom Period Detached
- Approximately Half of Acre Plot Including Expansive Country Garden
- Four Good Sized Reception Rooms
- Utility Room and Modern Downstairs W/C
- Farmhouse Style Kitchen with Centre Island and AGA
- En-Suite Shower Room to Master Bedroom
- Courtyard, Patio, Summer House and Personal Woodland
- Multiple Off Street Parking and Detached Double Garage
- Sought After Village Location with Easy Access to Wider Amenities
- Ideal Location to Commute Using Motorway and Public Transport Links
Property Description**ASHVILLE COTTAGE**
A rural retreat
Character and tradition come in abundance at the pretty 17th century Ashville Cottage.
Tucked away off main street in the desirable sleepy village of Little Smeaton, you’ll enjoy rural bliss and maximum privacy in this four-bedroom cottage with delightful gardens and field views. Lovingly cared for by the current owner since the late 1970s, it retains charming aesthetics and unique quirks typical of the era, yet tastefully modernised and extended to create a practical family home.
Ready to move into but with plenty of potential – this stunning home is sure to be a hit with those on the hunt for countryside living within the heart of a small community.
A traditional cottage welcome
From the moment you arrive at the contrasting brick porch, you’ll instantly feel a warm ambience. Step into a beautiful, bright, period entrance hall with decorative staircase. This versatile space sets the tone for the rest of the home. A convenient cloakroom area and modern downstairs WC with in-built vanity unit are a valuable addition to the property.
The distinctive oak beams feature throughout the house but them come into their own in this impressive lounge.
The dual-aspect windows flood the space with natural light at either side of the brick fireplace. The cast-iron log burner adds charm and warmth to guarantee a cosy night in, and with so much natural character, all you’ll need is a sofa to move straight in and nestle up by the fire.
Next door you’ll find the dining room which provides another generous space for relaxing and hosting.
Well-paired in style with the lounge, it also features a characterful stove – this time electric, but housed within the original brickwork fireplace.
Beaming with light from the windows and patio doors, it also has the added benefit of direct access to the picturesque courtyard garden so you can imagine how this room comes into its own in summertime.
Providing the view from both the lounge and dining room windows is the stunning south-east facing courtyard which runs alongside the front of the house. A perfectly private little sanctuary which is typical of a fairytale cottage, and home to a magnificent Queen apple tree which produces delicious fruit each and every year. A peaceful place to sit with a book or enjoy a meal Al Fresco whilst admiring the flower beds in bloom, the area is predominantly paved for low maintenance and maximum pleasure.
The opposite end of the home forms the extension which was added in the late 1960s. Sympathetically designed and keeping the farm house heritage at the forefront of the renovation, the ceiling beams mirror those of the lounge for a consistent flow.
You’d expect no less than this typical, country-style kitchen complete with oak wooden units, centre island and the standout traditional AGA at the heart of it.
Practicality as well as tradition is also in abundance here as the kitchen has been adapted for modern living – with a separate electric oven and hob, built-in appliances and plenty of space for a breakfast dining table.
To the side of the kitchen, a separate utility space with further storage, an extra sink, washing machine and dryer which make the perfect laundry room for a busy family.
The kitchen then flows seamlessly through double doors into the tiled conservatory which offers a private and secluded sunspot, surrounded by a leafy ivy hedge. This is an added bonus for some comfortable seating if you don’t fancy making your way through to the lounge to relax.
A literary lover’s dream
The bespoke, open staircase was moved during the renovation work to create extra space on both levels – and to great effect.
As you reach the first floor, you’re met with a huge gallery landing and a library of built-in bookcases – a literary lover’s dream!
Parents and children alike will love creating memories of filling the shelves with their own favourite titles and perusing the books before bed.
Before admiring the upstairs rooms, you’ll notice that the spacious split-level landing which divides the two halves of the first floor has been cleverly designed with built-in storage cupboards to keep any clutter concealed.
The old house
In the original cottage you have the master suite and bedroom three. The generous, dual-aspect master bedroom features shaker-style, built-in wardrobes either side of the bed and ambient wall lighting to add character and depth to the room. It also benefits from a walk-in storage cupboard which could be made into a hanging wardrobe or additional shelving to maximise the space on offer. A simple, modern en-suite with a shower completes the room to tick all the boxes.
Next door you’ll find bedroom three, which is perfectly formed and tastefully decorated. A comfortable double with a picturesque view over the courtyard garden through the large window makes this a delightful space.
The family bathroom has been fully modernised with chic wall tiles and Victorian-style mosaic patterned flooring.
Finished to a high spec with a vanity unit and floating basin, wall-mounted chrome taps, large panelled bath tub and separate shower cubicle. A stylish column radiator gives a nod to the tradition of the home to finish off this bright and clean space perfectly.
Across the landing are bedrooms two and four to complete the first floor.
Both are good-sized doubles benefiting from plenty of natural light featuring white venetian wooden shutters and soft carpeting to finish them off to a high standard.
Saving the best until last
Arguably saving the best until last, you’ll hardly believe the outdoor space on offer.
The main garden is located to the rear of the property and before you get there, you’ll pass the generous parking area and large double garage which is perfect for a workshop space or a later conversion.
Surrounded by mature shrubbery to offer privacy and elevated above stone steps is a gardener’s paradise.
Welcome to your own private woodland: an amazing rural space, side by side with Grove Farm and is enclosed by a beautiful traditional Yorkshire stone wall. As you venture further out onto the vast lawn which is punctuated with tall trees, you’ll hear nothing but birdsong and eventually the rolling field views appear. If you continue all the way to the end of the boundary to pick up the public footpaths, these will lead you on to nearby villages of Womersley and Kirk Smeaton – an added bonus for keen walkers!
The garden has been a real labour of love for the current owner. The green-fingered will appreciate the vegetable patches bordered by railway sleepers and pretty abundant flower beds. There’s a flagged seating area and Greenhouse, but also the space and scope to create an outdoor living space completely bespoke to your family.
Area To Explore
Bordering the River Went, the beautiful North Yorkshire village of Little Smeaton is one of the area’s most desirable locations.
Next to its sister village Kirk Smeaton, this spot is rurally idyllic and renowned for its warm country charm. There’s an abundance of woodland walks on your doorstep as you’re surrounded by open fields and the peaceful Brockadale Woods and Nature Reserve.
This beautiful seclusion doesn’t come at the expense of village amenities however. The highly rated Shoulder of Mutton is a proper old-fashioned village pub which plays a central role at the heart of the community. It offers the perfect place to catch up with your fellow villagers over a cold, crisp pint or glass of wine. Opposite here is also a small post office which stocks enough everyday essentials to avoid travel to larger nearby towns, freeing up more time to relax in your fantastic new surroundings.
The village primary school comes with an excellent reputation and there’s a choice of nearby secondary schools as well as the established Quaker School offering a private option just a few miles away in Ackworth.
Other nearby villages include Wentbridge, home to the Wentbridge House Hotel and a great calling point for afternoon tea as well as the highly rated Blue Smoke Artisan Pizza restaurant.
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