homes & gardens: TEA cosy.
Because the Grade II Listed attached property, in a quiet lane just off the centre of the Warwickshire village of Cleeve Prior, was a refreshment stop for tourists heading home via the scenic route from the Cotswolds and Vale of Evesham.
Before that, The Tea Shop was part of the old barn behind The Mill House. In converting it to a home, its period features were carefully preserved and, wherever possible, reclaimed materials were used in its restoration and conversion to a home.
Now it is being sold, through the Stratford upon- Avon office of Locke and England, as an idyllic three-bedroom, centrally heated family house.
Offers based on pounds 498,000 are invited from buyers able to proceed quickly.
The Tea Shop's exterior cosiness is misleading. Inside, its rooms are generously sized.
A reception hall, with garden views and a guest cloakroom/WC off it, leads to a 24ft 5ins by 15ft 8ins sitting room with exposed timbers and a feature brick fireplace housing a multi-fuel stove.
A 17ft 4ins long garden room has a corner brick and stone fireplace with a multifuel period stove. Four roof windows as well as windows and a glazed garden door flood this room with light.
The 17ft 8ins by 16ft 2ins farmhouse-style kitchen has a Belfast sink on brick pillars and slate worktops. Base cupboards, drawers and a wine rack are all made from mature reclaimed wood.
There is a small decorative leaded window and feature windows to the stairs and sitting room and an adjoining utility room.
A ground floor study overlooks the garden through a double glazed door and window.
The secluded well-stocked garden is a particularly delightful feature of The Tea Shop.
At the front of the house and enclosed by hedging and a high wall, it includes a patio area outside the kitchen and two additional paved terraces.