Dating back to the early 1800s, once forming part of the village brewery, this gorgeous and sympathetically extended Georgian cottage is an exceptionally pretty home full of original character. With three reception rooms, a recently modernised kitchen / breakfast room and a separate laundry / w.c., a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom plus three further double bedrooms and separate bathroom, this is a wonderful family home with a generous garden that also offers potential opportunity for further extension (subject to the necessary planning consents).
A substantial single storey Cotswold stone annexe sitting within the grounds is currently arranged as open-plan kitchen / living room with a separate sitting room, shower room and loft room over. This could be used for a variety of purposes: as a teenage den, for holiday letting, a work-from-home business, ancillary family accommodation, an artist’s studio, or for an elderly parent, etc.
“My mother and I bought the cottage together in 1994 and she lived very happily in her little house beside us for twenty years. She would pop over to babysit and chat but she had her own space too, her own front door, her own piece of garden, somewhere to park her car and pop out for shopping, so we didn’t ever feel in each other’s pockets.”
Occupying a lovely position at the centre of Little Compton, set back from the lane within high walls to either side, the property is approached to the front via a latch gate leading on to an abundant traditional English country garden planted with a profusion of flower beds, mature shrubs and deciduous trees. To the side, the garden is laid to lawn with a separate gated gravelled driveway providing parking for three cars.
“The house is predominantly south-facing and so the sun streams in, even in the depths of winter. The east side of the garden gets the best of the evening light. We often thought of extending the kitchen, adding another bedroom, but we didn’t need it. In early spring, looking out from the French doors in the kitchen, it is a joy to see the garden come alive with drifts of snowdrops, crocus, daffodils and as the months pass, blossoming into a riot of colour, scents and shade - cherry, roses, honeysuckle, clematis, lavender, etc. It’s truly lovely all year round.”
What has been the best part of living here? “Too many things. Everything. We have log fires in the dining and sitting rooms, a cast-iron wood burner in the family room so it’s always a very cosy house, fabulous at Christmas. The new rear hall brought everything together in the round, so with all the doors flung open back and front in summer it’s cool and airy, just brilliant for parties and al fresco dining.”
“Then there’s the true happiness of bringing-up children here and my mother being with us for all that time. The practical benefits of both Chipping Norton and Moreton being just a stone’s throw; Kitebrook school down the road, regular trains from Moreton to London, Daylesford just five minutes away, Soho Farmhouse fifteen or so. And the walks into the countryside - the beauty of the drive home, a tiny deer park in the village. A proper pub. All of it. It’s as close to perfect as any country home could possibly have been.”
The original parts of Brewery Cottage were incorporated into Henry Lardner’s ‘Compton Steam Brewery’ during the late 1830s. The brewery was clearly state of the art, with heated malthouses ‘steeping 35-quarters’ and supplying thirty public houses. The manager lived at Brewery Cottage, the brewing community and their families lived along Brewery Row. Henry Lardner, who lived at the grand Washbrook House directly opposite the property adopted ‘temperance’ and the brewery was sold in 1898 including Brewery Cottage, described in the particulars of sale at that time as ‘a neat residence and gardens’.
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