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After the flood: view cottage in a new light; Huge effort has gone into sorting out the problems of rising waters at this listed home, writes Alison Jones.

Byline: Alison Jones

Property hunters are being encouraged to take another look at a riverside cottage that has been completely refurbished after it ?ooded.

A huge effort has also gone in to addressing the problems caused by the rising waters at the pretty Grade II listed Warwickshire cottage.

Cross Guns Cottage and Heron View in Mill Lane, Oversley Green, near Alcester, present a huge opportunity for astute buyers now the work has been completed.

The main three-bedroom timberframe building dates from around 1540 and has a thatched roof and views over ?elds. The separate one-bedroom Heron View is a guest cottage with of?ces on the ?rst ?oor.

The complex, set in about 0.33 acres with a 48ft river frontage to the River Arrow, has been ?ooded twice in recent times - in 1998 and 2007.

And, perhaps unsurprisingly, that has put off some potential buyers.

"Since then a huge amount of work has been undertaken to deal with the issue including installing a discreet ?oodwall, lifting all the ?oors and relaying ?agstones and tiled ?oors, lifting the plug points, laying all electrical cables inside waterproof ducts and ?tting one-way valves.

"On top of all that they've done a fabulous job with refurbishing the house to a very high standard with high-quality kitchen, surround sound in the sitting room and many other features," says Tom Dennes, CPBigwood's head of Residential Agency.

"And it is not just a pretty cottage - it also has a one-bedroom guest cottage with two ?rst-?oor of?ces above, a large garden room ideal for alfresco entertaining, it is on a large plot and there are well-stocked garden, lawns, workshop and summer house. "Finally, there are riparian rights on the Arrow for the keen ?sherman."

Cross Guns Cottage retains many period features including a magni?cent inglenook ?replace, exposed beams and elm board doors. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, ?tted kitchen and breakfast room, sitting room, dining room, conservatory, garage, workshop and summer house.

Built in 1999, Heron View (which never ?ooded) features a double bedroom, bathroom, sitting room open plan to a quality ?tted kitchen, laundry room, ?rst-?oor of-?ces and large garden room. It is currently used for weekly holiday lets.

Mr Dennes said: "It is an absolutely top class property and well placed for shopping and leisure facilities as well as the motorway network. Hopefully its ?ooding issues are now behind it and its wonderful location, high-quality refurbishment and conservative price make it highly attractive. "Many buyers will be, perfectly reasonably, worried about insuring a house which has ?ooded; NFU not only paid out a considerable sum to renovate the cottage after the last ?ood, but it also continued to insure the house on normal premiums based on the recti?cation works carried out.

"I believe interested parties will view it in a new light."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 29, 2012
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