Clay Coton, Northamptonshire
A beautiful, quintessentially English country cottage, in half an acre of gardens on the outskirts of a delightful rural hamlet on the Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire borders.
Introduction - Manor Cottage is a delightful listed home, situated in the delightful hamlet of Clay Coton in Northamptonshire. This quintessential English country cottage has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment programme in recent years, particularly in 2016 with the refitting of both the kitchen and bathroom. There is a delightful sitting room with a wealth of period features and a recently added, bespoke conservatory providing delightful views of the half an acre of mature gardens. The property has three well-proportioned bedrooms including the master bedroom with vaulted ceiling and mezzanine, which has access to a significant loft room. There is a dining room with attractive inglenook fireplace, cloakroom and as previously stated a refitted kitchen/breakfast room. Externally there are views across open fields to three sides of the property and a generous 0.57 acre plot with mature gardens. There is also parking with a timber built triple garage and off road parking for two vehicles. Manor Cottage is offered for sale with no onward chain and early inspection is recommended.
Accommodation Summary -
Sellers Insight - Situated within the delightful Northamptonshire hamlet of Clay Coton is Manor Cottage, a picture perfect country home, which in part is believed to date back to the 16th century. The house has had a fascinating history, and that was definitely part of its appeal when we first happened upon it, says Paul. It began life as two one-up-one-down workers cottages which in later years were combined to form one dwelling, but it then fell into a severe state of disrepair and interestingly many of the older residents of Clay Coton can remember playing in it as children. It was in such a terrible state that it was actually due to be knocked down, but a local lady went to great lengths to save it. She managed to have the building listed shortly before it was due to be demolished and since then it has been lovingly transformed it into a really beautiful home.
We too have done a great deal of work to enhance the property further, but everything has been done in an extremely sympathetic manner, so it retains all of its wonderful character and charm. Weve actually refurbished the whole house from top to bottom, adding a lovely new kitchen and new bathrooms all individually designed and we also had a beautiful Vale garden room built, which again is very in keeping with the style of the building. Its been a superb addition to the house and it has given us a really beautiful extra reception that creates a lovely connection to the garden. Id say that the house now has the perfect balance of old and new: the kitchen has all the mod cons, one of the bathrooms has a computer controlled shower and weve also installed under-floor heating, so its essentially a modern home in the most beautiful period shell.
The house sits on around an acre of land, and the garden is wonderfully mature, continues Paul. Weve always said that it seems to blend perfectly with the seasons, because no matter what the time of years its always extremely beautiful. Its a real country cottage garden and one that consists of lots of different areas that are all very different, but all very attractive; were actually still discovering parts of it.
Favourite Room: Were very proud of the new garden room, says the owner. Its a glass and wood structure thats very in keeping with the style of the house, and in it we have a couple of comfortable sofas, so its a very relaxing space in which we can read or listen to music while taking in the lovely view of the garden.
Favourite aspect of the grounds or surrounding area: Were surrounded by rolling green fields and our nearest neighbor is a couple of hundred yards away, so within the house and grounds you feel a million miles from anywhere, says Paul. However we can hop in the car and be in the centre of Rugby in around ten minuets, so everything we could possibly want or need is within easy reach.
Memorable event (if not another favourite room or unique feature): The dining room is another really beautiful part of the house, says Paul. It has one of the original inglenooks, which is a gorgeous focal point, and we had a large dining table made especially to fit the space. Its a part of the house in which weve spent a great many happy hours.
What theyll miss most / why they are leaving: What will I miss? says Paul. Everything. Its a very special house and totally unique.
Ground Floor - The entrance porch has a traditional oak door, built in cupboard space and a further glazed door that leads to the dining space which has a terracotta floor, double glazed windows to front and side aspect and a delightful log burner set into an inglenook fireplace with raised hearth and herringbone brickwork. A further glazed door from here leads to the inner hall, which has access to the cloakroom, a hardwood floor which flows to the sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room and a staircase that rises to the first floor. The sitting room is very pleasant with two windows to the side and a double glazed window overlooking the rear terrace. From here there is a recently built side porch with oak framework and a Chinese slate tiled floor, with under floor heating, vaulted ceiling and oak stable style door that leads to the side garden. There are folding doors from the sitting room leading to the bespoke built conservatory, which has under floor heating, bi-fold doors that lead onto the rear garden and attractive tiled floor. The kitchen was refitted in 2016 and has double glazed windows overlooking the frontage and side aspect, there is an attractive tiled floor, a range of bespoke shaker style units with marble worktop, a Belfast double sink, a range, further cabinets and exposed ceiling beams. There is a built in dishwasher, fridge, freezer, tumble dryer and washing machine.
