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Residential Property: Garden delight of Jasmine Cottage.

Byline: Helen Macklin

Jasmine Cottage is a restored, Grade II listed stone cottage with delightful walled gardens and views towards the escarpment beyond.

It is situated in High Street, Blockley, a sought-after North Cotswold village near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.

The four-bedroom property has many attractive, period features and a light and airy interior, as well as a delightful cottage garden.

It is a a mid-terrace, adjoining a number of traditional, old Cotswold stone houses and cottages.

This particular property was originally two cottages, one being a two-storey 17th century building, built of stone under a slate roof, with casement windows upstairs and mullioned windows with drip moulding downstairs.

Features of note include a Tudor arch doorway and inglenook fireplaces. The second cottage was probably 18th century, two-and-a-half storeys, again built of coursed and squared Cotswold stone, with a gabled dormer and casement and mullioned windows.

Having been extensively restored, the property now provides superb light accommodation, together with period features, beams and doors, with the addition of converting an outbuilding into a garden room, study or play room. Selling agents Hamptons International say you really have to inspect this lovely cottage to appreciate just how light and spacious the interior is, and to admire the period features.

Jasmine Cottage is in the centre of Blockley which, in the 1880s, had a thriving silk industry, and many houses and cottages date from that time, with the church going back much further to Norman days.

Present-day Blockley has a number of local facilities, including inns, hotels, a shop, deli and primary and nursery schools. Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh are three and four miles away respectively and are useful for more extensive shopping.

The village is also only 14 miles away from Stratford-upon-Avon, and 19 from Cheltenham. It attracts walking and riding enthusiasts, is renowned for its numerous, picturesque old houses and has access to several golf courses, including nearby Willersey Hill.

Briefly, the accommodation comprises: Entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen breakfast room, cloakroom/utility, four bedrooms, family bathroom, shower room and attic room.

A front door with attractive furniture and leaded light window leads into the split level entrance hall, which boasts wattle and daub wall and ceiling timbers, an inset matwell and spotlights. An inner lobby with built-in arched storage cupboard leads into the delightful sitting room.

This room has a lovely aspect through mullioned and leaded light windows with blinds, a deep display sill and window seats to the village and escarpment beyond. There is a small period, tilting arched lead light window set in a deep alcove with display sill and a Cotswold stone inglenook (at present sealed) with bressumer beam over, display niches and raised hearth.

Exposed ceiling timbers, built-in floor-to-ceiling book shelving and gun-barrel period door into the kitchen. From the hall, you step down to the dining room, which features similar windows and timbers and a superb Cotswold stone inglenook fireplace with inset Esse Dragon woodburning stove with hot plate.

The cloakroom/utility overlooks the rear courtyard and has exposed timbers and part-glazed stripped pine door with inset panels and a fitted suite and handbasin. An interesting curved wall is to be found in the breakfast kitchen, plus windows overlooking the garden and a door to the rear patio.

There is extensive worksurfacing, with inset sink unit and four-burner gas hob, built-in Phillips Whirlpool electric oven, tiled splashbacks and painted wall and base units and open shelving.

On the other side of the room is an attractive dresser unit with open shelving and drawers. A staircase to the first floor landing leads to a dressing room/lobby with exposed wall beam. The master bedroom has a superb view of the village and beyond, casement window and built-in deep sill/window seat, plus an alcove fitted with hanging rails.

An adjacent shower room has a large, period-style white suite and tiled shower cubicle.

The agents say that the master bedroom, dressing room/lobby and the shower room could be turned into a master suite, with bedroom four serving as a study/master sitting room.

From the kitchen, steps lead down to the mainly walled garden. There is a paved sitting area close to the house, together with lawn, rose and perennial beds and a pergola clad with roses and honeysuckle, as well as a lovely lilac tree. The garden is terraced, with stone steps, and bounded by Cotswold stone walling.

Further steps lead to the top of the garden, adjacent to which is an attractive outbuilding that could be used as a garden room or playroom. It has a window in place and overlooks the garden.

To the front of Jasmine Cottage is a raised pathway bound by a Cotswold stone wall, and raised stone beds with trimmed box hedging.

The house is covered with roses, cotoneaster and, of course, jasmine, from whence the property gets its name.

Price: pounds 330,000. Contact Hamptons' Broadway office for more details on 01386 852205.


Jasmine Cottage, High Street, Blockley, Nr Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, is for sale at pounds 330,000 through Hamptons' Broadway office on 01386 852205
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Date:Aug 17, 2001
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