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4 Bedroom cottage High Street, Great Horwood £425,000

The cottage sits across from the village church and right on High Street, where there is a wide pavement and parking is always easy, John says. To the rear, the cottage opens on to its delightful garden.

Right at the heart of the attractive village of Great Horwood, the four-bedroom house on the High Street is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Overflowing with charm and featuring a wealth of period features, the individual property, which is not listed, offers an exquisite blend of character and warmth, light and space, explains John, the current owner. “It really is deceptively spacious,” he admits. “From the front you would have no idea how much room there was inside. It is interesting because it is a cosy, warm cottage, which has been a lovely home and yet it also has high ceilings and lots of windows, which makes it bright and airy throughout. Its rooms are of a good size and the ground floor has a nice flow. Internally, it is much more than you expect from a cottage that old.”

HISTORIC HOME
The unique home, which has three storeys of accommodation, is believed to date back to the late18th century and is mentioned in a local history book, Great Horwood, Past and Present. “Over 200 years ago a great fire swept through the village and the whole High Street was burned down,” John explains. “This was one of the properties rebuilt to replace those homes; the blacksmith was next door to it.” From exposed beams and brickwork to chimney breasts and fireplaces, the history of the home can still be seen at every turn. “There are lots of quirky features, including a little porthole in one wall and ceiling hooks, which may have originally been for hanging food. At the same time, because the cottage was extended quite some time ago, it offers very good living and bedroom space.”
COMFORTABLE LIVING
Stepping into the enticing cottage, visitors find themselves in a second sitting or family room. “I call this the music room,” he says. “There is also a log-burning stove and space for comfortable seating, making it a nice alternative place to sit and read; listen to music or play the piano.” To the right of this room, there is access to the very generous, beamed living and dining room. Here another wood-burner is set into a brick fireplace at one end of the double-length space, while French windows overlook the garden at the other. It’s a good sized sitting room area, as well as a dining table and chairs. “This is a very peaceful room, which is wonderful all year round,” he agrees.
INSIDE AND OUT
The living room and the dining room lead into the kitchen, which in turn opens into the utility room. “The kitchen has three different parts, including the utility room,” he observes. “It is unusual, but it works very well. I enjoy cooking and it is a good space for working in.” With a door from the utility room, as well as the French windows opening on to the garden, there is an easy flow between inside and outside spaces. The terrace has been perfect for barbecues and outside dining in the summer months and the lawn also offers opportunities for soaking up the sunshine.
SUPERB BEDROOM SPACE
All four bedrooms are situated on the first floor of the house. Two of these are especially large: the master bedroom has an en suite shower room and built-in cupboards the second bedroom also has a good-sized, built-in wardrobe. “I use one of the two smaller rooms as a spare room and the other as a study, but both were bedrooms for the previous owners’ young teenage children”. The family bathroom, recently upgraded, is also on this floor, and there is a staircase up to the attic level. “This has been a great extra space for me,” John explains. “I have used it as another study and for storage: it could be ideal for someone else working from home – they could have one or two desks up here very easily.”
VILLAGE LIFE
Just five minutes’ drive from Winslow, with its village shops, and 15 minutes from Milton Keynes and Buckingham, the location of the house has been convenient for everything John has needed. There is a pub in Great Horwood that serves food and there are lots of excellent dog and people walks and cycle rides in the area. It is quick to pick up the A421 into Milton Keynes or the A413 South and the M1 is about 20 minutes’ drive. “I am only moving now because I am relocating back to Yorkshire,” John says. “The location has worked well for me and the cottage has been perfect: cosy, light and very comfortable to live in. Everything here has been updated with great care for the original character of the property and it is now ready for someone else to move into quickly and enjoy.”

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