Entrance Porch -
Inner Hall -
Dining Room - 4.4 x 3.43 max (14'5" x 11'3" max) -
Kitchen/Breakfast Room - 4.84 x 4.82 max (15'10" x 15'9" max) -
Sitting Room - 5.98 x 5.17 (19'7" x 16'11") -
Conservatory - 5.22 x 3.66 (17'1" x 12'0") -
Rear Porch -
First Floor - The hardwood polished oak floor leads to the main bedrooms; the master bedroom is a stunning room with a large exposed timber A frame, vaulted ceiling and steps that lead to the bedroom area which has stunning views of the gardens with windows to all sides. The dog-leg staircase leads to a raised mezzanine, which has a door that leads into the lofts space, there are 2 rooms connected by a small corridor, with an attractive window providing views of the garden. Bedroom two has a polished hardwood floor and is an L-shaped room with double glazed windows to the side and front, there are built in wardrobes and cabinets. Bedroom three is another double room situated at the front with double glazed windows to the side and frontage and adjacent to this is the delightful refitted bathroom which has a Victoria & Albert slipper style bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, a Victoria & Albert wash basing with mixer tap and granite plinth and a Villeroy & Boch enclosed WC. There is a walk in glazed shower cubicle with contemporary style tiles and a rainforest style shower above. There are double glazed windows to the side and rear and halogen down lighters as well as under floor heating beneath some attractive contemporary grey tiles.
Master Bedroom - 5.99 x 5.15 (19'7" x 16'10") -
Loft Room 1 - 4.85 x 3.51 (15'10" x 11'6") -
Loft Room 2 - 4.23 x 2.48 (13'10" x 8'1") -
Loft Room 3 - 6.34 x 3.21 max (20'9" x 10'6" max) -
Bedroom 2 - 4.92 x 4.85 max (16'1" x 15'10" max) -
Bedroom 3 - 4.5 x 2.43 max (14'9" x 7'11" max) -
Family Bathroom -
Gardens - The house sits on a generous plot of 0.57 acres of landscaped, mature gardens on the very edge of Clay Coton. There is a small frontage and a gated access that leads to the entrance door and a large block paved patio area and raised flowerbeds. Further gates lead to the rear garden where there is a large terrace that surrounds the conservatory and leads around the right hand elevation. There is a variety of seating area, well stocked flower borders and raised gardens and a stepped pathway that leads to the parking area then continues around the upper part of the rear gardens and flows naturally into a wonderful wooded area which screens the septic tank. There is a pond with water feature situated centrally within the garden and behind this is an attractive and productive orchard with a variety of fruit trees. The eastern boundary overlooks a paddock, whilst the northern boundary overlooks local farmland. Alongside the northern boundary are a variety of mature trees, laurel hedge and well-stocked borders. In turn there is a timber built greenhouse and attractive brick built pillar with garden clock.
Garage & Parking - There is a block-paved driveway for at least two vehicles and a recently built timber, triple garage with power and lighting.
Location - Clay Coton is a very small village in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire. The nearest large town is Rugby, Warwickshire, about 7 miles (11.3 km) away by road; there is a high-speed Virgin train service to Euston, London in 47 minutes. The village is dominated by the mediaeval former church of St. Andrew. Built in 1340, it was restored by Edmund Francis Law in 1866 but fell into disuse in the 1950s and was renovated as a private house in around 2000. Until 2002, despite the small size of the village, it included a public house, called the 'Fox and Hounds'; it was later renamed the 'Fox'. The Fox was renowned for its folk music nights and cask ales. Like the church, it has now been converted to a private dwelling house. Whilst the house enjoys an idyllic rural setting there is fast access to the extensive road networks (M1, M6 & A14). Junior schooling is available in nearby Yelvertoft or Crick; Crick offers a wider range of shopping and public houses. There is a good selection of state senior schooling with Guilsborough School nearby and some excellent private schools including Bilton Grange, Spratton Hall and Rugby School.
Local Authority - Daventry District Council.
Telephone (01327) 871100.
Council Tax Band G.
Services - LPG central heating, mains electricity, private drainage, broadband is connected
Viewing Arrangements - Strictly by the vendors sole agents on (01788) 820062.
Agents Note - All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure.
- Beautifully Presented Listed Country Cottage
- 3 Bedrooms & Attic Rooms
- A Wealth of Period Features
- Refitted Bathroom & Refitted Bespoke Kitchen
- 2 Reception Rooms
- Conservatory with Under Floor Heating
- Mature Gardens Overlooking Open Fields
- Triple Garage & Off Road Parking
- Total Plot of 0.57 Acre
- Offered For Sale with No Onward Chain