The byre is an attractive two bedroom character cottage, converted from a mellow red brick C18th barn, that has been much improved and very well maintained to create a stylish character home with contemporary open plan living accommodation with; oak floors, Jotul wood burning stove and fabulous fitted kitchen.
The cottage is within the grounds of what was originally a working farm, now a co-housing community known as the Threshold Centre, whose aim is to embody sustainable living, affording mutual support and share ecological values and commitments of the community. Residents share meals together twice a week and the cottage leases require residents to make a contribution of four hours per week towards the running of the shared facilities and to be part of the management group which meets monthly. The building itself is thought to originally comprise part of the dairy, now converted into a terrace of small cottages. The Byre is of traditional construction of double brick, it has its own small area of courtyard to the front and a small terrace to the rear.
The outlook is over a good sized grassed area mainly enclosed by these cottages and by a modern, attractive block of further housing.
Car parking is restricted to one vehicle in the communal car park.
The principal farmhouse (of which each resident has an equal 1/14th share) forms part of the co-housing accommodation and provides shared facilities, including a meditation room, communal sitting room and dining room. There is also a laundry and equipped office. There are also guest rooms available in the farmhouse if required for a small fee.
In addition there is a large communal garden and an acre of rented ground on the other side of the lane for fruit and vegetable cultivation. There is a polytunnel on the shared land.
Approached: From Cole Street Lane via easy pull-in onto generous private courtyard and parking area. Personal pathway cuts across gardens of neighbouring properties and leads to The Byre. Flagstone paved step.
Entrance: Pair of painted three quarter double glazed french doors open into attractive and spacious open plan living accommodation.
Living accommodation: Wonderful family room, nicely proportioned with good ceiling height, bright and airy being dual aspects. Attractive oak flooring, freestanding Jotul wood burning stove on terracotta tiled hearth, panel radiator and casement windows enjoying outlook to the rear, and to the front pleasant outlook onto neighbouring cottages and gardens. Full height double glazed french doors giving access to rear.
Kitchen area: (19’7 x 17’5) Well equipped and fitted with an attractive and extensive range of hand painted shaker style floor cupboards with matching drawers and trim (all soft close) contrasting beech block with tops and counters. Inset 1½ bowl china clay sink and drainer with chrome mixer tap. Space for under counter fridge, inset four ring Neff gas hob, built-in single fan assisted electric oven and grill, breakfast bar, ample power points, spotlights and wall hung electric meter cabinet.
Home office/study area: (8’ x 8’) Useful versatile space leading off from the kitchen area. Understairs space, panel radiator, useful shelving and UPVC double glazed window. Airing cupboard with hot water cylinder slated wooded shelving, thermostat and control.
Bathroom: Modern white suite comprising moulded acrylic bath with hot and cold mixer tap, chrome shower fittings and handgrips, side panel and low level WC. Roll edge dresser top with inset wash hand basin, built-in cabinet, ladder towel rail/radiator, spotlights and UPVC double glazed window enjoying outlook onto gardens.
Staircase: Natural pine bannister post and handrail, return stairs to airy open landing with matching bannister post and galleried handrail. Large velux skylight window and useful built-in double storage cupboard.
Open plan bedroom 1: (13’5 x 8’11)Bright and airy, shallow sloping ceiling, stripped exposed beams, power points, panel radiator and velux skylight window.
Bedroom 2: (11’1 x 7’5) Bright airy room, sloping ceiling, exposed pine rafters, power points, sliding door and velux skylight window.
The gardens and outside space is a particularly attractive feature and enjoys a tranquil spot. There is a small front garden and terrace area planted with a variety of established flowering plants and shrubs providing colour and interest throughout the season with low brick walling. Again enjoying a pleasant sheltered and sunny aspect overlooking neighbouring gardens and the river bank.
Services: Water, electricity, drainage, telephone gas all subject to the usual utility regulations.
Service Charge £108.00 per month to include garden maintenance, maintenance of house, empty of sewerage, washing machine replacement.
Council Tax Band: B
EPC rating: C
Property M²: 46
tenure: Share of Freehold
viewing: Strictly by appointment through the agents.