This ancient, Grade II listed detached village house dates back to the 14th century and stands in a prominent position in sought-after Stratford St. Mary. Read more
This ancient, Grade II listed detached village house dates back to the 14th century and stands in a prominent position in sought-after Stratford St. Mary. The property benefits from accommodation comprising sitting room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room / garden room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and large attic room. The property also enjoys a walled garden, garage and workshop / woodstore.
Gatemans was built by weaver Ralph Gateman at a time in the early 14th century when Upper Street would have been bustling with local produce as Stratford-St. Mary was a pitstop for travellers using the old Roman, London road. The vista, in modern day Stratford St Mary, is less busy, and village life will run at the pace of the home-owners volition. This pretty cottage has undergone a period of renovation over recent years, and presents itself in quirky, country chic. Comfort, warmth and history greet the visitor as they step across the threshold into this notable property. The sitting room enjoys a plethora of period features, including a statuesque inglenook fireplace, replete with multi-fuel burner and exposed timbers. White painted walls and floorboards add light and life to this room, so assisting it into the 21st century. For those who enjoy formal dining, the dual aspect dining room, with its leaded light windows and views across the garden, make this a glorious place to while away a few hours with family and friends, and with another impressive inglenook fireplace, where else would the new homeowner wish to set a table for dinner with a fire roaring, frost on the ground outside and, perhaps, a decorated tree in the corner? The kitchen is presented in true country style, accentuated by its exposed timbers, herringbone tiled floor and an AGA beating its heartbeat rythym, which resonates throughout this home. Adjacent to the kitchen is the garden / breakfast room, which is again, dripping in as much character as it is practicality, and provides access to the courtyard garden. A cloakroom completes the gound-floor accommodation. A solid, English oak, dog-leg staircase leads the visitor up to the first-floor landing, where exposed brickwork, timbers and floorboards lead to the family bathroom and three double bedrooms; the well-proportioned principal bedroom enjoys the benefit of an en-suite shower room. Hidden behind a door, on the landing, a second staircase takes the visitor up to a cosy attic room. Outside, the south-facing cottage garden, to the side of the property is partly enclosed by a brick wall and is mainly laid to lawn with well stocked, borders and mature trees and shrubs. This idyll is perfect for long summer days that end with alfresco dining, the sound of laughter and the clink of glasses filled with a chilled wine.
Entrance Hall 8' (2.44m) x 7'8" (2.34m) (narrowing to 6'2" (1.88m)). Solid wood door into Entrance Hall; leaded light window to front aspect. Doors to Living Room and Dining Room. Solid wood staircase to first floor. Exposed beams. Radiator.
Dining Room 18'2" x 9'5" (5.54m x 2.87m). Leaded light window to rear and side aspects- door to rear aspect. Inglenook fireplace. Stripped wood flooring. Exposed beams.
Sitting Room 17'11" x 13'7" (5.46m x 4.14m). Leaded light windows to front and rear aspects. Inglenook fireplace with multi-fuel stove. Exposed beams. Door through to:
Kitchen 15'2" x 13'2" (4.62m x 4.01m). Two leaded light windows to front aspect. Base units with worktop over and inset double bowl stainless steel sink with drainer and mixer tap. Waste disposal. Water softener. Space for washing machine and dishwasher. Oil-fired AGA. Window through to Garden Room.
Garden / Breakfast Room 12'9" x 7'1" (3.89m x 2.16m). Leaded light windows to side and rear aspects and part-glazed door to rear aspect. Butler sink. Wall-mounted oil boiler. Exposed beams.
Cloakroom 4'2" x 2'3" (1.27m x 0.69m). Leaded light window to rear aspect. Low-level WC.
Landing Leaded light window to front aspect. Solid wood flooring. Exposed beams. Built-in cupboard housing the hot water cylinder and further built-in storage cupboard. Stairs to second floor (behind door).
Bathroom 7'9" (2.36m) x 7'3" (2.2m) + 3'5" (1.04m) x 2'9" (0.84m). Leaded light window to rear aspect. Panelled bath with shower attachment, pedestal wash-hand-basin and low-level WC. Exposed beams. Radiator.
Principal Bedroom 14'1" x 12'9" (4.3m x 3.89m). Leaded light window to front aspect. Exposed beams. Built-in cupboard. Radiator.
En-suite to principal bedroom 9'2" x 3'4" (2.8m x 1.02m). Leaded light windows to side and rear aspects. Enclosed shower cubicle with mains shower, pedestal wash-hand basin and low-level WC. Exposed beams. Radiator. Fully tiled.
Bedroom 2 12'9" x 6'9" (3.89m x 2.06m). Leaded light windows to front and side aspects. Exposed beams. Stripped wood flooring. Radiator.
Bedroom 3 13'11" x 6'3" (4.24m x 1.9m). Leaded light window to rear aspect. Exposed beams. Radiator.
Attic Room 20' x 6'3" (6.1m x 1.9m). Leaded light window to side aspect overlooking garden. Restricted headroom.
Outside Garden retained by brick wall to front aspect and panel fencing to side and rear. Patio area and lawn. Mature trees and shrubs. Oil tank. Log stores. Well. Right of Way over neighbouring driveway to access rear of the property. Gate at front giving access to the garden.