Rosemary Cottage is a delightfully charming Grade II listed property dating back to the 17th century, positioned in the peaceful, sought-after village of Little Witley. Offering versatile accommodation within a half an acre plot, Rosemary Cottage combines a wealth of traditional charm with contemporary country living to deliver an idyllic home. The village of Little Witley provides a secluded, countryside feel whilst only being 20 minutes from the city of Worcester, with excellent commuter links via rail and the M5 motorway.
Worcester (10 miles) Birmingham (30 miles) and by rail there is a direct train service from Kidderminster (10 miles) direct into London Marylebone.
Little Witley offers several public footpaths and bridleways for countryside walks and also benefits from the historic St Michael’s Church, as well as a busy village hall which greatly enhances the community. The English Heritage’s Witley Court is just 4 minutes away, said to be one of English Heritages “Number One Ruin” which itself has stunning gardens designed by William Nesfield. There is a high quality of schooling close by, in both the public and private sectors, including the catchment schools of Great Witley Church of England Primary School and the highly regarded Chantry High School. In the independent sector, there is the Royal Worcester Grammar School, Kings School Worcester and Abberley Hall School. Nestled in the Worcestershire countryside, Little Witley is within ten minutes of nearby villages such as Great Witley and Ombersley, which provide extensive amenities.
Rosemary Cottage oozes character and traditional charm, whilst still maintaining a light and airy feel. Built in 1660, it is hard not to be taken in by the charm and character of the property. It was once owned by a former Cadbury worker, who was loaned the money by the company on the provision she allowed Cadbury workers to stop by for afternoon tea! The property also has large hinges on the living room doors which were salvaged from the ruins of Witley Court.
The house is mainly accessed via a side door which takes you in to an impressive, modern kitchen. The door is sheltered by an outside porch, with a pitch tiled roof. The spacious kitchen has integrated Neff appliances, including oven, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, five ring induction hob and extractor canopy. The stunning wall and base cupboards finished with Mimerelle work surfaces give the kitchen a very high-end look. There is extensive storage in the kitchen with numerous drawers and units with roller shutter doors. The kitchen also contains a one and a half bowl sink with mixer tap, duel aspect windows giving views of the garden and plenty of light, ceiling spotlights and a beautifully tiled floor.
Through an oak framed door is the spacious and characterful dining room. With an open cast iron fireplace, stunning exposed beams and solid oak flooring, this dining room is perfect for entertaining. With French doors to the garden, the room maintains a light and airy feel during the summer months and allows the perfect opportunity for alfresco dining. The room also provides a useful under-stair storage cupboard.
Up a couple of steps takes you through to the magnificent sitting room. This room, at the centre of the house has heaps of character; containing a stunning inglenook fireplace with a multi-fuel stove and a wide quarry tiled hearth; perfect for cold winter nights. The room is dual aspect with lovely views over the grounds, as well as a door leading directly out in to the gardens. An array of beautiful exposed beams covers the ceiling, whilst the floor is quarry tiled; achieving a wonderful finish.
A wonderful oak door, with hinges salvaged and restored from Witley Court, leads in to the study, or, as it is currently used; music room. However, some time in the 20th century, this room was used as a shop by a lady who sold chocolates to the school children on the way home! The signs on the outside shed remain from when the cottage doubled as a shop. Again, this room is dual aspect, allowing for lots of light to enter as well as having beautiful slate flooring. This room also enjoys a wealth of exposed beams and another set of stairs leading to the first floor. There is another very useful under-stair cupboard.
The attractive slate flooring and exposed beams continues in to the adjacent scullery. In this room is a large, attractive Rayburn, which adds to the country feel of the property. The scullery also contains an attractive original sink with period hot and cold taps. There is also room and the necessary plumbing for a washing machine.
The stairs in the study lead to the first of two landings. Here there is oak flooring and oak doors leading to bedroom one and two as well as the bathroom. There is also access to the roof space.
All four bedrooms in the property are of excellent size and proportions- they are all comfortably doubles.
Bedroom one is an exceptionally charming room with a wonderful vaulted oak-timbered ceiling lined with spotlights. The built-in wardrobes provide excellent storage and the window provides lovely views over the garden. Further beams on the walls, with oak flooring makes this a real gem of a bedroom.
Bedroom two is another very attractive bedroom with exposed beams, dual-aspect windows and oak flooring giving the room a very light and airy feel. There is ample room for a good size wardrobe.
The bathroom also has attractive oak flooring and exposed beams. There is a white panelled bath with detachable shower head, hand wash basin, low level wc and a heated towel rail.
The stairs in the dining room lead you to the second landing, with bedrooms three and four off it.
Bedroom three is a bright double room with built in storage and access to the roof space. It has beautiful exposed beams and a window overlooking the garden. Leading off the bedroom is an en-suite which contains an attractive shower and tiled flooring.
Bedroom four boasts a quite extraordinary triangular window which overlooks the Worcestershire countryside. The exposed beams are lined with individual spotlights and the floor is very attractive solid oak. There is a double-glazed Velux roof light which affords views over the garden and more countryside. The wonderful vaulted ceiling makes the bedroom feel very spacious.
Rosemary Cottage is approached via a private drive off a no through road, leading to parking for several vehicles. Also outside the front of the property is a small coppice with a selection of mature shrubs, bushes and plants. The property has a large workshop or garage with double doors, which is fully powered by mains electricity and is equipped with an alarm system.
A pathway through an archway leads to the main garden. Here, there are two further storage facilities; a large timber shed and a converted pig sty; both fully powered and fitted with alarm systems. The garden itself is a wonderful large area of tranquillity and beauty. There are beautiful views all over the Worcestershire countryside. It feels a very secluded and private space, with numerous places to sit and relax. There are a variety of mature trees, shrubs, plants, and bushes, as well as seating areas for dining.
Rosemary Cottage is a delightful property; combining traditional character with contemporary country living to offer the perfect family home. With an abundance of beautiful oak beams, Rosemary Cottage still retains a light and spacious feeling throughout. Set within a beautiful and large plot, totalling approximately 0.5 acres, this property is a real countryside dream.
Services: Private drainage and oil central heating.
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